Face the Nation on the Radio

Reviews For Face the Nation on the Radio

I have been disappointed with the new host. The questions are very surface-level, with little follow-up or depth to these conversations. Additionally, the host’s presentation style IMO comes off as robotic and disengaged, even bored at times. This is no longer an engaging or exciting show to watch.
If you are looking for an unbiased or a view from both sides Face the Nation is not the place. Even if there is a guest with a dissenting view the host aggressively w talk over & hard stops pulls her pre-conceived view as though the guest gave it to her. Went in hoping it would be balanced.
Rushed interviews, unfocused questions, and awkward transitions render Margaret a less than ideal host for this once weekly must-listen appointment. John Dickerson held his own and of course iconic Bob Sheiffer before him put FTN on par with Meet, but no longer. Nothing substantive in two years.
The ads are no joke 20 times louder than the show itself. That makes for a FANTASTIC listening experience, let me tell you! On a weekly basis, you contribute more to my hearing loss than 8 years of close quarters metal shows right in front of the amps. Your disregard is egregious. Someone should be fired.
Terrible episode on October 11, 2020 You let the republican representatives talk over you and lie without consequence. You support I guess!
I get that we want an interviewee to ask direct assertive questions but she can’t discern between a guest avoiding answers a needs those types of questions and a non-threatening guest which leads me to believe that her interview style is 100% aggressive and I just don’t wanna listen to it anymore. There is nothing gained by this aggressive style when there are so many other news organizations or podcast that can respectfully go deep and get really good responses but aggressive interviewing questions to partisan politicians, leads to nothing. One star and I’m going to unsubscribe.
Very hard to listen to this As other reviewers have said many times, the audio levels for the content are very low. If you increase the volume to hear the interviews, you’re ears will get blasted when the ads come on. It’s not a small difference.
I always listen to the show, and I do enjoy it, but the interview by John Dickerson of David Rubenstein, author of How to Lead was so inspiring that I actually took notes!
Margaret engages in a pitbull style of interrogation. Her frequent interruptions and interjections are rude and disrespectful. Sometimes she talks like she is speaking to a teenager. This is the worst of the Sunday morning political programs. Her's is an "In Your Face the Nation" program.
I cannot listen to Margaret Brennan any longer. Her questions lack depth and are nonsensical (“When can you guarantee that you can control the virus?”, as if a virus can ever truly be controlled and as if anyone can make such unequivocal guarantees). She constantly interrupts and talks over her guests, puts words in people’s mouths, and often doesn’t bother listening to the responses. I prefer to listen to other political shows such as Meet the Press or This Week with George Stephanopoulos whose hosts can conduct interviews respectfully and with a higher level of political acumen.
This program use to be one of my favorite places to get fair and balanced news. That is no longer the case I will be moving on.
Margaret Brennan is so annoying when she interviews a guest. She constantly interrupts them midstream and doesn’t let them finish a thought. She needs to learn how to interview people in a respectful manner.


I can’t listen anymore to her intolerance and constant interruptions. Her treatment of Robert O’Brien was awful. I’m done.
I listen to the podcast every week and every week the volume of the news content is very low when compared to the ads during the show. The ads continue to hurt my ears because the news podcast volume is way to low when compared with the ads and ALL other podcasts I listen to. Please fix this continual issue ASAP!!! B
~6dB lower than the commercials and other podcasts
On Sunday 6/28 Dickerson did a really good job exposing Pence’s double talk on COVID-19 and on BLM. Would like to see more of him!
Whip smart Brennan pushes back but always remains professional and deft. As an aside, It seems clear than more than a few of the reviewers here who express issues with Brennan specifically would not have those problems with a male host who did the same. I’m very glad to see her excellent work each week.
Her guests are often good but she is a poor interviewer. She was a better moderator. Constantly interrupting guests with a snarky tone is unproductive and she seems disconnected from what is being said. Dickerson filled in today and the program was greatly improved. More news, less bias. He knows when to follow up, interrupts less and tries to be fair.
Brennan strikes the perfect balance. The reports are solid and fact focused—much better than the other Sunday shows. The panel is usually decent, but Brennan is where the show really shines. Her interviews are fair; she asks tough questions and pushes back without getting bogged down or sounding petty (much better than Chuck Todd). You can tell when she’s got ‘em, and then she moves on with strength and grace. She’s a really good host. *there are some serious audio issues on the podcast version
Brennan often seems to lack understanding of the issues. She sounds like someone playing a role rather than someone doing the job.
You should not invite guests who have proven to parrot the false propaganda coming from the White House. They are using you. It devalues your show and I skip those portions. That part is less than worthless
Amateur or careless audio publishing. The podcast is much quieter than its advertisements (consistently, every week). A nice way to blow your ears out on a Sunday morning.
brennan asks goo questions and follows up. there’s no snark, she’s a serious journalist and her sunday show has become my first choice each week.
Smart and goes after both sides.
No, I disagree with the previous review. She stays on her guests and insists on clarifications the way Meet The Press once did. I’ve begun watching her over Chuck Todd.
No matter which politician she interviews Ms Brennan is aggressive from the get go. Aggression is appropriate in some cases, but if used indiscriminately, it may block the truth from coming out, which is not a benefit to the listener
Margaret Brennan is the worst interviewer on any of the Sunday morning talk shows. I can’t wait for her departure to Fox News, as that’s seems to be her journalistic aspiration.
The host just lets Trump’s minions lie, lie & lie some more. She is not informed enough to challenge them. Either don’t have known liars on or be ready to challenge their lies.
Margaret, press these guys! Interrupt them when they don’t answer! Steer the interview; don’t let them own it! For goodness sake, hold them accountable to their answers. Challenge their answers. This show is just not good anymore.
Margaret Brennan tactfully and professionally leads insightful discussions and conducts interviews w/ all the political, public service and military leaders of the hour. Have been impressed by her ability to navigate the agendas and push-back of guests. She doesn’t take offense, but also doesn’t give up on working to the key kernels of info. San Diego local CBS affiliate only plays half hour of FTN. This podcast allows me to hear the entire audio of the full show w/ very few commercials. CBS has the right formula w format and Margaret B as host. Keep it up.
Margaret Brennen is whip-smart. But this show is not a good fit for her. You need someone who can moderate a lively discussion. (PSsst! And they do not need to be young! We need to see experience, wisdom and a sense of humor. Do not be afraid of grey hair to host this show!!)
All Brennan does is argue, interrupt and talk over the guests. The show isn’t about the substance of real issues, but rather a repetitive debate over whether Trump is the devil or the media is out to get him. I’m done.
They get the vice-president on air and they are unprepared. Lost me.
Bob > John > Margaret
Is sad and disgusting that the mainstream media does not even try to hide their hatred of Trump and the millions of Americans who support him and America.
To the Host: Make these politicians answer your questions! Geez, these people make decisions!
When the host switched from John Dickerson to Margaret Brennan, I noticed that I often paid more attention to the way she asked questions, rather than the content of them. She doesn’t choose good timing for questions; therefore, her way of questioning sounds more like interruptions. Of course worse when she is interviewing Republicans. I wish she finds better timing to ‘interrupt’ her guests.
This is a great program/podcast but I rarely listen to it because it get posted so late on Sunday. The other morning shows (Meet the Press and This Week) are both up right after they aire on the East coast. I'm sure there's a reason CBS holds back, but I can't imagine what it is.
Midway through the October 7, 2018 face the nation podcast my ears were nearly blown out by the level of volume of the advertisement. Please adjust the native volume of the advertisements to match the volume of the podcast or else you will be paying for a new pair of ears.
Love the program. It’s been a staple of my Sunday’s since I was a child(no joke). I always find this broadcast very informative. My only gripe would be your Audio. If I had to guess: it’s a television set with a microphone pointed at said television set. The actual broadcast is extremely low & the ambient noise is horrendous. I currently have my iPhone’s volume all the way up and my car stereo at “20”. That’s a very loud volume setting for my car. The “hiss” or white noise is about 65% of the entire audio that is being transmitted. It’s a shame, this show is of such high quality. The Audio does it a great disservice. Face the Nation is an American institution, this podcast should show it a little more respect. Other than that, love the show.
I can’t listen to this podcast. The commercial volume is blaring loud in contrast to the actual show.
Endless 3 Alpha groupings of A through Z seem to alarmingly fail citizens looking to find real news regarding our Federal Government’s major issues and proposed solutions under debate hopefully reconciling same under parameters of the Constitution. CBS Face the Nation is minimally different or less time spent on the da da da theorized stories or more accurately submitted biased assessments of hopefully major mistakes that if/are sufficiently presented can bring rapid administration replacement. CBS FAILS THEIR FEW Sunday viewers by wandering into news that can destroy mantra repeatedly presented by different faces 24/7 destroying some of the joy built up by non journalists or ex-Government officials presenting dribble prior to CBS FTN return to the mind numbing formula utilized by “NEWS” programs hopefully finding enough Sunday viewers to crack the top 10 ceiling (say it—-just like Fox does). Face the Nation doubtfully will crack into any spot in the top ten next several years, however keep wandering into programming that has news value and I trust you will be their prior the rest of Sunday gossip gaggle (except FOX).
There is some strange hissing that is prevalent through the entire show. Has been very noticeable the last couple of weeks. Makes it hard to listen to
No fair coverage. It tells lies on every episode. The liberal media is not even honest.
I almost choked when I saw a 3.5 rating. Then I realized that the low content ratings are five to eleven years old! There should be a reset of ratings for just since John Dickerson took over. The only low ratings I saw in the new era were downloading issues. That has improved and it appears that the low ratings were about frustration with not getting to hear content people really wanted. I’ll admit that I am a Dickerson “fan girl” because of his work on Whistle Stop and Political Gabfest. I only started listening to FTN when he took over. Now I never miss an episode.
Right in the middle of this episode there was like 10 minutes of ads.
John Dickerson is among my favorite journalists and his political panel is always comprised of the best folks.