Nerds are the kings of our culture these days—but what is a nerd, exactly, and who gets to call themselves one? This show digs into gender, race, and nerdery with an organizer of GeekGirlCon, comedy nerd Phoebe Robinson, music nerd turned Yale lecturer Allyson McCabe, and (of course!) a rigorous discussion of feminism in Star Trek with two hardcore Trekkies. Listen in!
Feast on feminist art and food politics! The first course of this Popaganda episode savors artist Judy Chicago's influential work The Dinner Party with author Jane Gerhard, then gets a taste of modern feminist art with Cliteracy artist Sophia Wallace. Then we mix things up and head to Colombia for a story from a Passover meal among refugees, toss in a discussion about Gwenyth Paltrow's cookbook, and dish on food memories and the perfect dinner party with beloved vegan chef Isa Chandra Moskowitz.
We all have words we love and words we hate. On this episode of Popaganda, we dig into those words we just can't stand, from "moist" to "exotic." In addition to ragging on words submitted by readers and friends, we discuss language with New York Times Magazine columnist Lizzie Skurnick, Northeastern Professor Sarah Jackson, and political cartoonist Matt Bors.
The best stories are the juicy ones. This episode of our feminist pop culture podcast is all about pulp (timely, right?). We talk with best-selling thriller writer Chelsea Cain about how her pregnancy inspired her to get started writing gory stories and she reads us a horrific short story about a hungry zombie baby. Then, we feature a sneak-peek excerpt from Monica Nolan's new lesbian erotica pulp, Maxine Mainwearing: Lesbian Dilettante. Finally, we talk with everyone's favorite mystery writer Laura Lippman about love, money, and reality television.
Our Popaganda relaunch kicks off with a bang: This episode digs into issues of monogamy. We tend to take monogamy for granted as a goal of relationships, but that's in part because it's an idea that been carefully constructed and policed throughout history. On this 20-minute episode, author of Sex and Punishment Eric Berkowitz explains the strange legal history of monogamy, writer Alex Borinsky discusses the role of monogamy as a political tool in the same-sex marriage debate, and sex educator Tristan Taormino dishes on the logistics of open relationships. Tune in!
This episode of Popaganda is sponsored by She Bop!
Here's the latest Shortstacks podcast from Audio Smut! Taking a ride share back to New York City from a media conference in Detroit, Mitra from Audio Smut met Famous. Famous moved to New York City's Lower East Side in the early '90s and built a home, literally. She was one of a few hundred people who reclaimed and revived the urban landscape of the Lower East Side. She was a squatter. In this Shortstack we hope to dispell myths about squatting and portray how radically the Lower East Side has changed.
A special thanks to our friend Famous for telling her story. For more information about NYC's anti-gentrification movements check out the website for the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space.
Here's the latest Shortstacks podcast from our friends at Audio Smut!
In this shortstack, we look at the bio-chemistry of gender. Pop science consistently refers to estrogen and testosterone as the sources of masculine and feminine traits. Do high testosterone levels cause more stereotypically male behavior? Does estrogen generate a surplus of emotion? We speak with Dr Cary Costello and a friend of ours doing hormone treatment to unpack the stereotypes and get at the heart of the issue.
Transcript and more after the jump.
As you may have noticed, Bitch Radio has been on a brief hiatus. Have no fear though, feast your ears on another episode of Shortstacks, a collaboration with our friends from Audio Smut!
This episode takes a closer look at the internet backlash against the "reply girls" of YouTube. Here's what Audio Smut has to say:
Bitch magazine's latest issue explores our society's changing notions of fame and fortune. In this short, we deconstruct the hype around "reply girls." Reply girls are women on Youtube who reply to trending videos with a thumbnail image of their breasts as a way to capitalize on the high view counts. The internet backlash is appalling, and the rhetoric in the media skirts what the issue is: run-of-the-mill spam. We look into how and why this is happening.
A special thanks to our guest experts Tony and Eric (@eric_neuman) along with all the amazing YouTubers out there on the internet!