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With Friends Like These

By Crooked Media

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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.

Customer Reviews

Has so much potential, but...

I love Crooked Media's podcasts, and I gave this one four episodes: one I loved (the North Carolina lawyer), one I liked (the show about mental illness), and two I barely got through (the show with the trans woman and the most recent episode with her fellow journalist friend where they just basically congratulated each other for well over an hour).

For one thing, the podcast's modus operandi is incredibly misleading. It claims to have "tough conversations", but Cox only seems to talk to people she's friends with (and share her views) or people who don't share her views but still hate Trump.

Look, I hate Trump, too, but if you're going to tout your show as an attempt to bridge a divide, you're not doing a good job.

Part of the problem is that Cox can't help but direct the conversation to herself and her opinions. She often interrupts people or just talks in circles with them. This was my major problem with the show with the trans woman. Apart from every other word being "like" (and therefore sounding like a conversation between two extremely inarticulate teenagers), Cox compares her alcoholism and mental illness with her guest being trans. I'm sorry. As a member of the queer community, that was a stretch for me and a little on the offensive side. I certainly don't represent all queer people, but in her effort to show her compassion, Cox just came across to me as being self-indulgent. She has a tendency to frame her opinions in such a way that the guest is kinda cornered into agreeing with her. Her favorite comment ender is "Right?" or even worse "Right, like..." with "like" being followed by absolutely nothing. How can you even respond to that?

So. My high hopes were dashed. I still look forward to Cox weighing in on Pod Saves America - her political insight is great and she's very witty and charming - but her own podcast is a bit too self-involved for me.

Great host, non-conventional guests

This podcast goes beyond the daily narratives to ask deeper questions, and is very well done.


She says she wants to listen, but all it sounds like she wants to do is change his mind. She employs poor logic and is a disappointing conversationalist.

With Friends Like These
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  • Category: News & Politics
  • Language: English

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