Robert Pollie! You need to come back!
Fantastic show, insightful guests that explore interesting topics in depth. Great work! Was sad to see it has been discontinued.
Started listing to 7th Ave Project several years back and started from the begining because I loved it. Sad to see that it has stopped. Hope Mr. Pollie can start this somehow even though KUSP is not around any more.
My #1 podcast
I subscibe to dozens of podcasts, and this is the Mac Daddy. Hands down the best podcast of all. Broad range of topics, and a host who can speak to any.
Miss your show man!!!!
You need to come back!
Great Program - Missed!
I have really been missing Robert Pollie's excellent program. I hope that he ends up doing something similar somewhere. His was my favorite podcast, hands down. I hope you are well my friend. You are missed.
I am amazed by the quality of the interviews--no foolish questions--and discussions. Good preparation. Good delivery. Great style.
I’ve tried many different podcasts over the years, but primarily those dealing with philosophy, literature, and science. However, I keep coming back to Pollie, for his preparation, his respect both for the interviewee and the audience, his broad depth of knowledge, and his comfortable, down-to-earth style.
R. D. Manley
Incredible interview podcast
Robert Pollie is one of the best interviewers I've heard with an uncanny familiarity with countless disciplines.
Long, smart, warm, fascinating conversations
About deep interesting topics
Easily my favorite podcast - the depth and breadth of the subject matter covered is amazing and Robert Pollie has a gift for interviewing. Almost through the whole back catalog - will be lost once I'm finished! I don't know of any other podcast nearly this good.
Show is great
Almost made it through the whole back catalog. This show is amazing. Great interviews with top scientists
Easily my favorite podcast
This is by far my favorite podcast. Where other podcasts like This American Life, Radiolab, 99PI, Love+Radio, and Here Be Monsters (which I also enjoy) are making really cool innovations in story telling and audio production, this one sticks to a more "old-fashioned" interview format. What sets it apart from other podcasts is the quality and depth of the conversations, and the wonderful choice of interviewees. Guests on the show include specialists from an amazing variety of fields (science, comedy, mathematics, journalism, poetry, etc.). Robert Pollie somehow manages to coax his interviewees into talking in-depth about what they love and care about most, while helping them to communicate clearly to a lay audience. The result is truly remarkable. Even the guests often seem surprised at being allowed to go so far beyond the sound-bites requested of them by reporters. This is most obvious in the interviews with scientists and mathematicians. These are areas that interest a lot of lay people, but tend to be either heavily watered-down or way over people's heads. Robert Pollie strikes a balance between nuance and clarity that I wish all popular science journalists would learn from. He often jumps in to provide more accessible explanations and analogies for the listener, asking confirmation from the guest (he often nails it -- Pollie himself is clearly a smart dude). To see what I'm talking about, check out the Dec. 2013 interview with Cédric Villani or the primers on particle physics and relativity. If science isn't your thing, check out the interviews with Laura Kipnis (on gender) and Michael Robbins (on poetry) as a start. Go listen!
Host talks/giggles too much
Topics and guests are wonderful but the host is very distracting, a budding Charlie Rose show-off, know it all type. He laughs/giggles randomly and constantly. He talks too much and interjects random facts to get validation from the guests. I wish someone would tell him he may be the host, but the subject matter and guests are the talent. Whenever I am able to successfully zone him out, it turns out to be very entertaining.
Excellent Interview Show
I love this show. Robert goes to places in the coversations that other interviewers don't seem to know how to find. His preparation is thorough, and he uses his vast knowledge in service of the interivew. Thank you, Robert.
I listen to a lot of radio - Terry Gross, Radiolab, Ted Talks, This American Life- and Pollie's show ranks a notch above these. He does his homework and he has a delightful delivery and way of keeping the conversation interesting with insightful, and often unexpected, questions. Great for road trips! Bill Sullivan
Just found the 7th Avenue Project -- am very impressed! Great variety of topics, and Pollie is an exceptionally skilled interviewer. He develops a comfortable rapport with his guests and is seemingly knowledgeable about everything!
What a great find
This little gem is wonderful
Truly In-Depth Interviews
The 7th Avenue Project features fascinating, extensive interviews done by a host who clearly does his research before his guest gets on the line. Interviews are always better when the subject feels that the interviewer is both genuinely curious and an intellectual equal, and I think guests warm up to Robert Pollie quickly because he shows both of those qualities (as well as a sense of humor). It's difficult to summarize the show because it features a wide array of guests and topics, but regardless of the topic, I feel smarter at the end of the hour.
This show and its host is a treasure
I'm floored by the depth and breadth of these interviews and discussions. The host is somehow able to engage leading thinkers and practitioners in any number of fields, tease out nuances, even challenge them. A welcomed break from other quality shows that mean well but suffer from glib, or quirky, or interrupting, or doormattish hosts, or shows that don't have the luxury of time to do justice to the topic or person on hand--15 or 30 minutes just doesn't work well.
best show ever
great guests and topics!
Excellent, very interesting podcast.
Smart and lively
Finally, I found a radio interview show that goes beyond sound bites and pat questions.Tuning in is like sitting down for a conversation with a really smart guy – host Robert Pollie – who has done his homework and clearly loves exploring life and ideas. I especially admire his probing, but not confrontational, interview style. He brings out the best in his guests -- scientists, musicians, thinkers of all sorts. No fancy Radio Lab-style production here, but you learn so much more. Tune in. I bet you'll become a fan.
A national treasure
Alex Gilrane summed it up nicely: "Most of Pollie’s guests are working out on the edges of human endeavor, and he helps them explain the fascinating stuff they do." Excellent guests, probing questions, thoughtful discourse. Pollie is a national treasure.
Great show! Excellent guests! Highly recommended!
I listen to Robert every week. I recommend you do the same. He clearly puts a lot of time into the shows and it sounds like he know just about everything about all of his guests and their subjects. Give the show a chance. Then give it another every other week.
Robert is wonderful
This show is really good. Robert clearly takes the time to prepare and it shows. I recommend this show to anyone!
Radio at its best!
Robert Pollie, the host of The 7th Avenue Project never fails to impress me with his broad scope of knowledge. Pollie always comes across as being at ease as well as insightful with regard to his guests and the variety subject matter discussed on the show. I am a long time fan of the interview format and this show ranks among my favorites that can be heard on public radio today. As a listener, I have learned much and enjoyed hearing some brilliant, fascinating and colorful conversations via The 7th Avenue Project. I unconditionally recommend this weekly show.
SOMETHING TO ANTICIPATE
IT IS REFRESHING TO LISTEN TO A LITERARY DISCUSSION WHEN YOU KNOW THE REVIEWER HAS DONE IN-DEPTH PREPARATION AND OFTEN SEEMS TO KNOW THE TOPIC ALMOST AS WELL AS THE AUTHOR. THE SUBJECTS WHILE, ECLECTIC, AWAYS HOLD MY ATTENTION WITH THE WIT INSERTED IN THE RIGHT PLACES, AND THE SERIOUSNESS MAINTAINED AT A PROPER LEVEL. IN MY OPINION THIS SHOULD BE A NATIONAL PROGRAM SO MORE PEOPLE COULD ENJOY THIS EXPERIENCE.
The range of subject matter discussed on this program is impressive. Host, Robert Pollie, seems equally comfortable interviewing a guest who is an expert on nuclear physics, as he is joking with a rock and roll film maker. Not only is the scope widely varied, but the listener is convinced that the interviewer and interviewee are engaged on an intellectual level due to Pollie's obvious knowledge of the subject being discussed. As a result, the listener finds himself absorbed in subjects, he might otherwise have avoided. Listening every week is both challenging and delightful.
A happy listener
Great Program, 7th Av. Proj.
I am a lifelong fan of philosophy, music, literature, and sometime later, science. Robert Pollie's show, "7th Avenue Project" is right down my alley. Over the years I have greatly admired shows like This American Life, Rado Lab, etc. I think that Pollie's shows are in this class of excellence. His program is perhaps somewhat frugal in production bells and whistles, but it is superior in content. Pollie's style is relaxed, always positive and enthusiastic in spirit, and at the same time, very professional. I am amazed at his wide field of interests. His interviews with scientists are as interestingly conducted as those with unconventional film makers or novelists. I am surprised that he is not more widely known. But I know that he will be!