With a friend like the United States, does Puerto Rico need enemies? Naomi Klein (@NaomiAKlein) stops by to discuss how the U.S. created the preconditions for the island’s *un*natural (very much man-made) disaster. And Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) helps answer a listener question about an awkward conversation at the office. Bonus mini-essay for listeners that make it all the way to the end.
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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.