Here at FORA, we’re obviously all about celebrating the amazing ladies in our life, and this week, we’re breaking down five podcasts that are about women, are hosted by women, and honour women.
Keep reading to see what podcasts you need to add to your daily pop culture intake!
Sisterhood never sounded so adorable. On Still Buffering, sisters Sydnee McElroy, Teylor Smirl, and Rileigh Smirl tackle a topic and talk about it from three different perspectives. Sydnee and Teylor are (semi) responsible, (semi) functional adults while little Rileigh’s still a teenager, so it’s super interesting to see how the approach to certain things like “How to Birth Control,” “How to Vote,” and “How to Break-Ups” have changed over the years.
THE HISTORY CHICKS
You know those really cool Tumblr posts about 14th century queens who killed and beheaded their abusive lovers so they could reclaim the throne? The History Chicks is an audio version of that. Each week, Beckett Graham and Susan Vollenweider talk in-depth about a female historical figure—some of them you may have heard talked about a million times (Marie Antoinette, Jane Austen, Amelia Earheart) and some you may not have heard of at all (Queen Nzinga, Belva Lockwood). It’s honestly the best and most entertaining history lesson you’ll ever get, so give it a listen.
We all know that Oprah’s the queen of daytime television (maybe of all television?), but you probably don’t know what she did to get to that point. On Making Oprah, all secrets are revealed—host Jenn White gets the inside scoop from Winfrey herself about how she got her start in TV and eventually climbed the metaphorical career ladder to become one of the most recognizable celebrities of all time. And even though Making Oprah only has three episodes, there are a few short bonus clips as well, meaning that you’ll get more than enough inspiration to start building your very own Oprah-esque empire.
On Best Practice, hosts Taylor Reynolds and Kaylyn Jung talk to female entrepreneurs about the projects they’re involved in, how they got to where they are today, and advice they’d give to other girls and women who are willing to #hustle to get to the top. In Season One, Taylor and Kaylyn spoke to a number of female-identifying visual artists, but in future seasons they’ll be talking to badass women involved in any and every industry imaginable. And if you want to channel your inner ‘90s riot grrrl, Best Practice also releases a zine with every episode.
2 DOPE QUEENS
If you think you’ve seen 2 Dope Queens co-hosts Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson before, you probably have—Williams used to be a correspondent on The Daily Show (the youngest correspondent ever) and Robinson’s been on basically every comedy-related show you can think of, including Broad City, Last Comic Standing, and @midnight. On every episode, Williams and Robinson talk to three guests—usually women, people of colour, and/or members of the LBGTQ community—about any and every topic under the sun. And if you’re looking for more quality content, Phoebe Robinson also hosts her own podcast, Sooo Many White Guys, on the side. With a title like that, how can you resist?