We’re excited to share our top picks for podcasts by women that you should be listening to. We love that podcasts have become such a powerful source for diverse and strong female voices all over the world, and here are just a few of our favorites.

1. 2 Dope Queens
We wouldn’t be doing our jobs right if we didn’t include 2 Dope Queens on a list of top women-hosted podcasts. Phoebe Robins and Jessica Williams are the BFF hosts who bring on their favorite fellow comedians to join them to chat about various topics like sex, romance, and race. They don’t hold back and they don’t beat around the bush. Long story short, they’re hilarious! Don’t miss out.

Ready to give ’em a shot? Listen to a clip of their latest show here:

2. Call Your Girlfriend
Hosted by two fantastic women, Ann Friedman and Aminatou Sow, Call Your Girlfriend originated from a weekly long-distance call between two besties. They started recording their calls, inviting guests to join in, and the rest is history.

These two women noticed a trend in male-dominated podcasts, and wanted to change that. They also highlight awesome women doing awesome things: actresses, journalists, writers, producers, etc. Listen to a recent clip here:

3. Radio Cherry Bombe

Radio Cherry Bombe features host Kerry Diamond as she interviews the coolest, most interesting women in the world of food. All the women who are making it happen as restaurant owners, chefs, bakers, food stylists, food writers, or women who just love talking about food, this is the podcast for you.

4. Stuff Mom Never Told You
Podcast hosts Cristen Conger and Caroline Ervin talk about well-researched topics that affect women today and throughout history. Learn about interesting stories in women’s history, activism, and women in the workplace. We love that they relate these topics to modern women and also tie them back to their historical origins.

5. Being Boss
Need a little confidence boost as a boss lady? Hosts Kathleen Shannon and Emily Thompson talk about the universal problems that face women in the workplace, and they bring on expert guests to give advice on how to build a business, manage a team, deal with burnout, and so much more.

This is a great podcast for creative entrepreneurs and business owners who want to know that they’re not alone!

6. Selfie with Kristen Howerton and Sarah James
Self-care is so important in today’s day and age. We love listening to BFFs Kirsten Howerton and Sarah James tackle conversations about food, sleep, health, and friends. They take a lighthearted and vulnerable look at all the questions we ask ourselves, or maybe at the questions that we should be asking ourselves.

Did we miss any incredible podcasts by women that you love to listen to? Let us know in the comments!

During the Halloween season, there’s nothing like settling down with a hot cup of apple cider and digging into a real-life horror story. We’ve rounded up our favorite creepy podcasts to get you in the mood. If unsolved murder mysteries and strange small town disappearances get you going, these are the podcasts for you. A fair warning, they are not for the faint of heart, enter if you dare…

1. Hollywood and Crime | Wondery

Think you know everything there is to know about the Black Dahlia murder? Think again. Hollywood and Crime is an extremely well-produced, engrossing twist on the Black Dahlia case, that actually extends to cover the grisly murders of other young women around the same time frame. The crimes are brought to life with audio recreations, similar to old radio plays, allowing listeners to peer back in time.

“When I said good night, she was with him, the young guy. That’s the last time I saw her…” – The Silk Stocking Murder | Hollywood and Crime

2. Crimetown | Gimlet Media

Obsessed with how crime culture differs from city to city? From the creators of HBO’s The Jinx comes a podcast that explores just that. In its wildly successful first season, Crimetown covers corruption and extreme mob violence in seemingly idyllic Providence, RI. The only downside? Once you’ve binge-listened to the entire first season, you’ll be begging co-hosts Zac Stuart-Pontier and Marc Smerling for more.

3. True Crime Garage

If you like your true crime with a dose of fun, True Crime Garage will be right up your alley. Every week, hosts Nic and the Captain cover a new case from both the headlines and local real-life horror stories, going into painstaking detail yet presenting heavy content in a light-hearted way. Bonus: Their website features supplemental video footage and images from the crimes so you can be the judge.   

“We see this a lot, somebody commits a crime and really follows it as almost an obsession and sometimes you can be caught that way.” – The Devil Did It | True Crime Garage

4. My Favorite Murder

If you’ve already binge-watched The Keepers and Making a Murderer on Netflix and you’re eager for more, My Favorite Murder may be the best way to get your fix. This horror-obsessed duo, which consists of Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark, seem to have an encyclopedic knowledge of strange murder lore. Their madcap delivery replete with creepy historical tidbits will make sure you never sleep again.

5. Sword and Scale

Lock your doors and engage your security system before you press play on this one. Sword and Scale covers the dark underworld of the criminal justice system and stops at nothing to get to the bottom of the story. From a Christian TV personality who was charged with child pornography to online feuds that turn deadly in real life, the stories range from disturbing to enlightening to downright terrifying.

“Some acts are far too inhumane to have an explanation. Some cases are far too outside the norm to be able to assign a reasonable motive.” – Episode 101 | Sword and Scale

6. Sawbones: A Marital Tour of Misguided Medicine

It may be hard to believe but just 100 years ago, medicine was considered a barbaric profession. With little to no internal imaging available, doctors blindly cut into patients who, more often than not, ended up bleeding out on the table. Enter Sawbones, a podcast that digs deep into history to reveal strange and at times horrific medical treatments that were considered normal. Come for the gory stories, stay for the witty banter between hosts Dr. Syndee McElroy and her husband Justin.

“Maybe some mercury, it was a very common cure for syphilis.” – Inside a Doctor’s Bag | Sawbones

Mark your calendars, because we’ve got your guide to the top podcast events in the next year! The podcast community is incredibly strong and supportive, and we love events that bring together both audiences to share knowledge, experience storytelling in-person, and build communities.

Here are our top favorite podcasts events for the year:

Podcast Movement

  1. Podcast Movement (Philadelphia)
    July 24-26, 2018Over 2,000 podcasters attended this conference last year. There are nearly 100 different sessions designed to help aspiring podcasters get started, to refine current podcasters’ skills, and to share knowledge from experts in the industry. If you’re looking to truly add value from a podcast network, this is the place to be.There’s also an Expo Hall where the top software and hardware vendors in the podcast industry are ready to share their technological advances with attendees.

  2. Podfest Multimedia Expo (Orlando)
    February 8-10, 2018Podfest has expanded over the years to cover a broader range of media: Youtube, livestreams, blogging, filmmaking, online communities, and more. Clearly, they’re seeing the trend that content creators are moving towards multimedia efforts for storytelling. Whether you’re just starting out as a beginner, or you’ve been podcasting for years and are looking to hone your skills and network with other like-minded content creators, Podfest is a great community.It’s also set right next to Disney World in Orlando, so you can combine it with a fun family vacation!

  3. NYC Podfest (New York)
    April 6-8, 2018Every year, the NYC Podfest features some of the biggest names and talents in podcasting, entertainment, media, and pop culture in front of a live audience. It’s an opportunity to hear from a few of your favorites on stage in an intimate setting.Previous guests have included Hold On with Eugene Mirman, and the Lore Podcast!
  4. Mid-Atlantic Podcast Conference (Philadelphia)
    September 7-8, 2018The Mid-Atlantic Podcast Conference, otherwise known as MAPCON, originally started out as a Facebook group connecting podcasters across the mid-Atlantic states.The conference is designed specifically for podcasters, to guide them through the step-by-step process of creating and growing a successful podcast. Every year, speakers and panelists who are experts in podcasting and online marketing teach attendees how to build an audience, create a community, and monetize their content.

  5. Now Hear This! Podcast Festival (New York)
    SeptemberThis festival features 25 live podcast performances by major podcasts, including Comedy Bang! Bang!, How Did This Get Made?, and Levar Burton Reads. With added meet-and-greet opportunities and immersive fan experiences, this is one of the best events for a podcast fan to attend.While this festival already happened in September 2017, we can’t wait to see what 2018 has to offer.
  6. Werk It Women’s Podcast Festival (Los Angeles)
    OctoberBranded as the only all-woman podcasting festival on the planet, this festival features speakers, mentoring sessions, workshops, live podcast tapings, and networking opportunities for women in the industry.It’s produced by WNYC Studios, which also happens to be the creator of podcast favorites like Radiolab, Freakonomics Radio, and 2 Dope Queens.
  7. LA Podcast Festival (Los Angeles)
    OctoberLos Angeles is home to so many forms of entertainment, and has also been riding the wave of new media like podcasting. The LA Podcast Festival schedule is filled to the brim with comedy shows, podcaster interviews, and panels for podcasters to learn about topics like “Gear Talk” and “Guest Etiquette.”

What podcast events are you going to this year? We’d love to hear from you in the comments about events you’re excited about attending.

Cryptocurrency is the newest ‘hot topic’ in the tech investment world, but most people have little to no idea what it is and how it works. We’ve pulled together the top eight cryptocurrency podcasts that will put you on the path to becoming crypto-literate. Subscribe to these podcasts OR listen to exclusive bursts on Audioburst, today.

1. Let’s Talk Bitcoin

Adam E. Levine’s “Let’s Talk Bitcoin” podcast takes a deep dive into the intricate world of cryptocurrency and discusses issues from cyber safety to ethical concerns. The podcast features a huge range of crypto-professionals that weigh in all on all the ‘hot’ crypto topics. Also, it’s not just a cryptocurrency podcast, the Let’s Talk Bitcoin Network provides you with an entire community of content creators that exchange information on the ideas, people, and projects involved in building the new digital economy.

Check out a clip from one of their latest episodes, The Everything Bitcoin, where they chat about Bitcoin mining profitability.

2. Cryptoverse

Chris Coney started the Cryptoverse podcast because “it was the next logical step.” Frustrated by the lack of quality, easily accessible education on the subject of digital currency, he created this podcast to solve that problem. The Cryptoverse podcast offers you updates on the latest in cryptocurrency as well as information on the history of money, presented in 15 minutes episodes released five times a week. Listeners will love how complicated topics are presented by Coney and his guests in a simple, clear way.

3. Investing Sense By Financial Engines

Want crypto investing advice from both a certified financial planner and an everyday investor? This podcast might be perfect for you. Every week, hosts Andy Smith and Bob Richards sit down to offer insight into financial and investment topics which often revolve around cryptocurrency.

4. This Week in Startups

Entrepreneur Jason Calacanis and a rotating group of guest experts bring you a weekly take on the best, worst, most outrageous stories from the world of Web companies. It also offers a behind-the-scenes, insider view of how these companies are approaching cryptocurrency, and how that might affect you.

Check out this clip from one of their newest episodes, “Jason Goldberg Introduces Simple Token”, where they discuss how many consumers are actually using digital cash.

5. Liberty Talk

LibertyTalk FM, a 24/7 continuous talk radio station, covers a wide range of topics surrounding news, politics, and government, it also regularly features discussions on emerging and competing cryptocurrencies and delves into the political policies surrounding digital currency.

6. Invest Like the Best

Patrick O’Shaughnessy, author of Millennial Money: How Young Investors Can Build a Fortune, is casual yet well-informed on topics like business, the economy, and cryptocurrency. Every week he speaks with professional investors who share the ups and downs of their investment journey.

7. Unchained

Host Laura Shin, senior editor at Forbes, talks with industry pioneers and innovators across tech about how cryptocurrency will open up new opportunities for everyone from startups to everyday people. In Unchained, she breaks down the complexity of blockchains and cryptocurrencies into easy-to-digest concepts. As cryptocurrency podcasts go, this is a great one for beginners to get their feet wet.

8. Epicenter

The Epicenter Podcast covers what may be the most advanced technological revolution in modern history: the rise of decentralized technologies. In this weekly podcast, hosts Brian Fabian Crain, Sebastien Couture, and Meher Roy bring you in-depth conversations with some of the brightest minds in the tech and cryptocurrency world– from academics to entrepreneurs, all around the globe.

Other cryptocurrency podcasts to check out:

It’s clear that podcasts are having their moment in the spotlight. Whether you’re just getting started with creating your own podcast, or you’ve got a podcast empire that you’ve been building for years, you’re riding the wave of this trend.

67 million Americans listen to podcasts monthly, up 14% from last year (Edison Research), and it’s a prime opportunity to get in front of your target audience.

There are so many podcasting tools out there to help you create, edit, and distribute your podcast, but it’s hard to cut through the clutter. Here are our top recommendations for tools that any podcaster needs in his or her toolbox:

1. Organize with Trello

Trello is the perfect lightweight and customizable tool to manage your workflow using the kanban style of organization. You can visually track the progress of each podcast through the process, from ideation to recording, editing, and publishing. It’s great for collaboration and communication too: you can assign responsiblities, set deadlines, and add comments.

Plus, we find it delightfully satisfying to move a “card” from one status to the next (particularly when the next is “Published!”).

If you need some inspiration, Trello has a whole set of boards you can look to. We recommend the Content Management category for podcasts.

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2. Interview with Skype

Skype is one of the most universal calling platforms that you can use to interview guests. It’s popular worldwide and straightforward to use. You won’t have to spend time educating your guests on how to use it or asking them to create an account for something they don’t already have.

It’s also a powerful tool with quality audio. Additionally, while it’s always ideal to be recording your podcasts in a quiet space on your desktop, you (or your guest) will always have the option to do it on-the-go with Skype’s mobile app.

3. Record and Edit with Audacity

Audacity is one of the most commonly recommended podcasting tools we hear about. Record live audio, edit out any mistakes, and add theme songs and sound effects to your recording. It’s a solid option with multi-track editing capabilities, and it’s free.

If you find yourself needing a little help getting started, there are lots of step-by-step guides to Audacity as well. Here is a great one from TechNorms!

4. Host on Libsyn

Libsyn is the leading podcasting hosting platform, and home to over 25,000 shows. They offer web-publishing so you don’t have to host your own website. They also make it easy to publish an audio player onto your website or on social.

We like that it’s a one-stop shop as a podcasting tool for everything you need to publish your podcast, and we especially like how affordable it is (plans starting at $5 a month).

5. Transcribe and Distribute with Audioburst

Distribution is often the most-forgotten part of building a great podcast. You’ve created great content–now how do you get people to listen to it? First, transcribe your audio for free through Audioburst and publish the audio transcript to your site to improve SEO and discoverability.

Second, add your podcast to Audioburst’s audio content library (also for free) so you can be discovered by a whole new audience. Our content library is accessed by our search engine, Alexa Skill, Google Home Skill, our API for third-party app/skill developers, and it continues to grow every day.

Get in touch to join Audioburst today.