ABOUT THE SHOW

Welcome to The A Files: A Secret History of Abortion! Here’s the first thing you need to know: Everything you’ve been taught about abortion is wrong. And the real truth is fascinating, frustrating, and key for every one of us to understand in 2024 and beyond. In this series, Renee Bracey Sherman and Regina Mahone—reproductive justice experts and friends—unpack the hidden history of this very common practice, from ancient Greek methods to the anti-Black roots of abortion bans in the U.S. Plus, some of the smartest people we know stop by to drop wisdom, and Renee and Regina start a little book club for all of us. Enjoy, and remember: As Renee says, Everyone loves someone who’s had an abortion.

ABOUT THE HOSTS

Renee Bracey Sherman

is a reproductive justice activist, abortion storyteller, and writer. She is the founder and executive director of We Testify, an organization dedicated to the leadership and representation of people who have abortions and share their stories at the intersection of race, class, and gender identity. She is also an executive producer of Ours to Tell, an award-winning documentary elevating the voices of people who’ve had abortions, and the co-author of the book LIBERATING ABORTION: Our Legacy, Stories, and Vision for How We Save Us from Amistad/HarperCollins 2024.

Regina Mahone

is a senior editor at The Nation and co-author of LIBERATING ABORTION: Our Legacy, Stories, and Vision for How We Save Us. Previously, Regina served as vice president for editorial content at Courier Newsroom, a media company dedicated to helping people better understand what’s happening in local and national governments. Prior to that, Regina was vice president and managing editor at Rewire News Group, a nonprofit media organization devoted to evidence-based reporting on reproductive and sexual health, rights, and justice.

GUESTS

Dr. Tracy Weitz

Sociology Professor, American University

Chelsea Williams-Diggs

Executive Director, New York Abortion Access Fund

Rafa Kidvai

Repro Legal Defense Fund Director, If/When/How

Dr. Gretchen Sisson

Author, Relinquished: The Politics of Adoption and Privilege

Kendall Ciesemier

Senior Executive Producer of Multimedia, ACLU

Cazembe Murphy Jackson

Activist and We Testify Storyteller

LaTosha Brown

Founder, Black Voters Matter
THERE ARE OTHER BOOKS: OUR RECOMMENDATIONS

While we love Margaret Atwood’s Classic The Handmaid’s Tale, we are excited to tell you that it is not the only novel with abortion in it! In each episode, we talk about a novel that we love and includes abortion, along with conversations about race, class, policing, and gender identity.

Take My Hand

BY DOLEN PERKINS-VALDEZ

House of Cotton

BY MONICA BRASHEARS

The American Marriage

BY TAYARI JONES

Little Fires Everywhere

BY CELESTE NG

Detransition, Baby

BY TORREY PETERS

Olga Dies Dreaming

BY XOCHITL GONZALEZ
CREDITS

Executive producers: Renee Bracey Sherman, Regina Mahone
Executive producers for The Meteor: Tara Abrahams, Cindi Leive
Executive producer for LWC Studios: Juleyka Lantigua
Managing producer: Paulina Velasco
Producer: Anne Lim
Sound Design and Engineering: Kojin Tashiro
Logo and cover art: Pixelittle

 

The A-Files is produced for The Meteor by LWC Studios with support from The Meteor Fund. Special thanks to Pop Culture Collaborative.