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This week I’m coming at ya with some great podcasts hosted by some awesome women. So, sit back, get comfy, and lend an ear to these kick-butt ladies.


1. My Favorite Murder

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Hosted by the hilarious Georgia Hardstark and Karen Kilgariff, My Favorite Murder is a true crime comedy podcast (yes, you read that correctly) during which these two friends share stories of truly awful crimes. They somehow manage to balance this serious topic, respect the victims of the crimes they discuss, all while making listeners, and each other, crack up. If you are at all interested in true crime, I would recommend you check out this more lighthearted take on the topic.


2. Ologies

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Ologies is a comedic science podcast in which the host, Alie Ward, interviews a different expert, or “ologist,” every episode. Topics covered thus far have included volcanology (the study of volcanoes), thanatology (the study of death and dying), cynology (the study of dogs), paleontology (the study of fossils), and both cosmetology (the study of beauty and cosmetics) and cosmology (the study of the universe). Don’t worry if you aren’t exactly scientifically inclined. Ward does a fantastic job keeping the information in the episodes accessible to people with all levels of scientific knowledge and interjects amusing and witty comments intermittently. This podcast is perfect for you if you are a science major, a science enthusiast, or just curious about the world and looking to learn new things all while being thoroughly entertained.


3. Spirits

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Spirits is cohosted by Amanda McLoughlin and Julia Schifini, two friends who like to discuss mythology while enjoying mixed drinks. They describe their own podcast as “a boozy dive into mythology, folklore, and urban legends,” and that is honestly quite an accurate description. Each episode focuses on a certain god or goddess, mythical creature, urban legend, ghost story, or folktale, and since alcohol is involved, hilarity ensues. Spirits is an entertaining dive into stories and beliefs of cultures past and present.


4. This Podcast Will Kill You

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Drs. Erin Allmann Updyke and Erin Welsh are epidemiologists whose work involves the study of the spread, distribution, and control of disease. They also somehow find the time to host This Podcast Will Kill You. (Women in STEM represent!) The show focuses on a different disease each episode, and “The Erins” discuss everything about each disease from its biological origin and the history of its effect in the world, to how it is treated with modern medicine. Diseases previously covered include: AIDS, the Black Plague, and Malaria. Erin and Erin also craft a special episode-themed cocktail recipe for both themselves and their audience to enjoy while listening. This podcast is entertaining, informative, and humorous. *Warning: if you are at all squeamish, I would advise against listening to This Podcast Will Kill You due to the realistically graphic descriptions of each disease’s symptoms in every episode.


All of the podcasts mentioned in the article are available for free on Spotify, and if none of these shows interest you, there are thousands more to explore.


HCXO and happy listening,


Some things to know about Rachel: Freshman undeclared major Ed Sheeran enthusiast Aspiring world traveler Self-described nerd Floral lover Meme appreciator Happiest being herself  
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