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PERIOD Podcast

PERIOD is a podcast where we explore anything and everything to do with the menstrual cycle, most especially the bloody bits. I’m your host, Kate Clancy, and I am a ladybusiness scientist. Join me in the Red Tent to turn periods into exclamation points!
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Dec 23, 2016

I talk to Dr. Molly Fox, Assistant Professor of Biological Anthropology at UCLA, about why grandmas are cool, and you should listen to this episode with your female relatives. Check out the show notes at kateclancy.com/period12, and support this podcast at patreon.com/periodpodcast2. This is the last episode of this season, make sure you subscribe so you don't miss bonus content before season 2!

Dec 16, 2016

Scicurious, also known as Dr. Bethany Brookshire, chats with Kate about PMS and PMDD. Go to kateclancy.com/period11 for the show notes, and check out Kate's new Patreone to support the podcast, patreon.com/periodpodcast2!

Dec 9, 2016

Kate Blazar, CEO and founder of Animosa and the Go With Your Flow Pack, tells us about her new product and Kickstarter. Find my show notes at kateclancy.com/period10 and the Kickstarter at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/gowithyourflow/the-go-with-your-flow-pack-a-menstrual-disposal-ki

Nov 25, 2016

This is a bonus episode of PERIOD podcast about the US Presidential Election. For a full transcript and show notes go to kateclancy.com/periodbonuselection.

Nov 18, 2016

Dr. Roxana Hickey joins Kate to talk ladybugs – or rather, the vaginal microbiome. Check out the show notes at kateclancy.com/period9!

Nov 11, 2016

Kate interviews Dr. Felisa Reynolds about their shared experience of a workplace bathroom, and Dr. Jessica Brinkworth about the health consequences of crappy menstrual hygiene.

Nov 4, 2016

Kate interviews musician Kiran Gandhi and inventor Heli Kurjanen about having periods in public.

Oct 28, 2016

Kate interviews the founder of Periods for Pence, now Periods for Politicians.

Oct 21, 2016

This episode was a ton of fun to put together. I was lucky to get to interview Lali DeRosier, a seventh grade science teacher and awesome science outreach advocate. We talk about what kids know, and what cultural conceptions of gender make kids not realize they know… like the several times Lali has had to convince boys in her classroom that girls poop.

Then, I talk to Talia Oakley, a sex health educator. We also talk about what kids know and mis-know… and my daughter makes an accidental appearance.

Oct 14, 2016

I interview four mothers and their kids -- and my own kid -- about what a period is. We discuss how kids come to understand privacy and secrecy, bodily functions, and growing up.

Oct 7, 2016

I interview Dr. Alma Gottlieb about what periods are, culturally – what they mean to us, what they do to us, how they fit or don’t fit into the dominant cultural paradigm. Dr. Gottlieb shares insights into menstrual taboos, in the United States and cross-culturally. She also talks about what it means that 20-25% of the reproductive-aged women you meet are menstruating, even though they are hiding it. What does it mean to hide something fundamental about yourself for a quarter of your lifespan from menarche to menopause?

Sep 30, 2016

In my first full episode, I interview Dr. Elizabeth Rowe about her research on menstruation, and why we have periods. Dr. Rowe shares broad evolutionary insights about why people menstruate, as well as quirky tidbits about how researchers have studied periods over the years. Learn how scientists discovered how much monkeys menstruate, and which region of Europe seems to enjoy wringing out sanitary products.

Next week, I’ll interview Dr. Alma Gottlieb, a cultural anthropologist who also studies periods, to look at the other side of the menstrual pad on matters periodic.

Subscribe to PERIOD so you don’t miss an episode! Once we are in iTunes you can of course subscribe there, there are also lots of Android-friendly ways to subscribe. You can also find information about the podcast at Period Podcast on Facebook.

Sep 23, 2016

Welcome to PERIOD! PERIOD is a podcast where I explore anything and everything to do with the menstrual cycle, most especially the bloody bits. I am a biological anthropologist whose research focuses on the ways in which stress, lifestyle, and environment affect women’s health. I also wrote for Scientific American for a few years and do a fair bit of science outreach online and on my campus, the University of Illinois. PERIOD is my chance to spend some time with my favorite topic, hang out with people I admire, and learn more about the social, political, and biological aspects of menstruation.

I’m really excited to share with you interviews with researchers, activists, and parents and kids just trying to make their way in the world. I hope this podcast becomes a place where you can share your experience, learn from people who are different from you, and engage in period science and activism.

This first run of PERIOD will be twelve episodes long. I hope you’ll be giving me tons of feedback along the way to shape the last episodes of this season, as well as future seasons.

Subscribe to PERIOD so you don’t miss an episode! Once we are in iTunes you can of course subscribe there, there are also lots of Android-friendly ways to subscribe. You can also find information about the podcast at Period Podcast on Facebook.

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