The Femtastic Podcast

The Femtastic Podcast

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Feminist. Also fun.


Advocating for Reproductive Health at Catholic Colleges
Dec 4 • 43 min
The Student Coalition for Reproductive Justice (SCRJ) exists to advocate for the reproductive needs of students at Catholic colleges and universities. Katie interviews SCRJ co-founders Lauren Morrissey and Christina Frasik about the ways in which…
How Surviving Nazi Occupation Created a Feminist
Nov 13 • 69 min
Hendrika de Vries lived in Amsterdam during five years of Nazi occupation during World War II. On the podcast, she tells the story of how her idyllic childhood changed overnight when the Nazis began their occupation in 1940. Her strong, determined…
Founding a Company Based on Two Things People Hate Talking About (Periods and Sex)
Oct 21 • 36 min
Meika Hollender is the co-founder and president of Sustain, a brand of all-natural, vagina-friendly period and sexual wellness products. Meika chats with Femtastic’s Katie Breen about what made her want to start what was initially a condom…
What a Body Remembers: Trauma and Mental Health
Oct 6 • 54 min
In honor of Mental Health Awareness Week, Femtastic discusses how trauma can impact lives in the long term. PTSD used to be thought of as a “soldier’s disease,” but in 2019 it’s finally getting recognition as an ailment that can affect anyone who has…
The Power of Solo Moms in 2019
Sep 22 • 30 min
Marika Lindholm is one of the editors of a new anthology “We Got This: Solo Mom Stories of Grit, Heart, and Humor.” The book chronicles the journeys of more than 75 solo moms from a variety of diverse backgrounds: some are single parents by choice,…
Breastfeeding is Hard
Aug 8 • 44 min
Katie interviews Maddy Sands about the struggles that new parents encounter with breastfeeding—and how the solution to the problem is a community one. Breastfeeding is described as the “most natural thing in the world,” but many parents come…
One Woman’s Pre-Roe Abortion
Jun 9 • 61 min
Prior to the 1973 Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, abortion was illegal in the United States. The court’s ruling was, in part, influenced by the hundreds of women dying yearly from dangerous, illegal abortions. A discussion of the hazards of…
Queer and Pregnant
Apr 28 • 71 min
Katie speaks with Jenna Brown, the queer doula behind Love Over Fear Wellness & Birth. They discuss what it means to doula for queer folks, what clinical and personal challenges queer pregnant people may encounter in the birth process, and ways…
FemTech and Your (Digital) Health
Apr 5 • 73 min
Katie Breen speaks with digital health expert, Katie McMillan, about what exactly is “FemTech” and why you should know about it. If you are someone who has biologically female body parts, you might benefit from the huge array of new FemTech products…
The Oscars Edition - Inclusion Riders, Workplace Diversity, and We Guess Movies
Feb 22 • 42 min
In this special Oscar’s edition of the Femtastic podcast, Katie speaks to law partner in civil rights and employment, Kalpana Kotagal, about one of the most Googled terms following last year’s Oscars: inclusion rider. Kalpana - one of the co-authors…
Egg Freezing 101
Feb 18 • 54 min
Have you heard of egg freezing? Katie talks to Jenny Lannon, co-founder of Freeze.Health, a resource that helps women decide if, when, and how to freeze their eggs. Maybe you aren’t ready to get pregnant now because you’re focusing on your…
Why Women Are Hurt Most by Drug Pricing
Jan 22 • 20 min
You probably know about the gender wage gap, but have you ever thought about the gender health gap? Katie again welcomes to the podcast Priti Krishtel, co-founder and co-executive director of I-MAK, an organization using patent law to increase global…
How Patent Law Affects Your Health
Dec 12, 2018 • 38 min
Katie speaks with Priti Krishtel, co-founder and co-executive director of I-MAK, an organization that uses patent law to fight high drug prices across the globe. Think patent law doesn’t affect your life? Think again. Chances are, at some point in…
An Investment Fund for Women’s Health
Oct 10, 2018 • 47 min
Katie interviews Gerda Larsson, cofounder and managing director of The Case for Her, an impact fund that invests in for-profit companies and organizations that work on women and girl’s health. Gerda discusses what an impact portfolio is and how it…
Women in the Homefront Battles of the Vietnam War
Sep 25, 2018 • 55 min
Katie interviews author Rita Dragonette about her new book, The Fourteenth of September. They discuss the critical but often overlooked role of women in the Vietnam War and its protest, the experience of being a young woman on a college campus during…
What is Obstetric Fistula?
Aug 22, 2018 • 41 min
Katie interviews Lindsey Pollaczek, Vice President of Programs for the Fistula Foundation. Fistula is a childbirth injury largely eradicated in the developed world, but still devastating women in the poorest countries. It’s treatable with…
Katie is Interviewed about Authentic Allyship
Aug 15, 2018 • 35 min
In this episode, we share the recording of a live interview of our host, Katie Breen, at Parillume’s June 2018 SHINE Soirée in Denver, Colorado. Parillume is an organization for survivors of sexual violence, and its founder, Lisa Foster, interviews…
Bodies in the Media and Why Representation Matters
Aug 13, 2018 • 58 min
Katie interviews Lindley Ashline, founder of stock photography website Representation Matters. Lindley explains why it’s so important that we see representations of diverse bodies in the media, and how she uses her platform to create stock imagery…
A Gymnast’s #MeToo Moment and Her Journey to Justice
Jul 13, 2018 • 68 min
Katie interviews Torey Ivanic, author of the book “No Big Deal,” a tale of surviving and overcoming childhood sexual abuse. In the episode, Torey shares her story of being sexually abused by a trusted gymnastics coach while she was in her teens. She…
Katie’s TEDx Talk: What Does Your Activism Look Like?
Jul 9, 2018 • 8 min
Listen to the full recording of Femtastic host Katie’s TEDxBoulder talk on privilege, inclusion, allyship, and activism: ”What Does Your Activism Look Like?” We all have some level of privilege. What do we do when we are confronted with it? How…
What is a Sex Coach?
Jun 22, 2018 • 29 min
Katie interviews Brianna Rader, founder of Juicebox, a company whose mission is to get people talking about sex, dating, and relationships. In the episode, they discuss what a sex coach is, who can benefit from working with one (hint: EVERYONE), and…
From the Archives: A Tale of Two Veterans
May 23, 2018 • 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…
Getting and Staying Present in Pregnancy - and in Life
Apr 23, 2018 • 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…
How Indigenous Women Farmers Can Fight Climate Change
Feb 14, 2018 • 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…
The Modern Answer to “Where Do Babies Come From?”
Jan 24, 2018 • 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….
Policy Imperatives for Latino and Immigrant Reproductive Justice in 2018
Jan 6, 2018 • 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…
How Menstrual Hygiene Impacts Girls Across the World
Jan 3, 2018 • 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…
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…
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…
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,…
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…
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…
Hahas for Tatas - Breast Cancer at 31
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…
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…
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…
Empowering High-Achieving Women to Be Their Own Beyonces at Work
Jun 13, 2017 • 68 min
In this episode, Katie interviews Chris Dalton Castillo, 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…
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 products get…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Planned Parenthood Field Organizing Specialist Jillian Coffey
Jun 28, 2016 • 59 min
Action and Advocacy for Reproductive Rights