5 Podcasts For Women By Women

In need of a something new to listen to on your morning commute? We’ve put together a list of our 5 favourite podcasts – hosted, produced, written or created by women…

Woman’s Hour, BBC Radio 4

Woman’s Hour was first broadcast in 1946 and is one of the BBC’s longest standing radio shows of all time. Never one to shy away from the latest news and controversy, Woman’s Hour has become a firm favourite and staple among its listeners. Over the years it has welcomed the likes of Hillary Clinton, Nina Simone, Margaret Thatcher and Malala Yousafzai to the studio to discuss politics, racism, sex, health, art and parenting. In 2015, Late Night Woman’s Hour was launched as a weekly feature, where presenters Lauren Laverne and Jane Garvey delve into post-watershed topics.

My Favorite Murder, by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark

Many of you may already be familiar with the term ‘murderino’ or the phrase “stay sexy, don’t get murdered” but if not, then it’s about time you tuned into the witty, clever and downright terrifying podcast that is My Favorite Murder. Each week Karen and Georgia (joined by MFM producer Steven Ray Morris) take turns to discuss and dissect the creepiest murder cases from around the globe. Due to its ever-growing popularity, MFM now tours worldwide, with Karen and Georgia hosting live sessions of the podcast with audiences.  

The High Low, by Dolly Alderton and Pandora Sykes

If you love discussions on books, Mary Poppins, love, news, feminism and everything in between, then The High Low is the podcast for you. Dolly and Pandora sit down to talk about important topics such as mental health, women’s rights, politics and the gender pay gap. Both women have extensive knowledge in the world of journalism, and their intelligent discussions are both thought-provoking and informative. Recent guests of the podcast include The Guilty Feminist creator Deborah Frances White, and novelist Elizabeth Day.

Happy Place, by Fearne Cotton

Happy Place sees Fearne Cotton interviewing others about anxiety, love, health, depression, loss, self-care and happiness. Whilst discussing her own experiences with depression, Fearne speaks to guests about tips to leading a happier life, and why it is so important to reach out to others who are suffering with their mental health. Guests include Dawn French, Maisie Williams, Poorna Bell, Stephen Fry and Matt Haig. Her interview with activist Kris Hallenga is heartbreakingly beautiful and well worth a listen.

Forest 404, produced and directed by Becky Ripley (BBC Radio 4)

If you’re looking for a podcast that acts as a story, a playlist and an experiment, then you need look no further than Forest 404. Pearl Mackie, Tanya Moodie and Pippa Haywood star in this nine-part thriller set in a dystopian future. Protagonist Pan discovers a set of recordings that feature the sounds of rainforests – which no longer exist in the 24th century. After her discovery, Pan has her memory erased - but it seems that some memories can never really be forgotten… Alongside the 9 fictional episodes, the podcast offers immersive soundscapes, music from band Bonobo and gives listeners an opportunity to take part in The Forest 404 Experiment – a survey that looks at the positive effects of listening to nature sounds.

Words: Sophia Chettleburgh

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