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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: Caitlyn Jenner, Jerry Seinfeld, & NBA Feelings

On Backtalk, hosts Amy Lam and Sarah Mirk discuss the pop culture stories of the week, offering snappy analysis and heartfelt statements of "Oy vey."  This week, Amy dishes on her picks for the NBA Finals, we talk about the backlash to Caitlyn Jenner receiving the Arthur Ashe Award and a misguided editorial in the New York Times about her, then we rag on Jerry Seinfeld for saying "politically correct culture" is ruining comedy.  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: Hollywood's Missing Directors

  You have certainly heard the statistics about women in Hollywood. You know: Women have only 30 percent of speaking parts in the 250 top-grossing films in the US. Actresses are routinely paid less than their male co-stars.  Women of color direct only two percent of TV episodes. The thing about these stats is that they’re not only bad—they’re not getting better. The number of women working on major films has not budged in nearly 20 years. On this episode, we talk about how the lack of women in the top-tiers of the film and TV industries isn’t just a Hollywood quirk—it’s systematic discrimination.

Backtalk: Amy Schumer, Sex Ed, and the Duggars

On Backtalk, hosts Amy Lam and Sarah Mirk discuss the top pop culture stories of the week, offering snappy analysis that often ends in mini-rants about capitalism.  This week, Amy and Sarah try to make sense of comedian Amy Schumer's sudden success and problematic history, discuss the terribleness of the revelations about the family that stars in TLC show 19 and Counting, and talk about how Congress sneakily approved $75 million in funding for abstinence-only education. Listen in!  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: Guilty Pleasures

  Game of Thrones, Taylor Swift, Scandal—oh my! So much of the pop culture we consume is a guilty pleasure—media we're a little embarrassed to admit we kinda love. Some guilty pleasures are truly shlock. But at the same time, what's considered highbrow media is colored by race, class, and gender. Pop culture made by and for women is often treated less seriously than books, movies, and TV shows that are all about men.  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. More show info and individual segments below the cut! 

Backtalk: Hollywood Sexism, Online Harassment, and Nail Salons

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 is busy eating dosas in California, but she and Sarah still find time to talk about the ACLU calling for an investigation of Hollywood's sexism, a new report about online harassment, and exploitation of workers in nail salons.  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: Women of Science

  The world has a long history of excluding women from science and—when women have been able to bust into the male-dominated halls of science—of overlooking their work.  But against all odds, women have made astounding contributions to the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. This episode explores four perspectives on gender issues in science. This episode is sponsored by Blue Buddha Boutique, the leading innovator in original chianmaille designs, tutorials, and projects. Blue Buddha Boutique is an independent, woman-owned boutique based in Chicago, and helps people all over the world create beautiful works of art! Check them out at www.bluebuddhaboutique.com. Happy weaving! Individual segments and more resources below the jump!

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.

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