38 episodes

For our regular listeners of Extremely Offline: It’s been a while! Since we effectively closed down XO, the world has gone to shit. We’re not necessarily saying the one caused the other, but just in case, we’re bringing the pod back, but under a new name. Zaid and I, along with our friend Shant Mesrobian, have launched a new show on YouTube called “The Backchannel,” and we’re going to stream it here as an audio podcast, as well. The format is a little different, and a little looser, than XO, but with the same spirit of free discourse, and with some of our past guests popping in from time to time. Hope you’ll stay a subscriber.—Leighton

The Backchannel Zaid Jilani and Leighton Woodhouse

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 7 Ratings

For our regular listeners of Extremely Offline: It’s been a while! Since we effectively closed down XO, the world has gone to shit. We’re not necessarily saying the one caused the other, but just in case, we’re bringing the pod back, but under a new name. Zaid and I, along with our friend Shant Mesrobian, have launched a new show on YouTube called “The Backchannel,” and we’re going to stream it here as an audio podcast, as well. The format is a little different, and a little looser, than XO, but with the same spirit of free discourse, and with some of our past guests popping in from time to time. Hope you’ll stay a subscriber.—Leighton

    Why Democrats Can't Stop Amy Coney Barrett

    Why Democrats Can't Stop Amy Coney Barrett

    Amy Coney Barrett appears to be on a glide path to confirmation to the land's highest court. Why haven't Democrats been able to find a cohesive narrative to stop her? Zaid and Shant discuss.

    • 19 min
    Is Trump Trolling Princeton?

    Is Trump Trolling Princeton?

    The U.S. Department of Education takes Princeton literally, but maybe not seriously. Education Secretary Betsy Devos is opening an investigation into Princeton University following the president's claim that racism persists at his university. Is Devos's civil rights investigation just trolling or is there a more serious point to be made about how careless statements can make civil rights enforcement difficult?

    • 18 min
    In Defense of Looting: The Game Show

    In Defense of Looting: The Game Show

    *Please support us on Patreon to help keep this channel going*

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    National Public Radio recently featured a provocative new book called "In Defense of Looting," which is exactly what it sounds like. It wasn't long before every corner of the Internet was picking it apart, sharing absurd material from the text of the book. At the Backchannel, we decided it would make for a hilarious game show. We took five real passages from the book and created five of our own. Play along with us and see if you can tell what is real from what is satire.

    • 32 min
    A Kenosha Native Explains What Happened in Kenosha

    A Kenosha Native Explains What Happened in Kenosha

    Kenosha isn't just a place where riots broke out after a controversial police shooting. With the media and the President of the United States converging on the Midwestern town, we invited journalist Steve Horn, who grew up there, to tell us about the Kenosha we don't know. We explore the town's history, economy, culture, and political climate in an in-depth interview.

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    • 42 min
    WTF is happening in Portland? With Nancy Rommelman

    WTF is happening in Portland? With Nancy Rommelman

    WTF is happening in Portland? A lot of Americans are asking themselves that as protests and riots have now rocked the city for over 80 days following the death of George Floyd. Reason contributor Nancy Rommelman, a former Portland native who has reported on the demonstrations from the ground, joins us to lay out what's happening.

    Read her latest dispatch from Portland here: https://reason.com/2020/08/24/when-you-say-yes-to-hate-dispatch-from-portland/

    • 37 min
    Does the Democratic Party Still Care About Inequality?

    Does the Democratic Party Still Care About Inequality?

    Is the Democratic Party serious about addressing wealth inequality? During negotiations with Republicans about upcoming coronavirus stimulus packages, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer wants to repeal the cap on the federal deduction for state and local taxes, which would primarily benefit the wealthiest Americans. Shant and Zaid discuss the wider Democratic Party's approach to inequality, or lack thereof, by talking about the party platform for 2020.

    • 14 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

Dwardo123 ,

The benchmark

Novel, useful insights on important issues - six stars.

Grelin Yurgon ,

A Gem

Mostly intelligent conversations with intelligent people. A rare thing.

MattThePom ,

A light in the dullness

This is an excellent, thoughtful and thought provoking podcast, I highly recommend it. Calm, well paced and lucid discussion with thoughtful commentary. Well worth a listen, particularly if you, as I, am sick of shrieking halfwits dominating the political and media bandwidths.

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