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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: 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.   

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.   

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