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Writer and musician Mica Lemiski interviews women and non-binary artists about a range of topics (gender! politics! love! literature!) in a podcast best-suited to bitches, witches, and anyone who's ever been called "hysterical."

Latest Episodes

I've Escaped My Arranged Marriage—Now What?: Samra Habib Talks Queer Muslim Identity

Writer and photographer Samra Habib was only 16 when she married her cousin (not by choice). Now she's here to talk about her memoir, "We Have Always Been Here," which follows Samra as she fights to free herself from various oppressive forces in her life, from faith to family to "straight expectations." In this ep, Samra also chats about the Queer Muslim Photo Project, her ongoing photo series that grapples with what it means to be Muslim and queer. Because queer Muslims have always been here; they just haven't always been visible.

56 MIN1 days ago
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I've Escaped My Arranged Marriage—Now What?: Samra Habib Talks Queer Muslim Identity

Let's Unpack Basic Bitches and Aritzia

Mica recently went to the Aritzia Warehouse Sale and it inspired her to think deeply about so-called basic bitches and whether or not this term can be reclaimed in a meaningful way(it can! probably!). Mica also discusses the bizarre nature of the warehouse sale and shares the results of her self-led investigation into where the leftover clothes go. Mica's efforts to solve this mystery include: embarrassing emails and unproductive phone conversations, all of which lead to some shocking insights that will change the way you shop forever!! Or not.

29 MIN1 weeks ago
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Let's Unpack Basic Bitches and Aritzia

How Should We Respond to "Compliments" From Male Strangers?

In this solo episode, Mica discusses the dilemma of unsolicited attention from men. How do you get out of a conversation you never wanted to be a part of in the first place? A quick exit should be easy (right??) but if you have an internalized people pleaser complex then maybe this complicates matters. Mica also discusses some fashion nightmares of yore and rips Jerry Seinfeld a new one because, frankly, he deserves it! Also included: why copywriting can be very satisfying work, even when it's not your art/passion/life's dream.

37 MIN2 weeks ago
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How Should We Respond to "Compliments" From Male Strangers?

Braless Freedom, Purity Balls, and the Kardashian Empire feat. Lori Lansens

New York Times bestselling author Lori Lansens is here! In this ep, we discuss Lori's new book (This Little Light, out now) in relation to some anti-feminist atrocities such as Purity Balls (GROSS), sexist dress codes, and the pressure to achieve Happiness as a finite state. We also chat about why the Kardashian empire can be considered a feminist feat, how shows like the Bachelor are really just "emotional sport," and what happened when Lori got a call saying her daughter's bralessness was a "distraction" at school. Um, sir, our breasts our business!

55 MIN3 weeks ago
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Braless Freedom, Purity Balls, and the Kardashian Empire feat. Lori Lansens

Hello I Want to Die Please Fix Me: Anna Mehler Paperny Talks Depression and Suicide

Award-winning journalist Anna Mehler Paperny is here to discuss her new book, "Hello I Want to Die Please Fix Me," an absolutely must-read that chronicles her multiple suicide attempts, subsequent pursuit of treatment, and continuing quest for truth and insight as it pertains to depression—a disease that affects nearly one fifth of the population yet remains extremely misunderstood. In this episode, Anna breaks down why depression is still so "stigmatized" (a term we will fully unpack because it carries A LOT), discusses why disclosure of illness is so tricky, and tells us how journalism saved her life. She also offers some kind wisdom to fellow sufferers. You are not alone <3.

56 MINAUG 12
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Hello I Want to Die Please Fix Me: Anna Mehler Paperny Talks Depression and Suicide

Is Fast Fashion Consuming Us?: Jael Richardson On Her 360-Day Shopping Detox

Shopping is FUN. More tops! More dresses! More shoes! But how do we know when our love of shopping is becoming a problem, either in a personal or a larger, cultural sense? Writer, radio host, and shopping enthusiast Jael Richardson has some answers, which she's gleaned from her recent 360-day shopping detox. In this episode, Jael unpacks her own desire to consume, discusses how fashion and shopping relate to identity, and tells us what she's learned during the first 7 months of her detox! Photo cred: Arden Wray

49 MINAUG 5
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Is Fast Fashion Consuming Us?: Jael Richardson On Her 360-Day Shopping Detox

Girls Who Gig: Rachel Jansen Talks Mushroom Picking, Freelance Life, and Peeing in the Woods

The fabulous Rachel Jansen is back! Last year, Rachel went on a mushroom picking escapade to make some sweet cash and she’s here to answer some juicy questions like: why are people so obsessed with morel mushrooms? Why does mushroom picking turn so many people into assholes? And why is peeing in the woods so completely satisfying? We also chat about our competitive natures, how we feel as willing participants of the gig economy, and why Legally Blonde is an amazing film and don’t even try to tell us otherwise.

46 MINJUL 29
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Girls Who Gig: Rachel Jansen Talks Mushroom Picking, Freelance Life, and Peeing in the Woods

We're Addicted But We're Trying: Anne T. Donahue Talks Twitter, Alcohol, and Body Image

Anne T. Donahue is a writer, funny person, and pop culture critic who is here to chat about so many things we hysterical women care about! In this ep, Mica and Anne discuss intersections such as: pop culture and politics, identity and privilege, and twitter and mental health. They also enter VERY REAL AND PERSONAL territory to chat about addiction and its many complicated forms. There's the internet. Alcohol. Food. Work. How can we value ourselves without using our addictions as either crutches or measuring sticks of progress? It's tough. But we're trying. We're frustrated. But we're hopeful.

64 MINJUL 22
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We're Addicted But We're Trying: Anne T. Donahue Talks Twitter, Alcohol, and Body Image

Twats, Tots, and Biological Clocks: Sara Graefe Talks Queer Conception and Motherhood

Conceiving a child isn't always a romantic process—especially for queer folks. There are doctors, donors, crinkly hospital gowns, stirrups (nooooo), and about a million questions you and your partner must navigate together. It can be a daunting process, which is why screenwriter Sara Graefe decided to create Swelling With Pride, an anthology of queer conception and adoption stories that captures just how complex (and beautiful, and heartbreaking) the process of bringing a human being into the world can be when you're not straight. In this episode, Sara discusses her own conception story along with the challenges and unique joys of queer motherhood. We also discuss representations of queerness on TV and why a queer character's sexuality needn't be their defining trait!

50 MINJUL 15
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Twats, Tots, and Biological Clocks: Sara Graefe Talks Queer Conception and Motherhood

The Feminist Anthems You Need on Your Playlist This Summer

Summer is here and it's time to pump up some juicy jams! In this episode, Mica celebrates her love of pop by breaking down some summer bangers (Lizzo! Miley! Tove Lo!) that will lift you up and make you feel good as hell. Mica also discusses her past as a wannabe teenage pop star and plays a couple hot tracks from the album she recorded as a 17-year-old - yikes! Also featured: an angsty intro featuring thoughts on Chernobyl, which is a terrifying but important television program.

40 MINJUL 8
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The Feminist Anthems You Need on Your Playlist This Summer

Latest Episodes

I've Escaped My Arranged Marriage—Now What?: Samra Habib Talks Queer Muslim Identity

Writer and photographer Samra Habib was only 16 when she married her cousin (not by choice). Now she's here to talk about her memoir, "We Have Always Been Here," which follows Samra as she fights to free herself from various oppressive forces in her life, from faith to family to "straight expectations." In this ep, Samra also chats about the Queer Muslim Photo Project, her ongoing photo series that grapples with what it means to be Muslim and queer. Because queer Muslims have always been here; they just haven't always been visible.

56 MIN1 days ago
Comments
I've Escaped My Arranged Marriage—Now What?: Samra Habib Talks Queer Muslim Identity

Let's Unpack Basic Bitches and Aritzia

Mica recently went to the Aritzia Warehouse Sale and it inspired her to think deeply about so-called basic bitches and whether or not this term can be reclaimed in a meaningful way(it can! probably!). Mica also discusses the bizarre nature of the warehouse sale and shares the results of her self-led investigation into where the leftover clothes go. Mica's efforts to solve this mystery include: embarrassing emails and unproductive phone conversations, all of which lead to some shocking insights that will change the way you shop forever!! Or not.

29 MIN1 weeks ago
Comments
Let's Unpack Basic Bitches and Aritzia

How Should We Respond to "Compliments" From Male Strangers?

In this solo episode, Mica discusses the dilemma of unsolicited attention from men. How do you get out of a conversation you never wanted to be a part of in the first place? A quick exit should be easy (right??) but if you have an internalized people pleaser complex then maybe this complicates matters. Mica also discusses some fashion nightmares of yore and rips Jerry Seinfeld a new one because, frankly, he deserves it! Also included: why copywriting can be very satisfying work, even when it's not your art/passion/life's dream.

37 MIN2 weeks ago
Comments
How Should We Respond to "Compliments" From Male Strangers?

Braless Freedom, Purity Balls, and the Kardashian Empire feat. Lori Lansens

New York Times bestselling author Lori Lansens is here! In this ep, we discuss Lori's new book (This Little Light, out now) in relation to some anti-feminist atrocities such as Purity Balls (GROSS), sexist dress codes, and the pressure to achieve Happiness as a finite state. We also chat about why the Kardashian empire can be considered a feminist feat, how shows like the Bachelor are really just "emotional sport," and what happened when Lori got a call saying her daughter's bralessness was a "distraction" at school. Um, sir, our breasts our business!

55 MIN3 weeks ago
Comments
Braless Freedom, Purity Balls, and the Kardashian Empire feat. Lori Lansens

Hello I Want to Die Please Fix Me: Anna Mehler Paperny Talks Depression and Suicide

Award-winning journalist Anna Mehler Paperny is here to discuss her new book, "Hello I Want to Die Please Fix Me," an absolutely must-read that chronicles her multiple suicide attempts, subsequent pursuit of treatment, and continuing quest for truth and insight as it pertains to depression—a disease that affects nearly one fifth of the population yet remains extremely misunderstood. In this episode, Anna breaks down why depression is still so "stigmatized" (a term we will fully unpack because it carries A LOT), discusses why disclosure of illness is so tricky, and tells us how journalism saved her life. She also offers some kind wisdom to fellow sufferers. You are not alone <3.

56 MINAUG 12
Comments
Hello I Want to Die Please Fix Me: Anna Mehler Paperny Talks Depression and Suicide

Is Fast Fashion Consuming Us?: Jael Richardson On Her 360-Day Shopping Detox

Shopping is FUN. More tops! More dresses! More shoes! But how do we know when our love of shopping is becoming a problem, either in a personal or a larger, cultural sense? Writer, radio host, and shopping enthusiast Jael Richardson has some answers, which she's gleaned from her recent 360-day shopping detox. In this episode, Jael unpacks her own desire to consume, discusses how fashion and shopping relate to identity, and tells us what she's learned during the first 7 months of her detox! Photo cred: Arden Wray

49 MINAUG 5
Comments
Is Fast Fashion Consuming Us?: Jael Richardson On Her 360-Day Shopping Detox

Girls Who Gig: Rachel Jansen Talks Mushroom Picking, Freelance Life, and Peeing in the Woods

The fabulous Rachel Jansen is back! Last year, Rachel went on a mushroom picking escapade to make some sweet cash and she’s here to answer some juicy questions like: why are people so obsessed with morel mushrooms? Why does mushroom picking turn so many people into assholes? And why is peeing in the woods so completely satisfying? We also chat about our competitive natures, how we feel as willing participants of the gig economy, and why Legally Blonde is an amazing film and don’t even try to tell us otherwise.

46 MINJUL 29
Comments
Girls Who Gig: Rachel Jansen Talks Mushroom Picking, Freelance Life, and Peeing in the Woods

We're Addicted But We're Trying: Anne T. Donahue Talks Twitter, Alcohol, and Body Image

Anne T. Donahue is a writer, funny person, and pop culture critic who is here to chat about so many things we hysterical women care about! In this ep, Mica and Anne discuss intersections such as: pop culture and politics, identity and privilege, and twitter and mental health. They also enter VERY REAL AND PERSONAL territory to chat about addiction and its many complicated forms. There's the internet. Alcohol. Food. Work. How can we value ourselves without using our addictions as either crutches or measuring sticks of progress? It's tough. But we're trying. We're frustrated. But we're hopeful.

64 MINJUL 22
Comments
We're Addicted But We're Trying: Anne T. Donahue Talks Twitter, Alcohol, and Body Image

Twats, Tots, and Biological Clocks: Sara Graefe Talks Queer Conception and Motherhood

Conceiving a child isn't always a romantic process—especially for queer folks. There are doctors, donors, crinkly hospital gowns, stirrups (nooooo), and about a million questions you and your partner must navigate together. It can be a daunting process, which is why screenwriter Sara Graefe decided to create Swelling With Pride, an anthology of queer conception and adoption stories that captures just how complex (and beautiful, and heartbreaking) the process of bringing a human being into the world can be when you're not straight. In this episode, Sara discusses her own conception story along with the challenges and unique joys of queer motherhood. We also discuss representations of queerness on TV and why a queer character's sexuality needn't be their defining trait!

50 MINJUL 15
Comments
Twats, Tots, and Biological Clocks: Sara Graefe Talks Queer Conception and Motherhood

The Feminist Anthems You Need on Your Playlist This Summer

Summer is here and it's time to pump up some juicy jams! In this episode, Mica celebrates her love of pop by breaking down some summer bangers (Lizzo! Miley! Tove Lo!) that will lift you up and make you feel good as hell. Mica also discusses her past as a wannabe teenage pop star and plays a couple hot tracks from the album she recorded as a 17-year-old - yikes! Also featured: an angsty intro featuring thoughts on Chernobyl, which is a terrifying but important television program.

40 MINJUL 8
Comments
The Feminist Anthems You Need on Your Playlist This Summer

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