If you thought podcasts peaked with “Serial,” think again! In the past year or so, we’ve seen more and more amazing podcasts created by women. Lena Dunham’s “Women of the Hour” is just the tip of the iceberg.
Last year, we brought you a list of 10 Lady Podcasts You Need To Listen To Right Now, featuring favorites like “Another Round,” “Call Your Girlfriend” and “Death, Sex, Money.” Now it’s time for an update. Read on to learn about 10 more amazing lady podcasts - and then learn how to make your own!
Between writing, producing and starring in Girls; writing her book Not That Kind Of Girl and her newsletter Lenny; and directing and producing a new HBO series Max, Lena Dunham somehow found the time to createw a brilliant, thoughtful podcast that she calls “an audio collage/feminist variety hour.” From touching discussions about friendship with Jemima Kirke, to a real look at what it’s like to date as a trans woman from Hari Nef, to writing and work advice from Zadie Smith, every episode is amazing.
2. “Mystery Show”
An adorable and heartwarming take on real-crime podcasts and shows like “Serial” and The Jinx, “Mystery Show,” hosted by Starlee Kline, solves real-life mysteries like “Where did Britney Spears get a copy of my friend’s book?” and “How tall is Jake Gyllenhaal?”
“Limetown” was created by two dudes (Zack Akers and Skip Bronkie), but a large part of its appeal is due to the narration by fictionalist journalist Lia Haddock, voiced by Annie-Sage Whitehurst. It’s a spooky, supernatural mystery that’s been described as “‘Serial” meets The X-Files — don’t listen to it alone at night.
Hosted by writer Susan Orlean and comedian Sarah Thyer, “Crybabies” is a podcast celebrating the things that make us cry - cheesy movies, pop songs, insurance commercials and more. Plus, they’ve featured several former BUST cover stars including Amy Poehler, Jenny Slate and Neko Case.
5. “Can I Pet Your Dog?”
This is the perfect podcasts for dog lovers - or as hosts Allegra Ringo and Renee Colvert call themselves, “dog owners” and “dog wanters.” With features like “Dogs We Met This Week” and “Mutt Minute,” “Can I Pet Your Dog?” will have you approaching random dogs on the sidewalk with more enthusiasm than ever.
6. “Internet Explorer”
This BuzzFeed podcast, hosted by Katie Notopolous and Ryan Broderick, explores the weird and wonderful side of the Internet - from the infamous incestuous Folgers coffee commercial to the viral hoax that Avril Lavigne died and was replaced by a lookalike.
7. “Nerdgasm Noire Network”
This podcast is hosted by "a group of 5 black women who love all things geeky” who discuss nerdy pop culture topics from Twitter to Star Wars to anime, as well as issues such as the importance of representation and finding community.
8. “How To Make Me Come”
This anonymous Tumblr-turned-podcast hosted by a woman who goes by the pseudonym Sylvia features an open, honest and intriguing discussion of sexuality, from when people learned about “the birds and the bees” to their favorite movie sex scenes.
9. “Lady To Lady”
This hilarious podcast is hosted by three lady comedians - Barbara Gray, Brandie Posey and Tess Barker - with a fourth hilarious guest every week. They’ve featured BUST favorites like Margaret Cho, Gaby Dunn and Retta, so start downloading now.
10. “Two Brown Girls Talk Back”
“Two Brown Girls Talk Back” is hosted by two actors and writers who aren’t afraid to call Hollywood on its racist bulshit. They stay anonymous because, as they put it, “we STILL have to get work and L.A. is petty.”
Top photo: illustration by Nicole Daddona for BUST
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