54 episodes

Americans don't know how to solve problems. We've lost sight of what institutions are and why they matter. The Long Game is a look at some key institutions, such as political parties, the U.S. Senate, the media, and the church.

The Long Game Jon Ward

    • Government & Organizations
    • 4.8, 59 Ratings

Americans don't know how to solve problems. We've lost sight of what institutions are and why they matter. The Long Game is a look at some key institutions, such as political parties, the U.S. Senate, the media, and the church.

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
59 Ratings

59 Ratings

Paul B2019 ,

Great Content, need better production

I've listened to two of Jon's Long Game podcasts now (Voter Suppression and Andrew Sullivan). For both, I'm been thoroughly impressed with the depth to which he explores the topics with his guests. I'm hooked and will continue to listen.

That said, I really wish the sound quality were better. With Andrew Sullivan, there needed to be some kind of sound leveling. Sullivan would talk loudly for a second and then mumble. With the Voter Suppression, the interview was conducted over what I think was a mobile phone line and the woman interviewed is hard to understand .

I want to keep listening. What can you do to improve the sound?

Thanks,

ReportThis505 ,

Understanding institutions

Institutions are supposed to be grounded ideological ideas that last for years, but what happens when something or someone throws a monkey wrench into the system? This is what Jon Ward tries to answer in his one man band podcast, “The Long Game.”

I was introduced to Jon Ward through an interview with Skye Jetani on “The Holy Post Podcast.” I happened to stumble upon Ward’s podcast later when I heard he interviewed National Review’s Jonah Goldberg.

After listening to his interviews with Goldberg and his friend from Snapchat, I have found Ward’s conversations to be refreshingly nuanced and deep. He talks to people from both sides of the political aisle and engages in thoughtful conversation, while acknowledging and maintaining his point of view.

I will echo statements made by other reviewers about the sound quality of the podcast. The background noise is distracting such as the constant fidgeting. I only want to hear the voices of the interviewer and interviewee.

Also, while Ward does establish a wider view of perspectives from politicians to media members, he does not talk to many people from religious institutions. He does speak with people such as Andrew Sullivan about the fall of Christianity, but why not have Skye Jetani on to talk about how Christianity is rising in other political circles? Or why not speak with Jerry Falwell Jr. about how he sees his Christian institution influenced by Trump politics? Despite the supposedly shrinking influence of religion in politics, why not discuss how it still influences the conversation in other ways?

The greatest strength of Ward as a journalist is that he comes from an evangelical background, so he understands the Religious Right. I hope he uses his perspective more in upcoming podcasts to understand religious institutions in politics.

az 88 ,

Jennifer palmieri

The sound quality so bad she didn’t sit and speak into mic

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