Inspirational sports stories, fearless women and empowering podcasts to inspire your day. These are the podcasts we've enjoyed listening to over the past months.
Celebrating some of the most influential and inspirational sportswomen in the space, Game Changers is a podcast that lifts up and empowers women who are challenging the status quo and changing the face of women's sport. From Gabby Logan to Lucy Bronze, you can expect to hear from some of the biggest names in women's sport as they talk frankly about their historic careers, what drives them and how they've dealt with their toughest challenges. Listen here.
Fearne draws on her own experiences and shares advice from experts on how to work through feeling blue to finding joy, each and every day. In this podcast series Fearne delves into the subject of removing ourself from daily stresses and finding inner happiness, through chatting to inspiring individuals who have either made a change in their own lives or who help people, every day, to find a different way of looking at life. Listen here.
Hosted by Deborah-Frances White, The Guilty Feminist is for those of us who really want to be the perfect feminist, but may be self-sabotaging in our endeavours. Hence, the tag line, "I'm a feminist, but…". For example, "I’m a feminist but… I once went on a women’s rights march, and I popped into a department store to use the loo, and I got distracted trying out face cream. And when I came out the march was gone." Expect a mix of comedy, music, talks and guest speakers, discussing big topics all 21st century feminists agree on, whilst confessing the "buts" – all of the insecurities, hypocrisies and fears that undermine those lofty principles. Listen here.
The Woman's Hour is a daily radio broadcast on BBC Radio 4, and covers a wide range of themes including reports, interviews and debates on health, education, cultural and political topics.
Established on radio in 1946, The Woman's Hour has broadened from its initial daily radio format on BBC Radio 4 to a range of 3 Podcasts covering a wider range of subjects to challenge and inspire, including The Late Night Woman's Hour and Cook The Woman's Hour.
Radio 1's Greg James, Jimmy Anderson and Felix White discuss all things cricket in this podcast series. We weren't fans of cricket before listening to this podcast, but Greg James has successfully converted our office team! Not taking itself too seriously, this series is witty, irreverent and a great way to end your day. Listen here.
Sarah Williams interviews inspirational adventurers, explorers, athletes, thru-hikers, mountaineers, swimmers, rowers and everyday women who have undertaken substantial physical challenges. Every guest speaker has conquered complex challenges and situations, and in this series, they share their stories, knowledge, and tips that you can apply to your own personal challenges. The podcast is about being both tough and feminine, and celebrates women and leaders in the spaces of adventure and challenge sports. Listen here.
For organisations and individuals that work with women and girls, as well as people who are passionate about getting girls and women active and into sport, The Women in Sport podcast offers valuable insight, advice and expertise from across the sports sector. Each episode discusses key sports issues and topics that affect women and girls in the UK. Listen here.
The Train Happy Podcast, created by personal trainer and author Tally Rye, is about helping to develop a good relationship with fitness, food and body image. Not just practical tips on nutrition and getting you moving, it's also packed with body-positive advice and advocates an inclusive approach to our health and wellbeing. Listen here.
For those of you who can't get enough of pounding the pavement, the Women's Running Podcast is for you. This podcast is for women who truly love to run, and discusses quads and cadence, PB's, races, shoes, training, starting running, enjoying running, finding the fun, and more. With guests ranging from superstar pro-runners to everyday plodders, each podcast features women who have made a big difference to running and communities in the UK. Listen here.
This is a podcast that, rather than celebrating things that go right, celebrates the things that go wrong, and what those mistakes can teach us. Every week, a new interviewee explores what their failures taught them about how to succeed better. This podcast features honest and truthful stories from famous names and leaders, and growing through life's adversities. Listen here.
A sports podcast where current and ex-sporting professionals from around the world discuss three things they would like to remove from their respective sport into "The Locker Room", never to be seen again. Look out for the episode with England Rugby player Shaunagh Brown, in which she suggests binning cringe rugby phrases, calling female referees 'sir', and banning the term 'ladies' in team names. Listen here.
Tackling everything from the menstrual cycle and how it impacts on sporting performance, issues such as contraception, bone health and female physiology, this podcast series aims to bring focus on topics around the female body and sport and exercise, which have previously gone under the radar. Presented by journalist Lucy Lomax, Dr Georgie Bruinvels and Dr. Jess Piasecki, this podcast isn't just for female athletes, but also for women who want to learn more about their bodies. Listen here.
The project of Alice Liveing, personal trainer and best-selling author, this podcast is about the importance of building up mental and physical resilience, and how this can empower all of us to live happier, healthier lives. From Michelle Griffith-Robinson to Dr. Zoe Williams, the show features famous guests every week to inspire your listening and your lifestyle. Listen here.
The talented Jessie Ware and her mum host the sort of dinner-party podcast we would all like to be invited to. This series is about food, family and candid conversation; each week guests from the worlds of music, culture and politics are invited onto the show to openly discuss a wide range of topics. Following the show's success, you can now even buy the cookbook! Listen here.
We love this podcast for the wide range of guests from the worlds of women's sport to music, poetry and culture, with interviewees such as Bernadine Evaristo, Joslyn Thompson Rule, Hollie Arnold and Zeina Nassar. Adwoa Aboah invites her guests to talk, share and discuss how they have challenged and shaped their lives in this varied podcast series. Discover frank and open discussions that break down ideals around body image, empower and inspire through 'fierce female chat'. Listen here.
In their own words, this podcast is just "three lifelong friends chatting about all things male." We love it for their frank discussions that break down the stigma around male mental health issues and open chats around masculine stereotypes, sport and health. A very entertaining listen for everyone. Listen here.
Focusing on work and lifestyle combined, this is a series on career, wellbeing and creativity. Emma Gannon interviews thought leaders, business owners, writers and creative minds in this thought-provoking audio. With questions like - what does it mean to be a modern philosopher? How is big tech affecting us? How do you combine activism with being the editor of a magazine? Each show features a gentle line of questioning that starts with work, and ends up wherever the conversation leads. Past guests including Alain de Botton, Ava DuVernay, Dame Steve Shirley and Mrs Hinch. Listen here.