This week Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) joined Ana Marie Cox (@anamariecox) to talk about the government shutdown, and the newest implications of the Trump presidency. They covered how Trump’s decisions have affected everyone from Congress to the average American citizen. Afterwards, they talked about coping; teaching that taking care of yourself can be macro and take the form of activism, or micro and just involve sitting on the couch with a loved one, or a loved pet. Tune in for your weekly reminder that none of this is normal!
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Whether you’re going out to dinner, or sitting at home with a pint of Ben and Jerry’s, Valentine’s Day offers unique problems for everyone. This week, Ana Marie Cox interviews Blythe Roberson to talk about the modern pitfalls of dating men, when sometimes you can’t stand them. Afterwards, Ana sits down with Amy Chozick to talk about the Lorena Bobbitt story, the way we often devalue the stories of women, and how to change her legacy to one of a tabloid feature to one of a survivor.
Double interview feature! First, Dr. Tressie Cottom joins Ana Marie Cox for “the hot take superbowl.” They recap where the Northam debacle in Virginia fits into our historical moment, and discuss Dr. Cottom’s new book THICK: And Other Essays. Then, Ana interviews Erika Christensen about her experience with later abortion, and what it was like to take such a private moment and make it public.
Sarah Smarsh joins Ana Marie Cox to discuss her new book Heartland: A Memoir of Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth. From not knowing you’re poor, to feeling shame about your social class, Sarah Smarsh covers what growing up white and working class is like.
Have you ever cancelled a celebrity? Do you believe you can separate the art from the artist? Do Twitter arguments and trending hashtags matter in the real world? This week Dianna Anderson joins Ana Marie Cox to answer all of these questions, and discuss her new book - Problematic: How Toxic Callout Culture is Destroying Feminism.
Ashley Nicole Black joins Ana to discuss her experiences as a writer and an academic, and to pass on some advice along the way. They begin with a conversation about the changes to comedy in the age of widespread “wokeness.” They also dive into broader social issues, and address a personal topic: the pressure to become a mother, and what it means to reject it.