And this isn’t just about figuring out why some dude in Michigan voted for Trump. Though that’s part of it. We should figure that out. It’s about actually exploring division instead of putting it in side-by-side boxes on television, whether it’s a conversation about politics or religion, race or gender, or belief itself. Ana has accrued a bunch of unlikely friends in politics, and she has strong disagreements with those friends. So why not have a civilized, thoughtful conversation (with some jokes and maybe the occasional “oh come on” because these are important issues and people feel strongly) and see what happens?
Ana talks to James Risen, senior national security correspondent for The Intercept. They discuss the rocky relationship between journalists and the government, reminding us that Trump’s threats to press freedom are not unprecedented — and Risen would know, since both the Bush and Obama administrations took him to court over his reporting.
We kick off 2018 with our monthly Rick Wilson check in. On the agenda: what we *should* be paying attention to in all this Bannon-Trump drama — like, say, nuclear war. Then, we talk with BuzzFeed writer and author Scaachi Koul about the controversy over Youtube star Logan Paul’s posting of a video from Japan’s “suicide forest,” where we draw familiar parallels to the Trump era.
Ben Howe on what the Left can learn from the Tea Party. Adam Savage (“Mythbusters,” Tested.com) help a WFLT listener whose sister has embraced right-wing conspiracy theories. BONUS: join Ana on a journey through the editor’s comments on Milo Yiannopoulos’ pulled manuscript, which Simon & Schuster submitted to court as evidence the book was bad.