The Best Podcasts For Single Women

Is it just us, or is everyone talking about podcasts lately? From My Favorite Murder to Pod Save America to Refinery29's very own Unstyled, people are keeping up with their audio episodes the way we used to devotedly follow our favorite TV shows. Whether you're looking for new shows to add to your lineup, or you're new to the listening experience altogether, there has never been a better time for podcasts — especially given the amount that are produced for and by women.

And if you're a single woman, you're in luck. There's an entire library of pods that speak directly to you and what's going on in your life. Feeling bummed over a breakup? There's a pod for that. Thinking about embarking on your first solo trip? There's one for that, too.

Ahead, we've rounded up our favorite podcasts for single women. So the next time you're sitting on the subway, consider swapping out your music playlist for one of these motivational (or at least relatable) listens. Be prepared to laugh until you cry — or vice-versa.

illustrated by Tristan Offit.
Call Your Girlfriend

You know that long-distance BFF who you could talk to on the phone for hours about everything, from what's trending on Twitter to the date you went on last week? This podcast brings that phone call to life. Hosts Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman, who live in New York City and L.A., respectively, call each other once a week to shoot the shit, give listeners advice about their work, life, and love, bemoan the current U.S. political situation, and make each other (and us) laugh or just sigh loudly at the state of it all. If you don't have a long-distance bestie to call, these two are pretty dope stand-ins.

Listen on Apple Podcasts.
illustrated by Tristan Offit.
On She Goes

Travel bugs, this one is for you. On She Goes is a digital community for women of color who want to explore the world, and its podcast offers up tips for everyone — whether your passport is well-worn or you're thinking about taking your first solo trip. Host Aminatou Sow chats with a rotating cast of seriously cool women who share their stories of trotting the globe.

Available on Apple Podcasts and Soundcloud.
illustrated by Tristan Offit.
Where Should We Begin?

Okay, technically, this podcast hosted by world-renowned couples' therapist Esther Perel is for couples. Each episode is a taped session with a different couple in Perel's therapy practice. But the show explores how we connect to one another — both in and out of relationships — which is useful for just about anyone. In fact, some say that the best time to learn about yourself in relationships is when you aren't actually in one.

Listen on Apple Podcasts and Audible.
illustrated by Tristan Offit.
Swipe Out

Ever feel like your terrible dates and awful swipe-app experiences are only happening to you, and can't possibly be happening to anyone else? Swipe Out proves that's not the case. Host Alix McAlpine shares her own dating experience while talking to coupled-up folks about what that is actually like. Not only will it make you feel less alone, it will also make you laugh your ass off.

Listen on Apple Podcasts and Stitcher Radio.
illustrated by Tristan Offit.
Savage Lovecast

The tagline of Savage Lovecast, hosted by legendary relationship columnist Dan Savage, is "there's nothing you can't ask." Truer words have never been spoken. Savage answers call-in questions from readers in his usual humorous, graphic, and pragmatic way, and then gives callers the chance to respond to last week's answers themselves. If you're not listening, you may miss Savage coin a highly applicable-to-your-life term, like "monogamish," which is another one of his gems.

Listen on Apple Podcasts.
illustrated by Tristan Offit.
This Is Why You're Single

If all of the terrible dating disasters you've experienced make you want to laugh instead of cry, then This Is Why You're Single is the podcast for you. Hosts Laura and Angela hilariously recount tales of real-life dating fails, break down relationships studies, and play games like "sex toy or children's toy?" They've tackled tough topics like: dating with disabilities, dating while transitioning, STI shaming, being an introvert, and sexual fluidity, all with a sharp wit and sense of humor.

Listen on iTunes.
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