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
Healthcare (w/ Langston Kerman) – Why Won't You Date Me? with Nicole Byer
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
What's Negative About Positivity? – Terrible, Thanks For Asking
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
Danielle Perez and Madison Shepard of Wow Rude Podcast – V Single
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
‘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
PSA Thursday: To Buy or Not to Buy? – Afford Anything
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 Christmas Porno 4 – My Dad Wrote A Porno
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:
On Again/Off Again – Where Should We Begin? with Esther Perel
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.
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 1180 – John Densmore – WTF with Marc Maron Podcast
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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