One of the things I love about podcasts is how accessible they are. They make every subject, however broad or daunting, wild or wonderful, available in a fun, easy-to-consume way. Commuting to work and want to catch up on current events? Listen to a podcast. Going on a run and interested in the latest in astrophysics? Listen to a podcast. Need to pretend you know something about finance before your work holiday party? Listen to a podcast.
So which ones should you absolutely, without a doubt, 100 percent have in your arsenal? We rounded up 10 of the best podcasts for women, so you can make sure you’re listening to the best of the best.
Now I know I’m biased because this is hands down my favorite podcast, but if you’re not listening to this, it’s time to start! It features Cheryl Strayed (who wrote Wild and Tiny Beautiful Things) and Steve Almond, the two writers who were originally behind the cult-classic advice column, Dear Sugar. In this podcast, the two revamp the column, taking on real questions with empathy, acceptance, and intelligence. And as a bonus, they bring on experts (think Mary Karr and Elizabeth Gilbert) to help them with their answers. This is all the advice you never knew you needed, handed over with heaps of humor and heart.
This was one of those shows that had all of my friends talking the second it launched this past January. Even though the name is a tad confusing to pronounce, it really does just what it sounds like—explores everything invisible. Emotions, beliefs, ideas, and assumptions are completely unraveled in this show hosted by NPR’s Alix Spiegel and Lulu Miller. Each new episode will leave your mind open and your creative juices churning.
Let’s face it: Whether you still listen or not, This American Life is kind of the OG of podcasts. Every episode (about a million people download each one!) features a theme and a few stories, most of them true, that center around it. Some are funny, some are happy, some have made me cry in the middle of work. If you’ve never heard of TAL and have no idea where to begin, start on the favorites page and let yourself get lost.
This is the podcast for all the days you just want to buck polite dinner conversation and have some real talk. It dives into big questions about big things—including the difficult choices you wish you could talk to your BFF about, but sometimes have trouble bringing up in your day-to-day texts.
You can kind of think of Love and Radio as the wilder, cooler cousin of This American Life. And don’t be fooled. This show isn’t all about love, but it definitely isn’t scared of getting down to the eclectic, eccentric, and nitty gritty parts of life. Unsure which episode to pick first? Start with The Living Room.
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A podcast that “gets down to the business of being women from every imaginable angle”? Yes, please! This show delves into a myriad of topics related to women, including transgender representation on television, baby bumps, and pinup girls. Consider this one for the next road trip you take with your favorite girls.
Because you can totally do anything yourself, but sometimes you’re wondering… what’s the best way to never miss a meeting? Undo an email? Get published in The New York Times? Enter: this one stop shop for all of life’s random “how to” questions.
When I asked my aunt what podcast she thought all women should listen to, she didn’t miss a beat before naming this one. StarTalk is the radio program hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson, the renowned expert on space. We all could probably use a bit more science in our lives and here it comes with clarity, excitement, and Tyson’s weekly special guests.
When it’s first thing in the morning and you’re getting ready for work, you want something that’s going to make you want to get out and have the best day ever, right? Well then this show should be your new morning listen. Featuring interviews with entrepreneurs and successful women, The Lively Show is all about intention and inspiration. The host Jess Lively talks to women about how they got their start, radical authenticity, relationships, and so much more.
10. Gilmore Guys
Technically this is a podcast for all women who watch Gilmore Girls, but that’s really all women, right? This show is hosted by two guys, one who has watched Gilmore Girls before and one who never has, dissecting the episodes and talking to people involved with the show (there’s even an episode with everyone’s favorite diner owner, Luke!). It’s lighthearted, entertaining, and my favorite thing to listen to when I went something light and fun. Plus, it’s nice to know I’m not alone in analyzing all of Rory’s relationships. #TeamJessForever.
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