Offline with Jon Favreau is a different kind of Sunday show – a chance to step away from our Twitter-fueled news cycles to hear smarter, lighter conversations about all the ways that our extremely online existence is shaping everything from politics and culture to the how we live, work, and interact with one another. After more than a dozen conversations with guests like Stephen Colbert, Monica Lewinsky, Jia Tolentino, and Roxane Gay, it’s clear that people want these conversations to continue – that they’re interested in figuring out how we can regain control over our chaotic, hyperconnected world.
That’s why Offline is here to stay. In the coming months, Jon will dig deeper into the internet abyss and beyond, exploring new topics with new guests from the worlds of news, politics, entertainment, sports, business, and more. Join Jon each week as he asks us to put down our screens, grab our headphones, and figure out how to live happier, healthier lives, both on and offline.
Has Google Created a Soul?
Last week, Nitasha Tiku, Tech Culture reporter for The Washington Post, broke the story of a Google engineer who claimed the company’s artificial intelligence chatbot, LaMDA, was sentient. She joins Jon to give a first-hand account of what the Google engineer saw inside its chatbot and make the case that the real fear shouldn’t be whether AI is alive, but whether it’s real enough to fool us.
Steve Bannon’s Very Online Insurrection
Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Jennifer Senior talks about the internet’s original right-wing troll: Steve Bannon. Would the MAGA movement exist without Bannon? Would Bannon exist without the internet? Jennifer recently published an unsparing profile of Steve Bannon in The Atlantic. He granted her a ton of access, even inviting her to his father’s funeral. She sits down with Jon to talk about what she saw and how Bannon weaponized the internet to fuel the January 6th insurrection.
Crypto for Beginners with Kevin Roose
Kevin Roose, technology columnist at the New York Times, answers all your crypto questions. What’s an NFT? Is Bitcoin bad for the environment? Does our economy run on vibes? Sharing perspectives from crypto’s biggest skeptics, but also its biggest proponents, Kevin joins Jon to make the case that crypto isn’t scary, it’s just terribly explained.
How Should Parents Manage Kids’ Screen Time?
Anya Kamenetz, author of “The Art of Screen Time” and NPR education reporter, talks with Jon about what a healthy amount of screen time looks like for our kids. She teaches Jon the leading research, talks about the how pandemic changed her understanding of screen time, and offers a road map for raising kind, thoughtful kids in an increasingly online world.
Ro Khanna is Optimistic About the Internet
Congressman Ro Khanna, Silicon Valley’s most progressive representative, joins Jon to talk about where tech went wrong and how we can get it back on course. Providing legislative solutions, he teaches Jon how we can use technology to create economic opportunity and a functioning, healthy, multiracial democracy.
Can We Blame the Internet for Buffalo?
Ben Collins covers disinformation, extremism, and the internet for NBC News. This week, he’s reported on the shooting in Buffalo, combing through the killer’s chat logs to make sense of the internet’s role in his radicalization. He sits down with Jon to make sense of it all, explaining the ways sites like 4Chan serve as breeding grounds for extremism and what it’s going to take for us to face this hate and violence head on.
A New Favourite
Another not-to-be-missed from Crooked Media. Like everything from the members of the Crooked team, this podcast is both entertaining and illuminating. Jon is fabulous as a solo host who listens and responds to his guests with careful thought. Glad it’s here to stay.