You may not expect a fairly serious, unbiased interview show with Alec Baldwin as a host if you’re used to seeing him on 30 Rock, SNL, or in movies. If you open your ears to this podcast, you will discover a new Baldwin voice and persona.
On this show, Baldwin exhibits none of the occasional arrogance he can be heard spewing in the media. He has a wide variety of guests on: friends, comedians, actors, activists – think Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Penn Jillette. But there are also some fascinating guests whose names you might not know. A notable episode for me was “Alec Baldwin Dives to the Ocean Floor with Antonia Juhasz” (about the impact on sea life from the BP oil spill in 2010).
In any interview show, the host really sets the tone and is the common thread that makes you return to the show. I wouldn’t say Baldwin is as good as Terry Gross at getting the guests to recount their fascinating past, but engages the guests very well, laughs often, and has a terrific radio voice. I think sometimes Gross tends to force the discussion in the direction she wants it to go, and Baldwin is better at letting the guest guide the interview, it flows very well. The only drawback to Baldwin’s radio voice and presence is that at times he seems esoteric and part of a good old boys’ club – although, he is. His guests are of an impressive caliber and he knows it. He is complimentary of everyone and appreciative that they shared their story.
The episodes are a good length, between 40-60 minutes which is great for an interview show. I am sure the jazz music played throughout is intended to enrich the high-class feel of the show, and it works. I look forward to the guests Baldwin has on and enjoy this calm interview podcast very much.
Audible Feast Ratings
Educational Value (3 / 5)
Pop Culture Value (5 / 5)
Host Listen-ability (5 / 5)
Flow & Production Value (5 / 5)
No ads here, which is fantastic. Just Baldwin hawking his own show – which I don’t mind.
Humor (3 / 5)
Investigation (2 / 5)
Storytelling (4 / 5)
Makes Me a Better Person (4 / 5)
Overall Audible Feast Rating: (4 / 5)
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