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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October 5th, 2020 | 50 mins 32 secs
activism, bitcoin, contrarianism, jason stanley, kate manne, philosophy, philosophy twitter, war
After a brief and sober discussion about President Trump's coronavirus diagnosis, the hosts devote most of the episode to two stories: a controversy surrounding a partially anonymous Arc Digital review of Kate Manne's new book Entitled that has led to accusations of obsession and WAR, and the blowup that ensued -- complete with a gleeful threat of mass executions in the streets! -- after the head of Coinbase took the radical stance that his company's purpose is to make money, not do progressive politics.
September 28th, 2020 | 53 mins 53 secs
incels, j.k. rowling, mitch mcconnell, tfw no gf, trans rights, transphobia
The hosts discus "TFW No GF," a controversial documentary about losers who post too much online, some of whom are so-called incels, or involuntary celibates. When should we have empathy for people who disgust us (like podcasters)? Then they turn their attention to the controversy over J.K. Rowling's newest mystery novel, which, depending on who you ask, is either horrifically transphobic or not transphobic at all.
September 21st, 2020 | 1 hr 2 secs
culture wars, cuties, elizabeth nolan brown, interview, pedophilia
Katie and Jesse discuss the online outrage surrounding the French film 'Cuties,' which has slightly more underage twerking than most 2020 cinematic releases. How did this film come to unite such a broad swath of people in disgust? Then the hosts speak with Reason's Elizabeth Nolan Brown about the broader American sex-trafficking panic that seems to partly explain the reaction to 'Cuties.' Plus: the science of pedophilia.
September 14th, 2020 | 42 mins 30 secs
diversity trainings, donald trump, implicit bias, race, robin diangelo
The hosts discuss Donald Trump's sudden fixation on ostensibly "un-American" critical race theory in government diversity trainings. What does a good-faith critique of these trainings look like that doesn't slide into fearmongering or red-scare-esque grandstanding and witch-hunting? Also: A Vice story about an allegedly satanic Airbnb is super, duper racist, or so we hear.
September 8th, 2020 | 36 mins 25 secs
grandstanding, interview, justin tosi, online outrage, philosophy
Jesse interviews Justin Tosi, a philosopher at Texas Tech University and the author, with Brandon Warmke, of the new book Grandstanding: The Use and Abuse of Moral Talk. In a patrons-only segment that follows their discussion of the book, Jesse and Justin move on to a broader conversation about the current, precarious moment for open inquiry in academia, as well as the turn toward activism in philosophy that has Justin worried about his field.
September 7th, 2020 | 1 hr 8 mins
2020 election, donald trump, identity, jessica krug, joe biden, race, rachel dolezal
After Jesse reveals yet another shocking secret about his mysterious life, the hosts discuss the case of Jessica Krug, a George Washington University professor who appears to have admitted to pulling a Rachel Dolezal: she pretended to be black. Then the hosts respond, in depth, to an email from a reader who wants to be talked out of voting for Donald Trump, sparking an uncharacteristically earnest discussion about the upcoming election and why the right choice isn't a close call.
August 31st, 2020 | 57 mins 50 secs
jacob blake, kenosha, kyle rittenhouse
After an intro in which Jesse impresses Katie deeply with a brilliant, cutting-edge character he has clearly put a lot of time into developing, the hosts discuss a hellish few days in Kenosha, Wisconsin: first, the police shooting of Jacob Blake, and then Kyle Rittenhouse's killing of two protesters. Doesn't there have to be a better way for police to resolve altercations like the one that ensued with Blake? And will the unrest in Kenosha increase the chances Donald Trump is elected (Katie's view), or is there not yet much evidence to suggest it will (Jesse's)? Plus: You will never guess whether or not the hosts think mainstream outlets are doing a good job covering all this.
August 27th, 2020 | 1 min 53 secs
gender dysphoria, pediatric transition, teaser
In this teaser for the most recent patrons-only episode of Blocked and Reported, Katie and Jesse talk about pediatric gender transition, and the essentialist assumptions about gender expression that undergird some parents' concerns about their kids. Full episode available for patrons here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/patrons-only-of-40923109. Or just go to patreon.com/blockedandreported and you'll see it.
August 24th, 2020 | 1 hr 1 min
antiracism, cliff mass, ibram x. kendi, racist babies, robin diangelo, social justice
After Jesse addresses an ugly rumor about him posted to Blocked and Reported's Apple Podcast review page, the hosts discuss Conor Friedersdorf's article in The Atlantic, "Anti-racist Arguments Are Tearing People Apart." Then Katie unspurls the yearslong battle between Cliff Mass and seemingly every progressive in the Seattle metro area, which recently culminated in his media-gig firing after he made an..................... unfortunate comparison on his personal blog. Also: Jesse does a rim-rocking dunk, the hosts discuss a potential cargo-shorts-related spinoff podcast, racist babies are denounced, and Katie unspurls the story of how she was blacklisted from a Seattle radio station.
August 17th, 2020 | 53 mins 46 secs
alex morse, campus, consent, dan savage, power, sex
In this week's threesome of an episode, which was recorded with enthusiastic consent by everyone involved, Katie and Jesse talk to Dan Savage about the strange case of Alex Morse, the young, gay, Democratic congressional candidate and Massachusetts mayor accused of... well, it isn't quite clear. But what is quickly becoming clear is that Morse appears to have been set up by college kids loyal to his opponent, the incumbent establishment candidate, Richard Neal. What can this episode teach us about power, consent, and the schizophrenic attitude some lefty zoomers have toward sex?
August 10th, 2020 | 46 mins 40 secs
#metoo, anti-bisexuality, hoaxes, online drama, stem
In one of the weirdest online controversies yet covered by Blocked and Reported, Katie walks Jesse through the wild, twisting tale of @Sciencing_Bi, a young anthropologist who just wanted to do good work, but who was tragically hindered from achieving this goal by the vicious anti-bisexual currents that dominate academic anthropology. (Apologies for the weird underwater thing going on with Katie's audio for part of the episode -- it was a hardware issue and [probably] won't happen again.)
August 3rd, 2020 | 45 mins 18 secs
antifa, black lives matter, larping, media, portland
What's really going on in Portland? Have we reached a point where it's basically impossible to find credible, contextualized accounts of complicated situations like this one? Will the Wall of Moms be undone by jackbooted government thugs and/or its own alleged racism? As one of America's whitest cities speeds down the road to Crazyville, there's a lot to unpack
July 28th, 2020 | 28 mins 34 secs
education, freddie deboer, interview, mental health, social media
In an excerpt of a patrons-only episode we're releasing as a bonus, Jesse and Freddie deBoer discuss the ways in which Twitter seems to worsen some people's mental health, deBoer's own struggles with bipolar disorder, the false accusation he knowingly leveled against the journalist Malcolm Harris, and more.
July 27th, 2020 | 50 mins 31 secs
books, education, freddie deboer, interview
Katie recounts a listener complaint and the cohosts announce a new focus for the podcast. Then, the bulk of the episode consists of an interview Jesse conducted with Freddie deBoer, a brilliant thinker and writer whose first book, "The Cult of Smart: How Our Broken Education System Perpetuates Social Injustice," is a searing indictment of the American education system's most entrenched orthodoxy: the idea that just about any child can succeed academically.
July 20th, 2020 | 56 mins 12 secs
andrew sullivan, bari weiss, media, online outrage, online shaming
After Jesse reluctantly reveals some incredibly embarrassing and personal details about his love life in the opening segment, the hosts discuss last week's two big media stories: Bari Weiss's resignation from The New York Times and Andrew Sullivan's firing from New York Magazine. Is this a sign that these outlets are narrowing their windows of acceptable opinion? Was Weiss's treatment in her workplace genuinely unfair, or is she reacting with the same 'safetyism' she has so forcefully criticized? If Jesse and Katie were trapped on a desert island, who would eat who? These and other questions, answered.
Online Harassment Is Bad But Also People Are Extremely Disingenuous About It, And Other Observations
July 13th, 2020 | 52 mins 24 secs
free speech, harper's letter, online shaming, vox
After Jesse bravely expresses an opinion that is likely to get him cancelled by Cancel Culture, the hosts devote almost the entire episode to Letter Discourse and Counter-Letter Discourse. In the closing segment, the hosts briefly discuss President Trump's interesting strategy of fighting for free speech and open academic inquiry by unleashing the federal government to investigate universities, as one does.