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?
This week, Ana welcomed Lilliana Mason, an assistant professor of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland and the author of Uncivil Agreement: How Politics Became Our Identity, to the show. They kicked off their conversation talking about how Lilliana’s research connects to the recent Supreme Court ruling in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case.
This week, Ana sat down with The Atlantic’s Adam Serwer to talk about the Trump Administration’s inhumane policy of separating children from their parents detained at America’s southern border.
This week, Ana sat down with Charlotte Clymer, the Press Secretary for Rapid Response at the Human Rights Campaign and talked about the Trump Administration’s decision to ban transgender people from serving in the military, which Charlotte, as a transgender woman and a veteran, is uniquely able to analyze.
On this week’s episode, Ana welcomed back With Friends Like These’s favorite Never Trumper, Rick Wilson to the show. Their conversation started with a discussion of how to not get distracted from the real issues by President Trump’s Twitter feed, which Rick calls his “weapon of mass distraction.”
This week, comedian and host of CNN’s United Shades of America W. Kamau Bell joined Ana to talk about the racial bias training Starbucks workers across the country had this past week. They spoke about the hypocrisy in trying to take on racism while relying on euphemisms like “racial profiling” and “color brave” without being able to say the word “racist,” as well as how many anti-racism trainings only encompass racism against black people, and leave out other people of color.