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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: Chaos

Chaos. We spend so much energy trying to avoid it. Both in politics and in our personal lives, things rarely go as planned. That doesn’t stop us from trying, from willing and working to make things people and countries fall in line. But often chaos is just what we need. After, there’s a lot of things that could use some shaking up. This episode highlights three writers from the issue: Bani Amor on the human causes of so-called "natural" disasters, Sarah Jaffe on her book Necessary Trouble: Americans in Revolt, and Cate Young on the trend of ironic misandry. Listen in!

Backtalk: Rebranding White Supremacy & Standing Rock

Sarah and Amy talk about keeping Standing Rock in the news and on our minds, and how we can continue to support the movement to protect clean water and more. They mention Dr. Adrienne Keene, who created Native Appropriations, laying out recent events at Standing Rock and providing resources for those of us who want to pitch in. They also tackle recent coverage of white supremacists and the media language around describing them as "alt-right." 

Popaganda: A Guide to Trump Resistance

After the election of Trump, a lot of people are asking "What now?" For today’s show, we talked to 10 people about things we can all do—right now—to help prepare for Trump’s presidency. Some of these ideas are about working with elected officials and policies. But calling your senators, as I’ve been doing, is only way to get active. A lot of these ideas are about building strong communities and connections, stuff everyone can do, even if you don’t have a lot of money, power, or influence. It’s about working in small ways, and big ways, and taking time to make sure we stay safe and loved in Trump’s America.  

Backtalk: There's No Easy Way Out

We get rageful even hearing Donald Trump's voice on the damn radio. On this episode, Amy and Sarah break the regular Backtalk format to vent some grief and anger over the election, talk about the role of white supremacy in the vote, and discuss the tough work ahead.

Popaganda: Raising Feminist Kids

This episode features guidance on talking to kids about all kinds of complicated issues. Writer and photographer Margaret Jacobsen explains how she speaks frankly with her kids about pretty much everything, including her open relationship. Everyone is Gay co-founder Kristin Russo shares ideas for discussing queer identities with kids of all ages. A dozen Popaganda listeners call in with stories of one thing they each do to help raise a future generation of feminists. Oh, and host Sarah Mirk phones her parents.  

We Interrupt Your Election Anxiety For This Important Announcement: We Made A Video About Our Podcast

If you thought you knew our hilarious and smart Popaganda and Backtalk hosts pretty well, test your knowledge!

Backtalk: Black Mirror & Standing Rock Arrests

Amy and Sarah talk about this week in feminist and pop culture. On the docket this week: The surreal brilliance of Black Mirror, a show that forces us to think about the way technology shapes our emotional lives. Then, we talk about the role race places in the treatment of the protesters at Standing Rock compared to the recent acquittal of seven militia members who staged an armed takeover of federal land in Eastern Oregon last spring. Plus: People who think Hillary Clinton is a literal demon.   

Popaganda: How Do We Talk About Abortion?

In recent years, though, there’s been a big shift in the way we talk about abortion. People who’ve had abortions have been able to share their stories widely on social media. Though, of course, they’ve faced a lot of pushback and hatred, real people sharing their stories about abortion is helping change mainstream conversation about reproductive rights in a big way. And it’s helping change our pop culture, too. On this episode, we talk with Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health researcher (and Bitch board member) Gretchen Sisson about the way abortion is portrayed on TV. Then, we talk with the great Renee Bracey Sherman, author of Saying Abortion Aloud: Research and Recommendations for Public Abortion Storytellers and Organizations, about the evolution of political rhetoric around abortion. Listen in! 

Backtalk: Trump's Terribleness and Feminist Horror Films

A true Halloween horror show! We discuss the horrors of Donald Trump and how traumatic it is for many women to read every day about news of his history of sexual assault and harassment. Then, we talk with resident horror film buff Dahlia Grossman-Heinze about recommendations from our readers for feminist-friendly horror films to watch.

Popaganda: Navigating Workplace Patriarchy

"Emotional" is a word used to describe "how women are perceived when they express anger or displeasure at work, while a man who does the same is simply viewed as 'passionate,'" writes journalist Jessica Bennett in her new book Feminist Fight Club. On this episode, we share ideas for navigating sexism and racism at work, with help from Bennett and About Race podcast co-host Anna Holmes. We also hear stories from Popaganda listeners and atendees of feminist nerd convention GeekGirlCon. If you've ever dealt with mansplaining coworkers or been written off as "bossy," this is the episode for you.   

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