I wasn’t much of a podcast listener until last year, when, at the end of the fall TV season, I’d run out of things to watch on Hulu/Netflix during my daily commute. I was instantly hooked on bigger shows like Girl on Guy and Comedy Bang! Bang! — but it would take me another few months to catch on to smaller shows. There are a ton of great geeky podcasts out there that showcase some of the coolest voices in fandom, and outside of comedy podcasts, those are my favorite types of shows. Here are five of my favorites, led by some particularly awesome ladies:
There are some amazing Star Wars podcasts out there (ForceCast, Idiot’s Array, Coffee With Kenobi, Now This Is Podcasting, and seriously about 50 more) but this podcast focuses on the ladies of the Star Wars fandom, and the hosts’ enthusiasm practically radiates through your headphones when you listen. With awesome exclusive interviews, con guides, character spotlights and their signature #fangirlflail, Fangirls Going Rogue is the quintessential podcast for the unapologetically enthusiastic Star Wars fanatic.
Mia Moore and Liz Leslie discuss the latest in geek news with a sassy twist! The hosts have such incredible chemistry, and it’s great to listen to two best friends as they shoot the shit in a lighthearted, fun way. They somehow manage to go from talking about their latest netflix marathon to discussing world issues in easy, seamless swoops, so if you want a laid-back podcast with fun geeky discussion, check this one out!
Pop Culture meets savvy city girls with April Salud and Heather Mason. These ladies bring on some of the coolest guests to discuss what’s poppin’ in Hollywood and the internet wasteland, from indie film projects to breakout new bands and just generally awesome people. This podcast is awesome for anyone who’s looking for fresh new entertainment and the bragging rights of knowing bands, actors, and producers “before they were big”.
Hosted by Adri Cowan, Judy Stephens, Sana Amanat, and Emily Shaw, the Women of Marvel podcast gives a platform to the many women behind the company’s success and their take on the constantly changing world of comics. While this is very distinctly focused on Marvel (obviously) there’s so much great information in every episode about how things work behind the scenes at one of the most popular comic publishers of all time. If you’re an aspiring comic creator, a Marvel fangirl, or just curious about the ins and outs of comics, tune in!
Pandalicious and NinjaSistah run one of the most hilarious video game podcasts I’ve ever had the pleasure of listening to. Along with their in-depth looks at new games, events in gaming, and popular nerd news, these ladies fearlessly take on issues within fandom in a unique way that’s sure to keep you tuning in on the weekly.
Bonus: Woman Up! Podcast
I’d be remiss not to mention the podcast I co-host with SarahtheRebel, Woman Up! Podcast, where we talk geek news and get passionate about our nerdy fandoms. Check us out every other week, live on twitch!
What are your favorite lady-centric podcasts to listen to? I’m always looking for more! Let me know below in the comments.