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January 24, 2017

Four Hilarious, Heartfelt and Woman-Led Podcasts
by Paige Smith-Hogan - 0


There are so many great podcasts in the world that it can be hard to know where to start. Below, I picked my four favorite podcasts, in no particular order. They all feature women and diverse voices and are a great use of your time. Trust me.

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Bad With Money with Gabby Dunn
In Bad with Money with Gabby Dunn, Dunn personally examines something that makes many of us very anxious: money. This discomfort is exemplified in her first episode, where people are more willing to tell her their favorite sex position than how much money they have in their checking account.

Dunn grew up worried about money, and now that she is experiencing a level of success, she is analyzing her struggles with money through a feminist perspective. On her show, she talks about content creators on YouTube being undervalued for what they produce, the psychological drawbacks of the idea of success, and how to manage money if you are in a creative field. She interviews people like comedians and partners Rhea Butcher and Cameron Esposito, Youtuber Hank Green, comic Sara Schaefer, and Oscar short film nominee Lexi Alexander. The episodes clock in at about a half an hour, so it's a great podcast to listen to on a walk, running errands, or on your commute to work[. As a 20-something who wants to work in a creative field and worries about money, this podcast is relatable and a stress relieving.

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2 Dope Queens
This podcast is a live recording of a weekly stand up show hosted by Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson featuring a diverse slate of comics, clocking in around about an hour per episode. One of the best parts of the podcast is Williams and Robinson’s friendship. Their hilarious banter in the beginning of the podcast is always a treat, with Phoebe and Jessica discussing what their role in the civil rights movement would be, being in love with Dwayne the Rock Johnson, or celebrating their birthdays on the show. Their obvious joy and affection for one another is one of my favorite parts of this podcast, and the fact that it features comics like Aparna Nancherla, Emily Heller and Jo Firestone is an added bonus.

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The Jackie and Laurie Show
Frequently, women in comedy are asked, " What's it like to be a woman in comedy?" The Jackie and Laurie Show is an in-depth answer to that question. Two standup comedians, Jackie Kashian and Laurie Kilmartin, conduct an honest and informative podcast for people who are interested in seeing how successful standups work. Jackie and Laurie are occasionally curmudgeonly, extremely engaging and constantly hilarious. Over the course of one show, they talk about their weeks, go over the strength and weaknesses of their sets, and dish on their industry. Their camaraderie and experience in their field make it a great podcast to listen to.

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Reality Bytes
Hosted by Stephanie Beatriz and Courtney Kocack, another pair of best friends, this podcast is about sex, love and dating in the digital age. The podcast premiered at the end of September and has featured guests like former family therapist and writer Emily V. Gordon, comic Beth Stelling, and the aforementioned Gabby Dunn of Bad With Money . Because Beatriz is a star of Brooklyn 99, they sometimes have substitute hosts for her. This makes for an exciting podcast, as some of the substitute hosts in the past have been Sofiya Alexander, a standup comedian and Shadi Petosky, a trans-rights activist and the creator of the Amazon cartoon "Danger and Eggs".


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