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: 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.   

Backtalk: Stuff We Learned in 2015

Backtalk is officially one year old! Amy and Sarah celebrate the one-year anniversary of the podcast by reflecting on what they learned from pop culture in 2015, including lessons from How to Get Away With Murder, and discuss how they grew as feminists. 

Popaganda Episode: Growing Up Immigrant

When politicians and pundits talk about immigrants, they far too often use language that makes it seem like immigrants are… other. Not real Americans. Not able to be trusted. Their histories, experiences, and native languages, those should be pushed aside in favor of the “melting pot” of English. At the same time, stories of immigrant families are noticably absent from our pop culture. While millions of North Americans are growing up as children of immigrants, you can count the number of third-culture kids on TV on one hand. Today's episode shares the personal stories of people growing up as first-generation Americans and Canadians.  

Backtalk: Jessica Jones and Donald Trump's Bigotry

On Backtalk, Bitch editors Sarah and Amy discuss this week in pop culture. This week: Welcome to our podcast of horrors! We talk about the horrific villain on the new Netflix/Marvel show Jessica Jones and why it's the only superhero show Amy will watch. Then, we do some cathartic ranting about Donald's Trump's racism and the destructive nature of his rhetoric. 

Popaganda Episode: Space Explorers

The modern exploration of space is often seen as macho endeavor. In films, TV, and often in our history books, the astronauts who head into space are the manliest of manly men. It doesn’t matter whether the stories are fictional or based on real-life, many of our pop culture space sagas center on brave, solitary men. But in reality, modern space exploration has involved some brilliant women and lots of collaborative work—not lone cowboys single-handedly saving the world. So for this episode of Popaganda, we bring you three real-life stories of women in spaaaaaace!

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