This week With Friends Like These is coming to you live from the 6th Annual Women Rule Summit in D.C. In this episode, Anna Palmer (@apalmerdc) and Ana Marie Cox (@anamariecox) talked to Piper Perabo (@PiperPerabo) about going from actress to activist. Piper shared her journey from simply wanting to help, to being willing to get arrested for what she believed in. They talked about what it means to really be an ally, and how to listen and help those who are marginalized without taking over their causes. They reflected on the privilege of having such a large platform, and how to use it for good. They ended by talking about what’s next, and how we can keep the momentum of political involvement going.
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Ana Marie Cox is joined this week by Nina Burleigh who is Newsweek’s national politics editor. She wrote the book “Golden Handcuffs: The Secret History of Trump's Women” which picks apart systematic and generational issues within America’s Worst Family. Who is complicit and who is a casualty and who is a criminal and who is capitalism made manifest? Spoiler: it’s less of a straight answer than a Venn diagram.
Jussie Smollett. Yeah. That whole thing. Ugh. Ughhhh. This week, Ana Marie Cox interviews Rolling Stone journalist Jamil Smith about how to untangle this mess. There’s a rising trend in hate crime and organized hate groups across the country, and as a society we lack the tools to parse solutions to these developments. Jamil discusses the implications of this trending disaster, and how our Commander-in-chief is leading the charge towards a dangerous and divided America. And what 2020 candidates should be learning from this.
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.