23 episodes

On Friday, June 24, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. Since then, it's been a barrage of bad news and bleak headlines. But for every restriction, there are many more acts of resistance, and a growing network of activists, clinic workers, faith leaders, and everyday people working to expand access to care.

This is the story of the fight for freedom in a post-Roe America, co-hosted by Samantha Bee and Gloria Riviera. Whether you’re deep in this fight already, or just sick of feeling hopeless, we’re here to tell you: anyone can become a defender.

This series is supported by Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and Levi Strauss Foundation.

The Defenders Lemonada

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.3 • 231 Ratings

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On Friday, June 24, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. Since then, it's been a barrage of bad news and bleak headlines. But for every restriction, there are many more acts of resistance, and a growing network of activists, clinic workers, faith leaders, and everyday people working to expand access to care.

This is the story of the fight for freedom in a post-Roe America, co-hosted by Samantha Bee and Gloria Riviera. Whether you’re deep in this fight already, or just sick of feeling hopeless, we’re here to tell you: anyone can become a defender.

This series is supported by Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and Levi Strauss Foundation.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    Listen Now: The Pink House with Sam Smith

    Listen Now: The Pink House with Sam Smith

    We’re excited to drop in your feed today to tell you about a new Lemonada Media series called The Pink House with Sam Smith. Hosted by five-time Grammy winner Sam Smith, The Pink House is about the people and places that make us who we are. One of those places was Sam’s childhood home in the English village of Great Chishill, literally called The Pink House. It was a space of total warmth and love where Sam felt safe enough to find their voice. Each week, join Sam in conversation with icons and friends like Trixie Mattel, Gloria Estefan, Elliot Page, Joel Kim Booster, Ben Platt, Rebecca Sugar and Michelle Visage as they explore their own “Pink Houses” and how they navigated early struggles and ultimately found their place in the world. 

    You’re about to hear a preview of the first episode of The Pink House, where Sam chats with Elliot Page about his upbringing in Canada, his breakout role in the film Juno, and how seeking time away from it all has helped him embrace a whole new, exhilarating life. To hear more of The Pink House head to: https://lemonada.lnk.to/thepinkhousefd
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    • 6 min
    Bonus: The Online Abortion Resource Squad

    Bonus: The Online Abortion Resource Squad

    When it comes to abortion, finding answers in a world of misinformation and changing laws can be hard. Especially when the places to turn to for care are diminishing. On this bonus episode, Gloria talks to Ariella Messing, the founder of the Online Abortion Resource Squad, or OARS. They moderate the r/abortion subreddit, a group on Reddit that is dedicated to answering questions about abortion. Not only are they helping people find care – they are ensuring that every question is answered with the truth.

    Check out OARS at abortionsquad.org. You can find the abortion subreddit at reddit.com/r/abortion. 

    To learn more about all the organizations featured in The Defenders, visit: https://lemonadamedia.com/the-defenders-resource-page/

    This series is supported by Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and Levi Strauss Foundation.

    Follow The Defenders wherever you get your podcasts, or listen ad-free on Amazon Music with your Prime Membership.

    You can also get premium content and behind the scenes material by subscribing to Lemonada Premium on Apple Podcasts. 

    Stay up to date with us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram at @LemonadaMedia. 

    Want to become a Lemonada superfan? Join us at joinsubtext.com/lemonadasuperfan.  

    Click this link for a list of current sponsors and discount codes for this and all other Lemonada series: lemonadamedia.com/sponsors.

    To follow along with a transcript, go to lemonadamedia.com/show/ shortly after the air date.
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 25 min
    Premium: On My Own Terms

    Premium: On My Own Terms

    Kathaleen Pittman worked at Hope Medical Group for Women, an abortion clinic in Shreveport, Louisiana for decades. But after 42 years they stopped providing abortions last August. In this bonus content, we learn more about Kathleen’s experiences working at the clinic and how, even in her mid-60s, she refuses to give up her work in abortion care.

    Anyone Can Be A Defender

    Anyone Can Be A Defender

    In the final episode of our series, we’re hitting the streets of Manhattan to join up with Nix Rao, a young activist dedicated to expanding reproductive health access in New York. Fueled by their motto, “legality does not equal access,” we’ll follow Nix as they lead the charge to bring abortion pills to college campuses.

    To learn more about all the organizations featured in The Defenders, visit: https://lemonadamedia.com/the-defenders-resource-page/

    Share your thoughts on The Defenders! To help us keep creating great content, please take our short listener survey at bit.ly/thedefenderssurvey

    Gloria Riviera and Samantha Bee are our hosts. Muna Danish is our supervising producer. Hannah Boomershine and Lisa Phu are our producers. Isaura Aceves and Tony Williams are our associate producers. Ivan Kuraev and Natasha Jacobs are our audio engineers. Music by Hannis Brown with additional music by Natasha Jacobs.Story editing by Jackie Danziger, our VP of Narrative Content. Fact-checking by Naomi Barr. Executive producers are Jessica Cordova Kramer and Stephanie Wittels Wachs 

    This series is supported by Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and Levi Strauss Foundation.

    Follow The Defenders wherever you get your podcasts, or listen ad-free on Amazon Music with your Prime Membership.

    You can also get premium content and behind the scenes material by subscribing to Lemonada Premium on Apple Podcasts. 

    Stay up to date with us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram at @LemonadaMedia. 

    Want to become a Lemonada superfan? Join us at joinsubtext.com/lemonadasuperfan.  

    Click this link for a list of current sponsors and discount codes for this and all other Lemonada series: lemonadamedia.com/sponsors.

    To follow along with a transcript, go to lemonadamedia.com/show/ shortly after the air date.
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 31 min
    Premium: Drag is Back

    Premium: Drag is Back

    Beyond the attacks on abortion and trans healthcare in Tennessee, one thing that stood out this year was their attempt to ban drag entertainment. In this bonus content, drag queen Vadalia Anne Gentry shares how she got personally involved in the fight against the drag ban, and how this fight connects to abortion and bodily autonomy.

    The 84 Year Old Defender

    The 84 Year Old Defender

    Today, we’re bringing you part one of our series finale. Dr. Warren Hern is one of the few remaining physicians performing abortions later in pregnancy. After decades in this fight - and serious threats to his safety - nothing is stopping him from this important work. 

    Learn more about the Boulder Abortion Clinic: https://www.drhern.com/

    To learn more about all the organizations featured in The Defenders, visit: https://lemonadamedia.com/the-defenders-resource-page/

    Share your thoughts on The Defenders! To help us keep creating great content, please take our short listener survey at bit.ly/thedefenderssurvey

    Gloria Riviera and Samantha Bee are our hosts. Muna Danish is our supervising producer. Hannah Boomershine and Lisa Phu are our producers. Isaura Aceves and Tony Williams are our associate producers. Ivan Kuraev and Natasha Jacobs are our audio engineers. Music by Hannis Brown with additional music by Natasha Jacobs.Story editing by Jackie Danziger, our VP of Narrative Content. Fact-checking by Naomi Barr. Executive producers are Jessica Cordova Kramer and Stephanie Wittels Wachs 

    This series is supported by Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and Levi Strauss Foundation.

    Follow The Defenders wherever you get your podcasts, or listen ad-free on Amazon Music with your Prime Membership.

    You can also get premium content and behind the scenes material by subscribing to Lemonada Premium on Apple Podcasts. 

    Stay up to date with us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram at @LemonadaMedia. 

    Want to become a Lemonada superfan? Join us at joinsubtext.com/lemonadasuperfan.  

    Click this link for a list of current sponsors and discount codes for this and all other Lemonada series: lemonadamedia.com/sponsors.

    To follow along with a transcript, go to lemonadamedia.com/show/ shortly after the air date.
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
231 Ratings

231 Ratings

DustinND ,

So important and well done

Sam and Gloria have gone above and beyond with this very important issue. This podcast is very informative and gives me hope in humanity.

StinaMasFina ,

Ok podcast

The show description promised we would hear ways in which we could become defenders, but I’ve listened to every episode and I heard to write my representatives once. That’s it. Well, come on. Put me in touch with real organizations I can work with locally to help women who need help. I feel like I can’t do anything. Thanks for all the information. You’ve succeeded in making me feel worse for not being involved.
Might listen to a couple more episodes. Please tell me something useful!

Alex Pedersen ,

Excellence- a true breath of fresh air

Profoundly smart, surprisingly hope-inspiring

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