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?
First, author and theologian Diana Butler Bass 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 specifically to members of his conservative evangelical base. Then Ana checks in with GOP media guy Rick Wilson for his insight on how his party is (mis)handling Roy Moore.
Adam Serwer, senior editor at The Atlantic, joins Ana this week to discuss his latest piece unpacking the white nationalism of Trump voters. Then, Lizzy O’Leary (@lizzieohreally) of Marketplace talks sexual harassment and bad behaviour — that “grey area” — in the media, including her own encounters with men she shrugged off as a young reporter, but now horrify her.
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.
John Moe of “The Hilarious World of Depression” podcast 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 anxiety a name. Two important reminders: you have worth, and it gets better.
Ira Madison III drops by to talk about why “good men” should be prepared to lose something when it comes to facing and assessing their past behaviour. Then, former South Carolina Republican congressman Bob Inglis is back to help us make sense of why many Evangelical Christians in Alabama continue to stick by Roy Moore.