Remember how you got your knowledge of the world before podcasts? No, us neither, they’re slowly taking over the world and if you’re not plugged in you’re getting left behind. 

To ensure you don’t miss out, we’ve trawled through the list and and narrowed it down to the top 10 Podcasts every woman simply has to listen to…

1. Anna Faris is unqualified

Anna Faris is unqualified

Often useless relationship advice from one of our Hollywood faves (“It only took five years of dorm/rave life for me to accrue the life knowledge I have received”), along with an assortment of her celebrity pals.

If you only download one episode get: The Olivia Munn two-part special – quite a lot happens, but the highlight involves Munn pulling out a Taser.

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2. Kerning Cultures

Kerning Cultures

A fantastic new podcast dissecting life in the Middle East by way of entrepreneurship, philosophy, history, culture and art. It’s a complete narrative to the region.

If you only download one episode get: Reviving Hamra Street – following a street artist with a mission to paint Beirut’s diaries on its walls.

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3. This American Life

This American Life

One of the most popular podcast in the US, it connects fascinating stories from journalists and storytellers so prepare for some jaw-dropping tales. Need an extra reason to listen? It also spawned Serial ­– the podcast that made us all obsessed.

If you only download one episode get: Switched At Birth – the terrifying story of two baby girls accidentally switched at the hospital in 1951.

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4. Freakonomics


Guaranteed an “er ma gherd” moment roughly every 10 minutes as the authors of the fantastic series of books – Steven D Levitt and Stephen J Dubner – take you through the hidden side to everything.

If you only download one episode get: The Cheeseburger Diet ­– find out what happens when a woman eats two cheeseburgers a week for a whole year?

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5. Switched on Pop

Switched on Pop

The maths behind the music, this one literally breaks down your favourite tracks and attempts to explain what makes a song successful – finally a chance to get all those Carly Rae Jepson questions answered.

If you only download one episode get: Can’t Get You Out Of My Head – exploring how a pop music track has the ability grab you and not let go for weeks (yeah Nick Jonas, we’re talking ’bout you).

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6. You Must Remember This

You Must Remember This

A great story-telling podcast unearthing the untold and forgotten stories from Hollywood’s most glamorous era. Time to find out the truth behind a time when Marilyn Monroe and Humphrey Bogart ruled the strip.

If you only download one episode get: MGM Stories Part 15: The End Of Louis B Meyer – How the most iconic man in American cinema was abruptly fired from the studio that bore his name.

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7. Modern Love

Modern Love

Based on The New York Times series of weekly reader essays, you’ll find a series of sweet, saucy, and often toe-curlingly embarrassing tales narrated by celebs such as Colin Farrell and Sarah Silverman.

If you only download one episode get: An interlude Of Clarity –­ Judd Apatow reads the story of one man’s perfect first date that ended up in the emergency room.

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8.  The Nerdist

 The Nerdist

Started in 2010 by American actor Chris Hardwick so he could talk about all manner of nerdy stuff with his two friends, you’ll get some genuinely fun and insightful interviews with big name celebs on this now essential podcast.

If you only download one episode get: Harrison Ford – not widely loved but worth it for the fear in their voices while they interview the most difficult man in Hollywood.

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9. Little Gold Men


This Vanity Fair podcast used to only air ahead of Oscar time, but now it’s on all year round with some great inside knowledge on the movie industry and news on what you should be watching.

If you only download one episode get: How To Use Ryan Gosling In An Ugly Wig To Explain The Financial Crisis ­­– partly for the great story behind The Big Short, but mainly for the title.

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10. Ted Radio Hour

The Fountain Of Youth ted talk radio

The podcast inspired by the now legendary talks is an hour-long journey into amazing ideas, inventions and innovation. Congratulations, you now have you interesting dinner chat for weeks.

If you only download one episode get: The Fountain Of Youth ­– yeah, you’re getting old, but could science one day entirely halt the aging process?


Words: Andrew Nagy