I really enjoy the show. It makes me feel I understand this tangled topics better. Can’t wait for season four.
Captivating, and especially important work on a topic that wants badly for thorough investigation and honest discussion.
I find the show to not only be entertaining but also a lesson on history that is not always taught in schools. It shows how one person can make a difference. Imagine how much easier it would be today to be the Peanut B
Think this American Life meets history of law.
Over the course of three seasons, The uncertain hour has dealt with three issues -- welfare, regulation, and the war on drugs. All three seasons are fantastic but I particularly liked the one on welfare. Learning 1) how states individually interpret (and, arguably, misinterpret) the best use for welfare dollars, and 2) learning how drug companies have gone to great length to make money at the expense of public health, were the two standout lessons for me from this podcast. I honestly think this is probably one of the best podcasts out there and really encourage you to check it out.
I went through season 1 in a few days, so interesting I kept listening. Turns out, I didn’t know much about welfare at all. Very well done.
I am a sucker for good and thorough investigative journalism, and The Uncertain Hour podcast delivers it in spades!
I LOVe this show. I’m learning so many things every episode. It’s interesting, brave reporting and makes seemingly dry stuff relevant and conpelling. A+
A lot of things I never new, in an objective manner
I just start listening at season 3 about the war on drugs... it’s really so much more. I’ve been binging for several days. I’m blown away with the research, interviews and insights. The threads connecting the episodes are easy to follow and feel like a natural progression in telling the story. I’m a recovering alcoholic/addict. Some of the interviews touch a little to close to home at parts but are a true representation based on my experiences.
The first season was great. Kept my attention and I loved listening. Second season was a complete snooze fest. The peanut butter trilogy should have been one episode max. I don’t understand why you spent so much time on the peanut butter segment, it was extremely boring. The rest of season 2 was slightly better. Season 3 was good, but not as attention grabbing as season 1. I guess I’ll tune in to season 4 and hope I don’t unsubscribe.
I love the depth of reporting and the efforts taken to present all sides of the story in this podcast. I have enjoyed all three seasons of this podcast and look forward to what comes next. I would have liked to see 1 more episode in Season 3 that focused on the impacts of the greater community of the current drug epidemic. My small town has seen a 300% increase in property crime the last few years. It would be nice to know if there are ways to mitigate these issues while still supporting people in recovery.
Thank you Marketplace for creating this exceptional podcast. I went back to season 1 and binged from the beginning. Thank you for tackling big issues with nuance, humility, and openness. We need more journalism like this and more people to explore issues with conversations longer than a sound byte. My only complaint is that the season is over.
Very high quality reporting and production value - the interviews with people who have actually lived in the middle of the drug war really help you get an understanding of how it affects the average citizen. I’ll be listening to this one again; something I never do with podcasts. Great work Marketplace - you should be very proud of your work on this one!
This podcast is spellbinding. I can’t stop retelling people the stories. You won’t find this long-format, mesmerizing kind of journalism anywhere else. Just see if you can resist being sucked in! Love it!
Great show but...dude. Heheh. Uuuuuuhhh. If you’re in early recovery from drug addiction? You may wanna sit this one out. They use the word crack, or crack cocaine, or bag of crack - roughly 6000 times in the first episode. It seems to me that HWs address was little more than a commercial for dwindling crack sales? And if podcasts have taught me nothing else it’s “trust absolutely no one. hear me? no one” - then I’m inclined to think that this podcast is nothing more than a commercial to sell crack. We all know cocaine is a helluva drug. Some of us are trying harrrrd to forget that fact. If you fall in this category just listen to Last Podcast on the Left
I hope this podcast is around for many more episodes! Season 3 is a highlight but the other seasons are just as well-produced, thought out, and engaging. Also bonus points for the extremely on point outro song choices of both Bone Thugs and Warren G, that made me smile 😊
The Uncertain Hour packs a lot of fun and education into the time allowed!
I just want to first start by saying I love, love this podcast. Especially the season on the war on drugs. I thought I knew a fairly good portion about the war on drugs but there were things I learned that I had no idea about. I love the premise of the podcast and just wanted to suggest a possible topic for next season that I think will interest a lot of listeners. Payola. It’s a old music industry practice that I feel is being brought back into the forefront by fans of pop artists. Especially with the introduction of music streaming practices and their inclusion on billboard charts.I believe it perfectly encapsulates what we( mostly the internet) fight the most about but know the least about and I’d love if you’d cover it for next season.
Fantastic work, thought-provoking and important.
It would have been great if your podcast would have covered how crack made its way into the black community. It made it’s way there via The Reagan Administration providing assistance and protection of some Colombian drug lords to finance the war in Nicaragua. Those drugs the Colombians sold made its way into South Central LA bought and sold by “Freeway Ricky Ross” and his crew. You should have interviewed him he would have confirmed it.
I liked the first two seasons of The Uncertain Hour in a casual way—it was interesting reporting about subjects I didn’t know a lot about. The third season, which covers drug epidemics, is where it really hits its stride. The third season takes place largely in Wise, VA. I live in nearby TN and am intimately familiar with Appalachia, its economic challenges, and its drug problem. Rarely have I been this impressed with “outside” reporting on a problem that (contrary to many media depictions) is not solely a problem affecting poor white southerners.
Informative, well researched public policy information provided in a factual, engaging format. Exceptionally well done.
This podcast is well done and worth spending time listening to and supporting them. They have focused, thorough episodes with a variety of points of views and people they interview. They pose questions in a logical way outside of typical binary political views, but they don’t seem to over edit the interviewees for their political comments.
Only through Season 1, but high hopes of critical examination of complex issues were greatly unfulfilled. Production quality is good but analysis of issue and assumptive conclusion is sophomoric. I’ll give other seasons a listen to see if they improve with experience but my expectations are pretty low at this point. If you need surface level confirmation to support your own bias then this is your show...
In-depth analysis and report is well documented and presented
Well researched and explained! It’s hard for me to read article after article. It’s much easier to have things laid out for me in this format. Love it.
Interesting stories covering relevant topics unfortunately with a liberal bias at times.
I always look forward to the new seasons for this podcast. They are well done and great topics.
Such interesting stories, told in such an entertaining way.
Excellent reporting and a clear narrative helps simplify a complex subject. Best podcast of its kind.
I’m giving you 5 stars strictly off the fact that you played Bone Thugs at the end of a welfare episode
It seems in the OxyContin episode that rather than give credit to the doctors in the original focus group for refusing to prescribe the drug due to the lack of clinical trials on addiction, you take the ever-popular position of doctor bashing and lay blame at doctors for answering the question asked, which was “is this marketable under the current information.” They answer no it is not.
This podcast does such a great job in this gripping, thought-provoking series. If you enjoy social science, you'll remember what you learn from these episodes forever. Thanks for existing, Unscertain Hour.
I’ve only listened to the first season and I was pleasantly surprised by how well it humanized an issue that is very relevant to yet not taken seriously by most people in a way that left me feeling both entertained and informed. It is an important podcast that should be listened to a far larger audience to help them be more informed of the processes that affect the products they consume every day.
Excellent job ! Where our country be without investigative reporters like you . Thank you
This country’s politics is so messed up and this is more proof of it. Beyond that it also shows how racial EVERYTHING is in America.
Well researched and interesting stories.
I dig stuff from NPR, I also like this story. I like the perspective but I think we need to be a little more careful about the emotions we’re eliciting. I have a hard time feeling sorry for a crack dealer. Yes. Institutional racism, poor upbringing all of this are things we should be pointing out and changing but spinning it so that I’m supposed to think that somehow Keith isn’t ultimately culpable for selling drugs to agents near the White House is a ridiculous proposition. Don’t be stupid, don’t sell drugs. Being poor isn’t an excuse for selling crack and not knowing you’re being trolled by DEA agents
Takes situations that seem like they should be mundane and makes them interesting and pertinent to our current lives.
Very knowledgeable and compelling. I want to hear more! I’m a middle class white woman and I find the information being relayed really interesting. It’s a different perspective on the war on drugs. My husband who is half black and white grew up in a rough area in North Jersey so I’m sure he can relate. However this is more foreign to me and it is good information for me to reflect on my children's up bringing since drugs seems to be a problem in every town now.
The backstory and the what a why is fascinating.
The title is so true; I didn’t know exactly what entailed in welfare system. Now I am smarter and have an informed discussion. THANK YOU NPR!
This is a thoughtful, but lively discussion of issues that may seem boring, like federal regulation or welfare. The program balances personal stories with experts and evidence to create a mix that allows a person to understand an issue and how it relates to the everyday life. Consistently excellent
Interesting, timely, important topics. Well-researched and, most importantly, has helped me get facts straight and engage in more thoughtful conversation. Many thanks!
As the nation grapples with fatal drug overdoses that are ten times the numbers at the start of the war on drugs, this podcast, in the first two episodes, brilliantly tells the history of the political cynicism and myopia that ignored history, data and suffering. The reporting is exquisite, the story telling compelling, and the research authoritative. This podcast should be heard by every public official trying to figure out how to respond to the deaths and addiction from Fentanyl, heroin and prescription opioid drugs. Cocaine production in Colombia is skyrocketing, the addiction problem will get worse and we need a fundamental shift to embrace harm reduction strategies to save lives, protect communities and avoid the economic devastation of drug war collateral consequences.
ITs a great podcast
No reasoning was applied here. The writers failed to move from premises to logical consequences, inference steps were not followed therefore the podcast is just filled with confimation biases! I'm out!
This is one of the best podcasts I have heard. “The Wire” of podcasts.
The new season continues to excel. Fine writing, narration,depth,and above all- surprise ! Held my interest throughout and I learned a considerable amount. Also uncovered some political maneuvers attendant today. Great job!!!
But I’m so grateful that it was there to get. This is a reality that needs to see more light of day. I encourage everyone who thinks they know and love their country to take a listen.
This is probably my favorite podcast on the air right now. They do an amazing job of taking complex topics and breaking them down in a fascinating, understandable, and informative way.
The best example of real in depth, informative journalism and storytelling. It has caused me to re-examine decades of assumptions and misinformation. Love it!
Amazing reporting. Really enjoyed hearing the other side of the story. Hats off to the team that produced this podcast.
I can’t overstate how much I look forward to each episode. While everything Marketplace puts out is fantastic, this series is really something special. The first season taught me everything I didn’t know I didn’t know about welfare. Then there was the story of regulations in America and the secret history of the origins of the opioid epidemic. Now I’m fascinated to hear about the drug war in the U.S. from their perspective. Please give it a listen. You will learn much and be captivated.
In-depth, human, and some of the best reporting right now. More than worth the listen.
Awesome reporting and such a great look at the drug war. They also tell it in such an entertaining way that makes listening so easy.
The newest episode (Season 3, Episode 1)--like the past episodes--is journalism at its best storytelling. The stories take things we thought we understood (ie the crack epidemic of the 80s) and turns that understanding on its head. I love the host--down to earth and fun to listen to. Looking forward to the rest of the season!
In depth, multi episode arcs, the best podcast out there. The approach they take - starting from what one might assume about welfare, over regulation, etc - and then turning it on it’s head by exposing nuance and truth underneath...it’s perfect. Thanks so much, please give this a listen.
This is an incredibly good podcast that does an astoundingly good job of making misunderstood and complicated topics (welfare, regulation) simple enough for a simpleton like me to understand. In an age where so many cheer for their political party in much the same way they cheer for their favorite football team, this podcast dares to cut through the crap and get to the heart of the topics that divide us.
Well done, thought provoking and informative
What an excellent podcast. All of the informative content, none of the frenetic faked enthusiasm of Marketplace/Planet Money et al. I’ve really enjoyed the multi-episode series on welfare reform and regulations. Where else could I learn about all these unlikely connections? Please keep it coming. The more in-depth, the better. I’m an NPR listener: I WANT all the details.
Season 1 was fantastic. I am much better informed thanks to this show, and I feel like any debate on welfare should be prefaced by the information presented here. I look forward to more deep dives and great journalism
Really excellent reporting, engaging stories, even if the topic doesn’t seem so at first.
I really enjoyed both seasons. They do a great job with commonly overlooked and poorly understood (yet really important) topics: cash welfare & government regulations.
Love the Uncertain Hour! Great reporting, in-depth stories, and truly entertaining. Listen now!
Unlike network TV news, she presents in a direct but not alarming manor. Ms. Clark should be given the Rachel Madow slot at MSNBC. You can actually learn something here. Thanks. Jim/Maryland
This is an amazing podcast and amazing reporting. They cover important and interesting topics and provide cultural and historical context that really help shed light on the issues.
Enjoyed every episode of the two seasons! You learn so much about things everyone should know. Thank you
I love how this takes an in depth look at these controversial topics.
Your in-depth episodes on peanut butter were very well done and have caused me to change which peanut butter I eat, and will probably influence my food purchases in general. I didn’t realize that my peanut butter was “peanut-flavored cold cream”. Thank you!
I cannot say enough positive things about this podcast. In-depth, deeply thought-provoking. I’ve listened to both seasons and plan to listen again. There’s so much to learn and digest. I came away from both feeling more knowledgeable but much less certain of my views. Thank you for the great work.
This is fantastic and fascinating
I've just finished Season 1, Episode 3, and I'm a huge fan so far. Great journalism. Very important history lesson as the Trump Admin pushes Medicaid work requirements onto the agenda.
Season 2 continues the excellent reporting on complex issues in government while remaining accessible to the casual listener. Highly recommended.
On the reporting level very high marks, insightful and pertinent, but personally don’t like artificial cliffhanger break up of the narrative or cute examples of things. I’m thinking of “backsies “ which really irritated me at first and then grated with repetition. I don’t need childish analogies to understand the material. This is a personal reaction and congratulations on overall presentation.
There is variation of course. Some episodes are merely okay. But others are absolutly stunning--perfect balance of information and story telling that expands understanding of things everyone should know about.
Loved this second series on regulations! The way they reported on different topics that all tied back to regulations, how they start as laws and take form once they get to the agency to create the teeth or lack there of.
This is a well-produced podcast with good storytelling and an interesting perspective on economics and government regulation. Having spent the better part of fifteen years in the bubble of liberal/progressive thought and in recent years evolving my perspectives, I'm more sensitive to detecting bias. The "longstanding myths" The Uncertain Hour chooses to "bust" curiously always seem to be those that run contrary to liberal economic and political orthodoxy. The Uncertain Hour follows a drumbeat common in non-profit media: antagonize corporations and extoll the intervention of government. Since like-minded people tend to produce these podcasts, certain questions get asked while others don't. So the result is cherry-picking stories that confirm a political predisposition and presenting as the standard perspective through which a topic or issue ought to be discussed. The episode of railroad regulation was a particularly egregious example of the hosts conflating the people and government, vilifying corporations, lauding government regulation and patently ignoring the most ignored problem with our economy today: regulatory capture. It’s no wonder. The show’s hosts collaborate with the likes of liberal voices like Vox to push truth omissions disguised as fun, wonky, “here’s what REALLY happened” tone that is patently opinion. You can listen to the The Uncertain Hour as long as listeners understand that it's just one subjective storytelling of economics and government intervention. You can expect digs as capitalism and apologetics for every form of government regulation that is commonplace. Liberal reporters like these should lay off conservative news because it’s warping their perspective. Reporting isn’t a rebuttal. It’s reporting the truth. Uncertain Hour, like most media today, gives us a slice of the truth and forces us to dig someplace else for the rest of it. It turns out the things we fight the most about are often just things we disagree on.
This is an amazing podcast worth 45 minutes of your day everyday. When a season is over you’ll wish it was longer and wish there were more like it. It takes a deep dive into poorly understood political topics that are truly essential to our lives. This should be required listening for all Americans.
I really enjoy the in-depth historical perspective this podcast provide when analyzing current controversial issues.
If there is a Pulitzer Prize for podcasts "Mosquitoes in a nudist colony" should be submitted and the Marketplace team shoud win, without question. Who would believe that an arcane topic subject such as the Legislative veto would be so completely engaging. Well reported, well written, and excellent editing with sound bites from audio files decades ago. Kai watch your 6 o'clock Krissy is out there doing great work. Just kidding....We are lucky in Austin to have former Marketplace anchor, David Brown, at KUT and doing excellent work. It is a pleasure to listen to all of you. LARRY
I love this podcast! Every episode is filled with fascinating information that really effects my life. I love listening. Thanks for putting together this top quality podcast.
So well done! This podcast has changed my thinking about so many things. Funny how having all the facts does that!
This is one of the best podcasts available today. The host brings a high level of empathy to challenging subject matter. I started on season 2 and am now going back for season 1. Every American has a responsibility to understanding such topics as welfare and regulations. I can think of no better lessons than this series provides. I have never spent an hour getting more depressed while feeling more hopeful at the same time. There is hope if everyone learns the same info and this podcast asks all the right questions. For those skeptics I can also add that there is no agenda advanced only a human empathy and deep investigation into how things are the way they are.
Unbelievably important work! Purdue Pharma should not still be in business, and several people from the FDA need to be held accountable.
An excellent podcast that delves deeply into the heart of seemingly dry bureaucracy and surfaces with fascinating and intricate stories of people and ideas.
Love the content and manner in which multiple opinions/view points are covered!
Little campy at times but perfectly relevant and well put together. Beautiful content and exceptional journalism.
This has quickly become one of my go-to podcasts to listen to. Engaging, interesting, and really makes me think.
This podcast is fantastic for when you have a long trip coming up because you can listen to many episodes all at once. Highly recommend the “peanut butter grandma” season.
Great podcast. Enjoy!
Thank you for your in depth reporting on things that we argue the most about but know the least about. Knowledge is power. You empower your listeners.
Thank you for diving deep into subjects that are under-addressed, under-appreciated and misunderstood. Both seasons are excellent!
This podcast is simply brilliant! I like the way the producers present the stories in a simple to understand format. I especially like the episode on the over crimination of the United States. The episode will brow you away by going behind the headlines and the sound bites and giving you a true fact supported reason for and against regulations. We might not like them and their is good reason why we shouldn’t at the same time the episode tells what can happen when pork is sold with a ‘pronounced odor of sex’. Interested yet??? If you are listen the series it will open your understanding of the world of regulations. Personally I can’t wait to see what they will talk about next. Great job team. I am proud to be able to write this review unsolicited.
This podcast contains some of the BEST investigative journalism I’ve heard. It gets past talking points and into the nitty gritty details. Please keep the episodes and the seasons coming!
Amazing. Love this program.
Never thought political policy could be so interesting.
Great info for educators in goverment, agriculture, and food science.
Learned so much!
I'm not a review guy, but more people should be listening to this. Sorry for the paucity of the review, time constraints, just wanted to get my 5-stars on record. UPDATE: It's 6 months later, I forgot I'd left this, and just endured the hassle of upgrading itunes (which I do not use) JUST to leave a review for this show which continues to be fantastic!
Favorite new podcast, can’t wait for each new episode. FIrst three episodes : Revealing reporting on the history of food regulation through the story of what makes peanut butter really peanut butter. Episode 6 however has excellent summation of the relationship between corporations and government, and why we need government to keep corporations in check.
Fascinating stuff! Thanks!!!
Fantastic, fascinating, educational.
Very informative! One of my favorite podcasts. Thanks so much!!!
I don't know how this podcast got its name, but it's certainly the best deep dive Marketplace has ever done. It carries on the Marketplace tradition of involving the people who made the news and focusing on relatable people who feel the impact of big govt. decisions. The host and staff create great stories, exposing the arrogance and selfishness of those who craft govt. policies (both in and out of govt.) and the humanity and vulnerability of those whose lives are affected by those policies.
Possibly best podcast out there about policy
I absolutely love the deep dives this show takes on different policy issues. I’ve learned so much and super angry about it all.
Krissy Clark and her team do a wonderful job reporting on and bringing well-thought and positioned analysis on interesting and thematic happenings and how they relate to our economy. Who knew a 3 podcast series on peanut butter could be so interesting? Well worth it!
There is no better show in the vast world of podcasts that does a better job explaining public policy. The first season should be required listening, and second season is great so far!
OMG. This is excellent. Informative, clever, well-reported. Great stuff from the Marketplace team. Keep doing it!
Just found this podcast...listened to the Peanut Butter series and Opiod's in West Virginia. Very thoroughly researched and engaging.
At my company we have a course titled Label Lingo. We learn to read and analyze what is listed so we are better educated about what we eat and the impact on our wellbeing. Can’t wait to share this three-part report with the course developers. I know they would find it as fascinating as I did.
Detailed, in- depth piece of investigative work. It's the tune Big Pharma frequently sings. Loved it and this podcast!
Thank you for creating these reports!
expands my world and understanding of the insidious nature of those keeping so many people in poverty
Wonky, deep-divin', public radio podcast denizens deliver deliciously important longform journalism! *like*
A great inside look at the real story behind the opiod epidemic.
Great work on how government regulations are made, and how corporations seek to influence the process of their creation.
This season on government regulation has done a fantastic job of showing me its crucial role in our lives and the way that corporations seek to influence the process of its creation for their own benefit.
Along with Sarah Kliff’s “The Impact” from Vox Media’s podcast network, “The Uncertain Hour” is essential investigative journalism into the implications and ramifications policy-making on the ground level. The two-parter about peanut butter at the beginning of season two blew me away.
Research and storytelling at a high level
Thank you Krissy Clark and the rest of the people who make this wonderful and insightful podcast.
The peanut butter story is the perfect example of a government process I ignore because part of me childishly doesn’t want to know about the governments impact on the little choices in my life. The Uncertain Hour changed my world by crafting an engaging story with excellent details and telling in a way that only the brightest minds from Marketplace can. I have more insight today for having listened to the story and they made quite easy to do so. It was engaging, with cliffhangers, voices from the past, and specifics that drove the message forward. I can’t wait for more, though I worry about the intensive research required when developing these investigations This podcast easily deserves a spot on your playlist and I’m sure it will move up to a listening time when you aren’t likely to be interrupted
This is a great podcast series. Season 1 was compelling, and Season 2 is no less so. Thanks to the team that works on the show—a real treat.
Fascinating stories shedding light on the world we live in.
each episode is thoughtfully packed with mind blowing stories and details. i just keep talking about this podcast and encouraging friends to listen... it does make you wish it could pushoutside of teh bubble of people who might already listen to NPR...
It is refreshing to listen to news/podcasts/documentaries that tell the whole picture. I am truly impressed by what I hear and look forward to more episodes when they are released.
Such a great podcast.
Just listened to riveting 3 episode on the peanut butter grandma, Ruth Desmond. Ruth was at the beginning of the consumer role in FDA, representing consumers to ensure that PB contains mostly peanuts. Looks no forward to hearing more shows about how regulation system works.
This podcast is honestly spectacular in my humble opinion. Expected to be disappointed and hear a bunch of the same talking points that the media spews all the time, but I was so wrong. Krissy Clark delves deeper into these topics than anything I've seen yet, and she does it SO WELL. She works hard to remain objective, and really explains the situation and how we got to this point.
Great detail is included for the topics covered in The Uncertain Hour. Thank you producers and hosts for doing a great job!
Peanut butter is important! All peanut butter lives matter! The second season of The Uncertain Hour with is an amazing deep dive into how the executive branch of our government creates policy and enforces legislation. Even things like the food we eat is watched under the eyes of our government, but do they always have our best interest in mind. The story of the Peanut Butter Grandma is an inspiring story on how a citizen can make an impact in our government-in our every day life. Plus...who doesn't love peanut butter?
The uncertain hour is an amazing program. This is the most well researched news podcast, a joy to listen too! This program is unbiased and free from commercial bent. The peanut butter wars should win a Pulitzer for radio! I really learned what the FDA is all about Suraj Achar MD
The history of food safety in the first couple episodes was super interesting and a necessary thing for us to learn so history doesn’t repeat itself.
Excellent! Started listening with the Peanut Butter series and I am enchanted. Great work.
I absolutely love this podcast. I love how it’s constructed. The content is all new to me. I love how each episode is a story with a beginning middle and end, that links to a topic that is universal. The host’s voice is even wonderful to listen to. She invites you into learning about something and is not compelled to share her opinion; just the stories surrounding the events that the podcast focused. on. The first season was awesome and this second is great so far. My only complaint is that each episode should be posted weekly!
Incredible podcast. Worth being sick so I had time to find this. THANK YOU for making this.
I listened to the first two episodes while raking leaves in MI. I can’t wait for the next installment. If there is this much history to peanut butter what about the other million items on the shelf?
Heard a bit of this on marketplace and has to find the podcast because found it so compelling. Already looking forward to the next episode.
The first season of the podcast was outstanding--I learned so much, and it felt like listening to my favorite story. It was a journey of information discovery, not a lecture. Second season is starting out great as well. Thank you, Krissy!
Glad to learn about Ruth Desmond and her activism. Wish more people like her would stand up against the food corporations. Thank you for uncovering the peanut butter scandal. Please keep up the great work!
I really enjoyed season 1 and am looking forward to getting into season 2!
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Wonderful. Pulled me in from the first episode. Cannot stop listening. Amazing work.
My new favorite podcast. Essential listening for anyone with an opinion on welfare.
This podcast is storytelling and research at an optimal level. This podcast will educate you while keeping your interest peaked. The production team puts together great editing, music, and pace making for a smooth and enjoyable listen. The creator and host is an incredible researcher. She’s incredibly thorough and great at picking out the most fascinating bits of the subject distilling them into a super storytelling.
I didn't know about The Uncertain Hour (TUH is an awkward acronym) until Sarah Kliff from Vox mentioned it during her excellent podcast "The Impact" - so am starting with season 2 and hoping to get back to season 1 later.
This is a thoughtful, well-produced look into the welfare programs of the '80s and '90s and their aftermath. That said, the underlying, unspoken question is, "How should the world's wealthiest nation treat its poor and downtrodden?" It is painful to hear the story of a 59-year-old woman--my age--explain that the scars on her arm came from selling her plasma every week to make ends meet at her 2-bedroom trailer home. This is juxtaposed with the voice of Republican Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, explaining how welfare robs people (women) of the dignity of work. Even more painful to hear is the story of an African-American woman who discovered in the '80s that there was systematized discrimination at the welfare office against black women. There were literally charts that showed that a single mother of 3 was entitled to so much, if she were white, and to so much (less), if she were black. Why? Well, because "Black families can do with less. White families just need a little more." That story gets worse before it gets better. But it does get better, thanks to the determination of that spunky 83 year old.
I loved the first season for the way it dove deep into welfare reform and the repercussions of the legislative process — some anticipated, some not. And I think the choice of exploring the regulatory process for this season is great, given that the current executive is working hard to undo as many of the regulations put into effect by his predecessor as possible. So it’s a good time to consider: what are regulations, actually, and why do we have them? Kudos, Marketplace!
Public policy for beginners. Each season is a crash course in a widely-misunderstood issue. And it’s GOOD— I get irrationally excited when I get notified of a new episode, sometimes dropping what I’m doing to listen. Blisteringly smart, vibrant, and highly engaging... it’s like no other documentary podcast you’ve heard. The production quality and storytelling is unparalleled. I even love their theme music. Long may Krissy Clark guide us through these murky depths! Tell your friends!
Absolutely loving this podcast and looking forward to the next episode on government regulations and peanut butter grandma. I love this so much that I went back to the last season and I’m listening to them consecutively. Having a Masters degree in Social Work, i’ve seen some of the fall out of the change in welfare. I think this series needs to be included in the academic curriculum of every major.
This podcast is amazing. I’ve always had questions about safety net programs and the first season was approachable and well researched. Season 2 is looking that way too. Keep up the great work!
I started on season 2 and I was really impressed with the first episode on the beginning of food safety regulations in the US.
Who knew that learning the ins and out of the welfare system could be so engaging and thought provoking? Looking forward to season 2.
This podcast is really good. The research, the story telling, the topic. I don’t normally review podcasts but wanted to ensure this one has the support to keep going!
Hands down the best, most interesting, educational, and enjoyable podcast series out there. More, please!
Love podcasts that keep my focus throughout and leave me wanting more at the end. Listened to part 1 of the FDA/peanut butter story and it did exactly that. It’s got our subscription and downloads for our car drives. Thank you!
I’ve been patiently waiting for the second season of The Uncertain Hour since I finished season 1. I’m definitely not disappointed. The first episode is already hella engaging and I can’t wait to listen to this story unfold. If you haven’t listened to season 1 yet, do that first cuz you can binge all the episodes and learn some really interesting stuff about welfare in this country. I love this podcast! Thanks Marketplace!!
I enjoy this podcast and respect how hard this team works to provide great episodic programing . If you enjoy learning new information then you should just listen for your selfe.
A friend said “if I ever did radio, I would want to make something like the uncertain hour”
Fantastic start. If they can continue to show the Public the consequences of the policy decisions we make….I’ll listen forever. Updated 10-17 The first year was fantastic. The second year is starting off great. Can’t wait to hear more.
I’m a law student, taking Administrative Law this semester. This show is outstanding. It touches on many of the key themes of our class, but is so much more interesting because it puts a human face on really boring bureaucratic procedure and explores the details and cultural aspects of these stories that help me understand why things are the way they are. I’m more excited for the next episode of this show than I am for anything I’m watching on TV right now.
Great stories you won't hear elsewhere. Fascinating.
Season 1, very well done show. Everyone ought to know about this stuff since it's all our government and guaranteed most people don't have much clue about how welfare works and would be shocked by and disapproving of at least a few things in these episodes, and very likely not what they would've expected.
Very engaging and interesting!
It seems that the second season of this podcast will be just as informative and interesting as the first. Excited for more episodes!
I felt these women and producers really did their homework on the first show. Really good show with deep examples on how government helps and hurts people with laws still on the books to the first episode about welfare
This is essential podcasting for the times we are living in now. I'm a few steps away from collecting cans & selling plasma myself (in fact, I think we all are not that far removed since, as this podcast proves, the safety net, she is full of holes) so this reporting is scary but extremely necessary. Krissy Clark's delivery is so engaging, and the people she interviews - just amazing. You couldn't write them in fiction, they are all so heartbreakingly alive/ complex/ positive despite what they've gone through. Those people who passed the "welfare to work" program in the 90s - here I summon all my righteous outrage in asking: How can they sleep at night? I hope HRC is taking notes (and not listening to Bill anymore).
Truly lives up to it's name.
I stumbled upon this podcast last year with skepticism, but as soon as I listened to the first episode, I considered it a 'happy accident'. Illuminating and easy to follow. I'm so excited the podcast has come back for another year and I look forward to relevant and on point reporting. Thank you!!
This podcast is an example of the absolute best in reporting. Every American should listen to this. It is so, so useful to understand what is REALLY going on in hte welfare TANF program. I will share this podcast wide and far. Thanks for this exceptional podcast!
For once I am thankful my teacher assigned homework :)
Doesn't really tell you what to think about wealth and poverty, but gives you the tools on how to think about it. Love it!
I absolutely LOVE this podcast. It is so insightful on an issue that doesn't get much humane coverage. If you are a fan of podcasts that delve into serious issues like This American Life, I would highly recommend this.
Riveting. And infuriating.
Can't wait for the next season!
This is a very well-done series and excellent reporting on a topic I was not too familiar with.
This is an extremely well-done show. It's food for your heart and your brain.
This podcast has re-shaped my thoughts about welfare and government assistance. Thanks APN!
I am absolutely loving this podcast. Something I get very frustrated about is government spending because I simply don't understand where all these billions and billions of dollars go. I am sure the next season is already in works, but I'd really like to see this podcast look at military spending. As a military member I see a lot of spending that happens because of legalities that don't really make a whole lot of sense at my level. I'd be very very interested to hear what could be found out about how contracts for military spending works and where all the money really goes. Regardless, I'll stay subscribed and stay tuned for next season, whatever it may end up being about!
A great podcast!
Politicians love to talk about welfare (how it should be preserved, how it should be destroyed), but if this podcast hints at anything, it's that they don't know anything about welfare. While the media goes ahead demonizing the poorest citizens, the Uncertain Hour goes around investigating the reality of their lives. A first step to stopping all of the assumptions of laziness and welfare queens and bringing solid reporting into the public conversation. My only worry is that those who do most of the assuming will not be taking the time to listen when they have already made up their minds years ago.
The fairest and only reporting I've seen on the topic of poverty and welfare.
The thrust of the podcast is laid out in the intro: "We often argue the most about subjects where we know the least". Season One focused on the US welfare system changes in the 1990s and their effects in the ensuing 20 years. Though the creators have a clear bias that the changes and effects seen in the system do not reflect the traditional purpose of welfare, the reporting is fair and informative and avoids taking a specific side. Worth listening to no matter your political stripe.
Very informative, everyone who complains about people on welfare should listen to this podcast
This podcast is one of my favorites. Indepth and informative. The information on welfare reform blew my mind but in a good way.
So educational, informative and well produced. Included it in my syllabus for a policy class. Well done!!
i loved this podcast; really well produced, lots of human interest and taught me a ton about welfare-as-we-know-it. great job!
This first season on welfare was excellent! So informative and presented in an interesting way.
I always intend to review podcasts. This podcast helped me to overcome the inertia. It is interesting and informative and I highly recommend listening to it.
Good policy reporting is so rare, and this is as good as it gets. Detailed, factual, but intensely personal as well. So so good
Unique coverage of an interesting and important topic. Listen to it. Tell your friends to listen to it. Ask your congressman to listen to it.
Way to go Marketplace, taking on this system that every American has an opponion about but very few actually understand.
Please! More of this!
"The Uncertain Hour" is an incredible, engrossing, insightful, and incredibly educational podcast. Anyone with an opinion about welfare should listen — including all politicians and journalists. Supurb reporting! And a great medium to untangle an issue we know so little about, but have a lot of opinions about.
For so long, I've been trying to find something to listen to that gave a palatable take on welfare. Beautifully done, and enjoyable to listen to. 👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾
Necessary and insightful reporting. This kind of information is what's missing in today's network news media. Listen to this podcast beginning to end! You will be better for it.
Really great, insightful stories. It's important that as many people listen to them as possible.
I just discovered this podcast and I'm so happy I did. This is an intelligent and informational program that goes into great detail on economics of things we should all know about and better understand. I enjoyed the first season, which focused on welfare reform and the results. Bravo.
This podcast did exactly what it said it would do: Provide a ton of information of the subjects we argue about but know very little. The reporting and story telling are on par or exceed any podcast out there. It's in-depth and enttertaining and informative. I can't imagine a scenario in which anyone could have covered the topic of "Welfare" in a better way then was offered in this podcast. I can't wait for the next season and beyond.
I love this podcast because it's well produced, Krissy Clark is a fantastic host, and it's incredibly informative. And not only informative but also important in understanding how welfare operates in 2016.
Timely podcast about the welfare reform work that was done in the 90s during the Clinton and Newt years. Manages to convey the information without a lot of outrage or political blame, even though I found myself shaking my head in disbelief more than a few times. If you care about government spending, or taxes, and how we take care of our fellow citizens, this will be eye opening. I hope folks in Congress are listening, and that some changes are made to clean up some of the gaps when the programs come up for reauthorization soon.
Listen to this podcast! You will not regret it. No matter what your political position, you will be more informed after listening to this.
This series on welfare, and welfare reform is exceptional! The reportage has shined a light where few have. Every episode is riveting. Hearing the third episode about Jo and her daughter collecting cans and selling plasma to survive is shocking. Extraordinary reporting! 5 star for sure.
I thought the journalists did a great job of letting people tell their own stories (though maybe a little more of this from some welfar receipients would have been nice) and combining that with 'expert' analysis and research.
This is so good. I am learning so much about welfre reform from the point of view of folks who have been impacted. I know the data, but this tells the story of problems with this program that continues to drive poverty in our economy. Not a hand up but a push down. Thanks for bringing these stories to the airwaves.
Thoughtful, insightful, troubling. Sooooo good!!!
I have enjoyed Marketplace reporting from all of their desks for the better part of 15 years. Season 1 is among the most engrossing of all Marketplace reporting that I can remember with a clear mind. Please keep it up! I need something like this while I’m working on my tractor all day.
Really loved this. Lots of evidence and information. I thought I knew a lot, but I learned a lot more. Thank you!
Interesting, engaging, thoughtful. Enjoyed in depth coverage of a relevant topic in today's society!
I had no idea about the results of the Clinton Era welfare reform. This podcast has made me completely re-evaluate Clinton's presidency.
Really insightful and fun to listen to. It is presented in a really clear way and challenges common thoughts on welfare.
This is a great podcast! It is very insightful and it's helping me to change my perspective on things that are mostly based on stereotypes, media and political hype. I highly recommend it for people who "think" they know.
This is excellent. I wish there were hundreds of podcasts like this!
Thank you for telling a story that desperately needs to be told. With all the misconceptions and biases surrounding welfare reform, The Uncertain Hour offered a nuanced look at today's welfare system. They tell multiple perspectives of how welfare money is spent and the personal stories of those that it affects. I wish the public debate around welfare included even half of the stories they told.
This is a great podcast and I highly recommend it, but can anyone explain why I should have any incentive to download this when I also listen to marketplace and each new episode shows up as a marketplace episode? Please, whoever is in charge of this, stop also putting these episodes on marketplace.
Great listen for anyone interested in how public policy addresses the needs of struggling Americans.
It's amazing that there are so many different views on what welfare is and a bit disturbing where the money is actually sent. I am so glad I came across this so I could learn more!
Truly and lightning I must say this was a great podcast --INCONEL
Very informative and relevant!
"The thing we talk about most and know least about." So true. Thank you to the Marketplace team for finally shining a light on welfare--for looking at it from every angle with research and thoughtfulness. SUCH IMPORTANT WORK.
Wow. I had no idea how TANF funds are actually spent. This changes everything.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this podcast--The Uncertain Hour--to learn the unknown/forgotten history of welfare (its slogan is so appropriate: "where the things we fight the most about are the things we know least about").... The 4th episode just came out and I'm blown away by what I've heard so far---the racism, sexism, and classism informing welfare policies historically; the ignorance guiding Clinton's welfare reforms in the 1990s; etc.; and the gross misuse of money that should be going toward needy families. A real eye opener of a program!
Another great production by the Marketplace crew. Krissy Clark is amazing!
Learn about topics in a way that no other media source is providing.
An amazing glimpse in to what little we know about the welfare system in America. Truly worth your time. You'll be stunned to learn how your tax dollars are, and are not, being spent. 10/10 reporting, data, and production quality. Thank you!
I love in-depth reporting. I love a well told story. History is my thing. And, what can I say? I am fascinated by welfare. This is a super interesting podcast. Don't miss it.
So timely and fresh
The white glove test, home inspections, breaking down doors to ensure men were not in the home. We are in a state of emergency in America and the more marginalized the community the more significant the emergency. This podcast gives me a lot to consider. My perspective has been shifted on this topic. THANK YOU!
This podcast is brave enough to cover a touchy topic, and it does it in a very in-depth and explorative way. Voices of those affected as well as those responsible for policy are present. I feel much more informed on the topic and hope they cover Maryland soon, just so I can hear what they have to say about my state. The production is fantastic, and the whole series exudes confidence and experience. Would highly recommend!
Marketplace's poverty desk takes on economic hardship with superb reporting and investigation into welfare programs, past present and future. Extremely compelling, relevant journalism that resonates.
I work in public policy and I didn't know the extent of oddness about the use of TANF funds. Delightful show, learning a lot.
Great detailed coverage that not only helps me understand the issue covered but also informs my own critical thinking in the broader context of other controversial national issues!
The exposé on welfare is superb. Really some of the best investigative reporting I've ever heard.
Thank you very much for this project. I am hooked and so surprised. I consider myself informed but this is something that I absolutely had no idea about.
I just started listening to this podcast series and I'm hooked. It's well-researched, entertaining, informative all at the same time. It's the best of what podcasts should be.
Thank you for covering a topic sooo misunderstood and very politicized
Brilliant, interesting and so smart.
Crissy is doing a fantactic job of reporting on this topic of welfare. It bring to light a system that has been warped from helping the poor to helping the not so poor. Super insight and digging out the truth.
This podcast should be the standard in news reporting. It is insightful, thoughtful, and intelligently-written. Thank you for producing this!
Even at this early stage, the intelligent discussion and illumination discussed within is wonderful. Until you realize that this is not some fantasy novel or from other nation. I urge anyone who has any idea of what "Welfare" is to listen to this. All is not as it seems.
A must listen! It is mind blowing how little we know about one of the most highly debated and controversial policies in politics. The podcast is engaging, thought provoking, and shocking.
This podcast is great so far.
It is hard to underestimate the importance of understanding how and why we deal with poverty in this country, so that we can develop a better system to deal with the problems. The fantastic reporting in this series is essential in that understanding. I hope that next season this podcast deals with the 1994 crime bill, why it came into being in the havoc that it wreaked.
No one is making the kind of podcast that Krissy Clark and her team is making with The Uncertain Hour. The content is fascinating and the way the story is crafted leaves you captivated and wanting more each week. Creative, unique and a must listen!!
Wonderful exploration of the US social welfare system.
The depth and detail of this exploration of a complicated topic is just awesome.
An amazing podcast that should be listen to by everybody in America. It hits at the heart of what is one of the key political, financial, moral, economic and social issues facing our country. I think it's fair to say that we have all had a conversation where we have expressed an opinion that needs a second look, and this is that second look. Rich and poor, right and left, conservative and liberal all have something to learn from this incredible journalistic exposure.
I've listened to both episodes on offer. The presenter is knowledgeable, you can tell the topic has been well-research. Everyone makes assumptions, but it seems few people ask what these programs do, and how they change the lives of others. I enjoyed listening to interviews with welfare recipients, and with lawmakers trying to "reform the system." Look forward to hearing more about this!
Whenever a successful conservative program occurs there's always a liberal activist to repudiate it. This presentation was a perfect example. Totally un-persuasive.
This podcast is off to a fantastic start. People have a broad range of views on welfare - even something as basic as what it is. It's great to see the dynamics and history of welfare in America, and it's important to understand those reforms and their effects. We've now had 20 years to see what those reforms have wrought....hopefully we can learn what has improved and what hasn't. Looking forward to hearing and learning more!
Been enjoying the up&coming Krissy Clark’s stories for years. Just learned of her new long form journalism radio project, "The Uncertain Hour". It’s really great. Reminds me of George Packer’s “The Unwinding” which I listened to as an audio book combined with the brilliance of Scott Carrier’s "Home of the Brave". If you have yet to listen hope you enjoy!
Another strong piece from the marketplace team. Does have an npr tilt on how things are framed ( see framing of entitlements) but that doesn't make it any less engrossing and worth while. Would like it if it could be a pinch more introspective at moments (the choice to use the word entitlement). I am hoping they address a few more questions like how does illegal immigration play into the modern debate? Is the animus racial or cultural (to cut benefits) and even if we condemn it for whatever reason can we understand it? Something beyond the admirable if simple objective to crush any myth of generosity. Skeptical but hopeful
In depth look at a very interesting story
Interesting history of present day assumptions.
What lovely reporting about a touchy subject that I, frankly, know very little about. Looking forward to the rest of the season.
Great in depth journalism
This podcast delves into issues that we all often talk about but have little acquaintance with and engages them not only on a macro-level but on a human level so that we can see how the economic policy affects people.
How insightful—what a promising beginning. You can’t hear this anywhere else. They’re like little documentaries. High-quality journalism!
I enjoy that it explores all viewpoints in depth to provoke productive conversation on how we might truly improve our nation's relationship of wealth and poverty.
Bravo to Krissy, Caitlin and Gina for a wonderful and much-needed podcast series about how poverty is so often over-simplified and sustained when bureaucrats try to treat it.
A set of stories I didn't know I needed to know. Keep it up!
Excellent podcast. Great and engaging storytelling, all while diving deep into a critical topic. I want more!
A multi-episode series all about welfare -- only the strongest producers could pull that off but so far this podcast has done it. First story was great and I'll continue listening. My only ask would be -- can we give this podcast a sweet theme song like other marketplace spin offs (code breaker theme is my jam and would love this to have one too)
I love learning new things and I've already learned so much in the first episode. Cannot wait for the next one!
The first episode anyway. Love it!
This story is complex and very, very important. Most of y'all are not ready to hear it. But anyone who wants to understand poverty in the USA — not just use factoids to reinforce their pet certainties — will listen to The Uncertain Hour with appreciation. There are no glib "gotcha" lines, and neither political party is safe. Great reporting and editing, well produced.
Very good information that really helps one understand this topic
I love this!
Really liked the narration and the interviews!
Very very intelligently done, skillful story telling, wonderful, captivating. Fantastic.
Moving investigative reporting of political/economic issues that affect low income or marginalized segments of our society. Continues the high standards of Market Place into less traveled territory. Loved the program.
A deep dive into a topic we only see superficially treated in the news and politicians skirt the realities of while feeding us dogma.
This is what makes podcasting worthwhile - well-researched, accessible, engaging. This podcast takes what can be an impersonal, bureaucratic, and highly political chapter in a history book and grounds it in the fascinating, real people who created this story. It's also subtly humorous in a way that doesn't compromise it's integrity or the sobering subject matter. You can't understand poverty in 2016 without understanding what happened in 1996. And this podcast has already started to help me learn and understand so much about this pivotal moment. Highly recommended!
I'd recommend this to anyone who likes long-form current events/public radio podcasts like TAL, Embedded, Invisibilia, and the rest on that growing list. I think what sets this apart is that instead of spending just enough time on a topic to find something quirky or counterintuitive, Krissy Clark and her team are devoting multiple episodes to look at welfare reform from numerous angles. I'm optimistic that their full coverage will be necessary listening in understanding this topic. Engaging and eminently listenable on top of all that.
Great topic, good balance of journalism and entertainment. Looking forward to more!
Very thoughtful, engaging first episode. Very balanced and provides valuable background and context and deeper understanding of “welfare."
This is a fantastic first episode! It’s great to hear a show peel back the surface of a oft-repeated myth that has damaged our ability to look seriously and honestly at how many Americans are stuck working in, rather than out of, poverty. I am excited to hear the episodes that follow! If they are anywhere near this engaging and acute, that would be a great.
Good storytelling is the key to informative entertainment. This podcast succeeds splendidly. These are stories that need to be told, and this podcast tells them well.
Off to a great start. In depth reporting that seems fresh and interesting.
This was a very comprehensive look at our attempts to solve poverty through the means of welfare. It is Shows how five years may be too small a sample size to combat the efforts of poverty on our society.
This is the kind of reporting we need! Clever, thoughtful, illuminating, and actually entertaining, too. The Uncertain Hour took something I didn’t know much about and didn’t think I cared about and made me care about it. Totally hooked. Can’t wait for the next episode!
I wasn't looking to add another podcast to my list, but I'll make room for this one. Well reported, interesting, and important, this podcast is one I will look forward to following.
really nice to hear some smart, in depth research and reporting — looking forward to future episodes! (even if those bizarre welfare songs will be stuck in my head until then)
A audio documentary of 1980's era Welfare reform- looking back at what worked and didn't and why. Educational and entertaining, recommended listening!
This subject came up just the other day with an acquaintance. The view of welfare, as evidenced by that conversation, and the feelings of so many of my friends has not changed much in the past 20 years. I too am looking forward to what, hopefully, is going to be an in-depth study of this issue. It’s just too bad that most of the aforementioned will never deign to listen to it. Ignorance continues to be bliss.
Marketplace you never fail me! Wealth and poverty is always my fav marketplace "desk." Just realized biweekly means every other week. Lameee.
So, it wasn't the miracle expected?
Great to have some context into a misunderstood issue. Real people are affected and we found out how in just one episode. Look forward to the rest.
Hope biweekly means podcast on twice a week, but in any case looking forward to next episode.
First episode on welfare was brilliant.
Really engaging 1st episode.