11 episodes

Do you ever find yourself saying 'YIKES' about things happening in the world? Climate Change, Human Rights and the messiness of everything going on at the moment can be really overwhelming BUT we want to provide a space to chat about these things and find hope in the midst of it all. Follow us on Instagram! @theyikespodcast @mikaelaloach @treesnpeace @finlaymowat
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The YIKES Podcast Mikaela Loach and Jo Becker

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9, 49 Ratings

Do you ever find yourself saying 'YIKES' about things happening in the world? Climate Change, Human Rights and the messiness of everything going on at the moment can be really overwhelming BUT we want to provide a space to chat about these things and find hope in the midst of it all. Follow us on Instagram! @theyikespodcast @mikaelaloach @treesnpeace @finlaymowat
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    EPISODE 11: Mental Health, Refugee Rights and the Privilege of Movement with Hassan Akkad

    EPISODE 11: Mental Health, Refugee Rights and the Privilege of Movement with Hassan Akkad

    Welcome to the last episode of Season 1 of The YIKES Podcast!
    We spoke to the incredible Hassan Akkad, a documentary and film maker, using storytelling as humanising individuals and educating for social change. He shares his insights around refugee mental health, hostile environment politics, and privilege of movement. 
    Hassan's Twitter: https://twitter.com/hassan_akkad?lang=en
    Hassan's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hassanakkad/
    The YIKES Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/theyikespodcast
    The YIKES Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theyikespodcast/
    Mikaela's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mikaelaloach/
    Jo's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/treesnpeace/
    Fin's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/finlaymowat/

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    • 57 min
    EPISODE 10: Periods, Trans Rights and Boundaries with Kenny Ethan Jones

    EPISODE 10: Periods, Trans Rights and Boundaries with Kenny Ethan Jones

    Today we are talking to the wonderful Kenny Ethan Jones. Kenny is a model and activist who advocates for trans rights and inclusivity around periods. He shares his experience in using IG as an education, joy, and resistance tool. We laughed we cried, we had all the feel. Enjoy!
    Kenny's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kennyethanjones
    The YIKES Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/theyikespodcast
    The YIKES Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theyikespodcast/
    Mikaela's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mikaelaloach/
    Jo's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/treesnpeace/
    Fin's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/finlaymowat/

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    • 46 min
    EPISODE 9: Call Out Culture and System Change

    EPISODE 9: Call Out Culture and System Change

    This episode is brought to you by GoClimate - https://www.goclimate.com/
    Jo and Mikaela talk about the importance calling each other out, why this is essential to antiracism work, the "angry black woman" stereotype, systems change and futurism.
    The YIKES Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/theyikespodcast
    The YIKES Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theyikespodcast/
    Mikaela's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mikaelaloach/
    Jo's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/treesnpeace/
    Fin's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/finlaymowat/

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    • 42 min
    EPISODE 8: Beyond White-Environmentalism (feat. Wawa Gatheru)

    EPISODE 8: Beyond White-Environmentalism (feat. Wawa Gatheru)

    In this episode we talk to the wonderful Wawa Gatheru. Wawa is a writer, environmental justice activist and Rhodes scholar, based in the US. We spoke to Wawa about gatekeeping in academia, white supremacy in the climate and evironmental movement, the need for anti-racism and much more. You can find Wawa on Instagram @wawa_gatheru.
    The YIKES Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/theyikespodcast
    The YIKES Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theyikespodcast/
    Mikaela's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mikaelaloach/
    Jo's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/treesnpeace/
    Fin's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/finlaymowat/

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    • 43 min
    EPISODE 7: Black Lives Matter Is More Than a Trend (feat. Leah Thomas and Marie Beecham)

    EPISODE 7: Black Lives Matter Is More Than a Trend (feat. Leah Thomas and Marie Beecham)

    Mikaela talks to Leah Thomas (@greengirlleah) and Marie Beecham (@wastefreemarie) about how the huge influx of followers following the #BlackLivesMatter movement finally being given the attention it deserves feels being black women in the environmentalism space on instagram. We talk about tokenism, intersectionality, accountability, racial trauma, black joy and more. You can find Mikaela on instagram @mikaelaloach and for more content and to support our work, check out The Yikes Podcast on Patreon. Follow @theyikespodcast on instagram for updates and more.
    Artwork by Tolmeia Gregory @tollydollyposh.
    Produced by Finlay Mowat.





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    • 51 min
    EPISODE 6: Toxic positivity & Anti-racism

    EPISODE 6: Toxic positivity & Anti-racism

    Cw: racism & white supremacy
    Today we are chatting about toxic positivity and how a culture of "good vibes only" is build on privilege and upholding white supremacy.
    (we recorded this before the murders of Breanna Taylor, George Floyd and Tony McDade, which is why we only mention Ahmaud Arbery. All of them should still be here!)

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    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
49 Ratings

49 Ratings

Jac277 ,

Wonderful podcast

Great, insightful discussions on really important social & environmental topics.

panda0086 ,

Inspiring & insightful

Just discovered this podcast and loving it! It covers the most important issues facing the world right now in a really engaging and accessible way. Definitely feeling inspired to get more involved in activism.

smckenna912 ,

I’mAddicted!

I love this podcast so much! Mikaela and Jo go into depth about so many important conversations, and really brake it down in a way that we can all understand and learn from!

You both give me so much hope for the future’ Thank you for sharing your knowledge! And also ‘Yikes’ such a great word and podcast title! 💙💙

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