What are the best feminist podcasts currently available, you ask? I have searched and listened and can tell you that there are a lot of subpar feminist podcasts but also a lot of really stellar ones. It’s really hard to find ones that tag themselves as feminist and aren’t incredibly boring.
These are probably what you can call “bad feminist” podcasts, to steal the phrase from Roxane Gay. They’re either about current events, popular culture, interviews, or music. No podcast is perfect and all the women on these shows have their own definitions of feminism. To be sure, feminism is not the anti-male stance that has become popular as a stereotype.
Also, if you are not aware, we have our own podcast you should subscribe to… Rhyme et Reason Radio!
Slate’s DoubleX Gabfest features the talents of Hanna Rosin, June Thomas, and Noreen Malone. Sometimes the lineup changes but the issues they talk about are always relevant to what’s going on in the world and how women are affected. Sometimes it’s just funny to see what they talk about and how they react to things. Rosin wrote The End of Men which appeared in an episode of Orange is the New Black.
For all the things that your mom never told you, Cristen and Caroline go into depth about all manner of subjects. If you have questions about slut shaming, craft beer, BDSM, trophy wives, pinup girls, divorced women and Queen Victoria, to name a few, you should check out this podcast. They’re totally relatable and their website has more information about anything you hear. They also have really great videos that are all about how awesome women are.
Catie Lazarus is the host of Employee of the Month and she is fantastic. She is so smart and on the ball about the topics and the people she interviews. She’s been able to talk to some really famous people from Cynthia Nixon, Rosie O’Donnell and Jon Stewart to the people you’ve never heard of but are super interesting.
Nerdette infuses history, a special guest, and some other nerdy tidbits into an enlightening podcast that’s on NPR. They’re also currently recapping Game of Thrones with the host of Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, Peter Sagal. They’re not pushing feminism but they do feature a lot of writers who identify that way and some who take issue with the term. It’s a good podcast to listen to because both the co-hosts are extremely well read and knowledgeable about popular culture. Fun fact: I left them a voicemail and they played it on one of the Game of Thrones episodes. Find that Easter egg… !
Rhyme et Reason’s beloved CHVRCHES singer Lauren Mayberry, along with a lot of really awesome people, has started an online zine and podcast that focuses on women’s issues, including music. The podcast is about good music that’s out and has a little bit of discussion about each one. The zine is where you’ll find artwork and articles about a host of interesting stuff. In fact, you should soon see one of the zine covers feature my art.
You would pick up the feminist undercurrent in PCHH pretty quickly, especially if you listen to NPR Monkey See’s Linda Holmes and the rest of the gang dissect pop culture. They’re so smart and upbeat about everything they talk about, which is definitely more of the nerdy variety. They do it with such enthusiasm that you can’t not like them. Their live events are also so much fun that you can’t believe time flew by as quickly as it did.