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: Milo's Demise & Vogue's Yellowface

Dahlia and Amy take small pleasures wherever they can get them, such as celebrating the public downfall of famed conservative troll, Milo Yiannopoulos. Writer Roxane Gay, who pulled her book from publishing with Simon & Schuster after they announced a book deal with Yiannopoulus, warns against praising a publishing house whose decisions around Milo were always about the bottom line. And they discuss a recent spread featuring model Karlie Kloss in yellowface in the latest issue of Vogue—the “diversity issue,” no less. 

Popaganda: Who Writes Our History?

History isn’t static—it’s the stories we tell ourselves about the past. And that story changes depending on who’s doing the telling.  

Backtalk: Bey's Announcement & Sundance Showdown

Dahlia and Amy talk about Beyoncé’s beautiful pregnancy announcement and what’s behind the imagery with Cate Young, Bitch Media’s 2016 Pop Culture Criticism Fellow. Check out Cate’s piece, “Black Venus: The Symbolism of Beyoncé’s Pregnancy Photos.” They also look at the “heated debate” between Jessica Williams and Salma Hayek at a Sundance luncheon, and how you don’t have to be a white woman to practice White Feminism. Plus: a new segment to look at some awful Trump-related news, in Mr. Toad Trump’s Wild Ride. 

Backtalk: Trump's Toxic First Days & Women's March

Dahlia and Amy try not to lose their minds talking about the first days of the new alternative-facts presidency. Dahlia shares her experience at the poorly-attended inauguration and how the Women’s March in DC was a hopeful act. Then they talk about some of the destructive policies that have been enacted in less than a week since Trump took a seat behind the desk of the Oval Office signing executive orders with his small, fragile, tiny hands.   

Popaganda: Laughing at Tyrants

Donald Trump hates it when you laugh at him. This episode features two conversations about using humor to share ideas and feelings with hostile people. First, we hear from Jex Blackmore of Detroit’s Satanic Temple, which hosts spectacular protests rooted to point out the hypocrisy of mixing church and state. Then, Aparna Nancherla joins us to talk about using comedy to make sense of what feels like Trump-induced end times.   

Backtalk: Golden Globes & White Nationalist Book Deal

Dahlia and Amy dig into the recent Golden Globes with some highlights, lowlights, and Meryl Streep’s anti-Trump acceptance speech for her lifetime achievement award. One of the highlights included Tracee Ellis Ross’s win for her work on Black-ish, where she dedicated her award to women of color. The last time a Black woman won this award was in 1983 when Debbie Allen was given the award. They also talk about the controversial book deal by publisher Simon & Schuster with a white nationalist troll. 

Backtalk: Best Wishes for 2017

Amy and Dahlia share six wishes for 2017, and talk about Saturday Night Live, good trouble, and the best cable channels to have when you’re home with your family. Plus reminiscing about Felicity’s epic haircut.

Backtalk: Bitch Media turns 20!

Party like it’s 1996! Listeners share stories of the first time they read Bitch and became radical teenagers. Plus, big news about the future of Backtalk—meet your new co-host Dahlia Grossman-Heinze!

Popaganda: Chaos

Chaos. We spend so much energy trying to avoid it. Both in politics and in our personal lives, things rarely go as planned. That doesn’t stop us from trying, from willing and working to make things people and countries fall in line. But often chaos is just what we need. After, there’s a lot of things that could use some shaking up. This episode highlights three writers from the issue: Bani Amor on the human causes of so-called “natural” disasters, Sarah Jaffe on her book Necessary Trouble: Americans in Revolt, and Cate Young on the trend of ironic misandry. Listen in!

Backtalk: Rebranding White Supremacy & Standing Rock

Sarah and Amy talk about keeping Standing Rock in the news and on our minds, and how we can continue to support the movement to protect clean water and more. They mention Dr. Adrienne Keene, who created Native Appropriations, laying out recent events at Standing Rock and providing resources for those of us who want to pitch in. They also tackle recent coverage of white supremacists and the media language around describing them as “alt-right.” 

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