I don’t know why ABC decided to do this but apparently they’ve started truncating the show on the podcast, removing any analysis or debate. The last episode was a grand total of 34 minutes.
But it also seems like the show has decided to go in a soft news format. For instance, this last episode had a long piece on Columbine and Wounded Warriors. Both of those topics are worthy of long pieces but not in a Sunday Morning weekly round up like This Week.
People that tune into these show are looking for some analysis of the events of the past week, with an emphasis on politics. It seems that instead, this week is simply becoming an extension of the daily morning show.