Backtalk: Straight Outta Compton & the “P.C. Police”

On Backtalk, hosts Amy Lam and Sarah Mirk discuss the pop culture stories of the week, offering exasperated sighs and sincere appreciation for the youth of today. 

This week, film critic Nijla Mu'min joins us to discuss Straight Outta Compton, including how the film left out the story of Dr. Dre's assault of Dee Barnes. Then, we reflect on the Atlantic thinkpiece “That's Not Funny,” which criticizes college students for not wanting to hire offensive comedians. What's wrong with that again? 

Also on Backtalk, we talk about one thing we read, saw, and heard this week.

• Read: Sarah is devouring new feminist sci-fi anthology Sisters of the Revolution

• Saw: Anita, the powerful documentary about Anita Hill, is now on Netflix! 

• Heard: Shannon and the Clams' album Gone by Dawn isn't even out yet, but we play a song off it because we're ahead of the game. That's right! 

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by Sarah Mirk
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Sarah Mirk is the former host of Bitch Media’s podcast Popaganda. She’s interested in gender, history, comics, and talking to strangers. You can follow her on Twitter

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