A special edition live podcast from the city of the future

August 22, 2017

In this special edition podcast, the On the Rag team do a roadie to the Spark festival in Hamilton to talk creativity and struggles. 

Arriving on a sugar high courtesy of Duck Island ice-cream and good vibes, Alex Casey, Leonie Hayden and Michele A'Court hit the couches at the Spark Festival to chew over what they wish they had known before they delved into their creative careers.

What three books changed 18 year-old Michele's life? How has Leonie learned to cope with criticism? What sage writing advice did Alex wish she had followed? We share our thoughts over a glass of wine and somehow decide that Shrek is the only unproblematic film from yesteryear that's worth revisiting.

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Why is everyone obsessed with Jacinda’s womb?

August 8, 2017

This month the gang is back together to tackle the past month-ish in New Zealand media, news and general bullshit, with help from our glorious new sponsors at twenty-seven names. Why is everyone creepily obsessed with Jacinda’s womb? Why does Mark Richardson think the things that he does? Why does one man need a medal for loving his curvy wife?

Beyond that, we share some cool tips of the month including the perfect crispy chicken and how to stop doubting yourself thanks to this thread from Dr. Jess. Leonie gushes over interviewing Clementine Ford, Michele states the case for Midsomer Murders and Alex throws out all her things because Marie Kondo said so.

On the Rag: Why no parade for the women’s rugby team?

July 5, 2017

This month Alex and Leonie are joined by The Spinoff's Madeleine Chapman, who also produces the podcast at the same time because women are notoriously good at multitasking haw haw haw. Together they chow down on some delicious Munchkins from Dunkin Donuts, and dissect some standout stories from the past month.

What was Alan Duff thinking when he spewed up 600 words about shrieking women? Why is everyone so mad that we pointed out that 7 Days is a sausage fest? Why is Leonie getting skewered for not liking Chris Rock anymore?

Beyond that, Madeleine shares some woeful tales of trying to get house painting work, Leonie glows for GLOW and Grace and Frankie and the team plan an exuberant three-person parade to celebrate all of the under-recognised women's sports teams in New Zealand.

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Wherein some women weep for Wonder Woman

June 7, 2017

Michele's back from drinking absinthe with Stevie Wonder, Leonie's swanned in on a wave of Kit Kats from the bustling streets of Tokyo, and Alex hasn't moved an inch either way. It's the latest episode of On the Rag, our monthly podcast which tackles women's stuff without the cringe.

This month the gang are amping on Wonder Woman finally storming into women-only screenings and upsetting men across the internet. Michele gets emotional about a particular fight scene, Alex tries to turn Waiheke into Themyscira, and Leonie laughs heartily at people who think comic book movies have never taken a gamble on an indie director before Patty Jenkins.

Beyond the wonders of Wonder Woman, the team tackle gendered toys at McDonald's, the spiritual experience of seeing Roxanne Gay in person and the amazing women who cleaned up every major award at the Comedy Festival this year.

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The women tell all… about bleeding

May 5, 2017

With Michele still elbow-deep in beignets in New Orleans, comedian and half of Boners of the Heart Alice Snedden joins Leonie and Alex to drink some bubbles and chat about the past month for women.

Although there were great plans to tackle multiple topics in a well-researched, informative, yet entertaining manner, the chat quickly divulges into a hilarious horror show tell-all about dealing with bleeding. Where does it come from? Where does it go? Where does the pad go cotton-eyed Joe?

Alice shares an oceanic tale that will make you never want to do Outward Bound (buy tickets to her comedy show here), Leonie has some sage advice for not clogging up your pipes and Alex confesses to some shady swimming sins. Have a listen, have a laugh, have a cry at a video of a dog being reunited with its owner.

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In which we must stick together like period glue

April 5, 2017

With a delicious box of Munchkins in the safety of The Spinoff podcast studio, the On the Rag team huddle together to reflect on the month of March (it's late, we know). Topics for this month include how Alex tracked down Dr Dan the period man, Michele's preparation for talking to Roxanne Gay and Leonie's tips for saying "no".

On The Rag LIVE

March 9, 2017

Join ALex Casey, Leonie Hayden and Michelle A'Court for the first ever on-a-stage-live show! Recorded and broadcast on Facebook Live at The Generator in Auckland's Britomart. Huge thansk to them and our sponsors BON Tampons. 

On the Rag: We went back to 1972 to talk Equal Pay and flared jeans

February 27, 2017

We are all about Scooby Doo, ABBA and cords this week, as Alex, Leonie and Michele meet in 1972 to talk about equal pay between men and women in New Zealand. From dissecting the 1972 Equal Pay Act to hyping each other up about asking for money, we table the tense issue of women and pay over chocolate biscuits.

Holy shit, it’s only January

January 31, 2017

With a much-needed glass of bubbles, and in the safe bunker of The Spinoff podcast studio, the On the Rag team huddle together in horror to talk about the first month of 2017. Topics for this month include top kiwi blokes Jimi Jackson and The Mad Butcher, what to do after protesting in the Women's Marches and the importance of intersectionality in feminism. And, of course, President T****.

Christmas edition On the Rag: Who made the naughty and nice list for 2016?

December 22, 2016

For the final Christmas episode of On the Rag, the gang look at the highs and lows for women in 2016. 

It's the last episode of On the Rag, a podcast for people who consider themselves feminists every day of the week and definitely understand the dictionary definition of the word. To toast the year that was – with help from cheap bubbles and our sponsors at BON tampons – Alex, Leonie Michele look at the best and worst from 2016 and announce the lucky winner of our BON tampons-for-a-year competition.

Remember Trump? Paul Henry? Kevin Richards? Bono winning the woman of the year? It's not all doom and gloom though, as we shine lights on the glimmering yas queens who made the world a little brighter in the dark hellscape that was 2016.