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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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Backtalk: White Fragility & South Africa's Queer Femme Web Series

Amy and Sarah get into the nitty gritty of calling out the centering of white voices in popular media, and chat with our special guest and Bitch Media Global Feminism fellow Maneo Mohale about the queer web series of South Africa.

Popaganda: Breaking the Binary

It's good to get complicated. On this episode, we rethink binary approaches to brain science, sexuality, gender, and disability. Featuring a moving story from stand-up comedian and #GoodMuslimBadMuslim co-host Zahra Noorbakhsh, who talks about her decision to come out as bisexual as a 36-year-old. We also hear a high schooler's dispatch from transgender and gender-fluid students in California. Writer s.e. smith closes out the show, interviewing Sins Invalid co-founder Patricia Berne on being "hot and disabled" and the group's brand-new show, "Birthing, Dying, Becoming Crip Wisdom."   

Backtalk: Standing Rock & Murders by Police

Amy and Sarah talk about white supremacy, environmental racism, and state-sanctioned murders by law enforcement. They discuss the different media coverage of the protest at by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe against expansion of the Dakota Access Pipeline through their land with writer Vivian Underhill, whose piece about the protest, "Fighting for the Future," centers voices of the movement's indigenous leaders. And the murders of Terrence Crutcher and Keith Lamont Scott at the hands of law enforcement and how it's imperative that police violence against communities of color is a white people problem. 

Popaganda: Invisible Prisons

The United States imprisons more people than any other country in the world. But we hardly ever hear real-life stories of incarceration in our pop culture.  On this episode, we share three stories about making prisons impossible to ignore. We hear voices from a recent national protest against prison labor (incarcerated people are paid as little as 12 cents an hour!), talk with filmmaker and disability justice activist Cheryl Green about the often unseen links between disability and incarceration, and hear from powerhouse Andrea James, who co-founded the group Families for Justice and Healing while serving time in Danbury—the women's prison made famous by Orange is the New Black.   

Backtalk: Kaepernick’s Protest & Freelance Writer Problems

Amy and Sarah talk about big feelings on activist athletes. They dig into the media coverage of Colin Kaepernick's decision to sit during the national anthem and highlight what it means that soccer star Megan Rapinoe took a knee in solidarity with him. Then, they discuss the gender politics of being a freelancer in this economy—and the power dynamics that exist between editors and writers. 

Popaganda: Body-Positive Exercise

Why does the thought of going to the gym inspire such anxiety? Because exercise—literally moving our bodies—is so wrapped up in fatphobia, ableism, sexism, and other nasty stuff. On this episode, we try to extricate exercise from all the body-shaming stuff that's usually tied to it. Bitch Media editorial intern Emily McCarty brings us a dispatch from roller derby training with the Rose City Rollers and listeners share ideas for feel-good exercises ranging from rugby to trampolining. In the last half of the show, we dig deep on yoga. Fat femme yoga sensation Jessamyn Stanley drops some knowledge, then writer Mika Doyle joins us to talk about the science of using yoga to heal from PTSD.   

Backtalk: Ryan Lochte & Prison Reform

Amy and Sarah chat with each other from across the country in this episode! We talk about the recent fiasco with Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte lying about being robbed at gunpoint in Rio, casting a negative light on Brazil while reinforcing the "ugly American" abroad stereotype. And we dig into the U.S. Justice Department's recent decision to phase out the use of private corporations who run federal prisons—reiterating a message that for-profit prisons aren't doing their job to rehabilitate inmates.   

Popaganda: Designing for Democracy

Political observers often blame people for not voting. But we don't often stop to examine what barriers keep people from voting—or make them feel like it's not worthwhile. On this episode, we examine our democracy as a design problem—and explore what structural issues are built into our election laws that keep people from voting. We talk with Cayden Mak, an organizer Asian American get-out-the-vote group 18 Million Rising, hear from the co-founders of #CriptheVote, and listen to an excerpt of Hari Kondabolu’s new comedy album, Mainstream American Comic. Oh and there’s a Pokémon Go shout-out in there, too.  

Backtalk: "Stranger Things" & Women at the Olympics

A spoiler-free conversation about gender and race on Netflix show Stranger Things (Winona!). Amy and Sarah also discuss how female athletes are scrutinized during the Olympic games. Plus: Big news about Amy’s life and some love for Alynda Segarra of Hurray for the Riff Raff.

Popaganda: Sports and Capitalism

The Olympics kicks off this week in Rio de Janeiro, amid protests over its high costs and impact on Brazil's poorest communities. While sports represent our cultural values and tie in closely to our identities, it's not hard to see how sports from the college level to the Olympics are driven by one thing: money. We talk with women's soccer fans about soccer's wage gap (and hear some amazing fan songs). Then, professor Jules Boykoff breaks down the economics of the Olympics and explores the incredible history of protests at the Olympics, including the current games in Rio. Finally, we call up author Jessica Luther to discuss how colleges often let athletes off the hook in rape cases—and the role money plays in college sports programs.  

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