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: https://patreon.com/blockedandreported
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.
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 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.
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.
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.