37 episodes

This London-based podcast, presented and produced by Meera Kumar, prioritises the voices of POC in socially relevant conversations. MK on the Mic was a Finalist in the 'Best Podcast Created/Hosted by a POC' category in the 2020 Discover Pods Awards, and was featured on Great British Podcasts' Favourite Podcasts of 2019 list.

If you enjoy an episode, tag me on IG stories/Twitter and leave a review on Apple Podcasts!

MK on the Mic MK on the Mic

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 35 Ratings

This London-based podcast, presented and produced by Meera Kumar, prioritises the voices of POC in socially relevant conversations. MK on the Mic was a Finalist in the 'Best Podcast Created/Hosted by a POC' category in the 2020 Discover Pods Awards, and was featured on Great British Podcasts' Favourite Podcasts of 2019 list.

If you enjoy an episode, tag me on IG stories/Twitter and leave a review on Apple Podcasts!

    Vaginas & Vulvas with Dr Anita Mitra (aka The Gynae Geek)

    Vaginas & Vulvas with Dr Anita Mitra (aka The Gynae Geek)

    This is Season 4 Episode 6 of MK on the Mic, a podcast dedicated to having conversations relevant to POC communities.

    Dr Anita Mitra (aka The Gynae Geek) and I, Meera Kumar, take you on a tour of the vulva and vagina. I absolutely loved speaking to Anita about a topic we too often shy away from. I hope it entertains you and helps you, if you have any questions please send us a tweet/DM!

    Find time-stamped topics below:
    0:40 About Anita and her job

    03:01 Why do ethnic minority communities avoid seeking medical help?
    05:26 Should we be wearing cotton pants? Do thongs put you at higher risk for infections?
    08:58 What do normal labia look like? What to do if you don’t like how you look down there
    13:02 Hair and grooming
    15:56 Discharge - what is it and what’s normal?
    18:05 Washing your vulva
    19:17 The smell of vulvas/vaginas
    21:30 Pantyliners - is organic really better? How often should you change them? Are they more hygienic?
    22:49 Discharge and staining of underwear
    23:22 Is going commando at night good for your vagina or is that a myth?
    23:55 Vaginal flatulence - are queefs/fanny farts normal? Are they avoidable?
    25:11 What food/activities can change the taste/smell of vaginas?
    27:53 Dry vaginas and lubrication
    33:06 Having sex for pleasure and guilt in ethnic minority communities
    33:40 Pain during sex
    36:39 Cervical screen and the shocking stats of how many women of colour don’t attend
    38:13 Why women of colour aren’t going to screenings
    39:28 The surprisingly easy way you can get cervical cancer
    42:43 Illegal abortion clinics in London
    46:18 How to give your vagina a manual reset
    48:01 About Anita’s book (link below)


    Please share this episode on your IG stories, Twitter etc, and tag me so I can say thank you for listening!

    If you enjoyed this episode please leave a review on the Apple Podcasts app, link:

    https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/mk-on-the-mic/id1247260719

    Meera's socials:

    IG: www.instagram.com/meerakumar
 Twitter: www.twitter.com/meeerakumar

    Podcast socials:
    
Insta: www.instagram.com/mkonthemic
 Twitter: www.twitter.com/emkayonthemic

    Dr Anita Mitra’s socials:
    IG: https://www.instagram.com/gynaegeek
    Website: https://www.gynaegeek.com
    Book: https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-gynae-geek/dr-anita-mitra/9780008305178
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/GynaeGeek

    Thank you to Jake for lending me your voice for the sound effects!

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    • 50 min
    White Fragility and Conversations About Race with Oenone Forbat

    White Fragility and Conversations About Race with Oenone Forbat

    This is Season 4 Episode 5 of MK on the Mic, a podcast dedicated to having conversations relevant to POC communities. Oenone Forbat joined me (Meera Kumar) for a chat about white fragility and how to have conversations about race. Oenone is a comedian, influencer, and fellow podcaster.

    Find time-stamped topics below:
    0:30 When Oenone started engaging in conversations about race
    
2:48 What are the barriers to conversations about race for white people?
    7:40 Talking about race with friends and discomfort

    13:41 Describing people using their race
    
18:17 Fear of being called racist
    
21:20 The effects of white fragility
    22:40 Internalising messages of white superiority
    26:30 Companies and anti-racism
    28:55 White supremacy and talking about whiteness
    33:00 Speaking to family and friends about racism
    35:40 How racism benefits all white people
    39:25 When we first became aware of race
    42:18 Putting anti-racism education into action


    Please share this episode on your IG stories, Twitter etc, and tag me so I can say thank you for listening!

    If you enjoyed this episode please leave a review on the Apple Podcasts app, link: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/mk-on-the-mic/id1247260719

    Meera's socials:


    IG: www.instagram.com/meerakumar
 Twitter: www.twitter.com/meeerakumar
    Podcast:

Insta: www.instagram.com/mkonthemic
 Twitter: www.twitter.com/emkayonthemic

    Oenone’s socials:

    IG: https://www.instagram.com/oenone
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/oenoneforbat
    Podcast: https://oenone.co/podcast

    • 48 min
    Underfuelling and Overtraining with Renee McGregor

    Underfuelling and Overtraining with Renee McGregor

    This is Season 4 Episode 4 of MK on the Mic, a podcast dedicated to having conversations relevant to POC communities.

    I, Meera Kumar, called up Renee McGregor for a chat about underfuelling, overtraining, and eating disorders. Renee is a leading Sports and Eating disorder specialist, who specialises in RED-S, overtraining, eating disorders, and female health.

    Find timestamped topics below:

    1:44 How common are eating disorders?
    3:52 Where does an eating disorder stem from?
    6:55 Recurring eating disorder triggers in men, and how emotions can trigger eating disorders
    11:33 How to stop negative experiences/feelings affecting our relationship with food
    13:50 Adopting sport as an identity
    15:50 Feeling guilt after eating
    18:10 Turning ‘negative’ emotions into something positive, and vulnerability
    21:50 Defining yourself and finding an identity
    24:50 ‘Losing weight makes you faster’ and losing weight to win
    34:40 Symptoms of underfuelling
    37:05 Why you may not look like you have a problem
    38:08 Why the eating disorder stereotype leads to other sufferers being overlooked
    40:48 Resources to help you
    42:22 A lovely story about a baker and some jammy dodgers to help you put things in perspective


    Please share this episode on your IG stories, Twitter etc, and tag me so I can say thank you for listening!

    If you enjoyed this episode please leave a review on the Apple Podcasts app, link:
 https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/mk-on-the-mic/id1247260719

    Meera's socials: 
Insta: www.instagram.com/meerakumar 
Twitter: www.twitter.com/meeerakumar
    Website: https://meera-kumar.wixsite.com/meerakumar

    Podcast socials: 
Insta: www.instagram.com/mkonthemic 
 Twitter: www.twitter.com/emkayonthemic

    Renee’s info:
    IG: https://www.instagram.com/r_mcgregor
    Website: https://reneemcgregor.com/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/mcgregor_renee
    Train Brave Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/trainbrave-podcast/id1528899226

    Renee’s books are amazing, check them out below:
    Training Food, Fast Fuel books. and Orthorexia, When Healthy Eating Goes Bad

    • 50 min
    Police Abolition with Prof. Christian Davenport

    Police Abolition with Prof. Christian Davenport

    This is Season 4 Episode 3 of MK on the Mic, a podcast dedicated to having conversations relevant to POC communities. I am joined by Prof. Christian Davenport, Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan as well as a Faculty Associate at the Center for Political Studies and Research Professor at the Peace Research Institute Oslo. In this episode we dissect police abolition.

    Find timestamped topics below:

    1:16 Why were the police set up in the USA?
    3:16 The type of people who join the police force
    4:50 Why are states finding violent people and bringing them into the fold?
    7:30 Can we just sack all of the police officers?
    8:42 If we take weapons away from the police, what’s stopping people from being violent for the sake of being violent?
    11:06 What keeps society from being violent? Most communities have no interaction with the police.
    15:34 The history of over-policing of the black community.
    18:50 Funding and reallocation of resources.
    20:00 The inequality gap and violent crime.
    25:00 When white cops kill white citizens, why is there no footage or protests?
    29:00 Accountability and justifying shootings.
    37:00 What can we learn from Norway?

    Please share this episode on your IG stories, Twitter etc, and tag me so I can say thank you for listening!

    If you enjoyed this episode please leave a review on the Apple Podcasts app, link:

    podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/mk-o…ic/id1247260719

    Meera's socials: 

    Insta: www.instagram.com/meerakumar 
Twitter: www.twitter.com/meeerakumar

    Podcast: 
Insta: www.instagram.com/mkonthemic 
Twitter: www.twitter.com/emkayonthemic

    Christian’s info:
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/engagedscholar
    Website: christiandavenport.com

    • 40 min
    Skin of Colour with Dr Anjali Mahto

    Skin of Colour with Dr Anjali Mahto

    This is Season 4 Episode 2 of MK on the Mic, a podcast dedicated to having conversations relevant to POC communities. I am joined by Dr Anjali Mahto, Consultant Dermatologist and author of The Skincare Bible. In this episode we dive into skin of colour!

    Find time-stamped topics below:

    1:16 About Dr Anjali Mahto
    2:10 The difference between white skin and brown skin, and characteristics of skin of colour
    6:05 Racial bias during dermatology training
    12:34 The categorisation of skin colour in dermatology
    17:20 Late diagnosis of cancer in POC, and symptoms of more common cancers in skin of colour
    20:40 Common conditions in skin of colour - from scarring to dark patches
    23:14 Normative discontent and placing value in our physical beauty
    28:44 Fear of tanning in South Asian communities. Is there a safe way to tan?
    32:45 Does skin of colour burn?
    34:40 Face mapping - myth or magic?
    37:12 When does changing your diet help your skin?
    42:00 Supplements
    43:40 Popping spots, nose strips, common faux pas, and key parts of a skincare routine
    45:35 Korean skincare routines and Korean skin characteristics


    Please share this episode on your IG stories, Twitter etc, and tag me so I can say thank you for listening!

    If you enjoyed this episode please leave a review on the Apple Podcasts app, link:
    https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/mk-on-the-mic/id1247260719


    Meera's socials:

    Insta: www.instagram.com/meerakumar
    Twitter: www.twitter.com/meeerakumar

    Podcast:

    Insta: www.instagram.com/mkonthemic
 Twitter: www.twitter.com/emkayonthemic

    Anjali’s IG:
    https://www.instagram.com/anjalimahto

    Skincare bible: https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-skincare-bible/dr-anjali-mahto/9780241309100

    Decolonising dermatology article: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/aug/13/decolonising-dermatology-why-black-and-brown-skin-need-better-treatment

    • 50 min
    LGBTQ+ Spaces with Monisha Jackson

    LGBTQ+ Spaces with Monisha Jackson

    This is Season 4 Episode 1 of MK on the Mic, a podcast dedicated to having conversations relevant to POC communities. I am joined by Monisha Jackson, author of the award winning dissertation ‘“I’m Not your SISTA”: Queer Black Women’s Experiences in LGBTQ+ Night-time Spaces’.

    This episode was streamed over 250 times on IGTV

    Find time-stamped topics below:

    1:14 Monisha’s research areas

    2:02 Some background to her award winning research. Exclusion LGBT clubs and coming out

    3:46 Exclusion of queer WOC in LGBTQ+ spaces. Door policies, music etc

    8:05 How LGBTQ+ spaces are structured like larger society. Hetero- and homonormativity. The replication of heterosexual ideals by the LGBTQ+ community

    12.52 Are LGBTQ+ spaces marketed toward heterosexual people?

    18:42 The adoption of Black women’s language and mannerisms by gay white men

    30:30 The relationship between colonial rule and homophobia

    35:10 Looking practices - being stared at, colonialism, power dynamics, human zoos and entitlement to look at Black bodies

    39:15 Decolonising the curriculum at The University of Leeds


    If you enjoyed this episode please leave a review on the Apple Podcasts app, link:
    https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/mk-on-the-mic/id1247260719


    Meera's socials:


    Insta: www.instagram.com/meerakumar
    Twitter: www.twitter.com/meeerakumar

    Podcast:


    Insta: www.instagram.com/mkonthemic

    Twitter: www.twitter.com/emkayonthemic

    Monisha’s socials:
    Insta: www.instagram.com/monishaissano


    A big thank you to Jai and Victoria for lending me their voices for the episode insert.

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
35 Ratings

35 Ratings

Hdbdbnsbhx ,

I love this show!

I’m so proud of myself for discovering this show. Yes - I know credit is actually due to MK but I claim credit for finding it and listening!

The episodes are always thought provoking I catch myself thinking “that’s exactly what I think - how come no one else has said it before?!”

MK’s delivery is vibrant, intelligent and interesting unafraid to question and point out issues that affect society and that we should all be thinking about.

I can’t wait for more!

Junaxd ,

Can’t get enough

MK’s style of delivery and explanation keeps listeners engaged, enthused and coming back for more. I have throughly enjoyed binge listening to everything that’s been uploaded, I hope MK never stops as we need more podcasts like this!

Supernoodlerach ,

Great listen

You are a great host Meera! Loved the diversity of women on your show

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