Blocked and Reported

A Podcast About Internet Nonsense

About the show

Journalists Katie Herzog and Jesse Singal scour the internet for its craziest, silliest, most sociopathic content, part of an obsessive and ill-conceived attempt to extract kernels of meaning and humanity from a landscape of endless raging dumpster fires. (And sometimes they talk about other stuff, too.)

Episodes

  • Protests And Riots Everywhere, Media Insane, Things Bad, And So On And So Forth (BONUS EPISODE)

    June 2nd, 2020  |  41 mins 43 secs
    antiracism, criminal justice reform, george floyd, media, police reform, robin diangelo

    There's so much going on that Katie and Jesse are back again, already. They discuss the protests and riots, the media's handling of some of the complexities of police reform, and the difference between meaningful and performative activism. Should they appoint themselves leaders of the nationwide movement for criminal justice reform? Hard to say.

  • CPK (Central Park Karen), Racist Policing, And The Endless Battle Over Online Shaming

    June 1st, 2020  |  48 mins 30 secs
    amy cooper, christian cooper, media, nypd, online outrage, policing, race, racism, social media

    Katie and Jesse discuss the Amy Cooper/Christian Cooper incident in Central Park. Is this different from other instances of online shaming? Do we lose something when, in trying to understand a complicated problem like police shootings and other abuses, we focus in on individuals rather than institutions and structures? Why all the focus on white women?

  • Ronan Farrow, Jia Tolentino, And An International Network Of Powerful Lesbians

    May 25th, 2020  |  57 mins 36 secs
    alison roman, ben smith, gender-critical feminism, jia tolentino, media, ronan farrow, terfs, twitter bullshit, woody allen

    Summing up a truly brutal week for media news involving journalists who are younger and more attractive and successful than they are, Jesse and Katie discuss Alison Roman (racist?), Ronan Farrow (bad fact-checker?), Jia Tolentino (parents human traffickers?), and gender-critical feminists (running a giant global conspiracy to oppress and control lesbians?). You will never ever again want to hear the term 'bluecheck.'

  • Layoffs And Teigen And Roman And Kondo And Feel-Bad Liberalism And Patreon

    May 18th, 2020  |  33 mins 57 secs
    alison roman, chrissy teigen, diversity trainings, feel-bad liberalism, journalism, marie kondo, media, robin diangelo, the stranger

    Katie leads off the show by discussing her layoff from The Stranger and reflecting on her mixed feelings about her time there. This sparks a broader commiseration about journalism being screwed. After Jesse reads Katie a super-thoughtful poem he wrote for her, the hosts tie up some loose ends about that whole Chrissy Teigen/Alison Roman/Marie Kondo thing. Jesse then unpacks a viral tweetstorm that screams "feel-bad liberalism." In the final segment, the hosts unveil the show's new Patreon page and ask listeners to empty their banks accounts to support Blocked and Reported. In other words, PLEASE SUPPORT US ON PATREON: PATREON.COM/BLOCKEDANDREPORTED .

  • We Were (Joe) Biden Our Time But We (Candace) Owens You An Episode About Tara Reade

    May 11th, 2020  |  48 mins 52 secs
    candace owens, gamergate, joe biden, social autopsy, tara reade

    After Jesse gets things off to a fantastic start with an uplifting story about dog feces, the hosts finally relent and discuss the Joe Biden/Tara Reade situation. Does this case reveal the limits of "believe women"? Of trying to pretend long-ago accusations can be hashed out apolitically? Then the hosts move on to Candace Owens and her tweet calling for her Michigan followers to defy the government, before the episode finishes with another story from Jesse, this one about his extremely unpleasant online run-in with Owens in 2016.

  • BONUS EPISODE: Chrissy Teigen Vs Alison Roman Vs The White Women Of Twitter

    May 10th, 2020  |  24 mins 35 secs
    alison roman, chrissy teigen, class, jonny sun, marie kondo, race

    Katie and Jesse convene an emergency session of Blocked and Reported to discuss the controversy that has dominated Twitter this weekend. Just how racist is Alison Roman? Just how woman-of-color is Chrissy Teigen? These and other highly sensitive questions, answered definitively!

  • Is Bill de Blasio An Anti-Semite? Are Boomers OK? Are Orcs Racist? Is Bill de Blasio An Orc? Are Orcs Boomers?

    May 4th, 2020  |  38 mins 19 secs
    anti-semitism, baldur's gate, bill de blasio, boomers, coronavirus, covid-19, diablo, orcs, politics, racism

    After Jesse consoles Katie over her lack of a serious medical diagnosis, the hosts discuss whether Bill de Blasio's tweet about the Jewish community not following social-distancing rules was truly meshuga, or whether there was some truth to it. Then they move on to a discussion over a popular narrative about Boomers and coronavirus, and finish things up on a lighter note with some orcs-and-racism talk.

  • Are You Woke Enough To Pay For A Sex Worker? Also: What's The Matter With Meghan Daum? (Featuring Meghan Daum)

    April 27th, 2020  |  1 hr 7 secs
    class, coronavirus, meghan daum, mel magazine, sex work, sex work decriminalization

    After the pod gets off to yet another rough start thanks to a vicious anti-bread tirade Katie levels at Jesse, the cohosts discuss "Why Won't Woke Boys Pay For Sex?," the MEL Magazine article that lit Twitter on fire last week: Is Progressive Sex-Worker Discourse in line with most people's intuitions about the nature of prostitution? Then the cohosts move on to "I Left New York for Greener Pastures — and a Puppy," a controversial Meghan Daum article in GEN. Soon they are joined by a special guest, who may or may not be Meghan herself (yes, it is her).

  • Episode 5: Katie And Jesse Decide Who Is Valid

    April 20th, 2020  |  59 mins 35 secs
    alex berenson, coronavirus, online validity discourse, the post millennial

    After Katie almost destroys the podcast with her wanton use of the worst slur in the English language (or any other), the cohosts discuss an outrage story about Canadian military pronouns and Alex Berenson's coronavirus contrarianism. Jesse then tries to unpack Online Validity Discourse, leading the cohosts to discuss questions like "What does it even mean to be valid?," "How many people can you have sex with before you're not asexual anymore?," and "Would Jesse dress better if he were gay?" The show ends with a brief chat about the show's possible Patreon future.

  • Episode 4: Real Time With The Louis C. Rogan Experience

    April 13th, 2020  |  44 mins 3 secs
    bill maher, coronavirus, donald trump, joe rogan, louis c.k., metoo, race

    After Jesse tries to gaslight Katie into believing she's Jewish, the cohosts discuss a trio of Problematic Men: noted offensive-opinion-haver Joe Rogan, noted masturbator Louis C.K., and noted racist(??!!!) Bill Maher.

  • Episode 3: Nice White Ladies Pay To Get Called Racist Over Dinner

    April 6th, 2020  |  46 mins 34 secs
    coronavirus, gender identity, race, race to dinner, rebecca sugar, regina jackson, sairo rao, steven universe

    After diagnosing Jesse's troubling cough and recapping Katie's not-quite-nettles tea incident, the cohosts discuss the effect coronavirus is likely to have on the dumbest flashpoints in the online culture wars, Katie invalidates the existence of a popular creator, Jesse complains about the Twitter police, and the episode concludes with a critique of the I Am An Evil White Woman Punish Me Please flavor of anti-racist education and 'activism.'

  • Episode 2: "You Essentially Stole My Podcast"

    March 30th, 2020  |  57 mins 50 secs
    blocked party, coronavirus, crime, donald trump, media, media ethics

    In the wake of a shocking accusation of Grand Theft Audio, Katie and Jesse discuss disbanding their just-launched podcast as penance. Then Katie talks about her pandemic shotgun wedding. The duo also debate whether TV networks should stop broadcasting Donald Trump's given all the right-wing misinformation flying around about coronavirus, ponder the surprising similarities between Bernie Bros and Liz Lasses, and discuss a Washington Post article about some dude's bad tweet.

  • Episode 1: The Pilot

    March 24th, 2020  |  37 mins 46 secs
    arielle scarcella, coronavirus, internet culture, pilot, politics, shaming, we're all gonna die

    In the hotly anticipated pilot episode, hosts Katie Herzog and Jesse Singal explain what Blocked and Reported is, Katie reveals her SPECIAL PANDEMIC ANNOUNCEMENT, and the hosts discuss the "Why I Am Leaving The Left" subgenre. Also: some hints on Old Internet Stuff that can help you ride out the end of the world.