This list of the best podcasts for women in their 20s is a great resource if you’re just starting out with podcasts! Even if you’re a long-time podcast listener looking to shake up your regular rotation of shows, this list will help you find your new fave!
I’m not being hyperbolic when I say that I genuinely don’t remember who I was or how I survived before I got into podcasts. When I’m washing the dishes, doing my skincare, commuting, working out, or even eating lunch, I’m constantly listening to podcasts.
Podcasts are always entertaining, but they can also be educational, inspiring, and hilarious. I love being able to learn something new while I’m doing chores or feel like I’m laughing along with friends even when I’m home alone.
Although this is a list of podcasts for women in their 20s, I truly believe there’s a podcast for everyone! The medium of podcasts spans so many genres that it’s impossible not to find something that piques your interest. We’re only skimming the surface here, so I encourage you to continue exploring the world of podcasts beyond this list!
Why Get Into Podcasts?
I could write an entire post about reasons women in their 20s could benefit from podcasts, but I’ll try to keep it short and sweet:
One of the best things about podcasts is the sense of community. Getting involved in Facebook groups, Reddit threads, or social media profiles associated with your favorite shows is a great way to make friends, chat with the hosts, and feel involved with people who share your interests.
Another great reason to get into podcasts is that there’s an endless world of categories to be explored like lifestyle podcasts, personal growth and self-improvement, pop culture, true crime, education, comedy, and more!
But the very best thing about podcasts is that, unlike most forms of entertainment, they’re absolutely free!
Every podcast on this list can be listened to on Apple, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts!
Okay, now let’s find you your new favorite show!
Mental Health Podcasts
We all know how it feels to make polite small talk when inside you want to scream. Who amongst us hasn’t been asked that seemingly innocent question, “how are you?”, and responded with “fine”, even when we weren’t?
Terrible, Thanks For Asking gives both guests and listeners a space where they can be totally honest about how they’re really doing while also tackling hard things like grief, change, and relationships.
I want to start by saying this podcast is not for the faint of heart. The Mental Illness Happy Hour takes a completely unfiltered, honest approach to discussing all aspects of mental health. This podcast tackles everything from medically diagnosed conditions to issues like abuse and neglect.
You can expect to hear raw, often explicit discussions between Paul (the host) and his guest stars, as well as anonymous stories sent in by listeners. It’s not all doom and gloom, however. Paul does a great job of lightening the mood when things get a little too real.
Overall, it’s a very cathartic listen and can help make you feel like you’re not struggling alone.
I’m not a parent, but I recommend this show to all of my friends who are. One Bad Mother is a comedy podcast about the struggles of motherhood, and how challenging and unnatural it can sometimes be.
Many mothers in their 20s feel alone as they struggle to find the “right” way to raise their children. That’s exactly why this podcast’s “less judging, more laughing” approach is so refreshing (and encouraging!)
This hilarious and supportive show values vulnerability and being real over striving for perfectionism. This podcast is great for women in their 20s whether they’re new moms or just want to support friends who are moms!
True Crime Podcasts
I grew up on Unsolved Mysteries, and it warms my heart to see the comeback they’ve had in recent years. There’s the new Unsolved Mystery series on Netflix, of course, but did you know there’s also a podcast?
The stories are told by the ones searching for answers, usually the victims or their families. Each episode feels deeply personal, as well as intriguing. These stories need to be heard, and in the words of Robert Stack, “Perhaps you may be able to help solve a mystery.”
You probably know Bailey Sarian from her Murder, Mystery & Makeup Mondays, but if you haven’t given her Dark History podcast a listen you’re missing out! She covers topics they didn’t teach you in school, like the Doctor’s Riots of 1788, the dark history of jazz, and the now infamous “radium girls.”
If you’re a woman in your 20s who loves history and true crime, this podcast is a great place to start!
If you’re a true crime girlie looking for a community of like-minded weirdos, welcome to your tribe. There are many true crime podcasts out there, but what makes this one special are the amazing hosts, Ash (a hairstylist) and Alaina (an autopsy technician).
Their banter is both insightful and hilarious, while always being respectful of the victims and their families. In addition to true crime, Morbid explores the paranormal, creepy history, and all things spooky. This is another great podcast for women in their 20s to get into!
This podcast thoroughly examines the lives of history’s most influential women, from Emily Dickinson to China’s Empress Dowager Cixi. I listen to just about every history podcast out there, and this is undoubtedly the best one, in my opinion. If you want to learn about badass women from all over the world, give this one a listen!
This inspiring podcast is one of the best self-improvement podcasts for women who are trying to heal their relationships with food and their bodies. In other words, pretty much every woman should be listening to this one.
Certified eating psychology coach, Jessi Jean, gives actionable and practical advice for making peace with food and learning to show your body the love it needs and deserves.
This informative, entertaining, and educational podcast is my top recommendation for women who need some motivation to work on nutrition without restriction, self-love, personal development, and building healthy habits!
Business & Finance Podcasts
This is one of the best podcasts for women in their 20s to get into! This empowering show is brought to you by the CEO of Clever Girl Finance, Bola Sokunbi. She provides insight for women looking to get out of debt and develop a better relationship with money.
I love this podcast because it encourages women to redefine their own idea of success. Jenna Kutcher’s mission in starting this podcast is to help women find more joy and peace along the path to meeting their goals.
She discusses topics as simple as social media strategies as well as more complex subjects like making passive income and leaving your 9 to 5. This is a great one for entrepreneurs, small business owners, or anyone looking to find their inner girl boss.
If you’re a creative woman looking to make a living doing what you love, this is the perfect podcast for you. They share inspiration for women who are just starting out as well as seasoned business owners! I love this podcast because they always keep it chill, but honest and motivational.
If you like the sound of This Is Actually Happening, you’ll also love Beautiful Anonymous. This show is hosted by the hilarious comedian Chris Gethard, and in each episode he takes a 1-hour phone call from an anonymous caller, giving them total freedom to discuss whatever they want.
Anything can happen on this show, from shocking confessions to lighthearted chats about everyday life. It’s a show that’s sometimes funny, sometimes tragic, and always entertaining.
Unlike Beautiful Anonymous or This Is Actually Happening, The Truth is a podcast that is entirely fictionalized. The Truth is less like a podcast and more like a series of movies made for your ears.
Each episode is a short story that is performed by talented actors, and they are all beautifully engineered to include ambient sounds and music, just like a film. The episodes don’t need to be listened to in order as the stories they tell are all independent of one another, spanning nearly every genre.
These short stories usually range from about 10-30 minutes, making this a good podcast to listen to on short breaks or to binge on long commutes.
What if your deepest secret was shared with the world? Or if you were mauled by a grizzly bear? What if your mother left to follow a cult? This Is Actually Happening explores every one of these scenarios and more.
Actually, this was the first podcast I ever listened to, over a decade ago, and it’s still in my regular rotation of shows. This Is Actually Happening gives people the opportunity to share extraordinary stories of real-life events that changed their lives. I look forward to new episodes every week, as they always keep me on the edge of my seat.
Pop Culture Podcasts
This is a really fun podcast hosted by celebrity astrologer Aliza Kelly. In addition to astrology, she explores topics like mythology and pop culture with expert guests from all walks of life.
If you’re a fan of the Bachelor, this one is for you. Bachelor alum Ashley and Lauren Iaconetti team up with TV producer Naz Perez to discuss just about everything with no filter, no matter how embarrassing.
They frequently have guests from the Bachelor join in the conversation as they delve into relationships, dating apps, virginity, the entertainment industry, and beyond.
This hilarious podcast explores topics women in their 20s can definitely relate to, which makes it a fun listen even if you don’t watch the Bachelor.
This is the ultimate companion podcast to enjoy on your next rewatch of New Girl! It’s hosted by Zooey Deschanel (Jess), Hannah Simone (Cece), and Lamorne Morris (Winston).
I love this podcast for a lot of reasons, mostly because they spill the tea about all kinds of behind-the-scenes shenanigans, which makes the show even more fun to rewatch.
They often have guest stars join the conversation from former co-stars to writers and directors who worked on the show. Oh, and they end each episode with a round of True American, which is so fun and nonsensical in the best way!
Guilty Pleasure Podcasts
This is a great podcast if you need a good laugh. Anna Faris is joined by different celebrity guests every week to give completely unqualified dating advice to listeners who call in with problems that need resolving. This is another podcast I think women in their 20s will particularly enjoy!
Nicole Byer hosts this hilarious podcast about her life as a perpetually single woman. Every week she interviews fellow comedians, friends, or even exes to try to figure out why dating is so hard in this day and age. When I say this podcast is honest, I mean honest. If you aren’t comfortable with things getting quite risqué, this one might not be for you!
You might already know this one because it’s practically always topping the charts in the podcast world! Hosts Lauryn Bosstick (founder of The Skinny Confidential) and her husband, Michael Bosstick, talk about anything and everything. No matter what the topic is they always share their two cents which are both insightful and hilarious.
The focus of each episode is different, and they cover a wide range of topics like business, sex & dating, health, and more. This well-rounded podcast features many expert guests, from doctors to celebrities and it’s always a good time.
You can listen to Terrible, Thanks For Asking on Apple, Spotify, Castbox, or wherever you usually listen to podcasts!
In addition to her Murder, Mystery & Makeup YouTube series, Bailey Sarian hosts the Dark History podcast which covers topics from US and world history they don’t teach in school.
If you have a story to pitch to Beautiful Anonymous, you can leave them a voicemail at 802-392-3288.
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