Episode 90

Kanye & Antisemitism, Trigger Warnings, Georgia Midterms

Ravi and Rikki start with the latest fallout from Kanye West’s recent antisemitic rants, including this week’s decisions by companies like Adidas, GAP, and Balenciaga to sever their ties with the embattled rapper. Then the hosts move on to a wide-ranging discussion about trigger warnings: where they came from, where they’re appropriate and where they aren’t, and exactly how helpful they seem to be. Finally, we wrap up with an interview on all the dynamics at play in the Georgia midterms with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Greg Bluestein.


Ravi and Rikki start with a quick chat on Elon Musk’s unifier messaging as he prepares to take over at Twitter.

Ravi and Rikki go through Kanye West’s recent antisemitic rants as well as the huge ethical gap between how certain media figures like Tucker Carlson are engaging with West and his remarks as compared to someone like Lex Fridman.

Rikki first warns us that we might be triggered by her and Ravi’s discussion of trigger warnings: where they came from and whether there’s a case for them.

Finally, Ravi interviews the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Greg Bluestein, a political reporter with a lot of valuable insight into two big midterm races in Georgia.

Elon Musk [1:40]
(De)Platforming Kanye [6:04]

Corporate America is canceling Kanye West (CNN Business, 10/25)
The Kanye West Tucker Carlson didn’t want his audience to see (Washington Post, 10/11)
Kanye West assails Jews, abortion in new interview with Lex Fridman (LA Times, 10/24) 
Jason Kander // Jesse Kelly Twitter thread (10/26)
Sam Harris Twitter thread (10/26)

Trigger Warnings [24:22] 

Give my disregards to Broadway’s over-the-top theater ‘trigger warnings’ (Washington Post Opinion, 10/19)
The Coddling of the American Mind (The Atlantic, 09/2015)
Catching up with ‘Coddling’: Trigger warnings (FIRE, 5/12/2020)
What if Trigger Warnings Don’t Work? (The New Yorker, 9/28/2021)
Trigger Warnings May Not Do Much, Early Studies Suggest (New York Times, 3/22/2019)
Why I Use Trigger Warnings (New York Times Opinion, 9/19/2015)

Georgia Midterms [40:27]

Who’s ahead in the Georgia governor race? (FiveThirtyEight)
Who’s ahead in the Georgia Senate race? (FiveThirtyEight)
Georgia gubernatorial candidates Stacey Abrams, Brian Kemp face off in debate (Reuters, 10/18)
Herschel Walker is Demonstrating the New Law of Politics (The Atlantic, 10/4)