As a kid I never understood why my mother liked listening to talk radio. In the morning we would have to listen to the politics of the day, and the evening brought us opinion chatter on topics I couldn’t yet appreciate. Once in awhile I got to catch a bit of the salacious problems of the callers into Dr. Laura, but I never got more than a taste before my mother realised what we were listening to and switched it off. Child Tara, even Teenage Tara, didn’t understand the obsession with listening to what other people have to say. Present Tara, on the other hand. Bring me all the talk! Tell me about your obsession with Taylor Swift, why Oxford commas are optional, what books changed your world view! I want to know it all! I eat up podcasts and talk radio like an ant at a picnic.
Here are five podcasts that I’m listening to right now and loving for their strong opinions and embracing all things woman:
This podcast is on almost every single lady podcast listicle and it’s because it’s awesome. Aside from sharing the name and using the intro of my second favourite electro-era Robyn song, Call Your Girlfriend is the podcast I like to think that if me and my best girlfriends got our shit enough together we would have a podcast like Ann Friedman and Aminatou Sow. Topics range from making friends after college, Shonda Rhimes love, menstruation annoyances, and long distance friendships. Call Your Girlfriend is a fairly new podcast and with the lengths that average on 45 minutes, you can be caught up in no time and up to date with these cool gals.
Their tagline is, “Because everyone’s a little nerdy about something.” And I am apparently nerdy in all the things they talk about: space with Chris Hadfield, Rookie with Tavi Gevinson, science fiction with Margaret Atwood. scrabble with Stefan Fatsis. They also feature a favourite segment of mine, “Great Lady Nerd of History”, for all your inspirational lady needs. This well produced podcast by Greta Johnsen and Tricia Bobeda has a two year back catalogue so prepare to nerd out.
Another newer podcast, this one coming from Buzzfeed staffers Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton. Like Call Your Girlfriends, Another Round has me jealous that I haven’t started a podcast this cool (could I even, though?) Another Round has so far covered attending a KKK rally as a black woman, terrible house parties, and how they can’t stand spoken word. Heben and Tracy also have a couple absurd drunken debates, of which may have caused me to snort water out of my nose in laughter.
For the worrywarts among us. I find this podcast most comforting because I realise that I am not alone in my weird fears and that I probably don’t have to spend as much time worrying about certain things as I do. Like dying in an accident. I once told someone that I worry a lot about that and they looked at me like I was crazy. Through science and stats, Catherine Oddy & Eden Robins help me rationalize my fears and laugh at the absurdity of it all. They’re currently on episode 23 so just imagine how many fears they’ve already tackled and how many more they have left to go!
The workplace can be a difficult place to navigate for everyone and especially for women. I have found myself nodding in agreement so hard to so much of what gets said on this podcast. Host Ashley Milne-Tyte explores how different women define success in the workplace, deal with the challenges of being career oriented and learning to value themselves in the work environment. The Broad Experience discusses everything from asking for a raise to society expectations of a working woman to, of course, babies.
So there it is! My current listens of late. Have a listen and tell us what you think!