62 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
    • 4.8 • 1.4K 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.

    Do Dating Apps Make it Harder to Find Love?

    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 talk about how apps like Tinder, Hinge, and Bumble have redefined romance. They’ve named the season “Dating Games” and ask whether the goals of dating app companies are aligned with our romantic aspirations. Jon talks to them about the ways internet dating has gamified romance, what the current dating app generation has lost, and whether there are alternatives for finding love in a world of swiping.

    • 37 min
    Two Writers Wonder If They’ll Be Replaced By AI

    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 his most recent video essay, “The Real Danger of ChatGPT,” Puschak explores how AI could erode our fundamental ability to understand ourselves and the world around us. He sits down with Jon to discuss that essay, evaluate the strengths and limitations of ChatGPT, and talk about the ways the internet is trying to replace our minds.

    • 53 min
    How to Avoid Distraction with Johann Hari

    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 task? Johann Hari, author of the New York Times bestseller Stolen Focus, joins Offline to discuss his 4-year, multi-country journey to regain control of his attention. He and Jon talk about the science behind focusing, how tech companies have maliciously destroyed our brains, and what we can do, collectively and individually, to steal our attention back.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Offline Mailbag with Emily Favreau and Dare We Say

    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 on the internet’s generational divide. Then, Jon and Emily Favreau sit down for their annual holiday Q&A on twitter fights, raising a toddler, Taylor Swift and other listener-submitted questions.

    • 58 min
    The Worst Tweets of 2022 with Rebecca Jennings

    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 videos that, for some reason, got people up in arms. Jennings’ recent article “Every ‘chronically online’ conversation is the same,” describes the predictability of people being vilified on social media, and she joins Offline to discuss how much of our thirst for drama is really a thirst for punishment.

    • 33 min
    Is This the End of Social Media? With Ian Bogost

    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 networks. In a recent Atlantic article, “The Age of Social Media Is Ending,” Bogost examines the platforms’ dipping trajectory and argues that people just aren’t meant to talk to each other this much. He joins Offline to elaborate on how Twitter, Instagram and TikTok have sacrificed connection for content, friendship for sponsorship––and why a cultural shift in how we interact with these platforms may be closer than we think.

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
1.4K Ratings

1.4K Ratings

Atreus_09 ,

Always interesting

This is one of the only podcasts that isn’t comedy centered that I regularly listen to. It’s covering very REAL social and personal problems connected to being “online”. Jon is a great host and brings on very interesting, engaging, and educated in their fields guests.

smroland12 ,

Fantastic Episode with Johann Hari

I always enjoy this show, but this past Sunday’s episode is along my favorites. Extremely interesting and all very understandable. The best part is he gave ideas of how improve ourselves that actually seem achievable. Excellent episode!

Brit Obsessed with US News ,

ALWAYS LOVE AND LEARN FROM THIS SHOW

Today’s episode with Johann Hari was so especially engaging that I’ve taken a beat to write my first review for a podcast (and I love all Crooked Media productions!). Listen and learn.

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