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Damage Control

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Sticking to Sports: The Case of Caster Semenya

Kate and Justin talk about what a ruling against the runner means and how it will affect the relationship between gender and competitive sports

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The “Wrongthink” Episode

Kate and Justin discuss Sri Lanka banning social media to prevent the spread of misinformation, and how "wrongthink" is affecting our political discourse

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“Biohacking” Your Diet and a Meta Criticism of the Art of Apology

Kate and Justin discuss the extreme dieting methods used by prominent people in Silicon Valley, Joe Biden’s nonapology for unwanted touching, and more

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A Nutty Avenatti Week

How did the lawyer go from a rising political star to being hated by both the left and right?

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Some Admissions-Scandal Schadenfreude

Kate and Justin discuss Operation Varsity Blues, the college-admission bribery scandal in which 50 people were arrested this week

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Die a Hero or Live Long Enough to See Yourself Get Cancelled

Kate and Justin discuss CNN’s investigation of James Brown and the allegations about his past, and more

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‘Damage Control’: The Art of Hate-Reading

Plus, 21 Savage’s arrest

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A Way-Too-Early Analysis of the 2020 Presidential Candidates

Justin and Kate discuss the crowded Democratic field for president, the BuzzFeed layoffs, and more

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All the Hot Goss That’s Fit to Print

Kate and Justin discuss Jeff Bezos’s divorce and the National Enquirer’s report of his affair, Jill Abramson’s book receiving blowback, and more

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Streaming Censorship and More Bad Blood

Kate and Justin discuss Netflix pulling a ‘Patriot Act’ episode

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Changes to Tumblr and Layoffs at Mic Highlight Online Pitfalls

Discussing the issues of user-generated content at Tumblr and the struggles of Mic in the embattled media industry

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Big Bad Tech

Kate and Justin discuss Amazon’s HQ2 announcement, Facebook’s latest troubles, and more

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Midterms Madness

Looking at voter suppression in Georgia’s gubernatorial race and Nancy Pelosi’s bid to become Speaker

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‘Damage Control’: Dissecting Mohammed bin Salman’s Actions

Discussing media spin and more

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Finally, Taylor Swift and Gritty Are on the Same Team

Is Gritty really for the people?

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Infighting in the News Media and Canada’s Liberal Brand

Parsing the media’s handling of recent U.S. news

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Colin Kaepernick and Nike’s Commodification of Wokeness

Discussing the new ad campaign featuring the NFL free agent

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The Complex Legacy That John McCain Leaves Behind

Plus: Parsing Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s Twitter presence

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The Curious Case of Elon Musk and His Twitter Account 

Plus: the downward spiral of MoviePass

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Why Is Facebook So Bad at Moderation?

What the Zuck is going on with the social media giant’s handling of Alex Jones?

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Is Sacha Baron Cohen the Greatest Troll of Our Time?

Plus: the sticky ethics of Amazon Prime Day

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The Chaotic Evil of Trump’s Immigration Policy

Plus: the life and legacy of XXXTentacion

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Where in the World Is Melania Trump?

Plus: rap beefs

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Uber, Facebook, and Elon Musk Seek Image Repairs

Justin Charity and Kate Knibbs talk about apologetic advertisements and the Musk-Grimes relationship

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Dissecting the Response to Childish Gambino’s “This Is America”

Plus: the impact of the latest allegations against R. Kelly

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‘Damage Control’: The Old Kanye Is Gone

Justin Charity and Kate Knibbs also talk about the incel movement

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‘Damage Control’: Facebook in the Hot Seat

Breaking down the social network, ‘The Simpsons,’ and the responses to both

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‘Damage Control’: ‘Ready Player One’ Isn’t the ‘Black Panther’ for Gamers

Justin Charity and K. Austin Collins talk Spielberg’s latest, Stormy Daniels, and millennial nostalgia

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‘Damage Control’: How Not to Talk About ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ and Ava DuVernay

Justin Charity and K. Austin Collins also talk about Bruno Mars and cultural appropriation

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Will the Real Donald Glover Please Stand Up?

Charity and Collins talk media coverage of the Parkland activists, The New Yorker on Donald Glover, and pay equity

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‘Damage Control’: Obama Portraits and The New York Times’ Op-Ed Problems

Plus: Why is the internet going wild over Kim Jong Un’s sister?