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Offline with Jon Favreau
Offline with Jon Favreau
Crooked Media

Is the internet slowly breaking our brains, and if so, what can we do about it? Offline with Jon Favreau is a... more

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Episodes

Why "Her" Reveals How We Really Feel About AI (with Ezra Klein)

Ezra Klein joins Offline Movie Club to discuss “Her,” the movie that more or less incited this week’s Scarlett Johansson... more

23 May 2024 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
AI’s Flirty Upgrade, Facebook’s Zombie Internet, and Why We May Be Doing Mental Health Wrong

ChatGPT has officially entered its “Her” era! Jon and Max talk about the flirty AI that debuted this week, whose... more

19 May 2024 · 44 minutes
How “You’ve Got Mail” Explains '90s Internet Culture

Leave it to Tom Hanks to make internet catfishing seem so darn charming! This week, Offline’s Movie Club is watching... more

16 May 2024 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
TikTok vs Biden, Kendrick vs Drake, AI vs Loneliness

Is it time for you to make an AI friend? Jon and Max weigh the pros and cons of robot... more

12 May 2024 · 52 minutes
How Bo Burnham’s “Inside” Inspired Offline

Bo Burnham’s comedy has long captivated and caricatured the internet, but the era his songs skewer the best is the... more

09 May 2024 · 54 minutes
How Cognitive Bias Explains Taylor Swift, Donald Trump, and Internet Malaise

We all have a caveman brain—at least when it comes to navigating the internet. Amanda Montell, author of the new... more

05 May 2024 · 52 minutes
How “The Social Network” Explains Silicon Valley

When did we collectively agree that a hoodie-clad coder could wreak havoc on our society? Probably not long after “The... more

02 May 2024 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
The Biden Campaign’s Plan to Beat Trump Online

Can Biden outpost Trump in the run up to 2024? Why is the president on TikTok if he wants to... more

28 Apr 2024 · 46 minutes
Right Wing Media Collapse, Trump Trial’s Repost King, and How To Live Like You’re Not Dying

We did it folks! Jurors for Trump’s hush money trial are getting to read their resistance tweets to his face... more

21 Apr 2024 · 1 hour, 13 minutes
Trump’s Stock Crash, AI Gets Junkier, and Paying to Delete Social Media

Is FOMO the only thing keeping you on social media? Have we already reached peak artificial intelligence? And are Max... more

14 Apr 2024 · 46 minutes
Are You Treating Politics Like a Hobby?

Are college educated Democrats going to cost Joe Biden the election? Eitan Hersh, a Political Science professor at Tufts, joins... more

07 Apr 2024 · 46 minutes
How to Be Happy with Dr. Laurie Santos

Dr. Laurie Santos, Yale University's “Happiness Professor,” joins Offline to lay out a scientific guide to finding happiness. On her... more

31 Mar 2024 · 1 hour, 9 minutes
Is Trump Benefiting from Our 2020 Amnesia?

Eric Klinenberg, sociologist at New York University, joins Offline to discuss why our failure to process 2020 may lead to... more

24 Mar 2024 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Kate Middleton MIA, UFOs, and How Conspiracies Got Fun

Kate Middleton sightings have dipped below UFO sightings, and the internet is having a heyday! It’s conspiracy theory week at... more

17 Mar 2024 · 1 hour, 19 minutes
TikTok Ban Returns, AOC Hounded by Protesters, and Jon Ronson on the End of Public Shaming

Jon Ronson, author of So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed and host of the BBC podcast “Things Fell Apart,” joins Offline... more

10 Mar 2024 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
Woke AI, Libs of TikTok DESTROYED, and the Offline Reality of Long COVID

Zeynep Tufekci, sociologist and New York Times opinion columnist, joins Offline to discuss why long covid has unleashed so much... more

03 Mar 2024 · 1 hour, 12 minutes
An Ex-Tucker Carlson Employee Tells All

Tina Nguyen, national correspondent at Puck News, joins Offline to talk about her new memoir, “The MAGA Diaries.” The book... more

25 Feb 2024 · 1 hour, 22 minutes
The Neuroscience of Why We’re Susceptible to Lies, Outrage, and Fascism

Cass Sunstein, Harvard professor and coauthor of the forthcoming book, Look Again, joins Offline to discuss the dangers of habituation.... more

18 Feb 2024 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
Authoritarians or A-holes? Kara Swisher on Tech's Biggest Egos

Kara Swisher, longtime tech reporter and author of the forthcoming memoir Burn Book, joins Offline to talk about the tech... more

11 Feb 2024 · 56 minutes
What's Really Behind the Media Apocalypse?

Peter Hamby, host of Snapchat’s Good Luck America and a founding partner at Puck News, returns to Offline to discuss... more

04 Feb 2024 · 1 hour, 13 minutes
Are Algorithms Making You Boring?

Kyle Chayka, New Yorker staff writer and author of “Filterworld: How Algorithms Flattened Culture,” joins Offline to expose how online... more

28 Jan 2024 · 52 minutes
Were Trump’s Opponents Too Online? Plus, R. F. Kuang on Her Twitter Era Novel

RF Kuang joins Jon to talk about Yellowface, her biting satire about the internet, publishing industry, and cultural appropriation.

21 Jan 2024 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
The Science of Achieving (and Enjoying) Your New Year’s Resolution

When it comes to sticking to a New Year’s resolution, willpower alone won’t cut it.

14 Jan 2024 · 52 minutes
Dry January, Cali Sober, Soft Sober: Why Gen Z is Breaking Up With Booze

Maybe, your friend announced they’re not drinking anymore, or your sister’s now “California Sober,” or maybe your entire office is... more

07 Jan 2024 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
Millennials v. Gen Z, Twitter v. Threads, Social Media Trends for 2024: Jon & Max Answer Your Questions

With 2024 fast approaching, Jon and Max sit down to answer listener-submitted questions. Does the show have a millennial bias?... more

17 Dec 2023 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Best Of: How To Change Alt Right Minds, with ContraPoints

YouTuber Natalie Wynn, better known as ContraPoints, may be the internet’s most persuasive political commentator. Known for her carefully produced,... more

10 Dec 2023 · 49 minutes
Is a $16 McDonald’s Order Going to Elect Trump?

Jeff Stein, White House economics reporter at the Washington Post, joins Offline to talk about the $16 McDonald’s meal that... more

03 Dec 2023 · 51 minutes
Inside 2024 - Preview | Favreau + Tommy Talk Election Night

Happy holidays from the Offline team! Here’s a special sneak peek of our new subscriber exclusive series Inside 2024. In... more

26 Nov 2023 · 16 minutes
How Jezebel Changed Media and Why TikTokers Are Rizzing Up Osama bin Laden

Anna Holmes, the founder of jezebel.com, and Crooked’s own Erin Ryan—the site’s former managing editor—join Offline to discuss the origin... more

19 Nov 2023 · 1 hour, 13 minutes
The Truth About TikTok’s Spin on Israel-Gaza

Jon and Max get into the numbers behind TikTok’s supposed pro-Palestinian tilt— is the bias real, what do “views” signify,... more

12 Nov 2023 · 55 minutes
Naomi Klein on What Happens When You’re Mistaken for a Conspiracy Theorist

Naomi Klein, activist and bestselling author, joins Offline to talk about her new book, Doppelganger, and the woman who inspired... more

05 Nov 2023 · 1 hour, 23 minutes
Why Do People Love Joe Rogan?

Johnny Harris, filmmaker and journalist, joins Offline to talk about Joe Rogan—how he became the world’s most famous podcaster, where... more

29 Oct 2023 · 49 minutes
Jon Stewart, Donald Trump, and How Comedy Changed Politics

Jesse David Fox, senior editor at Vulture and author of the forthcoming “Comedy Book,” joins Offline to break down how... more

22 Oct 2023 · 57 minutes
Why Has Social Media Made It Impossible to Follow the Israel-Hamas War?

As fighting intensifies between Israel and Hamas, Jon and Max break down the ways social media is terribly equipped for... more

15 Oct 2023 · 52 minutes
Heather Cox Richardson on Donald Trump, Democracy, and Taylor Swift

Heather Cox Richardson, historian and author of the Substack’s most-read newsletter “Letters from an American,” joins Offline to explain why... more

08 Oct 2023 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
Fox News’s Succession Battle, Breaking Up Amazon, and Twitter CEO’s Disastrous Q&A

Brian Stelter joins to unpack what Rupert Murdoch’s retirement means for broadcast media, American democracy, and his four kids.

01 Oct 2023 · 1 hour, 18 minutes
Fetterman’s Body Double, Biden’s Misinformation Strategy, and OpenAI’s Secret & Scarier AI

Simon Rich, writer and creator of TBS’s Miracle Workers, joins Offline to explain how he got his hands on an... more

24 Sep 2023 · 1 hour, 10 minutes
The U.S. v. Google, Elon’s Secrets Revealed, and Why Trolls Got Nastier

The Atlantic's Kaitlyn Tiffany joins to break down how telling people to die on the internet became normal.

17 Sep 2023 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
How to Survive the 2024 Election, Tech Predictions for the Decade, and the Best Life Advice

Jon and Max are back and ready to answer your mailbag questions! But first, a post mortem on the Offline... more

10 Sep 2023 · 1 hour,
A Very Online Summer (Friends of the Pod Preview)

We're off for Labor Day! Please enjoy this exclusive episode of Terminally Online, our new Subscription show and loosest pod... more

03 Sep 2023 · 32 minutes
How Social Media is Changing Movies — and Their Place in Society

Maia Wyman, or Broey Deschanel as she’s known on Youtube, joins Offline to talk about her generation of movie critics... more

27 Aug 2023 · 57 minutes
Welcome to the Take Recession

Kate Lindsay on why, after years of battling bad-faith critics online, some people are finally keeping their opinions to themselves.

20 Aug 2023 · 1 hour, 16 minutes
How Facebook Changes Us, Influencer Riots, and AI Gets Funny

Is it possible that Facebook didn't ruin politics?

13 Aug 2023 · 1 hour, 22 minutes
How Taylor Swift Conquered the Internet, Plus: Xtra Xtra the Bird is Dead

Nora Princiotti and Nathan Hubbard, hosts of The Ringer’s “Every Single Album” podcast, join to break down how Taylor Swif... more

06 Aug 2023 · 1 hour, 9 minutes
The Strike to Keep Hollywood Human, with Adam Conover

Straight off the picket line, comedian and WGA negotiator, Adam Conover gives a behind the scenes look into Hollywood's historic... more

30 Jul 2023 · 53 minutes
Big Tech vs. Hollywood; AI vs. Journalism; Socialists vs. Bananas

Will Big Tech break Hollywood? Futurist Madeline Ashby on the evolving entertainment industry. Max + Jon on bananas under socialism.

23 Jul 2023 · 1 hour, 17 minutes
Is 2024 the AI Election? Plus, an OG Twitter Exec on Elon, Threads, and Tech Bros

Jason Goldman, former Chief Digital Officer in the Obama White House, joins Offline to break down “the AI election.” He... more

16 Jul 2023 · 1 hour, 16 minutes
QAnon is Thriving, Twitter is Dying, Zuck to the Rescue?

Will Sommer joins Offline to break down QAnon. Max + Jon join Threads.

09 Jul 2023 · 1 hour, 17 minutes
Joe Rogan Debates Vaccines, Elon Challenges Zuck, and the Submarine Discourse

Jon and Max answer your questions about AI, unions, writing and fallen titans — submersible and tech leader alike. Plus, America... more

25 Jun 2023 · 1 hour, 16 minutes
Why You Should Make Silly Things

Simone Giertz, YouTube’s favorite inventor and robotics enthusiast, joins Offline this week to discuss the joy of building useless things... more

18 Jun 2023 · 55 minutes
How to Break Your Phone Addiction

Catherine Price, science journalist and author of How to Break Up with Your Phone, joins the show to close out... more

11 Jun 2023 · 1 hour, 18 minutes
The Kids Are Not Alright. Is Social Media to Blame?

Social media is ubiquitous among young people. But is it safe? Dr. Vivek Murthy, Surgeon General of the United States,... more

28 May 2023 · 1 hour, 20 minutes
Is Fox News Doomed?

Kat Abu and Andrew Lawrence watch Fox News every night so you don’t have to. As researchers at Media Matters,... more

21 May 2023 · 1 hour, 12 minutes
Did Clickbait Kill Buzzfeed and the Digital Media Era?

Ben Smith, Semafor founder and former Editor-in-Chief of Buzzfeed News, joins Offline to discuss what the shuttering of newsrooms at... more

14 May 2023 · 1 hour, 19 minutes
Jon and Max Surrender Their iPhones

Introducing Offline’s Unplug Challenge! Jon and Max reflect on how their screen addictions have worsened their focus, hijacked their social... more

07 May 2023 · 54 minutes
How is Collective Grief Rewiring our Brains | Hysteria Excerpt

A feed drop from Crooked’s very own Hysteria!

03 May 2023 · 37 minutes
Hasan Piker Wants the Left to Persuade, Not Scold

Hasan Piker, viral political streamer, joins Offline to talk about Tucker Carlson’s demise, the 2024 election, and what it is... more

30 Apr 2023 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
How the Internet is Radicalizing Young Men

Laura Bates, founder of the Everyday Sexism Project and author of Men Who Hate Women and Fix the System, Not... more

23 Apr 2023 · 57 minutes
John Green Doesn’t Think the World is Ending (Yet)

John Green, bestselling author and YouTube Vlogbrother, joins Offline to share lessons from his most recent book, The Anthropocene Reviewed.... more

16 Apr 2023 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
Should America Ban TikTok?

This week we’re bringing you the TikTok debate we wish we had from Congress. Featuring perspectives from V Spehar, host... more

09 Apr 2023 · 1 hour, 27 minutes
The End of Big Tech as We Know It

Jon welcomes Max Fisher, Crooked’s newest team member, to the Offline family! Max, former New York Times reporter and author... more

26 Mar 2023 · 54 minutes
How to Beat Fox News

Andy Kroll, author and ProPublica journalist, joins Offline to discuss the one thing Fox News fears: lawsuits. Kroll’s new book,... more

19 Mar 2023 · 50 minutes
Margaret Atwood on Good, Evil and Stupidity

Margaret Atwood, famed author, poet and “dystopia prophet,” joins Offline to talk about fighting tyranny and finding hope. Much like... more

12 Mar 2023 · 45 minutes
What Do We Lose if We Lose Black Twitter?

Jason Parham, senior writer at WIRED, walks Jon through the evolution and legacy of Black Twitter. Parham’s three-part series, “A... more

05 Mar 2023 · 36 minutes
What Happened To Your Ambition? | Work Appropriate

Offline's crew is *offline* this week but we're excited to share one of our favorite recent episodes of Crooked's podcast... more

26 Feb 2023 · 49 minutes
Are We Amusing Ourselves to Death?

Megan Garber, staff writer at the Atlantic, joins Offline to explain how we’re already living in the Metaverse––not with headsets... more

19 Feb 2023 · 44 minutes
What Makes a Good Life? Lessons from an 84 Year Study on Happiness

Dr. Robert Waldinger, Director of the Harvard Study of Adult Development, joins Offline to talk about his new book “The... more

12 Feb 2023 · 48 minutes
Who Can Own the Most Libs? Tim Miller on the ’24 GOP Primary

Tim Miller, former Republican operative, current Never Trumper, and contributor at the Bulwark, joins Jon to kickoff the GOP’s very... more

05 Feb 2023 · 1 hour, 1 minute
What’s With All the Tech Layoffs?

Amazon, Google, Facebook and the entire tech sector just laid off tens of thousands of employees. How did America’s fastest... more

29 Jan 2023 · 45 minutes
Do Dating Apps Make it Harder to Find Love?

Sangeeta Singh-Kurtz and Lakshmi Rengarajan, hosts of the newest season of The Cut’s Land of the Giants, join Offline to... more

22 Jan 2023 · 34 minutes
Two Writers Wonder If They’ll Be Replaced By AI

Evan Puschak, also known as The Nerdwriter, joins Offline to discuss ChatGPT, the revolutionary artificial intelligence chatbot from OpenAI. In... more

15 Jan 2023 · 47 minutes
How to Avoid Distraction with Johann Hari

Have you lost your ability to pay attention? Do you struggle to read a book? Can’t focus on a single... more

08 Jan 2023 · 57 minutes
Offline Mailbag with Emily Favreau and Dare We Say

Description: Josie Totah and Yasmine Hamady, hosts of Crooked’s Dare We Say podcast, join Offline for a special mailbag episode... more

01 Jan 2023 · 58 minutes
The Worst Tweets of 2022 with Rebecca Jennings

Rebecca Jennings, senior correspondent at Vox, talks with Jon about the year’s most chronically online conversations––those seemingly innocuous threads and... more

18 Dec 2022 · 29 minutes
Is This the End of Social Media? With Ian Bogost

Ian Bogost, author and professor at Washington University in St. Louis, talks with Jon about the demise of online social... more

11 Dec 2022 · 43 minutes
What Democrats Could Learn from Republicans with Brian Beutler

This week, a Crooked Media crossover event as Brian Beutler, host of Positively Dreadful, sits down with Jon to talk... more

04 Dec 2022 · 58 minutes
How to Talk Your Uncle Out of QAnon this Thanksgiving

Beth Goldberg joins Offline to discuss her work at Jigsaw, the misinformation-tackling team at Google that’s been called “the Internet’s... more

20 Nov 2022 · 38 minutes
Bad Vibes v. Good Results. Lynn Vavreck on the ’22 Midterms

Dr. Lynn Vavreck, professor of political scientist at UCLA and contributing columnist to The Upshot at The New York Times,... more

13 Nov 2022 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Elon’s Twitter is in the Sh*tter with Nilay Patel

Nilay Patel, Editor-in-Chief of The Verge and host of the Decoder podcast, talks with Jon about Elon Musk’s newest and... more

06 Nov 2022 · 41 minutes
Kanye West’s Dark, Twisted Internet

Andrew Marantz, staff writer at the New Yorker and expert in online extremism, joins Offline to talk about the radicalization... more

30 Oct 2022 · 42 minutes
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Have you lost your ability to pay attention? Do you struggle to read a book? Can’t focus on a single task? Johann... more