With Friends Like These

Latest Episodes

These Friends

February 26, 2021 - 58:04
To celebrate With Friends Like These 200th episode, we talk with Rolling Stone senior writer Jamil Smith about how he helped inspire the...

Who Watches the Weight Watchers?

February 19, 2021 - 59:37
CW: Eating disorders, dieting.Aubrey Gordon, of Maintenance Phase and “Your Fat Friend,” joins to take us through the twisty history of...

The Sheraton Experiment

February 12, 2021 - 31:52
After the National Guard descended on Minneapolis to enforce an 8PM curfew on the streets, advocates for those living on the streets...

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

These Friends

February 26, 2021 - 58:04
To celebrate With Friends Like These 200th episode, we talk with Rolling Stone senior writer Jamil Smith about how he helped inspire the...

Who Watches the Weight Watchers?

February 19, 2021 - 59:37
CW: Eating disorders, dieting.Aubrey Gordon, of Maintenance Phase and “Your Fat Friend,” joins to take us through the twisty history of...

The Sheraton Experiment

February 12, 2021 - 31:52
After the National Guard descended on Minneapolis to enforce an 8PM curfew on the streets, advocates for those living on the streets...

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

February 5, 2021 - 34:34
Robert Martinson was a radical anti-racist activist in the 1960s: He ran for mayor in Berkeley as a socialist. He was arrested in...

“Hope Is a Strategy"

January 29, 2021 - 40:37
New York Magazine senior writer and Friend of the Pod Rebecca Traister joins to talk us through how Biden’s missteps around issues of...

The Future Reminds You of Your Responsibility

January 22, 2021 - 41:20
The Atlantic's Adam Serwer comes on to talk about the inauguration and the future of this fragile democracy.