The Femtastic Podcast

The Femtastic Podcast
Feminist. Also fun.
From the Archives: A Tale of Two Veterans
May 23 • 99 min
In honor of Mother’s Day, we are re-releasing this amazing mother-daughter podcast interview! Get your tissues ready! This episode was originally published as Episode #12, “Mother and Daughter: A Tale of Two Veterans” on March 17, 2017. In this…
#28: Getting and Staying Present - in Pregnancy and in Life
Apr 23 • 44 min
Katie interviews Shari and Dakota Hindman, the mother-daughter (respectively) duo behind The Mother’s Center. Shari and Dakota discuss the work they do at The Mother’s Center to help people honor and stay present for all of the important moments in…
#27: How Indigenous Women Farmers Can Fight Climate Change
Feb 14 • 75 min
This episode explores how women farmers are both the most vulnerable to climate change and also the most prepared to stop it. Katie interviews Rachael Cox, CEO of EarthEmpower, a social and environmental enterprise focused on empowering women farmers…
#26: The Modern Answer to “Where Do Babies Come From?”
Jan 24 • 34 min
Katie interviews Rachel Ginocchio, an educator and activist aiming to change the age-old conversation around “where babies come from.” Today, less than half of all U.S. families have a married mom and dad raising their genetically related children….
#25: Policy Imperatives for Latino and Immigrant Reproductive Justice in 2018
Jan 6 • 50 min
Katie interviews Karla Gonzales Garcia, the Policy and Program Director of the Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR). Karla describes the work of COLOR, the meaning of reproductive justice, and the public policy…
#24: How Menstrual Hygiene Impacts Girls Across the World
Jan 3 • 63 min
Katie interviews Chiara Bercu, an expert in menstrual health who has worked on adolescent education programs in developing countries across the globe to help prepare students for puberty and menarche. Chiara describes the obstacles to and…
#23: WTF is Mindful Birth?
Dec 18, 2017 • 50 min
Katie interviews Rebecca Peterson, a childbirth mentor who helps parents prepare for labor through birth preparation classes and prenatal yoga. Rebecca explains what it means to mindfully prepare for childbirth, how parents can explore their unique…
#22: Homeless While Woman, Mother, or Trans
Dec 4, 2017 • 53 min
In this episode, Katie interviews Leslie Foster, President and CEO of The Gathering Place, Denver’s only daytime drop-in center that serves women, children, and transgender individuals experiencing poverty and homelessness. In the episode, Leslie…
#21: How the Hyde Amendment Harms Women
Nov 17, 2017 • 34 min
Katie interviews Morgan Hopkins, National Field Manager of All* Above All, a reproductive justice campaign dedicated to lifting bans that deny abortion coverage - so that every woman can get affordable, safe abortion care when she needs it,…
#20: How Systemic Thinking Can Change Our World
Nov 15, 2017 • 29 min
Katie interviews Nilima Achwal, a leader in systemic thinking for social change. They discuss what the social enterprise sector is getting wrong, how social media and cultural phenomena like #MeToo play a role in changing the world, and how…
#19: When Family Planning Means Sterilization
Nov 2, 2017 • 38 min
Katie interviews Zoe Hamilton, a researcher and expert on India’s family planning policies, about the country’s complex relationship with female sterilization and reproductive justice. Zoe and co-director Anne Munger are working in Mumbai on a…
Sep 28, 2017 • 61 min
If you never imagined an interview about cancer could be funny, you haven’t met Elissa Banker. Elissa is a 33-year-old breast cancer survivor and founder of Polite Tumor, an organization that supports young women by alleviating some of the financial…
#17: Black Breastfeeding and Why Representation Matters
Sep 21, 2017 • 66 min
Katie interviews Certified Birth Doula, China Tolliver, about Denver’s Black Breastfeeding Week 2017. In a lively conversation covering everything from bleeding nipples to flower crowns (they are against both), Katie and China discuss the origins of…
#16: Abortion at Home
Aug 16, 2017 • 75 min
Katie interviews an anonymous reproductive healthcare worker and expert on the practice of home-based abortion in the US. They discuss what home-based abortion is, as well as the reasons people may choose to terminate pregnancies at home. They…
#15: Empowering High-Achieving Women to Be Their Own Beyonces at Work
Jun 13, 2017 • 68 min
In this episode, Katie interviews Chris Dalton, a career development coach for professional women. In the episode, they discuss ways that high-achieving women can combat burnout and love their jobs (hint: boundary-setting!!!), how women (AND…
#14: Cannabis and Women’s Health
May 7, 2017 • 108 min
In this episode, Katie interviews Tony Tarbox, a cannabis educator who works in Colorado’s legal cannabis industry. Think cannabis is only good for getting high? Think again. You might be surprised to know that not all cannabis…
#13: The Untold Stories of Women Changemakers
Apr 12, 2017 • 43 min
In this episode, Katie interviews Julia Carpenter, Washington Post writer/editor and creator of daily newsletter A Woman to Know. Every day, A Woman to Know tells its subscribers the story of an impactful woman from history that they’ve probably never…
#12: Mother and Daughter: A Tale of Two Veterans
Mar 17, 2017 • 99 min
In this episode, Katie had the privilege of interviewing Debbie Johnson and her daughter, Lauren Halloran. Debbie is a retired U.S. Army colonel who served as a nurse in the Gulf War, when Lauren was just a little girl. Lauren is a former Air…
#11: The Handmaid’s Tale & Trump’s America
Feb 22, 2017 • 41 min
In this episode, Katie interviews David Rheinstrom, host of the Wondery Network’s podcast “Secrets, Crimes & Audiotape.” SCA recently released an audio adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s classic dystopian novel, The Handmaid’s Tale. Written over 30…
#10: Teaching Parents How to Talk to Their Kids About Sex
Jan 26, 2017 • 54 min
In this episode, Katie interviews Elona Landau, a sexuality educator who teaches parents how to talk to their children about sex. They explore why parents feel so uncomfortable talking to their kids about sex, what subjects are particularly terrifying…
#9: Acupuncture, Reiki, and Self Care for Women’s Health
Jan 17, 2017 • 58 min
Katie interviews licensed acupuncturist and reiki master/teacher, Margarita Alcantara. They discuss how acupuncture and Reiki can be used not only as fantastic self-care practices, but also to treat and alleviate women’s health issues - from…
#8: Talking Equality and the Next Four Years with Ash Beckham
Jan 5, 2017 • 92 min
In Episode 8, Katie interviews equality advocate Ash Beckham. Ash didn’t set out to become a viral sensation with her TEDx talk “Coming Out of Your Closet” or her Boulder Ignite speech, “I am SO GAY”. But her willingness to strike…
#7: Conscious Period - Chemicals in Tampons and Menstruating While Homeless
Dec 7, 2016 • 56 min
Katie speaks to Annie Lascoe and Margo Lang, cofounders of Conscious Period, a social enterprise that produces organic tampons while providing free menstrual products to homeless women. In the episode, they discuss the chemicals and carcinogens in…
#6: Vote Informed
Oct 16, 2016 • 55 min
Katie interviews Alex Niemczewski, CEO and co-founder of BallotReady, a website that aims to help voters to vote informed on every candidate and every referendum, in every election. In the episode, Alex and Katie discuss the importance of voting in…
#5: Breaking Down Barriers on the Road to Abortions
Sep 12, 2016 • 56 min
Katie interviews April Greene, co-founder of the Georgia-based Magnolia Fund. This non-profit helps low-income women afford abortions, whether through monetary support like subsidized procedures, or practical support like transportation, lodging, or…
#4: Campus Sexual Assault and Title IX
Aug 26, 2016 • 94 min
If you thought Title IX was just about sports, get ready for an interesting discussion. In this episode, Katie interviews seasoned campus violence educator and advocate, Tara Misra. Katie and Tara discuss the prevalence of sexual assault and…
#3: The Sex Ed Teacher You Wish You Had
Jul 26, 2016 • 99 min
Katie interviews sex educator Melanie Lucash - the sex ed teacher you wish you had. Melanie teaches modern sex education that is consent-based, trauma-informed, LGBTQ-inclusive, pleasure-positive, and completely shame-free. Katie and Melanie discuss…
#2: A Public Defender on Domestic Violence and the Criminal Justice System
Jul 12, 2016 • 49 min
Katie interviews Julia Burke, a public defender in Queens, New York. They discuss what the life of a public defender is like, how patterns of domestic violence play out in the criminal justice system, and why someone may plead guilty to a crime…
#1: Planned Parenthood Field Organizing Specialist Jillian Coffey
Jun 28, 2016 • 59 min
Action and Advocacy for Reproductive Rights