BONUS EPISODE: Two More New York Times Departures Raise Some Troubling Questions About Disrespect Of Peruvian Shamans
February 11th, 2021 | 1 hr 4 mins
media, new york times, outrage
Jesse and Katie talk about a disturbing bit of listener feedback and the recent departure from the Times, under questionable circumstances, of Andy Mills and Donald McNeil Jr. Are the worst norms of campus culture seeping into major media institutions? To hear the answer, you'll have to listen. (It's 'yes.')
February 1st, 2021 | 53 mins 7 secs
journalism, journalistic ethics, lauren wolfe, media, yashar ali
After Katie tells Jesse about a very disturbing dream she had about him, the hosts perform some valuable service journalism by explaining to listeners the nature of stonks and bons and hedge funs. Then they turn their attention to the story of Lauren Wolfe, a New York Times gig-editor who was fired after tweeting that watching Joe Biden's plane land gave her the 'chills.' Fair? Unfair? Inconsistently applied standards? Lot to unpack.
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.
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.
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 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.
June 11th, 2020 | 46 mins 43 secs
adam rapoport, alison roman, chrissy teigen, class, media, race, robin diangelo
Katie regales Jesse with a tale of anti-Herzogian graffiti, and the hosts take a few minutes to thank everyone for the ridiculous start the Patreon is off to. Then they discuss the massive upheavals going on in media, many of them involving people getting fired after instances of perceived discrimination. Is there a problem trying to adjudicate this stuff via Twitter? Also: Katie confronts Yashar Ali and Jesse (sorta) confronts Alison Roman. Plus, Robin DiAngelo comes up again, shockingly.
June 8th, 2020 | 55 mins 18 secs
bari weiss, journalism, media, police reform, the new york times, tom cotton, twitter bullshit
Bari Weiss did some tweets about how there is a generational divide at The New York Times that is, in her view, hampering the paper's ability to publish quality commentary and journalism. In response, a sizable cohort of her colleagues LITERALLY devoured her (metaphorically, on Twitter). In their most frustrated episode yet, Katie and Jesse explain why Bari was fundamentally right, even if her framing was a little off.
June 5th, 2020 | 57 mins 47 secs
blm, gender dysphoria, gender identity, media, new york times, police reform, race, tom cotton
In today's episode, the hosts discuss an explosion of employee anger over The New York Times' decision to publish a column by Sen. Tom Cotton, and what it arguably reveals about the internal dynamics at some media companies at the moment. Then, they shift gears to a Times article about a nonbinary 7-year-old and, in the show's final, patrons-only segment, Katie tells Jesse about an Instagram controversy involving white liberals trying to show how much they care about racial injustice, but digging themselves into a deeper and deeper hole as a result
June 2nd, 2020 | 41 mins 43 secs
antiracism, criminal justice reform, george floyd, media, police reform, robin diangelo
There's so much going on that Katie and Jesse are back again, already. They discuss the protests and riots, the media's handling of some of the complexities of police reform, and the difference between meaningful and performative activism. Should they appoint themselves leaders of the nationwide movement for criminal justice reform? Hard to say. (CORRECTION: In this episode we wrongly state that Richard Nixon won the 1968 presidential race in a landslide. It was the 1972 race he won quite easily.)