Multitasking, thy name is woman. Also, thy name is L.A. driver. But instead of engaging in scary stuff behind the wheel (like texting or putting on lipstick), choose the safe, elevating option of listening to a podcast hosted by women. There are as many different ones as there are personalities. See our favorites below – there’s at least one with your name on it.
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Want to Feel Less Grouchy? Listen to Happier with Gretchen Rubin
It’s a sister act, but with quips, concrete suggestions, and thoughtful commentary about ways to make your daily life happier. Author Gretchen Rubin (Oprah interviewed her about her best-selling book The Happiness Project) and her younger sis, Angeleno TV writer Elizabeth Craft, pondering such disparate attempts at joy manufacture as de-cluttering, forgiving, and a implementing a kissing schedule. (Bonus, busy lady – every other episode is just two minutes long.)
Want to Be Fascinated? Try Nerdette
The tagline to this podcast, co-hosted by Tricia Bobeda and Greta Johnsen, is that “everybody is a little nerdy about something.” Which means this free-ranging half hour takes a deep dive into everything from Anna Deavere Smith’s documentary theatre project to Ilene Chaiken, showrunner for the upcoming re-boot of The L Word. Smart, quirky, and by golly, super-interesting.
Need to Chill Out? Listen to Self Service with Jerico Mandybur
Ready to use whatever tools you can get your hands on to feel at one with the universe? Explore the spiritual side of life with this “inner beauty school,” in which the editorial director of Girlboss hosts guests like psychologists and healers who discuss sooooo many modalities of self-care, from using crystals to staying hydrated (also, drinking booze). Bonus: Every Sunday, hear your weekly horoscope.
Are You Seething? Unladylike Is for You
Hey, feminist: Do you take your audio nourishment in the form of a well-researched entrée with a side of anger? Then check out this podcast, in which hosts Cristen Conger and Caroline Ervin are all about debunking body myths, sourcing cultural stereotypes, and often using the word heteronormative. But srsly, it’s fun. (And in October, there’ll be a book: Unladylike: A Field Guide to Smashing the Patriarchy and Claiming Your Space.)
Need a Good Laugh? Two Dope Queens Has Got You
You’ll love the chemistry between Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams, two BFF black women who have brought “yas queen yas” into mass culture. This ’cast is a taping of their live comedy show in Brooklyn, in which they have their favorite comedian friends on to share stories about romance, race, and sex playlists.
Are You Morbid, But Do You Like to Laugh? Hear My Favorite Murder with Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark
Maybe you’re inexplicably drawn to the dark side. So are these co-hosts: One describes (in great detail) true crime stories to the other, who listens while gasping, nervously giggling and asking questions incredulously. It’s addictive storytelling, and its rabid fans call themselves murderinos on Reddit.
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Want Career Insight? Listen to Skimm’d from The Couch
The creators of the daily political digest The Skimm sit down with successful female titans of media and SPANX® (hi, shapewear inventor Sara Blakely!) to share the wisdom. Plus, the show just added a call-in feature.
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Want to Elevate Your Life? Listen to Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations
You’d think once you’re a billionaire and a household name, you might phone it in. Not Oprah, whose podcast welcomes commentators, celebs, and authors to talk about how you can get one step closer to your best self, overcome adversity, or just be the most joyful you can be.