Podcasts are one of the most quickly growing mediums for people to stretch their creative muscles. If you like something and want to talk about it, there’s bound to be someone with the same interest who wants to hear you. Great, right?
With such open parameters, it’s surprising that there aren’t many prominent podcasts hosted by women. Some have women co-hosting with men, but for the most part, female-hosted podcasts have flown under the radar. That’s a major bummer, especially since women are responsible for some of the best podcasts out there. So here, for your reading (and hopefully listening) pleasure, are five great female-run podcasts.
1. Girl on Guy
Hosted by Aisha Tyler, Girl on Guy is an interview show where Aisha talks with guests about anything and everything, and her guests are just as varied as the topics they discuss. Each episode ends with a segment called Self-Inflicted Wounds, where the guest tells a story about an embarrassing moment that they brought upon themselves. From ranting about being labeled “fake gamer girls” with Felicia Day to discussing the finer points of craft beers with Jared Padalecki, Aisha takes the idea that girls aren’t supposed to like or discuss certain things and turns it on its head, and is ridiculously funny doing it.
2. The JV Club
Janet Varney created The JV Club in 2012. The podcast only features female guests, and Janet talks with them about adolescence and essentially what it was like to grow up as a teenage girl. Some of her past guests include scientist Cara Santa Maria, Christina Hendricks, Tig Notaro, Kristen Schaal, Kulap Vilaysack, and the ladies from Community. One of the best episodes, though, came when Janet invited her cousin, Julian Melson, onto the show. The show’s only male guest, Julian is transgender and spent his teenage years as a girl. The episode delves into his life before and after his transition, and hearing Janet and Julian bond even more—and her pride and happiness for him—is one of the sweetest things ever.
3. This Week in Ladies
Texas ladies Becca and Allison host This Week in Ladies, which they describe as “a bi-weekly podcast about stuff ladies are interested in. You know, everything.” They discuss topics ranging from comics, books, and sorting different characters into Hogwarts houses to movies, fashion, and (until recently) how many women have died on Teen Wolf. They just conducted a great interview with Kelly Sue DeConnick, and each episode ends with a music recommendation. Becca and Allison are thoughtful and funny, and each episode of This Week in Ladies has something different to offer for everyone.
4. Dork Forest
Jackie Kashian hosts Dork Forest, which has been around since 2005 and is recorded in her living room. Nothing in pop culture is off limits for Jackie to fangirl over with her guests, and her enthusiasm is infectious. Dork Forest is a treasure trove of books you haven’t read, shows you haven’t watched, and authors you haven’t heard of, so much so that it’s almost impossible to keep track of something that catches your fancy. Something really cool that a lot of other shows don’t do is that Jackie writes notes to post with the episode, listing anything of interest that she and her guest talked about. She makes it easy—and fun—to get your pop culture and comedy fixes in both written and audio form.
5. Making It
Hosted by Riki Lindhome, one half of the comedy folk duo Garfunkel and Oates, Making It focuses on how different artists, actors, comedians, and directors “made it” in Hollywood. One of the reasons Riki’s podcast is so cool is because listeners can learn about the different paths their idols took to get to where they are today, almost none of which are conventional. In a world that stresses the importance of going to school and landing a safe, well-paying job, Making It shows that although it’ll probably be tough for a while, there’s almost always another option, even if it’s off the beaten path. Riki’s interviewing style is very light and conversational; it’s easy to feel like you’re with a group of friends just hanging out and talking when you listen.
Narrowing this article down to highlight just five podcasts was difficult—there are countless female-run shows all over the Internet, and a limited amount of space to showcase them here. Check out the podcasts listed above, or search for one of your favorite topics to explore. Whether it’s movies, fashion, exercise, crafts, or something completely different, there’s bound to be a lady out there who’s excited to talk about it and can’t wait to share her knowledge and enthusiasm, too.
Allison Racicot is the Audiobook Reviewer at Girls in Capes. She’s a recent graduate of Emerson College in Boston, and has a degree in Writing, Literature, and Publishing. She spends too much time listening to podcasts and getting overly attached to fictional characters.