With Friends Like These

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Don’t Accentuate the Positive

December 4, 2020 - 48:40
NYU and University of Hamburg psychology professor Gabriele Oettingen explains why positive thinking can backfire, and offers a method...

Evangelical Christians’ Lesbian Poster Girl

November 27, 2020 - 58:43
Julie Rodgers was raised in a conservative evangelical home, so she knew they’d be horrified when she came out as a lesbian in her...

Suicide Is a Public Health Issue

November 20, 2020 - 50:16
Trigger warning: This episode is about suicide and suicide prevention.While the pandemic has made mental health a part of the national...

About The Show

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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Ana Marie Cox
Ana Marie Cox

More Episodes

Don’t Accentuate the Positive

December 4, 2020 - 48:40
NYU and University of Hamburg psychology professor Gabriele Oettingen explains why positive thinking can backfire, and offers a method...

Evangelical Christians’ Lesbian Poster Girl

November 27, 2020 - 58:43
Julie Rodgers was raised in a conservative evangelical home, so she knew they’d be horrified when she came out as a lesbian in her...

Suicide Is a Public Health Issue

November 20, 2020 - 50:16
Trigger warning: This episode is about suicide and suicide prevention.While the pandemic has made mental health a part of the national...

Are We Overstating Abuse?

November 13, 2020 - 41:29
CW: Sexual violenceAuthor Sarah Schulman joins the show to discuss her provocative and influential book, Conflict Is Not Abuse:...

IN PRAISE OF MAGICAL THINKING

November 6, 2020 - 47:13
Oxford University professor of anthropology Chris Gosden joins us to discuss his book: A History: From Alchemy to Witchcraft, from the...

Cable News Is Bad for America

October 30, 2020 - 59:04
This week, a deep dive into how political enthusiasts’ default background noise is ruining our country. First, we hear from a former...