Yoga is a butt of a lot of jokes in our pop culture—the sexy pants! The downward dog!—but its reach into our society is both deep and powerful: 20.4 million Americans do yoga, 82 percent of whom are women. This show skips the silly stuff and digs deep with yoga teachers and scholars on two big issues in yoga. We talk with yoga researcher Rebecca D'Orsogna and The Science of Yoga author William J. Broad about why yoga gurus keep being involved in sex scandals. Then we discuss yoga's role in nonviolent acitivism with Michael Stone, the director of Toronto's Center of Gravity sanctuary, and how to talk about consent and inclusion in yoga with teacher Christian Slomka.
All that in under 30 minutes! So breathe deeply and tune in!
In this historic week of Supreme Court decisions on marriage equality and the Voting Rights Act, we're thinking a lot about intersections. More than ever, it's clear that making America a more equal union means defending the civil rights of everyone—not benefitting one group of people over another.
This week's Popaganda focuses on those areas of overlapping identity, digging into the framing of race in media with Colorlines.com Senior Editor Jamilah King, talking with transgender ice hockey player Micah Barritt about gender dynamics in athletics, discussing the link between feminsm and biking with author Elly Blue, and exploring the political need for linking immigrant rights and LGBT rights with Basic Rights Oregon racial justice organizer John Joo.
Five million American kids are members of Girl Scouts of the USA and Boy Scouts of America. As the Boy Scouts of America's homophobia has become a national issue, we ask: is scouting still relevant? How can scouting be more inclusive? We talk with two young girl scouts, whip-smart troop leader and foreign affairs expert Alisha Bhagat, take a hike with Portland's alternative scouting troop, and discuss "artisinal manliness."
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.