Humans tend not to change their minds, so we’re going to see what we can learn from looking at people that have changed their minds about really big things: religion, politics and also psychic healing, criminal justice and more. We’ll examine historical accounts of converts, the ways we change our brain when we change our mind, and we’ll tell the stories of people who’ve been through it all. New episodes every Friday.
Writer Ijeoma Oluo 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 conversation Ana’s been trying to have with a person in her own life. Then, Parker Molloy helps answer a listener question about what we can be hopeful about as we head into 2018.
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.