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Ladies who podcast: Meet the new crop of podcasting hosts
Get your headphones ready.
If you’re a fan of socially minded, funny, female-helmed podcasting, your late 2015 is about to pop off in a major way.
Tuesday morning, Lena Dunham announced on Instagram that she’ll be launching a podcast “about gender, sexuality and feminism” for BuzzFeed. It’ll be called Women of the Hour, and there’s a five-minute preview of the first season on iTunes now.
Season 1 will have “five episodes on five different themes,” and a lineup of exciting guests like Emma Stone, Zadie Smith, and Jemima Kirke.
HELLO GORGEOUS! The paperback of my book Not That Kind of Girl comes out today and to further explore some of the themes therein I created a podcast with @buzzfeed and the all lady #PodSquad! Women of the Hour is a modern variety show about gender, sexuality and feminism– please check out the promo and subscribe to hear many women I love talk about things that matter. Link in bio 🎧
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Dunham tweeted that the podcast will be an extension of a lot of the themes she covers in her book of essays, Not That Kind of Girl.
“Please subscribe if you like bad-asses, deep questions, giggling, sexual healing, Gaia life force, style, summer-camp, cute kids, the Internet and feminine power,” Dunham said.
As if that weren’t enough good news, Women of the Hour is the latest in a string of awesome female-helmed podcasts that have been announced this fall. There’s a lot more amazing stuff on its way to your headphones soon.
Here’s a peek at the other fire podcasts to have on your radar:
1) Conversation With Alanis Morissette
Alanis Morissette just released a brand new podcast called Conversation With Alanis Morissette, where she’s planning on having “conversations with different individuals from different schools and walks of life, discussing everything from psychology to art to spirituality to design to health and wellbeing to relationships—whether they be romantic or colleagueship or parent-with-children relationships—and we’ll be diving into science, neurobiology, music, travel, social commentary, maybe a tiny pit of political [sic], and feminism.” Damn, Alanis. The premiere episode is out now.
2) Sara Schaefer on WNYC Studios
Comedian and writer Sara Schaefer will be launching a new podcast on WNYC as part of their new podcast project, WNYC Studios. No theme for the show has been announced yet, but according to the New York Times, it will be scripted fiction, which will be a departure from her interview-based podcast/live show, Lies.
3) 2 Dope Queens
4) Roxane Gay on WNYC
Bad Feminist author Roxane Gay will also be launching a WNYC podcast, but there’s no word yet on what the title or premise will be.
Screengrab via Women of the Hour/iTunes
Christine Friar is a writer and editor in New York who focuses on streaming entertainment and internet culture. Her work has appeared in the Awl, the Fader, New York Magazine, Paper Magazine, Vogue, Elle, and more.