LRC does exactly what it sets out to do: present a wide-range of political ideas in a “civilized yet provocative” way. I’ve been a frequent listener since I was a junior in high school, and have been consistently entertained, informed, and challenged by the excellent commentary from all the varied hosts. Topics are always timely, the hosts are well informed, and Josh Barro does a great job moderating discussions to keep things entertaining and clear to almost anyone, regardless of how knowledgeable about news or politics you may be.
While I often disagree with many of the points made, I enjoy hearing novel and mainstream ideas argued for and against in a shockingly civil way. All the hosts have admitted instances where their arguments are weak, and none have taken too high a moral pedestal to disregard other viewpoints. It’s almost heartwarming listening to such passionate debate in conversational tones. I love it.
I think the fact so many reviewers take issues with both sides says a lot about the show’s success in presenting well-rounded and provocative views more than its ostensible faults. One review said this show is a platform for unacceptable conservative rhetoric, another called it “toxic gas” from the left-establishment swamp. In truth, every host on this show is highly intelligent and very opinionated against the opposing side, and collectively they do a great job keeping each in check. Sure you’ll hear arguments you’ll disagree with, but as soon as I start to feel like it’s too much I can always count on another host articulating the same feelings I have and challenging whatever viewpoint that I was worried about. It is an amazing feat of intellectual integrity, and I’ve rarely been disappointed in the results.
Technically, the sound quality is excellent, production values are top notch, the guests are knowledgeable and entertaining, and the arguments are always derived from relevant (if not always the most talked about) domestic and international news.
If I could rate it higher I would, and I’m excited to keep listening for years to come. I can’t wait to see them live at UCSB in the coming weeks!