Invasion of the Pod People: Can U Not? Featuring Megan Tan
Inspired by US podcasts like Women of the Hour and Call Your Girlfriend, Can U Not? is one of a new crop of Australian podcasts centred around entertaining and insightful critiques of pop culture – as young women experience and enjoy it. Hosts Brodie Lancaster and Kamna Muddagouni cover topics as broad as the merit of awards, celebrity Snaps, accessibility in art, various Kardashians spin-offs and ethnographic photography practices.
At the heart of the podcast is the question of how women interact with the world politically, culturally, socially, economically – something it shares in common with Megan Tan’s Millennial. As a successful autobiographical podcast, Millennial is uniquely contemporary. Through three seasons, it’s followed Tan’s dilemmas about work and money, freelancing and burn-out, relationships and family, travel and cultural identity. As the series has developed, Tan’s focus has widened to explore how people in other cultures deal with the same questions.
For the Wheeler Centre, Lancaster and Muddagouni present a special live taping of an episode of Can U Not? with Tan as their featured guest. Tune in for a discussion of coming of age, figuring yourself out and making things happen – in Australia and America.
Kamna Muddagouni is a lawyer, writer, communications adviser and podcaster. Her writing explores pop culture, diaspora living, feminism and her experiences as a woman of colour. In 2016, she launched the podcast Can U Not? with gal pal Brodie Lancaster, which examines how her love for all things pop culture sits very comfortably within intersectional feminism.
Megan Tan is the creator and host of Millennial, a Radiotopia/PRX podcast about coming of age – based in her closet in Portland, Maine.
Before graduating from Western Kentucky University with a degree in photojournalism in 2014, she worked alongside WNYC’s Radiolab, the Minneapolis Star Tribune and Timber & Frame Media. As a radio host and producer she has been recognized by the Atlantic, BuzzFeed, Huffington Post, the AV Club and Guardian, and was listed amongst Refinery29's '29 Under-30 Powerhouses Poised To Change The World'.
Brodie Lancaster is a critic and editor based in Melbourne. From 2012 to 2017 she was the editor of Filmme Fatales, a print zine about the places where film and feminism intersect. She has contributed writing to publications including Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Rookie and New York magazine. Her first book, a pop culture memoir called No Way! Okay, Fine was published by Hachette in 2017.