Friday, November 4th 2016

PERIOD Episode 7: Public Periods

period-podcast-cover-art-namesExcerpt: Kate interviews musician Kiran Gandhi and inventor Heli Kurjanen about having periods in public.

Summary: In this episode, I talk to two women with periods on their mind – Kiran Gandhi, who freebled the London Marathon in 2015, and Heli Kurjanen, inventor and founder of the Lunette menstrual cup. Kiran and I discuss the public and private experience of having periods, the effect of menstrual taboos on young girls, and what it means to live a life of hiding ourselves. Kiran has leveraged her fame from the London Marathon to continuing her period activism and consciousness raising across multiple platforms. Follow her on Twitter at @MadameGandhi and on her website at kirangandhi.com.

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Badass Kiran Gandhi. In addition to freebleeding a marathon, she drums for MIA and Thievery Corporation and has her own musician project called Madame Gandhi. You know, NBD.

Heli and I discuss how one goes from making your own diapers for your baby to being inspired to invent and market your own brand of menstrual cups. We also discuss the environmental and ethical issues that go along with making and selling menstrual products. Lunette is doing great work for women all over the world, and I was proud to have her on as a guest. Follow Heli at @HeliK_Lunette, her product at @Lunettecup, and the Lunette cup website at lunette.com.

Finnish menstrual cup inventor Heli Kurjanen. Feminist entrepreneurs FTW!

Finnish menstrual cup inventor Heli Kurjanen. Feminist entrepreneurs FTW!

Subscribe to PERIOD so you don’t miss an episode! Subscribing, especially on iTunes, helps us a ton with promoting the podcast and getting the word out to more people. So does leaving a review, so please do that too! You can also find information about the podcast at Period Podcast on Facebook.

Want a better PERIOD?

Call or write me! I am collecting two things right now: your period science questions, and first period stories. Leave me a voicemail with either or both at 262-PERIOD-2 (262-737-4632). Don’t forget to tell me how to contact you if you don’t mind my following up.

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I can’t wait to hear what you think! Thanks for listening!

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Friday, October 28th 2016

PERIOD Episode 6: Periods for Politicians

period-podcast-cover-art-namesExcerpt: Kate interviews the founder of Periods for Pence, now Periods for Politicians.

Content warning: abortion and reproductive justice are the main topics of this episode.

Summary: I talk to Sue Magina (best pseudonym ever, amirite?), the founder of Periods for Politicians. Sue has been instrumental in organizing and radicalizing the women of Indiana around issues of reproductive justice, and is now encouraging others to help her take this work to the whole country. In this episode, learn why perinatal hospice care can be a great thing but doctors shouldn’t be forced to advise it, and why it’s really hard to inter or cremate menstrual blood.

If you live in Indiana or one of its neighboring states, Sue and the whole Periods for Politicians crew are hosting a rally next week called The Revolution Will Be Uterized. Here’s the info:

  • Wednesday, November 2nd, 5:30-8:30pm
  • Indiana State House, 200 W. Washington St. Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
  • For the full listing of events (constantly being updated!), click on the Facebook event

At PERIOD Podcast we support period activism, and you should too!

Subscribe to PERIOD so you don’t miss an episode! Subscribing, especially on iTunes, helps us a ton with promoting the podcast and getting the word out to more people. So does leaving a review, so please do that too! You can also find information about the podcast at Period Podcast on Facebook.

Want to be on PERIOD? I am collecting first period stories! Leave me a voicemail with your story at 262-PERIOD-2 (262-737-4632). Don’t forget to tell me how to contact you if you don’t mind my following up.

Other ways to contact me:

I can’t wait to hear what you think! Thanks for listening!

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Friday, October 21st 2016

PERIOD Episode 5: Teaching periods

period-podcast-cover-art-namesExcerpt: Kate interviews two educators who teach students about periods.

Summary: This episode was a ton of fun to put together. I was lucky to get to interview Lali DeRosier, a seventh grade science teacher and awesome science outreach advocate. We talk about what kids know, and what cultural conceptions of gender make kids not realize they know… like the several times Lali has had to convince boys in her classroom that girls poop.

Science teacher and general badass Lali DeRosier

Science teacher and general badass Lali DeRosier

Then, I talk to Talia Oakley, a sex health educator. We also talk about what kids know and mis-know… and my daughter makes an accidental appearance.

Talia Oakley, sex health educator who teaches kids about respect

Talia Oakley, sex health educator who teaches kids about bodily respect

Subscribe to PERIOD so you don’t miss an episode! (Don’t know how to subscribe? Just search “period” on any podcast app, or search “period podcast” in iTunes.)

Subscribing, especially on iTunes, helps us a ton with promoting the podcast and getting the word out to more people. So does leaving a review, so please do that too! You can also find information about the podcast at Period Podcast on Facebook.

Want to be on PERIOD? I am collecting first period stories! Leave me a voicemail with your story at 262-PERIOD-2 (262-737-4632). I’ve loved the stories I’ve gotten so far. Keep them coming! Don’t forget to tell me how to contact you if you don’t mind my following up.

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I can’t wait to hear what you think! Thanks for listening!

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