Blocked and Reported

Episode Archive

Episode Archive

87 episodes of Blocked and Reported since the first episode, which aired on March 24th, 2020.

  • Ethan Watters On The Latest Skirmish In The Never-Ending Recovered-Memory Wars

    January 25th, 2021  |  56 mins 55 secs
    ethan watters, interview, moral panics, recovered memories

    Katie and Jesse bring on Ethan Watters, an author and freelance journalist who helped debunk the recovered-memory craze back in the 1990s, to discuss the most recent development in that area: an article in The Cut that Watters does not think does a good and accurate job relating the (scant) scientific evidence for recovered memories. The hosts and Watters also discuss certain arguable therapeutic parallels between the recovered-memory movement and treatment for youth gender dysphoria, as well as the general tendency of liberals to violate their "We <3 Science" stance fairly regulary when moral outrage is afoot.

  • Andy Ngo Way Should Ben Shapiro Be Deplatformed

    January 18th, 2021  |  54 mins 16 secs
    andy ngo, ben shapiro, deplatforming

    After Jesse addresses the totally baseless rumor that he went to Yale Law School, the best law school in the country, where (in this false scenario) he got very good grades, the hosts talk a bit more about online content moderation and then discuss two recent stories about controversial right-wing media figures: the backfired attempt to deplatform Andy Ngo's book, and the widespread outrage among Politico employees that Ben Shapiro was allowed to author an edition of the Playbook newsletter.

  • UNLOCKED: Should Social Media Platforms Have Banned Trump?

    January 14th, 2021  |  32 mins 50 secs
    censorship, deplatforming, donald trump

    This one's pretty straightforward: Should social media platforms have banned Trump? What about all those other people? Also, now that he has moved Jesse finally reveals a dark secret about one of his old building-mates. (Jesse has a new audio setup and his sound quality will be better next time. It's Katie's fault, somehow, probably.) This was originally a patrons-only episode, so please consider becoming a susbcriber:

  • The Trumpsurrection Knocks Bean Dad From The Headlines

    January 11th, 2021  |  1 hr 6 mins
    donald trump, far-right media, insurrection, online outrage, terrorism

    After discussing whether Blocked and Reported led directly to the siege on the Capitol, the hosts discuss that strange, terrifying event. They debate whether it can be safely examined in something of a vaccuum, or should be put in the broader context of what appears to be a rise in political violence in the U.S. They also discuss some of the most unhinged responses. Then they talk about Bean Dad. Remember Bean Dad? We yearn for a world in which Bean Dad is the day's most important story on Twitter.

  • Two White Podcasters Resolve The Issue Of Racial Slurs And The Controversy Over Alec Baldwin's Esposa Latina

    January 4th, 2021  |  55 mins 31 secs

    After reflecting on what a great year 2020 was, except for the many serious hardships Katie endured, the hosts start 2021 with a bang: specifically, a bang that sounds a lot like a racial slur neither of them can say. A white teenager in Virginia didn't get the memo, though -- what should the punishment be, if any? Then Jesse and Katie turn their attention to a story that is rather 'picante': Hilaria Baldwin's attempt at identity-forgery. What an estupido time to be alive!

  • Let's Talk About Sex (And Hanukkah And Bad Journalism), Baby (feat. @Aella_Girl)

    December 28th, 2020  |  1 hr 17 mins
    aella, hanukkah, intercultural understanding, julie bindel, religion, sex work

    Jesse relates the story of Hanukkah to Katie. Then Jesse makes a fun announcement and an angry announcement. Then the hosts throw to a lengthy interview they did with Aella (@aella_girl on Twitter), a sex worker, OnlyFans one-percenter, and occasional rationalist provocateur who has lived a very interesting life. They talk about drugs and sex and life and online controversy. Plus, Julie Bindel pops in to raise issues with certain contemporary understandings of sex work.

  • On Mental Health, Youth Gender Dysphoria, And Our Own (Arguable) Fallibility

    December 21st, 2020  |  1 hr 1 min
    gender dysphoria, media criticism, mental health

    In a true sign that anything is possible in this crazy universe of ours, the hosts note that there were some errors in the previous episode and explain exactly what they were. Then they discuss some mental-health-talk from Jesse that rubbed one reader the wrong way and continue on to the show's main event: a major court decision on youth gender dysphoria in England and an incredibly shoddy article in Foreign Policy about it.

  • What In The Everloving Name Of Diversity, Equity, And Inclusion Is Going On At Google?

    December 14th, 2020  |  1 hr 2 mins
    artificial intelligence, dei, google, jon stokes, tech, timnit gebru

    A major blowup at at Google led to the firing or resignation (depending on who you ask) of Timnit Gebru and accusations that the company's social-justice efforts are performative at best. But behind the scenes, some Googlers are telling a different, slightly more complicated story. Who's right? Katie and Jesse bring on Jon Stokes, an Ars Technica founder who is much better connected in the tech world than they are, to help explain this tangled controversy.

  • Inside The Vicious, Deranged, Literally, Metaphorically Violent World Of Young Adult Fiction Twitter

    December 7th, 2020  |  57 mins 6 secs
    jessica cluess, online outrage, online shaming, social justice, ya twitter

    One would not expect an online community devoted to discussion of dragons, vampires, and teenage heroes to be a cesspool of almost unimaginable toxicity. And yet! In this episode, Jesse walks Katie through a recent history of young adult fiction Twitter, aka "YA Twitter," attempts to explain how it got to be such a Hobbesian hellscape, and dives into the latest 'scandal' involving allegedly racist and violent tweets.

  • Jordan Peterson Causes Tears, And Suzanne Moore Could Use Some Beers

    November 30th, 2020  |  1 hr 5 mins
    gender identity, jordan peterson, media, self-id, suzanne moore, the guardian, trans rights

    After a very tense intro during which Jesse berates Katie for not being there when he needed her most, the hosts discuss a Vice News story about staffers at Penguin Random House Canada so overwhelmed by the existence of Jordan Peterson's new book that they broke down crying, and Guardian staffers so overwhelmed by the existence of a debate over certain claims about sex and gender that they drove columnist Suzanne Moore out.

  • Episode 39: Are Monkeys Inherently Racist?, Is College-Obama A Creep?, And Other Pressing Matters

    November 23rd, 2020  |  52 mins 4 secs
    antiracism, appropriation, barack obama, neuroticism, race, republicans

    After the hosts celebrate a major achievement and Jesse goes on a little rant that is Super Political, Katie and Jesse delve into three stories of profound internet nonsense involving privileged white people doing antiracism, a Toronto editor VERY mad about a new broth-joint, and some of Twitter's most neurotic people getting super mad about Barack Obama's college conduct.

  • Bari Weiss Is Right, Part II: Philosophy Schmosiphy

    November 16th, 2020  |  1 hr 7 mins
    bari weiss, censorship, helen lewis, liz bruenig, rock paper shotgun, video games

    After Katie talks about her new dog-testicles-centered newsletter, the hosts discuss the latest events in the ongoing saga of Helen Lewis's voice getting erased by Ubisoft, and then turn their attention to a New York Magazine article about the internal tumult at The New York Times that, like everything else which happens in this crazy world of ours, simply proves the hosts were right all along.

  • Democracy Is For Stupid Jerks

    November 6th, 2020  |  55 mins 49 secs
    culture wars, democracy, democrats, white supremacy, wokeness

    In a very special episode, Katie and Jesse discuss a long, stupid week in which democracy had its way with the American people. What should we make of the fact that the election was closer than many expected and the Democrats were denied their "blue wave"? Patriarchy? White supremacy? Wokeness? Also: Jesse dissects Donald Trump's incredibly lazy, half-assed meltdown.

  • Glenn Greenwald Leaves The Intercept And The Section 230 Saber-Rattling Continues

    November 2nd, 2020  |  1 hr 16 secs
    censorship, glenn greenwald, online media, section 230

    After Jesse tells Katie a harrowing story about his recent journey into the heart of 'Manhattan,' the hosts discuss Glenn Greenwald's departure from The Intercept, an outlet he helped found back in 2014. Then they turn their attention to Section 230, a law that made the internet what it is today (for better and for worse), and which seems to be attracting bipartisan ire of late, especially among people who don't really understand technology.

  • The Problem With "Involuntary Conservatives" And With Accidentally Taking Your Dick Out At Work

    October 26th, 2020  |  55 mins 25 secs
    #metoo, dave rubin, eric weinstein, idw, intellectual dark web, james lindsay, jeff toobin, mike rosenberg

    Lotta dicks this week. After addressing some reader reactions to their The 1619 Project segment last week, Katie and Jesse critique the idea of "involuntary conservatives" so enraged by wokeness that they have to vote for Donald Trump. Then the hosts turn their attention to a salacious media story involving a certain New Yorker staff writer and, well, there's no more polite way to put this, but, um, his penis.

  • The 1619 Project, Hunter Biden's Sweet Gig, And Facebook And Twitter's Panicky Incompetence

    October 19th, 2020  |  49 mins 15 secs
    censorship, facebook, free speech, media, nikole hannah-jones, the 1619 project, twitter

    Katie and Jesse discuss the recent and not-so-recent controversy over The 1619 project, the reputational perils of getting in constant fights with idiots on Twitter, and the tangled story of Hunter Biden, a blind guy at a laptop-repair shop, and a controversial New York Post story. Along the way, Jesse engages in some shockingly casual anti-Ukrainianism.