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Is Instagram making us all into Betty Draper 2.0? Can you follow the Kardashians and still be a feminist? Are there women on death row? Is virality a science or a spiritual connection? Refinery 29's executive producer, Elisa Kreisinger talks to today’s culture makers and rule breakers to try to solve the mysteries of our modern popular culture.

Episodes

Lipstick Isn't a Sign of a Declining Mind  

Fashion is often dismissed as frivolous, superficial, shallow, and in the age of global warming, even irresponsible. Yet when we look in the mirror, we still want our outside to reflect what's inside. Refinery29's co-founder Christene Barberich talks about how clothing connects us when you find your style, you find yourself.

Childish Games  

How far would you go to be a kid again? And why do we miss the 90s so much? Our special report on nostalgia dives into what Dream Phone taught us about dating and why some memories aren't worth reliving. This is our second to last episode of this season. Next week will be our final episode.

Faith Filled Feminist  

How do you negotiate feminism and faith? Linda Sarsour talks about being a Muslim feminist and how the two aren't mutually exclusive.

No Shame In A Selfie  

Selfies were responsible for more deaths in 2015 than shark attacks. And 75% of those deaths were men. So why are selfies seen as an inherently narcissistic, overly feminine activity, and generally met with disgust? Can you find yourself in a selfie? Amy Jones, a therapist who knows Elisa very, very well weighs in.

Picking Up A Pick Up Artist  

Angela Washko is a feminist artist who tried to find common ground with the internet's most infamous misogynist. To say they occupy different corners of the world would be an understatement. How do you find commonality with someone who is the antithesis to your beliefs? And if you needed another reason to love Denmark, we have one.

Shiny Happy People  

Is virality a science or a spiritual connection? And what role do women play it? Leading virality scholar and Wharton associate professor Katherine Milkman, PhD, and Soul Pancake’s Correy Stoner O'Neal offer two different perspectives. Does positivity go viral because we want to seem like good people or because we actually are?

Worst Place To Be A Woman  

Michelle Byrom was on death row for 15 years. Hours before her execution, her conviction was overturned. Refinery 29’s Vanessa Golembeski talked with Byrom weeks after her release and questions the bias baked into a system that’s supposed to protect women.

Just Shut Up  

Vocal fry. Upspeak. Overuse of qualifiers — it seems like we can’t open our mouths without being criticized. Elisa Kreisinger talks to public radio journalist Sally Herships and politics writer Amanda Marcotte and asks: If a woman is saying something intelligent and all you hear is the way it’s being said, is that her problem or yours?

Instagram Insecurities  

Women are now more likely than men to have bachelor's degrees. And childless women in their 20s currently out-earn men. So why are our Instagram feeds filled with images of date nights, engagement rings, cat eyes, cupcakes, and waist-trainers? Are we becoming Betty Draper 2.0, or are we using the illusion of perfection to escape the reality that relationships are hard? New York Times Journalist Hannah Seligson and Stone Fox Bride founder Molly Guy weigh in.

Instagram Insecurities  

Childless women in their 20’s currently out earn men and women are now more likely than men to have bachelor degrees. So why are our Instagram feeds filled with images of date nights, engagement rings, cat eyes, cupcakes, waste trainers ? Are we becoming Betty Draper 2.0 or is this the illusion of perfection to escape the reality that relationships, jobs and life is...hard? New York Times Journalist Hannah Seligson and Stone Fox Bride founder Molly Guy weigh in.

The Kardashian Industrial Komplex  

Sales are down on magazine covers that bear their faces. Ratings are low on their reality tv show. Seemingly no one cares about the Kardashians. So why are they everywhere, including our site? Ann Helen Peterson has a her Phd in celebrity and explains and digs into the role celebrity plays in post modern american popular culture.

A Preview  

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