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Student Moans

36:29 | May 2nd

This week, Dahlia and Amy get upset about student loans. Elizabeth Warren's campaign recently unveiled a student loan forgiveness plan as part of her platform, finally seriously centering the student debt crisis as something the government should hel...Show More
Backtalk: That's not consent. That's capitalism.

37:24 | Apr 18th

This week, Dahlia and Amy get into the newest marketing ploy around consent: condoms that require four hands to open. These kinds of throwaway, viral products commodify ideas around sexual violence without actually working to solve a problem (while h...Show More
Popaganda Revisited: Who Writes Our History?

51:11 | Apr 11th

Rebroadcasted from February 2017: 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. On this episode, we explore what it means to tell your own history in three differe...Show More
Backtalk: What about “Us"?

46:53 | Apr 4th

This week, Dahlia and Amy dig into Jordan Peele's latest horror film, "Us." Lots of spoilers while they talk about how the film fits into genre canons, symbolism, and what can it all mean? And in Amy vs. Dahlia, an argument about the worst of adultin...Show More
Popaganda: Revisited - You Feel Me?

47:11 | Mar 28th

In this episode, we’re going to be talking about an emotion you’ve probably heard a lot about lately: empathy. The way we talk about it, it’s almost like a superpower: it’s like we want to believe that the cure to political divisiveness, racism, and ...Show More
Backtalk: Scammer SZN

49:44 | Mar 21st

This week, Dahlia and Amy get into all things scammy. The recent news of what the FBI called “Operation Varsity Blues” has revealed a multi-million dollar college admissions scheme run by an organization to aid wealthy parents in bribing university a...Show More
Popaganda: Revisited - Sex Work is Work

52:12 | Mar 15th

From the archive: Discussions of sex work often get mired in a couple basic questions: is it “good” or “bad”? Are sex workers empowered or not? But sex workers are a diverse group—their experiences aren’t all good or bad. On this show, we try to refr...Show More
Backtalk: YA's Cancel Culture

44:58 | Mar 7th

This week, Dahlia and Amy dig into the world of YA drama. Recently, two YA authors have chosen to cancel their own debut novels after being called out by some readers for "problematic" issues in the text. Dahlia and Amy talk about the effects of canc...Show More
Backtalk: Haute Couture Blackface

43:39 | Feb 21st

This week, Dahlia and Amy are back! They’ve got pop culture picks! They’ve got read, watch, and listen recommendations! They’ve got so many rage-induced opinions! In recent months, controversies have popped up in the news with the discovery of promin...Show More
Backtalk: Our Favorites of 2018

51:53 | Dec 28th, 2018

In this episode, Dahlia, Amy, and special guest Soleil share their pop culture faves that got them through this year, from Shirkers and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, to online hoaxes, sandwich outfits, and Queer Eye. We've celebrated the best of this ye...Show More
Backtalk: Who Gets to Make Mistakes?

24:59 | Dec 14th, 2018

This week, Dahlia and Amy round up some of the big hits of bad takes. From Lena Dunham's letter from the editor where she admits to lying to protect a rapist to a weird piece dissecting Ariana Grande's "thank u, next" music video, who gets to make mi...Show More
Backtalk: Mind the Wage Gap

27:15 | Nov 29th, 2018

This week, Dahlia and Amy talk about what real allyship can look like in Hollywood and beyond. Recently, Porter magazine hosted a roundtable with Gabrielle Union, Gina Rodriguez, Ellen Pompeo, and Emma Roberts where Pompeo called on white folks to do...Show More
Popaganda: The Pumpkin Spice Must Flow

33:00 | Nov 22nd, 2018

At the end of summer, when the super hot days get rarer, the signs of fall appear: reddish leaves, leather jackets, people talking about football, and pumpkin spice lattes. Like death and taxes, the pumpkin spice latte seems inevitable, and it takes ...Show More
Popaganda: The Fight for the Middle Ages

36:38 | Nov 16th, 2018

On this episode of the show, we’ll be talking about the Middle Ages: that period in European history that most of us learned about through Game of Thrones and Robin Hood. We think of it as racially homogenous, rigidly gendered, and brutish, but schol...Show More
Backtalk: Thank You for Voting—Next!

32:30 | Nov 8th, 2018

This week, Dahlia and Amy update on the latest horrifying policies the Trump administration are hoping to force into law. Beyond the midterm elections, the monsters in the White House are working overtime to push through harmful legislation, includin...Show More
Popaganda: The Devil You Know

27:29 | Nov 1st, 2018

This episode is all about how cool the Devil is, especially for people of marginalized genders and sexualities. The devil is all over popular media, not as a straight symbol of absolute evil, but as something a little more nuanced and approachable—an...Show More
Backtalk: Let’s Take Refuge in Horror

31:14 | Oct 25th, 2018

This week, Dahlia and Amy get creepy and ghouly about screen horror (as opposed to the horror of our everyday lives). In this Halloweeny episode, we dig into the role of horror film and TV and how it helps us cope with our lived realities. We've also...Show More
Rebecca Solnit Talks Women, Activism, and Anger with Andi Zeisler

34:04 | Oct 23rd, 2018

Even if you’ve never heard of Rebecca Solnit, you know who she is. It was Solnit’s 2008 essay at the blog TomDigest that identified the concept we know today as mansplaining. (“Most women fight wars on two fronts, one for whatever the putative topic ...Show More
Popaganda: Will Veganism Save the World?

30:17 | Oct 19th, 2018

On this episode of the show, we’ll be talking all about veganism and the politics of eating plants and meat. Is it possible to reduce it to a diet or wellness thing, or is it inherently political? What is the connection between industrialized meat pr...Show More
Backtalk: What Are We Supposed to Do Now?

34:12 | Oct 11th, 2018

This week, Dahlia and Amy are tired, depressed, and angry—what are we supposed to do with all these awful feelings? In the wake of the Supreme Court confirmation for Brett Kavanaugh, we’re thinking about who gets to display feelings and what it tells...Show More
Popaganda: The Pumpkin Spice Must Flow

33:00 | Oct 4th, 2018

At the end of summer, when the super hot days get rarer, the signs of fall appear: reddish leaves, leather jackets, people talking about football, and pumpkin spice lattes. Like death and taxes, the pumpkin spice latte seems inevitable, and it takes ...Show More
Backtalk: We Said #MeToo, Now What?

32:48 | Sep 27th, 2018

This week, Dahlia and Amy discuss how the #MeToo movement can evolve beyond survivors exposing their own traumas and the role of abusers in creating real change. From public radio to the Supreme Court, what can a true reckoning with misogyny and abus...Show More
Popaganda: When People Become Internet Memes

35:48 | Sep 21st, 2018

The Internet, which connects us to each other in ways that were pretty unimaginable to most people a century ago, has become a totally casual part of daily life. It’s changed so much: from the way we do business to the way we unlock our front doors. ...Show More
Backtalk: Naomi Osaka & Serena Williams Deserved Better

33:19 | Sep 13th, 2018

This week, Dahlia and Amy talk about what went down at the U.S. Open and how it hurt both Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams. In a sport with a history of sexism and racism, specifically anti-Blackness, it's tough to ignore the unfairness lobbed at Will...Show More
Popaganda: Speaking to Specters

23:24 | Sep 6th, 2018

Whether they expose past tragedies or family tragedies, ghosts reveal what is hidden away, under the layers of social etiquette, historical revisionism, and taboo. A poltergeist may expose unethical building practices as a ghost on videotape may reve...Show More
Popaganda: Queering Virginity

31:39 | Aug 30th, 2018

On her Netflix one-woman show, Nanette, Hannah Gadsby opines, “There’s only ever been two options for a little girl to grow up into: virgin or whore…. And I don’t fit neatly into either of those categories. Virgin or whore? I mean, on a technicality,...Show More
Backtalk: #MeToo Is Here To Stay

30:18 | Aug 23rd, 2018

This week, Dahlia and Amy talk about a report that Asia Argento paid a settlement to a former castmate who accused her of sexual assault amidst questions about whether Argento’s behavior undermines the #MeToo movement. Another case has come to light ...Show More
Popaganda: Pro Wrestling with the Sublime

33:03 | Aug 16th, 2018

Pro wrestling hasn’t been the kindest entertainment industry for women. Relegated to Playboy-sponsored pillow fight matches or mud wrestling, women wrestlers didn’t get to shine for their athleticism or fighting prowess very often until Chyna came ar...Show More
Backtalk: The Myth of Racism Against White People

32:04 | Aug 9th, 2018

This week, Dahlia and Amy dig into the trolling of writer and lawyer Sarah Jeong with accusations of racism against white people. Jeong was recently hired to the New York Times editorial board when conservative trolls dug up tweets where she mocked w...Show More
Popaganda: The Blue Wave

31:05 | Aug 2nd, 2018

As we go into the 2018 midterm election season, we’ve got a lot of unknowns to think about. What can we expect to change this time around? Will there be more political upsets, like we’ve seen during the Democratic primaries in New York with the ascen...Show More
Backtalk: Don’t Waste Hannah Gadsby’s Time

28:45 | Jul 26th, 2018

This week, Dahlia and Amy dig into Hannah Gadsby’s tremendous, heartbreaking, and honest Nanette. Gadsby’s Netflix special gives us insight into what it means to to tell one’s story to wide acceptance—at one’s own expense. Using comedy as an example,...Show More
Popaganda: When People Become Internet Memes

35:17 | Jul 19th, 2018

The Internet, which connects us to each other in ways that were pretty unimaginable to most people a century ago, has become a totally casual part of daily life. It’s changed so much: from the way we do business to the way we unlock our front doors. ...Show More
Backtalk: Turn off the Gaslight

29:09 | Jul 12th, 2018

This week, Dahlia and Amy got to thinking more about the ubiquity of gaslighting after seeing a Twitter thread by writer Carmen Maria Machado and the case against Junot Diaz. The term originates from an eponymous play and film about a husband who gas...Show More
Popaganda: Queering Virginity

30:49 | Jul 5th, 2018

On her Netflix one-woman show, Nanette, Hannah Gadsby opines, “There’s only ever been two options for a little girl to grow up into: virgin or whore…. And I don’t fit neatly into either of those categories. Virgin or whore? I mean, on a technicality,...Show More
Backtalk: We Don’t Need to Be Civil to Inhumane People

30:47 | Jun 28th, 2018

This week, Dahlia and Amy survived another week where hell is empty and all the devils are here on earth. It’s been a couple weeks of horrifying news and the last thing we need to hear is how progressive folks need to be civil to the inhumane Right. ...Show More
Labors of Love

30:24 | Jun 21st, 2018

Why do romance novels get such a bad rap? The genre is often maligned as being inferior to more “literary” writing, but there’s so much more to it than shirtless cowboys and inaccurate portrayals of BDSM etiquette. Romance writers like today’s two gu...Show More
Backtalk: Summer Screen Faves

30:44 | Jun 14th, 2018

This week, Dahlia and Amy are ringing in the summer raving about some of the best anticipated film and television shows coming out. Dahlia has rounded up Bitch-approved TV shows and movies premiering soon, and is obviously really loving all the great...Show More
The Best Things in Life Are Freelance

36:54 | Jun 8th, 2018

Almost half of millennials do freelance work—that is, they work as contract laborers, often in fields like writing, design, and computer programming—and the majority of those workers are women. The idea of ditching the office, the 9 to 5, and the but...Show More
Backtalk: Racists, Stop Calling The Cops

33:11 | May 25th, 2018

This week, Dahlia and Amy talk about the spate of incidents of racists calling the police on Black people and POC doing everyday things. When Black and Indigenous people took up space at a Starbucks, enjoyed themselves at a park BBQ, and went on a ca...Show More
What Does Gender Sound Like?

30:53 | May 17th, 2018

Music interacts with gender in surprising and strange ways: sometimes upholding the binary, sometimes undermining it. In this episode, we’ll talk to three people who’ve thought deeply about that dynamic and come up with their own interpretations of w...Show More
Backtalk: Junot Diaz & MeToo

33:40 | May 10th, 2018

This week, Dahlia and Amy talk about the latest in this #MeToo movement and what accountability can look like. More and more stories are coming out across industries of those who are abusing their power and we’re beginning to see more claims within t...Show More
Birth of the New

38:00 | May 3rd, 2018

End of the world getting you down? We may never truly know what the future holds, and to some of us, the looming threat of an apocalypse is the most effective birth control. In this episode of Popaganda, Soleil digs into parenting and the end of the ...Show More
Backtalk: Summer Music Fests

31:30 | Apr 26th, 2018

This week, Dahlia and Amy talk about summer music fests, Beychella, and the dismal treatment of sexual harassment at festivals. This year's Coachella was a moment with Beyoncé being the first Black woman artist headlining and featuring a very pregnan...Show More
Popaganda: I Saw the Sign

29:40 | Apr 6th, 2018

Do you believe what you read in horoscopes? In pop culture, we imbue the zodiac signs with certain stereotypical behaviors. Virgos are judgmental, Leos are always starving for attention, Geminis are two-faced. The general gist is that the sun’s posit...Show More
Backtalk: Nat Geo’s Racism & Spring Break

44:53 | Mar 22nd, 2018

This week, Dahlia and Amy talk about how the National Geographic is finally coming to terms with its racism and how we think about spring break in pop culture. Finally, in its 130th year, National Geographic is beginning to acknowledge its history of...Show More
Popaganda: Faking It

39:29 | Mar 15th, 2018

On today’s show, Soleil will be talking about one of her favorite subjects: the act of faking it. Why do we do it, and what does it mean when we accuse others of doing it? And what does the impostor tell us about the boundaries we erect in order to d...Show More
Backtalk: Good, Bad & Problematic at The Oscars

48:54 | Mar 8th, 2018

This week, Dahlia and Amy are back to grumble and celebrate the Academy Awards. They dig into the limits of #MeToo in an industry that would continue to celebrate known abusers Gary Oldman and Kobe Bryant and overlook Ryan Seacrest's abusive behavior...Show More
Popaganda: Watching What You Eat

34:13 | Mar 1st, 2018

What does it take to get “well”? When we think about wellness, especially right now, we tend to think of it as everything we do to make our lives and bodies healthy. Rather than defining health through the negation of sickness, wellness advocates pre...Show More
Backtalk: Stoneman Douglas & The Olympics

1:07:32 | Feb 23rd, 2018

This week, Dahlia and Amy talk about the growing anti-gun student movement that’s happened since the shooting at the Parkland, Florida, high school and an update about the Winter Olympics. After the latest horrific shooting at Marjory Stoneman Dougla...Show More
Popaganda: You Feel Me?

47:39 | Feb 17th, 2018

Popaganda is back! In this episode, we’re going to be talking about an emotion you’ve probably heard a lot about lately: empathy. The way we talk about it, it’s almost like a superpower: it’s like we want to believe that the cure to political divisiv...Show More
Backtalk: Actual Bad Feminists

1:03:38 | Feb 8th, 2018

This week, Dahlia and Amy (a.k.a your friendly neighborhood rage cheerleaders) talk about Rose McGowan’s confrontation with trans activist Andi Dier and Katie Roiphe’s “feminist” screed against #MeToo. At a recent stop on her book tour, Dier asked Mc...Show More
Backtalk: #MeToo Backlash & Larry Nassar Sentencing

1:00:54 | Jan 25th, 2018

This week, Dahlia and Amy dig into the latest “feminist” backlash against the #MeToo movement in light of Babe.Net’s Aziz Ansari—a story which showed how a celebrity who banked on his male feminist allyship ultimately doesn’t want to respect boundari...Show More
Backtalk: Is It Really Time’s Up in Hollywood?

1:08:59 | Jan 11th, 2018

In this first episode of 2018, Dahlia and Amy get into this year's Golden Globes, the Time's Up movement, and the misguided obsession for Oprah 2020. The Golden Globes is the first awards show since the fallout from the Weinstein effect and it didn't...Show More
Backtalk: We Made It Through 2017

49:06 | Dec 28th, 2017

Pour yourself a sweet drink because we made it through 2017! The year that felt like a decade with the inauguration of 45, no gun reform in sight, attacks on marginalized communities through policies, the normalization of supremacists, and, of course...Show More
Backtalk: Silence Breakers & The Weinstein Effect

1:00:56 | Dec 15th, 2017

This week, Dahlia and Amy breakdown Time’s much-anticipated “Person of the Year” magazine cover and cover story, and the continued fallout from the Weinstein effect. We thank our respective dieties that Trump’s ego isn’t being fed for being on the Ti...Show More
Backtalk: Believe Women & Just Say No to Normalizing Nazis

56:08 | Dec 1st, 2017

Ya’ll, it’s finally December. 2017 is nearing an end and the outrageous news cycle keeps churning. This week, Dahlia and Amy talk about the latest attempt by conservative “infiltration” group Project Veritas to discredit the “Washington Post” for cov...Show More
Backtalk: Louis C.K. & Election 2017

1:03:17 | Nov 16th, 2017

Another episode, another week of yell-talking about the latest revelations of sexual harassment and assault. This week, Dahlia and Amy declare that Louis C.K. is cancelled after he’s finally admitted that the alleged rumors about him are true, albeit...Show More
The Year That’s Lasted a Lifetime: An Election Retrospective

21:29 | Nov 8th, 2017

It has been exactly 365 days since the election of Donald Trump. For many of us, that day marked the beginning of a year of resistance. In this election special, Bitch staff share what that fateful day sparked in us, how it changed us, and how it mov...Show More
Backtalk: Indictment Day & Kevin Spacey

48:04 | Nov 3rd, 2017

This week, Dahlia and Amy dig into the beginning of the indictments against Trump-adjacent folks and the latest crop of sexual abuse allegations against powerful men. There’s a moment of mini-celebrations because FBI director’s Robert Mueller’s inves...Show More
Backtalk: Weinstein, #MeToo, Everything is Terrible

1:00:28 | Oct 19th, 2017

This week, Dahlia and Amy talk-yell about all of the sexual harassment and assault allegations against Hollywood producer, Harvey Weinstein, and its impact on the industry and beyond. Following breaking stories from the New York Times and the New Yor...Show More
Backtalk: Lone Wolf Myth & Kneeling for Justice

56:13 | Oct 6th, 2017

This week, Dahlia and Amy talk about how mainstream media upholds white supremacy by continually casting white, male, mass murderers as “lone wolves.” This week marked the deadliest mass shooting in recent US history, where Stephen Paddock gunned dow...Show More
Backtalk: Jemele Is Not Wrong & The Emmys

58:31 | Sep 21st, 2017

This week, Dahlia and Amy talk about the very factual statement: Donald Trump is a white supremacist, as tweeted by sports journalist and truth-teller Jemele Hill, and the highs and lows of this year’s Emmys. Last week, Trump supporters were in an up...Show More
Big News for Popaganda

32:45 | Sep 14th, 2017

We've got something to share this week and a special interview. Bitch Media Editorial Director Lisa Factora-Borchers talks with Sarah Mirk about her favorite memories over her four years hosting the show and what's next for her work-wise.
Backtalk Goes Back to School

58:48 | Sep 7th, 2017

This week, Dahlia and Amy go back to school! They talk about some of their fave school memories like Dahlia and chicken mummies (!!), and Amy and wearing her first-day-of-school clothes for all the days of the week. And they dig into some of their fa...Show More
Backtalk: Trump & Tina Fey Respond to Charlottesville

43:53 | Aug 24th, 2017

This week, Dahlia and Amy dive into the two of the most awful and inadequate responses to the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Beginning with Trump’s comments that there was “blame on both sides” when violence erupted at the “Uni...Show More
Food Writing

48:32 | Aug 17th, 2017

Chow down on food politics. On this episode, three food writers of color talk about reshaping food media. It's often tricky to discuss race, gender, and class in the food industry! We hear from chef and "Racist Sandwich" podcast host Soleil Ho, Eater...Show More
Backtalk: Google Manifesto & Transphobia Is Not a Joke

41:07 | Aug 10th, 2017

This week, exemplifies the question that Frank Ocean’s t-shirt asked: “”Why be racist, sexist, homophobic or transphobic when you could just be quiet?” Dahlia and Amy talk about the terribly misguided memo from a Google employee and the deplorable t...Show More
Beach Bodies

40:49 | Aug 3rd, 2017

Every body is a beach body, amiright? On this episode, we hit the sands of a nude beach, travel through the woods, and chat about eating cheeseburgers poolside in discussions about learning to love our bodies. Featuring fat-positive fashion blogger J...Show More
Backtalk: Military Trans Ban & Limits of White Imagination

39:02 | Jul 27th, 2017

This week, Dahlia and Amy dig into the latest in Trump BS and the controversy around an upcoming project from the Game of Thrones showrunners. Earlier this week, Trump announced via three tweets (how presidential!) that he intends to ban transgender ...Show More
Invisibility

49:59 | Jul 20th, 2017

Seeing the unseen. We talk about the often-invisible work that goes into emotional labor with Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha and hear from Andrea Ritchie, the author of Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color. Plus...Show More
Backtalk: Hollywood Shenanigans—Revenge Porn & Unequal Pay

39:26 | Jul 13th, 2017

This week, Dahlia and Amy get into the latest in Hollywood shenanigans. First up is the potential prosecution of the sole Kardashian brother, Rob Kardashian, for posting revenge porn against his ex-fiancé and mother of his infant daughter, Blac Chyna...Show More
Life in Late Capitalism

49:03 | Jul 6th, 2017

We hear three stories about the ways capitalism seeps into our ideas of success, failure, and freedom. Disability rights activist Stephanie Woodward tells us what it's like to occupy a Republican senators' office with a crew of wheelchair-using prote...Show More
Backtalk: Where’s the Justice? & Beguiling Whiteness

39:52 | Jun 29th, 2017

This week, Dahlia and Amy discuss the disappointing verdicts in 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 ...Show More
Redefining Dating

47:18 | Jun 22nd, 2017

Let's talk about sex! And also not having sex! This episode looks at how there's no such thing as "traditional" dating. Dating norms have evolved over our history and continue to grow and change as we have more freedom to define happiness for ourselv...Show More
Backtalk: Oh Really, Megyn Kelly? & Bustle’s Hustle

1:00:53 | Jun 15th, 2017

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 their persona...Show More
Video Games and Identity

45:13 | Jun 8th, 2017

Our Final Fantasy characters, ourselves. Writer Sam Riedel walks us through the ramifications of Gamergate and how role-playing games helped her articulate her trans identity. Then, we talk with scholar Saud Al-Zaid about the connection between massi...Show More
Backtalk: White Supremacy Kills & DAPL Update

48:06 | Jun 1st, 2017

This week, Dahlia and Amy talk about the horrific attack in Portland by a known white supremacist and the newly-leaked documents that reveal that counterterrorism tactics were used against water protectors at Standing Rock to protect corporate intere...Show More
Radical Science

46:01 | May 25th, 2017

Behold! Using the power of science to interrogate societal assumptions around race and gender! We talk with experimental physicist Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein about the physics of melanin and then biologist and sociologist Shay-Akil McLean about dec...Show More
Backtalk: Accountability of PWR BTTM & Murder of Jordan Edwards

49:32 | May 18th, 2017

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 ...Show More
Money Feelings

1:02:00 | May 11th, 2017

Hate the capitalist system, still have to earn a living. It's the way life goes. We talk with feminists about squaring their feelings about our exploitative economy with each person's need to make money and feel stable. This episode features real tal...Show More
Backtalk: May Day & Handmaid Horrors

50:39 | May 4th, 2017

This week, 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 where the show diverges from the novel a...Show More
Queering Family Values

45:47 | Apr 27th, 2017

"Family values" has been co-opted by right-wing folks. But what the hell! Feminists have strong values and we have strong families, too. On this episode, we're queering family values. We talk with two queer feminist activists about how they've redefi...Show More
Backtalk: So Many Feelings & Escapist TV

53:55 | Apr 20th, 2017

This week 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 and look at a couple of news items, on a global and local level, and talk about what they're able to contro...Show More
Journalism in a “Post-Truth” World

41:08 | Apr 13th, 2017

What role did “The Apprentice” play in making its reality TV star our actual president? Sadly, a lot. Media critics Jennifer Pozner (of Women in Media and News) and Carlos Maza (of Vox) explain about how Donald Trump has changed the media landscape—a...Show More
Backtalk: Pepsi Fail & The Harasser Factor

48:02 | Apr 7th, 2017

This week, Dahlia and Amy chat about capitalism and cola in Pepsi’s latest absurdity of an ad starring Kendall Jenner, the most cheerful group of protestors, and a slew of asinine signs. And they discuss the latest in Fox News, Bill O'Reilly, and the...Show More
Where Abortion Is Illegal

28:26 | Mar 30th, 2017

What happens when a country bans abortion? A dispatch from Chile, where abortion is completely illegal—but where money actually determines your options. For the first time in 30 years, feminists in Chile are hopeful their country will make abortions ...Show More
Backtalk: Adichie's Transphobic Remarks & Trouble at Thinx

52:31 | Mar 23rd, 2017

This week, 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 Fe...Show More
When Your Parents Are Deported

37:59 | Mar 16th, 2017

Imagine coming home from school and your dad is gone. On this episode, we hear two stories of women who are trying to hold their families together while our immigration system tries to tear them apart.
Backtalk: Get Out & Uber Sexism

51:27 | Mar 9th, 2017

This week, Dahlia and Amy are very excited to be spoiling Jordan Peele's debut film, Get Out, and to do a deep dive into all of the layers of celluloid. Get Out is full of memorable performances, a scary movie that reveals the horrors of racism, the ...Show More
A Protest Is Not A Riot (Rebroadcast)

36:58 | Mar 2nd, 2017

The movements that have arisen recently to challenge racism and violence in our justice system have created not only discussion and outrage, but a cultural shift. Out of racism and violence and sexism has come creativity: songs, chants, art, policy i...Show More
Backtalk: Milo's Demise & Vogue's Yellowface

38:53 | Feb 23rd, 2017

This week, 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 the...Show More
Who Writes Our History? (Rebroadcast)

51:09 | Feb 16th, 2017

Our past isn’t static—what stories we tell about our history depend on who’s doing the telling. On this episode, we look at three ways of reclaiming narratives, talking with comedian Negin Farad (author of “How to Make White People Laugh”), hearing f...Show More
Backtalk: Bey’s Announcement & Sundance Showdown

48:09 | Feb 9th, 2017

Sound the air horn and let the confetti fly, 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. They also look at the "heated debate" be...Show More
Growing Up Immigrant (Rebroadcast)

1:33:33 | Feb 2nd, 2017

Stories of children of immigrants are rarely seen in our pop culture. We share personal stories of growing up in immigrant families from a poet, linguist, filmmaker, activist, and journalist.
Backtalk: Trump's Toxic First Days & Women's March

51:27 | Jan 26th, 2017

This week on Backtalk, Amy and Dahlia try to address the nightmare we’ve been plunged into: finding hope and optimism where it exists but not forgetting to be honest about the pessimism and reality we face. We don’t have all the answers to what we do...Show More
Laughing at Tyrants

25:13 | Jan 19th, 2017

Donald Trump hates it when you laugh at him. Comedian Aparna Nancherla joins us to talk about embracing comedy to cope with dark times. Also, the leader of Detroit’s Satanic Temple fills us in on using Satanism as activism.
Backtalk: Golden Globes & White Nationalist Book Deal

34:41 | Jan 12th, 2017

This week on Backtalk, 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 ...Show More
Fembots

40:07 | Jan 5th, 2017

From Metropolis to Westworld, we look at the history of female robots onscreen—and how stories about robots grapple with issues of gender, power, and control. This episode features scholars Allison de Fren, Margaret Rhee, and Miriam Sweeney discussin...Show More
Backtalk: Best Wishes for 2017

32:21 | Dec 29th, 2016

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.
Women and Pain

1:01:17 | Dec 22nd, 2016

Caroline had a mystery. Unfortunately, it was a mystery coming from inside her body. On this episode, we talk about gender bias in healthcare and how pain women experience is all-too-often diminished, dismissed, and disbelieved. Feministing editor Ma...Show More
Backtalk: Bitch Media Turns 20!

33:54 | Dec 15th, 2016

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!
Chaos

39:24 | Dec 8th, 2016

Disaster, dystopia, misandry, oh my! On this episode, we feature three writers from the Chaos print issue of Bitch—Bani Amor, Sarah Jaffe, and Cate Young—who talk about what we can learn from upheaval.
Backtalk: Standing Rock & Modern White Supremacists 

42:55 | Dec 1st, 2016

Racist white nationalists have done a top-notch job rebranding themselves as merely the hip "alt-right." How do you name white supremacists for what they are? Also, we hear from an activist at Standing Rock about why she's keeping up the fight agains...Show More
10 Ways to Resist Donald Trump

1:03:37 | Nov 24th, 2016

Do not despair. Ten activists of all different stripes offer concrete ideas for resisting Trump, offering ways to make sure we are all safe and loved in these dark political times. Let's go.
Backtalk: There's No Easy Way Out

31:57 | Nov 17th, 2016

We get rageful even hearing Donald Trump's voice on the damn radio. Amy and Sarah vents some grief and anger over the election, talk about the role of white supremacy in the vote, and discuss the tough work ahead.
Raising Feminist Kids

1:01:58 | Nov 10th, 2016

We are here to make the future less terrible. Writer and photographer Margaret Jacobsen explains how she speaks frankly with her kids about pretty much everything, including her open relationship. Everyone is Gay co-founder Kristin Russo shares ideas...Show More
Backtalk: Black Mirror & Standing Rock Arrests 

34:15 | Nov 4th, 2016

Technology is terrifying, right? At least it is in BBC series Black Mirror, which tells surreal and unsettling stories about how humans and technology interact. Also, we discuss the way race plays a big role in the way protesters are treated at Stand...Show More
How We Talk About Abortion

42:22 | Oct 28th, 2016

An exploration of the ways we see and discuss abortion, with sociologist Gretchen Sisson and writer Renee Bracey Sherman. Music for today's show by the band Tacocat.
Backtalk: Terrible Trump and Feminist Horror Films

46:37 | Oct 21st, 2016

On this true Halloween horror show, we analyze the fight-or-flight feelings we get watching Trump defend his treatment of women in the presidential debate. Then, special guest Dahlia joins us to talk about the 130 horror films that Bitch readers reco...Show More
Navigating Workplace Patriarchy

58:22 | Oct 13th, 2016

Tips and stories about making space for yourself in white- and male-dominated spaces, with life advice from Feminist Fight Club author Jessica Bennett and About Race podcast co-host Anna Holmes.
Backtalk: White Fragility and South Africa's Queer Femme Webseries

41:51 | Oct 7th, 2016

A white writer delivered speeches about cultural appropriation while wearing a tiny sombrero. Tim Burton dismissed the problems with having all-white casts. NBC is shocked at pushback to a planned show about a white man who marries a "mail order brid...Show More
Breaking the Binary

48:56 | Sep 29th, 2016

It's good to get complicated. On this episode, we rethink binary approaches to brain science, sexuality, gender, and disability. Featuring a moving story from stand-up comedian and #GoodMuslimBadMuslim co-host Zahra Noorbakhsh, a dispatch from transg...Show More
Backtalk: Standing Rock and Murders by Police

34:58 | Sep 22nd, 2016

We hear from a writer on the scene at the indigenous-led movement against the North Dakota Access Pipeline and talk about the killing of Terrence Crutcher—and what white people should do to help change the culture of police violence in our country. P...Show More
Invisible Prisons

52:47 | Sep 16th, 2016

There are 2.2 million people in prison in the United States, but their stories are largely absent from our pop culture. We explore the many ways our society works to make mass incarceration invisible and talk with a woman who’s determined to share st...Show More
Body-Positive Exercise

47:05 | Sep 1st, 2016

Why is the thought of going to the gym so anxiety inducing? Because exercise—literally just moving our bodies—is wrapped up in fat-shaming, ableism, sexism, and all kinds of other nasty stuff. On this episode, we talk about getting physical and feeli...Show More
Backtalk: Ryan Lochte and Private Prisons

32:38 | Aug 26th, 2016

The Olympic swimmer is the epitome of American white boy entitlement, showing how one of the worst phrases in the English language is “boys will be boys.” We also explore the big news from the Justice Department, which is ending its use of private pr...Show More
Designing for Democracy

58:45 | Aug 18th, 2016

Our voting system is man-made. Like, literally written by men. Mostly white, straight men. This helps explain why there’s pretty low voter turnout in the United States. On this episode, we examine our democracy as a design problem—and explore what ba...Show More
Backtalk: “Stranger Things” & Women at the Olympics

42:23 | Aug 12th, 2016

A spoiler-free conversation about gender and race on Netflix show “Stranger Things” (Winona!) and a discussion on how female athletes are scrutinized during the Olympic games. Plus: Big news about Amy’s life and some love for the Great British Bake-O...Show More
Sports and Capitalism

57:14 | Aug 4th, 2016

The US women's national soccer team is higher ranked than the men—so why do they make less money? While sports represent our cultural values and tie in closely to our identities, it's not hard to see how sports from the college level to the Olympics ...Show More
Best-of: Geek Culture

51:38 | Jul 28th, 2016

Three favorite nerdy stories from past episode of our show. We take trip through the history of women working in the comic book industry, debunk five myths about women and video games, and talk with scholar Walidah Imarisha about what science fiction...Show More
Best-Of: Activism

50:04 | Jul 14th, 2016

Four favorite stories on activism from our archives. First off, listen to an interview with comedian (and new political podcast host!) Hari Kondabolu. Then, we highlight an interview with problematic animal rights group PETA and a collection of real-...Show More
Animal Friends

1:03:42 | Jun 30th, 2016

Hippogriffs, cat ladies, and Disney critters, oh my! A rerun of an episode we first aired last summer that talks all about animals in pop culture, from Howard the Duck to that foxy Robin Hood.
Backtalk: Summer Music We Love

31:15 | Jun 23rd, 2016

Turn it up and get some new music in your life! A special edition of Backtalk where we highlight 10 new songs we love this summer, from the sensual sounds of Malaysian singer/accredited lawyer Yuna to the raw vocals of Hop Along and the surf rock of ...Show More
Who Writes Our History?

51:09 | Jun 16th, 2016

Our past isn’t static—what stories we tell about our history depend on who’s doing the telling. On this episode, we look at three ways of reclaiming narratives, talking with comedian Negin Farad (author of “How to Make White People Laugh”), hearing f...Show More
Backtalk: Letting Go of Likability

31:32 | Jun 9th, 2016

The hosts of podcast Good Muslim/Bad Muslim join us to talk about how gender and race impact who’s seen as “likable”—and what that means both for Hillary Clinton and for the rest of us.
Money

50:25 | Jun 3rd, 2016

An anti-capitalist exploration of cold hard cash. Featuring: Financial advice from Destiny's Child, a critical look at the racial politics of fair trade, an discussion of gender in the era of Uber, and the revelation of why cigarettes were once sold ...Show More
Backtalk: Game of Thrones & xoJane

34:32 | May 27th, 2016

“This woman has literally burned down a patriarchy and has no apologies for it.” You go, Daenerys! On this episode, we talk about how Game of Thrones’ treatment of both sexual violence and its female characters have evolved in the current season. The...Show More
Insider/Outsider

1:02:07 | May 20th, 2016

This one’s for the punks, poets, radicals, and outliers. We hear four stories about what it’s like being an outsider, from tattoo artists confronting invisible disabilities to poet Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib on being a person of color in the punk scene....Show More
Backtalk: bell hooks on “Lemonade” & Yacht Problems

33:18 | May 12th, 2016

One of our foremost feminist thinkers has weighed in on Beyoncé’s new album—writer Zoe Samudzi joins us to break down what it all means. Then, we discuss a controversy around the indie electro-pop duo Yacht, who screwed up this week in a publicity st...Show More
Bathroom Panic

41:58 | May 5th, 2016

A wave of transphobic "bathroom bills" is sweeping the nation, with Republican legislators from Wyoming to Washington proposing 50 such laws this year. How did fighting over public bathrooms become a right-wing cause célébre? Why do politicians care ...Show More
Backtalk: Beyoncé’s “Lemonade” & Marketplace Feminism

38:55 | Apr 28th, 2016

"I’m on a Beyoncé high,” says writer Margaret Jacobsen, whojoins us to talk about “Lemonade” and love stories. Then, AndiZeisler discusses her new book, We Were Feminists Once,which critiques how feminism has become a buzzword label that’sslapped on ...Show More
Volunteers

49:56 | Apr 22nd, 2016

Four stories of passion projects and pitching in, including an interview with the director of new film Trapped about abortion clinics in the South and a critique of the trend of voluntourism.
Backtalk: Equal Pay & Pushback to Bathroom Bills

29:16 | Apr 15th, 2016

Five things to know about the wage gap, since this week we marked Equal Pay Day, plus progressive responses to North Carolina's anti-LGBT law.
Snacks

53:08 | Apr 7th, 2016

This episode covers everything from puttanesca to patriarchy as three chefs discuss sexism and racism in the kitchen. Plus, of course, snacks! Between interviews with Top Chef star Karen Akunowicz and one of America’s only female sushi chefs, we spic...Show More
Backtalk: Bathroom Bills and Jian Ghomeshi

28:49 | Mar 31st, 2016

Holy transphobia! Republicans are using transmisogyny as a get out the vote effort in states like North Carolina. Meanwhile, Jian Ghomeshi’s sexual assault cases show how the legal system puts survivors on trial. Plus: Tacocat!
Environmental Justice

45:58 | Mar 25th, 2016

Your ability to drink clean water, breathe unpolluted air, and eat healthy food shouldn't depend on your income or your skin color. But as stories from Flint and elsewhere prove, all too often race and class play a role in access to environmental qua...Show More
Backtalk: Donald Trump & Feminism in the Food Industry

27:14 | Mar 18th, 2016

Establishment Republicans are afraid Donald Trump will motivate all the people he's alienated—women, people of color, poor people—to vote Democrat. Plus, we talk about how the restaurant industry celebrates mostly white male chefs and can be a hotbed...Show More
Magic

55:12 | Mar 10th, 2016

Witchcraft is popping up all over the place in our pop culture. We explore modern witchery in music and films, talking with a digital witchcraft columnist, getting a Popaganda tarot reading, and learning a spell to revive the ghost of punk.
Backtalk: Kesha & Abortion Rights

26:52 | Mar 3rd, 2016

A huge reproductive rights case is facing the Supreme Court this week—it could affect the legality of dozens of anti-abortion laws passed across the United States. We also discuss the sexual assault case filed by pop star Kesha, who has been fighting...Show More
Cults

49:47 | Feb 25th, 2016

From Mad Max to Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, pop culture is full of stories about patriarchal cults. In fiction and in real life, extremist dudes have blended religion and charisma to gain power. We look at the history of American cults like Jonestown ...Show More
Backtalk: Worst Oscars Responses & Hillary Problems

37:10 | Feb 19th, 2016

The list of stars who have said terrible things about #OscarsSoWhite is literally two pages long. Amy and Sarah read through that list plus discuss recent comments from Madeleine Albright and Gloria Steinem on how young women need to vote for Hillary...Show More
Self-Care

48:21 | Feb 11th, 2016

Activists still need to sleep enough, eat enough, and stretch every once in a while. On this episode, we explore the gender and race dynamics of taking care of our minds and bodies and share self-care tips. Featuring Evette Dionne on why self-care is...Show More
Backtalk: The Super Bowl & Bernie vs. Hillary

28:24 | Feb 4th, 2016

Amy and Sarah discuss the upcoming Super Bowl, the recent Iowa Caucas results, and what they loved from the past week.
Writing About Race

53:06 | Jan 28th, 2016

Most of the publishing industry is white. We talk with authors and writers of color about how the whiteness of publishing impacts what books get written, read, bought, and banned.
Backtalk: #OscarsSoWhite and Serial

37:05 | Jan 22nd, 2016

Hollywood, your systemic discrimination is showing. Sarah and Amy talk about the way the Oscars shows how the film industry blocks out women and people of color, then chat about the new season of Serial.
Nostalgia TV

58:36 | Jan 15th, 2016

The '90s are having a moment. We talk Sailor Moon, The X-Files, Saved By the Bell, and Golden Girls. Plus: what was the Spice Girls' whole "girl power" thing about, really?
Backtalk: Bill Cosby & Tamir Rice

32:24 | Jan 7th, 2016

What if we had documentaries like "Making a Murderer" for people like Tamir Rice and Sandra Bland?
Favorite Pop Culture from 2015

1:06:48 | Dec 31st, 2015

We talk to the many contributors, guests, and writers for Bitch Media about their favorite pop culture things in 2015, from books & music to politics & government.
Backtalk: Reflections on 2015

29:14 | Dec 24th, 2015

Amy and Sarah look back on their favorite pop culture moments from 2015 and share the lessons they learned.
Growing Up Immigrant

1:33:25 | Dec 17th, 2015

Stories of children of immigrants are rarely seen in our pop culture. We share personal stories of growing up in immigrant families from a poet, linguist, filmmaker, activist, and journalist.
Backtalk: Jessica Jones and Trump's Bigotry

34:13 | Dec 11th, 2015

Amy and Sarah sounds off about the racism of Donald Trump and his supporters, plus we explore the new Netflix series Jessica Jones.
Space Explorers

52:14 | Dec 4th, 2015

The forgotten histories of women who were a crucial space travel, from crunching numbers for NASA to training as astronauts. Plus: We discuss the women who want to go to Mars.
Backtalk: Women in Hollywood & Holiday Self-Care

38:07 | Nov 25th, 2015

Tips for taking care of yourself while navigating family and friends, plus thoughts on discrimination against female filmmakers.
Favorite Nerds

47:49 | Nov 20th, 2015

Comics writer Kelly Sue DeConnick helps us celebrate the release of our Nerds print issue, plus we hear a perspective on being a Black nerd, love for Ms. Marvel, and more.
Backtalk: Police Sexual Assaults & Transphobia

32:36 | Nov 12th, 2015

Amy and Sarah discuss the Daniel Holtzclaw case and the transphobia that led to the repeal of Houston's equal rights ordinance. Plus: Major love for Aziz Ansari's new show.
Fandom

1:03:23 | Nov 6th, 2015

Fans are a powerful cultural force. On this episode, we talk about the Notorious RBG phenomena, discuss what it means to be a video game fan, explore the intergalactic origins of queer fanfiction, and talk with CHVRCHES frontwoman Lauren Mayberry.
Backtalk: Police in Classrooms & Halloween Costumes

32:59 | Oct 30th, 2015

The brutal treatment of a student at Spring Valley High points to a pattern of over-punishment of Black students. Plus, Sarah and Amy discuss what not to wear on Halloween and declare their love for How to Get Away With Murder.
Fear

52:19 | Oct 23rd, 2015

What are we afraid of? We explore what horror films say about queer women and domestic violence and comedian Jenny Yang explains how to use fear to be creative.
Backtalk: Suffragette Shirts & Fall TV

40:16 | Oct 16th, 2015

Amy sounds the white feminism siren on a controversial t-shirt campaign and we dish on exciting female-centric TV shows.
Race, Gender, and Cannabis

31:45 | Oct 13th, 2015

Who's left out of the multi-billion dollar marijuana industry?
Backtalk: Planned Parenthood Drama & White Feminism

34:18 | Oct 1st, 2015

Amy's "white feminist" siren goes off thanks when author Erica Jong starts talking about race. Sarah notes that Planned Parenthood has a higher approval rating than Congress.
Why We Love Sports

1:04:38 | Sep 25th, 2015

Feminist sports fans talk football, tennis, soccer, and the Cubs.
Backtalk: Matt Damon on Diversity & A Fake Asian Poet

31:48 | Sep 17th, 2015

Amy and Sarah discuss today's show theme: "clueless white guys."
Blood & Guts

30:32 | Sep 11th, 2015

Three stories on the reality of bodies: barriers to transgender-friendly healthcare, an examination of abortion in films and TV, and some love for surreal British artist FKA twigs.