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The YIKES Podcast

57 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

57 Episodes | 2020 - 2024


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EPISODE 50: COP27, Occupations and a Book

December 1st, 2022


Mikaela's just returned from COP27 in Egypt and Jo's just returned from university occupations with the End Fossil Occupy movement. They speak about their experiences fighting for climate justice in these different …

EPISODE 49: COP27 Live - Youth From Resistance To Power

November 11th, 2022


Mikaela hosted a panel live at COP27 on "Youth: From Resistance to Power" with Ayisha Siddiqa, Eric Njuguna, Mitzi Jonelle Tan and Re Cabrera. They spoke about the different ways that youth are building power all over …

On The Frontlines: Saving Tuvalu

November 3rd, 2022


This miniseries highlights  frontline struggles, resistance and peoples actions that are taking place right now around the world; and we will hear from the peoples directly. This week we here from Kato, from the Saving …

EPISODE 48: Billionaires Shouldn't Exist

October 6th, 2022


In today's episode we discuss billionaires and philanthrocapitalism, following Mikaela'a challenge of both of these at the Gates Foundation's annual …

On the Frontlines: Nuclear and Coal Free Batan

September 22nd, 2022


This miniseries highlights frontline struggles, resistance and peoples actions that are taking place right now around the world; and we will hear from the peoples directly. This week we here from Derek, member of the …

EPISODE 47: Theory, Political Education and Practice

September 8th, 2022


Have you ever felt like you have to read a whole stack of books before getting involved in activism? In this episode Mikaela and Jo discuss the power …

On the Frontlines: Abayuuti Climate Action Network

August 25th, 2022


This miniseries highlights  frontline struggles, resistance and peoples actions that are taking place right now around the world; and we will hear from the peoples directly. This week we here from Crispus, the founder …

EPISODE 46: Uprooting Islamophobia with Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan

August 11th, 2022


For this episode we are in conversation with the wonderful Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan, also known as @theBrownHijabi on socials and author of Tangled in …

On the Frontlines: Rojava Revolution

July 28th, 2022


Bio: This miniseries highlights  frontline struggles, resistance and peoples actions that are taking place right now around the world; and we will …

EPISODE 45: Is Reactive Activism helpful?

July 14th, 2022


Should we all pivot our focus to every tragedy that happens? Can social media's shifting focus to whatever is the most recent issue get in the way of …

On the Frontlines: Lützerath Bleibt

June 30th, 2022


This miniseries highlights  frontline struggles, resistance and peoples actions that are taking place right now around the world; and we will hear …

EPISODE 44: Why you should join a union

June 16th, 2022


For this episode we chatted to Eve Livingston, author of "Make Bosses Pay" about unions. We discuss what unions are, their importance, the need for more coalition building with unions and what to do after joining one. …

On The Frontlines: Indigenous Land Defenders in Mexico

June 2nd, 2022


This miniseries highlights  frontline struggles, resistance and peoples actions that are taking place right now around the world; and we will hear …

EPISODE 43: You don't have to be a perfect activist

May 19th, 2022


We're finally back!!! Welcome to Season 5 of YIKES! 

In this episode, we reflect on our own internalised beliefs of perfectionism and how that can get in the way of activist work, is related to capitalism and how we need …

EPISODE 42: Cop-Out 26

November 25th, 2021


We are back from COP26 (aka Cop-Out 26)... in this ep, we share some reflections on the results of Glasgow Climate Pact, our first hand experiences …

EPISODE 41: "A Bigger Picture" with Vanessa Nakate

November 11th, 2021


In this ep. we chatted with the incredible Vanessa Nakate about her climate work. We heard more about how she became a Climate Striker, the differences to organising in Uganda and Europe and how we can build more …

EPISODE 40: What is COP26? w/ Farhana Yamin

October 28th, 2021


Hello, lovely beans!

Just before COP26 kicks off, we are bringing you this episode to explain what it is, why it is so important and what is to be expected within the UN negotiations and also outside the formal meetings.

EPISODE 39: Suing our Governments with Tessa Khan

October 14th, 2021


This week we chatted to the brilliant Tessa Khan about climate litigation, what it is and why so many people are now choosing to take climate action …

EPISODE 38: Why We Should Abolish Prisons in the UK

September 30th, 2021


In this episode we speak to Kelsey from Community Action on Prison Expansion (CAPE) about prison abolition in the UK. We hear about the different …

EPISODE 37: What Can I Do?

September 16th, 2021


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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


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


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


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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