by Emily Oldham.
I love podcasts: the ease of listening to someone’s voice, the stories they tell, the people they connect. Though men currently host around 70% of the most popular podcasts, contributions by women are just as varied, informative, and entertaining.
There are so many wonderful podcasts out there that this list barely scratches the surface, but here are 20 to get you started (with further listening ideas below).
The Guilty Feminist: Comedians Deborah Frances-White and Sofie Hagen try to become better feminists. Weekly, approx. 45 mins.
2 Dope Queens: Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson host a comedy show tackling everything from race to romance to living in New York. Weekly, approx. 30 mins.
Global Pillage: Deborah Frances-White hosts a game about international cultures and traditions, with a diverse panel. Weekly, approx. 30 mins.
Arts and Humanities
The New Yorker Fiction Podcast: Deborah Treisman invites a New Yorker writer to read and discuss a story by someone else. Monthly, approx. 1h.
You Must Remember This: Karina Longworth writes, presents and produces the forgotten history of 20th century Hollywood. Weekly, 30-60 mins.
Chewing the Fat: Monica Eng and Louisa Chu discuss cooking, dining, and culture. Dicontinued (huge archive), approx. 45 mins.
The Allusionist: Helen Zaltzman discusses all things etymological. Fortnightly, approx. 20 mins.
Science and Technology
Invisibilia: Lulu Miller and Alix Spiegel explore life’s invisible forces, from fear to categories to clothes. Miniseries, 1h.
Rocket: Brianna Wu, Christine Warren and Simone De Rochefort talk about technology and more. Weekly, approx. 1h.
Note to Self: Manoush Zomorodi hosts this show about being human in the digital age. Weekly, approx. 20 mins.
Call Your Girlfriend: A podcast “for long-distance besties everywhere”, in which Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman talk about current affairs, popular culture, and more. Weekly, approx. 45 mins.
Black Girls Talking: Aurelia, Ramou, Alesia, and Fatima discuss pop culture (especially all things Beyoncé) and representation of people of colour. Weekly, approx. 1h.
On Being: Krista Tippett interviews scientists, thinkers, artists and religious leaders about “the big questions of meaning.” Weekly, approx. 50 mins.
Death, Sex & Money: Anna Sale and guest talk about “the things we think about a lot, and need to talk about more.” Weekly, approx. 30 mins.
Girlboss Radio: Sophia Amoruso interviews female bosses in culture and business. Weekly, approx. 45 mins.
Slate’s Dear Prudence: Mallory Ortberg and guest offer compassionate and often humorous answers to listener questions. Weekly, approx. 45 mins.
The Heart: This audio art project by Kaitlin Prest tells offbeat, powerful stories about intimacy and humanity. Fortnightly, approx. 20 mins.
SPENT: Lindsay Goldwert talks to experts in this “funny money podcast for the financially challenged.” Weekly, approx. 40 mins.
How to Be a Girl: This podcast about what it means to be a girl stars Marlo Mack and her eight year-old transgender daughter. Varying frequency and length.
Sampler: Brittany Luse and guests give advice on what podcast to try next… Weekly, approx. 30 mins.
And if that’s not enough…
Further listening: Serial; BuzzFeed’s Another Round; Guys We F***ed; Women of the Hour; Sofie Hagen’s Made of Human; The History Chicks; Girl on Guy with Aisha Tyler; Dear Sugar; Throwing Shade; Anna Faris is Unqualified; Ctrl Alt Delete; This Feels Terrible; I Seem Funny.