Listen to these well-informed conversationalists and get woke about subjects ranging from female friendships and spoken word poetry to political activism and spirituality.
Let’s get real for a second. For those of us who like to stay fresh and keep an eye on the media we consume, here is some sweet sweet content with no visuals necessary. Tuning in to these podcasts is an opportunity to potentially broaden your horizons while you go about your regular day; an unobtrusive amount of attention is needed to get the goods from these amazing and thoughtful productions. Listen up in the shower, on your morning commute, while you’re cooking something tasty or in leu of your usual “turn up” playlist.
Spice up your usual routine and catch some culture with the following podcasts lead by these talented women.
“Call Your Girlfriend” is the long-distance best friend chat session you don’t want to miss. Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman tackle topics from menstrual cycles and body shaming to the current American political situation to workplace drama with sincere wit. There’s something for everyone and their adorable, borderline iconic friendship is endearing enough to bring a tear to your eye while they tackle some of the most relevant issues. Recent standout episodes include a 40 minute interview with feminist icon, author and activist Gloria Steinem and a very real episode about handling loss with Nora McInerny, an author and host of a podcast called “Terrible, Thanks for Asking“.
The “Strangers” podcast from Peabody Award-winning producer and director, Lea Thau, is an honest and heartfelt look into the lives of people from different walks of life, who, it’s safe to say, you probably wouldn’t have heard from otherwise. Each episode is framed around individual stories that bear relevance to important themes or deeply human insights. Not only is the producer and host Lea Thau an extremely compelling and learned person, she has also been inspirational to follow as she battles with internal struggles of her own. Thau took a year-long hiatus from the show in order to process personal trauma, and was unafraid to explain how it needed to unfold. After a long journey, she recently revealed that the show will be back this month.
The podcast “On Being”, from host and CEO Krista Tippett, is a larger project that surrounds the pursuit of human connectedness and well-being. “On Being” is the main output, tackling subjects like holistic health, society and the human condition with scientists, spiritual teachers, artists and communicators. The conversations delve into these potentially complex topics with ease, bringing in brilliant and abundant minds like the beloved American icon Maya Angelou, poet and playwright Elizabeth Alexander and author Eckhart Tolle. Go diving for some eye-opening highbrow content that may or may not blow your damn mind.
These two comedians back to back on their live comedy show “2 Dope Queens” in Brooklyn is food for the soul. Laugh your way through whatever garbage you’re dealing with as you tune in to Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams amidst their honest and hilarious discussions with guests such as fellow comedian Tig Notaro, actress Zoe Kravitz and the former First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama. While there is a healthy amount of playful absurdity and shit talk in their colloquially-inclined show, they also delve into the backgrounds of their guests, integrating the more intimate side of things with grace and bravado. Also, catch the show based on this original podcast on HBO if you haven’t already.
A big YAS to all of these kweens! And finally, be sure to tune in to our friends on the “Københavnerlivet” podcast, if you speak Danish, as well as our Girls Are Awesome “Talking Tunes” podcast in English while you’re at it.