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Is the path to hell really paved with Good Intentions?  

In “With Friends Like These: Good Intentions”, host Ana Marie Cox will introduce people and organizations who set out to make positive change, as well as the ones who ended up doing more harm than good. What’s the brain science behind warm fuzzy feelings? How does altruism change the way we feel about the world? And could trying too hard somehow get us killed? (Spoiler alert: yes.)

From social enterprise to social media, our intention is to find the good - and figure out how it goes bad.

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Is the path to hell really paved with Good Intentions?  

In “With Friends Like These: Good Intentions”, host Ana Marie Cox will introduce people and organizations who set out to make positive change, as well as the ones who ended up doing more harm than good. What’s the brain science behind warm fuzzy feelings? How does altruism change the way we feel about the world? And could trying too hard somehow get us killed? (Spoiler alert: yes.)

From social enterprise to social media, our intention is to find the good - and figure out how it goes bad.

    How Not to Cover a Conspiracy Theory

    How Not to Cover a Conspiracy Theory

    QAnon! What a *wild* conspiracy theory! Blood-drinking! Pedophilia! JFK Jr.! Pretty fascinating stuff! I bet you want to listen to this episode! Which is exactly why we need to rethink how the media covers conspiracies and how we think about them. George Mason University disinformation researcher John Cook helps explain how we can keep toxins out of the media bloodstream.
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    • 32 min
    Julián Castro Had Trouble Smiling

    Julián Castro Had Trouble Smiling

    Why do people enter public service? How do they keep going when times get hard — or they wind up not lasting long in a presidential primary? Julián Castro talks about injustice, strategic voting, and his new podcast, “Our America.”
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    • 46 min
    Hating on the Hiker Bro Evangelist

    Hating on the Hiker Bro Evangelist

    It’s easy to feel superior to John Allen Chau, the evangelical Christian who died attempting to bring the Bible to the North Sentinelese. We should ask ourselves if maybe it’s a little too easy.
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    • 27 min
    Just Say No to Politics

    Just Say No to Politics

    You might think being obsessed with politics — watching cable news, reading political blogs, and, er, listening to political podcasts — is a good thing! Historian Claire Bond Potter isn’t so sure. She joins us to talk her book, Political Junkies: From Talk Radio to Twitter, How Alternative Media Hooked Us on Politics and Broke Our Democracy
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    • 48 min
    The Empathy Engine

    The Empathy Engine

    We begin our “Good Intentions” series exploring the origin of the impulse to help. The good news is that empathy and altruism appear to be instinctive reactions to the pain of others! The bad news is that it’s super-easy to divert or suppress that instinct (hint: the President does it all the time!). USC neuroscientist Leo Christov-Moore explains.
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    • 47 min
    The Friend Zone

    The Friend Zone

    Eva Hagberg thought she knew who she was: a smart, overachieving loner on her way to literary fame. Then her brain went boom (technical term), and she had to reevaluate her relationship to achievement, to herself, and to the people that loved her.
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Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
6.2K Ratings

6.2K Ratings

NycDet ,

A voice we love!

Great show from a thoughtful journalist whose bravery & openness is so necessary. Combine that with wonderful guests & you have an essential podcast! Bravo Anna Marie!

AMM MN ,

Love this pod

I love Ana Marie Cox and her diverse guests. I always learn a lot from their insights, and have enjoyed this season’s conversion theme!

Bass and Roo ,

Meh

I applaud the across the aisle spirit of diversified guests but the inability of the host to hide the snarky disdain for an opposing view is a deal breaker. One and done.

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