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The YIKES Podcast

22 EpisodesProduced by Mikaela Loach and Jo BeckerWebsite

There’s a lot to make us Yikes in this world. From the climate crisis to racism to activism and resisting oppressive systems, it can call get a bit overwhelming. Yikes is a podcast which leans into the Yikes of the world rather than letting it overwhelm us. We breakdown the issues in an accessible i… read more

22 Episodes | 2020 - 2021

EPISODE 22: Rest For The Many

February 18th, 2021


SEASON 3! After a little break, we are back and want to use this episode to talk about the importance of rest. We talk about how this relates to justice, activism, and the concepts of self- and community care. Enjoy x

EPISODE 21: Unlearnings and Actions

December 17th, 2020


In this Christmas bonus ep, we are reflecting on the year and some of the lessons we learnt and how we can bring that into the new year! We also …

EPISODE 20: Gatekeeping and Collective Change

November 19th, 2020


Last ep of season 2, wohoo! We define gatekeeping, and explore this very nuanced topic of accountability, power hoarding, and scarcity mindsets. 

Hosted by Mikaela Loach and Josephine Becker, edited by Finlay Mowat.

EPISODE 19: What is Climate Justice?

November 12th, 2020


In this ep, we dive deeper into the definition and meaning of climate justice, how we relate to it, and what we hope of the climate justice movement going forward

Hosted by Mikaela Loach and Josephine Becker, edited by …

EPISODE 18: The US Election

November 5th, 2020


The last few days have been a lot. This episode is just us reacting to the result so far, discussing where we go from here and why organising is …

EPISODE 17: Tools of Resistance, History and Black Mental Health with Jess Mally

October 22nd, 2020


In this ep., we talk to Jess Mally (@jessmally) about people power, history, tools of civil resistance, mental health in the Black community, and the …

EPISODE 16: Black Lives Matter is Still Not a Trend (feat. Leah Thomas and Marie Beecham)

October 15th, 2020


Mikaela chats with Leah Thomas (@greengirlleah founder of @intersectionalenvironmentalist) and Marie Beecham (@mariebeech) to follow up on the Black …

EPISODE 15: White Saviourism

October 7th, 2020


This week, Jo and Mikaela discuss white saviourism through the examples of film, media and environmentalism. We also discuss the “Good White Person” …

EPISODE 14: Climate Change is a Health Issue

October 1st, 2020


Mikaela and Jo talk about the health impacts of the climate crisis, why this important and why it can be seen as the "greatest opportunity for global health". They connect this to other issues around activism, …

EPISODE 13: How Media is used to Oppress

September 24th, 2020


This week on episode 2 of our new season, we discuss how the media shapes our world views, with the example of copaganda and the UK media’s monopoly. …

EPISODE 12: Relationships and Accountability

September 17th, 2020


SEASON 2!! After a wee break, the YIKES pod is back! In this ep., Mik and Jo chat about relationships, antiracism, letting things slide vs survival …

EPISODE 11: Mental Health, Refugee Rights and the Privilege of Movement with Hassan Akkad

July 23rd, 2020


Welcome to the last episode of Season 1 of The YIKES Podcast!

We spoke to the incredible Hassan Akkad, a documentary and film maker, using storytelling as humanising individuals and educating for social change. He …

EPISODE 10: Periods, Trans Rights and Boundaries with Kenny Ethan Jones

July 16th, 2020


Today we are talking to the wonderful Kenny Ethan Jones. Kenny is a model and activist who advocates for trans rights and inclusivity around periods. …

EPISODE 9: Call Out Culture and System Change

July 9th, 2020


This episode is brought to you by GoClimate -

Jo and Mikaela talk about the importance calling each other out, why this is essential to antiracism work, the "angry black woman" stereotype, …

EPISODE 8: Beyond White-Environmentalism (feat. Wawa Gatheru)

July 2nd, 2020


In this episode we talk to the wonderful Wawa Gatheru. Wawa is a writer, environmental justice activist and Rhodes scholar, based in the US. We spoke …

EPISODE 7: Black Lives Matter Is More Than a Trend (feat. Leah Thomas and Marie Beecham)

June 11th, 2020


Mikaela talks to Leah Thomas (@greengirlleah) and Marie Beecham (@wastefreemarie) about how the huge influx of followers following the …

EPISODE 6: Toxic positivity & Anti-racism

June 1st, 2020


Cw: racism & white supremacy

Today we are chatting about toxic positivity and how a culture of "good vibes only" is build on privilege and …

EPISODE 5: Fast Fashion (feat. Aja Barber)

April 22nd, 2020


Welcome back to The YIKES Podcast! Sorry for the little break we had to go on, but we've managed to remotely record a brand new episode with the …

EPISODE 4: The Coronavirus and Ecofacism

March 24th, 2020


In this episode we talk about the rise of eco fascism on social media during this COVID-19 outbreak. We introduce what eco fascism is, how to spot it and why it's such an issue.

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EPISODE 3: The Refugee Crisis in Europe (feat. Ellie Shimmin)

March 10th, 2020


In this episode of The YIKES Podcast we have our first ever guest, Ellie Shimmin! We discuss the current situation regarding the refugees in Greece/Turkey and the amazing work Ellie has done by helping refugees in the …

EPISODE 2: Can lifestyle change save the planet?

February 28th, 2020

Welcome back to The YIKES Podcast! In this episode we discuss the overwhelming, but hopeful topic of community and the possibility of system change.

EPISODE 1: How We Got Into Climate Activism

February 11th, 2020


Welcome to our first episode!! Woo!! We introduce ourselves, how we met, have a chat about our journey into climate activism and our vision for this podcast (and a few things which make us YIKES). Cw: we chat about …

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