This week proud Kansas native Sarah Smarsh (@Sarah_Smarsh) joined Ana Marie Cox (@anamariecox) 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. Next, they discussed the intersection of public policy and private life, and why accurate media portrayal of poverty matters. Sarah ended by adding onto the call for representation amongst journalists and other media figures: “If we don’t know who we are and we’re just going by these reductive and simplistic narratives then how can we ever solve the problem?”
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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.
This week Rick Wilson joins Ana Marie Cox for a discussion on government shutdown. They cover how Trump’s decisions have affected everyone from Congress to the average American citizen. Then, the conversation turned to coping, and how self-care in these times can be macro, like activism, or micro, like sitting on the couch with a loved one. Tune in for your weekly reminder that none of this is normal!
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.