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 Episode: Best Of Our Stories About Activism

Comedian Hari Kondabolu and "Shit People Say to Women Directors" are two highlights from this episode featuring favorite pieces from our archives.

Backtalk: Summer Music We Love!

Turn up the volume and do some decompression, friend.

Popaganda: Who Writes Our History?

History isn't static—it's the stories we tell ourselves about the past. 

Backtalk: Letting Go of Likability

This week on our feminism and pop culture podcast: how gender and race impact who's seen as "likeable."

Popaganda: Money

We embark on an anti-capitalist exploration of cold hard cash. 

Backtalk: Game of Thrones & xoJane

  This week, we talk about burning down the patriarchy in Game of Thrones and how the show's female characters have evolved this season. Then, we discuss the desctructive clickbait culture seen in many online outlets—most specifically, xoJane, which published an insensitive and callous essay that minimized the effects of mental illness and suicide. 

Popaganda: Insider/Outsider

This one’s for the punks, poets, radicals, and outliers. We hear four stories about what life is like as an outsider, from tattoo artists confronting invisible disabilities to poet Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib on being a person of color in the punk scene. Plus, we hear from comics artist MariNaomi about her new memoir Turning Japanese and feature an investigation into gender discrimination in college sports by Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX.  

Backtalk: bell hooks on Beyonce & Yacht's Hoax

This week we chat with Bitch contributor Zoe Samudzi about bell hooks's recent criticisms of Beyonce's Lemonade in "Moving Beyond Pain," and how we can both respect and be critical of works by people we admire. Plus Sarah talks about how disappointing it was to learn about indie electro-pop duo Yacht's hoax, where they pretended to be victims of a sex tape leak to create publicity for a music video. 

Popaganda Episode: Bathroom Panic

From Wisconsin to Washington to Wyoming, this spring Republican legislators have pushed for 50 new laws that would specifically ban transgender people from using the bathroom that matches their gender identity. Why is there all this sudden panic about where people use the bathroom? On this episode, we dig deep on transphobic bathroom bills, exploring the history of gender segregation in bathrooms, analyzing the right-wing strategy behind this current wave of new laws, and celebrating the resistance of people pushing back against discrimination across the country. This episode features interviews with National Center for Transgender Equality Executive Director Mara Keisling, ACLU lawyer Chase Strangio, and York University Associate Professor Sheila Cavanagh, who literally wrote the book on queer identities and bathroom politics. Plus, writer Sam Riedel shares her essay debunking five right-wing myths that fuel bathroom bills. Tune in! 

Backtalk: "Lemonade" + Marketplace Feminism

This week, we talk about Beyonce's visual album Lemonade with writer and photographer Margaret Jacobsen, who wrote "What Beyonce's Lemonade Means to Me As a Black Woman," and talk about the themes of self-love and stunning imagery.  And we chat with Bitch co-founder, editorial and creative director Andi Zeisler about her new book, We Were Feminists Once, about "marketplace feminism" that centers the movement as a brand rather than an action. 

Popaganda Episode: Volunteers

From a teenager farmworker in Seattle to the only abortion clinic in Mississippi, stories about going above and beyond.  Writer Rafia Zakaria explores the complicated dynamics of voluntourism—the trend of people from richer countries combining international travel and volunteering. Then, reports from the field from a teenage farmworker who spends her high school years pitching in to improve the working conditions of other agricultural laborers, a local Michigan Muslim community getting involved in political organizing, and Trapped filmmaker Dawn Porter details the attacks on abortion clinics in the South. 

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