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: Where’s the Justice? & Beguiling Whiteness

This week, Dahlia and Amy discuss the disappointing verdicts of both the mistrial in the sexual assault case against Bill Cosby and the acquittal of the police officer who murdered Philando Castile. They also get into the beguiling whiteness of The Beguiled, a film set during the Civil War with an all-white main cast. We get to rub our petty hands in this week’s Petty Political Pminute since there’s been a delay in voting for Trumpcare—a healthcare plan to ensure the rich remain alive and richer, while working folks try to figure out basic healthcare needs.   

Popaganda: Redefining Dating

How many more trend pieces can you stomach on the theme of “Millennials Killed Traditional Dating”? There’s this idea in our culture that this generation has fundamentally changed dating—for the worse. That we’re getting away from “traditional” dating and into some terrible uncharted waters. But a look at the history of dating shows one thing loud and clear: every generation has redefined dating. The idea that there’s a “traditional” kind of dating that’s stayed true for 100 years until the internet burned romance to the ground is just… a myth. Instead, with each new generation, new technological changes, evolving gender norms, and our economy has changed the way we date. On this episode, we talk about early 20th-century freak-outs over young peoples’ dating lives with Moira Weigel, author of the “feminist-Marxist history of dating” Labor of Love: The Invention of Dating. Also, the founder of Aces NYC joins us to talk about how rising awareness of asexuality is changing mainstream ideas about what dating means. And Ev’Yan Whitney, who hosts the podcast The Sexually Liberated Woman and teaches feminist workshops on taking sexy selfies, interviews someone very special about sex: her mom. Tune in.  

Backtalk: Oh Really, Megyn Kelly? & Bustle’s Hustle

This week, Dahlia and Amy get really, very, super frustrated about Megyn Kelly’s new NBC show, where she’ll feature fake-news conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. They also dig into how Bustle is trying to hustle their readers into giving up personal information under the guise of delivering more personalized content—all the while ripping off Bitch Media’s membership program name. And in Petty Political Pminute, it’s all about Comey’s hearings and the lying, liar-ness of Trump.

Popaganda: Video Games and Identity

Video games are a huge piece of our pop culture industry. People who don’t play games maybe think that they’re a weird, dorky niche that only a few people play. But that’s exactly the opposite of true. Globally, video games are a $91 billion industry. Fifty-nine percent of people in the United States play video games—that’s 186 million people, more Americans than have cable TV. We don’t call someone a TV-er or a movie-er, but for some reason, playing video games still gets you pegged as a “gamer.” On this episode, we talk with Sam Riedel about the fragile masculinity behind Gamergate and how playing video games growing up made her think differently about gender. Then, scholar Saud Al-Zaid walks us through representation of Arab identity in massively popular first-person-shooter games and explains the surprising connections between video games and the U.S. military. 

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.

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