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New Season: “With Friends Like These: Converts”. Humans tend not to change their minds, so we’re going to see what we can learn from looking at people that have changed their minds about really big things: religion, politics and also psychic healing, criminal justice and more. We’ll examine historical accounts of converts, the ways we change our brain when we change our mind, and we’ll tell the stories of people who’ve been through it all. New episodes every Friday.

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New Season: “With Friends Like These: Converts”. Humans tend not to change their minds, so we’re going to see what we can learn from looking at people that have changed their minds about really big things: religion, politics and also psychic healing, criminal justice and more. We’ll examine historical accounts of converts, the ways we change our brain when we change our mind, and we’ll tell the stories of people who’ve been through it all. New episodes every Friday.

    When Protests Changed Minds

    When Protests Changed Minds

    You can’t escape the images of protest and unrest happening in our country this week. But what will be their lasting impact on Americans’ — especially white Americans’ — views? We look back to the 1960s civil rights movement for clues. Princeton political science professor Omar Wasow work focuses on how the two different waves of protest in that era effected both voting patterns and Americans’ interest in cause of ending racial discrimination.
    SHOW LINKS
    How 1960s Black Protests Moved Elites, Public Opinion and Voting
    https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/american-political-science-review/article/agenda-seeding-how-1960s-black-protests-moved-elites-public-opinion-and-voting/136610C8C040C3D92F041BB2EFC3034C

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    • 54 min
    When Your Thoughts Are Not Your Own

    When Your Thoughts Are Not Your Own

    So far this season of “WFLT: Converts Edition,” we’ve focused on why the brain resists change — but that doesn’t mean that people give up on trying. Previous episodes have taught us that arguing doesn’t work and that people’s beliefs can be impervious to facts. But what about the blunt force approach? What about… brainwashing?
    We'll talk to science writer Kathleen Turner, author of the book, "Brainwashing: The Science of Thought Control.”
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    • 35 min
    Why Your Brain Doesn't Want You to Change

    Why Your Brain Doesn't Want You to Change

    What happens when someone tells you something that challenges a deeply held belief? On the surface, it may feel annoying or uncomfortable, but according to research from the University of Southern California by Jonas Kaplan and Sarah Gimbel, it’s more than that.
    When people are presented with information that runs contrary to what they already believe, “The response in the brain that we see is very similar to what would happen if, say, you were walking through the forest and came across a bear.” 
    On this episode, Kaplan joins the show to talk about this research, and how that instinctive, adverse reaction is the brain trying to protect itself — an attempt to keep your idea of yourself stable and whole. Oh, and Crooked Media fans should know: Kaplan and Gimbel figured this out by studying the stubborn brains of a bunch of liberals.
    Sources:
    Kaplan and Gimbel were guests on this episode of the You Are Not So Smart podcast (which was one of the inspirations for this whole season!). The paper about their study is here.
    The study on how even split-second decisions are hard to change gets a write-up here.
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    • 32 min
    Why (Most) People Don’t Convert

    Why (Most) People Don’t Convert

    Welcome to our first themed season, “With Friends Like These: Converts.” We’ve always been interested in why and how people change their minds about what they believe — mostly because it just doesn’t happen that often.
    Once we we make a choice about who we are or what we want to do, we start ignoring the evidence that might prove us wrong: that’s what “confirmation bias” is.
    Social psychologist Carol Tavris joins us to discuss the phenomenon, offer examples of it, and delve into the mystery of why some people seem capable of resisting the habit of rationalization and some people don’t.
    Further reading and sources:
    “Mistakes Were Made (But Not By Me),” by Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson
    Ezra Klein discusses confirmation bias and how the self-reinforcing effect of polarization this previous episode about his book, “Why We’re Polarized.”
    We discussed the ways we push each other into further and further away once we decide what we believe in this episode with Lilliana Mason, “When Ideology Is Identity”, about her book, “Uncivil Agreement: How Politics Became Our Identity.”
    One of the most influential accounts of extreme rationalization in action: “When Prophecy Fails: A Social and Psychological Study of a Modern Group the That Predicted the Destruction of the World,” which tells the story of a doomsday cult whose members’ certainty about their beliefs only increased after the apocalypse failed to occur.

    • 35 min
    It’s My Body and I’ll Live if I Want To with Alice Wong

    It’s My Body and I’ll Live if I Want To with Alice Wong

    This week friend of the pod Alice Wong (@SFDirewolf) joins Ana Marie Cox (@anamariecox) to talk about what it means to be a part of the disabled community during a pandemic. Spoiler: the world seems to get a little too cavalier about whether or not you deserve to live anymore. They talk about the grassroots activism being done within the community, and what able bodied folks can do to listen and be better. Remember, we are staying inside and quarantining for the good of everyone, not just those we deem worthy of surviving capitalism.

    Learn more about Alice’s work with the Disability Visibility Project here.

    Read more about the fight for Medicaid here.

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    • 41 min
    Welfare for White People with Eduardo Porter

    Welfare for White People with Eduardo Porter

    Want to listen to anything NOT about COVID-19? We got the episode for you! Eduardo Porter (@portereduardo) joins Ana Marie Cox (@anamariecox) to talk about a much lighter subject: the history of racism in class divides and how it still affects us today. They talk about the hopes we’ve had in the past for a racially diverse working class coalition and how it’s been destroyed time and time again by exclusive language. Afterwards, they talk about how our social welfare will probably not cut it for everyone over the coming weeks as we all lose our jobs to this virus. Finally, they talk about what we can do to stay positive when tackling seemingly unsolvable issues. 

    Learn more about Eduardo’s book, American Poison.

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Ressenyes de clients

4.6 de 5
6m valoracions

6m valoracions

Babs726 ,

Most Interesting Guests

I love this podcast & my review is long overdue. Ana has on the most interesting guests who talk about important issues along with things I never even thought about. I often cry listening to her show because it is so moving. Thank you for expanding my (what I thought was already pretty open) mind. I have learned so much & you continue to do excellent work. ❤️

soapwaffle ,

So Good

I’ve enjoyed many episodes from the beginning, but season 2 has made it a “can’t miss” for me. Keep it coming 👍🏼

zboy549 ,

I love this podcast

Ana Marie Cox is a delight to listen to. I love the conversations that she can have with people, even though they don't share her point of view. Between you and me, this is my favorite Crooked Media podcast even though I listen to all the others as well.

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