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!
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Popaganda: When Your Parents Are Deported

Imagine coming home from school and your dad is gone. On this Popaganda podcast episode, we hear the stories of two women who have tried to keep their families together even as the immigration system has torn them apart. 

Backtalk: Get Out & Uber Sexism

Spoiler alert: Get Out is a must-see. No, but really, we will spoil the film. 

Popaganda Episode: A Protest is Not a Riot

The movements that have arisen recently to challenge racism and violence in our justice system have created not only discussion and outrage, but a cultural shift. Out of racism and violence and sexism has come creativity: songs, chants, art, policy ideas, creative ways to push back against power and reimagine the way our world can be.  On today’s show, we’re looking at the culture that has grown from recent protests—in Portland, in New York, in St. Louis, San Francisco, and Cleveland—from art made on the streets to songs that wind up at the Academy Awards.  

Backtalk: Milo's Demise & Vogue's Yellowface

Dahlia and Amy take small pleasures wherever they can get them, such as celebrating the public downfall of famed conservative troll, Milo Yiannopoulos. Writer Roxane Gay, who pulled her book from publishing with Simon & Schuster after they announced a book deal with Yiannopoulus, warns against praising a publishing house whose decisions around Milo were always about the bottom line. And they discuss a recent spread featuring model Karlie Kloss in yellowface in the latest issue of Vogue—the "diversity issue," no less. 

Popaganda: Who Writes Our History?

History isn't static—it's the stories we tell ourselves about the past. And that story changes depending on who's doing the telling.  

Backtalk: Bey's Announcement & Sundance Showdown

Dahlia and Amy talk about Beyoncé's beautiful pregnancy announcement and what's behind the imagery with Cate Young, Bitch Media's 2016 Pop Culture Criticism Fellow. Check out Cate's piece, "Black Venus: The Symbolism of Beyoncé's Pregnancy Photos." They also look at the "heated debate" between Jessica Williams and Salma Hayek at a Sundance luncheon, and how you don't have to be a white woman to practice White Feminism. Plus: a new segment to look at some awful Trump-related news, in Mr. Toad Trump's Wild Ride. 

Popaganda Episode: Growing Up Immigrant

When politicians and pundits talk about immigrants, they far too often use language that makes it seem like immigrants are… other. Not real Americans. Not able to be trusted.  

Backtalk: Trump's Toxic First Days & Women's March

Dahlia and Amy try not to lose their minds talking about the first days of the new alternative-facts presidency. Dahlia shares her experience at the poorly-attended inauguration and how the Women's March in DC was a hopeful act. Then they talk about some of the destructive policies that have been enacted in less than a week since Trump took a seat behind the desk of the Oval Office signing executive orders with his small, fragile, tiny hands.   

Popaganda: Laughing at Tyrants

Donald Trump hates it when you laugh at him. This episode features two conversations about using humor to share ideas and feelings with hostile people. First, we hear from Jex Blackmore of Detroit's Satanic Temple, which hosts spectacular protests rooted to point out the hypocrisy of mixing church and state. Then, Aparna Nancherla joins us to talk about using comedy to make sense of what feels like Trump-induced end times.   

Backtalk: Golden Globes & White Nationalist Book Deal

Dahlia and Amy dig into the recent Golden Globes with some highlights, lowlights, and Meryl Streep's anti-Trump acceptance speech for her lifetime achievement award. One of the highlights included Tracee Ellis Ross's win for her work on Black-ish, where she dedicated her award to women of color. The last time a Black woman won this award was in 1983 when Debbie Allen was given the award. They also talk about the controversial book deal by publisher Simon & Schuster with a white nationalist troll. 

Popaganda: Fembots

From Metropolis to Westworld, female robots have always played out complicated power dynamics onscreen. In this episode, filmmaker and professor Allison de Fren walks us through the history of female robots onscreen in movies like The Stepford Wives, Ex Machina, and Her and how their stories revolve around issues of power and control. Then, for you Westworld obsessives, poet and scholar Margaret Rhee discusses the race and gender dynamics of hit HBO series Westworld. But, of course, robots are all around us in real life, too. Feminist researcher Miriam Sweeney delves into the world of virtual assistants that have female voices and bodies, from the modern Siri to the old-school Ms. Dewey. 

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