This week Ana Marie Cox (@anamariecox) talked with journalist Eli Saslow (@elisaslow) and Derek Black (@RDerekBlack) about Derek Black’s transformation from a white nationalist to an antiracist activist. They began with current news and what Trump means for the rise of white nationalism into everyday life. Derek then talked about his background growing up as a white nationalist, and what it took for him to change his ideology. They continued with mistakes made by the media and within American culture that contributed to the normalization of white supremacy. They ended with a discussion of what it takes to change someone’s mind, and a sense of hope that it is possible.
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Live from the 6th Annual Women Rule Summit in D.C.! In this episode, Anna Palmer and Ana Marie Cox speak to Piper Perabo about going from actress to activist. Piper shares her journey from wanting to help, to being willing to get arrested for what she believes in. They talk about what it means to really be an ally, and how to listen and help those who are marginalized without taking over their causes.
This week Dr. Carol Anderson joins Ana Marie Cox to talk about current events in the context of her new book, One Person, No Vote. They cover an intensive history of voting rights and the violence in those battles. Dr. Carol Anderson clarifies the lie that is the American dream, and discusses with Ana the work that needs to be done by White people to stop the onslaught of violence that People of Color face day in and day out.
Kiese Laymon joins Ana to discuss his new book, Heavy: An American Memoir. They talk about what it’s like deal with other people’s difficult stories, as well as how they cope with their own. Additionally, they connect the concept of the body to struggles that we face internally with our own issues and externally with political and social issues.
Diana Butler Bass joins host Ana Marie Cox to talk about gratitude, and the contradictions that ensue. They asked what it means to celebrate Thanksgiving, when you’re on stolen land. They conclude by making a distinction between optimism and hopefulness, attempting to change the paradigm on what effective gratitude looks like.
Ana sits down with Rick Wilson to talk about the results of the 2018 Midterms. They analyze the Blue Wave, and discuss voter suppression, the struggles they faced in the election, and what will happen next in terms of the White House, investigations, and potential policy.