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A reliable, honest and entertaining podcast about Washington D.C’s people, culture and politics.

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Good but not great

Disclosure: I am a kickstarter funder of Decode DC and a podcaster.

Andrea and the DDC crew have had some good shows, and their goal is a noble one. However, at its current state I don't see DDC reaching 5 star award winning quality compared to shows like This American Life or Planet Money.

A few things that are holding this show back
1. Complacency
A listen to the June-July 2013 shows I think demonstrate a bit of complacency on part of the staff members. The June 26th 2013 show is simply a veteran congressman reading an essay. Yet Andrea introduces the show as she is about to have the most profound guest and Washington insider that has ever come forward.

By the next show, she has the same congressman, and proceeds to interview him about the exact same thing he read to us on the previous show. I mean, really? Its a little insulting to the audience.

2. The Music
I agree with all the previous commenters. The music track in this podcast ranges from irritating to just awful. To make the comparison, This American Life uses music to set a tone (quirky, mysterious, fun, sad, etc.) and to lead into segments. Decode DC on the other hand, chooses music that has no relationship to the tone of the content, and then proceeds to pump that music through entire interviews to completely distract from the content.

3. Relevancy
The summer of 2013 has shown the outrage over the Snowden leaks about the NSA. Each week, new revelations come out. Where is Decode DC in covering this? Where is Decode DC in giving us the inside information on why are congress representatives openly lying about their inside knowledge? This is such a golden opportunity for a Podcast like this, but instead it falls flat of the kickstarted promises.

As a funder, I seriously hope this show gets better and polishes up its engineering. A better Decode DC is better for all of us.

We need to know how Washington is (NOT) working for the citizens.

Andrea Seabrook was one of my favorites on NPR, as she always seemed smart in choosing the right questions and fearless in asking them. I have no idea where this podcast will go, but I hope it ends up being something that I.F. Stone would smile upon. First episode was a great start.

Informative and well done!

Seabrook has started 'Decode DC' with a short, yet information packed, podcast that sheds light on the House of Representatives - while it may not be a rosy picture, it is important that people hear this, and understand the challenges of representation, and how the country got to this particular point. Can't wait to hear more!

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