Make/Work Episode 40: Kate Schatz

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In Episode 40 of Make/Work, host Scott Pinkmountain speaks with writer and activist Kate Schatz, author of the New York Times bestselling Rad American Women A-to-Z and Rad Women Worldwide, which she did in collaboration with illustrator Miriam Klein Stahl. Schatz is also one of the founders of the nationwide feminist resistance network Solidarity Sundays, which she started with Leslie Dotson Van Every and Jennye Garibaldi, and which has grown from a house party back in early 2016 to over one hundred chapters with more than eighteen thousand Facebook members. Likely, you know her for both of those things.

With Schatz, it’s hard to separate her creative work from her political work. She’s of the mind that politics and creativity are intertwined even when the work is not overtly political.

Even if you consider your work “not political” you’re publishing, writing, and creating it in an incredibly unprecedented, politicized moment.

Listen to Episode 40 (and subscribe to Make/Work!) now in iTunes. Or get the direct download. And you can now get Make/Work through Stitcher.

Today’s ad-free show is in support of the Climate Reality Project. It’s Al Gore’s new group to raise awareness and education about climate change. It’s about as legit as it gets. I’m not sure it needs much more explanation than that. Throw down a few bucks so your grandkids maybe don’t have to live in underground tubes eating extruded slime from the skull of an aardvark.

In season 2 of Make/Work, Scott will speak with artists and activists about how they are responding to the new administration and the role that art and creativity can play in resistance. The show will seek to primarily amplify the voices and work of those being targeted and attacked by this administration.


Scott Pinkmountain is a writer and musician living in California. He is the creator and host of The History Channeler comedy podcast and has written for This American Life, A Public Space, HTMLGIANT, and other publications. He has also released dozens of albums of both instrumental music and songs including the recent No Country Music. He can be found at http://www.scottpinkmountain.com/. More from this author →