Podcasts presented by two women
Small Town Dicks
Less Serial, more 24 Hours in Police Custody, this true-crime podcast goes into the detail of what actually happens in an everyday case.
The subject matter can make me downcast – yet again, men being unspeakable to women and children – but if you’re interested in the minutiae of how American policing works, this podcast is for you. There are two detectives, twins Dan and Dave, to unpick the procedure, but the hosts are female: actors Yeardley Smith and Zibby Allen. Smith is (scream!) the voice of Lisa Simpson, pop trivia fans.
This Podcast Will Kill You
Hosted by two Erins, Erin Welsh and Erin Allmann Updyke, both disease ecology PhD graduates, this is an extremely interesting podcast about infectious illnesses. Ebola, HIV, yellow fever, TB, malaria, polio, the black death… each episode examines one disease, explains how it works biologically, traces its history, looks at its impact on culture and ends with telling us what state it’s in currently. I know many readers out there are getting frantically excited at the very thought of this full-on nerdathon and, to be honest, you are right to be.
Call Your Girlfriend
A well-established, well-known podcast that’s been going for four years, Call Your Girlfriend is presented by Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman, two real-life best friends who live a long way from each other. In each episode, they phone each other and chat: about issues that affect women, from menstrual cycles to bellybuttons, about pop culture and everything else in between. If this sounds chaotic, it’s not. Each episode is carefully rooted in what’s happening in the world and CYG is funny, inspiring, upbeat good company.