Look, this isn't a maximal-effort production here at NeverTired. While I might not get too sleepy on the job, there's a lot left on the table before I get all the way to journalism.

But perhaps I overestimated what the absolute bare minimum requires, because I have been encouraged and impressed by the almost psychedelic laziness on display by Vox's podcast The Impact. Let me give you an example, a voice-over driving the podcast asking:

But, if they have the option of expanding Medicaid with federal dollars, why wouldn't they? We asked this mid-level bureaucrat we had on the phone for other reasons. <plays audio> "Well, I'm just in charge of implementing policies, that's not really something it's appropriate for me to comment on." I guess we'll never know why, it doesn't make sense to us! And look how bad that choice is!

Obviously this is a paraphrase. But it is shockingly close to a transcript. And, like, I'm pretty sure some double-digit percentage of people in those states also opposed expanding Medicaid. Surely you could at least attempt to actually hear the reasoning before dismissing it. Or, if you weren't going to listen, don't make it seem like supporters of a policy are failing to stick up for it.

Almost every episode is a fresh hell in which I find myself pressing through, not the truest test of my forbearance but unusually punishing for leisure. If I stop, I'll just be in one of those ideological filter bubbles, I think through gritted teeth. If this is what people truly believe, I should have the empathy to listen, I remind myself through the frustration of hearing someone announce as though it is obvious, and surely you are a moron for disagreeing, that the reason something is expensive is because the government doesn't regulate the price.

At the end of the day, it's shockingly condescending, extremely confident, and (admittedly, by them!) produced out of ignorance, a state of affairs that should rosy any cheeks. And I say this as someone who is embarrassed quite frequently: their lack of shame is worrying. I don't think they are psychopaths, but... I mean, I can't see into their souls. I truly worry about why they produce a program like that.