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: Baltimore Protests, Bruce Jenner, & Marriage Equality

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, there was so much big news. Amy and Sarah talk about the Baltimore protests, Bruce Jenner's big interview on coming out as transgender, and the Supreme Court hearings on same-sex marriage.  More resources and ways to listen to the show are below the cut! This episode of Backtalk is brought to you by longtime Bitch Media sponsor GladRags, bringing you all of the essentials for a safe, sustainable period. Learn more about cloth pads and menstrual cups when you sign up for their newsletter at GladRags.com, and be entered to win a mini cloth pad starter set! Make sure to tell ‘em BackTalk sent you!

Popaganda Episode: Mad Men and the Advertising Age

  For seven long seasons, Mad Men has filled our television screens. This spring, it’s finally all coming to an end. Mad Men has changed the way people make TV. But it has also shaped the way people see the past. The early 1960s are now “the Mad Men era” and the show is a cultural reference point that people use to talk about sexual harassment and the wage gap, among many other issues.  On today’s show, we’re looking at how Mad Men is a frame of reference for our understanding of politics and advertising. Sarah-Jane Stratford discusses how political groups use Mad Men as a call to arms and Ciara LaVelle explores the forgotten history of women in advertising. Bitch Creative and Editorial Director Andi Zeisler and long-time contributor Kelsey Wallace close out the show with a discussion of how Mad Men has handled gender issues over its seven seasons. Listen in!  This show is generously sponsored by Oregon State University Ecampus, which is ranked #5 on the 2015 list of America’s best online bachelor’s program by U.S. News. OSU Ecampus delivers nearly 20 undergraduate degrees and programs online in liberal studies, natural resources, agricultural sciences and foreign languages. You can start any season, so apply today.

Backtalk: Hillary, VEEP, and Equal Pay

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.  More info and links below the cut!

Popaganda Episode: How to Talk to Kids About Pop Culture

  As kids, we learn about the world through pop culture—for better or worse. On this week’s episode of Popaganda, we have three discussions about kids and pop culture. First, Tomas Moniz, the founder of Rad Dad magazine, talks to us about how his ideas around media consumption have changed as his three kids have grown up. After that, writer Allyson McCabe explains how her two-mom family sticks out in suburban schools where all the kids aspire to be Frozen characters. We wrap up the show with Cristen and Caroline of the irreverent podcast Stuff Mom Never Told You. Also, on the show: voicemails from listeners who called in to tell us their ideas for talking to kids about pop culture. Listen in!  This episode of Popaganda is sponsored by the Betty Box Project—preparation for life's little mishaps for tweens, teens, and young adults. Learn more about these retro boxes, packed with practical prevention and good old sensibility, at thebettyboxproject.com.  Use the special promo code POP2015 for a 10 percent discount! Individual show segments and more ways to listen are below the cut.

Backtalk: The Daily Show, Cosmo, and WrestleMania!

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, Amy and Sarah talk about new Daily Show host Trevor Noah and a troubling Cosmo beauty guide. Also, Bitch's new media intern and resident feminist pro-wrestling fan Ariana Vives tells us all about the women of WrestleMania. 

Popaganda Episode: Liberal Problems

This week on Popaganda, we’re talking about liberal problems. That is, when progressive causes—the kinds of political issues feminists want to support—use problematic tactics.  We start off by calling up PETA, the nation's largest animal rights organization whose ad campaigns have offended everyone from the NAACP to the Anti-Defamation League to feminists like us. Then, writer Susan Sered shares an essay about the problems with many breast cancer awareness campaigns. Journalist and playwright Leela Ginelle closes out the show with her take on how inclusive language isn't just about being polite—it's about survival.  This show is generously sponsored by Oregon State University Ecampus, which is ranked #5 on the 2015 list of America’s best online bachelor’s program by U.S. News. OSU Ecampus delivers nearly 20 undergraduate degrees and programs online in liberal studies, natural resources, agricultural sciences and foreign languages. You can start any season, so apply today. Individual show segments and more ways to listen are below the cut.

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!

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