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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.

    These Friends

    These Friends

    To celebrate With Friends Like These 200th episode, we talk with Rolling Stone senior writer Jamil Smith about how he helped inspire the show, what the pandemic has taught us about grief, and being careful about who you call a friend.
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    • 59 min
    Who Watches the Weight Watchers?

    Who Watches the Weight Watchers?

    CW: Eating disorders, dieting.
    Aubrey Gordon, of Maintenance Phase and “Your Fat Friend,” joins to take us through the twisty history of Weight Watchers and its founder, Jean Nidtech. Stops on the tour include Heinz ketchup and Maya Angelou! Aubrey’s new book is “What We Don’t Talk About When We Talk About Fat.”
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    • 1 hr
    The Sheraton Experiment

    The Sheraton Experiment

    After the National Guard descended on Minneapolis to enforce an 8PM curfew on the streets, advocates for those living on the streets bought a block of rooms at a shuttered Sheraton to house them. The volunteers decided to impose as little authority as possible, hoping that a radical approach to harm reduction would empower the residents. But their experiment went terribly wrong. 
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    • 32 min
    The Berkeley Socialist Behind Mass Incarceration (with Heather Ann Thompson)

    The Berkeley Socialist Behind Mass Incarceration (with Heather Ann Thompson)

    Robert Martinson was a radical anti-racist activist in the 1960s: He ran for mayor in Berkeley as a socialist. He was arrested in Mississippi for participating in Freedom Summer. And then he authored the academic paper that became the political justification for “tough on crime” policies. He’s forgotten; can he be forgiven? Pulitzer Prize-winning author Heather Ann Thompson guides us through his tragic story.
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    • 35 min
    “Hope Is a Strategy"

    “Hope Is a Strategy"

    New York Magazine senior writer and Friend of the Pod Rebecca Traister joins to talk us through how Biden’s missteps around issues of gender and race made him the white guy who could win in 2020.
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    • 41 min
    The Future Reminds You of Your Responsibility

    The Future Reminds You of Your Responsibility

    The Atlantic's Adam Serwer comes on to talk about the inauguration and the future of this fragile democracy.
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    • 42 min

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