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: 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. 

Backtalk: Best Wishes for 2017

Amy and Dahlia share six wishes for 2017, and talk about Saturday Night Live, good trouble, and the best cable channels to have when you’re home with your family. Plus reminiscing about Felicity’s epic haircut.

Popaganda: Women and Pain

This episode investigates patterns of both healthcare professionals and society at large dismissing, demeaning, and disbelieving women's pain. We talk with Maya Dunsenbery, the Executive Director of Editorial at Feministing.com, about her upcoming book Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick. Writer Sam Riedel joins us to talk about research into trans women experiencing PMS symptoms and Kaitlin Prest of wonderful podcast The Heart shares a special story from her show. 

Backtalk: Bitch Media turns 20!

Party like it’s 1996! Listeners share stories of the first time they read Bitch and became radical teenagers. Plus, big news about the future of Backtalk—meet your new co-host Dahlia Grossman-Heinze!

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!

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