Do You Know these Remarkable Podcasts by Womxn?

With no traditional gatekeepers, the podcast medium has opened up many opportunities for womxn. What are some fun podcasts? And how to avoid dropping your phone into the toilet when listening?

Are you on the Podcast bandwagon yet? Once you’re on, you won’t even understand the person your used to be. Listen to podcasts either through a podcast app on a mobile phone, or using Spotify or iTunes on a computer. 

Though preferably I like to walk around with earphones in around the house, from making a cup of tea to painting and back to the kitchen to do some dishes. People don’t drop your phone in the toilet bowl! It won’t be my fault.

Podcasts exist around anyone’s preferred subject, whether it’s economics, popular psychology or dating and heartbreak. Check out the following podcasts by womxn or featuring womxn. Links to favorite episodes are provided so you can start listening right away.

Why Won’t You Date Me?

Comedian Nicole Byer is single and talking about it ever since December 2017. In the first episodes of her podcasts there are guests that she dated in a distant past and asks them why they aren’t dating anymore. Talking dating apps, love, sex and relationships and comedy, hilarious mishaps at the end of the episode she asks each guest ‘would you date me?’. 

Favorite episode: Dating someone with Commitment Issues (with comedian Fortune Feimster): http://tun.in/tjfUpd

Keeping Relationships Off Social Media (w/ Raja Gemini) Why Won't You Date Me? with Nicole Byer

Drag queen icon Raja Gemini (winner of Drag Race S3) joins Nicole to discuss the stress of competing in the first all-winners season of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars, why she keep her relationship off social media,  and shares all of her firsts – first kiss, handjob, and relationship. Plus, the story of why they got fired from MAC cosmetics, and how meeting RuPaul lead them to a job working on America's Next Top Model. Black Lives Matter. Click here for an updated list of over 100 different things you can do to support racial justice.   Follow Nicole Byer: Tour Dates: linktr.ee/nicolebyerwastakenTwitter: @nicolebyerInstagram: @nicolebyerMerch: podswag.com/datemeNicole's book: indiebound.org/book/9781524850746
  1. Keeping Relationships Off Social Media (w/ Raja Gemini)
  2. Coping With Anxiety (w/ Taylor Tomlinson)
  3. Married, but Living Apart (w/ Judy Gold)
  4. Do Men Not Like Funny Women? (w/ Drew Lynch)
  5. Left for my Best Friend (w/ Tika Sumpter)

Terrible, Thanks for Asking

If when answering the question ‘how are you?’ you have ever had a sinking feeling, you might welcome this podcast answers that questions every each with ‘terrible’. Each episode features one person talking about their trials tribulations.

On social media there also seems to be something of a taboo on sharing going through hard times, but it can be helpful to share sometimes so that we don’t feel like we have to market our own lives as some dreamy fantasy. Nora McInerny is the host of “Terrible Thanks for Asking” and while the subjects may be heavy, she saves room for a touch of humor and lightness.

You can also sign up to their Terrible Writing Club.

Favorite episode: 9 Things: http://tun.in/tjH6EV

We Want To Feel Seen with Kathleen Glasgow Terrible, Thanks For Asking

We’re back with another Terrible Reading Club episode, sponsored by Betterhelp Online Therapy. Think of it as our book club for truly terrible times. Haven’t read the book we’re discussing? Good news: In this reading club, that’s not a requirement.  Today, we’re chatting with Kathleen Glasgow about her YA novel “You’d Be Home Now,” which tackles substance abuse and the opioid crisis. Note that we also talk about self-harm in this episode.  Buy the book here or wherever you shop books. You can also learn more about alllllll of Kathleen’s books here. And check out our sponsor this week: BetterHelp — betterhelp.com/ttfa Want (sporadic) emails from Nora and Team TTFA? Sign up here. Can’t get enough TTFA? Sign up for TTFA Premium for $7.99 a month. You’ll get access to exclusive bonus content, ad-free episodes, extended guest interviews and more! Visit TTFA.org/Premium to get started.When you shop our Bookshop.org store, you support the author, independent bookstores AND our show! Shop here.You can purchase Nora’s books here.Shop for your favorite TTFA gear at TTFAmerch.com.Read the transcript for this episode here.You can catch up with TTFA on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using @ttfapodcast. Nora's Instagram is @noraborealis.TTFA is public media. Which means we are supported by you. You can join us with a contribution at ttfa.org/donate.
  1. We Want To Feel Seen with Kathleen Glasgow
  2. How Long Should Grief Last?
  3. My Dad Died, and All of My Friends Disappointed Me. Is This Normal? – TTFA PREMIUM
  4. Brettina Has BPD
  5. Motherless Day

V Single

Another very funny podcast from LA about the perils of modern dating, Alexandra Tweten (@ByeFelipe) and comic Alison Stevenson ‘first met when a f**ckboy they both dated put them in a group chat together. So, naturally, they started a podcast about it.’ One of those podcasts where you become buddies over radio waves. Alison Stevenson is also part of fat stripping

Favorite episode: Ranch dressing (and the beforemath of that episode): http://tun.in/ti6jj1

ALERT: We've Rebranded! Subscribe to The Bye Felipe Podcast V Single

Quick update/announcement for those who don't know: we've relaunched as a new and improved podcast! We're now The Bye Felipe Podcast. Find us and subscribe!We've got a lot of fun and exciting stuff happening on our new pod, but it still has the same spirit as this here wonderful podcast. We hope you'll join us in our podcast evolution, and thank you for being loyal V Single listeners over the years!Also, become a patron to our also improved Patreon page!Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/v-single/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

BITCH media: Backtalk & Popaganda

From the feminist magazine about pop culture come two podcasts under the umbrella Bitch media: Backtalk and Popaganda. Listen for a critical eye on goings-on and pop-culture phenomena as well as favorite feminist-approved media. 

Sounds interesting: Recasting a Disney princess: http://tun.in/tjbguO

Very Loose Women

A group of friends in their 20s in London started this podcast, and now the hosts are in their 30s, and there’s even an episode about that and quarter life crises.

Starting out as daring private casual group chats made public, later they added special guests on the show; artists, academics, activists, comedians, journalists, and friends.

In the beginning of each episode they each share a funny and relatable gripe or a mini-celebration. You feel like you are their friend and my favorite topics are when they are talking about their own lives. In 2020 they are still going strong. 

Favorite episode: Interactive Show part 1-3, Valentine’s day, What is a date, Worst dates: https://play.acast.com/s/veryloosewomen/5e6f91a8-4669-4190-a370-481923faee7e

14 Years of Very Loose Women Very Loose Women

Very Loose Women started on student radio in 2006. In 2013 it started on Resonance and has since had a growing number of participant producers and has experimented with format too. The original 4 presenters, as well as three of the current producers, share their thoughts on what the show is and has been. Show idea by Anna Rose. Edit and music by Leo.We are so proud of what we've created and thankful to ResonanceFM for welcoming us into their space. We will still be podcasting though more sporadically. Follow us on Twitter @VLWRadio, Instagram VLWRadio and on Facebook.com/VeryLooseWomen. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
  1. 14 Years of Very Loose Women
  2. Coronadiary: Still Ill
  3. In The Time of Foxes, with Jo Lennan
  4. Anti-Psychiatry, with Danielle King
  5. Crushes

Afford Anything

‘You can afford anything, but not everything, what’s it gonna be?’ Improve your finances and life with this podcast by Paula Plant. 

Favorite episode: 26 easy moves to improve your finances in 2020: http://tun.in/tjtSuD

How to Not Let Your Feelings Hijack Your Decisions, with Mollie West Duffy Afford Anything

#381: Maybe you’re envious of your friend who bought Bitcoin in 2015 and held until it hit 7-figures. Maybe you’re anxious about rapidly rising home prices. Maybe you regret that you didn’t buy a rental property five years ago, because – at the time – you felt like prices had already risen so much (from 2012 to 2017) that you just couldn’t justify paying 2017’s pricetag. Our lives, finances and careers invoke many strong feelings. In today’s episode, Mollie West Duffy, the co-author of Big Feelings, shares strategies for not letting our feelings hijack our choices. Mollie and her co-author, Liz Fosslien, run an Instagram channel about emotional management with half a million followers. Fosslien is an economist and behavioral scientist whose work has been featured by The Economist, Freakonomics and NPR. Duffy is an organizational and leadership development expert who’s written for Harvard Business Review. They tackle relatable workplace issues like perfectionism, productivity guilt and Zoom fatigue, among much more. Enjoy! For more information, visit the show notes at https://affordanything.com/episode381 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
  1. How to Not Let Your Feelings Hijack Your Decisions, with Mollie West Duffy
  2. Ask Paula: How to Optimize Your Investments Along the Efficient Frontier (If You Dare!)
  3. Invest Anywhere: 4 Benefits and 5 Challenges of Long-Distance Real Estate Investing
  4. Ask Paula: Should I Take a Higher-Paying Job if I Can’t Save As Much for Retirement?
  5. How I Discovered The 4 Percent Retirement Rule, with Bill Bengen

My Dad Wrote a Porno

With this podcast I have had to suppress my laughter while on public transport, because it is THAT hilarious.

My Dad Wrote a Porno is a British podcast hosted by Jamie Morton, James Cooper, and Alice Levine. Each episode features Morton reading a new chapter of an amateur erotic novel, titled Belinda Blinked, written by his father under the pen name Rocky Flintstone.

Rocky Flintstone doesn’t seem to understand basic anatomy which makes it all the more funny and quite the opposite of sexy. The My dad wrote a porno podcast has risen to such fame that Flintstone’s books are suddenly bestsellers and special guests such as Elijah Wood have been on.

Tip: Start from the very beginning: http://tun.in/tid9Kw

My Dad Wrote A History Hit My Dad Wrote A Porno

To celebrate Comic Relief (and hopefully raise some money) Jamie, Alice and James team-up with historian Dan Snow (from the podcast 'History Hit') to chat all things sex and history. Expect slow thrusting, Henry The Eighth sexual slander and more filth than you can shake a bread dildo at.You have the power to do something incredible this Red Nose Day. Whether it’s a little or a lot, the money you donate will help tackle poverty, take action against violence and bring an end to discrimination. Give now at comicrelief.com/podcastmashup, alternatively Text PODCAST to 70210 to give £10 today.To donate £10 text the word PODCAST to 70210. Texts cost your donation amount plus your standard network message charge and 100% of your donation will go to Comic Relief, a registered charity. You must be 16 or over and please ask the bill-payer’s permission. For full terms and conditions visit comicrelief.com/podcastmashup See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
  1. My Dad Wrote A History Hit
  2. Best Of Book Six
  3. My Dad Wrote A Christmas Porno 6 – Part Two
  4. My Dad Wrote A Christmas Porno 6 – Part One
  5. S6E10 – 'The Winner Takes It All'

Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations and The Oprah Winfrey Show: The Podcast

The talent and skill that Oprah has in talking to people will never get old. Listen to old TV episodes on The Oprah Winfrey Show: The Podcast.

With Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations, get your spiritual on and life quality improved featuring different guests. Get inspired by Suze Orman’s episode talking about how the time has never been more right for women to take control of their finances. 

Favorite episodes: Brené Brown: http://tun.in/tik33r, RuPaul Charles

How’s Work with Esther Perel

Belgian psychotherapist Esther Perel already has a hit podcast called Where Should We Begin? in which couples were recorded undergoing one relationship therapy session with her and we could guess if the couples were going to work it out or not.

Then she had a new podcast ‘How’s Work’ about the ‘world of emotion at the workplace’, with couples counseling but for pairs of colleagues in the workplace.

Listen to How’s Work: http://tun.in/tjzPEm

Aside from listening to her enthralling voice there also books that can be read of Esther Perel such as The State of Affairs: Rethinking Infidelity.

Check out Esther Perel’s new podcast about couples in times of Corona:

You Want Me to Watch the Kids While You Go Out With Other Men?, Where Are They Now Where Should We Begin? with Esther Perel

When Esther first met with them two years ago, they’d recently opened up the marriage. At the time only she had ventured out, and after a lifetime of feeling her sexuality wasn’t her own, she felt an awakening. But at what expense? Her newfound freedom seemed to result in his misery. This time around, they are both exploring elsewhere, but the subject of their non-monogamy takes a backseat to other foundational stories within their marriage. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
  1. You Want Me to Watch the Kids While You Go Out With Other Men?, Where Are They Now
  2. Esther Calling – Having Needs Doesn't Make You Needy
  3. My Orgasm Is Not Just For Me
  4. Twice Married, To Each Other
  5. Esther Calling – Will He Make The Space For Me

WTF with Marc Maron – Amazing Femxle Guests

The token bro for this list, comedian Marc Maron has interviewed well over a 1000 guests on his podcast, among which many women from comedy, writing, music, TV and film. A unique chance to get to know womxn you may have never heard and how they practice their craft.

Favorite episodes: Maria Bamford, Lucinda Williams

Sadly Marc’s partner Lynn Shelton has passed away. She was a filmmaker, writer, director and producer. She directed TV shows such as GLOW but also created her own films with her own vision like Touchy Feely and Humpday.

Remembering Lynn Shelton episode: https://tunein.com/embed/player/t143935129/

Episode 1333 – Marc Goes To Washington w/ Dr. Dwandalyn Reece and Lance Mion WTF with Marc Maron Podcast

This is an episode about history. Collective history and personal history. Marc finds himself in Washington, DC on the latest leg of his standup tour, a place imbued with symbolism, both for what we want it to be, but also what we really are. And it’s where Marc’s college roommate lives. First, Marc reckons with a history of injustice at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture with curator Dr. Dwandalyn Reece. Then Marc tries to piece together his own past with his old roommate, Lance Mion. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
  1. Episode 1333 – Marc Goes To Washington w/ Dr. Dwandalyn Reece and Lance Mion
  2. Episode 1332 – Michael Che
  3. Episode 1331 – Sandra Oh
  4. Episode 1330 – The Doobie Brothers / Steven Jenkins
  5. Episode 1329 – A Tribute to Dan Vitale

In Conclusion

The world of podcasts has opened up a new arena for womxn to produce media in. Sometimes these podcasts function as career launchers, as have said Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams about their extremely funny podcast 2 Dope Queens, they have had episodes on HBO as well.

While I have featured tune-in audio links to al the podcasts here, use the Podcast app if you own an iPhone or if you have another type of smartphone download an app such as Podcast Addict to listen. I promise you, the listening experience will be SO MUCH BETTER.

The sad nature of podcasts is that sometimes episodes stop coming. Check out these discontinued podcasts if you haven’t yet: Sooo Many White Guys, 2 Dope Queens, Bye Felipe, Another Round

Here’s a random assumption, you must already know: The Moth, My Favorite Murder, Unladylike

Podcast making is a lot of work, consider donating to your favourite podcasts so we may all keep listening.

And remember, don’t take your phone into the bathroom! That, my friends, is how you prevent it from falling into the toilet. You’re welcome.

What are your favorite womxn podcasts?

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