The Vagitators Podcast
Retrospective Two - Spanx Sprint

Retrospective Two - Spanx Sprint

May 14, 2021

Why are G & B half naked on Instagram?

How hard is it for a French woman to pronounce Spanx Sprint?

Who the heck is Agath@, and more importantly, what’s next for the Vagitators Podcasts?

 

All these questions and more are addressed in our second retrospective episode!

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Here's a link to our very first Vagi-Movie: https://www.instagram.com/tv/CO0dl8kKs4I/

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The Vagitators Podcast is written, recorded and produced by Gina May Walter & Barnaby Alive.
Music & sound by Nina Guo: https://www.facesound.org/
 
Episode cover art: Suzanne Reichenbach
 
Episode Twelve - Comedy Uncancelled

Episode Twelve - Comedy Uncancelled

May 4, 2021

“Go try to be funny nowadays with this woke culture” Todd Phillips told Vanity Fair.

Well, alright! Barnaby takes her darkest, trickiest joke to joke doctor Caroline Clifford and gives them a rewrite in an attempt not to offend anyone, and endure in her blooming stand-up comedy career (sic).

 The dynamics of comedy in a context of social media (and particularly twitter) and cancel culture make the job tough - but can one really be cancelled? Could B. really lose it all for one bad joke?

What is cancel culture anyway? The Vagitators set out for answers, and Barnaby aims for results!

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You can find out more about Caroline's classes on the Berlin Stand-up School Website

Check-out Paula Poundstone's epic HBO One Night Stand here, the moment that we refer to on the show is at 34:58

The epic song that started it all, Your Love Is Cancelled by CHIC and the amazing Nile Rodgers

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The Vagitators Podcast is written, recorded and produced by Gina May Walter & Barnaby Alive.
Music & sound by Nina Guo: https://www.facesound.org/
 
Episode cover art: curtesy of Caroline Clifford
 
 
 
Episode Eleven - Decolonize Fashion

Episode Eleven - Decolonize Fashion

April 16, 2021

According to an article from the Harvard Business Review, humans categorise others in less than 150 milliseconds, and within 30 minutes form a lasting judgement of the other.

Aesthetics play a huge part in making representation matter: how we chose to present ourselves, and the extent to which we are able to chose, are elements of how others will experience us, and how we ultimately experience the world within our intersectionality.

This week, we are joined by Berlin-based art critic Jennifer Allen, to explore how we can change our habits to find an ethical, empowering expression of ourselves, and deconstruct how we make sense of fashion, aesthetics and consumption behaviour.

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If you want to know more about Jenny, she wrote an excellent article on what it's like to be Jennifer Allen.

Check out the work of Emilie Barbry for Papesse, here.

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The Vagitators Podcast is written, recorded and produced by Gina May Walter & Barnaby Alive.
Music & sound by Nina Guo: https://www.facesound.org/
 
Episode cover art: Barnaby Alive for The Vagitators
 
Episode Ten - User Manual

Episode Ten - User Manual

April 2, 2021

One report estimated that the entire wellness industry is worth $4.5 trillion, with a rate of 6.4% year over year. Yet, the documented state of wellness worldwide is on the decline, strongly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

How will we survive the 2020s? Gina & Barnaby sit down with expert on the topic B. Rogers, New-York based multidisciplinary artist and writer of 'Surviving the 2020s: User Manual'.

The manual is a thought-provoking  piece of literary nonfiction, where NYC-bred artist, community organizer, and self-proclaimed street refugee creates a user manual for civilians and dissidents alike to (hopefully) survive the upcoming decade. Filled with diagrams and sage advice, this book is a must have in any emergency grab bag.

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Rogers, B., 2021. Surviving the 2020s: User Manual. 1st ed. New York: AC Books / Saalt Press.

You can find the User Manual for purchase on the Small Press Distribution website.

You can follow B. on her instagram @streetrefuge, and follow her work for supporting other artists @createthehood.

The recipe for Gina's delicious dhal is from the amazing Meera Sodha, and you can find it on her website here.

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The Vagitators Podcast is written, recorded and produced by Gina May Walter & Barnaby Alive.
Music & sound by Nina Guo: https://www.facesound.org/
 

Episode cover photo, curtesy of B. Rogers

 
Episode Nine - Lonesome Rider

Episode Nine - Lonesome Rider

March 19, 2021

With the help of special musical guests The Piners, Gina & Barnaby analyse the lyrics of bluegrass, heartland Maine anthem Lonesome Rider to uncover in which ways women+/* can be alone, lonely, lonesome, self-partnered, or whatever they want to be.

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The Piners. “Lonesome Rider”, The Piners, Brick House Music, 1999, track 2. Spotify, open.spotify.com/track/4xNhf5QFdU0kbYzd3EFw83?si=6ea0150eecc6433d

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The Vagitators Podcast is written, recorded and produced by Gina May Walter & Barnaby Alive.
Music & sound by Nina Guo: https://www.facesound.org/
 
Episode cover photo, curtesy of Suzanne Reichenbach
Interlude - International Women’s Day

Interlude - International Women’s Day

March 7, 2021

You didn't think we'd forget about today did you?

G & B get together to celebrate sisterhood, and share inspirations to have a fulfilling International Women's Day!

Gina's feminist anthem: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBmMU_iwe6U

Barnaby's feminist anthem: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=drGx7JkFSp4

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Gina's feminist literature (believe it or not): https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/227443.Bridget_Jones_s_Diary

Barnaby's feminist literature: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2326184.Les_Trois_Quarts_du_temps?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=8EPJebTuCA&rank=1

 

If you would like to purchase those books, we recommend second hand stores or your local library.

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Gina's favorite feminist film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKFuXETZUsI

Barnaby favorite feminist film: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/daisies

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Gina's feminist icons*: Boudica, her mother

Barnaby's feminist icons*: Frida Khalo, Joséphine Baker, Aggripina the Elder

*including, not limited to

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The Vagitators Podcast is written, recorded and produced by Gina May Walter & Barnaby Alive.
Music & sound by Nina Guo: https://www.facesound.org/
 
Episode cover art: Barnaby Alive for The Vagitators
 
Episode Eight - Short Circuit

Episode Eight - Short Circuit

February 19, 2021

What happens when your body short-circuits your mind, your life, and your podcasting editorial plan? Barnaby and Gina speak about the corona virus, giving birth, and performing on stage to understand what we can learn from glitches in our mind to make more space for our bodies.

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The Vagitators Podcast is written, recorded and produced by Gina May Walter & Barnaby Alive.
Music & sound by Nina Guo: https://www.facesound.org/
 
Episode cover art: Barnaby Alive for The Vagitators
Episode Seven - The Greatest Athlete of all Time

Episode Seven - The Greatest Athlete of all Time

February 3, 2021

In this Vagi-Champion episode, Gina & Barnaby (virtually) travel to Washington DC to record the tales of resilience from amazing women in history. From Serena Williams to Billy Jean King, from Hillary Clinton to Elizabeth Warren, guest David McRae helps shed light on what it takes to be a Vagitator, and how does one start a process of Vagitation.

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The Vagitators Podcast is written, recorded and produced by Gina May Walter & Barnaby Alive.
Music & sound by Nina Guo: https://www.facesound.org/
Episode Six - We are not Clitlers!

Episode Six - We are not Clitlers!

January 15, 2021

In this new mission statement episode, Gina & Barnaby are confronted with some uncomfortable assumptions of what it means to be a feminist.

They take it to the streets to explore some popular beliefs, and answer a listener's question on the future of humanity, the future of Vagitators podcast, and what was it again? Ah yeah, the meaning of feminism.

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The Vagitators Podcast is written, recorded and produced by Gina May Walter & Barnaby Alive.
Music & sound by Nina Guo: https://www.facesound.org/
 
Episode cover art: Selen Duru for The Vagitators
 
 
Retrospective One - Proof of Concept

Retrospective One - Proof of Concept

January 6, 2021

The New Year is the greatest time for reflections! 

Gina & Barnaby look back at the past two months of podcasting, and reflect on what worked, what didn't, and what landed in between with a wide range of special guests from OWGs, Neukölln Fuckboys, fellow podcasters, yoga teachers and more!

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Check out Oscar's podcast, called Getting There: https://getting-there.simplecast.com/

Check out Ash's podcast, called Flicks'n'Scoops: https://flicksnscoops.com/podcast/

For more on Selen's yoga classes: https://www.instagram.com/duruselen/

And of course the fabulous Nina Guo: https://www.facesound.org/

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The Vagitators Podcast is written, recorded and produced by Gina May Walter & Barnaby Alive.
Music & sound by Nina Guo: https://www.facesound.org/
 
Episode cover art: Georg Bochow for The Vagitators
 
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