Why do podcasts get such a weird rap? Yes, they are often inaccessible and male-dominated, but there are many just waiting to be heard and loved once you’ve done a little digital crate digging. I was never a podcast fan, but after a year spent working in radio and finding a strong community of young women using the platform, I’ve become a strident supporter. I’m even working on a storytelling one of my own. In my podcast awakening, I’ve found five gems led by a unique and diverse group of women that are worthy of a few more listeners.
1. Black Girls Talking
The ladies of Black Girls Talking (Alesia, Fatima, Aurelia and Ramou) are equal parts big sisters and sage advisors. The depth of their opinions as well as the timeliness of the subject matter is sharper than most other podcasts. And their guests – from journalists to graphic designers to other crushworthy occupations – are thrilled to be a temporary part of the gang. Their flow is like overhearing a nearby dinner party conversation and wishing you were invited. But my favorite part is how distinctly each cast member shines on the podcast. They are NOT a united front and thank goodness for that. Subscribe to the podcast here.
2. Call Your Girlfriend
Hosted by Crystal and Megan, Swoonstep fills a consistently large hole in music coverage – namely, the opinions of women. I especially like the latter half of the podcast where the women (along with their guests) freely indulge in talk about their music crushes. Don’t get me wrong! They also offer some fresh and biting insight on music trends like the resurgence of pop punk, but doesn’t it sound great to hear two ladies speak honestly about their anger, frustration and swooning without judgment? Like their slogan says, the show is “babes talkin’ about babes.” Listen to all of the episodes here.
4. Two Brown Girls
Like Black Girls Talking, Two Brown Girls fills a necessary hole in pop culture podcasts: contributions from women of color. Although the podcast had been around for less than two years, the hosts – Fariha and Zeba – are seasoned veterans who share their strong, yet complimentary thoughts on everything from Afropunk to Nicki Minaj to the realities of depression. This podcast is a weekly delight, making it easy to follow and easy to fall in love. with Listen to all of the episodes here.
5. Chewing the Fat
Chewing the Fat has a little more weight behind it than the other podcasts listed (it’s a product of Chicago’s WBEZ). In a male-dominated food world, it’s refreshing to hear two women (journalists Louisa Chu and Monica Eng) talk explicitly about the ins and outs of food, from budgeting to regional junk food and everything in between. Subscribe to the podcast here.
(And while we’re at it, don’t forget to check out Hello Giggles’ own lady-powered podcast “All New Friends.”)