30 episodes

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.

Offline with Jon Favreau Crooked Media

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 987 Ratings

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.

    Can We Blame the Internet for Buffalo?

    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.

    • 49 min
    Sex, Drugs, and Phone Addictions with Dr. Anna Lembke

    Sex, Drugs, and Phone Addictions with Dr. Anna Lembke

    Dr. Anna Lembke, Stanford Psychiatrist and author of “Dopamine Addiction,” joins Jon to talk how smartphones, social media, and the internet have fundamentally changed the way our brains process pleasure. Making the case that phones are similarly addictive to alcohol, tobacco, and drugs, she teaches Jon how we can reset our brains to have a healthier relationship with our phones and the world around us.

    • 55 min
    Chris Hayes on Why We’re All Famous Now

    Chris Hayes on Why We’re All Famous Now

    Chris Hayes, host of MSNBC’s All in with Chris Hayes, sits down with Jon to talk about the ways the internet has reshaped what we can hear online, creating an era of mass fame. Pulling from his New Yorker essay “On the Internet, We’re Always Famous,” Chris explains his distinction between attention and recognition and makes the case that this new era isn’t just bad for our society, it’s bad for our souls.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Does Elon Musk Want Free Speech or Attention?

    Does Elon Musk Want Free Speech or Attention?

    Renee DiResta is an expert on tech policy, influence operations, and algorithms, managing research at the Stanford Internet Observatory. She joins Jon to break down Elon Musk buying Twitter, explaining his envisioned reforms and making the case that Elon Musk fundamentally misunderstands free speech on the internet.

    For a closed-captioned version of this episode, go to crooked.com and Offline. For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com and include the name of the podcast.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Are Russians Buying Putin’s Propaganda?

    Are Russians Buying Putin’s Propaganda?

    Russian propaganda expert Peter Pomerantsev is a journalist and former Russian television producer who talks to Jon about the distortion of truth and reality inside Putin’s Russia. Jon asks Peter about his recent interview with Ukrainian President Zelensky, how Putin’s propaganda apparatus is reaching a crossroads, and how the Trump/Murdoch propaganda machine mirrors a lot of what he’s seen in Russia.

    For a closed-captioned version of this episode, click here. For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com and include the name of the podcast.
     

    • 1 hr 5 min
    A Newsroom’s Fight Against Misinformation in the Black Community

    A Newsroom’s Fight Against Misinformation in the Black Community

    Lauren Williams, former Editor-in-Chief of Vox , sits down with Jon to talk about launching Capital B News, a new local-national nonprofit news organization that centers Black voices. Together, they discuss how the murder of George Floyd inspired a “great reckoning” in newsrooms; how this new organization is aiming to rebuild trust in the black community by providing high-quality, local reporting; and the ways the media has failed people of color in its coverage of Critical Race Theory.

    For a closed-captioned version of this episode, click here. For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com and include the name of the podcast.
     

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
987 Ratings

987 Ratings

Lisa10871 ,

Smart

The best adjective to use for this podcast is smart. Jon Favreau finds people who have thoughtful takes on how the Internet and social media impacts our lives.

lahdurn ,

Dr. Anna

I loved this episode. Thank you for showing the correlation between social media and addiction. It’s so important as we are raising a generation that knows nothing else but the internet and social media pressure. We also don’t know enough on long term impacts. I can’t wait to read her book.

5ardine5 ,

Brilliant

The Peter Pomorantzev interview is one of the most intelligent discussions of public discourse in Russia that I have heard or read anywhere. Thanks.

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