Real talk with feminist visionaries.
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. Find episodes below, iTunes, and on the podcast outlet of your choice.
01. Kate Kelly
In 2013, Ordain Women was founded to advocate for women’s ordination in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Within a few years, the group included thousands of activists, many of whom had never before taken action, and sparked a conversation that required church members as well as leadership to confront gender inequality within the institution. Kate Kelly is the woman behind it all. She grew up somewhat orthodox, served a mission for the church, and was later excommunicated in a fairly public way. In between it all, Kate became a human rights lawyer and is now a legal fellow at Columbia Law School’s Human Rights in the U.S. Project. She is fierce and outspoken about her commitment to women’s rights as human rights, which of course makes me love Kate even more. You can find Kate on Twitter at @Kate_Kelly_Esq. Learn more about Continuum at continuumcollective.org.
02. Joanne Wilson
Joanne Wilson is the powerbitch of all powerbitches. She started her career in retail, moved to the media side of the technology industry, and is now an investor following what she calls the female founder thesis; meaning, women founders tend to be great investment opportunities because they are tenacious and thorough, both asking questions and listening. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again … I want to be Joanne Wilson when I grow up. You can find Joanne on Twitter at @thegothamgal. Learn more about Continuum at continuumcollective.org.
03. Rachel Hills
As a thoughtfully outspoken journalist, author, and movement leader, Rachel Hills calls on her audiences and co-collaborators to inspect narratives that work to bind us in oppressive structures. Her recent book, The Sex Myth, presents the provocative hypothesis that the sexual revolution beginning the 1960s has confined us in our own narratives. She posits that our performative speaking keeps us from actually practicing truly liberated, honest, and authentic sexualities. Rachel’s book has been adapted into a devised play where each cast conjures and creates the play anew. You can find Rachel on Twitter at @rachelhills. Learn more about Continuum at continuumcollective.org.
04. Naima Khan
Naima Khan offers a unique feminist perspective as a writer and community organizer focusing on arts, Islam, feminisms, and inclusive religion. Having had the pleasure of knowing Naima for nearly a decade, our conversation reflects a rich history of deeping diving into the complexities of religious feminism together. You can find Naima on Twitter at @KhanNaima and more of her writing and organizing at naimakhan.com. Learn more about Continuum at continuumcollective.org.
05. Kait Scalisi
Kait Scalisi is the thinking woman’s sex educator - one part sexpert, two parts scientist. Her background in neuroscience drives her commitment to challenging norms and unrealistic expectations, teaching her clients to instead seek freedom in pleasure. Kait’s ability to connect with others around the pains and pleasures of sex is grounded in a true depth of knowledge and personal experience with chronic illness. She writes about sex, leads workshops, and even does one-on-one counseling. You can find Kait on Twitter at @PassionbyKait and find her writing and events at passionbykait.com. Learn more about Continuum at continuumcollective.org.
06. Erin Bagwell
With the release of her first film - Dream, Girl - Erin Bagwell launched her career as an insightful young documentarian focused on bringing forward women’s voices. Erin’s success offers a roadmap to others looking to bring dreams into reality against seemingly insurmountable odds. From a work environment riff with sexual harassment, to starting a feminist blog whose mascot is a purple beaver, and now to self-made filmmaker, Erin shares the wisdom of someone who has taken big risks and manifest big things into this world. You can find Erin on Twitter at @erinebagwell and her film at dreamgirlfilm.com. Learn more about Continuum at continuumcollective.org.
07. Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini
If you concern yourself with world peace you either already know or should immediately come to know Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini. Before co-founding the International Civil Society Action Network, Sanam was raised in Iran, fled with her family and became a British citizen, and is now raising two daughters in the US. She is an intellectual, activist, and community builder leading a network of women peacebuilders working to prevent violent extremism by promoting peace, rights and pluralism in over 30 countries. You can find Sanam on Twitter at @sanambna. Learn more about Continuum at continuumcollective.org.
08. Joumana Haddad
Joumana Haddad is a passionate provocateur. She’s a journalist, poet, speaker, and activist. Born to a conservative family in Lebanon, she is a controversial figure for her unapologetic feminist activism and her critique of culturally entrenched misogyny and organized religion. Joumana is not afraid to push boundaries. She’s published countless books of poetry, co-written a movie, and is the founder of Jasad, a Beirut-based cultural magazine that focused on the literature, art, and science of the body. You can find Joumana on Twitter at @JHaddadOfficial and her work at joumanahaddad.com. Learn more about Continuum at continuumcollective.org.
Radicals & Revolutionaries Lab Returns Monday March 4
Season 2 of Radicals & Revolutionaries Lab Returns Monday March 4.
09. Amanda Manitach
Amanda Manitach is definitely a modern day renaissance woman. Raised in rural Western Kansas and North Texas, Amanda grew up in a very religiously conservative family. The daughter of a pastor, her life was defined by the church. She and her sister were both home schooled and grew up with very deep ties to their faith.
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Amanda Manitach - Website
@amandamanitach - Instagram
10. Prisca Dorcas
Prisca Dorcas is a storyteller, public theologian, activist, feminist and founder of the Latina Rebels platform. She’s also someone who’s unapologetically committed to calling out injustice. Prisca was born in Managua, Nicaragua and raised in a very religiously conservative family. Despite her being taught that a woman’s place was in the home, she grew up with an understanding of a woman in power as Nicaragua had elected its first woman president when she was very young. Prisca’s grew up on a religious compound with a strong foundation of community and family. When she was 7 years old, her family immigrated to the US when her father was offered a role to lead the church’s music ministry.
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Prisca Dorcas - Website
Prisca Dorcas - Instagram
11. Karen Mulhauser
This week’s revolutionary is, Karen Mulhauser. Karen is the President of Mulhauser and Associates. Karen’s worked as a leader, advocate and consultant for over 30 years. She’s held various leadership roles at a number of non-profit organizations advocating for women’s rights, abortion rights, education, voting rights, peace and equality. Known for being a master of coalition building and collaboration, a space she says she works best in, she’s also the founder of America's Impact, Consulting Women, LLC, Trusted Sources and helped form the Women’s Information Network (WIN).
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12. Lorelle Saxena
This week’s revolutionary is Lorelle Saxena. Lorelle is a doctor of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine and the founder of The Saxena Clinic. She’s been voted "Best Acupuncturist in Sonoma County" five years in a row in the North Bay Bohemian's annual Reader Poll. While she treats a variety of patients, her work specializes in trauma and anxiety. Lorelle enjoys writing, bicycling and spending time with her husband and their young son. She also prides herself in being a very nice person (most of the time).
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The Saxena Clinic - Website
The Saxena Clinic - Twitter
Lorelle Saxena - Instagram
13. Amy Irvin
Amy Irvin is this week’s revolutionary. Amy is the Executive Director of the New Orleans Abortion Fund. She joins us for radical conversation about her work, her journey and some of the challenges facing abortion rights today. Born in Central Ohio, Amy spent the early years of her childhood on the family farm until her parents divorce moved her, along with her mom and siblings, to a bigger city. She struggled financially growing up with her mother and into her early 20s, working to put herself through school. Amy talks to us about her experiences in college: how she felt free in the world of academia, enjoyed learning and took time off realign and travel, as well as her own personal experiences with abortion.
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14. Amy Hasinoff
Amy Hasinoff is this week’s revolutionary. Amy is an assistant professor within the communications department at the University of Colorado, Denver. She works on gender, sexuality, and new media. She joins us for a radical conversation about her feminist upbringing, academic prowess and privilege, and along with her work around consensual social media and sexting. Born in Winnipeg to parents with PhDs, higher education and academia are in her blood. Through years of academic success, Amy found what she was truly passionate about: communication, cultural studies, and all things feminism.
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Against the Romance of Community by Miranda Joseph
15. Xhercis Mendez
This week’s revolutionary is Xhercis Mendez. She is a scholar-activist and constantly looking for any creative strategies that allow us to create the world we want to live in. Her academic works combine women of color and decolonial feminisms, while her focus remains on transformative justice and actively combating structural inequities.
16. Sara Matano
This week’s revolutionary is Sara Matano. Sara currently lives and works in Portland, OR and teaches high school social studies, doing all she can to bring a feminist lens to the center of her work. Originally, Sara is from Argentina; her family immigrated to the United States when she was still young. She’s spent her life straddling borders and barriers, always feeling like an outsider no matter who she was with. Even after she intentionally lost her accent, there would always be small tell-tale signs that she was “different” than those around her.
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Women for Women
17. Sonja Foss & Karen Foss
This week, we have two revolutionaries: Sonja Foss and Karen Foss, twin sisters and partners in the feminist revolution. Originally, they grew up in Eastern Oregon in a very traditional family with traditional parents. As twins, they modeled equality and embodied feminism before they had the language to label it. Now, both Sonja and Karen are rhetorical scholars in the communications discipline, working to tangibly create the feminist reality we envision for the future.
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Sonja & Karen’s Published Works
Waveland Press Books
18. Nasreen Alkhateeb
This week’s revolutionary is Nasreen Alkhateeb, a filmmaker, activist, and feminist. She was born in the United States but raised for the first 7 years of her life in Saudi Arabia. After her family moved back to the United States, Nasreen started to realize that she was different from those around her and that she would have to go above and beyond to break social barriers and form friends. This played a major role in how Nasreen learned to tell stories and design her own reality.
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19. Banafsheh Violet Nazari
This week's revolutionary is Banafsheh Violet Nazari: Oregon attorney who, until recently, was representing communities facing wage theft and workplace discrimination through her own firm. She is now the Policy and Advocacy Coordinator IRCO, where she works to support and amplify their community organising and advocacy work to affect policy and systems change. Violet was born and raised for the first 9 years of her life in Iran, shortly after the revolution and takeover of the country. In those early years of her life, Violet lived a dual life under Sharia Law, creating a brave space for her to live as freely as possible under those circumstances. Her rebellious nature and fierce determination for justice have now righteously manifested themselves into her career of advocacy.
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20. Amy Pence-Brown
This week’s revolutionary is one you may have heard of or seen before: Amy Pence-Brown. She describes herself as fat, feminist, mother, writer, artist, historian, and body image activist. She grew up in southern Idaho, within a very patriarchal family. Her parents raised their family Mormon for the first 10 years of Amy’s life. After their family broke away from that church, she began showing some feminist tendencies. As she grew up, cut her hair, and began the journey to get comfortable in her own skin, she became the body image activist she is today.