The Realignment is one of those podcasts that is pretty regularly going to make you uncomfortable by challenging your presuppositions. Marshall and Saager are both excellent interviewers and manage to ask insightful, thoughtful, and probing questions without disintegrating into partisan hackery. Well worth listening to, *especially* if you’re in the over-40 category and don’t quite grasp how the next generation of thinkers are approaching the world they will inherit.
Love the podcast I’ve been a listener for a while keep up the great work! Loved your latest interview with Peter Zeihan he was an excellent guest!
Great job by Marshall standing his ground today interviewing Ian Bremmer who really comes across as a bully from the Right. Interrupts Ian seamlessly to continue the conversation intelligently. Breadth of knowledge is admirable. Thanks for your work
Marshall in particular is a very, very strong interviewer. Super relevant topics and much needed even handedness and thoughtfulness.
I really appreciate Marshall and Saagar’s perspective and approach to interviewing a variety of guests on challenging topics. It’s so rare to find a podcast like this. Thanks Marshall and Saagar! Keep up the great work.
If only I wasn’t indebted to the United States Government, $425 a month for the next 17 years, I would be able to donate and become a lifetime member.
Marshall is a little too much of a bleeding heart to be doing these interviews solo lol. Still a good podcast tho!
Hi guys, love the show! My question is about voter suppression. Growing up as a Republican in Washington State, I always assumed voter suppression in the 21st century was simply a talking point for Democrats when they lost elections. However, as I’ve moved more to the center (thanks to shows like yours) I realized that I may not be seeing the full picture. I’m curious to get your guys’ thoughts. Is voter suppression a scapegoat for elite Democrats, or is there a need to ensure more broad voting rights to certain groups in 2022? I’m sure the answer is somewhere in the middle but I’d love to hear your opinions. Thanks!
Genuine discussion, self-correcting when needed, open-minded and generally interesting takes. Can’t go wrong with this pod. Cheers!
I think given the millions of potential news out there and gossip. Realignment has the special touch of objectiveness Most relevant issues, insights and questions Adherence to truth regardless of political leanings
Hey guys, in your latest episode (Saager’s triumphant return) you mentioned Kodak inventing the digital camera and then sitting on it for decades while they tended to their golden goose of film. It just so happens that my grandfather (Peter Dillon) won a nerd Emmy for being 1/2 engineers of that technology that Kodak then proceeded to sit on. Also - I’m almost positive he invented it in the 60’s not the 80’s and the Japanese started really developing digital in the 70’s which then took off in the 80’s, totally killing Kodak. You guys rock and I’d love for you two to explore more political examples of the innovators dilemma. Keep on rockin’ in the free world 🤘🏼
Almost every episode leans into sensitive and/or complex current events, and subsequent reactions to those events. It’s a great mixture of historical references, exposing the problems with our current hot takes, and they’re not afraid to admit when they’re not sure, or when mistakes were made. Great show!
Love the podcast for its striving to engage in thoughtful discussions. In this world where I don’t know which sources to trust, this is one of the places where I turn to as I gather information. Appreciate the tone and demeanor of the hosts as well. Q: which era in our country’s history is the present time similar to? (Comes from the school of thought that “nothing is new under the sun.”). Please keep up the sincerity in your show.
Marshall really brings the heat on every episode. Topics are well researched, his guests are experts in their fields, and his questions are so well thought out and insightful. Also, I’m loving the recent Ukraine series he’s put together. I’m excited to see this podcast continue to grow and flourish. Keep up the great work!
Marshall’s recent interviews have been incredibly helpful in understanding the situation in Ukraine. I really appreciate the humility and thoughtfulness with which he approaches his questioning and analysis.
Timestamp—do the intro like you used to, w/ some background, thoughts on the episode, context, whatever, but give a timestamp for people who want to skip right to the interview. Might even be nice to hear Saagar’s perspective on the solo Marshall episodes, and this could be done in the first 10 minutes. Keep it up, great guests and topics!
I have the same review for all of their shows. I originally went to college under a political science and criminal justice major and originally want to be a law enforcement officer. I became quite jaded after undergrad and disliked the news greatly. Their shows make the news informative and watchable again. I only want to throw the remote at the tv out of depression now not anger Jokes aside great shows.
If you love geopolitics or domestic politics - recent episodes have focused on the former - look no further. Marshall’s insightful questions informed by a remarkable knowledge of world history facilitate fascinating conversations. While you may find the same guests in other forums (including podcasts), these episodes are in a different league in terms of their intellectual depth. Keep up the great work!
This isn’t just some “political drama podcast”. This is real substantive discussion on several serious and relevant issues to our modern day world. One thing I love (but what I’d like to see more of) is when the hosts pause and “set the stage” for all listeners. Political Science was not a Gen-Ed for my college degree so most times I’m left to wonder what some of these terms mean. Neo-Con, Hawks, Doves. Other times I just lack the historical context. But the hosts are willing to include and inform us in their discussions. They’ll stop and ask their guests to define a term or they’ll give a brief history of the topic in question. This is something I’d love to see more of in the future. Audio quality is mostly good too. As someone who works with podcast audio, I think their plosives are a bit heavy. Easily fixed with a pop filter or cover for the mic. If they can touch up their audio and continue to provide context for those less informed as myself, I’ll be happy to change my review to a 5! 100% worth a listen. Edit: Changed to 5 stars! Audio quality seems to be improving + more context given!
It’s always been hard to find shows/news/podcasts that consistently present factual information and hold great conversations. From the dozens of episodes I’ve listened to The Realignment has done both.
A lot of really great guests and very good questions are asked showing a real interest in the subjects. As a history nerd, I am impressed by how much Marshall and Sagar know about and bring up nuggets of history even though I don’t always agree with their analysis. I don’t agree with plenty of their (or their guests’) opinions, but I enjoy hearing them and the way they discuss them. One minor quibble. I’ve heard a couple of episodes discussing the War in Iraq and IED’s and Marshall keeps saying IFP’s when he really means EFP’s (it stands for Explosively Formed Penetrator and is a shaped charge for penetrating armor). I’m not sure what he thinks IFP stands for and I’m not sure why his guests haven’t corrected him, maybe they’re too polite or think they’re just hearing him wrong, but if EFP’s come up again I hope he refers to them correctly (and maybe explains what they are so listeners aren’t just getting Army acronyms).
I consume as much political news and views as time allows me. This podcast is as smart as anything out there. Marshall asks amazing questions and one can tell his level of intellectual curiosity is real and deep. The guests are also well curated and all add to the arc of the overall theme of Realignment. I recommend this podcast to everyone who will listen to me and this is the first podcast review I’ve ever written. Listen.
Simply a great podcast, I’ve been listening for six months now, and am very impressed. Marshall has really risen to the sad occasion of this war to really expand our understanding of the situation, history and possible outcomes.
If you want conservative perspectives that don’t include inflammatory hyperbolic rhetoric then this is a great option.
This is a great podcast that provides solid thoughtful discussion. Much needed deep diving discussion with educated and expert guests. I only wish they would go longer and publish more!
This podcast provides well balanced, realistic information and opinions. I love that they push book sales for their guests as well as adding to their own digital library‘s. I’ve had some great pics since I began listening within the last year. I love that lately they’ve been doing many more episodes per week instead of once a week. Thank you for this podcast!
I originally came to this show through Saager on Rising. I loved the conversations especially around a time where our politics in the US is evolving. Marshall was a great contrast to Saager and I have thoroughly enjoyed the guests and deep conversations they have had. However, as of late, it seems the Ukraine crisis has invoked an emotional response which threw the same objectivity and nuance that attracted me to this show out the window. Marshall has seemed to become a Biden shill. He stated that he likes Biden and the current administration which I appreciated the honesty despite having wholeheartedly disagreeing with that point. The argument he laid out for Ukraine was essentially we (US citizens/politicians) should support Biden in this crisis because politics. That’s just gross to me. The situation in Ukraine is so much more complex than good vs bad and a nuance conversation about it should be warranted. There are no good guys in this conflict. The American people owe nothing to a government which emboldens other governments to commit such evils. Biden has been shady in his dealings with Ukraine and that should be acknowledged. The Ukrainian government has shown corruption at the highest level as well and that should be acknowledged. NATO has committed atrocities across the Middle East for the past few decades and that should be acknowledged. The same compassion and coverage should be had for any war. And this topic I would hope would be approached with nuance and objectivity of all sides but sadly is so blatantly one sided.
Marshall takes the words right out of my mouth when I listen to these episodes. Saager runs a little red for me but makes some decent points on occasion. Lastly, your Ukraine coverage has been top notch! Please discuss the photo recently shared of Lukashenko in front of a map suggesting that an invasion of Moldova is yet to come. -Connor from Brooklyn