Music and Podcasts. From candid career advice to enticing true crime investigations, these are the female-hosted podcasts that should be on your playlist. C onsidering the current state of the world, we could all benefit from an escape from reality—if not literally, at least figuratively. For additional recommendations based on what your friends and influencers listen to, we suggest that you check out the new Goodpods app. Below is our lineup of the best women-hosted podcasts—some newly launched, others hundreds of episodes deep—that will make you laugh and make you cry, and let you zone out for a while.
Last week I had 17 hours of traveling on my hands to and from DC and Phillyso I decided to catch up on my listening and Chinese app playtime and download some new podcast episodes to listen to on the ride. I found myself wanting to hear something different and unlike the shows that seem to get all the press these days, so I searched for shows hosted by women and women of color. I spent the trip not only discovering new and important stories and points of view, but feeling like I made a handful of new online friends to follow and learn from on a regular basis.
Thanks for the suggestions, Grace! Thanks for the list, Grace! Gotta check those out. Both are lo of fun. Thank you for this list!
Thanks for the awesome suggestions! I have one more to add to the list. I love Black Girls Talking! I have a podcast to add to the recommendation list, Call Your Girlfriend. The two very funny hosts, Ann Friedman and Aminatou Sow, address the lack of diversity in podcasting—as well as other areas of modern life—and have given practical encouragement to women who are interested in starting a podcast, detailing exactly how they got their podcast up and running.
I was going to suggest CYG too! They are hilarious and thoughtful and I always find myself wanting to jump in the conversation! Aminatou and Ann never fail to make me laugh and to make me think. Looking forward to checking out some new-to-me podcasts from your list of recs! Thanks for sharing your personal favorites of the podcasts because it gives me somewhere to start. Anyway, I did just start listening to Radio Cherry Bombe and I am super excited that there will be a season three.
Thanks for all of these tips! I always love hearing about new podcasts to try.
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Yay for podcasts! With a standard poodle who needs a couple of walks every day the Pepper manI am always looking for something new to listen to. And extra happy for some diverse ones. Book Riot is a good source and an advocate for more diversity in books if anyone is looking for suggestions.
Anna Sale is kind of my Person Crush—you know: the person who seems to have such a cool, creative job, and just seems so nice. I must have missed that. Also, thanks for these suggestions!! Great list but I have a minor correction. The Kitchen Sisters are currently producing a bi weekly podcast called Fugitive Waves. You can find it at radiotopia. I love listening to the Satellite Sisters.
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They have been podcasting for a few years together and they make you feel like you are part of their family. Nerdette Podcast is a great one too! They are doing a GOT series for all you lady nerds out there. I looked up the Kitchen Sisters and I found that their podcast, Fugitive Waves, is already up and going for Happy listening!
Hey Grace! Thanks for sharing this list. Check it out if you can. And I will check out yours! I second Another Round!!! Super, super funny, while also exploring serious questions of worth, identity, mental health, gender, race, etc. Every single episode has me laughing out loud, but also thinking.
Great list! Ah, so happy to have found this list.
Always on the lookout for new podcasts to listen to while I work and knew I could come here to find some good suggestions. Grace, I just have to say yours is still one of my favorites and I always go back and listen to old ones.
Also, some friends started this podcast a few months ago. The Get is our effort to take up space, to share our voices, and to encourage our listeners to do the same. Some of my friends created this funny podcast. I love this list — it makes me excited to get listening to the new discoveries! I feature all sorts of people — like this scientific team who went searching for the biggest whale in the world in Antarctica:. Happy listening everyone!
I second Two Dope Queens!!! I am in love with Jessica and Phoebe.
Thank you for this great list! A fantastic roundup!
I host a podcast called Conscious Chatter — where I talk to people connected to the global garment supply chain, with hopes to impact a better future for fashion. I love the Kitchen Sisters! I talk about creativity, tech, and motherhood and how they all fit together.
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I have four kids and work as a freelance copywriter. Toggle. EN SP. Anna's podcast, which interviews people about the topics we all struggle to speak openly about, is about to celebrate it's one year anniversary and his been a major hit since it first hit WNYC's airwaves. Anna is not only an excellent interviewer, but one of the most thoughtful listeners on-air. Her show with W. Kamau Bell was my personal favorite, but pretty much every show tells a personal story that is worth listening to. I also happened to grow up going to summer camp with Anna!
She was just as impressive then, too.
Janet Varney happens to be one of the funniest people around, so when you combine her with some incredible female guests, speaking about what it was like to be a teenager, you're bound to get an excellent show. This has been a favorite of mine for years now and I love listening to such talented, accomplished women talk about those awkward years we ALL have in common.
Hot Greasehosted by Nicole Taylor. Nicole's podcast is dedicated to the American south and all the ways it interacts with and influences local food and culture in other places. There are over episodes in her archives and it is most definitely worth working through them all.
De Mattershosted by Debbie Millman. Debbie is one of the smartest people in de and her show has been my personal gold standard for a while now.
She is an excellent interviewer and it's so wonderful to have someone who's tackling more serious issues within the de community - and making me want to know more about all of the people I love and follow in the creative world. Pushing Hoops with Stickshosted by Ayesha A. There need to be more shows like this, period. Frankly, there aren't nearly as many female podcast hosts as there are men, and there aren't nearly as many hosts of color getting press as there are white women. I'm always searching out new shows hosted by people with different backgrounds and stories, and Ayesha's is my new favorite.
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Her show examines race often within the creative community, like comedy and music and does so in such an important and direct way. She only has two episodes so far, but this is destined to be one of my go-to listens. I used to work on the same floor as artist Lisa Hanawalt in Brooklyn and she was, hands down, one of the funniest artists I've ever sort of known. Her artwork always makes me laugh, so it's no surprise that she and her co-host, Emily Heller, host a hilarious show that invites interesting people to share interesting bits of knowledge they know. Fariha and Zeba are writers and critics who dedicate each show to a mix of topics, ranging from culture politics to pop culture and style.
I really enjoy when they delve into the topics that some people avoid feminism, race, politics and find their loose, conversational style a nice contrast to the sometimes slightly over-structured podcasts that seem to be all the rage.