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The YIKES Podcast

37 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

37 Episodes | 2020 - 2021

EPISODE 37: What Can I Do?

September 16th, 2021

54:12

This week we dive deeper into what organising actually is. We explore the different roles within social movements, dismantling barriers that make …

EPISODE 36: Choosing Hope Not Fear with Hassan Akkad

September 2nd, 2021

1:00:09

Welcome to Season 4!


In this episode we chat to the incredible Hassan Akkad (coming back after episode 11!) We chat to Hassan about his new - brilliant - book Hope Not Fear which is published THIS WEEK. This …

EPISODE 35: Too Radical or Not Radical Enough?

July 5th, 2021

59:34

We are back with a bonus episodes in between seasons, woohoo!! In this episode, we talk about idealism, futures envisioning, feeling too radical …

EPISODE 34: We Are Constantly Learning

May 13th, 2021

46:06

It's the end of Season 3! We hope you've all enjoyed it as much as we have!! In this final episode of the season we have a chat about some things that have been inspiring and challenging our learning and unlearning …

EPISODE 33: One Solution Fits None

May 6th, 2021

42:10

Veganism isn't the (only) answer, but what is? In this episode we chat about magic-bullet solutions to the world's issues, whether they exist or not, …

EPISODE 32: Breaking Up With Internalised Capitalism

April 29th, 2021

42:31

This week we chat about internalised capitalism, what it is, and how it is connected to productivity, self-worth and activism. We also touch on why …

EPISODE 31: The Revolution Will Not Be Greenwashed

April 22nd, 2021

1:00:36

Today it's International Greenwash Day! Well... it's actually meant to be Earth Day... With all the greenwashing we're seeing today (and most days) …

EPISODE 30: Beyond the Good/Bad Binary with Jess Mally

April 15th, 2021

1:07:11

In this week's ep, we speak with Jess Mally about the concept of Healthy Humans, how this transcends the binary of good and bad, and is an activator …

EPISODE 29: Individualism and Perfectionism

April 8th, 2021

58:00

In these week's episode we chat about how perfectionism, imagination and individualism connect to work against white supremacy and capitalism. We also discuss the #KillTheBill movement, Emma Dabiri's new book "What …

EPISODE 28: Climate Rage & Greentrolling with Mary Annaïse Heglar

April 1st, 2021

49:27

In this episode we chat with the amazing Mary Annaïse Heglar - co-creator and co-host of Hot Take - about rage, greentrolling (bullying fossil fuel …

EPISODE 27: Layla Saad: White Supremacy, Healing & Futures

March 24th, 2021

1:26:03

CW: White Supremacy and Racism


This week we chat with the wonderful Layla F Saad, about her NYT Bestselling book "Me and White Supremacy", how she …

EPISODE 26: Abolish the Monarchy

March 18th, 2021

54:08

This week, we are chatting about the big YIKES that is the British monarchy and all it represents, upholds and reflects of our society generally. We …

EPISODE 25: Beyond White Feminism

March 11th, 2021

54:35

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In this episode, and in light of International Women's Day, we chat about intersectional …

EPISODE 24: COVID & Change: The Impact Of The Pandemic On Social Movements (Live Panel)

March 4th, 2021

1:15:46

Our first ever live panel event! All about the impact that the pandemic has had on social movements. With panellists Nadia Whittome MP, Katouche and Edward Adonteng (from Tribe Named Athari). Hosted by Mikaela Loach …

EPISODE 23: Normalisation of Crisis

February 25th, 2021

41:16

This week we are talking about the normalisation of crisis. We chat about how easy it can be too see crisis conditions as being normal and the importance of not getting comfortable with the world as it is now. We …

EPISODE 22: Rest For The Many

February 18th, 2021

52:32

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

55:27

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

49:35

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

38:41

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

45:38

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

51:22

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

57:15

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

40:21

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

40:02

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

48:09

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

41:07

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

57:46

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

46:26

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

42:00

This episode is brought to you by GoClimate - https://www.goclimate.com/


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

43:08

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

51:58

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

31:48

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

49:17

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

30:17

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

1:03:31

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

45:25

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

28:22

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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