Podcasts

We publish a new feminist podcast episode every week. Our hour-long show Popaganda digs deep on movies, books, TV, and media while Backtalk is a snappy conversation between two Bitch editors about the week’s pop culture. Subscribe to the podcasts on iTunes!

Backtalk: Straight Outta Compton & the "P.C. Police"

On Backtalk, hosts Amy Lam and Sarah Mirk discuss the pop culture stories of the week, offering exasperated sighs and sincere appreciation for the youth of today. 

Backtalk: Defunding Planned Parenthood & #TransHealthFail

On Backtalk, hosts Amy Lam and Sarah Mirk discuss the pop culture stories of the week, offering snappy analysis and heartfelt sighs. This week, we talk about the plan to defund Planned Parenthood (with special guest Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon Executive Director Mary Nolan!) and the powerful stories shared on the hashtag #transhealthfail. Tune in! 

Popaganda Episode: Be An Expert

In all kinds of ways, race and gender impact the way we present ourselves as knowledgable. You see it everywhere: from the way boys are more likely to speak up in classrooms to the way men are way more likely to be quoted as “experts” in print media or asked to be voices of authority on TV. A recent analysis of Sunday morning TV news shows by Media Matters showed that 61 percent of expert guests were white men. So on today’s show, we have three stories about women who are screwing around with the idea of what’s an expert. The women on this show are all putting themselves forward as experts—sometimes requiring actual imposter situations. We talk with Laura Nix, the co-director of the new documentary The Yes Men Are Revolting about how she captures the activist group's media stunts on camera. Then, comedians Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin discuss being fake advice experts to dish out genuine comedy. The show ends with journalist Violet Blue, author of The Smart Girls' Guide to Privacy, about how to be an expert on your internet privacy. 

Backtalk: Amy Schumer's "Trainwreck" & the Problems With #AllLivesMatter

On Backtalk, hosts Amy Lam and Sarah Mirk discuss pop culture of the week, offering feminist analysis on the issues, people, and media that are making headlines right now. 

Popaganda Episode: Bad Words

Sticks and stones may break my bones but words—words stick around forever and have the power to really hurt or help us. On this episode, we have four stories about reclaiming language... and the difference between turning a slur into an empowering identity and just hurling around an epithet. The show begins with a look at the recent victories for the Change the Mascot campaign. Then, musician Simon Tam discusses his fight to trademark the name of his band, The Slants. Writer, activist, and Criptiques editor Caitlin Wood joins us to discuss the word "crip" and its power. The show wraps up with comedian Jamie Kilstein of Citizen Radio, telling a story of how NOT to reclaim a word and his thoughts on atheism's bro culture.  Tune in! 

Backtalk: Beyond Marriage and the World Cup

On Backtalk, hosts Amy Lam and Sarah Mirk discuss pop culture of the week, offering feminist analysis on the issues, people, and media that are making headlines right now.  This week, they discuss LGBTQ equality issues to keep working on now that same-sex marriage is legal nationwide (here's a short list of 10 to get your started) and reactions to the women's World Cup, including soccer's absurdly huge pay gap.  This episode of Backtalk is brought to you by longtime Bitch Media sponsor GladRags, bringing you all of the essentials for a safe, sustainable period. Learn more about cloth pads and menstrual cups when you sign up for their newsletter at GladRags.com, and be entered to win a mini cloth pad starter set! Make sure to tell ‘em BackTalk sent you! More info and ways to listen below the cut. 

Popaganda Episode: Blue

  Blue is the color of summer. It's also the theme of Bitch's summer print issue. This episode highlights three stories from the magazine. First, writer Nyasha Junior discusses a dark side of blue: the lack of pop culture portrayals of African American women with mental illness. Then, sex toy researcher Hallie Lieberman explores a "blue" conversation topic: the history of dildos. The show wraps up with a conversation between artist MariNaomi and Bitch Media Art Director Kristin Rogers Brown about making nonfiction comics.  Plus: vintage blues tunes from Gladys Bentley. Tune in! 

Backtalk: A Week of Terrible News

  On Backtalk, hosts Amy Lam and Sarah Mirk discuss pop culture of the week, offering feminist analysis on the issues, people, and media that are making headlines right now.  This week, we discuss important news that got overlooked as national media focused on Rachel Dolezal and feature an excellent New York Times op-ed on the issue by Tami Winfrey Harris. Then, we discuss coverage of Charleston and the importance of naming America's history of racist terrorism for what it is.  This episode of Backtalk is brought to you by longtime Bitch Media sponsor GladRags, bringing you all of the essentials for a safe, sustainable period. Learn more about cloth pads and menstrual cups when you sign up for their newsletter at GladRags.com, and be entered to win a mini cloth pad starter set! Make sure to tell ‘em BackTalk sent you! More links and ways to listen below the cut!

Popaganda Episode: Transformations

This week on Popaganda, we bring you three stories of change. First, singer Amelia Meath (of Sylvan Esso) talks about bringing a human sound to electronica. Then, writer Lisa Hix walks us through the changing gender dynamics of the comics industry over the past 120 years. We end the show with a conversation about transgender representation in pop culture, with Equity Foundation Executive Director Karol Collymore talking to two transgender community leaders who grew up in very different decades.    Individual segments and more ways to listen are below the cut.

Backtalk: Caitlyn Jenner, Jerry Seinfeld, & NBA Feelings

On Backtalk, hosts Amy Lam and Sarah Mirk discuss the pop culture stories of the week, offering snappy analysis and heartfelt statements of "Oy vey."  This week, Amy dishes on her picks for the NBA Finals, we talk about the backlash to Caitlyn Jenner receiving the Arthur Ashe Award and a misguided editorial in the New York Times about her, then we rag on Jerry Seinfeld for saying "politically correct culture" is ruining comedy.  This episode of Backtalk is brought to you by longtime Bitch Media sponsor GladRags, bringing you all of the essentials for a safe, sustainable period. Learn more about cloth pads and menstrual cups when you sign up for their newsletter at GladRags.com, and be entered to win a mini cloth pad starter set! Make sure to tell ‘em BackTalk sent you!

Popaganda Episode: Hollywood's Missing Directors

  You have certainly heard the statistics about women in Hollywood. You know: Women have only 30 percent of speaking parts in the 250 top-grossing films in the US. Actresses are routinely paid less than their male co-stars.  Women of color direct only two percent of TV episodes. The thing about these stats is that they’re not only bad—they’re not getting better. The number of women working on major films has not budged in nearly 20 years. On this episode, we talk about how the lack of women in the top-tiers of the film and TV industries isn’t just a Hollywood quirk—it’s systematic discrimination.

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