7 Podcasts by Lady Hustlers for Lady Hustlers
MIMI I, unlike many millennials, love radio. I grew up listening to my beloved NPR affiliate station in the car, and have continued to do so into my adult life. When I started commuting to work by train instead of car, a huge void in my life developed where radio used to be. That is until my fellow Lady Hustle Editors turned me on to podcasts. Now I never go anywhere without at least a few episodes of my favorite podcasts downloaded to my phone. Here are our favorites hosted by fellow Lady Hustlers:
Serial, hosted by Sara Koenig, started as a spin off of one of my other favorite shows, This American Life. The first season seemed to grab the entire country's attention and forced it's audience to reconsider what they believed about the judicial process. The two most remarkable things about Serial are 1) It's written and recorded before the season starts. The story develops from week to week and it makes you feel as if you're uncovering the mystery with Sara. 2) It actually made a difference. I won't spoil anything for you (although I feel like if you don't know what's going on with Adnan Syed you definitely have not been reading your morning paper), but because Serial took the time to rediscover this mostly forgotten case in its first season, many other people of influence and significance have begun to reexamine it. If that's not the fourth estate doing its job, I don't know what is. Season two is currently going on, with another riveting case broken down week to week.
Invisibilia (Latin for all the invisible things) is another "spin-off" of sorts. Longtime producer of Radiolab, Lulu Miller, now hosts her own show alongside Alix Spiegel. Much like Radiolab, they tell scientific stories from a highly human perspective. It's smart, it's funny, it teaches you how to become batman. You really can't lose with this one.
Lena, Lena, Lena. That's all we ever hear about. Why people love Lena Dunham, why they hate her, why they think she should shut up, why they think she should be president. I was honestly was a little over her when I started listening to Women of the Hour. I thought people were giving her too much credit, but honestly, I think she deserves every ounce of credit for this one. It's beautifully crafted and it does everything her book and her show failed to. Lena is constantly being criticized for being a little too one-sided. She doesn't have enough diversity in her show, things in her book come off as slightly delusional, but I think this is because Lena's writing is derived from a deeply personal place and she can't be expected to know how to write deeply personal narratives for lives she's never lived. Women of the Hour creates a platform for all the experiences Lena's never lived. She interviews numerous women from vastly different backgrounds as her (and quite a few from the same), and allows them to tell their story with their own voice, instead of having Lena tell it for them. Bravo, Lena. This is a masterpiece.
I didn't grow up on radio, unless you count Radio Disney and z100. I didn't really know what podcasts were until early last year. Well, I knew what they were but I thought it was just like a thing boring people listened too. My amazing co-editors along with my good friend Dayle of 'Eat Things Make Stuff,' sent me a ton of podcasts to listen to. Reluctantly I gave it a try and now I'm obsessed. Like Mimi and Olivia (and the rest of the world), I LOVED Serial. I mean I listened to all of Serial in less than two days. I just heard about Invisibilia, and I've bookmarked Women of the Hour. But now I'm here to share with you a couple of my favorite podcasts. Here we go!
If you're an Elizabeth Gilbert fan, or more specifically an Eat, Pray, Love fan, then you've likely heard all about Gilbert's new book Big Magic (hopefully from the Lady Hustle Reading Club). I think I'll be as bold as to say this book changed my life. If I could, I would order 3 million copies and give everyone multiples. When I finished reading this book, in record time if I may add, I was so sad because I needed more. SO MUCH MORE! With Magic Lessons, Gilbert delivers just that. She hosts chats about creativity with struggling fellow creatives. It's a raw and magical approach to sharing our struggles as artists, and finding solutions together. Big Magic lives on!
This podcast is hosted by the Editor-in-Chief over at "The New Inquiry," Ayesha Siddiqi. I don't really keep up with politics or have much knowledge when it comes to pop culture and all those other things people my age seem to know a lot about. However, Ayesha brings a clear and refreshing voice to politics, pop culture, and social topics. So far, my favorite has been her repost episode from This is Hell, where she guest appeared and spoke about Malala Yousafzai. I've had so many thoughts and questions about the topics surrounding Malala, and the way that she expressed herself really hit a lot of points people need to hear. There aren't many episodes, but I'm so excited to see and hear what Ayesha brings next.
Like Mimi, I also grew up on radio. My mother was always listening to NPR (which I thought was soooooo boring back then), and my father (very unfortunately), listened to Rush Limbaugh everyday. Also like Mimi, I continued to listen to NPR into adulthood (once I decided it was actually interesting). When NPR's Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me became available as a podcast, a whole new set of doors was opened for me. Now, as a working woman, I am so addicted to podcasts for my commute and desk life. I listen to an obscene amount, and I am always recommending new ones to friends or asking if they have any recommendations for me. If you see me laughing to myself in my cubicle, I promise I'm not losing it. I'm just podcasting.
Mystery Show is one podcast that I have absolutely told the most people about. It's everything I love in a podcast: it's quirky, it's intriguing, it keeps you hanging on every word. The premise is very simple. It's a show where Starlee Kine solves mysteries. But thankfully they aren't your average mysteries. Kine's quests are strange, to say the least. For instance, the entirety of episode five is spent simply trying to figure out how tall Jake Gyllenhall is. The mysteries aren't earth shattering...in fact they don't really matter at all. But maybe that's what makes the listener care so much? I can go on living without ever knowing the exact height of Jake, but somehow Kine's reporting has me dying to know.
Just a quick disclaimer here: this podcast is very loud, and very crass. However, it is also very hilarious. "Throwing Shade" is hosted by a gay man and a feminist female who each week focus on issues that are important to women and gay people. Each co-host picks a timely issue and explains it to the other. Truth be told, it took me a while to get into this show. I've never really enjoyed vulgar humor, but in the end, I love being educated on issues I may not hear about in the media otherwise. Not to mention, these two have insane comedic chemistry.
Are we missing a life changing podcast hosted by a Lady Hustler? Tell us in the comments below! We're always looking for new podcasts to obsess over.