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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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!

Backtalk: Women in Hollywood & Holiday Self-Care

  On Backtalk, Bitch editors Sarah and Amy discuss pop culture news of the week. In this episode, we talk about the New York Times article "The Women of Hollywood Speak Out" and how it points out important realities about systemic discrimination in the film industry but misses a chance to discuss race. Then, we share personal self-care tips for staying happy and healthy while navigating family and friends during the holidays. 

Popaganda Episode: Favorite Nerds

Far too often, pop culture creators gear their work toward an assumed audience: 18-45 year-old white, straight men. But nerds come in all genders, races, and orientations. On this episode, we celebrate the release of our Nerds print issue by highlighting our favorite nerds who are pushing to broaden the idea of who consumes comics, TV shows, and films.  Comics writer Kelly Sue DeConnick joins us on the show to discuss how she pens innovative series like Bitch Planet and Pretty Deadly. Writer Vanessa Willoughby shares her perspective on Black nerdom, part of the print article "Geeking Out: Four Writers on Nerding While Black."  We also hear high praise for the crime-fighting Kamala Khan, the first Muslim superheroine to headline her own series at Marvel. 

Backtalk: Police Sexual Assaults and Transphobic Myths

On Backtalk, Sarah and Amy discuss pop culture news of the week. This week, they dig into the disturbing case of police officer Daniel Holtzclaw and discuss the pattern of sexual abuse among police officers. Then, writer Leela Ginelle joins us to discuss the transphobic myths that led to the repeal of an equal rights ordinance in Houston. Plus: Way too much gushing about Aziz Ansari's new show, Master of None

Popaganda Episode: Fandom

Fandom is a powerful cultural force. It can bind together communities, drive the pop culture economy, and revive TV shows from the dead. This episode explores four ways fandom shapes identity, including a look at the Notorious RBG phenomena, a bold exploration of queer fanfiction, a discussion on video game fans, and a conversation with CHVRCHES frontwoman Lauren Mayberry.

Backtalk: Police in Schools and Halloween Costumes

On Backtalk, Bitch editors Amy and Sarah discuss pop culture news of the week.  This week, we discuss how the brutal treatment of a student by a sherrif's deputy at Spring Valley High in South Carolina isn't just the case of one bad apple, but a pattern of over-punishing Black students. Then, we change gears to discuss the year's most offensive Halloween costumes. Plus: Ample praise for How to Get Away With Murder

Popaganda Episode: Fear

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself? Give me a break. What about being afraid of murder? Indefinite detention? Stand-up comedy? On this episode, we explore some of the many things that make us afraid. The show begins with a story from filmmaker Assia Boundaoui, who grew up in a mostly Arab American neighborhood that was under FBI surveillance. Then, we have two perspectives on feminism and horror films: Writer Leela Ginelle discusses how films like Funny Games and Panic Room tie into real-life fears of domestic violence and film buff Sara Century looks at the history of queer women in horror (bring on the lesbian vampires!). We end the show with comedian Jenny Yang, who explains how the only way to get beyond your fear of getting onstage is to actually get onstage. 

Backtalk: Suffragette Shirts & Fall TV

On Backtalk, we discuss pop culture highlights from the week.  On this episode, Amy's "white feminism" siren goes off again, this time because of a t-shirt campaign for the new film Suffragette. Amy and Sarah also dish on female-centric TV shows, including Project GreenlightThe Affair, Tig Notaro's One Mississippi, and The Good Girls Revolt. 

Popaganda Episode: Race, Gender, and Marijuana

Will the new cannabis entrepreneurs help right the wrongs of the war on drugs?  

Backtalk: Planned Parenthood Drama & White Feminism

Sarah rants about Congress grilling Planned Parenthood and Amy's "white feminism" siren goes off.