65 episodes

Radicals & Revolutionaries Lab is an intersectional, international, and intergenerational podcast with feminist visionaries. Secrets are had and shared in conversation with revolutionaries and innovators engaged in distinctly unapologetic feminist work. The R&R Lab unearths those nuggets of truth hidden just under the surface, begging to be noticed. We dive deeply into animating questions at the center of our feminist life; exploring the complexity and nuance that emboldens our listeners to engage in new ways of seeing, defining, and being feminists.
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Radicals & Revolutionaries Lab Jillian Foster

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Radicals & Revolutionaries Lab is an intersectional, international, and intergenerational podcast with feminist visionaries. Secrets are had and shared in conversation with revolutionaries and innovators engaged in distinctly unapologetic feminist work. The R&R Lab unearths those nuggets of truth hidden just under the surface, begging to be noticed. We dive deeply into animating questions at the center of our feminist life; exploring the complexity and nuance that emboldens our listeners to engage in new ways of seeing, defining, and being feminists.
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    Liz Kleinrock

    Liz Kleinrock

    This week's revolutionary is Liz Kleinrock, an anti-bias and anti-racist (ABAR) educator. By day she's an elementary school teacher; outside of school hours she holds workshops for adults, is a TED speaker, and founded Teach and Transform.
    We discuss the challenges of unlearning racism, growing up isolated in your own community, and why teaching empathy should start young.
    Some Questions I Ask:
    What does being a teacher mean for you? (0:41)What are some obstacles to teaching ABAR to adults? (4:21)What can you tell us about being a trans-racial adoptee? (10:57)Did you feel equipped, as a child, to handle the conversations around racism that were thrust upon you? (15:07)How do you feel about the way the term “intersectional” is used today? (22:05)What is Teach and Transform? (29:24)What are some challenges around teaching consent? (35:01)
    In This Episode, You Will Learn:
    Why children are easier to teach than adults (3:03)How fear of failure perpetuates racism and white supremacy (6:15)About Liz’s experience growing up and experiencing everyday racism (12:55)The complicated nature of living at the intersection of being Korean and being Jewish (17:49)How being a teacher helped Liz learn to dismantle systems of oppression (26:45)About Liz’s upcoming book (33:42)Why building empathy has to start early (40:18)
    Resources
    Teach and Transform
    Liz's TED Talk
    Follow Liz on Twitter
    Follow Liz on Instagram
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    • 46 min
    Jaclyn Friedman

    Jaclyn Friedman

    This week's radical is Jaclyn Friedman, a feminist activist and writer, whose mantra of "yes means yes" has set the standard for how campuses handle sexual assault. She's written and contributed to a number of books, including Unscrewed, Yes Means Yes, What You Really Really Want, and Believe Me. She also hosts the acclaimed sex podcast Unscrewed.
    We dive into Jaclyn's path from attending temple under the first woman rabbi through to discovering a passion for feminism and justice, her time with IMPACT, how she kept busy during election season, and so much more.
    Some Questions I Ask:
    Tell us about your latest projects? (1:15)Where did your journey to feminism begin? (14:11)Did you grow up in a progressive household? (18:17)How did you become involved with IMPACT? (22:01)What did teaching self-defence to gang-affected youth entail? (26:11)Which came first: Unscrewed the book, or Unscrewed the podcast? (38:37)What defines the era of fauxpowerment? (41:52)
    In This Episode, You Will Learn:
    Why women being treated as legitimate and credible is the next big push (3:17)How the pandemic forced a change of plans for Jaclyn (9:17)The impact of growing up around the first woman ordained as a Rabbi in the modern age (16:40)How growing up an outsider instilled a deep sense of empathy and justice in Jaclyn (19:12)How learning to say “no” gave Jaclyn a desire to learn how to say “yes” (24:29)About sexual liberation and pleasure activism, and why freedom from violence is essential to exploring pleasure (32:02)The questions that led to Jaclyn’s second book, What You Really Really Want (37:05)What Jaclyn wants to see in sex education policies (46:13)
    Resources
    Listen to Unscrewed
    Buy Jaclyn's Books
    Jaclyn's Twitter
    Jaclyn's Instagram
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    • 55 min
    Amelia Hruby

    Amelia Hruby

    This week's revolutionary is Amelia Hruby, author of the recent book Fifty Feminist Mantras and host of the travelling podcast Fifty Feminist States. Hruby is an academic, feminist, and advocate for body positivity and against fatphobia.
    In our conversation, we cover how Hruby found the inspiration to create her mantras, feminist power anthems, the struggles of academia, why the DIY approach is rooted in a strong sense of community, and how taking selfies can teach people to love themselves.
    Some Questions I Ask:
    Can you tell us about your book, Fifty Feminist Mantras? (0:48)How do you come up with your mantras? (3:11)How do you keep a positive attitude in the face of challenges? (11:45)What helped you get through the experience of your PhD program? (22:57)Tell us more about the selfie prompts and groups (34:40)How can people join these groups? (38:39)
    In This Episode, You Will Learn:
    Why feminism has to be an action, and not just an idea, and has to serve a greater community (5:50)Why a DIY approach is not the same as an individualistic one (9:03)About attending a public boarding high school (14:43)How Amelia found a place for herself in feminism (16:23)About Amelia’s dissertation on feminist aesthetics (25:50)Why its important to acknowledge that, as a feminist, lived experience is different from intellectual understanding (30:31)Why taking selfies is a revolutionary act for Amelia (33:34)
    Resources:
    Amelia's Website
    Fifty Feminist States
    Fifty Feminist Mantras
    Amelia's Instagram
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    • 47 min
    Jade Beall

    Jade Beall

    This week's radical is Jade Beall, a Tuscon-based portrait photographer whose photos challenge notions of what a woman's body should or shouldn't be. Her projects center mothers, breast-feeding, and the beauty of aging in ways that defy the male gaze and strive for truthful portrayals over conforming to oppressive standards.
    Our conversation traces Jade's journey from growing up in Mexico, her beginnings in photography, the projects that changed the course of her career forever, and the controversy around portraying natural bodies.
    Some Questions I Ask:
    What can you tell us about your project Wise Bodies, Beautiful Elders? (0:49)Where did it all begin for you? (3:31)How did you happen upon photography? (6:59)How did you move from photographing yourself breastfeeding, to photographing others? (13:01)Do the men in your photographs also struggle with being bare? (24:23)What photographs or subjects were the more meaningful to you? (27:30)
    Some Questions I Ask:
    Why Jade sees being bare as the truest expression of self (2:13)How Jade’s passion for portraiture flourished in her teen days (8:18)How pregnancy and motherhood created a major shift in Jade’s artistic career (9:59)About Jade’s time with the Zapatistas (14:58)About the surprise controversy around openly breast feeding (18:49)How women’s bodies have become acceptable as marketing tools but not as mothers (22:14)Why Jade no longer doctors her photos (26:40)
    Resources:
    Jade's Website
    Jade's Instagram
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    • 36 min
    Jane Willenbring

    Jane Willenbring

    This week's revolutionary is Jane Willenbring, geologist and cast member of the documentary Picture a Scientist. Her career has spanned from the South Pole to the North Pole, and she has risen to prominence for taking a stand against abuses of power in academia.
    In our discussion we cover her beginnings in North Dakota, her first Antarctic expedition, how she continued to carve a path in academia after experiencing sexual harassment in the field, and why she finally came forward when she did. A significant portion of our conversation deals with abuse and sexual harassment, so please listen with care.
    Some Questions I Ask:
    What has transpired since the release of Picture a Scientist? (1:31)
    Did your parents push you towards the hard sciences? (9:00)
    Were your curiosity and your passion for science nurtured at North Dakota State University? (12:07)
    What was the path that led you to Antarctica? (18:11)
    What went down in Antarctica? (22:49)
    What happened in the aftermath of the Antarctic expedition? (33:10)
    Do you have advice for women dealing with workplace sexual harassment? (41:07)
    Do you feel a sense of release about what happened now? (43:55)
    In This Episode, You Will Learn:
    The path that led Jane (eventually) to geology (6:51)
    How Jane became interested in Antarctica (14:10)
    How the question of whether or not to report sexual harassment becomes complicated (20:13)
    How sexual harassers find ways to not get caught (24:36)
    How Jane ended up doing her PhD in Canada (37:18)
    How Jane found the strength to stand up to her abuser (44:15)
    Resources:
    Picture a Scientist (2020)
    Jane's Twitter
    "Growing Up in Science"
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    • 52 min
    Juhu Thukral

    Juhu Thukral

    This week's radical is Juhu Thukral, a lawyer, human rights activist, and serial social justice organizer. She is a founding member of the New York Anti-Trafficking Network and an advocate for the legal rights of sex workers.
    In our conversation we dive into the complex nuances surrounding sex work and human trafficking, the coercive nature of labor, and what it takes to see the mission towards protecting human rights through.
    Some Questions I Ask:
    What are you working on during the pandemic? (0:54)How did you start the New York Anti-Trafficking Network, and what is the intersection between sex work and human trafficking? (6:53)When did you come to the US, and where in the US did you grow up? (17:43)What did you study at Rice University? (21:02)How did the NYC Women’s Salons start? (30:40)How is advocacy is rooted in bravery? (38:55)
    In This Episode, You Will Learn:
    About creating the world’s first legal project around the human rights of sex workers (2:09)Why coercion in labor is bigger than sex work, and exists in the mainstream economy too (9:01)How clients are allies in the fight for the rights of sex workers (13:39)The importance of balancing the big picture with the day-to-day operations (24:08)How Juhu’s early post-law school career led to working with sex workers (27:38)About the origins of Apsara Projects, Juhu’s newest venture 34:29)
    Resources:
    Juhu's Website
    Juhu's Articles for HuffPost
    Juhu on Twitter
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    • 43 min

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