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.
"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."
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 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 1st, 2020 | 48 mins 30 secs
amy cooper, christian cooper, media, nypd, online outrage, policing, race, racism, social media
Katie and Jesse discuss the Amy Cooper/Christian Cooper incident in Central Park. Is this different from other instances of online shaming? Do we lose something when, in trying to understand a complicated problem like police shootings and other abuses, we focus in on individuals rather than institutions and structures? Why all the focus on white women?
May 10th, 2020 | 24 mins 35 secs
alison roman, chrissy teigen, class, jonny sun, marie kondo, race
Katie and Jesse convene an emergency session of Blocked and Reported to discuss the controversy that has dominated Twitter this weekend. Just how racist is Alison Roman? Just how woman-of-color is Chrissy Teigen? These and other highly sensitive questions, answered definitively!
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.
April 6th, 2020 | 46 mins 34 secs
coronavirus, gender identity, race, race to dinner, rebecca sugar, regina jackson, sairo rao, steven universe
After diagnosing Jesse's troubling cough and recapping Katie's not-quite-nettles tea incident, the cohosts discuss the effect coronavirus is likely to have on the dumbest flashpoints in the online culture wars, Katie invalidates the existence of a popular creator, Jesse complains about the Twitter police, and the episode concludes with a critique of the I Am An Evil White Woman Punish Me Please flavor of anti-racist education and 'activism.'