The good part of American scandal, is that the series are interesting. Every series explores a different but serious subject in decent detail. The podcast is fairly well researched, the storylines are quite compelling, and the narration has a nice pace. So far, so good. This podcast has the basics down. And if American scandal had just run with that, it would have been a five star podcast.
But a good podcast takes more than just basics, and unfortunately that's where things fail.
The most obvious failure is the horrible sound engineering. Time and again, the narrative is drowned out by a drone of supposedly ominous "music" clips (probably some freebie faux-rock). More depressingly, the same "music" is repeated in every episode of every series. So much for fantasy for the sound folks at Wondery.
Another annoying part is that all staged scenes are basically told by the same person. So, when a woman is featured in a scene, you'll hear the voice of the same guy who tells the rest of the story. No additional cast, just one guy narrating everything. I guess that reveals something about the budget limitations at Wondery.
Lastly, there's the gazillion of ads interrupting each episode. Sure, you can pay up and use the Wondery app, or you could fast-forward, but given my previous gripes, I'm kind of done with this podcast already.