This Week in Tech (Audio)

Reviews For This Week in Tech (Audio)

Too many interruptions of guests
I started tuning in to Leo's show on the AM radio here in Southern California. TWIT has been a great source of the things in technology I don't really know much about, but would not mind learning more about. The show covers a wide range of topics in technology, and you can tell that Leo and the chat room seem to have this real enthusiasm and excitement when it comes to exploring all the the caller's technology inquiries.
It used to be a great podcast. Now it’s just good and often annoying when hosts start making political comments that are totally uncalled for. If I wanted to listen to a political podcast I would go elsewhere. Opinions of tech journalists about technology are valuable but their constant ramblings about politics are out of place.
The show is now 90% politics with a nod to tech here and there. The contempt shown towards people with conservative opinions makes this show unwatchable.
Cracks me up how all the conservative snowflakes are clutching their pearls over this show. It’s a great tech show with some political truth thrown in for good measure. All the Trumpanzees need to get over it.
TWiT is supposed to be “This Week in Tech” but recently it’s become way too political. Leo’s naive liberal take on politics and his propensity to only have other liberals on the show is destroying the show. He also seems to be very ageist as his guests are predominantly under 40 years old. I very much miss John C. Dvorak being on the show. I guess Leo didn’t like having a guest commentator who didn’t agree with everything he said and would actually challenge him. Stick to technology!
It's a good podcast! I've listened for years until recently. I think Leo does a decent job of being fair and reasonable about politics, but his guests often only represent one perspective. At least he has a few Euros in there. As a conservative, I leave this podcast feeling unrepresented. But Leo is a good egg, so I'll keep trying.
I just wanted tech news.
Awesome show: Keeps me informed and entertained.
I listened to this show every week about 10 years ago. Life kind of did it’s thing, and I stopped listening. I just picked it up again, and the first 20 minutes was about Trump tweets and their disgust with him attacking Google’s ad monopoly. This is not what I want to hear from a tech podcast. Unsubscribed.
I admire LEO for his hard work and expertise. I want tech news. I can’t stand the OLITICS
To much babbling.
This is the show for you.
I'm a fan of the TWIT network, although I'm not a fan of all of it's shows. But, I find Leo Laporte and his group of TWITs just the right dose of technology with the right amount of fun and techno babble. While I'm not as geeky as the rest, I more times than not, find myself continually entertained, informed after listening, and wishing that the show was longer than it's average 103 minutes. I started listening to TWIT after what many other reviewers are saying was it's golden moment, but I wouldn't disagree with them more. My suggestions for new listeners are to grab the episodes with Molly Wood... she gives a good balance between the irate J.C. Dvorak, and loveable Leo. TWIT is now part of my regular listening routine of jumping from a week of audiobooks, to a week of music, to a week of podcasts...
And I don’t enjoy the subtle jabs at people who think differently than all the obvious political viewpoints of every journalist on this podcast. This is a good example of why people on the right don’t trust the media. Our voice is not represented. You are forcing us into the exile of the Fox News bubble. Have a more nuanced conversation, and don’t belittle people who think differently than you do
When the podcast actually discusses tech, it’s great. However, that’s just not what we’ve been given in months. Never mind that they are only discussing coronavirus right now, but even before that they couldn’t come up with anything better than discussing Facebook, politics, etc. It’s really just another poorly produced news discussion with a panel of people who kind-of have a pulse on the tech industry (but not totally), as if Leo read some headlines off of Gizmodo and said let’s discuss for 3 hours. Come up with some original content and talk about actual tech (maybe some fringe topics that I couldn’t get from every other news site). Otherwise this podcast is becoming useless to me. Also, it needs to be said that something needs to be done about Leo constantly interrupting guests. It’s as if he’s never had a conversation where he wasn’t the center of attention.
I would like to say that I have been a fan of Leo Laporte since the days of ZDTV, then TechTV, and finally TWiT. What was once a very informative tech news podcast has become a very political podcast with some tech sprinkled in. No matter what you think of our current president, not everything has a political slant. Other podcasts that I listen to have kept their political beliefs outside of the subject matter they are speaking about. Honestly, it is quite sad that a podcast that I listened to every week, I have unsubscribed from.
Been listening to these podcasts for a year now, and I absolutely love it! If you like tech, this is definitely one of my most highly recommended podcasts!
I trust Leo and his amazing technology experts. Ant Pruitt has been a welcome addition to the friendly atmosphere and I laugh while learning.
Concept of the show is great but.... 1) Only about 10 minutes of useful information per 60 minutes of airtime. 2) Liberal slant. I think Leo realizes his show comes across as Liberal and tries to curtail it but how many times have I heard Leo say “I don’t want to get political but...” and then says something Liberal. Sometimes his guests just can’t help themselves and reveal that they are far left. 3) Guests tend to repeat. Don’t want to hear from the same points of view over and over B-O-R-I-N-G.
I use to love this show but now it seems more political hate than tech. I stopped listening to “This Week In Google” because Jeff Jarvis’ hatred for the president has taken over the tech talk. Now I hear Leo talking to British tech people about our president. If you can’t support our president and country I can’t support you or your advertisers. Real shame
I love this show, sometimes I get bored because you don’t really move on to the other topics.
I’ve been a regular listener since the Twit network started. Let’s be honest some weeks have more going on than others. Sometimes it can be nearly impossible to find good stuff to cover. With that said over the last few years the hosts have become worse and worse. I listen to tech podcasts to learn something new and stay up to date in the world of tech. It’s sad that I know more about many of the subjects covered than the guest hosts. The discussions have become nothing more than self promotion of each other. They always have something new going on because whatever their latest and greatest project was, failed. The few that have succeeded constantly remind you how successful they are. Finally, TWIT has become a woke, TDS support group. Misunderstanding policies, not understanding business decisions is unforgivable. I expect that from my local news station, not a global news platform.

3/5

By Tossie
Informative
The main host tends to shut down debates, interrupt people, and make really uninformed and alarmingly ignorant statements like "nobody wants privacy int tech! Who cares?" ...Basically this podcast needs a lot of work and isn't that great.
This show used to really consider issues and talk them through. Now it’s just a platform for tech writers to make a name for themselves by overblowing issues - usually ones they only partially understand. I expect this kind of crap from members of Congress - not a tech podcast. And let’s face it: Leo is a totally shill for Google. The disparity between his response to Google “mistakes” versus that of any other company (Apple for instance) is stark.
Show is out of touch and filled with mindless babble. Definitely not the premier tech podcast it used to be.
You have “guests” for a reason, right? Please take a step back when they speak and be quiet and *actually* LISTEN. Don’t wait for your turn to speak, which is oh-so-obvious and painfully ungraceful. I don’t care about the political talk either way. Except for when Leo goes off on a “oh gee look at me being non-PC with that joke I made, now let me break it down why it wasn’t PC and how we used to be able to joke about anything and how things used to be”...that schtick works when you’re actually humorous or clever or providing insight.. and not overwhelming the “guest” (I keep using quotes for a reason, I don’t expect your frail ego to actually, really, truly attempt to understand) with interruptions and canned jokes. With all the competition in this sector, I can only assume you’re still around because of inertia. But the funny thing about inertia is *Leo interjects a pre-written joke here and excruciatingly explains it*
Update: Of late, this show seems to be parroting the latest socialist inspired trends in the news. It’s such an odd podcast and the anti-capitalism ranting and raving is borderline bizarre. ———————— This podcast's one saving grace is when they have Jason Calacanis on. He's great and I wish he was a regular member of the panel. I sort of grew up with Leo and I really want to like this podcat so I'm giving it another chance. Unfortunately, between the increasing commerical content (Leo got a new car... Leo is listening to another audiobook etc etc) and the idle personal chatter, it is becoming difficult to get through this podcast without hitting the fwd button. In the most recent podcast, it actually took John Dvorak (not known to turn down the chance for promotion) to query "so, are we actually going to talk about any tech news today?" Leo didn't answer the question. These guys really just seem to wing it and despite their years of experience, the show often seems ruderless and pointless at times. They also insist on forcing their political views into the show on a consistent basis and this leads to an unpleasant podcast with little focus.
Love this show. Leo alone is worth listening but the cast he has on for the week’s show never misses. One of my top five shows.
This show used to be fun! Since 2017, it has gotten so political and condescending as to make it unlistenable. Note to Leo...Just because something is posted on Twitter doesn’t make it TECH! Leo and his guests have become so hypocritical. They spend hours judging others and gloat about how above the fray they are. Oh please.
The show does a great job of having a variety of opinions on tech so it never gets stale.
My go-to podcast, my “desert island” podcast, the ONE podcast I could not live without! I follow tech news with it, but it’s also highly entertaining. This Week in Tech was the first podcast I subscribed to … oh, it’s got to be at least 16 years ago now, it may even be 18 or 19 years ago … and it’s followed the same format the entire time: Leo hosts a roundtable discussing tech news, everything from venture funding in Silicon Valley to European anti-trust suits to factory conditions on the Asian continent to legislation in the USA’s class-action-friendly states to international product releases, software bug fixes, tech tips, tech tricks … the gamut is covered, and it’s all usually pretty funny, too. Advertising is non-intrusive, the show length varies according to how much they cover, the stable of panel participants is wide and uniformly well-accredited … I’m glad I found this podcast first, it’s aided me personally, and has benefited my business as well, where I make purchasing decisions and provide IT solutions. The world would be a poorer place without TWiT, and my life would’ve turned out quite differently too. I hope TWiT continues for decades to come: three cheers for TWiT!!!
Remember that Southpark episode with the San Francisco progressives who savored the smell of their own farts? That’s essentially the current state of this podcast. The fun and informative days of people like Dvorak or Calacanis are long gone and we’re left with mostly hack journalist types who hate conservatives more than they like or actually know tech. I’ll hear an exception to this now and then but it’s rare. I’m a Leo Laporte fan going all the way back to The Screen Savers. But, oh boy, has this ship been sailing in a bad direction lately.
It used to be about tech. Now very political.
I have listened for years now and I am sad to say that the host is allowing to much false political speak. I have had enough and can not listen anymore. I enjoy political podcasts, but I did not come to TWIT for it.
This weeks past show was just a long one sided political show calling the president a nazi, typical npc language, orange man bad...blah blah blah
I used to love this show. Their sponsor page was always the first love I started when trying to find new tech products. Unfortunately though the show has become far too political and any excuse to attack Trump or conservatives are jumped on. A quote from today’s podcast after talking about how inclusion is important “I could never be friends with a Trump supporter”. It’s been growing and growing but today was the straw that broke the camels back. Bias is far too prevalent with only like minded people complaining about the very thing that they are actively doing themselves.
Boring. ZZZzzzz.
The never ending interruptions from Leo makes this show feel fragmented. Guests can’t finish one sentence before Leo “the almighty”jumps in to interrupt.
I miss the days when "This Week In Tech" actually talked about tech. They really need to change the name of this podcast to "This Week In We Hate Trump". And to hear their lame justifications, like "Trump uses a phone and a phone is tech so therefore it's OK to talk about Trump" is pathetic. Waste of time.
They deliver tech news. Clearly they lean more left when they talk about the blending subjects of tech and politics. A couple of people that are cringy to listen too: Amy Webb and Brianna Wu. Webb owns the conversation regardless of who is speaking and barely respects other people’s point of views by essentially ignoring them and Wu starts most of her sentences with “If I get elected to office...” as if it is is her political viewpoint show. For the most part the guests are great and have informative info and opinions.
Episode 713 Earables was the biggest waste of my time. Leo’s on vacation and this episode was just so very awful.
Leo’s guests aren’t even trying to hide their obvious government bureaucracy and legislation excitement. The whole show takes on pensive hushed tones when they even stray into the vicinity of anything resembling humor or “right wing” ideas like freedom and responsibility. A total disappointment.
I really love TWIT. Been listening for years. I'm always entertained and always learn something new when I listen to the show. Thank you Leo and crew for what you do!
If you're willing to hear a group of liberals go on a anti-trup rage, this might be for you, but if you want a tech podcast, you're only gonna get about 3 to 4 minutes of it, and those 4 minutes is gonna be about how great apple and google products are
Let me summarize the last episode: - Social networking is inherently evil - Zuckerberg is worse than hitler - The internet hit its peak with email and RSS - Since we feel this way, everyone else does too, which is why Facebook/Google and the like have lost 80% of their users. (oh wait... they didn’t? You mean old tech writers don’t actually represent most people? Shocking!) The show notes make it seem like they are going to have an intelligent discussion about technology and the the tech industry. But it’s really just a bunch of grumpy old men (and occasionally women) complaining about how much they hate the developments of the last 10 years. Look, real conversations absolutely need to be had about tech’s role in society. But leave your indulgent self-righteous soapbox at the door. Oh well, I’ll keep looking for a smart podcast to listen to.
I was looking at reviews- and thought it hilarious how 12 years ago people where trashing the show and saying it was over. Great personalities giving a banter-full friendly conversation about tech. It’s like the backstage tech talk news program- but told by friends in tech talking tech. Helps me stay up to date and ahead of the curve on latest tech news. I miss John C Dovark on the show- he was a great cranky geek.