Stay Tuned With Preet


A new podcast from WNYC Studios invites listeners to "join Preet Bharara, former U.S. Attorney who fought corruption, financial fraud and violent crime, in a series about justice and fairness."

Regular readers know Bharara as the former U.S. attorney who subpoenaed and gag-ordered Reason in 2015 while demanding information about several online commenters who used strong language to condemn the federal judge who sentenced Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht to life in prison.

Naturally, I hoped his foray into podcasting after being unceremoniously fired by President Donald Trump would be terrible. I am sorry to report that Stay Tuned With Preet is measured, informative, thoughtful, and well-produced.

Bharara has the law-and-order bias you'd expect from a guy with his résumé. And there's an insidery chumminess between host and guest that can be grating. But interviews with outgoing Sen. Jeff Flake (R–Ariz.) about his decision to leave Trump's Washington and former New Jersey Attorney General Anne Milgram about the Mueller investigation are detail-oriented, thorough, and fair. Bharara's voice is even rather velvety, damn him.