I.LOVE.PODCASTS. I mean, I eat up most kinds of content – blog posts, YT videos, Insta-stories – I love them all. But, the beauty of podcasts is that you can consume them while also doing something else. Out of all forms of content, this is the style that values your time the most. Driving to your hair appointment? Learn about feminist topics! Cleaning your room? Inspire yourself with a spiritual inquiry interview! Got a flight coming up? Why not learn about new books written by female authors around the world? You get the gist.
Over the past couple of years, I have become a total podcast addict, constantly listening to ones on a variety of topics (hence why I have my headphones in my ears for 80% of every travel vlog). Seriously, there is a podcast (or ten) for everyone, and it is a fantastic way to learn more about a subject whether you are already deeply interested in it or are just starting to dip your toes. It’s so easy, entertaining, and educational! The ultimate tri-factor. What is more, some badass women are hosting some crackin ones. Each week I look forward to hearing more stories, updates, and thoughts from these women because it basically feels like you are having a catch-up with friends. Here is who I hang out with (via my airpods) each day of the week…
MONDAY: The Guilty Feminist. So it is Monday, and you are ready to have the BEST WEEK POSSIBLE. But, it can be overwhelming to be the best at everything, which is why a listen to this podcast is great. It helps to remind you that it is impossible always to be 100% fantastic at everything – particularly feminism. The brilliant comedian Deborah Frances-White hosts this podcast and her and her guests discuss a wide range of feminist topics while also coming clean about their mess-ups, insecurities, and fears. It is hilarious, provocative, and relatable, and I always appreciate that it is intelligent without being condescending. I never miss an episode.
TUESDAY: The High Low. Speaking of smart, sassy feminists, Dolly Alderton and Pandora Sykes are two of the loveliest examples and are complete girl-crush material. If you are looking to be entertained, while also being informed about stuff that really matters, this is the podcast for you. Plus, they have the greatest reading recommendations. After each episode, I always have new additions to my “must-read” list. The ladies deep friendship makes for enjoyable listening, especially when they disagree on topics (as they often do). I always feel enriched in both mind and soul after listening and want to hurry into a comfortable chair to read, think, and ponder about this ridiculous world in which we live.
WEDNESDAY: Reading Women. As if you didn’t need more book recommendations! But, despite the fact that I can’t remotely keep up with the number of books I want to read, I still listen to this podcast each week because it is quality stuff. The hosts, Kendra and Autumn, do a fabulous job of pulling together creative themes and rich collections of books all written by women. Each month, they pick a theme and have two episodes related to it — one highlighting a variety of titles and the other going more in-depth into a couple of books. Then, they have two author interviews with talented female writers. In addition to helping me single-handedly keep my local bookstore in business (LOL), I truly enjoy just listening to their discussions and ideas and am so grateful that they have introduced me to a wide array of female authors.
THURSDAY: On Being with Krista Tippett. Out of all my recommendations, my Thursday podcast of choice is probably the one that has had the most profound effect on my way of thinking. Hosted by Krista Tippett, this Peabody Award-winning podcast focuses on conversations about the spiritual inquiry, science, social healing, and the arts. You know, the big stuff. Each episode seems to be more captivating, insightful, and thought-provoking than the last. It is almost impossible to come away from one and not feel like your brain has gone through a rollercoaster ride. In the best way possible, of course. It sounds dramatic, but this is serious food for the mind and a balm for the heart. Plus, Krista’s voice is lovely to listen to and calming, and her questions are thoughtful. She is a master at interviewing and grants every guest respect, empathy, and space to explore their own thoughts and formulate their answers.
FRIDAY: Conscious Chatter. In my quest to live a sustainable life, I am continually looking for ways to further educate myself on becoming a more conscious human. This, of course, extends to one of the biggest loves of my life – fashion. This recommendation is one of the best conscious fashion podcasts being produced at the moment as it dives deep into the stories, meaning, and impact of our clothing choices. More than just speaking about clothes themselves, Kestrel and her guests provide a forum for learning about the entire garment industry and what it truly means to live an eco-friendly lifestyle through your fashion choices. I have learned about so many trailblazing brands through this podcast that I hope to support and bring into my wardrobe over the coming months and years.
HONORABLE MENTIONS: With so many podcasts out there, I really wanted to limit this list to keep it from being too overwhelming. But, here are a few of my other favorite female podcasts if you are looking for some more listening pleasure. Bande à part (a fantastic podcast hosted by two fashion professionals who discuss everything from historic fashion to museum exhibits); BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour (excellent in-depth coverage of women’s issues mainly focused on the UK); Encyclopedia Womannica (a short daily look at women who made a difference but were left out of the history books); The Skinny Confidential Him & Her (filled with great interviews & health, wellness, productivity tips); The Splendid Table (a food podcast for those who love cooking and eating); The Life Coach School (precisely what the name says); Don’t Keep Your Day Job (essential listening for those who want to work on their own terms); The Cut on Tuesdays (the podcast version of New York Magazine’s women’s site); The Lavendaire Lifestyle (covering all topics related to personal growth & lifestyle design); Second Life (Who What Wear co-founder Hillary Kerr talks to women about their career changes).