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!

Popaganda Episode: Open Source Feminism

The internet is powered by open source technology—exciting software that's built collaboratively from the bottom-up. But if open source technology is meant to be free and equal, why do men continue to dominate sites like Wikipedia? We investigate with the help of data architect Selena Deckelmann, English professor Dr. Ximena Gallardo, and a nationwide "feminist intervention" into Wikipedia.  All of this in under 30 minutes. Listen in! More credits and ways to download this show are below the jump!

Popaganda Episode: Space and Power

On this show, we talk with three all-star feminist thinkers about the politics of public space. If you're not one of the 10 million people who have seen Franchesca Ramsey's "Shit White Girls Say... to Black Girls" video—get on it! On this show, we talk with Franchesca about carving out her own media space online. Then, we explore the complicated history of LGBT-friendly neighborhoods with Professor Christina Hanhardt and round out the show with Professor Karma Chavez, whose work deals with the links between queer and immigrant movements. The whole show features music by artist Julia Weldon. Listen in!    This episode is sponsored by the Lewis and Clark College Gender Studies Symposium on Gender, Power, and Space.  More ways to listen to and download this show are listed below the cut. 

Popaganda Episode: Olympic Spectacle

The most competitive sport in the Olympics, I would argue, is storytelling. Everything from the opening ceremony to the national uniforms athletes wear is carefully planned to create a specific story about the unique identity of countries (I'm not sure what story Norway's curling team uniforms are telling, but I know it would for sure involve a sweet soundtrack). This show explores the spectacle of Olympic narratives. First, figure skating enthusiasts Andi Zeisler and Sarah Marshall talk about media coverage of female figure skaters, specifically revisiting the Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan scandal. Then, I dig in to how Olympic host cities make themselves over to create a shinier version of themselves for the international spotlight. Finally, we talk with Russian queer studies scholar Roman Utkin on the impact of the Olympics on LGBT politics in Russia.  Before you tune into the Olympics next week, listen to the show and excerpts below! A transcript is below the cut.    More links and ways to listen below the cut!

Popaganda Episode: Make Your Own Media

Don't just hate media—make media. On this episode of Popaganda, we spend time with five women who edit great magazines for young women. First off, Bitch's Andi Zeisler talks with Tavi Gevinson of Rookie. Then we meet up with the staff of She Shreds, an upstart magazine for female guitarists. Finally, we call up the editorial director of Canadian teen feminist magazine Shameless. All in all, the interviews show the ideas and challenges behind making media for young people, and how it's possible to get your own story onto the newstand.    This episode of Popaganda is sponsored by Glad Rags—get 15 percent off your order at GladRags when you shop through Bitch. Want more? Read the full interview with Rookie's Tavi Gevinson.  Below the cut are a list of other ways to listen to the podcast and audio of the individual interviews. 

Popaganda Episode: Our Favorite TV, Movies, Music and Books of 2013

The Bitch editorial staff all crammed into our recording studio this week to discuss our favorite TV, movies, music, and books of the year. We talked and laughed about Masters of Sex, Orange is the New Black, Warehouse 13, The Hunger Games, Frances Ha, Best Man Holiday, the genius of Lisa Hanawalt, and the music of Janelle Monae, HAIM, Lady, and Valerie June—plus much, much more. Listen in!  This episode of Popaganda is sponsored by Glad Rags—get 15 percent off your order at GladRags when you shop through Bitch.

Popaganda Episode: Funny Business

This week's episode is all about funny business. Four professionally funny women—Daily Show co-creator Lizz Winstead,Hyperbole and a Half writer Allie Brosh, and comedians Aparna Nancherla and Jenny Yang—discuss the craft of writing jokes.  This episode of Popaganda is sponsored by Glad Rags—get 15 percent off your order at GladRags when you shop through Bitch. Many ways to listen and a full transcript of the show are below the cut. 

Popaganda Episode: Subverting the Holidays

There's no escaping the holidays. Our only hope is to make 'em our own. This episode tells four tales of subverting the holidays. First, we talk with author Sherman Alexie about his take on Thanksgiving. Then, we get advice from the folks behind Adbusters and the Story of Stuff project on celebrating the season without getting caught up in consumerism. From there, we talk with a vegan chef who is transforming America's most meat-centric holiday, Thanksgiving, into a vegetable feast. To round it all out, Bitch editorial and creative director Andi Zeisler reads an essay about Jewish Christmas.    This episode of Popaganda is sponsored by Glad Rags—get 15 percent off your order at GladRags when you shop through Bitch. More links and ways to listen below the cut!

Popaganda Episode: Riot Grrrl Revisited

This is a big year for musicians who grew up with the Riot Grrrl movement. In this episode, we talk with iconic musicians Kathleen Hanna and JD Samson about their new albums and writer Laina Dawes provides a different perspective with an essay, “Why I was never a riot grrrl.”   This episode of Popaganda is sponsored by Glad Rags—get 15 percent off your order at GladRags when you shop through Bitch. Listen to the individual segments of this show and read the full transcript below. 

Popaganda Episode: Dress Up

  Costumes have an undeniable power. In this show we examine tomboy fashion with founders of upstart company Wildfang, head to Geek Girl Con to talk with cosplayer Chaka Cumberbatch, and dig into sexy Halloween costumes with Portland fashion designer Adam Arnold and designer/retailer Cassie Ridgway.     This episode of Popaganda is sponsored by She Bop!  

Popaganda Episode: Plan B

As of August, the emergency contraception pill Plan B is supposed to be available over the counter for women of all ages. This 20-minute show investigates whether that's actually true. Meet the Native American activists pushing to make emergency contraception accessible to all women. Plus, we secretly shop for Plan B in pharmacies around Portland, Oregon.   Read more about this show and ways to subscribe to the podcast below the cut. 

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