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Refinery 29's Elisa Kreisinger talks to today's culture makers and rule breakers to solve the mysteries behind our modern popular culture. Are the creative entrepreneurs we see across social media with a ton of followers making any money? What does our obsession with HGTV say about America? How can Taylor Swift sell squad goals after she's put women down? Why do we discount young women but embrace "early adopters"? This award winning podcast is back for season two starting July 10.
||CleanWhy Male Bosses Don't Get It||You #LeanIn. You #AskForMore. You #SideHustle. Yet you still feel like an imposter, even though you're pretty sure you know more than your male boss. How do you survive being manterrupted, passed over, and side-eyed at work when even Senator Kamala Harris and Arianna Huffington have to put up with it at the office? Elisa talks to “Feminist Fight Club” author and New York Times journalist, Jessica Bennett about how to combat subtle sexism and why being a bitch is A-OK. Director and Head of Product at Wirecutter and feminist husband David Bloom provides a male bosses perspective. Bennett's book is now out in paperback. This is our last episode of the season. *crying emoji* We’d love to come back for a season 3! Tweet at my boss @Emmerschmidt and @refinery29 and let them know you want one too! You can follow Elisa on Twitter (@popcultpirate) and Instagram (@popculturepirate) in the meantime.||9/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBonus: A Conversation with Aubrey Plaza||Elisa talks with comedian and actress Aubrey Plaza about her latest film and how Instagram has influenced her in new role and in real life. This conversation was recorded in front of a live audience after the LA screening of Plaza's latest film, "Ingrid Goes West".||9/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhen Your Pop Culture Doesn't Match Your Politics||What do you do when you love the beat but the lyrics aren't quite....liberating? If you're ashamed of your music choices, don't be. Elisa talks with "Trainwreck: The Women We Love to Hate, Mock, and Fear and Why" author Sady Doyle and "Call Your Girlfriend" podcast host Aminatou Sow about enjoying popular culture in a problematic culture. This is our second to last episode for season 2! We'd love to come back for another season if you'll have us. Let us know by tweeting at my boss @Emmerschmidt and @refinery29.||9/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy Are We Still Not Happy?||The main consumer of self-help products in the US are women living in coastal cities. So how have decades of encouragement to find "our best selves" and "live our best lives" affected us? And why are we still looking for happiness in self help books when the world’s happiest countries don’t sell many of them? Elisa talks with lawyer-turned-journalist Jill Filipovic about her new book, The H-Spot: The Feminist Pursuit of Happiness. In it, Filipovic suggests that our biggest roadblocks could be toppled by a feminism and politics that focus on a woman’s happiness and pleasure.||8/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow HGTV Explains America||HGTV is known for its unique audience that intersects millennials, feminists, queers, conservatives and Christians. That’s because the one thing we can all agree on is homeownership. But while HGTV’s homeowner-focused programming unites us, it also plays a role in dividing us. Elisa talks with “No Place Like Home” author and Georgetown professor, Brian J. McCabe to get to the bottom of how and why HGTV explains America.||8/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSelling Squad Goals||Can you sell female friendship after you've put women down? Who did Taylor Swift vote for? Did she vote? Why does she represent our general distrust in well-intentioned white women? Elisa talks to "Stuff Mom Never Told You" podcast host Bridget Todd and BuzzFeed's senior culture writer Anne Helen Petersen to track the evolution of Taylor Swift from putting women down to embracing them. Petersen's book,"Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman" can be found wherever you get your books.||8/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTeenage Girls Are Magic||Historically young women have set trends: the Beatles, Instagram and Snapchat just to name a few. But these are always discounted as silly, cute, or frivolous. Why do we discount young women but embrace "early adopters"? Elisa talks to Muhlenberg College professor Dr. Francesca Coppa and New York Times journalist Amanda Hess to unpack how teenage girls have all the power in the world and at the same time, no power at all.||8/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLittle White Lie||How do we come to terms with the lies our families tell us? Are we really an extension of our parents? How do we define our identities if we aren't? This week’s episode is dedicated to finding personal truth, inspired by the film "Little White Lie" by director Lacey Schwartz. The film is a personal documentary about the legacy of family secrets, denial, and the power of telling the truth. Schwartz was accepted to college as a Black student, a decision based solely on a photo she submitted with her application. Lacey didn’t openly acknowledge her black identity with her white family until her biological father's death forced her to confront her mother about the past. Elisa talks with Lacey about family secretes, dual identities and the power of being honest with yourself and those around you.||7/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPlease Exit Through the Feminist Gift Shop||Hold onto your pussy hats. Tuck in your Future is Female T-shirts. We are doing a deep dive into the buying and selling of feminism! Beyonce, Emma Watson and Taylor Swift have all come out as feminists while feminist themes sell everything from wireless plans to cigarettes. Are these empty signifiers of "empowerment" or are they helpful reminders that women are actually human? What happens when shopping becomes a political act? Elisa talks to "We Were Feminists Once" author Andi Zeisler about the mainstreaming of feminism and what it means, if anything, for us.||7/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy the F*$% Are We Still Having Kids?||Having kids seems like the worst career move a woman could make: the US lacks paid parental leave, working moms are less likely to be hired and when they are, they make 4-6% less than women without kids. The motherhood penalty is real. But don't worry, what's lacking in social and political support is made up for in platitudes. After all, it's still the "most important job". Elisa talks to sociologist Dr. Kathleen Gerson, Senators Gellibrand and Heitkamp and "Why Have Kids" author Jessica Valenti to ask: why are we still doing this?||7/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBONUS: Too good to cut with Ashley Ford||There was so much in Elisa's interview with Ashely Ford that we couldn’t let it go to waste. Here’s their full conversation on Ashely's love of Roxanne Gay, her best full time job and how her mentee mindset failed her.||7/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFamous on the Internet, Broke IRL||Welcome to Season 2! The creative entrepreneurs we see across social media may have a ton of followers but are they making any money? Should they? How do you maintain your creativity while still supporting yourself? Is selling out such a bad thing? Elisa talks to popular YouTuber and podcaster Gaby Dunn, "Art Thinking" author Amy Whitaker and senior features writer-with-a-huge-following, Ashely C Ford to get answers to these age-old questions.||7/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCelebrity (Activist) Industrial Complex: SOLH @ SxSW||Who's woke and who's just an opportunist trying to stay relevant? How can we tell and where's the line? And who did Taylor Swift vote for? It's our 1 year anniversary and to celebrate, we are airing Elisa's conversation with Medium's Bridget Todd, NPR's Glen Weldon and BuzzFeed's Anne Helen Petersen about celebrity culture and activism at this year's SxSW. Season 2 returns on July 10.||5/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSurviving a Post-Election Thanksgiving: Easing out of the bubble||This election opened deep-seated wounds in ourselves and our country. Add family and the holidays to that open wound and it can be a recipe for disaster. Elisa Kreisinger talks to "Man Enough" author and pioneer of gender violence prevention education in sports culture and the military, Jackson Katz to unpack WTF happened two weeks ago and how we can proceed sharing a table with people whose strong opinions aren't so loosely held. Also, who are the women who voted for Trump? Glad you asked. Elisa talks to two who explain their perspectives in an effort to ease us out of our collective bubble.||11/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLipstick Isn't a Sign of a Declining Mind||Fashion is often dismissed as frivolous, superficial, shallow, and in the age of global warming, even irresponsible. Yet when we look in the mirror, we still want our outside to reflect what's inside. Refinery29's co-founder Christene Barberich talks about how clothing connects us when you find your style, you find yourself.||7/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChildish Games||How far would you go to be a kid again? And why do we miss the 90s so much? Our special report on nostalgia dives into what Dream Phone taught us about dating and why some memories aren't worth reliving. This is our second to last episode of this season. Next week will be our final episode.||7/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFaith Filled Feminist||How do you negotiate feminism and faith? Linda Sarsour talks about being a Muslim feminist and how the two aren't mutually exclusive.||6/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNo Shame In A Selfie||Selfies were responsible for more deaths in 2015 than shark attacks. And 75% of those deaths were men. So why are selfies seen as an inherently narcissistic, overly feminine activity, and generally met with disgust? Can you find yourself in a selfie? Amy Jones, a therapist who knows Elisa very, very well weighs in.||6/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPicking Up A Pick Up Artist||Angela Washko is a feminist artist who tried to find common ground with the internet's most infamous misogynist. To say they occupy different corners of the world would be an understatement. How do you find commonality with someone who is the antithesis to your beliefs? And if you needed another reason to love Denmark, we have one.||6/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShiny Happy People||Is virality a science or a spiritual connection? And what role do women play it? Leading virality scholar and Wharton associate professor Katherine Milkman, PhD, and Soul Pancake’s Correy Stoner O'Neal offer two different perspectives. Does positivity go viral because we want to seem like good people or because we actually are?||6/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWorst Place To Be A Woman||Michelle Byrom was on death row for 15 years. Hours before her execution, her conviction was overturned. Refinery 29’s Vanessa Golembeski talked with Byrom weeks after her release and questions the bias baked into a system that’s supposed to protect women.||5/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJust Shut Up||Vocal fry. Upspeak. Overuse of qualifiers — it seems like we can’t open our mouths without being criticized. Elisa Kreisinger talks to public radio journalist Sally Herships and politics writer Amanda Marcotte and asks: If a woman is saying something intelligent and all you hear is the way it’s being said, is that her problem or yours?||5/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInstagram Insecurities||Women are now more likely than men to have bachelor's degrees. And childless women in their 20s currently out-earn men. So why are our Instagram feeds filled with images of date nights, engagement rings, cat eyes, cupcakes, and waist-trainers? Are we becoming Betty Draper 2.0, or are we using the illusion of perfection to escape the reality that relationships are hard? New York Times Journalist Hannah Seligson and Stone Fox Bride founder Molly Guy weigh in.||5/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Kardashian Industrial Komplex||Sales are down on magazine covers that bear their faces. Ratings are low on their reality tv show. Seemingly no one cares about the Kardashians. So why are they everywhere, including our site? Ann Helen Peterson has a her Phd in celebrity and explains and digs into the role celebrity plays in post modern american popular culture.||5/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Preview||Here's a preview of what to expect this season!||4/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Rounded, well spoken, and entertaining. Oh, and self aware.
Breath of Fresh Air
Just listened to the K fam episode and it was well done. Anne Helen Peterson is so insightful--I've been reading her historical celebrity analyses for a while and I appreciate you bringing her into this podcast. I look forward to next week's episode!
Really enjoyed the first episode and looking forward to more from my favorite site, Refinery29.