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The Purple Couch Clubhouse Podcast

This image is a cartoon, where a cat sits on a purple couch, next to a small end table with a cup of tea. A dog is walking in front of the couch towards a stack of books.The text reads "Welcome to the Purple Couch Clubhouse."


Rhianna Hunt headshot, standing outside.
Rhianna Hunt, your inaugural podcast host

Welcome to the Purple Couch Clubhouse, friends! My name is Rhianna Hunt and I’ll be your inaugural host for the book club podcast. As a a fourth-year Ohio University student, studying biology, I became an employee of the Women’s Center. Some students may recognize my face and voice from Bobcat Student Orientation where I work as the Student Orientation Coordinator.

This podcast was created because there are amazing books out there, and incredible people who want to talk about them! We are excited to connect you with students, staff, faculty, and even an expert on romance novels and popular culture from across the pond! 

Also, don't have time to read the book we're talking about, but love podcasts and great conversation? Have no fear! We'll talk about the topics in a way that is informed by our readings, but doesn't require you to read the book. Also, we link to a TedTalk from the author wherever we can so you can hear from them before you hear from us!

We carefully choose our readings to reflect intersectional issues that face women, and we are excited to continue to expand our virtual library. Have a suggestion for what your next podcast host should read with you? Let us know by emailing womenscenter@ohio.edu

Our website will be updated monthly during term time. Want to get the latest update? Don't forget to sign up for the Women's Center's weekly newsletter, or to follow us for announcements on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook: @OHIOWomenCenter.

Episode 1 (March 2021)

Talking About: "Mapping the Margins" by Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw

In this episode, we read Mapping The Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence Against Women of Color by Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw. I am joined by Ohio University guests: Cat Russel, the Human Resources Liason for Strategic Programming and Initiatives, and Daniela Grijalva, a senior undergraduate student majoring in both Latin America Studies and  Political Studies, and my fellow employee of the Women's Center. Don't have time for this incredible reading? You can also watch Crenshaw's TEDTalk to get an idea of what we'll be discussing: https://www.ted.com/talks/kimberle_crenshaw_the_urgency_of_intersectionality?language=en

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We also have a transcript of the podcast available here.

Episode 2 (April 2021)

Talking About: Becoming Nicole by Amy Ellis Nutt

In this episode we read Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of the American Family by Amy Ellis Nutt. I am joined by Ohio University guests: Chloe McDowell, a COVID Campus Liaison for our COVID office, Luvina Cooley, an undergraduate student worker at the LGBT Center, majoring in Anthropology through the Honors Tutorial College, and Dr. Jan Heubenthal, the LGBT Center Assistant Director. Don’t have time to read this book? Check out this talk by Nicole Maines to hear the major parts of the story.

Listen to our podcast here.

We also have a transcript of the podcast available here.

Episode 3 (August 2021)

Talking About: The Body is Not an Apology by Sonya Renee Taylor

In this episode we read The Body Is Not An Apology by Sonya Renee Taylor. I am joined this week by Alicia Rodgers and Sami Nandyal, two medical students here at Ohio University in the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, and Lizzie Jáuregui, the Assistant Director of Residential Life at Vassar College. This month, our episode is primarily about body positivity. In discussing this, we want to recognize how body positivity has not always been trans-inclusive and ensure that we are being inclusive during our conversation today. To read more about this topic visit: https://everydayfeminism.com/2016/03/body-positive-trans-inclusive/.

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Episode 4 (September 2021)

Talking About: Love from A to Z by S.K. Ali

In this Episode we read Love From A to Z by S.K. Ali. I am joined by Dr. Amy Burge, a lecturer in Popular Fiction at the University of Burmingham, UK and romance novel expert, and Habiba Abdelaal, a Public Administration and Non-profit management master's Student at Ohio University and the Graduate Assistant of the Women’s Center. If you enjoyed our conversation about romance novels, the documentary I mentioned is called Love Between The Covers and you can find where to watch it here: http://www.lovebetweenthecovers.com/. If you’re interested to read more about the book or author, please visit: https://skalibooks.com/books/

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Episode 5 (October 2021)

Talking About: Brave, Not Perfect: Fear Less, Fail More, and Live Bolder By Reshma Saujani

In this episode we read Brave, Not Perfect: Fear Less, Fail More, and Live Bolder By Reshma Saujani. I am joined by Ohio University’s Interim Associate Dean of Students and Director of our Margaret Boyd Scholars program, Kathy Fahl, and a Margaret Boyd Scholar herself, Isabel Alvarez who is a first-year student majoring in Computer Science. Enjoy our discussion? Check our Saujani’s TEDtalk on the same topic.

Episode 6 (November 2021)

Talking About:  Colonize This! (An Anthology)

In this episode, we read “Because you’re a girl” by Ijeoma A. An essay from the book Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism curated by Daisy Hernandez and Bushra Rehman. My guests include the Assistant Director of the Ohio University Women’s center, MaryKathyrine Tran and some of her ALAANA+ Women’s Leadership Cohort students: Kaia Mckenney, a third-year environmental studies and spanish double major, Bri Joseph a first-year communication sciences and disorders student, and Katie Hall, a first-year marketing student. Want to read more? Check out a review and where to find the full book at https://www.sealpress.com/titles/daisy-hernandez/colonize-this/9781580058834/

Episode 7

Talking About:  Lab Girl by Dr. Hope Jahren

In this episode, we read Lab Girl by Dr. Hope Jahren. I am joined by Dr. Janet Duerr, biologist who teaches and researches at Ohio University, and Grace Sallar, current PhD student and Assistant Dean for Student Services for the Russ College of Engineering and Technology. Our discussion today features multiple facts, supported by evidence, if you’d like to learn more about them you can explore our references here: