Some of the episodes have been revelatory and impactful. I have subscribed for several years as a result. Elle Russ, in particular, tends to attract interesting and entertaining guests, and her style lends itself to a pleasant mix of spotlighting the guests and offering her own experience, insights and humor.
However, a few elements of the podcast keep it from earning a higher rating:
* The narrated Mark’s Daily Apple blog posts can be tedious. The posts were written to be read - not spoken - so the style in which they are written doesn’t lend itself to being read. That being said, they could possibly sound more natural than they do, even when they are read. There is an art to reading in such a way as not to sound as though one is reading. The narrators need help and coaching with this. Or perhaps the blog posts should be edited so as to lend themselves to audio. Or perhaps the time has come to jettison the narrations.
* The “Q&A” episodes hosted by Brad Kearns tend to devolve into unfocused rambling sessions. Tough to stay interested in these...
* I’ve noticed an occasional incorporation of political and/or social references and commentary, which taints the otherwise pertinent content for at least a portion of the audience (including me). If I want to wade into the divisive pool of politics I’ll seek it out. I think it’s out of place here and detracts from the valuable content.