I stopped listening somewhere around episode 190. There was this transition from “super nerdy niche things Roman Mars enjoys” into a much more mainstream set of topics by other reporters who were interchangeable. I’d love to be proven wrong, but generally a show that makes a push for a much wider audience doesn’t ever get back.
I will admit I still have a huge soft spot for the earlier Radiolab episodes. They are overproduced to a fault, but it’s in such a way that I get swept away by their stories like almost no other podcast does.
Man, I do miss those kinds of podcasts, the ones that plunge you into some small corner of our amazing world. Closest thing I’m a fan of now is John Green’s The Anthropocene Reviewed, which incidentally was also featured on 99pi recently.