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!

Backtalk: Starbucks, IUDs, and SXSW

On Backtalk, hosts Amy Lam and Sarah Mirk discuss top pop culture stories of the week, offering snappy feminist analysis on the issues and people making headlines right now.  This week, we discuss how Starbucks' #RaceTogether campaign is misguided, revel in our mutual love of IUDs, and talk about actually interesting stuff happening at SXSW. 

Popaganda Episode: The Future of Privacy

  Who defines what "privacy" means these days? Big companies, mostly. This show explores how companies like Facebook and Google have shifted our expectations of privacy—and made us think less about government surveillance.  First, we discuss a talk by Julia Angwin in which she asks, "Is privacy becoming a luxury good?"  and follow up by talking with Malkia Cyril of the Center for Media Justice about how privacy is a civil right. Then, Professor Amy Adele Hasinoff pushes us to explore the issues of crime, privacy, and consent in a conversation about sexting.  Individual show segments and more ways to listen are below the cut.

Backtalk: Abercrombie vs. Hijabs, the Fashion Police, and Moodiness

On Backtalk, hosts Amy Lam and Sarah Mirk discuss top pop culture stories of the week, offering snappy feminist analysis on the issues, people, and media that are making headlines right now.  This week, we debate the Abercrombie and Fitch case facing the Supreme Court, discuss the dust-up over Fashion Police making fun of Zendaya's dreadlocks, and rant about how people see women's emotions as a medical problem.    More links and ways to listen are below the cut!

Popaganda Episode: Law & Order

  This show features highlights from Bitch magazine's Law & Order print issue: nine writers share lessons they learned from the TV show Law & Order and we discuss the surprising legal career of comic book superheroine She-Hulk. This episode of Popaganda is brought to you by the Gender Studies Symposium at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. Scheduled for March 11-13, the symposium is a free series of lectures, workshops, panel discussions, and performances exploring issues of gender and sexuality.  Learn more about this year's free schedule of events at go.lclark.edu/gendersymp.  Individual segments and more ways to listen are below the cut!

Backtalk: Oscars, House of Cards, and Jessica Williams

On Backtalk, hosts Amy Lam and Sarah Mirk discuss top pop culture stories of the week, offering snappy feminist analysis on the issues, people, and media that are making headlines right now. This week, Amy shrugs her shoulders at the Oscars, Sarah gets all excited about nonmonogamy on House of Cards, and comedian Jessica Williams gets props. Plus: one thing we read, one thing we heard, and one thing we saw this week. The song featured on this week's episode is "Recognition" by THEEsatisfaction. This episode of Backtalk is brought to you by the Gender Studies Symposium at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. Scheduled for March 11-13, the symposium is a free series of lectures, workshops, panel discussions, and performances exploring issues of gender and sexuality.  Learn more about this year's free schedule of events at go.lclark.edu/gendersymp.  More ways to listen to the show are below the cut.

Popaganda Episode: Can't Buy Me Love

  On Valentine's Day, Americans spend $17.6 billion on gifts. That’s roughly the same amount as the entire budget of NASA in 2014. Yeah. We are serious about buying stuff to express our love.   For this show, we explore the connection between romance and consumerism. Professor Lisa Wade, the editor of very fun website Sociological Images, explains the weird gender dynamics of Valentine's Day gift-giving, an original essay details the once-popular tradition of sending people nasty notes on Valentine's Day, and writer Kate Redburn argues that "the chief beneficiaries of gay marriage will be Crate & Barrel, not the queer folks with the most desperate need." Plus: listeners share their creative ideas for celebrating relationships (and yourself) without spending much money.  Even if you despise Valentine's Day, you'll find something to love on this episode. Listen below. This show is generously sponsored by Oregon State University’s Ecampus, which is ranked #5 on the 2015 list of America’s best online bachelor’s degree program by U.S. News. Oregon State University Ecampus delivers more than 40 undergraduate and graduate degrees and programs online including a B.A./B.S. in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. You can start any season, so apply today. Check out the courses and enroll at ecampus.oregonstate.edu. Individual show segments and more ways to listen are below the cut!

Backtalk: Missy Elliott, Serena Williams, and Fresh Off the Boat

On Backtalk, hosts Amy Lam and Sarah Mirk discuss top pop culture stories of the week, offering snappy feminist analysis on the issues, people, and media that are making headlines right now. This week, we dig into new ABC sitcom Fresh Off the Boat, Serena Williams' 14-year boycott, and the best part about the Super Bowl (Missy Eliiott, obviously).  This episode of Backtalk is brought to you by the Gender Studies Symposium at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. Scheduled for March 11-13, the symposium is a free series of lectures, workshops, panel discussions, and performances exploring issues of gender and sexuality.  Learn more about this year's free schedule of events at go.lclark.edu/gendersymp. More ways to listen to and download the show are below the cut.

Popaganda Episode: A Protest is Not a Riot

  The movements that have arisen recently to challenge racism and violence in our justice system have created not only discussion and outrage, but a cultural shift. Out of racism and violence and sexism has come creativity: songs, chants, art, policy ideas, creative ways to push back against power and reimagine the way our world can be.  On today’s show, we’re looking at the culture that has grown from recent protests—in Portland, in New York, in St. Louis, San Francisco, and Cleveland—from art made on the streets to songs that wind up at the Academy Awards. First, writer Tasha Fierce reads an essay that will be published in the upcoming Law & Order issue of Bitch exploring the history of black women leading civil rights movements—from the 1960s all the way to Black Lives Matter. Then, we listen through a growing archive of protest chants and think about how future historians will look back on today’s protests. Finally, musician and writer Jordannah Elizabeth makes us a mixtape of current protest music. This show is generously sponsored by Oregon State University’s Ecampus, which is ranked #5 on the 2015 list of America’s best online bachelor’s degree program by U.S. News. Oregon State University Ecampus delivers more than 40 undergraduate and graduate degrees and programs online including a B.A./B.S. in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. You can start any season, so apply today. Check out the courses and enroll at ecampus.oregonstate.edu. Individual show segments, credits, and many more ways to listen are below the cut. 

Backtalk: State of the Union, Bill Cosby, Jane the Virgin

Exciting news! Today we’re launching a brand-new podcast, Backtalk. On Backtalk, hosts Amy Lam and Sarah Mirk discuss top pop culture stories of the week, offering snappy feminist analysis on the issues, people, and media that are making headlines right now. Think of Backtalk as the little sister of Popaganda, our longer, in-depth show that focuses each episode on a theme, like feminism and sci-fi, sex work, or campus activism. New episodes of Backtalk and Popaganda will each come out every other week—so you can listen to a brand-new Bitch podcast every week! Subscribe to Bitch Radio on iTunes to have both shows delivered automatically to you.    For the first episode of Backtalk, Amy and I dig into President Obama’s State of the Union, smart responses to the increasing pile of allegations against Bill Cosby, and the surprisingly good TV show Jane the VirginMore ways to listen to the show are below the cut.

Popaganda Episode: Going Viral

  Internet culture gets derided and dismissed—especially by the out-of-touch people who run a lot of our mainstream media. How often have you heard the punchline of a joke turn out to be “Twitter” or "Youtube"? That gets old fast. Especially, since, in reality, activist media-makers are doing really creative and powerful work online. In recent years, people who care about social justice issues have honed their skills at distilling important issues into short, engaging videos and memes—the best of these are nuanced and fresh, but grab viewers who will never break open a giant book about racism or attend a heady lecture about feminism. A growing number of talented writers are using YouTube, Twitter, and Tumblr in a way previous generations have used pamphlets, speeches, and consciousness-raising groups. The show includes interviews with Laci Green, internet sex educator and host of the new MTV Youtube show Braless, and Andrew Ti, the creator of blog and podcast Yo, Is This Racist?  This episode of Popaganda is sponsored by She Bop, a women-owned, female friendly sex toy boutique for every body located in Portland, OR and online at sheboptheshop.com. Popaganda listeners receive 15% off for any online order—just use the coupon code BITCHVIRAL. Portlanders, you're in luck! She Bop's SE Division Street location is now open—make sure to check out! Individual show segments and more ways to listen below the cut!

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