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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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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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    Luann Algoso

    Luann Algoso

    This week’s revolutionary is Luann Algoso, a cultural worker, digital strategist for the #MeToo movement, and creator of the web series Gabby Antonio Smashes the Imperialist, White Supremacist, Capitalist Patriarchy! (or Gabby Smashes, for short).
    As we chat we cover topics from how #MeToo grew from a hashtag to a genuine movement, the struggles of finding a sense of identity, and channeling professional frustrations into art.
    Some Questions I Ask:
    What kind of work are you doing with #MeToo? (1:04)How do you develop an online presence around something that is so sensitive? (5:22)What is Gabby Smashes? (7:34)Where did you grow up? (11:58)How do the performing arts factor into your work? (19:38)What is the process of bringing a passion project to life? (23:51)Where does Gabby Smashes currently stand? (29:51)
    In This Episode, You Will Learn:
    About the new programs being launched within #MeToo (3:28)How Luann’s experiences as a cultural worker led to the creation of Gabby Smashes (8:18)Luann’s struggle with questions of identity as a Filipino woman (13:23)How an experience in conflict mediation helped Luann find her place in Asian-American communities (15:49)The challenges of creating a web series on a small budget, and the lessons learned (22:28)
    Resources:
    Brown Girl Decolonized (Luann’s Official Website)
    Follow Luann on Instagram and Twitter
    Gabby Antonio Smashes the Imperialist, White Supremacist, Capitalist Patriarchy!
    Follow Gabby Smashes on Instagram and Twitter

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    • 32 min
    Linda Kay Klein

    Linda Kay Klein

    This week’s radical is Linda Kay Klein, author of the memoir Pure: Inside the Evangelical Movement That Shamed a Generation of Young Women and How I Broke Free, and founder of the nonprofit Break Free Together, which helps people who have left the purity movement to find closure and a sense of community by sharing their stories with others.
    Over the course of our conversation, we discuss what purity is, how it impacted a generation of women (and men), the path that led Linda to a new understanding of the world, and how she’s worked to help others find the same healing she has.
    Some Questions I Ask:
    What was the spark for your book, Pure? (1:21)What does it mean to be expected to go from no sexual contact whatsoever, to being hypersexual? (13:32)Tell me about your nonprofit, Break Free Together (16:44)What brought your family into the Evangelical church? (27:41)What led to you leaving the church? (34:15)What was the path that led you to New York? (41:29)How did your parents handle your shift away from the purity movement? (44:14)
    In This Episode, You Will Learn:
    The rise and fall (and transformation) of the purity movement (4:12)What purity culture entails (6:17)How pornography (poorly) fills the void left by the absence of meaningful sex education (16:04)How the everyday practice of purity culture is traumatizing to those who experience it (20:44)The factors that made the purity movement so successful (32:54)The events that started to chip away at the narrative of purity for Linda (36:36)How Linda coped with her mother’s fear that she would go to Hell (45:38)How the language around purity is shifting and becoming more insidious (48:47)
    Resources:
    Linda’s Website
    Buy Pure
    Break Free Together
    Follow Linda on Twitter and Instagram

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    • 56 min
    Allison Behringer

    Allison Behringer

    This week’s revolutionary is Allison Behringer, creator and host of the podcast Bodies. Allison’s work revolves around exploring medical mysteries through a feminist lens and helping people tell their stories.
    Our conversation covers Allison’s own medical mystery, how she found herself sharing people’s stories through documentary podcast-making, how her family feels about the word “feminist,” and much more.
    Some Questions I Ask:
    What is Bodies? What was the motivation behind it? (0:50)Do you have a favorite episode of Bodies? (9:07)Where did your story begin? (13:45)How has making this show been a growing experience for you and your mother? (16:47)How did you choose sociology to study What have you drawn into Bodies from your studies? (20:00)How do you balance the need to create with the need to promote yourself? (28:45)
    In This Episode, You Will Learn:
    The medical condition that changed Allison’s trajectory in life (2:14)How Allison sharing her story inspired other people to come forward (6:28)Allison’s mom’s reaction to the word “feminist” (15:12)The journey that led towards documentary podcast-making (23:08)The challenge of continuing to create during the pandemic (31:50)Allison’s imagined feminist future (38:04)
    Resources:
    Listen to Bodies
    Follow Bodies on Twitter and Instagram
    Follow Allison on Twitter and Instagram

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    • 40 min
    Jamia Wilson

    Jamia Wilson

    This week’s radical is Jamia Wilson, writer, activist, speaker, and the new Executive Editor at Random House. She’s the former director of the Feminist Press at City University of New York, and her works include Young, Gifted, and Black, Big Ideas for Young Readers, and Step into Your Power.
    In our conversation we cover the complex dynamics of race vs. nationality, why it’s important to expose children to big ideas early, the power of storytelling, and more.
    Some Questions I Ask:
    What are you working on right now? What does this new role with Random House mean? (0:45)How does this new position empower you to open doors for others? (2:47)What brought you to Saudi Arabia? (13:08)When did you come back to the U.S.? (16:59)How did you choose American University? (24:46)How has your religious upbringing intersected with your story? (34:35)Has there ever been a time when you wanted to quit? (47:37)
    In This Episode, You Will Learn:
    Why helping to shape the cultural landscape excites Jamia (3:33)What kinds of books Jamia writes—and how they affect her (7:20)The real reason representation matters (11:23)How Jamia came to embrace the identity of being an expat (14:57)How Jamia navigated life in the Middle East as a Black American (18:54)Jamia’s surreal NYU experience (31:43)Why Jamia puts the collective above the self in her work (44:13)What Jamia’s imagined future entails (51:33)
    Resources:
    Follow Jamia on Twitter and Instagram
    Jamia’s Website
    Buy Jamia’s Books

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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Dázon Dixon Diallo

    Dázon Dixon Diallo

    This week’s radical is Dázon Dixon Diallo, founder of SisterLove, a pioneering organization focusing on women’s sexual health and reproductive justice with a special focus on HIV advocacy for women.
    We discuss Dázon’s roots in Peach County as the child of scientists, her early brushes with political activism, and how the HIV/AIDS pandemic—and how women were overlooked during the early days—has shaped her career.
    Some Questions I ask:
    What are you currently working on? (0:56)What does being “a unique and proud product of the Deep South” mean for you? (7:12)Did your parents’ careers plant the seed for your work in reproductive justice? (19:07)What does it mean to be HIV-affected? (25:09)Did you feel called to the urgency of the HIV/AIDS epidemic when you founded SisterLove in 1989? (27:38)Is it true that heterosexual women are the fastest-growing demographic in HIV/AIDS cases, or is this because they hadn’t been properly counted? (44:50)Tell us about the expansion of SisterLove into South Africa (51:51)
    In This Episode, You Will Learn:
    What people don’t realize about running a nonprofit (5:18)What it was like to be part of the first generation of integrated students (12:28)How Dázon’s parents nurtured a deep understanding of sexual health (14:55)Why the term “broken family” is outdated and incorrect (22:45)How losing her first job led Dázon to a career in women’s health (33:47)Why getting funding for black women’s health amidst the AIDS crisis was an uphill battle (36:26)Why women living with AIDS weren’t properly being diagnosed, and how Dázon fought to change that (42:31)Why medical research needs to spend more time dedicated to how infections affect people other than cis men (46:35)
    Resources:
    Follow Dázon on Twitter
    SisterLove’s Website
    Follow SisterLove on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (oh, and TikTok)

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    • 58 min
    Jill Filipovic

    Jill Filipovic

    Welcome back! We’re kicking off this season with Jill Filipovic, feminist lawyer and author of The H-Spot: The Feminist Pursuit of Happiness and OK Boomer: How My Generation Got Left Behind. Her current project revolves around abortion access in conflict zones and refugee camps.
    In our conversation, we cover everything from how the United States is damaging abortion access around the globe to why it’s important to consider all the angles before taking your partner’s name, and much, much more.
    Some Questions I Ask:
    What can you tell me about your current project? (1:13)What are the reasons a woman would seek an abortion in settings where consistent medical care is not available? (6:05)What is the endgame for this project? (12:22)What motivated this at the beginning? (13:34)Was your family involved in advocacy? (16:21)What was the genesis of your first book, The H-Spot? (27:15)What is your imagined future? (43:31)
    In This Episode, You Will Learn:
    How the U.S. is holding back abortion rights around the world (3:25)Why stigma around rape victims is dangerous (8:43)How being in a journalism program during the Bush presidency made Jill lose faith in journalistic institutions (14:04)How Jill’s upbringing taught her to think critically (17:36)Why changing your name when you get married carries more weight than many people realize (20:12)Where Jill believes feminism has succeeded—and failed (32:05)The striking statistic Jill found in her research (33:42)
    Resources:
    Follow Jill on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter
    Jill’s Blog
    Buy Jill’s Books

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    • 45 min

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I’m absolutely obsessed with this podcast — all the interviews are fascinating and the people all have such unique life stories to share. I’ve recommended at least an episode or two to most of my close friends and family! PHENOMENAL!!

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Far-Reaching Feminist Podcast

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Inspiring conversations with remarkable women

I’m so inspired by these candid conversations with women fighting for a better world. Many thanks to brilliant host Jillian Foster for sharing these stories and voices!

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