Episode 4.27 Asking For Help (Again)

My face when I’m thinking about asking for help.

This week we’re revisiting one of my all-time favourite conversations: asking for help! I’m asking some of the Big Questions(TM) that have been keeping me awake lately, such as: why do I find it so much harder to ask a colleague for help than a friend? What is the relationship between asking for help and being a mentor? How does our willingness to rely on one another make us stronger, rather than weaker?

I don’t have any links this week, just a verse from one of my favourite poems, “Questions to Ask Yourself Before Giving Up“:

Know that your friends want to send help.

They want to send daffodils and their extra hands

to braid your hair. They all want to be deciduous trees

and long semi-coloned sentences for you.

They want to.

-Kaitlyn Boulding
Transcription to come

The podcast theme song is “Mesh Shirt” by Mom Jeans off their album “Chub Rub.” Listen to the whole album here or learn more about them here. Follow me @hkpmcgregor and tweet about the podcast using #SecretFeministAgenda. Want to email me about your killjoy survival kit? Send it to secretfeministagenda(at)gmail(dot)com.

Secret Feminist Agenda is recorded and produced by Hannah McGregor on the traditional and unceded territories of the Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

Episode 4.26 Becoming “The Man” with Lily Cho

In this episode I sat down (virtually, of course) with Lily Cho to talk about feminist mentorship, the importance of boundaries, and trying to make change from within institutions. What if mentorship wasn’t based on intimacy but on clear boundaries and structures? What if the best way to transform the university is to really understand how it works? What if you clicked on these links?

Transcript to come

The podcast theme song is “Mesh Shirt” by Mom Jeans off their album “Chub Rub.” Listen to the whole album here or learn more about them here. Lily’s theme song was “Just One of the Guys” by Jenny Lewis.

Secret Feminist Agenda is recorded and produced by Hannah McGregor on the traditional and unceded territories of the Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

Episode 4.25 Mentorship

Thinkin’ mentory thoughts…

Are you ready to talk about mentorship? Because that’s what we’re doing for (checks watch) about 18 minutes. While we’re at it, here are a few articles on feminist mentoring:

Transcript to come

The podcast theme song is “Mesh Shirt” by Mom Jeans off their album “Chub Rub.” Listen to the whole album here or learn more about them here. Follow me @hkpmcgregor and tweet about the podcast using #SecretFeministAgenda. Want to email me about your killjoy survival kit? Send it to secretfeministagenda(at)gmail(dot)com.

Secret Feminist Agenda is recorded and produced by Hannah McGregor on the traditional and unceded territories of the Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

Episode 4.24 Providing Some Helpful Discomfort with Cicely Belle Blain and Vivek Shraya

I’m back from a much-needed hiatus and ready to jump into the final half-dozen episodes of season four, starting with a doozy. I talked to Vivek Shraya and Cicely Belle Blain about Vivek’s imprint VS Books, Cicely’s new book Burning Sugar, and the importance of mentorship. Also, dinosaurs. Also, links:

  • You can read Audre Lorde’s “Poetry Is Not a Luxury” here;
  • Jessica Johns’ chapbook is called How Not to Spill;
  • Here’s a quick read on Langston Hughes reporting on the Spanish Civil War;
  • And here’s Vivek’s article on the selling of marginalized people’s trauma.
Transcript to come

The podcast theme song is “Mesh Shirt” by Mom Jeans off their album “Chub Rub.” Listen to the whole album here or learn more about them here. Cicely’s theme song was “Spirit” by Beyoncé.

Secret Feminist Agenda is recorded and produced by Hannah McGregor on the traditional and unceded territories of the Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

Episode 4.23 Being a Demon Bitch About Justice

This is my resting demon bitch face.

This week I’m announcing a wee hiatus as I regather my resources to finish up season four. I’m also talking about what it might look like for us to collectively reject civility and instead become a hoard of demon bitches for justice. Also here are some links:

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The podcast theme song is “Mesh Shirt” by Mom Jeans off their album “Chub Rub.” Listen to the whole album here or learn more about them here. Follow me @hkpmcgregor and tweet about the podcast using #SecretFeministAgenda. Want to email me about your killjoy survival kit? Send it to secretfeministagenda(at)gmail(dot)com.

Secret Feminist Agenda is recorded and produced by Hannah McGregor on the traditional and unceded territories of the Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

Episode 4.22 Disability Art is the Last Avant-Garde with Sean Lee

A photo of Sean Lee, a disabled, Asian and queer artist, smiling at the camera. He is wearing a beige dress punctuated by small red frilly circles with textiles of sleeping animals.
Michelle Peek Photography, courtesy of Bodies in Translation: Activist Art, Technology & Access to Life, Re•Vision: The Centre for Art & Social Justice at the University of Guelph

This week I sat down virtually with Sean Lee, Director of Programming at Tangled Art + Disability, to talk about radically accessible curation, the transformative possibilities of disability as disruption, and the exciting work of Tangled and Bodies in Translation. So many links!

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The podcast theme song is “Mesh Shirt” by Mom Jeans off their album “Chub Rub.” Listen to the whole album here or learn more about them here. Sean’s theme song was “It’s Gonna Be Okay, Baby” by MUNA.

Secret Feminist Agenda is recorded and produced by Hannah McGregor on the traditional and unceded territories of the Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

Episode 4.21 Introducing the Amplify Podcast Network

Did I mention it was my birthday?

Are you ready to learn all about the Amplify Podcast Network?

Great.

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The podcast theme song is “Mesh Shirt” by Mom Jeans off their album “Chub Rub.” Listen to the whole album here or learn more about them here. Follow me @hkpmcgregor and tweet about the podcast using #SecretFeministAgenda. Want to email me about your killjoy survival kit? Send it to secretfeministagenda(at)gmail(dot)com.

Secret Feminist Agenda is recorded and produced by Hannah McGregor on the traditional and unceded territories of the Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

Episode 4.20 Producing Queer Media with Stacey Copeland

If you give me headshot options and one of them has a cat, you know which one I’m going to choose, right?

In this very special cross-over episode, I’m talking to Stacey Copeland, audio producer extraordinaire and the project manager of the SpokenWeb Podcast, which I also host! We talk about our feminist scholarly awakenings, the gendered policing of women’s voices, what queer media sounds like, and why we should be listening to archival audio more. Here are some links:

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The podcast theme song is “Mesh Shirt” by Mom Jeans off their album “Chub Rub.” Listen to the whole album here or learn more about them here. Stacey’s theme song was “Time Travel” by Blouse.

Secret Feminist Agenda is recorded and produced by Hannah McGregor on the traditional and unceded territories of the Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

Episode 4.19 Listening

Never not wearing headphones these days

This minisode is dedicated to the newest episode of the SpokenWeb podcast, which it’s preemptively responding to (that episode will be out on Monday, and I’m going to have to insist that you listen to it). That episode is thinking about how we are listening differently right now, and it prompted me to think for myself: how am I listening differently? Why am I compelled to always have my noise cancelling headphones nearby while also becoming fascinated with identifying the birds outside my window by their song? Why am I burning out on Zoom calls? Why does Fetch the Bolt Cutters feel like the unofficial album of the pandemic? And what is it about Within the Wires that is making it feel like the absolute perfect podcast for me right now?

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The podcast theme song is “Mesh Shirt” by Mom Jeans off their album “Chub Rub.” Listen to the whole album here or learn more about them here. Follow me @hkpmcgregor and tweet about the podcast using #SecretFeministAgenda. Want to email me about your killjoy survival kit? Send it to secretfeministagenda(at)gmail(dot)com.

Secret Feminist Agenda is recorded and produced by Hannah McGregor on the traditional and unceded territories of the Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

Bonus Episode: Secret Feminist Agenda and Peer Reviewing Podcasts at Mount Royal University

Another bonus episode coming at you! This one was recorded on April 4, 2019 at Mount Royal University and features me and Siobhan McMenemy interviewing one another about our collaborative work on peer reviewing podcasts. I don’t think there are a lot of links to add beyond that link to our own work, but I do want to point you towards this article on the significance of publicly engaged scholarship in review, tenure, and promotion documents by the scholars at the ScholCommLab.

Transcription to Come

A note about transcriptions: my goal was to get transcriptions more aligned with the release date of podcast episodes this year, a goal that has been significantly delayed by COVID-19 and the challenges facing my students. I want to highlight my commitment to continuing to improve on this front, including collaborating with colleagues on new podcasting workflows that can further automate transcription. More on that in the future!

The podcast theme song is “Mesh Shirt” by Mom Jeans off their album “Chub Rub.” Listen to the whole album here or learn more about them here. Follow me @hkpmcgregor and tweet about the podcast using #SecretFeministAgenda. Want to email me about your killjoy survival kit? Send it to secretfeministagenda(at)gmail(dot)com.

Secret Feminist Agenda is recorded and produced by Hannah McGregor on the traditional and unceded territories of the Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.