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On the Women’s Health Protection Act

On this episode of Reality Cast, I cover a new bill being offered in the Senate called the Women’s Health Protection Act that could, if it passed, reverse the tide of anti-choice legislation. Kristine Kippins from the Center for Reproductive Rights is on to help flesh out what this bill could do.

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‘Hobby Lobby,’ and the Case for Secular Health Care

On this episode of Reality Cast, I look at the fallout from the Supreme Court’s transparent attempt to force women to include their boss’s opinion in their contraceptive choices. In another segment, Michael De Dora of the Center for Inquiry talks about the role that secularism plays in pushing for better health-care access.

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Reproductive Health Care in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley, Buffer Zones, and Defining Rape

On this episode of Reality Cast, I talk to Katrina Anderson, a representative from the Center for Reproductive Rights, about a report on access to reproductive health care in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley. Also, I cover the Supreme Court’s decision on clinic buffer zones, and the melee over George Will’s column minimizing the problem of campus rape.

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Sex Ed Through the Decades, and Sexism Against Female Politicians

On this episode of Reality Cast, I talk to Sarah Mirk about the history of sex education films. In another segment, I discuss how sexist attacks on female politicians are starting to be a real problem again.

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Sex-Selective Abortion, Men’s Rights Foolishness, and ‘Obvious Child’

On this episode of Reality Cast, Miriam Yeung, executive director of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, explains why sex-selective abortion bans don’t actually help anyone. In another segment, I discuss how so-called men’s rights activists got a moment in the sun and botched it, and I review the movie Obvious Child.

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Five Years After Tiller’s Murder, and Sex Education Freak-Out Season Begins

On this episode of Reality Cast, I interview Jill Filipovic about the potential end of most abortion access in the South. I also discuss terrorism and the assassination of Dr. George Tiller five years ago. Plus, it’s summertime, which means freaking out about sex education season is here!

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UCSB Shooting and Misogyny Online and in Media

On this episode of Reality Cast, I focus on the Elliot Rodger shooting in California, an act of misogynist violence that was specifically compelled by the killer’s belief that women owed him sex and weren’t giving it up. Josh Glasstetter of the Southern Poverty Law Center discusses Rodger’s online activities.

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Surviving Wedding Season, Testing Rape Kits, and Conservative Fear-Mongering

On this episode of Reality Cast, author Jen Doll walks us through her adventures in the wedding-industrial complex, just in time for wedding season. I also have a segment on the backlog of untested rape kits, and another one on the increasing weirdness of conservative fear-mongering.

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Attacks on Contraception, HIV Stigma, and Undercover With the Antis

On this episode of Reality Cast, I talk to a playwright who went undercover in the anti-choice movement. Also, I cover how conservatives continue to test new attacks on contraception access, and the Donald Sterling drama reminds us that HIV stigma is still a very real problem.

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Stereotypes of Women Who Have Abortions, and Concern Trolling Women Who Make Money

On this episode of Reality Cast, I talk to a researcher at Guttmacher about why teen pregnancy rates are down. In another segment, I discuss how right-wing media tries to discredit a woman who films her abortion. Also, Fox News is all upset because women might be making money of their own.

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