Have some extra time on your morning commute or want to shake up what you listen to on your afternoon jog? Powerful women know the power of multitasking (as long as you don’t go overboard), so why not use that time to learn about the world, let yourself be inspired, or just crack up?
These podcasts cover the crucial stuff of daily life, like relationships, money, sex, careers, and parenthood. Break out your headphones, silence your email notifications, and enjoy.
1. To hear the stories normally pushed to the side (and to laugh your head off), listen to 2 Dope Queens.
2 Dope Queens hands the mic to people who are usually relegated to the sidekick role and lets them shine center stage. Every week, comedians Jessica Williams (our favorite Daily Show correspondent) and Phoebe Robinson record sharp, hilarious banter at their live show, where they welcome big-name guests to the stage, covering everything from race to sex, romance, hair, and Billy Joel.
Start with: “Shequoia.” Jessica and Phoebe talk Bono, casting directors, and black BFF roles in TV and movies, with a killer story from Janeane Garofalo.
2. For a higher education in being an adult woman, check out Stuff Mom Never Taught You.
Stuff Mom Never Taught You is a treasure trove of information you didn’t even realize you needed to know. Hosts Cristen Conger and Caroline Ervin delve into the nitty-gritty of female-focused topics with clarity, wit, and smarts.
Start with: “#Blessed” looks at women’s use of hashtags like #blessed and #lucky to downplay their successes on social media.
3. Passionate about turning a profit? Check out The Great Girlfriends Show.
Entrepreneurs Sybil Amuti and Brandice Daniel combine life lessons and business insight to create a fun, honest, and authentic chat on The Great Girlfriends Show. Amuti and Daniel are fearless in sharing stories and tips from every facet of their lives.
Start with: “Self Care — The Ultimate Care Starts Within.” The girlfriends tackle the bane of all powerful women: Taking time to care for ourselves.
4. Grappling with the big questions? Listen to On Being.
Each episode of On Being, hosted by Peabody Award–winning broadcaster and author Krista Tippett, goes in depth on a topic you never knew you needed to know more about — the disease of being busy, the rituals of music, and the anatomy of gratitude, to name a few. Expect conversations with scientists, theologians, and regular ol’ insightful people on the many nuances of what it means to be human in the 21st century.
Start with: “Soul Food, Sex, and Space.” Activist, poet, and professor Nikki Giovanni talks about social change and emotional healing after the Virginia Tech shooting, and her obsession with outer space.
5. For hilarious stories about dealing with boys’ clubs, try The Jackie and Laurie Show.
Listening to an episode of The Jackie and Laurie Show is like eavesdropping on a fascinating conversation between your favorite badass aunts. Jackie Kashian and Laurie Kilmartin, two veteran comics who have been doing stand-up since the ’80s, meet up weekly to talk about the lessons they’ve learned as women navigating the path to success in a boys’ club, the demands of being a caretaker for older and younger generations, and the joys of getting older.
Start with: “Blood Loss.” The women discuss, as they put it, “privates, money, and glorious gay men.”