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The Top 6 Podcasts You Need in Your Life Now

Listen up, ladies! Here are DAME’s favorite female-fronted programs, sorted by mood.

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The wonderful world of podcasting seems to grow bigger every day: At the end of 2012, there were over 91,000 English-language podcasts to choose from. But a quick look at the current top 100 podcasts on Stitcher (a popular podcast-subscription app) reveals that less than 10 percent are hosted solely by women. Where the ladies at? We’ve rounded up the best female-led podcasts right here—and there’s one for your every mood.

Mood: Hungry

Podcast The Splendid Table

Host Lynne Rossetto Kasper

Lynne Rossetto Kasper, the host of this podcast “for people who love to eat,” has the even-keeled cadence familiar to most public-radio personalities. So listening to her talk every week to a handful of food-related folks—like journalist Mark Bittman, chef Thomas Keller, and cookbook author Karen Solomon—about topics from grilling techniques to in-season veggies is extremely soothing.


Mood: Kvetchy

Podcast How Was Your Week

Host Julie Klausner

Listen to a couple of episodes of comedian Julie Klausner’s pop culture–oriented podcast, HWYW, and you’ll feel a beautiful (albeit one-sided) friendship blossoming. Klausner interviews a variety of creative types (recent guests include David Sedaris and Community star Gillian Jacobs) with a quick wit and genuine zeal. But it’s her weekly stream-of-consciousness monologue—often about her cat Jimmy Jazz, her favorite reality shows, her distaste for gender disparity, and lately, intimate post-breakup insight—that will keep you coming back for more.


Mood: Silly

Podcast Professor Blastoff

Hosts Tig Notaro, Kyle Dunnigan, and David Huntsberger

If you’re not familiar with comedian Tig Notaro, download her album Live immediately. When you realize you can’t get enough of her deadpan delivery, treat yourself to the archives of Professor Blastoff, the podcast she co-hosts with two other comedians, Kyle Dunnigan and David Huntsberger. True, her co-hosts are dudes, but the trio’s chemistry and banter—as they talk to an “expert” guest each week about something sort of science-y (atoms, pregnancy, stress)—is so engrossing and literally LOL-funny we’re including their program anyway.


Mood: Horny

Podcast Sex Nerd Sandra

Host Sandra Daugherty

Sex Nerd host Sandra Daugherty is holding it down for the ladies in the guy-heavy family of Nerdist podcasts. The sex-positive educator devotes each weekly episode to a taboo-busting topic that can range from helpful (getting laid at Burning Man) to illuminating (what’s swinging really like?) to kinky (rope bondage).


Mood: Curious

Podcast Stuff Mom Never Told You

Hosts Cristen Conger and Caroline Ervin

Hosts Cristen and Caroline explore gender dynamics and stereotypes in an easily digestible (generally 30 minutes an episode), girl power sort of way in this How Stuff Works–affiliated podcast. Though their back-and-forth can seem slightly cheesy at times, you’ll overlook it thanks to the spectrum of topics they tackle from high-brow (“Women’s Prisons vs. Orange Is the New Black”) to low-brow (“Lady Farts”).


Mood: Gossipy

Podcast Girls in Hoodies (Part of Grantland Pop Culture)

Hosts Molly Lambert, Tess Lynch, and Emily Yoshida

Want to feel like you’re sitting around, shooting the shit with your most opinionated, pop culture–savvy friends? Of course you do! Grantland, the Internet’s gauntlet of guydom, has some excellent female contributors as well, and three of them—Molly Lambert, Tess Lynch, and Emily Yoshida—gather weekly to hash out entertainment’s most zeitgeist-y issues, whether it’s Miley’s spectacle of twerk, the new Grand Theft Auto’s misogyny, or the Breaking Bad finale.

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