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 Marie Cox speaks with journalist Eli Saslow and Derek Black about Derek Black’s transformation from white nationalist to antiracist activist. They discuss current news, what Trump means for the rise of white nationalism in everyday life, and mistakes made by the media and within American culture that contributed to the normalization of white supremacy.
On this week’s two part episode, Ana Marie Cox interviews Karamo Brown and Parker Molloy. Karamo and Ana discuss Karamo's work on Queer Eye, mental health, and what it means to be different in today’s society. Parker and Ana talk about the recent memo about legal status of Trans people released by the Trump administration, what identity means to them, and what the term identity politics has come to mean.
Heather Havrilesky joins Ana to talk about her new book, her career, and politics. They discuss what 2016 meant to them both personally and politically, how feminism has changed in the era of Trump and the MeToo Movement, and their hopes for the 2018 midterm elections.
Ana sits down with Disability Rights Activist Alice Wong to discuss what ableism looks like today, how being disabled is perceived, and the responses from the disabled activist community. They also cover how the modern political landscape affects people who are disabled, and what Trump and Kavanaugh mean for healthcare decisions.
This week Ana sits down with Max Boot, author and Council of Foreign Relations fellow, to discuss his reasons for leaving the Republican party. They talk about how identity plays into politics, the deep problems with both Trump and the conservative movement itself, and what needs to happen to stop American politics from continuing toward extremism.