Fikri’s Team Pick:
Do you have a mind-numbing hour-long commute to work you’re desperate to make better? Not me! I quit my internship last week and am now revelling in my first and final month of summer break. Whether you’re squeezed between men taking up too much space or lying in bed with your adorable girlfriend who’s playing Fallen London, Bitch’s Popaganda feminist podcasts are probably relevant to your interests.
Twice every month, Bitch explores feminist responses to pop culture with invited guests. The series has been going on (non-continuously) since 2009 but caught my attention this week because the latest episode “Wired” deals with tech and small humans.
How are we wired? This episode talks with tech expert Ashe Dryden about why tech industries lose out when they’re boys clubs, Code for America fellow Serena Wales talks about grassroots programming, and the mothers behind Stealing Time magazine and GenderMom discuss whether gendered behaviors are hardwired in kids.
All in a fascinating 40 minutes!
Recent topics range from “Scouts” to “Intersections” to “Words We Hate” (particularly “moist,” which is apparently a thing everyone except me has feelings about). Listening to the LSE’s public lecture podcasts broke my brain every day on the way to work, so I wish I’d discovered these earlier: they’re not too heavy on content but still informative, bring in different perspectives, and most importantly, are the kind of thing you can process even before your first caffeine hit of the day.