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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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.
The Pod Gets Into Its First Beef, Shitty Media Men List Developments, And Stop Lying About Your Online Enemies
July 6th, 2020 | 48 mins 12 secs
josephine livingstone, katelyn burns, marie le conte, nicole cliffe, online rumors, online shaming, shitty media men list, stephen elliott
Instead, Jesse and Katie talk about Blocked and Reported's arguably FIRST EVER beef, which involves a very sensitive staffer at The New Republic. Then they relay two real corrections and one fake one from previous episodes, talk about the increasing possibilitythat at least one contributor to the Shitty Media Men list will be 'unmasked,' and discuss a thoughtful essay on what it feels like to be at the bottom of a Twitter pileon.
July 2nd, 2020 | 32 mins 44 secs
blm, interview, jesse only, liberalism, online outrage, online shaming, yascha mounk
Jesse interviews Yascha Mounk about the threats liberalism is facing from both the left and the right, and Yascha introduces a new platform he is launching to help stem the tide. In the full, patrons-only episode, the duo also discuss Yascha's great but infuriating article in The Atlantic, "Stop Firing the Innocent," the origins of the gender wage gap, antifa, the racial politics of police reform, and more. Make sure to check out persuasion.community, which should be live by the time you read this.
June 29th, 2020 | 47 mins 48 secs
crime, housing, karlos dillard, police, police reform, policing, rationalists, scott alexander
A reckoning is afoot, as Jesse finally confronts Katie over her abusive managerial style. After the hosts get that out of the way, they proceed into a discussion about The New York Times' decision to publish the famed rationalist blogger Scott Alexander's full name. Then they move onto a broader conversation about journalistic ethics with regard to naming subjects against their will. In the second segment, the hosts discuss a New York Times story about a Minneapolis neighborhood's difficulties living up to its stated values, and establish the podcast's formal Calling The Cops Policy.
[BONUS EPISODE] "What a stupid f*cking way to have a really important conversation": Reflections On A Yearlong White Fragility Training
June 22nd, 2020 | 46 mins 4 secs
con, diversity, grift, interview, robin diangelo, scam
In this episode, we hear from a woman who was forced to go through a year of equity, diversity, and inclusion training with none other than Robin "No White Tears" DiAngelo, best-selling author and the subject of Episode 17. (We recommend you give that one a listen before you dive into this shit show.) Discussed: white guilt, secret Nazi iconography, and how Diangelo is conning white-collar progressive in the name of equity and justice.
"White Fragility" Is A Completely Bizarre And Pernicious Book And It's A Terrible Sign That So Many Americans Love It
June 22nd, 2020 | 53 mins 35 secs
blm, cons, grifts, other colors of fragility, protests, race, robin diangelo, scams, white fragility
In the intro, Katie regales Jesse with tales from the CHAZ. Then the deeply masochistic hosts devote the entire rest of the episode to a dissection of one of the strangest books you will ever read about race, Robin DiAngelo's "White Fragility." Does Robin DiAngelo know any black people who aren't antiracist educators? Or any other humans in general? What are the details of her segregated-crying policy? So many questions! (CORRECTION: In this episode we wrongly state that a definition of 'racism' favored by DiAngelo was added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary. As Snopes explains, this is not the case: https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/merriam-webster-definition-racism/.)
June 15th, 2020 | 1 hr 15 mins
debate, discourse, meltdowns, moral panic, poetry foundation, race, violence
The roiling tremors on the left continue, as a young progressive data analyst gets fired for... it's honestly too ridiculous to even type, and the Poetry Foundation shows us what a truly hysterical meltdown looks like. The hosts use their intellect and savvy to try to understand the difference between two 'violent' acts: "kneeling on someone's neck until they die horrifically" and "issuing a statement that isn't quite strong enough." After the credits roll, stick around for a segment of Jesse's interview with the philosopher and leftist writer Ben Burgis, the author of "Give Them an Argument: Logic for the Left."