@cmgbeyer thanks so much for sharing the feedback...we aren'y joking when we really ask for our listeners to provide suggestions. We all want BV to be the best it can be.
I think you make a good point about how in-depth we can into a segment. When putting together a segment we have a few considerations we put in place:
- do our homework so we can base our views on practical evidence.
- strive to make it entertaining.
- touch the key topics and areas.
- try to ensure the segment keeps the listener engaged so they don't get bored and either stop listening or skip the segment.
The challenge here is with (3) and (4).
With a topic like gun control, we could record an hour-long show dedicated to it and still not cover enough ground. We could record an entire series of shows and not cover it in detail.
While I agree that a 10/15 min segment is not enough, I don't know what the middle-ground is without dedicating an entire show to it. My inclination here is that instead of trying to cover everything, with provide more focus on a specific part of the debate (e.g. for gun control, we could have focused more on mental health).
I also have some resevations about making a topic a theme through the entire show (such as your interviews idea). The reason is that if our listeners are not interested in the topic, the entire show is going to be less interesting. With out current format a listener uninterested in a topic can skip it and still have other topics of interest in the show for them.
So, in a nutshell, I entirely agree, but I am not sure what the answer is. Ideas and discussion welcome!