Backtalk: Baltimore Protests, Bruce Jenner, & Marriage Equality

backtalk feminist pop culture podcast

On Backtalk, hosts Amy Lam and Sarah Mirk discuss top pop culture stories of the week, offering snappy feminist analysis on the issues, people, and media that are making headlines right now. 

This week, there was so much big news. Amy and Sarah talk about the Baltimore protests, Bruce Jenner’s big interview on coming out as transgender, and the Supreme Court hearings on same-sex marriage. 

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

• Read: Sarah loves this new science-nerdy history comic The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage.

• Saw: Kathleen Hanna documentary The Punk Singer is now on Netflix. 

• Heard: Amy is all about the new Hop Along album.

Resources for this week: 

• Ta’Nehisi Coates’s article “Nonviolence As Compliance” in The Atlantic.

• Race Forward’s new video series “What is Systemic Racism?”

• Kay Ulanday Barrett’s discussion on Fusion about Bruce Jenner with two trans women on color

• The photo featured on this week’s show is by Susan Melkisethian

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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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