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TransLash Podcast with Imara Jones

With anti-trans violence and political backlash at all-time highs, award-winning journalist Imara Jones hosts the TransLash podcast, where trans people and allies talk back about what matters most and discuss how to create a fairer world for all.


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  • 105. The Radical Politics of Christian Zionism

    50:58
    With the Republican National Convention underway, Imara takes a closer look at the rise of Christian Zionist ideas within the G.O.P. First, she’s joined by writer Aidan Orly who unpacks the biblical and political origins of Christian Zionism. They explain how and why Israeli politicians are allying with conservative Christian Zionists in the United States despite the movement’s deep antisemitism. Next, she talks with Natasha Roth-Rowland about the evolution of far right politics in Israel throughout the 20th century, the growth of Christian Zionism alongside evangelical power during the Reagan era, and failures of imagination around equal rights in Israel-Palestine. Make sure to check out TransLash Media’s political show “The Mess: Imara’s Guide to Our Political Hellscape.” You can subscribe by getting a TransLash Fam membership in Apple Podcasts. Just scroll to the top of this show in the Apple Podcasts app to find the subscribe button. Follow TransLash Media @translashmedia on TikTok, Instagram, Threads, X, and Facebook.Follow Imara Jones on X (@ImaraJones) and Instagram (@Imara_jones_)Follow our guests on social media!Jay Bergen: X (@LeftyMenno) and Instagram (@je_bergen)Aidan Orly: X (@aidanorly)Natasha Roth-Rowland: X (@natasharoth01) TransLash Podcast is produced by Translash Media.Translash Team: Imara Jones, Oliver-Ash Kleine, Aubrey Calaway. Xander Adams is our senior sound engineer and a contributing producer.This episode was sound engineered by Lucy Little.Oliver Whitney and Courtney Cobb are our social media producers.Theme Music: Ben Draghi and ZZK records. 

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  • 104. Trans Rural Life

    01:01:05
    Cities are often seen as the epicenter of trans culture and activism. But there are trans people living in rural communities across the United States whose unique perspectives are overlooked. This week, Imara takes a deep dive into the challenges and opportunities of trans rural life. First, she’s joined by community educator and advocate, Ray Holloman, who shares why he decided to move to rural Tennessee, the ways his Blackness is more visible than his transness, and how he weighs the risks of raising his family in this part of the country. Next, Imara talks with farmer and advocate Ashley Swartz about what it was like to transition in her small Nebraska town and the miracles she experienced during her journey. Make sure to check out TransLash Media’s political show “The Mess: Imara’s Guide to Our Political Hellscape.” You can subscribe by getting a TransLash Fam membership in Apple Podcasts. Just scroll to the top of this show in the Apple Podcasts app to find the subscribe button. Follow TransLash Media @translashmedia on TikTok, Instagram, Threads,  X, and Facebook.Follow Imara Jones on X (@ImaraJones) and Instagram (@Imara_jones_)Follow our guests on social media!Trans Farmers 4 Trans Farmers: Instagram (@transfarmers4transfarmers)Ray Holloman: Instagram (@theraymkholloman)TransLash Podcast is produced by Translash Media.Translash Team: Imara Jones, Oliver-Ash Kleine, Aubrey Calaway. Xander Adams is our senior sound engineer and a contributing producer.Oliver Whitney and Courtney Cobb are our social media producers.Digital strategy by Daniela “Dani” Capistrano.Theme Music: Ben Draghi and ZZK records. 
  • 103. TransLash Presents: American Problems, Trans Solutions

    38:41
    Black trans people are among the most marginalized of marginalized Americans. But those closest to the nation’s most pressing problems are often able to craft innovative solutions.The short film “American Problems, Trans Solutions” follows award-winning journalist Imara Jones as she travels across the country to tell the stories of three Black trans leaders on the frontlines of change: housing advocate Kayla Gore; Breonna McCree, a champion for economic empowerment; and Oluchi Omeoga, who fights for the rights of migrants. Hear from Imara, Kayla, Breonna, and Oluchi as they discuss the film during a recent live screening and Q&A at the Greene Space in NYC.And make sure to tune into PBS WORLD to watch “American Problems, Trans Solutions” on June 24 at 9pm ET. American Problems, Trans Solutions is a production of TransLash Media in association with The WNET Group’s Chasing the Dream initiative. 
  • 102. River Butcher on Masculinity

    39:37
    What’s so funny about masculinity? This week, Imara talks with actor, writer, and stand up comedian River Butcher about the beauty and absurdity of being a man. They discuss being affirmed by butt slaps on the baseball field, the nonlinear nature of liberation, and just how far masculinity has expanded over the last few decades. River also gives an inside peek into his complicated relationship with they/them pronouns in queer spaces and Hollywood audition rooms. Make sure to check out TransLash Media’s political show “The Mess: Imara’s Guide to Our Political Hellscape.” You can subscribe by getting a TransLash Fam membership in Apple Podcasts. Just scroll to the top of this show in the Apple Podcasts app to find the subscribe button. Follow TransLash Media @translashmedia on TikTok, Instagram, Threads,  X, and Facebook.Follow Imara Jones on X (@ImaraJones) and Instagram (@Imara_jones_)Follow our guests on social media!T4T Comedy: Instagram (@t4tcomedy)River Butcher: Instagram (@rivbutcher) and X (@rivbutcher)TransLash Podcast is produced by Translash Media.Translash Team: Imara Jones, Oliver-Ash Kleine, Aubrey Calaway. Xander Adams is our senior sound engineer and a contributing producer.Oliver Whitney and Courtney Cobb are our social media producers.Digital strategy by Daniela “Dani” Capistrano.Theme Music: Ben Draghi and ZZK records. 
  • 101. Gender Without Boundaries

    59:57
    Happy Pride Month! This week, Imara celebrates the process of gender exploration beyond rigid binaries and limitations. First, she’s joined by Eli Lawliet, also known as “The Gender Doula,” to talk about how he guides his clients through questioning and transitioning. He discusses the lessons he’s learned about gender presentation from his pet snakes and why he thinks identity labels can hinder exploration. Next, Frankie de la Cretaz returns to the show to chat about being a transmasc mom, experimenting with induced lactation, and navigating the world without the privileges of white womanhood. Make sure to check out TransLash Media’s new show The Mess: Imara’s Guide to Our Political Hellscape. You can subscribe by getting a TransLash Fam membership in Apple Podcasts. Just scroll to the top of this show in the Apple Podcasts app to find the subscribe button. Follow TransLash Media @translashmedia on TikTok, Instagram, Threads,  X, and Facebook.Follow Imara Jones on X (@ImaraJones) and Instagram (@Imara_jones_)Follow our guests on social media!Elle: Instagram (@uggiebbyboy)Eli Lawliet: X (@TheGenderDoula) and Instagram (@TheGenderDoula)Frankie de la Cretaz: X (@thefrankiedlc), Instagram (@thefrankiedlc), and TikTok (@thefrankiedlc)TransLash Podcast is produced by Translash Media.Translash Team: Imara Jones, Oliver-Ash Kleine, Aubrey Calaway. Xander Adams is our senior sound engineer and a contributing producer.Oliver Whitney and Courtney Cobb are our social media producers.Digital strategy by Daniela “Dani” Capistrano.Theme Music: Ben Draghi and ZZK records. 
  • 100. TransLash Presents: Bad Queers

    56:18
    To kickoff off Pride Month, Imara shares her recent conversations about everything love and relationships on the podcast Bad Queers. She returns to the show after four years to talk with hosts Shana and Kris about everything she’s been up to, including being named one of Time Mag’s 100 Most Influential People in 2023. Other topics include the current dating scene in New York, where Imara meets people, red and green flags, dating studs and MOCs, her blind spots, harmful stereotypes of trans women and why you should get yourself a nerd. 
  • 99. Transmasculine Filmmaking

    53:28
    Trans people have been making and starring in films for decades. But transmasculine representation hasn’t always been given the attention it deserves. In this episode, Imara dives into the complicated history and exciting future of transmasc filmmaking. First, she’s joined by artist and filmmaker Angelo Madsen Minax to talk about his award-winning documentary “North by Current” and the challenges of telling personal stories. Next, she chats with film critic and researcher Caden Mark Gardner about Lou Sullivan’s relationship to movies, the recent explosion in trans film distribution, and his forthcoming book “Corposes, Fools, and Monsters: The History and Future of Transness in Cinema.”Make sure to check out TransLash Media’s new show The Mess: Imara’s Guide to Our Political Hellscape. You can subscribe by getting a TransLash Fam membership in Apple Podcasts. Just scroll to the top of this show in the Apple Podcasts app to find the subscribe button. Follow TransLash Media @translashmedia on TikTok, Instagram, Threads,  X, and Facebook.Follow Imara Jones on X (@ImaraJones) and Instagram (@Imara_jones_)Follow our guests on social media!Devyn Galindo: Instagram (@devyngalindo)Angelo Madsen Minax: Instagram (@angelomadsen)Caden Mark Gardner: Instagram (@corpsesfoolsandmonstersthebook)TransLash Podcast is produced by Translash Media.Translash Team: Imara Jones, Oliver-Ash Kleine, Aubrey Calaway. Xander Adams is our senior sound engineer and a contributing producer.Oliver Whitney and Courtney Cobb are our social media producers.Digital strategy by Daniela “Dani” Capistrano.Theme Music: Ben Draghi and ZZK records.