This week, comedian and host of CNN’s United Shades of America W. Kamau Bell (@wkamaubell) joined Ana (@anamariecox) to talk about the racial bias training Starbucks workers across the country had this past week. They spoke about the hypocrisy in trying to take on racism while relying on euphemisms like “racial profiling” and “color brave” without being able to say the word “racist,” as well as how many anti-racism trainings only encompass racism against black people, and leave out other people of color. They also discussed the ways racism actively harms people of color in their daily lives, and Kamau shared one of the ways he physically alters himself when entering white spaces: crouching, so his height appears less intimidating. Afterwards, Pod Save America co-host Jon Lovett stopped by to answer a listener question about bias against older people.
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Rebecca Traister joins Ana to recap the 2018 midterm elections, and the work that led up to them. Their conversation touches on the demographic of White women and their voting patterns, the history of why White women continually vote conservative, and the changes that were made this election to reach out to other marginalized and often disenfranchised communities.
Ana Marie Cox speaks with journalist Eli Saslow and Derek Black about Derek Black’s transformation from white nationalist to antiracist activist. They discuss current news, what Trump means for the rise of white nationalism in everyday life, and mistakes made by the media and within American culture that contributed to the normalization of white supremacy.
On this week’s two part episode, Ana Marie Cox interviews Karamo Brown and Parker Molloy. Karamo and Ana discuss Karamo's work on Queer Eye, mental health, and what it means to be different in today’s society. Parker and Ana talk about the recent memo about legal status of Trans people released by the Trump administration, what identity means to them, and what the term identity politics has come to mean.
Heather Havrilesky joins Ana to talk about her new book, her career, and politics. They discuss what 2016 meant to them both personally and politically, how feminism has changed in the era of Trump and the MeToo Movement, and their hopes for the 2018 midterm elections.
Ana sits down with Disability Rights Activist Alice Wong to discuss what ableism looks like today, how being disabled is perceived, and the responses from the disabled activist community. They also cover how the modern political landscape affects people who are disabled, and what Trump and Kavanaugh mean for healthcare decisions.