#16: Abortion at Home
Katie Breen
June 8, 2016

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 also discuss the complex and often severe legal challenges of the practice in the United States, and the safety of abortions in non-clinical settings worldwide.

#15: Empowering High-Achieving Women to Be Their Own Beyonces at Work
Katie Breen
June 8, 2016

In this episode, Katie interviews Chris Dalton of Empowered Achievers, a career development coaching practice 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 men) can support other women at work, how we can raise the next generation of strong girls, and what leadership skills men can learn from women in the workplace. Because the world is waking up to the fact that the masculine style of leadership sho' ain't the end-all-be-all. 

Listen here or on iTunes (please leave a rating and review!), SoundCloud, Overcast, or wherever else you get your podcasts!

Femtastic can also be found on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook!

#14: Cannabis and Women's Health
Katie Breen
June 8, 2016

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 you high, and can in fact be extremely useful in treating both common and uncommon medical ailments and pain. Katie and Tony cover a ton of topics, including but not limited to:

- the difference between THC and CBD

- how CBD works to treat pain in the body

- the types of cannabis products that cause a psychoactive effect (read: get ya high) versus types that do not (and how to pick a product for your desired effect)

- the various mediums through which you can consume cannabis, like edibles, vaporizers, oils, and topical ointments (TL;DR: smoking is so high school)

- the complex legal environment surrounding the industry

- what to look/ask for when visiting a dispensary

- the racist history of the word "marijuana" 

- how cannabis can be used to treat anxiety or conditions that cause pain, nausea, or movement issues (like menstrual pain, endometriosis pain, joint pain, migraines, chemotherapy-induced nausea, epileptic seizures, or Parkinson's-induced muscle tremors). 


It might just be the most educational conversation about cannabis you've ever heard.

This podcast can be heard via the SoundCloud player above, or at iTunes, Overcast, or wherever else fine podcasts are found.

Links to resources mentioned in the episode:

The Cannabist

Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP)

Marijuana Policy Project


Mary's Medicinals, best known for their award-winning Transdermal Cannabis Patch. Mary creates natural pain-relief products in various forms (patches, creams, tablets, tinctures, etc.).

#13: The Untold Stories of Women Changemakers
Katie Breen
June 8, 2016

In this episode, Katie interviews Julia Carpenter, Washington Post writer/editor and creator of daily email 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 heard of. Katie and Julia discuss why the newsletter was started, some of Julia's favorite unknown women history figures (you know Paul Revere but do you know Sybil Ludington, people?!), recommendations for fantastic books about women, why we've heard so few of women's stories in history class, and how we might change that in the future. Listen via the SoundCloud player above or head to iTunesOvercast, or wherever else fine podcasts are found.

To subscribe to A Woman to Know, click here. To follow Julia on Twitter, Instagram, or Tumblr, find her @juliaccarpenter.

As promised in the episode, here are some links about the books and women discussed in the episode!


  • Phryne, the Greek prostitute who was a total body-pos badass
  • Caresse Crosby, the inventor of the first US-patented modern bra, who was also a serious writer in 1920s Paris
  • Sybil Ludington, the female counterpart to the more famous Paul Revere
  • Jane Heap, a queer woman who started a literary review highlighting modernist, feminist, queer voices as early as 1914(!!)


Julia's Picks

A Jury of Her Peers: Celebrating American Women Writers from Anne Bradstreet to Annie Proulx (Elaine Showalter)

Writing Women's Lives: An Anthology of Autobiographical Narratives by Twentieth-Century American Women Writers (Edited and Introduction by Susan Cahill)

When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present (Gail Collins)

Women's Letters: America from the Revolutionary War to the Present (Lisa Grundwald and Stephen J. Adler)

Katie's Picks

My Own Words (Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, with contributors Mary Hartnett and Wendy W. Williams)

Notorious RBG (Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik)

My Beloved World (Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor)

Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World (Linda Hirshman)

America and the Pill: A History of Promise, Peril, and Liberation (Elaine Tyler May)

Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape (Peggy Orenstein)

About Abortion: Terminating Pregnancy in 21st Century America (Carol Sanger)

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban (Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, contributor Christina Lamb) - We didn't actually mention this one but it's another amazing book about an important woman in history! 

#12: Mother and Daughter: A Tale of Two Veterans
Katie Breen
June 8, 2016

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 Force lieutenant who served in Afghanistan. Both mother and daughter talk about the difficulties not only of deploying to a war zone, but of reintegrating into civilian life upon their return. They touch on the stigma surrounding mental illness in the military, the experience of being women in male-dominated environments (both the military and the Middle Eastern countries they deployed to), how little we talk about the struggle of coming home from war, and how sharing their experiences with one another brought them closer together and helped them both heal from the traumas of war. The beautiful, heartfelt, and often tearful interview, which lasted about 90 minutes, is a powerful testament to the bond between mothers and daughters, and to the healing power of sharing our stories, no matter how difficult.

Listen via the SoundCloud player above or head to iTunesOvercast, or wherever else fine podcasts are found.

And scroll on for great pictures of Lauren and Debbie's military experiences (including a super cute pic you don't wanna miss of Debbie returning home to her three small kiddos).

Debbie with her kids, fresh off the plane post-deployment.
Lauren saluting Debbie while Debbie reads the oath at her swearing in ceremony
Lauren in Afghanistan

Lauren taking photos at a groundbreaking ceremony
Traditional Afghan dress gifted by interpreters
Lauren in Africa
Lauren with her parents at her ROTC awards
#11: The Handmaid's Tale & Trump's America
Katie Breen
June 8, 2016

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 years ago, the story describes a United States that uses a fabricated act of Islamic terrorism to establish a Christian theocracy and strip women of their rights. Katie and David discuss the frightening parallels between events in the story and those in our current political climate, such as attacks on women's reproductive rights and the political co-opting of so-called "family values" and "religious freedoms" - particularly by those whose "values" include white, Christian heteronormativity, and who want to limit the "freedom" of our laws from religion.

Listen above or on iTunes, Overcast, SoundCloud, or wherever else fine podcasts are found via an RSS feed.

#10: Teaching Parents How to Talk to Their Kids About Sex
Katie Breen
June 8, 2016

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 for parents to broach, what kids stand to gain when they can have open discussions with parents about sex, and some resources for how to communicate the facts - while also communicating your values - when talking to your children about sex.

Listen here, on iTunes, on SoundCloud, or wherever else you get your podcasts!

In the episode, Katie and Elona discussed Al Vernacchio's TED Talk, Sex Needs a New Metaphor, a new way to think about how we think and talk about sex - ditching the old "score"-based, hierarchal metaphor of sex as a game of baseball, with winners, losers, and "stealing" bases - and instead thinking of sex as enjoying a pizza with someone. Are you in the mood for pizza? Do you like mushrooms on your pizza? Would you like another piece? 

Elona also gave some great recommendations for parents looking to learn more about how to talk to their kids about sex. In her own words:

From Diapers to Dating: A Parent's Guide to Raising Sexually Healthy Children by Debra Haffner

Organized from birth through age 12, this book presents practical techniques to help parents communicate age-appropriate information and values about sexuality to their children.

Girls & Sex by Peggy Orenstein

Through research and interviews, Orenstein outlines the considerations facing girls today and how they as individuals cope with the expectations and impact of society and culture.

Talk to Me First: Everything You Need to Know to Become Your Kids' "Go-To" Person About Sex by Deborah Roffman

Excellent, values-based guide from a widely acclaimed sexuality educator. Thorough and appropriate for parents with children of all ages.

For Goodness Sex: Changing the Way We Talk to Teens About Sexuality, Values, and Health by Al Vernacchio

This groundbreaking book by a high school sexuality education teacher provides an insightful and philosophical yet pragmatic approach to talking with teens. Inspirational.

#9: Acupuncture, Reiki, and Self Care for Women's Health
Katie Breen
June 8, 2016

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 infertility, ovarian cysts, and menstrual irregularity to insomnia, depression, anxiety, PTSD, and trauma-influenced conditions. They also discuss how it is now common for private insurance plans to cover acupuncture, and how to find a great acupuncturist or Reiki practitioner in your area.

For more things Margarita:

Her book! As we discussed in the episode, A Beginner's Guide to Self-Healing Techniques that Balance the Chakra is on preorder now! It launches 2/14/17.

Her site, where you can subscribe to her amazing newsletters or learn more about her practices, plus download her free guided meditation!

Her YouTube channel, where you can see and hear Margarita in all of her amazing goddessness and watch her dispense all kinds of

And, of Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Plus, read her FAQS on acupuncture and Reiki

#8: Talking Equality and the Next Four Years with Ash Beckham
Katie Breen
June 8, 2016

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 up brutally honest, totally hilarious conversations about tough topics inspired more than 8 million YouTube views and the most-watched Ignite Talk ever. In the oft-chuckle-inducing interview, Ash and Katie discuss their outlook on how the next four years may affect folks from marginalized communities, how millennials demand diversity from their workplaces, and how to be a better ally. 

Click here to explore all of her hilarious, radically authentic talks. 

#7: Conscious Period - Chemicals in Tampons and Menstruating While Homeless
Katie Breen
June 8, 2016

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 conventional tampons, the menstrual needs of women living in poverty and homelessness around the world, the tampon tax, and the challenges of building a women-minded startup based on a taboo topic - especially in the male-dominated world of venture capital. 

Episode 6: Vote Informed
Katie Breen
June 8, 2016

In Episode 6: Vote Informed, 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 down-ballot elections, the immense impact that local and state policies have on our lives, and how down-ballot races differ from national ones. Listen to the episode and then head to BallotReady.org to learn about the candidates and issues at stake on your ballot. And please, for the love of God, VOTE. 

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Episode 5: Breaking Down Barriers on the Road to Abortions
Katie Breen
June 8, 2016

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 emotional comfort. They discuss the obstacles many women face to getting abortion care, the total sham of so-called "Crisis Pregnancy Centers," the anti-choice movement's use of Targeted Regulation of Abortion Provider (aka TRAP) laws to deter access to abortion, striving to be more intersectional feminists, and how the Hyde Amendment unfairly blocks low-income women and women of color from seeking reproductive freedom. 

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Episode 4: Campus Sexual Assault and Title IX
Katie Breen
June 8, 2016

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 relationship violence on college campuses, how survivors of campus sexual assault and other gender-based violence can use Title IX to seek justice (even after leaving school, even if you never went to the police), and how the conversation around campus sexual assault has changed over the years. They also discuss why a survivor may not go to the police following an assault, the impact that trauma can have on academic (and life) performance, and some advice on how to support a friend who has survived a traumatic incident.

As always, look out for The AfterShow - a blog post with bonus content about the topics discussed in this episode, with links to relevant resources, articles, and studies.

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Episode 3: The Sex Ed Teacher You Wish You Had
Katie Breen
June 8, 2016

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 the shortcomings of American sex ed, the importance of erasing shame from the sex ed classroom (and how she does it), the hilarity and importance of demystifying sex for young people (Can I masturbate too much? Is porn sex like real sex?), and why it is so crucial that educators come at sex education from an angle that is as inclusive and intersectional as possible - taking into account ALL life experiences, races, cultures, gender identities, sexual orientations, socioeconomic classes, and past traumas. 

In this episode, we mentioned a LOT of resources we would link to after the show so our listeners could learn more. So look out for a post with that bonus content comin' atcha soon! #linksonlinksonlinks

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New Episode! A Public Defender on Domestic Violence and the Criminal Justice System
Katie Breen
June 8, 2016

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 they didn't commit. They also touch on the unique challenges of marginalized communities in actually receiving justice within the criminal justice system. Look out for bonus content about the topics discussed in the episode so you can get your learn on!

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Femtastic Podcast Episode I
Katie Breen
June 8, 2016

Listen and subscribe on iTunes here.

Katie interviews Jillian Coffey, the Field Organizing Specialist for Planned Parenthood of Colorado. Their conversation covers a litany of topics, such as how to become involved in the fight for reproductive rights in your state, what it was like working for PP in the aftermath of the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood shooting, and the frustrations of working in a political climate that often puts more focus on religious and moral arguments than on factual ones.*

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*All views expressed are Jillian's own and do not necessarily represent the views of the Planned Parenthood organization.