With Friends Like These explores our differences without letting them divide us. Each week, host Ana Marie Cox has conversations with guests you might not expect, on subjects that you won’t hear anywhere else. She’s not looking for common ground; the show’s about learning to see the world through someone else’s eyes. It’s about exploring differences and not just pitting them against each other.
Ana talks to Republicans, former white supremacists, disability rights activists, novelists and historians — people whose life experiences aren’t like hers. They talk white privilege, mental health, religious upbringing, and the forces that shape our political views. New episodes every Friday.
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 the protests on how to not infantilize the activists.) Vann Newark (@fivefifths) [23:40] joins to talk about the intersection of health policy and civil rights, both philosophically and historically. Easter egg [46:15]: A mini-op-ed on how to correctly insult Donald Trump, Jr.
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 build a progressive majority.
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 to discuss his reporting and his faith, and what it means to embrace the evangelism of racial reconciliation.
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. Their attitudes might.