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The room needs some sound treatment. Also I found Sam's constant vocal fry annoying and difficult to listen to. Sorry, yes, I'm OCD.

I agree. Just considering the way he delivers: knee up & frying voice & looking at the ceiling a lot are not a good combo to make a great first impression.

He has Ezra Klein voice. Or maybe it's called NPR voice.

Would Sam talk to someone higher status with a fry voice, like he couldn't be bothered to muster the energy to speak normally? No. Vocal fry is used to show that the speaker is higher status. Genuinely high status people don't use it because it's a passive-aggressive way to show higher status.

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