Battle Tactics For Your Sexist Workplace, the podcast from Puget Sound Public Radio news/talk KUOW-AM/FM Seattle, has launched its second season with a dozen episodes offering up strategies for how people can deal with sexism in the modern workplace. Hosted by Jeannie Yandel and Eula Scott Bynoe, many of the episodes from season two will focus on personal dilemmas brought up by listeners, such as how to be a better ally to other women, navigating appearance in the workplace, the flaws of “leaning in” and the pros and cons of being your own boss.
Senior Producer Caroline Chamberlain Gomez says there’s no “silver bullet” for dealing with the issue and the new season will look at the trade-offs and unintended consequences that come with taking action. “Dramatic #metoo stories that bring down powerful men continue to make headlines, but for a lot of women, sexism is a mundane, regular occurrence, littered with grey areas,” Gomez said. “This season of BTSW is all about exploring these grey areas and how women in different positions with different life experiences can navigate them most productively.”
In addition to many individual stories sent in over email, the BTSW Facebook Group also has a thread with dozens of listeners weighing in on quitting versus staying. “The BTSW team has forged a deep connection with its audience. This project has community participation baked into its DNA, with listener stories and questions forming the backbone of many of the episodes,” said KUOW Managing Producer Brendan Sweeney.
In addition to seeking topic ideas and stories from listeners, BTSW has also brought onboard two advisers for season two. Mikaela Kiner, CEO of Reverb is acting as the podcast’s “HR whisperer," evaluating the efficacy of the tactics discussed. And Ruchika Tulshyan, an inclusion strategist, is helping bring in new guests and amplify perspectives that are often overlooked in conversations about workplace sexism.
KUOW says six episodes in BTSW’s second season will be full-length shows with another six labeled as “bonus” episodes.