Welcome to installment four of Pick of the Podcasts, where we explore different podcasts grouped around a central theme. For each series, I’ll provide a brief synopsis of the podcast and I’ll also give my pick of one favourite episode, which may help ease you in if you’re a new listener or highlight an episode to revisit for regulars. Today’s theme: Podcasts for the ladies (FYI – while of course, anyone can and should listen to these podcasts, these shows do specifically target the female audience).
Ladies Who Lunch
Hosted by Ingrid Nilsen and Cat Valdes, both predominately of YouTube fame, Ladies Who Lunch is like having a casual chat with your two best friends about all the things you’d normally chat to your friends about. A whole host of topics are covered; relationships, careers, mental health and so much more, all discussed with a refreshing honesty that makes each episode so relatable. You don’t have to be a fan of either Cat or Ingrid in their other ventures to be a fan of their fantastic podcast.
My pick: The Quarter-Life Crisis – Being in a similar age bracket to Ingrid and Cat, this episode was particularly enjoyable as I know so many people, myself included, who think we should have accomplished so much more by now and have no idea what on earth is supposed to come next. I was nodding along in agreement to almost every second of this episode.
The Lively Show
Jess Lively is a woman of many talents; an entrepreneur, an author, a life coach and a podcaster, all of which she does while living life with value-based intentions. The Lively Show is a perfect balance of longer episodes dedicated to certain topics and interviews with guests mixed in with short episodes from Jess alone checking in with her listeners either about a life update or about a small thought or intention to focus on. Her aim is to inspire, uplift and add little extra intention to the every day, all of which she does incredibly well.
My pick: Episode #80 How to Change Our Money Mindsets to Achieve Our Financial Goals with Farnoosh Torabi – This episode opened my eyes to the concept of money mindsets and how they can cause you to succeed and fail in your financial life. Guest Farnoosh Torabi, who hosts her own podcast called So Money, is fascinating to listen to and together, she and Jess create a less daunting and more interesting way to talk about money with some takeaways that may just change your own money mindset.
Simply described by Radio 4 as the programme that offers a female perspective on the world, Woman’s Hour is really just that. Every day, a new episode explores various topics from the perspective of how women experience them, told by the women who experience them. There is something for everyone, whether you enjoy politics, media, parenting or something completely different, you’d be hard-pressed not to find at least one episode that makes you think in a good way.
My pick: What’s in a name? – How much does your name affect your experience in life? This is something that I have never thought about, but the stories in this episode bring to light how important a name can be for some people.
Stuff Mom Never Told You
From the HowStuffWorks empire comes this female-led podcast talking about female led topics. Hosted by Cristen Conger and Caroline Ervin, these ladies talk amongst themselves or occasionally call in some friends to help break down being a woman in the past, present, and future. You might laugh, cry, scream with frustration but I promise you, you will also learn so much about the whole spectrum of things that go into being a woman.
Cristen and Caroline are no longer making the podcast, but there is an extensive back catalogue to work your way through while waiting for the new co-hosts Bridget and Emily to release brand new episodes sometime in 2017.
My pick: Buffy the Feminist Vampire Slayer – Purely because Buffy is great, feminism is great and together they make over an hour of wonderful podcast listening.