Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) joins Ana to talk about what makes Black Panther different from other Marvel movies and so important. They discuss the power of the movie’s metaphors to talk about colonization and the black experience in America as well as how this movie can prompt white people to think differently about white supremacy. Ana and Jamil also consider the active decision by the movie’s creators to make a movie for black audiences, and what that choice could mean for the future of movies and TV.
Jamil wrote the Time cover story on Black Panther, which you can find here.
There is a lengthy digression about “Atlanta” and the Donald Glover profile in the New Yorker, and whether superhero movies always fight the last war while comedy confronts the future.
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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.
Ana checks back in with Rick Wilson to do something different: answer questions from listeners. Their wide-ranging conversation touches on all topics from the recent governor's races in Florida and Georgia, to how/when Never Trumpers would vote for Democrats, and finally, to their personal memories of John McCain.