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 Sep 15, 2020


Marginalized voices have always been at the forefront of the internet, yet our stories often go overlooked. Bridget Todd chronicles our experiences online, and the ways marginalized voices have shaped the internet from the very beginning. We need monuments to all of the identities that make being online what it is. So let’s build them.

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DISINFORMED: How'd we get here?
Melissa Ryan, extremism and disinformation expert, joins Bridget to talk about how disinformation and conspiracy theories led to the riots at the Capitol and where we go from here. Subscribe to Melissa's newsletter, Ctrl Alt-Right Delete:
Jan 19, 2021
Introducing: Disinformed
On the heels of the insurrection at the Capitol, There Are No Girls on the Internet introduces Disinformed, a new series chronicling how the spread of dangerous disinformation got us here and the underrepresented organizers, researchers, and culture-creators trying to stop it.  Subscribe on iHeartRadio, Apple podcasts, Spotify or whenever you get your podcasts.
Jan 19, 2021
BONUS: Esports is for Everyone
Who doesn't love video games? We all play them, yet women and communities of color can be shut out of the business end of this increasingly lucrative industry.  Dr. BerNadette Lawson-Williams developed the first esports management program at a Historical Black College to make sure gaming and esports are for everybody. 
Nov 12, 2020
Preserving our Voices with Jocelyn Robinson
It’s a shame to think about audio of some of the most influential civil rights leaders collecting dust in a basement somewhere. Preservationist and audio producer Jocelyn Robinson has made preserving the audio archives at HBCUs her mission.
Nov 10, 2020
We Won’t Forget Lynika Strozier
Lynika Strozier was a promising scientist who died of COVID at age 35. Her friend and colleague Dr. Corrie Moreau remembers her friend and talks about efforts to keep Lynika’s legacy alive. Read more about Lynika: Gofund me for Lynika: We hope you enjoyed season 1 of TANGOTI. We’re taking a break but watch this space because we’ll be back with more real soon. In the meantime, say hi at
Oct 20, 2020
Native People Are #NotYourMascot
Why is Washington DC's professional football team changing their offensive name? In part because of people like Jacqueline Keeler, who helped create the #NotYourMascot movement. Go to Pollen Nation's Facebook page to check out Jacqueline's podcast: Follow Jacqueline on Twitter:
Oct 14, 2020
The Black Women Fighting Climate Injustice
Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson is a marine biologist turned climate activist. Here's why she has hope for the future.  Get Dr. Johnson's book: to Dr. Johnson's podcast:
Oct 06, 2020
BONUS: Behind the Netflix Cuties Controversy
Here's a quick rundown of the controversy behind Netflix's new film Cuties. The Netflix Movie "Cuties" Has Become The Latest Target Of #SaveTheChildren Conspiracy Theorists: Did you see the film? Let us know what you think at
Oct 03, 2020
Why We're All Burnt Out
This episode is a little different than the usual ones. Bridget is feeling out of sorts and is joined by Anne Helen Peterson, author of Can't Even: How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation and editor of Substack's Culture Study to talk about why so many of us are feeling burnt out and what can be done about it. Get Anne's book: How Work Became an Inescapable Hellhole : How Millennials Became The Burnout Generation: Check out Anne’s Substack Culture Study:
Sep 30, 2020
Don't Have a Wedding on a Plantation
Jade Magnus Ogunnaike from the Color of Change explains their work to get major wedding websites like Zola and Pinterest to change how they deal with plantations as wedding venues. 
Sep 22, 2020
She built a movement to take on Breitbart. Now she's finding her voice.
Nandini Jammi co founded Sleeping Giants, one of the most influential activist campaigns of the Trump era. But she was almost completely left out of the movement she helped build.  Nandini's Medium piece: Wired piece on Check My Ads:  We'd love to hear from you!
Sep 15, 2020
Missy Elliott: Digital Innovator
Let's take a little break from the depressing newscycle and talk about the iconic Missy Elliott and how she's been changing the digital game since the very beginning.  Check out the video for The Rain: “Supa Dupa Fly: Black Women as Cyborgs in Hiphop Videos" by Dr. Shaviro: "Missy Elliott" with Margot and Richie Tenenbaum, Halloween 2008:
Sep 09, 2020
Big Tech and Their Responses to Black Lives Matter
Everything feels awful right now, but it's not all doom and gloom. Employees at big tech companies like Facebook are pushing platforms to be better and they might just be one of our best resources. Catherine Bracy, founder of the TechEquity Collaborative, explains how tech staffers are pushing companies to move beyond a Black Lives Matter statement, and make real change.  Read Catherine's TechCrunch piece: Learn more about the TechEquity Collaborative: Send us an email at 
Sep 01, 2020
BONUS: Aaron Coleman and minimizing revenge porn
In this week’s episode we spoke to attorney Carrie Goldberg about her fight against revenge porn. In that ep, we briefly mentioned Aaron Coleman, the winner of the Kansas State House of Representatives Democratic primary and his history of revenge porn. In this supplementary ep, Bridget gives a little more information about his case, how it played out, and what it tells us about how society minimizes revenge porn. Listen to Carrie Goldberg’s episode: Background on Aaron Coleman the New York Times: Read more on Coleman’s history of recent abuse:
Aug 29, 2020
Building a Better Internet with Carrie Goldberg
When an abusive ex threatened to ruin Carrie Goldberg’s life, she needed a lawyer who specialized in revenge porn. Only one didn’t exist. So Carrie became the lawyer she needed. Now, she’s fighting to make the internet a safer place.
Aug 25, 2020
Going Boldly with Blair Imani
Historian, activist, and author Blair Imani caused a stir with her Islamicized Star Trek cosplay. She explains how Star Trek helped her live long and prosper. Check out her cosplay here: Say hi at
Aug 18, 2020
After 1 month of TANGOTI, we're doing a bonus interview with host Bridget Todd about why she created this podcast and what's next.
Aug 15, 2020
What Vanessa Guillén Can Tell Us About Disinformation
After Vanessa Guillén's tragic death, her story was used to fuel disinformation and hate online
Aug 11, 2020
How The Matrix Explains a Trans Experience
Vox’s Emily VanDerWerff talks about the 1999 film The Matrix as an allegory for the trans experience. Donate to House of Tulip: Read Emily’s piece on The Matrix:
Aug 04, 2020
Talia Jane vs Yelp
After Talia Jane called out Yelp for failing to pay a living wage, she became the "entitled millennial" poster child. But she was actually right. Read the Wired profile on Talia's life: Read Talia's Medium piece:
Jul 28, 2020
Writer Keah Brown created the #DisabledAndCute movement to celebrate how people with disabilities love their bodies. She talks about the ways disability shows up online and off. TANGOTI.COM for transcripts and more
Jul 21, 2020
Tune Into: Disabled and Cute
Join Bridget as she talks to writer and digital activist Keah Brown who created a hashtag that celebrates people with disabilities. #DisabledAndCute Each and every Tuesday catch a new episode of There Are No Girls On the Internet!
Jul 16, 2020
How Black Women Tried to Save Twitter
After Shafiqah Hudson uncovered bad actors pretending to be Black women on Twitter, spreading disinformation and dischord, she sounded the alarm to Twitter officials. Unfortunately, they ignored her. So she created the hashtag #YourSlipIsShowing to help stamp them out herself.
Jul 14, 2020
Tune Into: How Black Women Tried to Save Twitter
Join the conversation with Bridget and Shafiqah Hudson as she explains how she outed an army of bots pretending to be Black women on Twitter. Each and every Tuesday catch a new episode of There Are No Girls On the Internet!
Jul 11, 2020
July 7th is Blackout Day 2020, an initiative meant to protest police brutality and racial injustice. Here’s the complicated story behind the original Black Out Day created by Mars Sebastian. In an interview that’s both hilarious and heartbreaking, Mars talks about her fight to be more than a footnote in the digital movement she created.
Jul 07, 2020
Jeffrery Epstein, MIT and the Grad Student Who Spoke Up
You might know that connections to convicted sex criminal Jeffrey Epstein led to the resignation of the director of the MIT Media Lab, Joi Ito, after a Ronan Farrow exposé. But fewer people know that Arwa Mboya, a Kenyan virtual reality programmer and MIT student, bravely called for Ito to step down before Farrow’s piece. Mboya talks about how the bravery and community of women and girls gave her the courage to take a stand.
Jul 07, 2020
How Women Built the Internet
Claire Evans is one half of the band Yacht. She’s also a tech historian who archives women’s contributions in tech and computing in her book Broadband. Claire lays out how women were always at the forefront of technology and computing and how our contributions were erased over time.
Jul 07, 2020
Introducing: There Are No Girls on the Internet
Marginalized voices have always been at the forefront of the internet, yet our stories often go overlooked. Bridget Todd chronicles our experiences online, and the ways marginalized voices have shaped the internet from the very beginning. We need monuments to all of the identities that make being online what it is. So let’s build them.
Jun 26, 2020