This guest review is penned by Adela Mizrachi, a curious human and the founder of Podcast Brunch Club (PBC), which is like a book club, but for podcasts. PBC in-person groups meet all over the world to listen to a monthly podcast playlist centered around a theme.
Reply All is one of Gimlet Media’s longest running podcasts. It’s hard to classify. When I tell friends about it, I always say “it’s a show about the internet, but not really.” And then I have to give episode examples. I do this because I don’t want to scare non-tech people away from the podcast. It’s so much more than a podcast about the internet. It’s about people and about culture and about society and about weirdness and about wonderfulness.
The two hosts, PJ Vogt and Alex Goldman, are the former hosts of a podcast called TLDR, which had a similar focus. They take listeners on a guided tour of some bizarre or interesting place they find on the internet. I want to be friends with PJ and Alex—they are hilarious and daring. PJ has the best laugh and always drops the most hilarious analogies. Alex is a bold tech genius (at least by my standards) who has the uncanny ability to simplify some pretty complicated tech stuff for listeners and make them think they always wanted to know about it, even though they had never heard about it before.
In a recent episode (#102 Long Distance), Alex investigated a 1-800 number that called him to scam him into thinking his iCloud account had been hacked. Little did they know they called a tech wizard. So, Alex went down the rabbit hole. I spent most of the time in one of three states: 1) mouth agape at Alex’s cheekiness; 2) fist-pumping and squealing “yeah!!!” as he was getting under their skin; or 3) crying “NOOOOOO!!!!” when I realized it was the first part of a two-parter and that I would have to wait to hear the conclusion. Add this one to your playlist!
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Audible Feast Ratings
Educational Value (4 / 5)
Pop Culture Value (5 / 5)
Host Listen-ability (5 / 5)
Flow & Production Value (5 / 5)
Investigation (5 / 5)
Storytelling (5 / 5)
Makes Me a Better Person (3 / 5)
Overall Audible Feast Rating: (5 / 5)
Start with These Episodes:
102: Long Distance
96: The Secret Life of Alex
79: Boy in Photo
64-67: On the Inside
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