We wanted to give women podcasters a little extra publicity to help compensate for the fact that the men outnumber them four to one, so we asked people to tell us who their favourite female podcasters are.
There have been some attempts to list all the women in podcasting. Some people have even listed the ‘hottest’ women in podcasting. We wanted to know about the shows people listen to or watch episode after episode, shows that would inspire other women to podcast.
If you have a show you’d like to recommend, contact ‘Professor’ Goetsch (sallie [at] podcastasylum [dot] com.
Though the title might suggest this was a show about breastfeeding, in actuality the “boobs” in question are new parents Dave and Heather Delaney. This podcast “follows their trials and tribulations as they discover parenting one step/blunder at a time,” and answers the question “How hard can it be to raise two kids 11.5 months apart?”
Recommended by Dave Delaney, who is gentlemanly (biased?) enough to choose his wife as his favorite female podcaster.
Listen or subscribe at TwoBoobsandaBaby.com.
â€œThis monthly series is for the 20-something woman who wishes she had a couple of big sisters to clue her in on the ins and outs of life after college. Join young authors Christine Hassler (20-Something, 20-Everything), Alexandra Levit (They Don’t Teach Corporate in College), and Lindsey Pollak (Getting From College to Career) as they dish about everything from careers and relationships to celebrities and news of the day. Hindsight is 20/20. Looking back on their 20s, these three accomplished early 30-somethings share how what they’ve learned from their own experiences can make life even sweeter for the next generation of 20-somethings.â€
Recommended by Andrea Zawerczuk.
Listen or subscribe on BlogTalkRadio.
The Chola referred to in the title of this podcast never reveals her name (any more than the Ninja in Ask a Ninja does), but she says this about herself:
“I am Ask A Chola. You can call me ‘Chola’. I am a new media artist/chola/anarchist/cultural critic who resides in LA. I make videos that some people think are funny. Sometimes I am in magazines and on TV. I spend a lot of time on MySpace. I am interested in historical revisionism. I believe that the Chola has systematically been written out of Western history and I’m determined to write her back in.”
Mike Deem, who chose her as his favorite female podcaster, describes Ask a Chola as “way smart and funny” and particularly recommends the shows about Best Buy and the writers’ strike.
Watch or subscribe at http://www.askachola.com/.
For a show that only has five episodes so far (as of February 3, 2008), Sandy Shepardâ€™s Be a Bond Girl podcast has attracted an amazing number of fans.
In the podcast, Sandy talks you through the steps to living a passionate lifeâˆ’starting with clearing out the clutter.
Listen or subscribe at www.BeABondGirl.com.
(Disclosure: â€˜Professorâ€™ Goetsch helped Sandy write her book, fEmpowerment, but claims no credit for the popularity of the podcast.)
To quote the show’s description on the BusinessWeek website:
“‘The Welch Way’ features Jack & Suzy Welch’s answers to readers’ questions about business, managing, and careers. Drawing on Jack’s experience as the legendary former CEO of General Electric and Suzy’s background as the former editor-in-chief of the Harvard Business Review, the pair debate and discuss the issues addressed in their highly popular BusinessWeek column.”
Recommended by Jonathan Hoel.
Listen or subscribe on the BusinessWeek Podcast page.
“Spark is a weekly audio blog of smart and unexpected trendwatching. It’s not just technology for gearheads, it’s about the way technology affects our lives, and the world around us.”
Listen or subscribe at http://www.cbc.ca/spark/.
Dr. Vivian Vasquez describes her Critical Literacy in Practice podcast this way:
“There’s a growing body of publications on critical literacy but in my mind none of these truly capture the nuances of real life the way that stories told face to face might. And because I can’t take you with me as I have these face to face conversations I figure this podcast is the next best thing. This really is one of the main reasons for this broadcast. That is to offer you opportunities to hear first hand about critical literacy in different spaces and places from folks who are exploring possibilities for framing their work from this perspective. And I hope that you will contribute your thinking, reflections and musings regarding critical literacy.”
Recommended by Dave Delaney (who is obviously thinking ahead for his kids).
Listen or subscribe at http://www.clippodcast.com/.
Professional trade-show presenter and Podcasting Princess Heidi Miller describes her twice-monthly podcast as “Zen marketing for all self-promoters, from the timid to the fearless.” Many of the shows feature interviews; in others, Heidi helps listeners evaluate their two-second statements (really, really short elevator speeches), explains her podcasting rig at Studio 2E in Chicago (where she records wearing a tiara), and provides tips for giving better presentations.
Jon Leland recommends eMarketing Talk Show, in part because he was a guest on it once.
The eMarketing Talk Show is hosted by Cindy Turrietta, Brooke Schumacher, and Todd Sarouhan. All highly experienced in various aspects of Internet marketing, the hosts launched the eMarketing Talk Show in March of 2005 as a way to share their knowledge and bring the knowledge of guests to listeners who are interested in Internet marketing.
The show is recorded live using TalkShoe on Fridays; for call-in details or to subscribe, visit www.emarketingtalkshow.com.
Nathan Ketsdever says this of Epic-Fu, a video podcast featuring Zadi Diaz: â€œVery entertaining. Very useful for geeks. Pretty funny. Honors creativity, discovery, and the mashup culture.â€
The show sums itself up as â€œArt+Tech+Music for Geeks.â€ Zadiâ€™s bio describes her as â€œa pioneer and thought leader in the online video and new media community.â€
Eric Schwartzman is a fan, too.
Watch or subscribe at EpicFu.com.
Monica Flores suggested Tanja Andrews’ video podcast Freshtopia for this list by saying “she’s hip, she’s beautiful, and she has a great attitude, she carries off the show with panache.” Between the time of her recommendation and the time of this posting, the show’s website has undergone a makeover, but its description of Tanja still reads:
“When not inventing new recipes, researching for the show, and longing for a pair of organic cotton jeans, Tanja moonlights as the host of Freshtopia.net. Not solely a wizard in the kitchen, Tanja is increasingly well versed on issues of sustainability, gardening, composting, and green products. She also serves as the show’s co-producer, co-writer, and walking thesaurus. She hopes to, by example, prove sustainable living is both sane and fun.”
Listen or subscribe at the Freshtopia website.
Cali Lewis of GeekBrief TV was actually one of the choices for “hottest women in podcasting.” Chris Christensen, Paolo Tosolini, and Michaelangelo van Dam, who listed the show as a favourite, didn’t mention whether that factored into their choice of Cali and her “Shiny happy tech news” video podcast. They are all men, but they’re also well-briefed geeks.
This 3-to-5-minute show about “technology, consumer electronics, and Web 2.0 projects” appears 4-5 times each week and gets millions of downloads each month.
Watch or subscribe at http://www.geekbrief.tv.
Mignon Fogarty is one of podcasting’s great success stories, and it all started with Grammar Girl. Natural-born pedants like Professor Goetsch can only rejoice at the popularity of a show that
“provides short, friendly tips to improve your writing. Covering the grammar rules and word choice guidelines that can confound even the best writers, Grammar Girl makes complex grammar questions simple with memory tricks to help you recall and apply those troublesome grammar rules. Whether English is your first language or second language, Grammar Girl’s punctuation, style, and business tips will make you a better and more successful writer.”
Listen or subcribe at Quick & Dirty Now.
Mur Lafferty got into podcasting early. She’s a fantasy gaming expert and co-author of Tricks of the Podcasting Masters in addition to several podcast novellas. She produces a monthly show called Geek Fu Action Grip.
I Should be Writing is “The podcast for wanna-be fiction writers, by a wanna-be fiction writer,” where Mur discusses “rejection, cover letters and getting the oomph to keep going.”
Mur’s fans are legion, but it was Matthew Wayne Selznick (also a writer) who recommended her for this list.
Listen or subscribe at http://isbw.murlafferty.com/.
Indian podcaster Kamla Bhatt has been producing her audio podcast, The Kamla Bhatt Show, since March 2006. The Kamla Bhatt show focuses on “connecting the Indian diaspora across the world,” while Podtech describes her video podcast, Indiatech, as “frontline reporting on the ideas and people shaping India’s booming tech business.”
Recommended by Vikram Deo.
Watch or subscribe to Indiatech on Podtech.
Megan Morroneâ€™s Jumping Monkeys: Pretend You Know What Youâ€™re Doing podcast is part of the This Week in Tech Networkâ€”which I suppose means that technically itâ€™s a â€˜netcast,â€™ not a podcast. Back in the day, Megan and Leo Laporte were both part of the â€˜Screen Saversâ€™ TV show. The show provides â€˜Links for parents of children of all ages, and interviews with geek parents.â€™
Recommended by Christie Goodman.
Listen or subscribe at the Jumping Monkeys podcast page: www.jumpingmonkeys.com/jumpingmonkeys/podcast/.
It seems fitting that one of the podcasts on our list of women podcasters is called Just for Women. Alissa Kriteman’s show at Personal Life Media invites you to
“Open yourself to provocative, cutting edge, experimental ideas on loving yourself more, healing relationships, understanding men, attracting what you desire, the new art of seduction and the evolution of love that will radically shift the way you date and relate.”
Recommended by Sandy Shepard.
Listen or subscribe at Personal Life Media.
Karmyn Tyler explains the genesis of her music podcast this way:
“Well, a few years ago, my manager, and mother, was trying to promote my cover tune album and put music on the Podsafe Music Network! We realized quickly that cover tunes were not ‘Podsafe!’ So, I started writing songs and eventually started my own podcast!”
Recommended by Chillcast fan Daniel Johnson, Jr.
Listen or subscribe at http://www.karmynkast.net/.
Priscilla Rice built her beautiful recording studio in the Berkeley hills decades ago. Built it herself, I mean: she used to run a construction business. People still drive up from Los Angeles to work with her sound engineer. She started producing Priscilla’s Podcast in December 2005.
The show features interviews with a wide variety of performers and other interesting people Priscilla knows: singers, musicians, audio book producers, vocal artists, artistic directors, authors, and members of the Berkeley community.
Listen or subscribe at http://priscilla.libsyn.com/.
Manic Mommies Erin Kane and Kristin Brandt â€˜are working moms, juggling kids, careers, husbands, and households.â€™ Theyâ€™re also successful and popular podcasters who have attracted sponsors like General Motors. (See the July 2007 issue of Blogger & Podcaster magazine for more.)
Recommended by Christie Goodman.
Listen or subscribe at the Manic Mommies Website (www.manicmommies.com).
Lisa Orrell’s podcast, Marketing Matters with M7, claims to be “THE Podcast Show for Corporate Marketing Professionals.” As the show’s description says:
“Lisa strives to have every episode of her podcast show packed with information that will help marketing execs at ANY level do their job better. And each interview she does is with a leader in their field, so you’ll only hear marketing insights that matter!”
Sherry Prescott-Willis, who recommends, the show, says this about Lisa Orrell:
“So far, she’s my favorite podcasting female guru out there. She’s funny, knowledgeable, and continues to have excellent speakers on her program.”
Listen or subscribe at http://www.marketingmatterswithm7.podomatic.com/.
Eric Schwartzman recommends Jennifer Jonesâ€™s weekly Marketing Voices video podcast in PodTech’s social media channel. PodTech’s description of the show:
Silicon Valley Marketing Veteran Jennifer Jones discusses social media practices and technologies and its impact on marketing, tools & best practices, with industry leaders such as Seth Godin, Guy Kawasaki, and Charlene Li.
Denise Wakeman of the Blog Squad is also a fan, and says this about the show:
Jennifer is an excellent interviewer; she has amazing guests who are the movers and shakers in social media marketing and the podcasts are generally 10-20 minutes. Excellent stuff.
Watch or subscribe at http://www.podtech.net/home/category/marketing-voices.
Blogger & Podcaster describes MommyCast, hosted by Gretchen Vogelzang and Paige Heninger, as â€˜the originalâ€™ podcast by and for moms. The show also won a â€˜best of 2007â€™ award from iTunes. From their gorgeous website:
Started in March 2005, MommyCast.com has been featured in the Hollywood Reporter, Washingtonian Magazine, BusinessWeek, Variety magazines and the USA Today.
Paige and Gretchen of MommyCast.com have also been interviewed by CNN, NBC, the BBC, Brandweek and the Wall Street Journal.
MommyCast.com holds the distinction of being one of the first independent podcasts to land a major corporate sponsorship, which came via Dixie Paper Co. They have also established themselves as a member of the Buena Vista Entertainment Press Corps and are sponsored by Walt Disney Studios for family fare DVD movie releases.
Recommended by Christie Goodman.
Listen or subscribe at the MommyCast website (www.mommycast.com).
Elsie Escobar and Hillary Rubin are “Two urban yoga teachers who share how yoga is more than just stretching on the mat” in their Mudra Moments podcast. It’s an audio podcast, appearing approximately monthly, but there are also numerous videos on the website.
Recommended by Sandy Shepard.
Listen or suscribe on the Mudra Moments Blog.
Like Jumping Monkeys, Amber MacArthur’s Net @ Nite is part of the TWiT (This Week in Tech) network, which means it’s technically a ‘netcast,’ since TWiT founder Leo Laporte has banned the word podcast from his vocabulary. TWiT describes the show this way:
“What’s happening on the ’net right now? Amber MacArthur spends every waking moment combing the net for cool sites, viral videos, and funny and moving moments online. Only a fraction of the stuff she finds makes it to her TV shows on Citytv —the rest she shares right here with us.”
Listen or subscribe at http://www.twit.tv/natn.
â€œHere on the NewMediaTycoon podcast, we explore how best you can leverage todayâ€™s fast growing world of new media and generate revenue streams in the process.â€
Leesa is recommended by
fellow Canadian voiceover professional Peter Oâ€™Connell.
Listen or subscribe at http://www.newmediatycoon.com/.
‘Professor’ Sallie Goetsch (rhymes with ‘sketch’) plans to award a certificate for free consulting on the subject of who is and is not a podcaster to the people who nominated her as a favourite podcaster for her irregular contributions to For Immediate Release on the subject of podcasting, writing, and news in new media.
“I know you don’t define yourself as a podcaster, but the interview with you is still my top-rated PRJ episode, and with all your contributions to FIR, it’s really just a matter of semantics!”
Listen or subscribe at http://www.podcastasylum.com/reports/. But it will make much more sense if you just listen to FIR.
Colette Vogele’s Rules for the Revolution podcast appears only sporadically, but if you want to know how not to fall afoul of the law when podcasting, you should listen. Colette is an intellectual property attorney and one of the authors of the Podcasting Legal Guide.
The podcast addresses such questions as Net Neutrality, Media Insurance, Rights of Publicity and Privacy, Trademarks, and finding music that you can use legally in your podcast.
Recommended by Matthew Wayne Selznick.
Listen or subscribe at rulesfortherevolution.com.
Mignon Fogarty (a.k.a Grammar Girl) nominated Emily Bazelon of Slate’s Political Gabfest as a favorite female podcaster. Emily has two male co-hosts, John Dickerson and David Plotz, and each week the three of them discuss political gossip (and some actual news). They’re known for not being able to agree on a slogan for the show—or anything else.
Mignon says, “I always enjoy Emily Bazelon’s commentary. It’s not the same when she’s away.” And it’s true: the dynamics of the group change when it’s just the guys.
Listen or subscribe on the Slate website.
According to the Smarter Podcasts website,
â€œSmarter Cancer Care is a cancer information podcast, focused on the issues facing cancer patients, their families, and friends when faced with a diagnosis. In casual conversation with host Joanne Greene, Dr. Robert Rodvien, hematologist and oncologist associated with California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, provides easy-to-comprehend answers and compassionate insight into the journey that lies ahead.â€
Listen or subscribe at http://www.smarterpodcasts.com.
Betsy Flanagan’s interview podcast, StartupStudio, “inspires audiences by showcasing examples of people who once lived ordinary lives and went on to create something extraordinary from the businesses or organizations they created from scratch.”
The most recent show appears to have been released in October 2007, leading to suspicions of podfade, but the archives are definitely worth a listen.
Recommended by Chris Christensen.
Listen or subscribe at www.startupstudio.com.
Leann Mabry’s Parsec Award-winning Tag in the Seam is “Reality told from a real woman’s point of view.” Her website explains this concept in more detail:
“The show began as a podcast for women, but quickly developed a rabid following among both sexes. Leann has continued to push the envelope, retaining female-focused sensibilities while adding artistic and deeply personal touches, turning T.i.t.S. (she swears the acronym is an accident…into one of the most exciting, volatile, progressive podcasts in production.”
In her Valentine’s Day 2008 post, Leann proposes to retire from podcasting. Will rabid fans like Matthew Wayne Selznick let her?
Check out past episodes at http://www.tagintheseam.com/.
Natali del Conte has actually just left Podshow and TeXtra behind to host “Loaded” for C|Net TV, but TeXtra is the show that Michelangelo van Dam nominated as a favorite. Podshow describes the thrice-weekly video podcast this way:
“TeXtra is technology news with a lot eXtra! It is technology meets culture, analysis, and—we hope you’ll agree—humor! Host Natali Del Conte follows the what’s what, who’s who, and WHY of technology news that goes beyond the Silicon Valley. She is an established technology journalist, having written for PC Magazine, TechCrunch, MarketWatch, and more.”
Listen or subscribe on the TeXtra PodShow page.
Daniel Johnson, Jr. recommends The Catfish Show “because Cat (Cathy Bobkowicz) makes herself very vulnerable. There is no pretense; it’s all genuine. Her husband Bob produces and is somewhat of a co-host, but the content is all hers.”
The show’s website describes it as “A more than once a month short talk about Cat and her life around her. A Canadian perspective from a Stay at Home Mom and her husband, discussing just about anything.”
Listen or subscribe at http://catfishshow.com/.
Anji Bee’s Chillcast (“a smooth, sophisticated mix of podsafe chillout music, hosted by ‘the sexiest voice in podcasting’”) gets rave reviews from listeners.
Daniel Johnson, Jr. says, “Anji could read the phone book and I’d probably listen to it. She plays great chillout and electronica music, and I love listening to it at work.”
Justin Simonsen confesses: “To be honest I didn’t listen to her music show until after I watched 10 of her video shows and got to know her as a person. Now I’m a faithful subscriber to the Chillcast. Amazing woman. I can’t wait to meet her in person.”
Listen or subscribe at http://anjibee.com/anji-bees-podcasts/.
With series like “The New Key Players” and “The $5.99 Question”, and “Marketing to Women 2.0,” Lisa Johnson of Reach Group Consulting tackles marketing to the perpetually plugged-in of all ages. To quote from the show’s intro:
“The connected generation is behind the hottest headlines; they are doing the biggest business deals; and they are creating the most talked-about cultural phenomena on the planet. We’ll give you the insights, stories, and actionable tips that will help you reach the most savvy, hard-to-reach consumer group in history.”
Listen or subscribe at http://www.reachgroupconsulting.com/blog/.
The Dawn and Drew Show describes itself as “a podcast from two ex gutter punks who fall in love, buy a retired farm in southeast Wisconsin and tell the world their dirty secrets… always profane, rarely profound.”
The show is famous and popular enough to require little introduction here, but it’s worth including Justin Simonsen’s tribute to Dawn Miceli:
“My all time favorite female podcaster is Dawn. She is an amazingly beautiful person. I know this by just listening to Dawn&Drew for years but after meeting her in person I have to say she may be the nicest person I’ve ever met. If you ever have a chance to spend time with Dawn and Drew outside the podcast environment I highly recommend it. They are genuinely good people.”
Listen or subscribe on PodShow.
One-time HR and Finance Director Anna Farmery says this of her twice-weekly interview podcast:
“This podcast is dedicated to helping you motivate, inspire, and engage people at work. Why? Well, we all want to boost those bottom-line profits. And I interview people from all areas of life, to give you insights that will help you achieve your full potential, and also help you develop the potential of others.”
Anna is a great interviewer who asks questions from the listener’s point of view and takes the opportunity to play skeptic. She’s also a gung-ho podcaster, with two other shows (Middle Age Shed and The Podcast Sisters) to her credit.
Listen or subscribe at www.theengagingbrand.com
Christopher Richards recommends The News Quiz, a BBC Radio 4 podcast where “Sandi Toksvig tests her guests’ insight into the funny side of this week’s important news stories.”
(Interesting how the repurposed radio shows on this list are either from the BBC or the CBC, though one US print publication does make the grade.)
Listen or subscribe on the BBC Radio 4 website.
While the Podcast Brothers focus on podcasting (and specifically on making money from your podcast), Podcast Sisters Krishna De, Anna Farmery, and Heather Gorringe set out to explain all of Web 2.0 to “the non-geek.” This is a perfect show for the novice who wants to find out about Twitter, Facebook, social bookmarking, widgets, blogging, podcast interviews, and teleseminars, and all the rest of those hip, hot, social media tools.
Listen or subscribe at http://www.thepodcastsisters.com.
Anna Farmery picked her mate and countrywoman Heather Gorringe and the Wiggly Wigglers podcast as a favorite. Wiggly Wigglers is a mail-order gardening company in Herefordshire, England, named for its worm composting kits. Heather is one of the funniest, most convivialâ€”and shortestâ€”podcasters the Asylum has been blessed with encountering. The show itself keeps winning awards, and now Heather is exploring ways other farmers can use Web 2.0 to connect to the people who eat the food they grow.
Listen or subscribe at http://www.wigglywigglers.co.uk/podcasts/.
Radio personality Kim Serafin now has a video podcast on WireImage that provides “Your inside access to the world of film premieres, music, parties, award shows, and everything entertainment.”
Recommended by Eric Schwartzman, who is also based in the entertainment capital of the world.
Watch it at www.wireimage.com.
Host Paula Berenstein describes her lengthy interview podcast this way:
â€œThe Writing Show provides information and inspiration for writers of all kinds. Whether you write fiction, nonfiction, screenplays, songs, games, manuals, ads, reports, reviews, or poetry, we’re here to entertain, help, and engage you.
Every week or so, we offer a new podcast designed to shed light on some aspect of writing, writers, publishing, and other topics of interest to people who write. We also post articles and other resources to help writers craft their works, get published, market their material, and just feel inspired.â€
Recommended by Matthew Wayne Selznick (one of her interviewees).
Listen or subscribe at http://www.writingshow.com/.
C.C. Chapman has just recommended TheDivaCast, produced by Robin Maiden and hosted by Amy, Carrie, Julie, Sharon, and Suzanne—six women working together to produce a podcast which has attracted big-brand sponsors. So what are they all about? Here’s what their website has to say:
“The Divas are five strong-willed accomplished women who intentionally set out to form a group of honest friends who support, encourage, and empower each other to reach higher, keep growing, and have fun. This life we all live can get overwhelming and true girlfriends help fill in the gap where husbands and family simply can’t. Come along and listen to the many relevant topics we explore. Get to know us and share in our journey ~ we welcome your input and feedback and encourage you to develop deeper friendships of your own to further enrich your life.
Join us, Diva Sistas and . . . Viva la Diva! ”
Listen or subscribe at TheDivaCast.com.
Our Canadian podcasting â€˜professor,â€™ Donna Papacosta, has attracted numerous endorsements for her Trafcom News Podcast, â€˜the podcast for people who care about communicating.â€™ The show appears on an irregular schedule (never often enough) and covers topics from writing to podcasting to public speaking, with a new segment debuting about business communications in the non-profit sector.
Listen or subscribe at www.trafcomnewspodcast.com.
This is the first encounter the Podcast Asylum has had with Yaktivate, which describes itself as “the first Commerce Model Podcasting Network.” Christine Hassler, Life Coach, Author, Twenty Something & Quarter Life Crisis Expert, hosts the Twenty Something Yak because “Twenty-Somethings have a lot to yak about…careers, money, relationships, getting hitched, getting promoted, getting what you want—the list goes on and on!”
Recommended by Andrea Zawerczuk.
Listen or subscribe at twentysomethingyak.com.
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