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Four of the best women and society podcasts

In Caroline Criado Perez’s bestseller Invisible womenshe examined all the ways the modern world was designed by and for men – and why it’s dangerous for women, Miranda Sawyer said in The Observer.

A classic example is his discovery that women are twice as likely to get stuck in cars in an accident because crash test dummies are modeled after men’s bodies.

His new podcast, Visible women, elucidates the phenomenon. In one episode, for example, she discovers that personal protective equipment – ​​goggles, gloves, masks, etc. worn by medical personnel – is supposed to be unisex, but it is not. It is designed to suit men, although three-quarters of people working in medicine are now women. The topic is disturbing at times, but the overall impression of the podcast is “positive” and solution-oriented.

Another brilliant audio piece on women and society was Clipped wingson Radio 4 and BBC Sounds, said Patricia Nicol in The Sunday Times. In it, naturalist Lucy Hodson (also known as Lucy Lapwing) explores the extent to which women feel able to “roam freely” in the countryside and how their experience of nature can be affected by attention. unwanted and harassing men.

Hodson’s program spur was a harrowing incident last year, when she was birdwatching – with her sights set on an egret – only for a man on the opposite shore to expose himself , then films his reaction. Hodson speaks with a biker, backpacker, ornithologist and trail runner, aiming to find out “how the meditative joy they take from exploring the outdoors” has also been compromised.

If this all sounds a bit “plaintive” to you, don’t be discouraged. The podcast is “powerfully insightful and moving”, and has a transporting sound design by Joel Cox that takes you “among the trees and out onto the open road”.

Here are two standout female-focused podcasts that both make it into our top ten of the year so far, said The Guardian. In Ki & Di: the podcasttwo young singer-songwriters, Chiara Hunter and Diana Vickers, chat with guests such as drag raceof Cheryl Hole and pop star Ella Eyre. It’s a “hoot”.

The podcast features “extremely funny songs about the lives of single millennial women” and ditties written especially for each guest that are “painfully relatable” and “laughingly funny.”

Second, the gloss 28 days later, by journalist and audio producer India Rakusen, is a 28-episode series on all aspects of menstruation. The short episodes cover “everything from heavy bleeding to hormones, period-tracking apps to perimenopause” – and feature a wide cast of experts and guests.