Pod­casts pre­sented by two women

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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.

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