The Bobbys

Released Friday, 31st January 2020
 3 people rated this episode
On the occasion of his retirement as cohost of Radiolab, Robert sat down with Jad to reflect on his long and storied career in radio and television, and their work together over the past decade and a half. And we pay tribute to Robert, inspired by a peculiar tradition of his.

This episode was produced by Matt Kielty. Sound design & mix by Jeremy Bloom.

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I enjoyed this episode as a send off for Robert. If I wasn't a Radiolab fan, I might think differently, but it was a nice listen.
I was surprised by this episode. On the one hand I loved how understated this felt. It felt true to Robert's humble nature and was framed in a lovely tribute. On the other hand, Robert leaving my consistent earwaves is really making me sad. He's been a constant presence for so long, and with Jad as the surrogate for the audience, I desperately wanted it to feel bigger, to even more show Robert what he's meant to me as a listener. A feeling I imagine is felt to the nth degree by Jad himself. The episode didn't get there to me. It felt like a small celebration, an anniversary or something similar, instead of a farewell to someone who shaped something so pivotal to me. So for my personal experience, the episode was lovely, and i felt let down that the experience didn't rise to what I feel the occasion calls for.
Did this one get better after the first 20 minutes? I feel like a deep dive into the personal tastes of a podcast host should be an extra, if it is released at all. I didn't make it all the way through this episode. I just don't care what movie the podcast host liked the most in 2005 or whatever.
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