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: 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. 

Popaganda Episode: Cults

We're exploring the gender dynamics of real-life American cults and the representation of cults in pop culture, from Mad Max to Prophet's Prey. On this show, we talk with author Peggy Riley about the history of cults in America, hear the voices of survivors of Jim Jones’ cult, discuss how cults play into current shows like Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and food writer Megan Giller joins us to reveal the bizarre cult history behind one very mundane beverage.  

Backtalk: Worst Oscar Responses & Hillary Problems

This week, we dig into all of the worst responses to #OscarsSoWhite and the lack of diversity in Hollywood. Cross your fingers that your fave white celebrity hasn't said something clueless or racist as we break down who said what, and why they're wrong. And we talk about what Gloria Steinem and Madeleine Albright had to say about why and how women should vote—and we're not sure it's helping Hillary's campaign. 

Popaganda Episode: Self-Care

Hardcore activists still need to sleep enough, eat enough, and stretch every once in a while. On this episode, we explore the gender and race dynamics of taking care of our minds and bodies and share self-care tips. Featuring Evette Dionne on why self-care is a radical act and writer Emily V. Gordon on her book Super You, which tells us how superheroes can help us rethink anxiety. Plus: a diary of heartbreak by Grace Manger.   

Backtalk: Super Bowl & Iowa Caucus

This week, we chat about why the Super Bowl may be worth watching (hint: Cam Newton). While Black athletes make up two-thirds of NFL players, Newton is only the sixth Black quarterback to make it all the way to the Super Bowl. Then, they get into why Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are uninspiring candidates, leaving them in perpetual undecidedness. 

Popaganda Episode: Writing About Race

A 2015 survey by Publishers Weekly found that 89 percent of people working at publishing houses are white. There’s been a lot of organizing to diversify the publishing industry. For example, a campaign called We Need Diverse Books has been publicizing the demand for more books by and about people of color. But change has been slow. The publishing industry often seems to move at a glacial pace. On today’s show, we’re exploring the impact that the overwhelming whiteness of the publishing industry has on how Americans write, read, and respond to books. We talk with journalists about the complexities of writing about race and hear from authors in Los Angeles, Colorado, and Montana about what it’s like to be a writer of color in a very white industry.

Backtalk: #OscarsSoWhite and Serial

This week, they dig into how the lack of diversity at the Oscars shows the way the film industry systemically discriminates against people of color. Then, they dish on how the new season of Serial is not as good as they want it to be. 

Popaganda Episode: Nostalgia TV

The '90s are having a moment. In this podcast episode, we talk Sailor MoonSaved By the BellThe X-Files, and The Golden Girls, plus muse about the meaning of "girl power" and discuss whether shows like Downton Abbey glamorize colonialism. Tune in!  This show features the excellent writers s.e. smith, Soleil Ho, Emily Hashimoto, and Elizabeth Yuko. 

Backtalk: Bill Cosby & Tamir Rice

On Backtalk, Bitch editors Sarah and Amy talk about pop culture news of the week. This week, they grapple with what we can all learn from one of the many sexual assault accusations against Bill Cosby finally resulting in criminal charges and discuss how deaths like Tamir Rice's don't get enough media attention. 

Popaganda Episode: Favorite Pop Culture of the Year

We ask people involved with Bitch over the past year, from writers to interns to interviewees, to share their favorite things from the year. This show highlights everything from favorite books and albums to favorite moment in Texas politics. Listen in! People featured on this show include comic book author Kelly Sue DeConnick, Note to Self host Manoush Zomorodi, artist Erika Moen and many others.   

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