My name is Upasna Barath and I'm the host of Don't Butcher It, an intersectional self-help podcast for the person who always feels like the underdog. On this podcast, I share my experiences - lessons I've learned, mistakes I've made, and moments that have impacted me most - and interview one-of-a-kind guests - artists, leaders, and game-changers. With self-help tips and life-changing ideas, I hope to inspire you to discover, understand, and embrace who you are. Learn more about me at upasnabarath.com. Podcast art by Madeleine Welsch. Music by Kahlil Irfan Hanafi.
To Be a Person on The Internet (with Tavi Gevinson)
Upasna talks with writer, actress, and founder of Rookie Mag Tavi Gevinson (she/her) about her motivation behind the Life Skills by Rookie podcast, Gossip Girl and her perspective on reboots, cancel and call-out culture, her relationship with social media, and how her friendships have evolved. Tavi also shares insightful advice for writers and creatives.
You've Got No Context
In this episode, Upasna explains context collapse and its relationship with self-diagnosing through social media.
Don't Look Back (with Willis Weinstein)
Upasna talks to Willis Weinstein (she/her), a gender fluid actor, director, and writer from Chicago, Illinois. They talk about her short film solvitur tondendo, empowering others through creating art, how they deal with self-doubt, and more. You can follow Willis on Instagram, @willisweinstein.
You're Not An Imposter! (with Kelsey J. Barnes)
Upasna talks to Kelsey J. Barnes - longtime internet friend and music and culture writer - about imposter syndrome, the impact of romantic relationships on your sense of self, how we choose to post on social media, and stalking crushes. You can follow Kelsey on Twitter and on Instagram, @kelseyjbarnes.
Know Your Boundaries
Upasna talks about why boundaries are important and shares her experience with boundaries (aka not having them for most of her life). She also gives an overview of how you can establish and maintain your boundaries. The Vice article: "Therapists and Fans are Turning Against Instagram's 'Holistic Psychologist'" by Katie Way.
Unbury Yourself (With Jina Ballenger)
Upasna talks to multi-hyphenate Jina Ballenger (she/her) of Chicago Hip-Hop/R&B duo ConSoul. Jina shares advice on how to let your art evolve, how to deal with failure, how to move on when you're stuck on a project, and more. You can follow Jina on Instagram (@theejinabee), check out ConSoul on your streaming platform of choice, follow ConSoul on Instagram (@consoul2), and give ConSoul a 'Like' on Facebook!
Appreciation from Russia :)
This show is particularly special to me because it is done by an incredible woman I actually got to know personally! Upasna Barath, the creator of “Don’t Butcher It”, and I went to the same college and I also had a chance to observe her take on multiple leadership opportunities and just be an overall badass. Through listening to her show, though, I got yet another confirmation that being a badass and being vulnerable go hand in hand.
She also brings on amazing guests and takes on really important topics to do with mental health, justice of all sorts, identity and many others. On her last episode her beautiful mom, Rajini, shared her life story and what a beautiful conversation that was.
Please check out “Don’t Butcher It” and show Upasna much deserved appreciation.