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Ana Marie Cox, political columnist and culture critic, sits down with liberals and conservatives, pastors, writers, activists, and other people you should know for an open, funny, in-depth conversation about what divides us - a show about listening instead of arguing.

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    • 4.2, 16 Ratings

Ana Marie Cox, political columnist and culture critic, sits down with liberals and conservatives, pastors, writers, activists, and other people you should know for an open, funny, in-depth conversation about what divides us - a show about listening instead of arguing.

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4.2 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

M from Ireland ,

Considered and real conversation

I’ve long been tired of nearly all public discussion being purely oppositional. Each week Ana wades into difficult conversations with an open mind and searches for common ground. And she doesn’t do this at the expense of her principles. She knows where she stands but is looking for ways to move forward. The discussions are generous and heart full. I’ve yet to come across any other podcast, tv show, radio show etc that does this so well.

jstorme ,

Lost it's way

I was so excited when I heard the concept for this podcast. A place where difficult topics are debated by rational people with opposing views is something we all need today and after listening to the first episode I was all in.
Unfortunately, the podcast totally lost sight of this in following episodes and has become simply another show where important topics are discussed but by people who agree with each other and spend the whole time talking about everything they agree on. The opposing opinion is rarely represented by someone who believes it and is instead just outlined, mentioned, misrepresented or even just sneered at.
I gave five stars because I wish Ana and the podcast every success but unless It goes back to the feel of the first episode I won't be listening anymore. I don't need or have time for another podcast where all my views and opinions are just echoed back to me, I'd love to hear guests that understand how the cop who lie about the kid doing donuts thinks, or believe the a.c.a should be repealed, or that abortion should be illegal or that it is ok to only date specific races. To hear these different arguments and have them rationally debated is what I think is really missing in media today.
I really hope Ana can steer the show back to this.

Bulsara91 ,

Don't Stop!

Look: there's just this KCRW's Left, Right and Centre and THIS Podcast: that's it - the only two intelligent, discerning modern American examinations of the post-earthquake, deeply fractured political landscape. And the first episode was superb: respectful, two-sided but still very vigorous. Please keep it up!

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