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The podcast where influential feminists discuss their greatest passions. Host Katie Ward is also and actor, writer, and mom. However, she's also an intersectional feminist who's easily excitable. At the heart of every interview is the essential question, "What are you really enthusiastic about right now?"

The podcast where influential feminists discuss their greatest passions. Host Katie Ward is also and actor, writer, and mom. However, she's also an intersectional feminist who's easily excitable. At the heart of every interview is the essential question, "What are you really enthusiastic about right now?"
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The podcast where influential feminists discuss their greatest passions. Host Katie Ward is also and actor, writer, and mom. However, she's also an intersectional feminist who's easily excitable. At the heart of every interview is the essential question, "What are you really enthusiastic about right now?"

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@katiefward

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English


Episodes

#DisabledAndCute: With Keah Brown

11/15/2017
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Keah Brown is not here to inspire you. What she is intending to do is be a beacon of self love, professional success, and next level cuteness. She's also willing to call out people who don't respect the intersectional experience of disabled people of color. By starting the hashtag #DisabledAndCute on twitter, she's giving a platform for the disabled to celebrate themselves. The writer just released a delicious profile of feminist powerhouse Roxane Gay for Harper's Bazaar. She's trying to...

Duration: 00:49:40


Surviving Grief: With Kate Spencer

10/31/2017
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This episode is brought to you by Sudio Sweden's delicious new headphones! Use offer code ENTHUSIASM15 to get 15% off and free worldwide shipping! Click here!! Kate Spencer knows everyone cool, and everyone cool knows Kate Spencer. This is what I've come to realize after getting to know this woman. The writer and Upright Citizens Brigade alum is the kind of person who is both wildly clever and fiercely self-deprecating. The two of us recently teamed up on a bus full of women activists...

Duration: 01:03:00


Fighting Injustice: With Rabia Chaudry

10/17/2017
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This episode is brought to you by Sudio Sweden's delicious new headphones! Use offer code ENTHUSIASM15 to get 15% off and free worldwide shipping! Click here!! In 2014, when Serial debuted, it would change many lives. Not only would the most popular podcast of all-time change the course of Adnan Syed's legal path, but the show itself would bring podcasting into the mainstream media. One of the people who is directly and indirectly responsible for all of it is Rabia Chaudry. Without...

Duration: 00:56:26


Lilith Fair 20 Years Later: With Lisa Loeb & Terry McBride

10/3/2017
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This episode is brought to you by Sudio Sweden's delicious new headphones! Use offer code ENTHUSIASM15 to get 15% off and free worldwide shipping! Click here!! If all of your favorite female musicians toured together, supported each other, and donated some of the proceeds from the concerts to charities that help other women, would you go? Because that DID happen. It was called Lilith Fair, and in 1997 it changed the musical landscape for the next three summers. Lilith began as a...

Duration: 00:59:07


Millennial Journalism Is Giving Me Life: With Lily Herman

9/13/2017
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In 2016, a beautiful trend began. Some of the BEST journalism came from one of the most unexpected places, Teen Vogue. Lily Herman is one of the writers leading the charge. She also freelances for Glamour, Allure, and Refinery 29. In her spare time, she's volunteering her skills to women running for office. Love! It gives me great hope to see someone so attuned to the important issues of feminists doing this work at such a young age. There is hope! Hope for us all! Follow her: twitter...

Duration: 00:58:01


Taylor Swift, Silicon Valley, & Fighting Sexual Harassment: With Tammy Cho

8/29/2017
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DONATE TO VICTIMS OF HURRICANE HARVEY: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/hurricane-harvey-relief-fund/ JOIN OUR FACEBOOK GROUP: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TheEnthusiasmEnthusiast/ This ep is about how people are combatting sexual harassment. I talk about Taylor Swift's recent legal victory: http://www.vulture.com/2017/08/taylor-swifts-best-comebacks-at-her-sexual-assault-trial.html. I also get into Tig Notaro addressing the Louis CK rumors:...

Duration: 01:11:09


What We Can Learn From Charlottesville: With Summer Martin

8/15/2017
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On Saturday, an acquaintance of mine posted in a private Facebook group of which we're both a part, that she was both angry and scared about the events in Charlottesville, VA. She's an African-American woman in a group where the majority of the other women are white. The rest of the group told her we heard her, we support her, and we were scared by all of it too. But that didn't feel good enough for me. I wanted to show her by more than words that I care for her family and all of those...

Duration: 01:33:07


Moms In Film: With Heather Denton & Christy Lamb

8/2/2017
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Heather Denton has worked with Jill Soloway, Quentin Tarantino, and many other filmmakers. She gives me the skinny on how she has managed motherhood with her career behind the camera. Here's her amazing resume: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0219831/?ref_=nv_sr_1 Christy Lamb is a producer and the Director Of Strategy & Development for http://momsinfilm.org. MIF was responsible for the Wee Wagon day care for attendees of the SXSW Film Festival. They also started the #MakeThemMoms campaign -...

Duration: 02:00:10


Representation In Storytelling: With Nicole Blades

7/19/2017
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Nicole Blades is many things - journalist, author, podcaster, and mom. She's a bundle of talent and insight partnered with the gentle spirit we've come to expect from Canadians. Luckily for the U.S., she lives here now, and is coming out with her 3rd (!!!) novel this fall. I wanted to get her take on so many things, so we covered a lot in our talk. Black Panther, Wonder Woman, Game of Thrones, Hawaii 5-0, and Rachel Dolezal. Oh my! Also, please please please forgive me, Ijeoma Oluo, for...

Duration: 01:47:46


GLOW: With Kimmy Gatewood, Rebekka Johnson, & Britney Young

7/4/2017
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Subscribe now via iTunes, Stitcher, iHeart Radio, TuneIn, or SiriusXM via the Spoke app. You can also get the show at http://www.rockettewomen.com. Check out that awesome site! The Netflix series GLOW is a delicious feminist masterpiece and a certified smash. Kimmy Gatewood and Rebekka Johnson play comedy duo Stacey and Dawn. Britney Young plays Carmen aka Machu Picchu. Each of them makes such a splash in these break out roles. Find us on social media: https://twitter.com/kimmygatewood...

Duration: 01:18:59


Making Art For A Living: With Jennie Palmer

6/20/2017
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Find us now on I Heart Radio https://www.iheart.com/podcast/53-The-Enthusiasm-Enthu-28220539/, and send me feedback at http://www.theenthusiasmenthusiast.com. Jennie Palmer has been a sculptor, a muppet maker, a parade float designer, and is now an author/illustrator of a children's book coming August 15th. She managed to draw and write this book while raising 3 kids. Somewhere along the way, she also became one of my best friends. As a parent, we want to read books with our kids that come...

Duration: 00:53:11


First Family Of Drag: With Detox & Patty Sanderson

6/6/2017
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RuPaul's Drag Race changed both the landscape of television and mainstream gay culture. One of the biggest stars to come out of the show is Detox. One of my favorite moments in all the seasons of Drag Race was seeing Detox perform with her sister Heather, a friend of mine since we were kids. Not only did they win the challenge, they won the hearts of fans. The connection between the two of them was a wonderful example of what happens when families are truly built on unconditional love....

Duration: 00:44:05


Well Adjusted Child Stars: With Christine Lakin

5/24/2017
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Christine Lakin was the first child star I met as an adult. Like a lot of kids of the 90's, I spent every Friday watching ABC's TGIF lineup including Step By Step, the show that launched her career. When we first met about 15 years ago, I remember being surprised by how NOT crazy she was (and is). Christine is instantly likable and self-aware. She knows what you think of child stars, and she's happy to help you get over it. In her new show, Hollywood Darlings, she teams up with Jodie...

Duration: 00:58:38


Treating Thyroid Cancer: With Dr. Naifa Busaidy

5/8/2017
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The cancer with the highest and fastest rise since 1970 is thyroid cancer. It is disproportionately affecting women. According to the American Cancer Society, about 56,870 new cases of thyroid cancer (42,470 in women, and 14,400 in men) are diagnosed each year. In 2010, I was one of those patients. The disease is a bit of a mystery, so, I spoke with Dr. Naifa Busaidy, an Associate Professor in the Department of Endocrine Neoplasia and Hormonal Disorders at The University of Texas MD...

Duration: 01:01:31


Broadway Baby: With Ilana Levine

4/25/2017
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To my knowledge, Ilana Levine is the only actor who learned she could sing AFTER she was cast in a Broadway musical. Her path as a performer has been anything but typical, and in her latest incarnation as the host of her own podcast, Little Known Facts With Ilana Levine, she's doing things differently again. Guests Cynthia Nixon, John Slattery, Molly Ringwald, and the like give her the real tea. So, I wanted to hear from Ilana about her inspiration (Gloria Steinem!!), experiences on stage,...

Duration: 00:55:19


Surrogacy: With Erica Schroepfer

4/11/2017
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People have so much judgement about parenting, from what to feed your kids to where they sleep. There's also incredible judgement about how people become parents. I was shocked to find out how controversial surrogacy is not only in people's minds, but in the laws of countries all across the world and even in certain States in the U.S. It never really occurred to me people would actively oppose surrogacy, but I guess that was naive given the incessant focus on controlling women's bodies...

Duration: 00:49:49


Pioneering Space & Motherhood: With Dr. Anna Fisher

3/28/2017
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Dr. Anna Fisher gave birth to her first daughter on a Friday and was back at NASA for a work meeting on Monday. Let that sink in for a moment. Dr. Fisher is exceptional in so many ways. She was one of the only women in her medical school class at UCLA. She was in the first class of female astronauts at NASA. She also took 7 years in the middle of her career to stay home with her daughters. She's been a pioneer, mentor, and friend to all of the astronauts (and cosmonauts), but especially to...

Duration: 00:48:56


Dining For Women: With Beth Ellen Holimon & Nancy Stern

3/14/2017
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Dining For Women has blossomed into a non-profit organization with thousands of members nationwide. Local chapters of friends get together to eat and learn about the needs of women and girls in international communities. For member, Nancy Stern, it became much more. I spoke with both Nancy and President Beth Ellen Holimon about their experiences with DFW.

Duration: 00:52:33


Winning At Feminism: With Beth Newell

2/28/2017
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If you haven't already, spend some time perusing the Reductress website with headlines like "We Drew These Disney Princesses As Size 10s And Now They Are All Being Harassed On Twitter" or "4 Ways To Make Life Easier For Yourself, and Harder For Everyone Around You." This is the wonderful satirical world of women's magazines co-created by Beth Newell. Not only is she kicking ass on the website, but she's also helping with the Mouth Time podcast and co-authoring How To Win At Feminism: The...

Duration: 00:52:01


Ambition Shifts: With Hana Schank & Elizabeth Wallace

2/14/2017
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What happens when that isn't how your career unfolds? What happens when your partner's career takes off and yours takes a hit as the supporting half of the duo? How do you maintain your ambition when biology and the unyielding schedules of young children require that you slow down? Hana Schank and Elizabeth Wallace explore these dilemmas in their series for The Atlantic, The Ambition Interviews. It's a great read, so, I asked Hana and Liz to discuss their work with me. I was touched not...

Duration: 00:54:40

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