6 Podcast Episodes to Get you Ready for The Women’s March on Washington


1. Hidden Brain, Episode 48: Men:44, Women: 0

Host Shankar Vedantam uses storytelling and science to uncover what exactly is driving human behavior. In this episode, he reveals some disturbing research that shows people’s unconscious and conscious biases affects women in leadership positions.

“What we have found consistently is that when we present women and men with exactly the same credentials, qualifications, and backgrounds, for a job that is traditionally male, we consistently find that the women is seen as more incompetent than the man….Well, the research that I’ve done has shown, that when women are truly successful in areas where they’re not expected to be, there’s a very negative reaction. There’s disapproval, and they are penalized, they’re disliked, but they’re also seen as really almost awful depictions of what kind of people they are. Words like bitter and quarrelsome, selfish and deceitful, devious and manipulative and cold, these are words that are attributed to these women who are successful where they are not “supposed” to be. We have terms for these people, “ice-queen”, “dragon lady”, and “iron maiden””



2. Gen Pop, Ep 2: 4th of July Sparkler vs. Nuclear Missile

Were you one of the 2.5 million viewers who turned in to watch Sansa Stark get raped on Game of Thrones? This episode of Gen Pop explores television and film’s use of sexual assault as a storytelling device. They break down exactly what it was that people got so upset over in the GoT episode, other shows and movies that also handle sexual assaults inappropriately, and compare these instances with some shows that give these kinds of assaults the gravity and attention they deserve.

Their episode was inspired by this Variety article “The Progress and Pitfalls of Television’s Treatment of Rape” by Maureen Ryan: http://variety.com/2016/tv/features/rape-tv-television-sweet-vicious-jessica-jones-game-of-thrones-1201934910/


3. Stuff You Missed In History Class, The Women of Bauhaus 

As an Architecture School Grad, the Bauhaus School was taught to me as a profoundly  influential utopian institution that had a major impact on arts and architecture. What was not a focus of my syllabus was the inherent sexism in the program and the schools founder, famous architect Walter Gropius.

“When the Bauhaus first began it actually had more women than men. The proclamation of the Bauhaus, which you’ll also sometimes see referred to as the Bauhaus manifesto of 1919, clearly stated that the school would welcome “Any person of good repute, without regard to age or sex.” And while Walter Gropius openly declared that there would be equality of the sexes at the school, and women were certainly admitted, the reality was a great deal more complex. After taking the same initial course in Bauhaus theory as the men, the women of the school were strongly encouraged into the textile and ceramics workshops. Gropius is said to have believed that women thought in 2 dimensions, making them more natural students of textile design, where as men could handle 3 dimensional thinking, and were encouraged to do the other available workshops.”


4. Death, Sex, + Money, Inside Planned Parenthood

Host Anna Sale interviews patients, protestors, and staff of Planned Parenthood.

“Why did you first come here when you were 16?”

“Everybody was just talking about sex…my mother used to talk about sex too, saying “you gotta get yourself checked out, you don’t want to be having sex, all these people are dirty…” and I didn’t really know what she meant by that. So I just came here and they explained sex to me, and the diseases, and the outbreaks, and just to be careful and to use condoms and birth control, everybody was so nice and no matter what questions it is, no question is too dumb or too silly.”


5. Ted Radio Hour, Disruptive Leadership

Specifically in this episode is the presentation by Sheryl Sandberg, the CEOO of Facebook, called How Do We Cultivate Women Leaders?

“As I’ve gone around talking about Lean In, my book, I like to ask audiences questions, and I’ll ask “Please raise your hands if as a boy you were ever called ‘bossy'”. No Hands. “If you’re a girl or a women, please raise your hand if as a girl you were called bossy”. All the hands go up. So when men lead they are acting in accordance with our stereotypical views of them, and we applaud it. When girls lead on the playground, they’re called bossy, when women lead in the workforce, they’re called too aggressive.”



6. Women of the Hour, Choice: Season 2, Episode 5

I’m a really big Lena Dunham fan and her podcast episodes are always thoughtful, poignant, and funny. In this episode she interviews women about the stigmas of abortion and breast-feeding, among other things.

“From a very young age my mother taught me and my younger sibling to say “anti-choice” instead “pro-life” because she wanted to make sure we knew that everyone is pro-life, some people are anti-choice. It can be shocking to know that we are still fighting for the same rights that our mothers, grandmothers, and great-grandmothers, battled to give to us. But we are, and 2017 is going to be a really complicated year for women who want control over their own bodies. We are going to see increasing restrictions on our rights, which we have to be vigilant about.”


BONUS PODCAST: Reply All, #41 What It Looks Like 

As a bonus, I wanted to include a segment called Yes Yes No that is in the second half of this episode of Reply AllIt is a little hard to follow, but ultimately they are breaking down one incident of abuse of a women on the internet called #gamergate.

“They’ve made pictures of video game characters raping her, they have put her personal information out on the internet, she’s had to like go to the FBI with all of the threats she’s getting, and just a couple weeks ago, there was this UN panel on how terrible being on the internet for a woman is, and two of the people who were asked to speak at this panel were Anita Sarkeesian and Zoe Quinn.”


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