12 Women-Led Podcasts to Download and Put In Your Ears


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We love a solid podcast. But we’re also big fans of women-led podcasts in general. The next time you’re stuck in traffic, doing dishes, or just trying to wind down after a long day at work, check out these 12 women-run podcasts. Some of these are hilarious, others are super informative, and all of them are worth your time.

2 Dope Queens


Hosted by Jessica Williams, AKA former correspondent at The Daily Show, and Phoebe Ronson, AKA You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain2 Dope Queens hilariously delivers some major truths about sex, romance, race, hair journeys, and living in New York. Williams and Ronson are actually buddies IRL too, which makes the podcast even stronger.

Mouth Time With Reductress


Hosted by fictional “ladymag editors”, Mouth Time satirically discusses all the ridiculous beauty trends, cultural fads, societal norms, and pointless stereotypes women are inundated with on a daily basis.

With episode titles like “Can You Get Down With This Bomb Ass Weed?” and “We Tried Aging…And We HATED It!” Mouth Time will have you giggling before you’ve even subscribed.

Call Your Girlfriend


Do you live super far away from your main lady pal? If so, you should check out Call Your Girlfriend, like, now. Hosted by Aminatou Sow and Ann FriedmanCall Your Girlfriend is basically an open invitation to eavesdrop on the real life best friends’ weekly phone date, where they discuss everything from the complexities of pop culture to the latest in politics.

Savvy Psychologist


Whether you struggle with an anxiety disorder or not, Savvy Psychologist is an invaluable tool for anyone who needs a little help maintaining their mental health. As a writer and real-life research and clinical psychologist, host Ellen Hendriksen knows her stuff.

Even better, Hendriksen’s whole deal is to “meet life’s challenges with evidence-based research, a sympathetic ear, and zero judgement.” Hendriksen’s episodes on “How To Deal With News Overload” and “Nine Reasons You Can’t Focus” are particularly noteworthy.

A Piece Of Work

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Hosted by Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson, A Piece of Work is “everything you wanted to know about modern and contemporary art but were afraid to ask.” Over the course of 10 episodes, Jacobson looks for answers to your artsy-est questions, in entertaining conversations with curators, artists, and some friends, including Hannibal Buress, Tavi Gevinson, RuPaul, and Questlove.

Honestly Though


Hosted by contributing Bustle editor Rachel Krantz, Honestly Though tackles the kinds of topics we don’t talk about nearly enough. Whether it’s sex, women’s health, relationship dynamics or just existing while female, Honestly Though delves into the persisting taboos we see in Western culture.

Alice Isn’t Dead

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From the creators of the hugely successful and delightfully creepy Welcome to Night Vale, this serial fiction podcast follows one truck driver’s search to find the wife she had long assumed to be dead.

Full of not-quite-human serial murderers and towns literally lost in time, Alice Isn’t Dead is the perfect nighttime podcast for anyone who enjoys a solid mix of sci-fi, horror, and humour.

Not Safe With Nikki Glaser


If you haven’t checked out Not Safe, then it’s time to change that. Host Nikki Glaser’s raunchily delivered takes on sex, relationships and dating will have you laughing out loud on the subway in no time.

Radically Loved


Hosted by yoga teacher trainer, wellness consultant, and holistic health coach Rosie Acosta, Radically Loved focuses on cultivating a life of mindfulness, presence and intention.

As an East Los Angeles native who suffered from depression and anxiety as a teen, Acosta knows the importance of prioritising wellness, and she’s dedicated her life to helping others find it.

Grammar Girl


Whether you need help coming up with a good outline for your next essay, or you’re unclear on when it’s OK to use “whom,” Mignon Fogarty’s got your back. The Grammar Girl host and author of 10 books on the English language provides quick, digestible episodes that manage to make grammar fun. No, seriously.

Fresh Air


Hosted by Terry Gross, this Peabody Award-winning podcast is one of NPR’s most popular radio shows for a reason. Gross’s intimate conversations with legends like The Temptations singer and founder, Otis Williams, are well worth the 50 minutes you’ll spend tuning in for some Fresh Air.

Starving Artist


Honor Eastly is an Australian artist and creator of this podcast about creativity, money, and how to combine both of those things. If you’re a struggling artist or freelancer of any kind, who often thinks “How the hell do you make this work?!” then this podcast will be part-advice, part-entertainment and part-therapy. You’re not alone!

As Eastly says, “Starving Artist is basically an excuse for me to ask successful artists really nosy questions about their financial situation, and record the conversation.”


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