This week Ana Marie Cox (@anamariecox) sat down with author and Council of Foreign Relations fellow Max Boot (@MaxBoot). Max Boot described his reasons for leaving the Republican party. He mentioned the issues of Trump, as well as the deeper problems within the Conservative movement itself. Next, they talked about how identity plays into politics, and why as a Jew and an immigrant Boot could no longer be a part of his former party due to their treatment of minorities. They ended with a discussion on what was next for the Republican party, and what needs to happen in order for American politics to no longer move towards extremism.
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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.
Ana sits down with Republican writer Rick Wilson to discuss the recent testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and the reactions from people across the country. Their conversation covers the relationship between Democrats and Republicans and mistrust and miscommunication between the parties, as well as the women who have come forward with their own personal stories and the culture of sexual assault within this country.
Ana sits down with Travon Free, the star of the new HBO show Him or Her. They start by delving into the show's premise, which is largely based on Travon's dating experiences as a black, bisexual male in America. They also touch on the importance of representation and Travon's journey to accept his own sexuality later in life.
Princeton University professor Robert Wuthnow, author of the book The Left Behind: Decline and Rage in Rural America, joins Ana this week to talk about his research. He and Ana explore common misconceptions of rural America, and how rural Americans often conceive of themselves. Later, former Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges answers a question on allyship from one of Ana's listeners.
Ana sits down with Michael Arceneaux, author of the New York Times bestseller I Can’t Date Jesus. Their conversation explores Michael’s experience as a queer black man, how it is inherently political, and what that means in his daily life. They also discuss representation, and what it takes for a black person to succeed in traditional media-- namely an ability to speak to white people.