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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Backtalk: White Supremacy Kills & DAPL Update

This week, Dahlia and Amy talk about the horrific attack in Portland by a known white supremacist that left two dead and one injured. They look at the racist history of Portland and Oregon, to see how the “whitest city in America” has a lot of work to do that stands in opposition of it being a progressive bastion. And an update on the militarized strategies that were used on the DAPL clean water protectors, where leaked documents show that the government called for counterterrorism tactics to “defeat pipleline insurgencies.” And in this week’s Petty Political Pminute, we’ve got two words: tiny hands. 

Popaganda: Radical Science

Behold! Using the power of science to interrogate societal assumptions around race and gender! We talk with theoretical astrophysicist Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein about her article “The Physics of Melanin” and how scientific research is always shaped by our human backgrounds. Then, we talk with biologist and sociologist Shay-Akil McLean (AKA @hood_biologist!) about decolonizing science—and the physical marks that inequality leaves on our bones.

Backtalk: Accountability of PWR BTTM & Murder of Jordan Edwards

This week, Dahlia and Amy talk about what accountability looks like for two recent stories: the sexual assualt allegations against the queer punk band PWR BTTM and the murder of teenager Jordan Edwards at the hands of a police officer. They dig into what it looks like to be held responsible for one’s actions. In Mr. Toad Trump’s Wild Ride, they talk about Trump’s scandal around the firing of FBI director James Comey and the hearings with former Attorney General Sally Yates.

Popaganda: Money Feelings

Feminist artists, activists, and entrepreneurs discuss their personal relationships to money on this episode. The show starts off with social justice educator and artist Roan Boucher, who cofounded the online journal Enough and now works for the worker co-op AORTA. Then, Refinery29 senior features writer Ashley C. Ford joins us to talk about the lasting impacts of growing up poor. Prolific author Michelle Tea lays down some real talk about her path from railing against the world to figuring out how to live in it. And, finally, the hosts of the popular podcast Criminal talk about the finances of turning their dream creative endeavour into a stable business. 

Backtalk: May Day & Handmaid Horrors

Amy and Dahlia talk about May Day activism across the globe and the difficulties and opportunities in imagining work systems that work better. And they dig into The Handmaid’s Tale series, examining the novel’s grounding in anti-Blackness, as well as where the show diverges from the novel and what that might mean for the future of Gilead (hopefully that Offred leads the resistance and shows us how to take down a fascist authoritarian regime). In Mr. Toad Trump’s Wild Ride, they reflect on 100 days of the world’s oldest toddler being in charge of an entire country.

Backtalk: So Many Feelings & Escapist TV

Dahlia and Amy talk about feelings, all of them. They’ve got outrage fatigue with all of the bad news we’re inundated with regularly. They look at a couple of news items, on a global and local level, and talk about what they’re able to control when everything feels out of control. From the “mother of all bombs” being pushed out of a cargo plane to revoking Title X, they parse out what they can do. One of the ways they cope with the worse news is through television, and they talk about their favorite escapist television shows: Big Little Lies, The Leftovers, Schitt’s Creek, Chewing Gum, and One Day At A Time.

Popaganda: Journalism in a "Post Truth" World

Media is the way we come to understand the world and what happens in it and what we as regular people can do to shape our societies. And this role, this reality, has been altered, in some pretty big and disturbing ways thanks to Trump. To help make sense of this new dystopian media landscape, we talk on this episode with Carlos Maza, who hosts the Vox media criticism video series Strikethrough, and Jennifer Pozner, the executive director of Women in Media and News and the author of Reality Bites Back: The Troubling Truth About Guilty Pleasure TV, who wrote for Bitch about the role The Apprentice played in shaping Donald Trump’s public image.

Backtalk: Pepsi Fail & The Harasser Factor

Dahlia and Amy chat about bad Pepsi optics, capitalism, and cola. Pepsi’s latest ad stars Kendall Jenner, the most cheerful group of protestors, and a slew of asinine signs. Profiting off of grassroots and the slew of recent protests is a new low, even for a soda company whose sole job is to serve up empty calories. And they discuss the latest in Fox News, Bill O’Reilly, and the $13 million settlements they’ve had to pay women who have accused him of sexual harassment. In lieu of the Mr. Toad Trump segment, we’re introducing the Petty Political Pminute (we adore alliterations!) where we celebrate small victories when we can find it: This week, we’re throwing confetti emojis at Paul Ryan’s failure to revoke healthcare under the affordable care act and the removal of Steve Bannon from the National Security Council. 

Popaganda: Where Abortion Is Illegal

Donald Trump and Mike Pence say they want to ban abortion in the United States. But they seem to have a hazy idea of what that will actually mean. Millions of people around the world know all too well what happens when abortion is criminalized: 25 percent of the world’s population lives in countries with very restrictive abortion laws. On this episode, we bring you a dispatch from one such country, Chile, where abortion is completely illegal. While abortion is banned for everyone in the nation, the reality is much different. As three Chilean women explain, whether or not you can safely get an abortion in the country comes down to one thing: money. 

Backtalk: Adichie's Transphobic Remarks & Trouble at Thinx

Dahlia and Amy discuss the latest in our problematic faves: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s transphobic remarks. Bitch Media’s Global Feminism Writing Fellow, Aqdas Aftab’s piece, “Reading Chimamanda Adichie Today: On Racism & Transphobia in Feminism,” examines how Adichie’s transphobic remarks is within the legacy of feminism itself and what that means for an intersectional, inclusive feminist movement. Dahlia and Amy also talk about the latest news around former Thinx CEO Miki Agrawal who has been accused of sexual harassment and the disconnect of a company that profits off of a so-called feminist ethos but does not treat their employees with the same values they espouse. Plus: this episode’s Mr. Toad Trump’s Wild Ride looks at the House hearings Trump/Russia connections and the administration’s proposed budget cuts. 

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