If you're not a podcast addict, you're probably missing out. They're the perfect companion for your stuck-in-traffic commute to work, your headphones rocking apartment cleaning session, your major gym workout time, and when you're taking a too-long shower (unless that's just me).
As a bonus, each of these six podcasts are hosted by one or more awesome women, and they talk about all kinds of fun (and some more serious) topics — super interesting real stories from history, true crime, politics, friendship, and some laugh out loud comedy — so you'll definitely find at least one that speaks to you. Or you could just download all the podcasts.
1. Call Your Girlfriend
Call Your Girlfriend, as the hosts say, is for "long-distance besties everywhere." Real-life long distance best friends Ann Friedman and Aminatou Sow let you listen in on their weekly phone calls to catch up with each other, and you grow to feel like you are also their bestie. Their conversations cover everything from dramatically breaking down the family drama between Amber Rose, Blac Chyna, and the Kardashians, to dropping some real talk about periods, to smartly discussing social and political changes now that Donald Trump is in the White House, (a segment they hilariously call "Cheeto Watch.")
2. Two Dope Queens
If you don't already subscribe to the hysterical 2 Dope Queens, you need to stop what you're doing and do it now. The incredible comedians (who happen to be two black women) Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams host a weekly party for all of us, chatting with each other and bringing along two to three standup acts into the mix. Featuring lots of badass female comedians, this is one you'll want to be careful listening to on the bus because it will cause you to laugh out loud.
3. My Favorite Murder
I know what you're thinking: That's a really creepy title. And while, yes, true-crime podcast My Favorite Murder does delve into the creepy and horrific, it's hosted by comedians Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark who became friends based on both of their obsessions with hometown murder stories. These two are true crime encyclopedias, but the podcast takes an interesting turn as they use the murder stories to talk about how both of them suffer from anxiety. Super interesting, and at times though it seems insane, legit funny. They end each pod with their tagline, "stay sexy and don't get murdered," which sums up the vibe of the show.
4. Russia House
Add this brand-new podcast to your subscribe list because, as the tagline says, in "Russia, the best stories are true." Host Cara Stevens is a beautiful storyteller, and she brings alive true stories from Russia's history. Plus, Russia is so prominent in the news right now, so it feels so crucial to understand a bit more about what's going on there. It's not focused on current events, however, Russia House more explores the country's past through intriguing and compelling tales.
5. With Friends Like These
Another brand-new podcast, With Friends Like These joins the successful podcast Pod Save America on Crooked Media. This time, politics and culture journalist Ana Marie Cox tries to break down the barriers that divide us in this country, whether it's political divides, religion, and more. Cox talks with people she disagrees with and people she aligns with. The premiere episode is a chat with Wisconsin pastor Christopher Jackson about his community that first voted for Obama and the flipped to go for Trump. Bridging divides is so important these days, so I'm stoked to see where this goes.
6. Black Girls Talking
Join the conversation with Black Girls Talking, which, as they say, "is a podcast wherein 4 black women discuss pop culture, representation of people of color, & the pursuit of the perfect body oil." Um, doesn't that sound like everything? You'll fall in love with Alesia, Fatima, Aurelia, and Ramou and feel like you're in on their convo. The women drop truths about our current and past culture, especially in regards to women of color, and they pull it into pop culture events and people in such a compelling way.