I was born in 1986 and feel like I'm clueless about basically all music from around the mid-'70s to the mid-'90s. For this mix, I asked my friends to tell me all the music from that era I should know about but don't.
Together with many millions of listeners, I followed along intently as Sarah Koenig crafted a story around the investigation of Hae Min Lee's murder and the conviction of Adnan Syed on the podcast Serial.
If you’ve been paying any attention to the news, you know that the last few months have been a hard time to be a geek girl. Media critics and gamers who have spoken up about sexism in the video game industry have been subjected to online harassment that has escalated into death threats. People who care about pop culture and video games—as well as other geeky pursuits like comics and tabletop games—have devoted a ton of emotional energy to dealing with these aggressive haters. So for today’s show, we’re flipping the script. Instead of giving all this nastiness any more of our time and energy, we’re focusing on six women who are doing awesome work to make geek culture better.
We take a trip to a Magic: The Gathering tournament, get a download from hip-hop artist Sammus about how to turning classic video game soundtracks into brand-new beats, hear game designer Elizabeth Sampat break down sexist myths about women in the video game industry, listen to a Destination DIY profile of an artist who lasercuts mobiles of internet memes, and sit down with nerd-rock sister duo The Doubleclicks to talk about making bad news into heart-warming songs.
This episode of Popaganda is sponsored by If Only Cats Could Talk, an experimental film documenting the true story of two all-American cats eager to explore the world beyond domesticated life.
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Before Maryam Mirzakhani became the first woman to win the “Nobel Prize” of mathematics? Before the NBA had any female head coaches? Before Laverne Cox was on the cover of Time, or a girl had thrown the winning pitch of the Little League World Series? Oh yeah—and remember last year, before Cheryl Strayed’s decidedly feminist memoir, Wild, was made into a major motion picture by an industry that is content to ignore the Bechdel test?
This year, it’s impossible to deny the fact that feminism isn’t isolated to women’s studies classes and books on theory anymore.