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“A President Who Makes Us Less Safe” with Greg Howard and Rick Wilson

1:26:09 | Jul 28th, 2017

After an intro in which I acknowledge the numerous categories of people who have *some idea* of what it’s like to live with an oppressor in the White House, I am joined by New York Times Magazine writer Greg Howard (@greghoward88) to discuss the afte...Show More

“No one cries, no one gets asked to prom”

1:05:39 | Mar 31st, 2017

Disability rights activist Alice Wong jumps right in with the awkward as we discuss who can even say “#cripthevote.” We discuss the coming deluge of #inspiring #promposals involving disabled people, and why she hopes they go away eventually. David Pe...Show More

“If you’re worried about the future, look at the past”

1:04:10 | Mar 24th, 2017

Disagreeing about facts is one thing, what if you disagree about reality? Adam Savage (“Mythbusters,” Tested.com) joins to help a WFLT listener whose sister has embraced right-wing conspiracy theories. MTV’s Ezekiel Kweku comes by to discuss how Amer...Show More

“Sugar, We’re Cohen Down with Nina Burleigh”

43:32 | Mar 1st

In the wake of the blockbuster Cohen testimony, there’s a lot to be unpacked about how the Trump family handles relationships, and in particular how Trump has spent his entire life commodifying and branding women. Ana Marie Cox (@anamariecox) is join...Show More

Hate Crimes and Crossed Lines with Jamil Smith

55:09 | Feb 22nd

Jussie Smollett. Yeah. That whole thing. Ugh. Ughhhh. This week, Ana Marie Cox (@anamariecox) interviewed Rolling Stone journalist Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) about how to untangle this mess. There’s a rising trend in hate crime and organized hate grou...Show More

You’ve Got Problematic Male Leads: A With Friends Like These Valentine’s Day Special!

1:08:36 | Feb 15th

Whether you’re going out to dinner, or sitting at home with a pint of Ben and Jerry’s, Valentine’s Day offers unique problems for everyone. This week, Ana Marie Cox (@anamariecox) interviewed Blythe Roberson (@blythelikehappy) to talk about the moder...Show More

#TrustWomen with Tressie Cottom and Erika Christensen

1:24:03 | Feb 8th

Tune in this week for a double interview feature! First, Dr. Tressie Cottom joined Ana Marie Cox for “the hot take superbowl.” They began by recapping the Northam debacle in Virginia and where it fits into our historical moment. They continued wit...Show More

More than Flyover Country: Sarah Smarsh on her book Heartland

55:10 | Feb 1st

This week proud Kansas native Sarah Smarsh (@Sarah_Smarsh) joined Ana Marie Cox (@anamariecox) to discuss her new book Heartland: A Memoir of Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth. From not knowing you’re poor, to feeling shame about your socia...Show More

Bonkerpalooza! With Rick Wilson

49:47 | Jan 25th

This week Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) joined Ana Marie Cox (@anamariecox) to talk about the government shutdown, and the newest implications of the Trump presidency. They covered how Trump’s decisions have affected everyone from Congress to the aver...Show More

The Witching Hour with Dianna E Anderson

1:16:28 | Jan 18th

Have you ever cancelled a celebrity? Do you believe you can separate the art from the artist? Do Twitter arguments and trending hashtags matter in the real world? This week Dianna Anderson (@diannaeanderson) joins Ana Marie Cox (@anamariecox) to answ...Show More

"Real Shit with Ashley Nicole Black"

1:13:37 | Jan 11th

This week Ashley Nicole Black (@ashleyn1cole) joined Ana Marie Cox (@anamariecox) to talk about her own experiences as a writer and an academic and pass out some advice along the way. They began by talking about the changes in comedy in the age of wi...Show More

"Amateur Hour with Mina Kimes"

1:04:07 | Jan 4th

The typical American family holiday can be characterized by the three F’s: food, family, and football. This week Ana Marie Cox (@amc) and Mina Kimes (@minakimes) talked about the intersections of sports and politics, and why football isn’t the safest...Show More

"Split and Knitted Back Together: Amanda Carpenter on the GOP"

59:04 | Dec 28th, 2018

Nearly 30% of registered voters are Republican, but almost half of them don’t support Trump as of 2018. What happens to the other half? This week Amanda Carpenter (@amandacarpenter) joined Ana Marie Cox (@anamariecox) to talk about being in the other...Show More

“Not Leaving on a Jet Plane: Eric Holthaus on Climate Change and Activism”

59:24 | Dec 21st, 2018

This week Eric Holthaus (@EricHolthaus) joined Ana Marie Cox (@anamariecox ) to talk about being a meteorologist in a time where climate change has reached both a critical point scientifically and politically. From making small personal decisions, to...Show More

“Stand Up and Disrupt: Live from the Women Rule Summit with Anna Palmer and Piper Perabo”

43:47 | Dec 14th, 2018

This week With Friends Like These is coming to you live from the 6th Annual Women Rule Summit in D.C. In this episode Anna Palmer (@apalmerdc) and Ana Marie Cox (@anamariecox) talked to Piper Perabo (@PiperPerabo) about going from actress to activist...Show More

"Back to Selma and Beyond: Dr. Carol Anderson on Her Book One Person, No Vote"

1:04:36 | Dec 7th, 2018

CW: Gore, Violence This week Dr. Carol Anderson (@ProfCAnderson) joined host Ana Marie Cox (@anamariecox) to talk about current events in the context of her new book, One Person, No Vote. They covered an intensive history of voting rights and the ...Show More

"Dive Into the Deep End: Kiese Laymon on His New Book"

1:07:32 | Nov 30th, 2018

CW: Addiction, Eating Disorders, and Suicide. If you are struggling with any of these issues, please click the link in the content warning. You are loved and there is help available. This week Kiese Laymon (@KieseLaymon) joined Ana Marie Cox (@an...Show More

“All I Need is Right Here: Being Thankful with Diana Butler Bass.”

51:01 | Nov 23rd, 2018

CW: Sexual Assault. If you are struggling with sexual assault, there is help available. Please contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673 This week Diana Butler Bass (@dianabutlerbass) joined host Ana Marie Cox (@anamariecox) to...Show More

“Maximum Man-Baby Mode: Rick Wilson on What the 2018 Midterms Mean for Trump”

32:03 | Nov 16th, 2018

This week Ana Marie Cox (@anamariecox) sat down with Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) to talk about the 2018 Midterms. They began with a broader analysis of the Blue Wave that narrowed down into a discussion about Florida, Georgia, and voter suppression....Show More

"White Women: Foot Soldiers of the Patriarchy"

52:29 | Nov 9th, 2018

This week Rebecca Traister (@rtraister) joined host Ana Marie Cox (@anamariecox) to recap the 2018 midterm elections, and the work that led up to them. They began with a conversation on the demographic of White women and their voting patterns. They w...Show More

“Life During Wartime Language: Talking with a former white nationalist turned SJW”

1:07:37 | Nov 2nd, 2018

This week Ana Marie Cox (@anamariecox) talked with journalist Eli Saslow (@elisaslow) and Derek Black (@RDerekBlack) about Derek Black’s transformation from a white nationalist to an antiracist activist. They began with current news and what Trump me...Show More

Where the Personal and Political Meet: In Conversation with Karamo Brown and Parker Molloy

1:00:09 | Oct 26th, 2018

On this week’s two part episode, Ana Marie Cox (@anamariecox) interviews Karamo Brown (@KaramoBrown) and Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy).  Karamo and Ana talked about his work on Queer Eye, mental health, and what it means to be different in today’s...Show More

“The Pied Piper of Feminism”

1:01:58 | Oct 19th, 2018

This week Heather Havrilesky (@hhavrilesky) joined Ana Marie Cox (@anamariecox ) to talk about her new book, her career, and politics. They began by discussing what 2016 meant personally and politically, and transitioned into a conversation about how...Show More

“Resisting Power, Oppression, and Inequality with Alice Wong.”

53:12 | Oct 12th, 2018

This week Ana Marie Cox (@anamariecox) sat down with Disability Rights Activist Alice Wong (@SFdirewolf) to talk about what ableism looks like today and responses from the disabled activist community. They began with a discussion on language and how ...Show More

“A Recovering Republican: How Max Boot Left His Party.”

1:01:57 | Oct 5th, 2018

This week Ana Marie Cox (@anamariecox) sat down with author and Council of Foreign Relations fellow Max Boot (@MaxBoot). Max Boot described his reasons for leaving the Republican party. He mentioned the issues of Trump, as well as the deeper problems...Show More

“Far Too Normal: An Update on the Kavanaugh Confirmation with Rick Wilson”

52:51 | Sep 28th, 2018

TW: Sexual Assault If you’re not in a place where it’s ok to think about sexual assault, come back when you are! And if you have ever experienced sexual violence, you are not alone. If you’re ready to talk to someone about it, call the National Se...Show More

“The Jackie Robinson of Bisexuals w/ Travon Free”

56:27 | Sep 21st, 2018

This week, Ana (@anamariecox) sat down with Travon Free (@Travon), the star of the new HBO show Him or Her. They started things off by delving into the show’s premise: it’s largely based on Travon’s dating experiences as a black, bisexual male in Ame...Show More

"White Fragility in the Wild"

1:16:07 | Sep 14th, 2018

Princeton University professor Robert Wuthnow (@RobertWuthnow), author of the book The Left Behind: Decline and Rage in Rural America, joined Ana (@anamariecox) this week to talk about his research. He and Ana began by exploring common misconceptions...Show More

“Why Pleasure Is Political w/ Michael Arceneaux”

48:57 | Sep 7th, 2018

Ana (@anamariecox) sat down with Michael Arceneaux (@youngsinick), author of the New York Times bestseller I Can’t Date Jesus. Their conversation kicked off with an exploration of Michael’s experience as a queer black man, how it is inherently politi...Show More

"ARA: Ask Rick Anything!"

43:54 | Aug 31st, 2018

On this week’s pod, Ana (@anamariecox) checked back in with Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) to do something different: answer questions from listeners. Their wide-ranging conversation kicked off with Ana asking Rick to put on his strategist hat, and ana...Show More

"White Fragility 101"

55:46 | Aug 24th, 2018

On this week’s pod, Ana (@anamariecox) sat down with Robin DiAngelo, author of the book White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism. To kick things off, Robin explained what white fragility is, and the impact that it has n...Show More

“Funny Is How We Got Here: When Journalists Amplify Hate”

1:16:33 | Aug 17th, 2018

Whitney Phillips (@wphillips49) joined Ana (@anamariecox) to talk about her recent work, The Oxygen of Amplification, which chronicles the battle journalists face to report on extremism without amplifying it. Early in their conversation, Ana and Whit...Show More

“Almost Bravery w/ Rick Wilson”

1:07:40 | Aug 10th, 2018

This week, the one and only Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) stopped by to talk with Ana (@anamariecox) about his new book, Everything Trump Touches Dies. Ana kicked things off by asking Rick about things he regrets from his past as a political consultan...Show More

“A Country Built On a Hate Crime w/ Arjun Sethi”

55:36 | Aug 3rd, 2018

Arjun Singh Sethi (@arjunsethi81), author of American Hate: Survivors Speak Out, joined Ana (@anamariecox) on this week’s pod. Over the course of their conversation, Arjun explained why he wrote the book: to center the perspectives of hate survivors,...Show More

“Evangelism’s God Complex w/ Sarah Jones”

57:27 | Jul 27th, 2018

This week, Ana (@anamariecox) talked with Sarah Jones (@onesarahjones), a staff writer for The New Republic who covers social inequality and religion. Their conversation began with Sarah’s religious upbringing, and her journey from Christian fundamen...Show More

“Contemplative Activism” with Teresa P Mateus

49:08 | Jul 20th, 2018

This week, Ana (@anamariecox) talked with Teresa P Mateus (@teresapmateus), trauma specialist, professor, and founder of The Mystic Soul Project. They began their conversation talking about Teresa’s journey to become a trauma specialist, and explored...Show More

“Spiteful and Shortsighted” with Rick Wilson

51:06 | Jul 13th, 2018

This week, Ana (@anamariecox) sat down for her regular check in with WFLT’s favorite Never Trumper Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson). They talked about what Rick expects from President Trump’s upcoming summit with Vladimir Putin, and why the international...Show More

"Amy Chozick on Hillary and Humility"

1:07:34 | Jul 6th, 2018

This week, Ana (@anamariecox) sat down with Amy Chozick (@amychozick), New York Times writer at large and the author of the new book Chasing Hillary. Over the course of a wide-ranging conversation, they dove into some of the threads within Amy’s book...Show More

"When Ideology is Identity with Lilliana Mason"

57:33 | Jun 29th, 2018

This week, Ana (@anamariecox) welcomed Lilliana Mason (@LilyMasonPhD), an assistant professor of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland and the author of Uncivil Agreement: How Politics Became Our Identity, to the show. They talked abo...Show More

"Cruelty is as American as Thanksgiving with Adam Serwer"

43:33 | Jun 22nd, 2018

This week, Ana (@anamariecox) sat down with The Atlantic’s Adam Serwer (@AdamSerwer) to talk about the Trump Administration’s inhumane policy of separating children from their parents detained at America’s southern border. Adam wrote a story in The A...Show More

"Hurting Unit Cohesion with Charlotte Clymer"

59:41 | Jun 15th, 2018

This week, Ana (@anamariecox) sat down with Charlotte Clymer (@cmclymer), the Press Secretary for Rapid Response at the Human Rights Campaign. They started their conversation by talking about the Trump Administration’s decision to ban transgender peo...Show More

"Rick Wilson Is Giving Up on Corporate Christians"

56:43 | Jun 8th, 2018

This week, Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) stopped by for his monthly check-in with Ana (@anamariecox). They began their conversation by talking about how to cope with the constant distraction posed by Donald Trump’s Twitter account and stay focused on ...Show More

"Tall Decaf, Implicit Bias, No Whip with W. Kamau Bell"

1:02:38 | Jun 1st, 2018

This week, comedian and host of CNN’s United Shades of America W. Kamau Bell (@wkamaubell) joined Ana (@anamariecox) to talk about the racial bias training Starbucks workers across the country had this past week. They spoke about the hypocrisy in try...Show More

"Grateful (in Trump-adjusted terms) with Diana Butler Bass"

1:03:08 | May 25th, 2018

This week, Diana Butler Bass (@DianaButlerBass), historian and author of the new book Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Grace, joined Ana (@anamariecox). Diana wrote the book during the first 100 days of the Trump Administration, and she t...Show More

Imani Gandy on the Road to Gilead

59:31 | May 18th, 2018

Rewire.News’ Senior Legal Analyst Imani Gandy (@AngryBlackLady) joined Ana (@anamariecox) this week for a wide-ranging conversation. They began by exploring the differences between the reproductive rights and reproductive justice movements before dis...Show More

"Sex Robots Titillate and Childish Gambino Provokes with Ross Douthat and Doreen St. Felix"

1:16:49 | May 11th, 2018

New York Times op-ed columnist Ross Douthat (@DouthatNYT) joined Ana this week to continue the discussion they started in columns last week. Ross wrote an op-ed in the Times about the prospect of sex robots as the answer for people who can’t fulfill ...Show More

Rick Wilson Says Don’t Campaign on Impeachment

51:36 | May 4th, 2018

This week, WFLT’s favorite Never Trumper joined the show for his first check in since February. Over the course of a wide-ranging conversation, he and Ana dove into the way that attitudes regarding the FBI and the rule of law have undergone a remarka...Show More

"Alex Wagner knows the secret to belonging (spoiler alerts!)"

58:27 | Apr 27th, 2018

This week, Alex Wagner, co-host of Showtime’s The Circus, contributing editor at The Atlantic, a CBS News contributor and the author of the new book Futureface: A family mystery, an Epic Quest, and the Secret to Belonging, sat down with Ana. They dis...Show More

“Atheism and the Alt-Right, with Chris Stedman and Diana Butler Bass”

1:11:57 | Apr 20th, 2018

This week, Humanist chaplain and community activist Chris Stedman joined Ana to discuss the unique relationship between movement atheism and the Alt-Right. Chris wrote a piece on the trend from prominent atheists like Bill Maher, Sam Harris, and Rich...Show More

"Talking Ableism, Hashtag Appropriation and Rom-Coms with Keah Brown"

59:50 | Apr 13th, 2018

This week, writer, journalist, and disability rights activist Keah Brown joins Ana for a difficult conversation about disability, ableism, and body positivity. Their wide-ranging conversation begins with Keah detailing how she’s worked to find self l...Show More

The other side has a resistance too, reporting from CPAC

32:17 | Apr 6th, 2018

Ana’s journey at CPAC continues this week. Despite the conference’s overt racism and embrace of President Trump, she found young people who don’t like where their party is going. They want to see it go in a different, more principled direction, holdi...Show More

“They’re standing at the podium” w/ Dave Weigel

41:12 | Mar 30th, 2018

On the Season 2 premiere, Ana traveled to CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference, to try and see the world through someone the eyes of conservative activists. Ana has attended CPAC for many years, but this time discovered a different conf...Show More

“The Average American White Racist” with Christian Picciolini

1:01:30 | Mar 9th, 2018

On the Season 1 finale, reformed extremist Christian Picciolini [4:02] joins Ana to talk about his experience as a white supremacist, how his mind changed, and the work he does today to show people that there is life after hate. They discuss the rise...Show More

“Black Future Month” with Jamil Smith

49:44 | Mar 2nd, 2018

Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) joins Ana to talk about what makes Black Panther different from other Marvel movies and so important. They discuss the power of the movie’s metaphors to talk about colonization and the black experience in America as well as ...Show More

“Mormon Pundit Mode” with McKay Coppins

1:10:43 | Feb 23rd, 2018

On this week’s pod, The Atlantic’s McKay Coppins (@mckaycoppins) joins Ana to talk about Mitt Romney’s return to politics and what it was like covering Romney’s Presidential run as the other Mormon on the bus. From there, the conversation turns to Mo...Show More

"Wear Your Hair Shirt More Properly"

1:01:59 | Feb 16th, 2018

Ana talks with Linda Tirado (@KillerMartinis), [2:00] activist and author of Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America, about the Trump Administration’s awesome idea to turn the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program into a shitty version of Blue...Show More

Not Your Mama's Interracial Relationship with Melissa Febos and Quinta Brunson

1:16:05 | Feb 9th, 2018

Rebecca Carroll (@rebel19) fills in for Ana this week to discuss interracial relationships — and Black Panther —  in the Trump era. Rebecca, whose husband is white, is joined by writer/professor Melissa Febos (@melissafebos) [7:42] and writer/perfor...Show More

“A Party of Men and Mobs” with Rick Wilson

50:27 | Feb 2nd, 2018

It’s that time again: Ana’s monthly check-in with WFLT’s favorite Never Trumper Rick Wilson (@RickWilson). [2:58] Find out what three-years-ago Rick would have been most surprised by about Trump’s first year, plus hear his thoughts on the future of a...Show More

“If You Can’t Vlog It, It Didn’t Happen” with Katie Notopoulos and Jemar Tisby

1:23:07 | Jan 26th, 2018

BuzzFeed News tech reporter Katie Notopoulos (@katienotopoulos) drops by [3:46] to tell Ana what she learned from watching YouTube star Jake Paul’s educational video series on social influencing, which apparently involves a lot of trickery and grifti...Show More

“Foot Servants of Wokeness” with Ijeoma Oluo and Parker Molloy

1:09:52 | Jan 19th, 2018

Writer Ijeoma Oluo (@IjeomaOluo) stops by to discuss her new book “So You Want To Talk about Race,” which as Ana points out, is an especially essential read for white people to check out. Using her tips, Ijeoma helps Ana workshop a particular convers...Show More

”At Least the Obama People Felt Bad" with James Risen and Jamil Smith

1:06:47 | Jan 12th, 2018

James Risen, senior national security correspondent for The Intercept, joins Ana [01:14] to discuss the rocky relationship between journalists and the government, reminding us that Trump’s threats to press freedom are not unprecedented — and Risen wo...Show More

“Two Rats In a Sack” w/ Rick Wilson and Scaachi Koul

1:00:24 | Jan 5th, 2018

We kick off 2018 with our monthly Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) check in. [00:57] On the agenda: what we *should* be paying attention to in all this Bannon-Trump drama — like, say, nuclear war. And, we find out how the Never Trump movement is doing. ...Show More

Winter Break Encore Part II with Ben Howe and Adam Savage

1:39:40 | Dec 29th, 2017

First, [3:05] we revisit Ana’s interview with Red State contributor and Never Trump stalwart Ben Howe (@benhowe) about what the Left can learn from the Tea Party. Ben also discusses how leaving the conservative movement has changed his thinking on so...Show More

Winter Break Encore with Rembert Browne

1:08:42 | Dec 22nd, 2017

We revisit a very honest conversation between Ana and writer Rembert Browne (@rembert) about Colin Kaepernick, America, and why it’s imperative we talk about race, especially when it makes us feel uncomfortable. You can read Rembert’s profile on K...Show More

Turning Off The Gaslight

1:14:25 | Dec 15th, 2017

WNYC’s Rebecca Carroll [2:58] gives us her perspective on an aspect of #MeToo we should be talking about more: the denigration of black women. Also, if you thanked black women on Twitter for Doug Jones’ win in Alabama, you might want to listen in for...Show More

“Karma Is A Magnificent B*tch” w/ Diana Butler Bass and Rick Wilson

1:12:39 | Dec 8th, 2017

First, [3:17] author and theologian Diana Butler Bass (@dianabutlerbass) drops by to give us an explainer on the really long theological history behind Trump’s decision to proclaim Jerusalem the capital of Israel, and how that decision appeals specif...Show More

"Scale of Awfulness" with Adam Serwer and Lizzie O’Leary

1:20:35 | Dec 1st, 2017

Adam Serwer (@AdamSerwer), senior editor at The Atlantic, joins Ana this week [5:43] to discuss his latest piece unpacking the white nationalism of Trump voters. He argues a lot more people believe in white supremacy in America than we want to talk a...Show More

BONUS EPISODE: “Sometimes a Loss is More Powerful than a Win”

28:06 | Nov 28th, 2017

In this special episode, Ana takes a field trip to Chicago to visit with a group of voters long misunderstood by the coastal elites but who played a pivotal role in the 2016 election: that’s right... Hillary voters. What makes them tick? Why do they ...Show More

“Families Are a Bag of Triggers” with John Moe

1:09:09 | Nov 24th, 2017

John Moe of “The Hilarious World of Depression” podcast (@johnmoe) returns to the show for a special Thanksgiving episode dedicated to self care. Ana and John share some coping mechanisms for those tough days, like setting boundaries and giving your ...Show More

“You’re Gonna Feel a Pinch” with Ira Madison III and Bob Inglis

1:13:34 | Nov 17th, 2017

First, [3:35] newest Crooked Media pod host Ira Madison III (@ira) drops by to talk about why “good men” should be prepared to lose something when it comes to facing and assessing their past behaviour, which includes acknowledging a system that has a...Show More

What about Bill?

1:10:22 | Nov 10th, 2017

This week, New York Mag writer and author Rebecca Traister (@rtraister) stops by to mark one year since the election of Donald Trump with an episode dedicated to Hillary Clinton. No, we don’t re-litigate her campaign or make jokes about Wisconsin....Show More

“Platoon of Chicken$**t$"

1:05:33 | Nov 3rd, 2017

First, [3:55] we check in with our pal Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) to discuss what the Mueller indictments mean for the future of Trump’s administration, the big question being: how much longer will Congressional Republicans continue to protect this...Show More

“Post Office With Guns” with Jon Lovett and Nate Bethea

1:00:11 | Oct 27th, 2017

First, [3:10] Crooked Media’s Jon Lovett (@jonlovett) stops by to answer a listener’s question about the role of gay men in #metoo, which leads to an honest discussion about female vs. male leadership. Then, [19:40] we sit down with Afghanistan wa...Show More

“Look In The Mirror” with Vann R. Newkirk II and Helen Rosner

1:11:47 | Oct 20th, 2017

We sit down with friend of the pod Vann R. Newkirk II (@fivefifths) to discuss how white people in America can do more to fight white supremacy, The System (tip: go out and talk to people who don’t look and sound like you). Helen Rosner (@hels) al...Show More

“The Human Shock Doctrine hits Puerto Rico” w/ Naomi Klein and Jamil Smith

1:02:49 | Oct 13th, 2017

“The Human Shock Doctrine hits Puerto Rico” w/ Naomi Klein and Jamil Smith With a friend like the United States, does Puerto Rico need enemies? Naomi Klein (@NaomiAKlein) stops by to discuss how the U.S. government created the preconditions ...Show More

“A Novel and Disturbing Place” w/ Sam Sinyangwe and Rick Wilson

1:24:16 | Oct 6th, 2017

First, [4:10] Sam Sinyangwe (@samswey) joins us to talk about how media coverage of the Las Vegas massacre largely ignored America’s long history of mass shootings, including the deadliest mass shooting ever, perpetrated by white supremacists. You ca...Show More

“Can’t Countenance the Bullshit Anymore” w/ Michael Steele

1:20:34 | Sep 29th, 2017

Former RNC chairman Michael Steele (@MichaelSteele) joins us for a live conversation from the Texas Tribune Festival in Austin, Tx.  We discuss why Steele no longer recognizes the Republican party [10:00], whether he sees Trump as an existential thre...Show More

“A Brick Through The Overton Window" w/ Timothy Faust

1:17:25 | Sep 22nd, 2017

This week we get more Weedsy than The Weeds about America’s uniquely fucked up health care system with single-payer activist and Chapo wonk Timothy Faust (@crulge), an incredibly fun and energetic tour of health care with two people who curse a lot. ...Show More

"Too Tired to be Angry" w/ Rembert Browne

1:12:38 | Sep 15th, 2017

A conversation with writer Rembert Browne (@rembert) [1:21]on how his “write-around” profile of football player Colin Kaepernick (Bleacher Report) became a piece about this moment in America — and why the stakes are too high to avoid the uncomfortabl...Show More

“Nothing messier than sex” with Kim Cavill

1:20:26 | Sep 8th, 2017

This week, sex education instructor Kim Cavill (@sexposparenting) is back on the pod to answer your (adult) questions about perhaps the messiest coalition of all: sex. We discuss when and how to talk to your kids about porn [2:46], what to do if a fr...Show More

“We Act Like It’ll Never Happen” w/ Neena Satija and Jon Lovett

1:01:48 | Sep 1st, 2017

First, [2:15] a conversation with Neena Satija (@neenareports) from Houston, about Harvey and the choice to not prepare for catastrophic events. Second, [32:04] Jon Lovett (@jonlovett) helps field a listener question! And then [47:18] we talk about G...Show More

One God, Under Trump w/ Jack Jenkins and Parker Molloy

1:15:46 | Aug 25th, 2017

First [5:35], why aren’t evangelicals turning on the decidedly ungodly Trump? Jack Jenkins (@jackmjenkins), religion editor at Think Progress, explains how Christian nationalism has fused with Trumpism to create an unbreakable (?) bond. Second [43:06...Show More

"Are you going to join the fight?”

1:28:16 | Aug 18th, 2017

The aftermath of Charlottesville, considered from the right and the left. First [4:36] , Naval War College professor Tom Nichols (@radiofreetom) helps us understand how our enemies and allies abroad will interpret Charlottesville and Trump’s response...Show More

“Keep it” with Kat Rosenfield and Ira Madison III

1:09:17 | Aug 11th, 2017

This week’s episode is a dive into the intra-left culture wars: Who is sufficiently woke, and who gets to tell what stories (about whom)? Segment A [1:31]: New York magazine writer Kat Rosenfield (@katrosenfield) discusses her piece on “The Toxic Dra...Show More

"Enormous waste and loss": What it's like to report on the death penalty

1:14:23 | Aug 4th, 2017

First [1:24], Montgomery Advertiser reporter Brian Lyman (@lyman_brian) joins to discuss covering the criminal justice system in Alabama -- including being present at the most recent execution conducted in the state. Also, what can the Alabama senate...Show More

“A Daily Insult” with Kim Cavill and Michelle Goldberg

1:25:28 | Jul 21st, 2017

Last week, without warning, the Trump administration cancelled over $200m in funding for research into teen pregnancy prevention (https://www.revealnews.org/article/trump-administration-suddenly-pulls-plug-on-teen-pregnancy-programs/). Sex education ...Show More

“Health Care Is a Civil Right” with Anita Cameron and Vann Newkirk

48:36 | Jul 14th, 2017

We talk to ADAPT activist Anita Cameron (@adaptanita) [2:53] about the history of the disability rights movement and its recent success raising awareness about what TrumpCare would do to Medicaid. (She also has a few pointers for reporters covering t...Show More

“An existential crisis happening to America every day” w/ Neera Tanden

51:35 | Jul 7th, 2017

We sit down with Neera Tanden (@neeratanden), CEO of the Center for American Progress and friend of the pod, to discuss why we should stop debating the election — it’s everybody’s fault! — and the reasons she’s optimistic the Trump presidency will bu...Show More

“Typical white dude attitude”

51:02 | Jun 30th, 2017

Jon Ward (@jonward11) was one of the people I had in mind when we came up with "With Friends Like These": A seriously smart and dedicated reporter who doesn't see the world the same way I do, but with whom I have found fertile common ground. He joins...Show More

“It’s not who we’re supposed to be, but it is who we are”

43:48 | Jun 26th, 2017

A bonus pod about the Philando Castile verdict and what happens next, with Greg Doucette (@greg_doucette) and Jane Coaston (@cjane87). Jane is a political correspondent at MTV News, you can browse her content here: http://www.mtv.com/news/author/coas...Show More

“I have no regrets”

48:57 | Jun 23rd, 2017

We take a field trip to Iowa to interview Trump supporters in line for his don’t-call-it-a-campaign rally. Our main question: Have any of your relationships suffered because of political differences? Their answers will probably not surprise you. Thei...Show More

“Surprised you called me a feminist”

55:49 | Jun 16th, 2017

A Very Special Father’s Day episode. First, some words on saying the wrong thing. Then at 4:40, Anil Dash (@anildash) explains why he doesn’t retweet men, and we discuss the (incredibly light) burden of being a woke person with relative priviledge. ...Show More

“Justice is a mechanical duck”

1:38:04 | Jun 9th, 2017

— Trump agoniste Rick Wilson (@therickwilson) sheds some light on the chasm between how Trump loyalists and Trump skeptics will receive the Comey testimony. — Quinta Jurecic (@qjurecic), associate editor at Lawfare, elaborates on the insight that gri...Show More

“Proud pigheadedness”

1:01:22 | Jun 2nd, 2017

W. Kamau Bell (@wkamaubell), of CNN’s United Shades of America, joins to help a listener puzzle through how (and if) to have a relationship with her Trump-supporting parents. As he put it: Do they deserve the privilege of her children’s company? Als...Show More

“You can’t build things with pitchforks and torches”

1:11:50 | May 26th, 2017

Segment 1: Bob Inglis (of RepublicEN.org) is a conservative climate change denier turned conservative climate change activist. We talk about what he’s learned about how to approach those who disagree with him — there are some concrete tips! Lots of ...Show More

“Poetic justice and justice are not the same thing”

1:17:56 | May 19th, 2017

This episode wound up being about the limits and costs of empathy. First up: Franchesca Ramsey (@chescaleigh), creator and star of the hilarious social justice (really, all of that!) series, “Decoded.” We discuss about what she still feels uncomforta...Show More

“Women in power are always complicit”

1:23:58 | May 12th, 2017

Red State contributor and Never Trump stalwart (who made the Trump doc “The Sociopath”) Ben Howe (@benhowe) comes on to talk about what the Left can learn from the Tea Party’s successes and mistakes. We also dive into how leaving the conservative mov...Show More

“More of a Fetish Than a Mission”

1:02:30 | May 10th, 2017

HuffPost’s Jason Linkins (@dceiver) guests on a special non-awkward, non-boundary-challenging episode in which we play some serious inside-DC media-criticism baseball! If that is the kind of thing you like, you will love this. Consider it a kind of i...Show More

“The Help Is Coming From Inside the House”

1:26:35 | May 5th, 2017

John Moe, of “The Hilarious World of Depression” and @johnmoe, joins for a special crossover pod about depression, suicide, and stigma. This is an intense episode and those who might be sensitive to this discussion, take care of yourselves. If you ar...Show More

“I always assume everyone knows”

1:12:53 | Apr 28th, 2017

Upworthy writer Parker Molloy has been unapologetically out and feisty as both a trans person and someone who struggles with depression and anxiety; we chat about why she’s chosen that path and what it means for her in real life. (Next time she’s on ...Show More

"Being Called Racist is White People's Kryptonite"

1:17:09 | Apr 21st, 2017

Criminal Defense Attorney Greg Doucette discusses how he went from traditional Republican to racial justice warrior. MTV political reporter Jane Coaston helps field a call from Marcus in California, who wants to know what to do when your friends say ...Show More

“Let’s create messy coalitions”

1:35:32 | Apr 14th, 2017

Can’t make it to church this weekend? Get your God and hellfire here! First, a talk with @JeffChu, author of “Does Jesus Really Love Me? A Gay Christian’s Pilgrimage in Search of God in America,” about squaring faith and real life. Then official #fri...Show More

“Contentment is a professional risk”

1:10:24 | Apr 7th, 2017

Author of “Listen, Liberal” and genuine, actual, #friendofthepod, Tom Frank, stops by to answer the specific question, “With friends like the professional class, does the working class need enemies?” There is much discussion of how much music used to...Show More

"Police violence didn't just stop happening"

48:53 | Mar 17th, 2017

Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery talks about reporting on police killings while black, and political consultant Jessica Byrd speaks about how Michael Brown’s death drove her to try to change the world. Ana’s fellow MTV News correspondent, Jamil...Show More

"Too soon to start shooting"

1:05:00 | Mar 10th, 2017

#NeverTrump diehard Rick Wilson discusses his past as an attack ad maker, and whether he helped create the post-truth era. MTV writer Jane Coatson joins to ponder when violence against the government is justified.

"Discomfort is a tool of oppression"

50:41 | Mar 3rd, 2017

Culture critic Ira Madison III (@ira) joins the show for a very meta conversation about white people and what it's like to be "the black friend."

"Hope and Trust in Trump." The first episode!

52:27 | Feb 24th, 2017

Ana Marie Cox talks with Pastor Christopher Jackson about why his Wisconsin community voted for Obama... before voting for Trump. She's then joined by Jamil Smith of MTV News for a conversation about the big stories this week.

Teaser Episode

00:52 | Feb 18th, 2017

"With Friends Like These" starts Friday February 24th!