Whether you’re heading in to the office or tidying up the house over the weekend, a podcast can be a pleasant accompaniment to an otherwise mundane task. But choosing the right podcast for the right setting can feel as daunting a mission as picking the perfect movie for a date night in. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of shows we’re certain will make you laugh, think, and act as you move through your day.
If you have a favorite movie, odds are Jamie Loftus and Caitlin Durante have discussed it on their podcast The Bechdel Cast. Odds are also relatively high that that movie did not clear the bar for accurate representation of their female characters — a bar that, you’ll discover, is incredibly low. With backgrounds in cinema and journalism, both Jamie and Caitlin know how to broach the subject of gender equality in Hollywood while also reminiscing about some of our favorite movie moments with their special guest du jour.
In every episode, journalist and comedian Negin Farsad takes on three relevant topics to discuss everything from the political zeitgeist to pop culture. The chat is always fresh and dynamic thanks to Negin’s conversational approach and her ever-changing panel of experts, writers, and fellow comedians. This podcast is bound to make you laugh and it will also keep you highly informed.
Another discussion for the ages, hosts Cristen Conger and Caroline Ervin dismantle what it means to be a “lady” one patriarchal social convention at a time. Have you ever wondered why female bike messengers are harassed more than men? Or what the pink-collar workforce is? Well, Cristen and Caroline tackle these topics — and countless others — with thorough research and fascinating interviews with real women. It’s refreshing, informative, and I guarantee you’ll have a new feminist hero at the end of every episode.
The greatest gift Ethnically Ambiguous gives us is that of perspective. Let’s be honest, the mainstream media offers us very little in the way of the experiences of minority groups in our country. Enter: producer and writer Anna Hossnieh, and filmmaker and artist Shereen Lani Younes. They join a weekly guest as they discuss their experiences navigating a predominantly white, heteronormative society as “ethnically ambiguous” people. Prepare to laugh, learn, and broaden your horizons with this fabulous show.
5. Second Life
Perhaps one of the most popular varieties of podcast is the show that inspires us. Each week, Hillary Kerr of My Domaine interviews a different woman with an inspiring career and the journey to the realization of her professional dreams. From Christina Tosi, renowned pastry chef and Milk Bar founder; to Instagram’s director of fashion partnerships, Eva Chen, there is a discussion pertaining to virtually every career path and innumerable plot twists you will not see coming.