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 Episode: Bathroom Panic

From Wisconsin to Washington to Wyoming, this spring Republican legislators have pushed for 50 new laws that would specifically ban transgender people from using the bathroom that matches their gender identity. Why is there all this sudden panic about where people use the bathroom? On this episode, we dig deep on transphobic bathroom bills, exploring the history of gender segregation in bathrooms, analyzing the right-wing strategy behind this current wave of new laws, and celebrating the resistance of people pushing back against discrimination across the country. This episode features interviews with National Center for Transgender Equality Executive Director Mara Keisling, ACLU lawyer Chase Strangio, and York University Associate Professor Sheila Cavanagh, who literally wrote the book on queer identities and bathroom politics. Plus, writer Sam Riedel shares her essay debunking five right-wing myths that fuel bathroom bills. Tune in! 

Backtalk: "Lemonade" + Marketplace Feminism

This week, we talk about Beyonce's visual album Lemonade with writer and photographer Margaret Jacobsen, who wrote "What Beyonce's Lemonade Means to Me As a Black Woman," and talk about the themes of self-love and stunning imagery.  And we chat with Bitch co-founder, editorial and creative director Andi Zeisler about her new book, We Were Feminists Once, about "marketplace feminism" that centers the movement as a brand rather than an action. 

Popaganda Episode: Volunteers

From a teenager farmworker in Seattle to the only abortion clinic in Mississippi, stories about going above and beyond.  Writer Rafia Zakaria explores the complicated dynamics of voluntourism—the trend of people from richer countries combining international travel and volunteering. Then, reports from the field from a teenage farmworker who spends her high school years pitching in to improve the working conditions of other agricultural laborers, a local Michigan Muslim community getting involved in political organizing, and Trapped filmmaker Dawn Porter details the attacks on abortion clinics in the South. 

Backtalk: Equal Pay & Anti-LGBTQ Laws Backlash

This week, we talk about the anti-LGBTQ laws that have recently been passed in North Carolina and Mississippi and the backlash they're beginning to face. PayPal and Deutsche Bank have decided against expansions in North Carolina, perhaps foreshadowing the economic hit that Indiana faced in the wake of their own discriminatory laws. And this week we highlight Equal Pay Day with facts you need to know, like how trans women face a larger wage gap overall.

Popaganda Episode: Snacks

We talk with Top Chef star Karen Akunowicz about how she handles being an executive chef at a super busy restaurant. Then, writer and chef Soleil Ho shares an essay on race, food, and identity and talks about the politics of the James Beard Foundation Awards. We close out the show hearing reporter Sayaka Matsuoka talk to one of America's only female sushi chefs, Mikiko Ando, about old-school taboos that blocked her from getting her dream job for years. In between the interviews, we spice things up by taste-tasting weird recently invented snacks.  

Backtalk: Bathroom Bills and Jian Ghomeshi

This week, we chat about North Carolina's "bathroom bills" that attack LGBT anti-discrimination measures. Meanwhile, former broadcaster Jian Ghomeshi’s sexual assault cases show how the legal system puts survivors on trial. 

Popaganda Episode: Environmental Justice

We talk about the meaning of "environmental justice" and hear from three activists who have worked to make the world a better, greener place. This episode features interviews with a co-founder of indigenous rights movement Idle No More, African American farmers in Wisconsin, and the late Nobel Prize winner Wangari Matthai. 

Backtalk: Donald Trump & Feminism in the Food Industry

This week, the big news is that Republicans are turning on Donald Trump, putting together a viral ad about some of the most sexist things he's said. We also discuss race and gender at the James Beard Awards and how the restaurant industry is a hotbed of sexual harassment.  

Popaganda Episode: Magic

We explore the current popularity of modern witchcraft and talk with real-life witches about how their self-made spirituality informs their identity. The resident witch columnist at Autostraddle, Mey Rude, gives us a rundown of her favorite witches in films (hint: one of them is happy to help "poor unfortunate souls"), we read tarot cards with astrologist Rhea Wolf, talk Azealia Banks with writer Emma Rault, and learn some tongue-in-cheek spells from artist Rebecca Artemisa. Tune in!   

Backtalk: Kesha & Abortion Rights

This week, we talk about the Supreme Court hearings on laws like the Texas anti-abortion legislation that have forced all but ten clinics to close in the nation's second largest state. And we discuss a judge's ruling in pop star Kesha's case to get out of her contract with producer Dr. Luke, who she says was abusive and sexually assaulted her.