The best podcasts for women, as voted by you

by Clementine team, 20th April 2018

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From Late Night Woman's Hour (covering all the bits that aren't permitted on the 10am show), to Ferne Cotton's Happy Place and Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls - this comprehensive guide of all the best podcasts, as voted by Clementine followers, is sure to keep you busy...

I put a post on Instagram asking for podcast recommendations and was delighted when so many of you shared your favourites ones with me. I'm working my way through them, while I'm at home with my new baby, but thought some of you might like some suggestions for great podcasts, too. So here they are...

Ctrl Alt Delete

In Emma's own words:

Welcome to Ctrl Alt Delete! I'm Emma Gannon and this is my podcast (which has the same name as my memoir with Ebury last year). It's been recommended by The Times, ELLE and Marie Claire, one of the '30 best podcasts for curious minds' this year by WIRED magazine and 'best podcasts of 2017' by ESQUIRE. I interview people I admire about the themes in my book Ctrl Alt Delete, such as the internet, social media, feminism, creativity, identity, mental health, life, careers and everything in between. Past guests include Lena Dunham, Gillian Anderson, Liz Gilbert, Alice Levine, Zoella, June Sarpong, Dawn O'Porter, Rowan Blanchard, Will Young and Mara Wilson. I hope you enjoy the chats!

Desert Island Discs

Eight tracks, a book and a luxury: what would you take to a desert island? Kirsty Young invites her guests to share the soundtrack of their lives.

Dreaming and Doing

Hosted by Nicky Raby, she discusses success, but not in the traditional sense. The online world can still be a little mysterious, so she chats to business owners and personal brands all about their version of success. How he/she did it, what the dream vs the reality looks like, how to make significant money whilst remaining creative and flexible (also HOW they do this) and the power of the portfolio career.

Freakonomics

Have fun discovering the hidden side of everything with host Stephen J. Dubner, co-author of the best-selling "Freakonomics” books. Each week, hear surprising conversations that explore the riddles of everyday life and the weird wrinkles of human nature—from cheating and crime to parenting and sports.

Friday Night Comedy Night, Radio 4

Download the best new comedy from Radio 4, every Friday. Features The News Quiz, The Now Show, Dead Ringers and The Museum of Curiosity.

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls

A fairy tale podcast about the extraordinary women who inspire us. This show is based on Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, the global best-selling book series written by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo, inspiring millions of girls and women around the world to dream bigger, aim higher and fight harder.

Happy mum, Happy Baby

Giovanna Fletcher continues the conversation about motherhood she began in her bestselling book of the same title. In a series of frank and warm conversations with other high-profile mums and dads, Gi discusses all aspects of parenthood - the highs, the lows, the challenges and rewards. There is no such thing as the perfect parent, and we’re all simply doing our best, something Giovanna fully encourages. It’s time to stop comparing ourselves and champion each other instead. Each episode is truly unique yet unifying. No topic is out of bounds, therefore this podcast is essential listening for any parent seeking solidarity and support.

Happy Place by Ferne Cotton

Fearne Cotton talks to incredible people about life, love, loss, and everything in-between as she reveals what happiness means to them.

Here's the Thing with Alec Baldwin

From WNYC Studios, award-winning actor Alec Baldwin takes listeners into the lives of artists, policy makers and performers. Alec sidesteps the predictable by going inside the dressing rooms, apartments, and offices of people we want to understand better: Ira Glass, Lena Dunham, David Brooks, Roz Chast, Chris Rock and others.

How I Built This

Guy Raz dives into the stories behind some of the world's best known companies. How I Built This weaves a narrative journey about innovators, entrepreneurs and idealists—and the movements they built.

In Good Company

A podcast for working women hosted by Otegha Uwagba, founder of Women Who and author of modern career guide Little Black Book: A Toolkit for Working Women. Practical advice, fresh ideas, and interviews with smart, successful women – whether you’re just starting out or already have years of experience, you’ll find plenty of inspiration for your working life here.

Late Night Woman’s Hour

Lauren Laverne and guests in intimate, frank and funny Late Night Woman’s Hour.

Love Stories
Author and journalist Dolly Alderton talks to guests about their most defining relationships: the passion, heartbreak, longing, familiarity and fondness that have formed who they are.

Mad World

Each week, Bryony will talk to a different guest about how their mental health has been affected by events in their own lives and find out why feeling weird is the most normal thing in the world.

Manifest This!

BE INSPIRED TO MANIFEST YOUR DREAMS USING THE LAW OF ATTRACTION. Each week Cassie Parks and Ginny Gane discuss elements surrounding the process of deliberate creation and what it takes to manifest your desires. Create the life of your dreams with the guidance of LOA coaches, Cassie and Ginny.

New York Public Library Podcast

Join The New York Public Library and your favorite writers, artists, and thinkers for smart talks and provocative conversations from the nation’s cultural capital.

Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations

Awaken, discover and connect to the deeper meaning of the world around you with SuperSoul. Hear Oprah’s personal selection of her interviews with thought-leaders, best-selling authors, spiritual luminaries, as well as health and wellness experts. All designed to light you up, guide you through life’s big questions and help bring you one step closer to your best self.

S-Town

S-Town is a new podcast from Serial and This American Life, hosted by Brian Reed, about a man named John who despises his Alabama town and decides to do something about it. He asks Brian to investigate the son of a wealthy family who's allegedly been bragging that he got away with murder. But when someone else ends up dead, the search for the truth leads to a nasty feud, a hunt for hidden treasure, and an unearthing of the mysteries of one man's life.

Scummy Mummies

Scummy Mummies is the podcast for less-than-perfect parents. Comedians Helen Thorn and Ellie Gibson discuss a range of topics relevant to modern mums and dads, from culture and current affairs to farting and fish fingers.

Soul Music is AMAZING

Series about pieces of music with a powerful emotional impact.

The Adam Buxton Podcast

Adam Buxton is a British comedian, actor and director who has appeared in films such as ‘Hot Fuzz’, ‘Stardust’ and ‘Son Of Rambow’ as well as a variety of TV shows in the UK. Since 2007 he has hosted ‘BUG’, a bi monthly live show that combines music videos and comedy that became a TV series on Sky Atlantic in 2012. Along with lifelong friend Joe Cornish he also is one half of award winning TV, radio and podcast duo Adam & Joe who have worked together since 1995. He lives with his wife and 3 children in Norfolk in the east of England. He is writing this himself using the third person.

The Butterfly Effect

Join bestselling author Jon Ronson as he traces a very strange butterfly effect. A teen in Brussels had an idea – to make porn free and easy to stream online. The consequences of that idea are mysterious, delightful, surprising, and sad. This 7-part series takes you on a journey to places you’ll never expect.

The Guilty Feminist

Ever felt like you should be better at feminism? Join comedian Deborah Frances-White and her guests for this comedy podcast, recorded in front of a live audience. Each week they discuss topics "all 21 first century feminists agree on" while confessing their insecurities, hypocrisies and fears that underlie their lofty principles. Deborah Frances-White is the 2016 Writers' Guild Award Winner for Best Radio Comedy for her hit BBC Radio 4 series Deborah Frances-White Rolls the Dice. She is an Edinburgh Fringe regular, a screenwriter and is in huge demand for her corporate seminars.

The Hotbed Collective
Do the words 'let's talk about sex' make you cringe? Join Cherry, Anniki and Lisa of the Hotbed Collective for funny, frank, non-cringey sex chat, with help from sex experts, comedians and confidence coaches. We're making the world a better place, one orgasm at a time.

The High Low

A weekly pop-culture / news podcast brought to you by Dolly Alderton & Pandora Sykes - the former co-hosts of The Pandolly Podcast.

This American Life

This American Life is a weekly public radio show, heard by 2.2 million people on more than 500 stations. Another 2.5 million people download the weekly podcast. It is hosted by Ira Glass, produced in collaboration with Chicago Public Media, delivered to stations by PRX The Public Radio Exchange, and has won all of the major broadcasting awards.

Under The Skin

My new podcast 'Under The Skin' asks: what's beneath the surface - of people we admire, of the ideas that define our time, of the history we are told. Speaking with guests from the world of academia, popular culture and the arts, they'll help us to see the ulterior truth behind our constructed reality. And have a laugh.

Ways to Change the World

How can you change the world? Join Krishnan Guru-Murthy and his guest of the week as they explore the big ideas influencing how we think, act and live.

Woman's Hour

The programme that offers a female perspective on the world.

99% Invisible

Design is everywhere in our lives, perhaps most importantly in the places where we've just stopped noticing. 99% Invisible is a weekly exploration of the process and power of design and architecture. From award winning producer Roman Mars. Learn more at 99percentinvisible.org. A proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX. Learn more at radiotopia.fm.

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