Oct 1, 2021 • 1HR 11M

Episode 84: Frederick Joseph, As Himself, In: The McKaren Park Karen, And An Interview With Paige Harden About Genetics

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Journalists Katie Herzog and Jesse Singal scour the internet for its craziest, silliest, most sociopathic content, part of an obsessive and ill-conceived attempt to extract kernels of meaning and humanity from a landscape of endless raging dumpster fires.
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Frederick Joseph is the unluckiest man in New York City: After dealing with a Satanic AirBnB host, a racist woman on the street, and racist editors and producers, he is the victim of the latest Central-Park-Karen-style incident. The hosts discuss his super real and honest stories. Then: Jesse interviews Kathryn Paige Harden, the author of The Genetic Lottery: Why DNA Matters for Social Equality, about her research and the perils of debating fraught scientific and societal subjects online. 

(Note: Due to a minor scheduling snafu I'm late getting you your patrons-only episode, but I'll have it for you by tomorrow morning at the latest. Also, keep an eye out for a longer cut of the Harden interview that we're releasing just for patrons, which I'll post momentarily. -Jesse)

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Job listing: https://www.patreon.com/posts/were-hiring-56634428 

Original Frederick Joseph video:

Insider’s coverage: https://www.insider.com/woman-accused-telling-black-dog-walker-stay-in-hood-fired-2021-9

Derek Andersen has said problematic stuff himself:

People won’t leave Joseph alone:

Man Claims United Airlines Offered Woman $1,000 Voucher to Put Her Feet Down: 'The Audacity of White Privilege': https://www.newsweek.com/white-privilege-united-airlines-feet-table-845387

Anna Merlan general background (not petty): https://jezebel.com/is-the-uva-rape-story-a-gigantic-hoax-asks-idiot-1665233387 

Merlan on Joseph on AirBnB satanists: https://www.vice.com/en/article/m7jnmb/we-talked-to-the-host-accused-of-doing-satanic-rituals-in-his-airbnb 

Joseph’s claim about black-author quotas:

Paige Harden’s faculty page at the University of Texas - Austin: https://liberalarts.utexas.edu/prc/directory/faculty/kh24738

Paige Harden’s book, The Genetic Lottery: Why DNA Matters for Social Equality: https://www.amazon.com/Genetic-Lottery-Matters-Social-Equality/dp/0691190801

Giden Lewis-Kraus’s profile of her in The New Yorker: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2021/09/13/can-progressives-be-convinced-that-genetics-matters

Freddie deBoer on his related book The Cult of Smart: How Our Broken Education System Perpetuates Social Injustice: https://barpodcast.fireside.fm/22 

Lothian Birth Cohorts: https://www.ed.ac.uk/lothian-birth-cohorts