Lady-Hosted Podcasts For The Modern Woman
Whether in-flight or lounging at the beach, we love podcasts for our daily dose of inspiration, insight, and humor. We specifically love podcasts hosted by women and for women on the topics most relevant to our daily lives. Below you will find a lineup of nine incredible shows hosted by fierce, inspiring female leaders. Each podcast differs in approach and covers a variety of topics, offering something for everyone. So turn up the sound and hit subscribe—these women have something to say!
Another Round, an award-winning podcast hosted by Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton, focuses on issues of race, gender, and pop culture. Brought to you by The Pod Squad, Buzzfeed’s all-women audio team, the podcast is known for covering important cultural issues and interviewing prominent authors, politicians, social justice leaders, and civil rights activists. Not-so-serious topics are also covered, and each episode includes a lot of booze, witty jokes, and laughter. Nigatu and Clayton describe their show as “happy hour with friends you haven't met yet” and invite listeners to join them for a drink (they really are drinking) in their weekly podcast.
Reviews | “When you listen to Tracy Clayton and Heben Nigatu laugh it up on their show, Another Round, you instantly want to join in the party. They are the smartest, funniest women in the room and everyone wants to sit at their table.” - Melissa Locker, The Guardian
This is a podcast for all of the long-distance BFFs out there. The co-hosts, Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman, call each other every week to discuss buzzworthy topics in pop culture and politics. Their sharp wit, fiery opinions, playful humor, and heartwarming rapport instantly pull you into their conversation—and prove you can stay close even when you don’t live close. Call Your Girlfriend aims to highlight every kind of woman, with an intersectional feminist outlook. They interview women who are movers and shakers but also give the spotlight to non-famous women with stories worth sharing. Smart and entertaining, it’s perfect for your morning commute or any time, really.
Reviews | “I love CYG. They have their format and style and tone down *pat*. They're consistent in their schedule, episode length, and style and I appreciate that as a listener.” - Analisa, iTunes Review
Hosted by Krista Tippett, an American journalist, author, and recipient of the 2014 National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama, On Being explores the big questions of meaning and life—inner life, outer life, and life together. With well-respected artists, authors, teachers, scientists, and theologians, On Being explores the intersection of spirituality, social healing, science, the arts, community, and poetry. Tippett is warm and curious in her approach, often practicing Poet Rainer Maria Rilke’s teachings of “loving the questions themselves.” Catch new episodes of her podcast every Thursday.
Reviews | “On Being is my calm, thoughtful, and informative refuge during a frustrating commute. I enjoy the variety of interviews and the non-sensational journalism.” - Julie, Stitcher review
They call themselves "your guide to hyphen-America"—an America that is fluid, ever changing, and complex. Hosted by first-generation Americans Amy S. Choi and Rebecca Lehrer, The Mash-Up Americans podcast is a conversation about the tangle of culture, race, identity, and religion in America today. From immigration to the American Dream, The Mashup Americans traverses diverse topics with diverse women and men from all walks of life. In each episode, the duo pairs compelling stories with intelligent conversation in hopes of one thing: get to know yourself, America.
Reviews | “This is the most joyful, insightful, and constantly curious podcast exploring every aspect and experience that makes an American.” - Alma, iTunes review
British-American journalist Ashley Milne-Tyte explores race, culture, glass ceilings, and women in the workplace in her award-winning podcast, The Broad Experience. Through thoughtful discussion, influential guests, and personal stories, Milne-Tyte explores why many women, though ambitious, don’t quite reach their full potential in their careers—and how the topic of motherhood influences that. Named after the decades-old slang term for ‘woman’ in US English (as a way to reclaim the term), The Broad Experience is a fun, intelligent, and inspiring podcast for both men and women in the workplace.
Reviews | “Unsentimental and honest, it somehow leaves listeners, male or female, bolstered and positive.” - Miranda Sawyer, The Guardian
Latin for “the invisible things,” NPR’s podcast Invisibilia is a glimpse into a world you can't see. Join female hosts and award-winning journalists Alix Spiegel and Hanna Rosin, along with writer and science reporter Lulu Miller, as they explore the invisible forces that shape human behavior. The two have roots in This American Life and The Atlantic, so you know these will be discussions worth hearing. By weaving stories with psychology and science, Invisibilia invites listeners to explore new possibilities for how to think, behave, and live.
Reviews | “NPR’s Invisibilia strikes all the right notes in overcoming the challenges of both explaining science and finding a narrative thru-line to keep its audience engaged.” - The Columbia Journalism Review
If you are looking to cry-laugh uncontrollably for the next hour, check out WNYC Studios’ podcast, 2 Dope Queens, hosted by actresses and comedians Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson. The two women, who are self-proclaimed goofballs, are the perfect comedy duo. The live audience format adds energy to each show and the hosts play off each other’s jokes as one would only expect from lifelong best friends. Both hilarious and light-hearted, 2 Dope Queens covers topics such as pop music, diversity, relationships, and living in New York City, while also featuring various comics. You’ll have two new dope queens to keep you entertained with this podcast.
Reviews | “2 Dope Queens is hands-down the funniest podcast I have ever heard. Their show is an instantly lovable fusion of off-the-cuff intimate discussions woven with live standup routines by a refreshingly diverse set of hilarious comedians.” - Natalie Baker, B*tch Media
Tsh Oxenreider, founder and host of The Simple Show, is an author, traveler, and advocate for the art of simple, holistic living. She invites listeners to join her as she discusses topics that make life a delight, such as world-wandering, impactful books, and a hygge-filled home. The podcast manages to take big topics, like our search for meaning in life, and break them down into simpler terms. Each episode feels warm and inviting, like having coffee with a close friend, and Oxenreider’s kind spirit and passion for simplicity make this a great addition to your for women, by women podcast list.
Reviews | “Tsh does it again and creates a great podcast that's filled with little nuggets of wisdom. I had to download her new show right away and I wasn't disappointed. If you are looking for tips on living simply with purpose, this one is for you.” - Heather, iTunes review
Brought to listeners by the How Stuff Works team, Stuff Mom Never Told You seeks to answer everyday curiosities and gets down to the business of being a woman. From at-home abortions to the spectrum of sexuality to female pleasure, this podcast doesn’t shy away from taboo topics—it embraces them. Hosted by duo Anney Reese and Samantha McVey, this research-driven podcast covers all things feminism, womanhood, and everything in between. For answers to questions you were never able to ask mom, this is your go-to listening experience. New episodes air every Wednesday and Friday.
Reviews | “A podcast dealing with gender issues could easily feel dry and didactic, but Stuff Mom Never Told You is neither of these things… Each episode is a friendly and factual examination of a topical gender issue and they welcome everyone to listen and participate in the discussion.” - Michelle Chowning, The Peachy Pixel
Kayti Christian, a staff writer for The Good Trade, is a storyteller, creator, activist, and avid traveler hailing from Colorado, now living in London. With 30+ stamps in her passport, she is passionate about responsible tourism and is always looking for new ways to be a more conscious traveler. She is currently pursuing her MA in Creative Nonfiction Writing at City, University of London.