The Remnant tries a new experiment that may be the beginning of a new era or a quickly-forgotten one-off: an audio recording of this week’s Goldberg File, the (in)famous weekly newsletter (in case you didn’t know).


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There are 16 comments.

  1. Eugene Kriegsmann Member

    Hell, I just read it! Well, I will listen to the podcast as well. It was pure Jonah, and I can never get enough of that!

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    • July 5, 2019, at 4:56 PM PDT
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  2. Jeff Peterson Inactive

    Oh, goodness, yes — all these years the one disadvantage with the G-File has been the labor one had to invest in reading it!

    • #2
    • July 5, 2019, at 4:57 PM PDT
  3. Arahant Member

    This was a great idea, Jonah. I hope you continue.

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    • July 5, 2019, at 11:24 PM PDT
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  4. JosePluma Thatcher

    Sorry, it doesn’t work for me. I’d rather just read it.

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    • July 6, 2019, at 3:41 AM PDT
  5. Penfold Member

    Reading. So 20th century.

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    • July 6, 2019, at 5:21 AM PDT
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  6. Belt Member

    Personally, no – I’ll stick with the text version. I think that works better then audio.

    Side note – Any chance that you could make the G-File available on a webpage someplace? I prefer going there to email.

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    • July 6, 2019, at 5:45 AM PDT
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  7. Egg Man Member

    At first I found it annoying, then it kind of worked.

    But the sound quality was excellent!

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    • July 6, 2019, at 6:36 AM PDT
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  8. Eugene Kriegsmann Member

    JosePluma (View Comment):

    Sorry, it doesn’t work for me. I’d rather just read it.

    Having finally listened to it, I have to agree with Jose. What I love most about Jonah’s podcasts is his spontaneous speech. His writing has the same feel. It just flows. This felt stilted and a bit uncomfortable, the flow wasn’t natural or there at all. I have read every G-File for several years now, and enjoy them all. I will continue to read them and listen to the Remnant, but these readings just don’t do it for me.

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    • July 6, 2019, at 8:36 AM PDT
  9. Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… Member

    OK, I tried to get through this, but broke down at the silly and childish anti-Trump rant at the end. I’m going to ignore the substance, and focus on my potentially useful feedback to Mr. Goldberg, which is stylistic.

    He is not a skilled at reading out loud.

    He is a good speaker. I like his speeches and like his extemporaneous talking, from the Remnant to GLoP to Fox (years ago, when I used to watch Fox).

    But his reading voice is a strange combination of flatness and sing-song.

    I had the same problem with the audio version of Suicide of the West, which was substantively excellent.

    I offer this as constructive criticism. It might be something that he could improve with practice. He needs to try to read as if he is just talking. A few people seem able to do this naturally, but most cannot.

    I don’t recommend that Mr. Goldberg give up on this, but rather that he keep trying.

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    • July 6, 2019, at 11:14 AM PDT
  10. Paul Erickson Member

    I’m with Jose. Don’t waste your time reading what works best as written text.

    And PLEASE change that awful Remnant theme music!

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    • July 6, 2019, at 11:16 AM PDT
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  11. LibertyDefender Member

    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):

    OK, I tried to get through this, but broke down at the silly and childish anti-Trump rant at the end. …

    He is not a skilled at reading out loud.

    Over a year ago I canceled my own damned subscription to the G-File.

    This episode of The Remnant podcast did not convince me to re-subscribe.

    This episode of The Remnant podcast convinced me to not listen to any future G-File readings .

    My loyalty to The Remnant podcast is at this point a very thin thread.

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    • July 7, 2019, at 8:28 PM PDT
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  12. Rick Banyan Member

    Sorry, Jonah, reading the G-File doesn’t work that well. A written column allows for jokes, asides, and links that don’t translate too well to a spoken format. (Ask your couch, he’ll agree.) The other thing is that you sometimes get into some serious philosophical/political territory in the G-File and I think that the density of your serious prose won’t work very well spoken aloud. I like both your light hearted stuff and your serious discussions in a G-File—for the G-File to work read aloud, you’d have to rewrite it and then it would lose its distinctive quality.

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    • July 7, 2019, at 11:43 PM PDT
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  13. Miffed White Male Member

    LibertyDefender (View Comment):
    Over a year ago I canceled my own damned subscription to the G-File.

    I got that reference.


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    • July 8, 2019, at 4:44 AM PDT
  14. Illiniguy Member

    I prefer the printed version, as well, because seeing it show up in my inbox on Friday afternoons has become the official beginning of my weekend. But if you want to continue with the broadcast version, how about enlisting the Fair Jessica to do the reading? There’s nothing like a wife to inject a bit of skeptical lilt into a dialogue. I’d bet that there’d be a whole lot of “He said that?” tone that would come through. Jonah could do the canine updates, however. It just seems fitting.

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    • July 8, 2019, at 5:40 AM PDT
  15. DrR Thatcher

    Good idea, Jonah! Keep it up!

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    • July 8, 2019, at 6:23 AM PDT
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  16. RS711 Listener

    I enjoyed it. I would keep doing it. 

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    • July 8, 2019, at 7:01 AM PDT
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