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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Backtalk: A Fake Asian Poet & Matt Damon on Diversity

On Backtalk, hosts Amy Lam and Sarah Mirk discuss the top pop culture stories of the week.

Popaganda Episode: Blood & Guts

This week, we bring you three stories about the visceral realities of bodies.

Backtalk: The VMAs and IUDs

On this podcast, Bitch editors Amy and Sarah talk Nicki Minaj and affordable birth control. 

Popaganda Episode: Animal Friends

Bad ducks, cat ladies, and queer zebras—oh my! On today’s show, we discuss animals in pop culture.

Backtalk: Straight Outta Compton & the "P.C. Police"

On Backtalk, hosts Amy Lam and Sarah Mirk discuss the pop culture stories of the week, offering exasperated sighs and sincere appreciation for the youth of today. 

Backtalk: Defunding Planned Parenthood & #TransHealthFail

On Backtalk, hosts Amy Lam and Sarah Mirk discuss the pop culture stories of the week, offering snappy analysis and heartfelt sighs. This week, we talk about the plan to defund Planned Parenthood (with special guest Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon Executive Director Mary Nolan!) and the powerful stories shared on the hashtag #transhealthfail. Tune in! 

Popaganda Episode: Be An Expert

In all kinds of ways, race and gender impact the way we present ourselves as knowledgable. You see it everywhere: from the way boys are more likely to speak up in classrooms to the way men are way more likely to be quoted as “experts” in print media or asked to be voices of authority on TV. A recent analysis of Sunday morning TV news shows by Media Matters showed that 61 percent of expert guests were white men. So on today’s show, we have three stories about women who are screwing around with the idea of what’s an expert. The women on this show are all putting themselves forward as experts—sometimes requiring actual imposter situations. We talk with Laura Nix, the co-director of the new documentary The Yes Men Are Revolting about how she captures the activist group's media stunts on camera. Then, comedians Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin discuss being fake advice experts to dish out genuine comedy. The show ends with journalist Violet Blue, author of The Smart Girls' Guide to Privacy, about how to be an expert on your internet privacy. 

Backtalk: Amy Schumer's "Trainwreck" & the Problems With #AllLivesMatter

On Backtalk, hosts Amy Lam and Sarah Mirk discuss pop culture of the week, offering feminist analysis on the issues, people, and media that are making headlines right now. 

Popaganda Episode: Bad Words

Sticks and stones may break my bones but words—words stick around forever and have the power to really hurt or help us. On this episode, we have four stories about reclaiming language... and the difference between turning a slur into an empowering identity and just hurling around an epithet. The show begins with a look at the recent victories for the Change the Mascot campaign. Then, musician Simon Tam discusses his fight to trademark the name of his band, The Slants. Writer, activist, and Criptiques editor Caitlin Wood joins us to discuss the word "crip" and its power. The show wraps up with comedian Jamie Kilstein of Citizen Radio, telling a story of how NOT to reclaim a word and his thoughts on atheism's bro culture.  Tune in! 

Backtalk: Beyond Marriage and the World Cup

On Backtalk, hosts Amy Lam and Sarah Mirk discuss pop culture of the week, offering feminist analysis on the issues, people, and media that are making headlines right now.  This week, they discuss LGBTQ equality issues to keep working on now that same-sex marriage is legal nationwide (here's a short list of 10 to get your started) and reactions to the women's World Cup, including soccer's absurdly huge pay gap.  This episode of Backtalk is brought to you by longtime Bitch Media sponsor GladRags, bringing you all of the essentials for a safe, sustainable period. Learn more about cloth pads and menstrual cups when you sign up for their newsletter at GladRags.com, and be entered to win a mini cloth pad starter set! Make sure to tell ‘em BackTalk sent you! More info and ways to listen below the cut. 

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