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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Read My Bitch: A new podcast by Bitch Media

Read My Bitch is a brand-new audio segment that features Bitch Magazine readers and subscribers sharing one of their favorite articles from the archives by reading it aloud and discussing it afterwards. For our first episode, Kristin reads aloud “Harriet and Claudia, where have you gone? Notes on the gender divide in children’s literature,” by Monica T. Nolan, which was printed in Issue 15, Winter 2002. Kristin reads aloud a sizable excerpt from the piece, and, being in the publishing industry herself, discusses how she relates both personally and professionally to the article, which covers how independent, young female protagonists are unfortunately few and far between. You can subscribe to Read My Bitch on our iTunes channel, along with other Bitch audio programs.

B-Sides: Cherie Bomb! The Portland Runaways Premiere

Last night I had the pleasure of not just watching The Runaways, not just supporting my local Rock’n’Roll Camp for Girls, but seeing Cherie Currie, lead singer of the first all-female rock band, field questions after a screening of the movie.

Bitch Popaganda: Effing the F-Word Edition

It’s like The View, but we don’t have free copies of The Blind Side on DVD to give away. And even if we did, we probably wouldn’t distribute them. Welcome back to another episode of <a href=http://bitchmagazine.org/taxonomy/term/3299”>Bitch Popaganda! Tune in as Kjerstin, Shaamini, and Kelsey discuss the ins and outs (zing!) of Fucking While Feminist, the (Re)Birth of Venus Zine, and Liz Lemon vs. Leslie Knope. Plus: Bitch Faves! You can listen to the podcast right here, or you can subscribe to Bitch Media on iTunes to download it and listen on the go. (The episode is also available at archive.org.) Faves and links after the jump!

B-Sides: Oh Dessa!

Can’tstoplisteningtoDessa! The only woman in the highly acclaimed underground hip hop collective, Doomtree, Dessa brings a literary beauty to hypnotic rhythms that left me (re)examining the super old and super problematic feminist consensus that hip hop, even what comes from woman artists, is too caught up with rampant sexism to see outside that bubble. Conscious hip hop, thy name is woman!

B-Sides: Chiptunes

I was lucky enough to attend a SXSW screening of Blip Festival: Reformat the Planet, a documentary about chiptunes, an underground music form that uses hardware from old video game consoles, like classic Nintendo Game Boys and NESes, to create new, original music. Most of this music bears little resemblance to 8-bit video game music (except, of course, for the sound quality); it's more like bright, happy amped-up techno, the kind of music that makes you feel like you're going on an adventure. Reformat the Planet tracks the creation of Blip Festival, a four-day chiptune extravaganza that happens in Brooklyn and features artists from all around the world. The movie is just 82 minutes, but is packed with great live footage, interviews and insights into the chiptune-making process. Enter the digital world of chiptunes!

Bitch Popaganda: Bitchin' About TV Edition

It’s like The View, but we won’t judge you for what you wore to the Oscars. Welcome back to another episode of Bitch Popaganda! Lend us your ears as Andi, Shaamini, and Kelsey debate the merits of Kell on Earth, Big Love, The Marriage Ref, Parenthood, and Project Runway. It’s a Popaganda TV-stravaganza! Listen to the embedded audio below, or subscribe to Bitch Radio on iTunes. You can also download the episode from archive.org. Bitch Faves after the jump!

B-Sides: The Latest from Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings

The new record from Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings is less than one month away. I Learned It the Hard Way is their first full-length since the record-breaking (but by no means debut) album 100 Days, 100 Nights which catapulted Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings into indie stardom. And their latest proves their musical momentum is just as strong as ever. Due April 6th (Jones’ birthday), it’s another solid album of songs that sounds decades-old but for some reason feels anything but anachronistic, and is equally fit for a cocktail party as your headphones. Stream the title track, “I Learned It the Hard Way” after the jump!

B-Sides: When Breaking Up is the Best

NPR did a segment on break-up songs. Tigerbeatdown devoted a week on the subject. And Thao Nguyen has written an article breaking-down the break-up song for Bitch. But I got to thinking about the break-up songs are good for you, the ones that are less about the blues and more about kicking-ass.

Bitch Popaganda: Takin' it to the Tucker Max Edition

It’s like The View except we can’t get Snooki to come talk to us. Welcome back to another episode of Bitch Popaganda! Lend your ears as Kjerstin, Shaamini, and Kelsey discuss the ads from Sunday’s Super Bowl, The Weekly Standard’s New Dating Game, and Valentine’s Day (the holiday and the movie that’s overtaking it). Listen to the podcast by clicking the player below, or by subscribing to Bitch on iTunes. You can also download it at archive.org. Links, videos, and faves after the jump! But we couldn’t resist putting this one in the teaser as well:

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Metal is a misunderstood genre; traditionally the domain of alienated pubescent males, angry dude-bros and broody Lord of the Rings fans, while women were relegated to groupie status only. Fortunately, metal has come a long way since "The Hairy 80s", and there quite a few metal bands around now that feature women in way more face-melting roles.

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