Episode 82

Dating Apps, “Jihad Rehab” Doc, Oregon Drug Decriminalization

Ravi and Rikki start with the 10-year anniversary of Tinder and how dating apps have changed the way people interact, before turning to the lackluster early returns from Oregon’s move to decriminalize hard drugs and the cultural appropriation uproar over the once-celebrated and since-canceled Meg Smaker documentary “Jihad Rehab.” 


With Tinder turning ten this month, Ravi and Rikki tackle the effects, positive and negative, that dating apps have had on modern romance and socialization. 

The hosts critique Oregon’s early results from an ambitious move to decriminalize hard drugs, noting how the program’s flawed rollout could impact a surprisingly tight governor’s race.

Ravi and Rikki question whether the accusations of cultural appropriation against Meg Smaker and her documentary “Jihad Rehab” are at all valid.

Dating Apps [3:26]

80s Video Dating Montage (YouTube/Jammurs, 0:06, 9/19/2009)
“The End of Love” by Eva Illouz (2019)
10 Years of Tinder (The Cut, 8/1)
The Virtues and Downsides of Online Dating (Pew Research Center, 2/6/2020)
‘A Decade of Fruitless Searching’: The Toll of Dating App Burnout (New York Times, 8/31)
Dating apps give us too much choice, and it’s ruining our chances for finding love (Insider, 8/16/2018)
Tinder: the impact of consumerism on love (The Limited Times, 2/19)
The History of Online Dating From 1695 to Now (Huffpost, 12/6/2017)
Tinder data shows how pandemic dating was even weirder than regular dating (Vox, 3/25/2021)
Top 9 Niche Dating Apps in 2022 (Veggly, 2/2)
Around 40% of American couples now first meet online (Quartz, 7/20)
FarmersOnly: The Fishing Date (YouTube/FarmersOnly.com, 11/20/2015)
Are Dating Apps Damaging Our Mental Health? (Psychology Today, 10/18/2018)
Online dating lowers self-esteem and increases depression, studies say (CNNHealth, 5/29/2018)
The ‘Dating Market’ Is Getting Worse (The Atlantic, 2/25/2020)

Oregon Drug Decriminalization [28:50]

Lost Debate Special | NYC’s Safe Consumption Sites (5/8)
After rocky start, hopes up in Oregon drug decriminalization (AP, 9/25)
Oregon botched drug treatment plan tied to decriminalization (AP, 6/2)
Drug Addiction Treatment and Recovery Act of 2020 (Oregon Elections Division, 8/15/2019)
Could Oregon’s decision to decriminalize hard drugs provide a model for the country? (YouTube/PBS NewsHour, 4/5/2021)
Oregon’s Drug Decriminalization May Spread, Despite Unclear Results (Pew Stateline, 11/3/2021)
20 years of Portuguese drug policy – developments, challenges and the quest for human rights (Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention and Policy, 7/17)
How Europe’s heroin capital solved its overdose crisis (CBC News)
Provisional Drug Overdose Death Counts (CDC, 2/9)
Oregon Data extracted from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, released December 2021 (MHACBO, 2021)
Decision 2022: Oregon gubernatorial debate, Part 1 (YouTube/KTVZ NewsChannel 21, 9/27)
Decision 2022: Oregon gubernatorial debate, Part 2 (YouTube/KTVZ NewsChannel 21, 9/27)

“Jihad Rehab” Controversy [41:43]

Robby Soave: CANCEL CULTURE Strikes Again! Liberal Elites SMEAR ‘Jihad Rehab’ As Islamaphobic (YouTube/The Hill, 9:01, 9/26)
‘Jihad Rehab’ started a furor at Sundance. But the problem is bigger than one film (Los Angeles Times, 2/23)
Sundance Liked Her Documentary on Terrorism, Until Muslim Critics Didn’t (New York Times, 9/27)
Jihad Rehab: former Guantánamo prisoners call for documentary to be withdrawn (The Guardian, 7/29)
Islamophobia and the Tyranny of Empathy: The Case of ‘Jihad Rehab’ (Documentary.com, 1/31)
Stop Stigmatizing Cultural Appropriation (Areo, 10/16/2018)
Cultural Appropriation Can Be Beautiful (New York Times Op-Ed, 10/8/2021)
A White Woman’s Documentary About Muslim Extremists Is Being Canceled. Guess Why. (Reason, 9/26)
How a Firefighter-Turned-Filmmaker Gained Access to a Terrorist Rehab Center | Jihad Rehab Clip (YouTube/TheWrap, 1:46, 1/28)
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides (2002) 
Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo (2014)
American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins (2018)
India by V.S. Naipaul (2017)