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Refinery 29's award-winning podcast is back for a five-part capsule collection on feminist memes. This season we find out what happened to Peaches Monroee after she coined On Fleek, dive into the reaction GIFs selection on Giphy and talk to meme maker Quinta Brunson. Hosted by Executive Producer Eli… read more

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S3E5: Mind Behind The Meme: Quinta Brunson

March 30th, 2018


Quinta Brunson became obsessed with comedy as an undergrad at Temple University. She initially felt like the internet wasn't for her until her friend …

S3E4: The Great Firewall of China

March 30th, 2018


Memes in China are silly, they're based on puns, and they're driving the government crazy. Chinese memes are flourishing under the country's censored internet and despite the risks, memes are used to communicate …

S3E3: Minds Behind The Meme: Woke Charlotte

March 30th, 2018


Chelsea Fairless and Lauren Garroni run the very popular Every Outfit on Sex and the City Instagram account. But after rewatching SATC for the …

S3E2: Peaches On Fleek

March 30th, 2018


Peaches, a young women of color, uploads a video of herself to Vine. She's impressed with her eyebrows. They're on fleek. The Vine goes viral. …

S3E1: Digital Black Face

March 30th, 2018


Even though Tiffany Pollard's appearance on VH1's Rock Of Love was 12 years ago, GIFs of her grandiose reactions are still used to respond to …

Welcome to Season 3!

March 30th, 2018


Welcome to the world of memes. Where nuance mean nothing and images are everything! This season we find out what happened to Peaches Monroee after she coined On Fleek, dive into the reaction GIFs selection on Giphy and …

S2E10: Why Male Bosses Don't Get It

September 11th, 2017


You #LeanIn. You #AskForMore. You #SideHustle. Yet you still feel like an imposter, even though you're pretty sure you know more than your male boss. How do you survive being manterrupted, passed over, and side-eyed at …

A Conversation with Aubrey Plaza

September 11th, 2017


Elisa talks with comedian and actress Aubrey Plaza about her latest film and how Instagram has influenced her in new role and in real life. This …

S2E9: When Your Pop Culture Doesn't Match Your Politics

September 5th, 2017


What do you do when you love the beat but the lyrics aren't quite....liberating? If you're ashamed of your music choices, don't be. Elisa talks with "Trainwreck: The Women We Love to Hate, Mock, and Fear and Why" author …

S2E8: Why Are We Still Not Happy?

August 28th, 2017


The main consumer of self-help products in the US are women living in coastal cities. So how have decades of encouragement to find "our best selves" and "live our best lives" affected us? And why are we still looking …

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April 29th, 2016

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