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.)
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How To Deal With Transphobic Alters, How To Survive Your Newsroom's Awokening, And How To Get Ousted From The Screenwriting Industry
August 2nd, 2021 | 57 mins 5 secs
After Katie tells Jesse about a very problematic alter, the hosts respond to an email from a young journalist who feels trapped by the would-be revolutionaries in her newsroom, discuss NPR's new policy regarding expressions of political beliefs, and talk about a memorable blowup in the world of TV writing. Plus: more personals.
July 26th, 2021 | 51 mins 34 secs
The hosts issue a major boob-related correction, talk about TikTok influencers who (appear to) have dissociative identity disorder, and discuss the recent meltdown of a site that (claims that it) is "science-based." Plus: Some other, often-cringeworthy recent skepticism/atheism history, including Elevatorgate (tm).
July 19th, 2021 | 1 hr 12 mins
Jesse regales Katie with tales of meeting Joe Rogan, not meeting Alex Jones, and being scared of guns (while shooting them). Then Katie provides an antiracist monkey-removal update, Jesse tells Katie about the Rachel Nichols incident at ESPN, and Katie more than returns the favor with a deep dive into the drama tearing at the very stitchwork of Lolita YouTube, which probably isn't what you think it is.
July 12th, 2021 | 1 hr 1 min
After the hosts discuss a controversy involving a less-than-affirming puppet show, Greg Lukianoff joins them to talk about the anti-critical-race-theory laws being proposed all over the country, some of which he says represent the greatest threat to academic freedom he's seen in his 20-year career.
Katie and Barclays Give Unsolicited Advice, And An Update To A Story About A Story About Identifying As An Attack Helicopter
July 5th, 2021 | 53 mins 43 secs
After Katie and Jesse discuss their July 4th plans, the hosts talk about Nikole Hannah-Jones winning her tenure battle, Barclays' cringeworthy contribution to Pride discourse, and the complicated tale of the publishing and unpublishing and re-publishing of "I Sexually Identify as an Attack Helicopter," aka "Helicopter Story." Make sure to check out our sponsor, Ground News, at https://ground.news/blockedandreported .
June 28th, 2021 | 50 mins 53 secs
After Katie describes how she and Jesse had their First Amendment rights literally murdered by an NYC venue and Jesse provides a weird update to last week's Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie/Akwaeke Emezi episode, the hosts talk about some reparations-related drama at Seattle's Pride and "Code Switch"'s strange decision to join the pileon against Majdi Wadi, a Palestinian-American businessman who did nothing wrong.
June 21st, 2021 | 57 mins 37 secs
After Jesse offers a mass amnesty to the individuals he wrongly (?) blocked, Katie, in a surprising move, comes out in favor of murdering adorable innocent puppies with big watery eyes. Then, as part of the podcast's seemingly bottomless obsession with drama surrounding Nigerian novelists, the hosts discuss Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's viral essay about how horrible Online is and debate whether it's okay to attack her with machetes.
June 14th, 2021 | 50 mins 12 secs
Katie (white) and Jesse (white) talk about the perils of Whiteness, a situation in which one's soul is colonized by a mayonnaise-devouring demon who makes you hate other races and ask your neighbors to turn the radio down. Plus: the ACLU and Harambe. Check out our sponsor, Ground News, at http://try.ground.news/blocked.
An Ex-ACLU Gun-Toting Ex-Muslim Discusses Antifa And Andy Ngo (Search-Engine-Optimization Awareness Month Edition)
June 7th, 2021 | 1 hr 10 mins
Katie regales Jesse with some Pride history. Then Jesse talks about why he came back to Twitter and why he immediately left again. The, in the meat of the show, Katie interviews one of the more interesting people you'll ever learn about. Is Andy Ngo absent from this show? Ngo way. Not by a lNgong shot.
Bonus Interview: Jesse Talks To Ben Burgis About His Book 'Canceling Comedians While the World Burns - A Critique Of The Contemporary Left'
June 3rd, 2021 | 38 mins 7 secs
Self-explanatory! Enjoy. If you like what you hear, please consider becoming a Patron by heading over to https://patreon.com/blockedandreported .
May 31st, 2021 | 55 mins 49 secs
After Jesse discusses his imminent Upstate death, the hosts turn toward a 60 Minutes segment on detransitioners and the rather unhinged response to it. Then they talk about the lab-leak hypothesis of the coronavirus’s origins, which may have been preemptively debunked by overeager journalists seeking to protect us all from racism and Trumpism.
Katie Converts To Islam And Nikole Hannah-Jones Gets Kinda-Cancelled And Also Is Kamala Harris Actually Asian?
May 24th, 2021 | 54 mins 10 secs
Katie has big news about her faith. After she delivers it, the hosts discuss a pair of media controversies involving Nikole Hannah-Jones and Emily Wilder. Also: Is Kamala Harris Asian? An investigation. Please check out our sponsor, Ground News, at https://check.ground.news/blocked .
May 17th, 2021 | 55 mins 20 secs
After a heated debate over Slack and hummus/Hamas, Jesse and Katie announce a repivoting of the podcast. Then they discuss a gas shortage that almost stranded Katie in an unmentionable hellhole and the careful, measured, polite reaction to a column by the incorrigible Liz Bruenig, who had the temerity to argue, grossly, that she loves her kids and is glad to be a mom.
Jesse Makes A Friend, A Racist-Albeit-Dead Dog, A Basecamp Meltdown, And An Invitation For Chase Strangio
May 10th, 2021 | 51 mins 35 secs
Jesse has a new best friend and wants to shout his name to the rooftops. Also, Jesse is not-mad-per-se-but-rather-disappointed at Chase Strangio and would like to talk to him on the pod. Then: At the University of Washington, a controversy over racism. And at Basecamp, a… controversy over racism.
May 3rd, 2021 | 48 mins 45 secs
No show notes this week.
The Literally Violent Inquisition Against Richard Dawkins And The Case Against Making Everything About Race All The Time
April 26th, 2021 | 46 mins 11 secs
Richard Dawkins did an oppression with his tweets -- what should be done??? Also, new research suggests, shockingly, that making each and every issue about race 100% of the time might have some drawbacks. These issues and more, discussed thoroughly and vigorously.