The Podcasts You Need To Play This IWD

I rarely find myself in transit without the voice of someone in my ear. Podcasts have become a staple in my daily culture diet, a pocketable alternative to lugging around novels or weighty magazines.

At every opportunity, I quiz friends, family and acquaintances for their favourite shows. I'm always on the hunt for new voices and stories to explore.

Today, March 8th, marks International Women’s Day, and what better way to celebrate then with some on my most-played female-focused podcasts. So without further ado, let’s jump in.

Call Your Girlfriend


If you’re craving an honest chat with two very eloquent and fiercely intelligent women, you’ve come to the right place. Hosted by Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman, CYG offers fascinating deep dive conversations into the latest pop culture news plus interviews with inspiring female creators, thinkers and innovators. Check out Episode 182: Instagram Anxiety for a provocative exploration of both Fyre Festival docos (you’re going to love this one).

Ctrl Alt Delete


If I had to point to the pivotal podcast that inspired my career change, it would be this one. Emma Gannon, London-based author and host of Ctrl Alt Delete, is a powerhouse, navigating the world of the Internet and the changing nature of work in the digital age. Her interviews are honest and engaging, chatting with the likes of Lena Dunham, Gillian Anderson, and Elizabeth Gilbert. My pick? Start with Episode 143: Sharmadean Reid On Productivity & Distraction, a must for anyone considering starting their own business.

The Guilty Feminist 

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I hate to admit it, but I’ve never seen a stand-up show. Ever. If you’re in the same boat, the one will make you want to change that. Join comedian and BBC radio host Deborah Frances-White and special guests as they confess their insecurities, hypocrisies and fears about being a feminist in 2019. Prepare for full throttle belly laughs.

How I Work

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As my recent morning routine blog would indicate, I’m a lover of organisation and productivity. Hosted by organisational psychologist Dr Amantha Imber, this show is one for those looking to beat distraction, ditch endless hours of emails and optimise their work schedule. There are SO MANY nuggets of wisdom here, you’re going to want to have a notepad on hand. For those struggling with a mountain of meetings in their diary, check out Episode 21 with Scott D Anthony to hear how he removed 70% of unnecessary ‘catch ups’ from his schedule. Absolute gold.

Oprah’s Master Class


In my humble opinion, this woman can do no wrong. Look, her voice alone warrants an inclusion on this list. Oprah’s latest Master Class podcast delivers a stellar series of intimate conversations with some of seriously big names, including Jay -Z, Justin Timberlake, Ellen Degeneres, and Jane Fonda (just to name a few). Prepare for length, introspective discussions to uplift and inspire. Go on, you know you want to hear more.

Do you have a killer podcast that you’d like to share? Leave a comment with your must-hear recommendations below.

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