So, first I read a bunch of reviews below and noticed how many listeners are irritated by all the voice tics - uptalk, vocal fry, saying "like" and "sort of" and lots of other adolescent fillers. The thing is, when I was thinking of doing a review, my main point was going to be how much better it would be if they all could work on eliminating these vocal tics. I do want them to cut out all the filler words, and work on an even rhythm, and try for a more adult and authoritative sound. The reason is that the actual content of the show is quite good -- and on a very mature level -- which is obscured by these teenage talking styles. But now that I see so many others focused only on the sounds, I feel obliged to go the opposite direction, and praise their handling of the subject matter, which is intelligent, open minded, and entertaining. And yes, all this focus on the sounds of their voices is sexist!
On the other hand, are there any men with podcasts who say, "like" and "an' stuff" and "sort of" as much as these women do? If there are, let me know and I'll criticize them, too! (And now I'm off to the review site for "The Gist" to write a long blistering piece Mike Pesca's annoying vocal mannerisms!)