From listening on your daily walk, or drowning out the noise at work, (or in your home office), women are starting to embrace Podcasts rather than music playlists. Download an app from your favourite audio streaming service directly to your mobile phone (i.e. Spotify or Apple Podcasts), pop in your earphones, or connect to a bluetooth device and away you go. Are you time poor? The good news is you can start and stop a podcast as you please. Podcasts are basically radio shows on the internet, often pre-recorded and edited. Some are on going serial-style podcasts and some are unique, interview style episodes.
So why should you jump on board the podcast train? According to PodcastInsights.com, approximately 42 million Americans over the age of twelve currently listen to podcasts on a weekly basis. Continuing to grow in popularity in Australia, it’s reported that over 1.6 million Aussies are tuning into Podcasts, in both audio and video formats each week.
While WB40’s own podcast The Good Girl Confessional Podcast is a platform for celebrating the hard-won wisdom of women beyond forty, Podcasts can be found on almost any topic – Feminism, business, fashion, true crime, comedy, wine, tech, parenting and everything else in between. We love that female podcasters are on the rise!
Here’s 9 fab Podcasts we’re absolutely loving right now, hosted by amazing women.
The Hot Flush
Mrs Woog (Kayte Murphy) and Mrs Berry (Kim Berry) describe themselves as a multi non-award-winning, unsponsored duo making it OK to talk about being hot and cranky. Join them as they chant their life’s creed: just keep plucking. This is the premier podcast for peri-menopausal people! The heart of this podcast is they talk openly and honestly about everything from night sweats to mental health issues.
Always Was Always will Be – Our Stories
(Australia) – Marlee Silva, a Gamilaroi and Dunghutti woman, co-founded the hugely popular Instagram account, Tiddas4Tiddas, with her younger sister Keely. With a brilliant knack for storytelling, Silva is bringing stories of mob front and centre with power, grace and passion in her new podcast. This podcast is all about inspiring conversations with Indigenous role models and trailblazers. The name comes from the chant “Always was, always will be Aboriginal land.”
(Australia) – From skaters to singers, mountaineers to Mars mission-leaders. From the deep blue sea to the dark, black skies. Australia is full of girls who dare to do things differently. Adventurous girls. Girls with guts and spirit. Girls who stand-up and say, “watch out world, here I come!”. Do you know what they are? They’re FIERCE. These are their stories. Join the amazing Amy Shark, Julie Bishop, Yael Stone, Lisa Wilkinson and more as they tell the inspiring tales of some of Australia’s most extraordinary women.
The Guilty Feminist
(UK) – The Guilty Feminist is a comedy podcast hosted by London based (expat Aussie) comedian Deborah Frances-White. Created by Frances-White and Sofie Hagen in 2015, the podcast features guests on a panel to discuss topics on and related to feminism, and is recorded in front of a live audience. Laugh along as she speaks with guests and ponders I’m a Feminist BUT…
Chat 10 Looks 3
(Australia) – Leigh Sales and Annabel Crabb, Australian journalists and good mates, discuss what they’re reading, watching, cooking, listening to, or irrationally thrilled by. This is a fun conversational podcast hosted by two intelligent chicks that will make you smile and laugh. The name? Leigh is a self confessed musical tragic!
And That’s Why We We Drink
(USA) – And That’s Why We Drink (ATWWD) is a paranormal and true crime podcast hosted by Christine Schiefer, Em Schulz, and boxed wine. Every week they share some chilling ghost stories as well as some downright terrifying true crime tales. Em is an expert on all things spooky – ghosts, demons, poltergeists, and even some pretty crazy conspiracy theories. Christine counters with stories on grisly murders, kidnappings, and disappearances. Believe it or not, they will make you laugh while they make you shiver! Their tag line? The world’s a scary place. And that’s why we drink!
Ladies We Need to Talk
Yumi Stynes hosts Ladies We Need To Talk and tackles issues that are often not discussed but should be. Orgasms, hormonal rollercoasters, relationships and everything in between.
Mothers of Invention
(Ireland) – Mothers Of Invention is a podcast on feminist climate change solutions from (mostly) women around the world. Women are more likely to be affected by climate change, so women are spearheading compassionate solutions. Hosted by former President of Ireland Mary Robinson and Maeve Higgins, an Irish comic based in NY, they interview a different guest host every week, digging into the biggest climate issues of our time. We learn how to cope, empower and enact change through the eyes of extraordinary women driving climate innovation – the Mothers of Invention. From People-powered initiatives to new government policy, to groundbreaking research to hard science. It’s not over till it’s over.
(USA) – Produced by Bitch Media, Backtalk explores new developments in pop culture with a feminist lens. The hosts, Bitch Media editors Amy and Delia, cover a range of topics from race, sexuality and politics all the way to freelance work, music festivals and pain. If you enjoy snappy conversations while exploring the impact pop culture has on our world, definitely give this a listen.