Podcasts are more popular now than ever, despite having been around for ages. If getting into a new podcast seems overwhelming, look no further. Here are five that will inspire you to go out in the world and kick all of the ass.

Call Your Girlfriend

All good things come from Gossip Girl #fact. The hosts of CYG, Anne Friedman and Aminatou Sow met at a GG viewing party and quickly became friends. Just like many of us, their friendship turned into a long-distance one as their careers took off. With a little help from their mutual friend (now producer) Call Your Girlfriend was born. Aminatou Sow was part of Forbes top 30 under 30 list in 2014! Anne Friedman’s professional portfolio is awe inspiring. This podcast is so wonderful because each and every one of us has a long-distance bestie. Listening to Sow and Friedman talk is quite like hanging out with two of your bffs. Interestingly enough, in 2015 Ivanka Trump named CYG one of her favorite podcasts. No, but really. Give CYG a listen. They are currently touring and will be making an appearance at the upcoming Philadelphia Podcast Festival, get your tickets here.

Call Your Girlfriend episodes

Follow Call Your Girlfriend on Twitter @callyrgf and on Instagram @callyrgf

 

Stuff Mom Never Told You

This dynamic podcast digs into the challenges that women face every day and offers creative solutions to assist in overcoming professional, personal and political obstacles. Rather than publish an episode once a week, Stuff Mom Didn’t Tell You publishes twice! Cohosts Bridget Todd) and Emilie Aries took over for the original co-hosts Cristen Conger and Caroline Ervin earlier this year and hit the ground running. Todd and Aries have already posted exciting, engaging content about making friends as an adult, benevolent sexism, and being a woman in the ‘Gig Economy’. This podcast raises the bar on making it easy to access additional resources for the working woman; Conger’s original blog entries are archived making it easy for any listener to access. Her essays range from African-American suffragists, Queens who battled relentlessly to rule their kingdoms, Patron Saint of Big Hair Dolly Parton, and more.

Stuff Your Mom Never Told You episodes can be accessed here.

Follow Stuff Your Mom Never Told You on Twitter @MomStuffPodcast and on Instagram @stuffmomnevertoldyou

 

2 Dope Queens/Sooo Many White Guys

If you haven’t heard of 2 Dope Queens, you’ve been living under a rock. This podcast is pure fire and it’s cohosts, former Daily Show correspondent and UCB alum Jessica Williams and New York Times Best Selling author/Broad City consultant Phoebe Robinson, know it. 2 Dope Queens is a breath of fresh air when it comes to comedy podcasts. Most podcasts are hosted by white guys and don’t give opportunities for other comics to reach a new audience. Williams and Robinson changed all of that by recording their show live in Brooklyn. If you’re a comedy nerd or a fan of laughing in general these podcasts are for you. Robinson is now a friend of Bono and her podcast Sooo Many White Guys has taken on a life of its own.

You can listen to 2 Dope Queens here and follow them on Twitter @2DopeQueens and Instagram @2DopeQueens

Listen to Soo Many White Guys here and follow Phoebe on Twitter and Instagram @DopeQueenPheebes

 

RuPaul – What’s the Tee w/ Michelle Visage

EMMY. AWARD. WINNER RUPAUL HAS A PODCAST! Every episode is as fabulous as you would expect from Ru. Honey, pay attention because you don’t want to miss any shade from co-host and Ru’s long-term bff Michelle Visage, that’s all I’m saying. The podcast is more than just guest judge’s from Drag Race or former contestants from the show; it digs into the world of the notoriously private RuPaul. Ru and Michelle talk addiction, makeup, and spills all the tea. Most important, it allows the listener to get to know Michelle Visage and offers a glimpse into their friendship. Michelle drops great life advice in episode 80 (the guest is the singular Niecy Nash), “Always have a friend who is willing to beat the sh!t out of someone in the middle of the night for you.” Yaaas Michelle, yaaas! This podcast is a must for anyone who is a fan of the show, Untucked, DragCon, and all things fabulous.

All episodes of RuPaul’s – What’s the Tee with Michelle Visage can be streamed here.

Follow Ru on Twitter @RuPaul. Follow Michelle Visage @MichelleVisage

 

Fat Mascara

Do you want a look into the world of makeup but are balling on a budget? Fat Mascara is there for you! Hosts Jessica Matlin and Jennifer Goldstein (who started her career in the beauty industry in West Philadelphia) have been lauded by Refinery29, PopSugar, Marie Claire for their innovative approach to all things beauty. They approach an industry best known for its vanity and bring on guests who are at the helm of the ever evolving scene. With less than 100 episodes available, binging Fat Mascara is easier than applying falsies for the first time. Episode topics range from Mercury Retrograde, pretty privilege (which is a very, very real thing), and how to choose a perfume that works for you; choose wisely because you will laugh off your non-waterproof mascara!

All episodes of Fat Mascara can be streamed here. Fat Mascara can be found on Twitter @fatmascara and on Instagram @fatmascara

 

If you’re still hungry for more more great podcasts here are some honorable mentions:

Anna Faris is Unqualified, a hilarious podcast with everyone’s favorite Faris. This podcast was recently given the Shorty Award for Best Podcast 2017. If you’re interested in all things weird and medical check out Sawbones, hosted by Dr. Sydnee McElroy and her husband Justin McElroy. Sawbones is one of the headlining podcasts from the 5th annual Philadelphia Podcast Festival, buy tickets here to attend. If the last name McElroy rings a bell you may be familiar with My Brother, My Brother, and Me one of the Internet’s best sources for good clean fun and goofs. Lin-Manuel Miranda snuck a reference to the podcast into Hamilton! Last but not least there is the ever popular My Favorite Murder which recently gave a shout out to Philadelphia’s Swiss cheese pervert.

If you enjoy the above podcasts, let Femme & Fortune know via Twitter @FemmeandFortune. Read more of my thoughts on all the things via twitter @thewordsisaid and remember that Shine Theory: surround yourself with successful women and be happier.