This is the latest in a new-ish series of shorter reviews I’m calling Audible Feast Quick Bites. (In 2018 I’ll stop calling it new-ish!) A shorter post format allows me to write more reviews. Enjoy!
What’s the show about?
Ladies, We Need to Talk is a new show from Australia’s ABC about things women need to talk more about. Its first season debuted in September 2017 with a fabulous first trio of episodes – the first was about vaginas (and vulvas), the second was about the mental load all women carry, and the third was about women and drinking. Each episode is between 20-30 minutes long and the series is hosted by Yumi Stynes.
What’s great about it?
If you’re a guy, maybe you’re thinking women don’t need to talk more about anything! We already talk all the time. But I assure you there are plenty of things women feel a little uncomfortable discussing – the three aforementioned topics especially. In this show, host Yumi Stynes talks with friends and subject matter experts about each topic, destigmatizing the uncomfortable and awkward points we for some reason feel should be “private.”
Transparency and honesty helps build relationships, and while my wise mom imparted the wisdom to me that not every friend has to be everything to you, I do seek out deep connections with friends. Sometimes we have an impasse, though, where it just feels wrong to go further down the path. Take being in love with motherhood, for example – why should we pretend we love it all the time? That’s a totally irrational thought and all it does is distance ourselves from one another. The alternative is not necessarily the opposite, in which moms sit around bitching about how they hate being mothers, but the in-between is the reality – some things are great and some are challenging. This podcast celebrates that and encourages that middle ground thinking and conversation.
I think of this show much like Science Vs – I feel like there are so many paths it could go down, there is an opportunity for the topics to be timely with current events, and the same topic could even be looked at from multiple angles. For example, there was an episode about drinking and how some women start to rely on it too much; there could be another episode about being a spouse of an alcoholic, or being an alcoholic, or not drinking at all and the implications of that on social and professional life.
A small helping of constructive feedback never hurt anyone …
I don’t really have any critique – I think the topics addressed in season one were perfect and timely, and I kind of love that the panels aren’t full of experts or the same set of host friends over and over.
Australia’s ABC knocked it out of the park this fall (well, fall here in the U.S.!) with some great new shows, this being one of them. I usually keep a queue of about 30 episodes in my “up next” list, and I always moved Ladies, We Need to Talk to the top of the list when a new episode came out. I’m thrilled about the post-season bonus episodes and can’t wait for another round!
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Audible Feast Ratings
Educational Value (4 / 5)
Pop Culture Value (4 / 5)
Host Listen-ability (5 / 5)
There’s something casual about Stynes’ style that is really appealing to me; it’s not too informal, but appropriate for the type of roundtable discussions often happening in episodes.
Flow & Production Value (5 / 5)
Humor (5 / 5)
Investigation (5 / 5)
I really appreciate the deep dives into these topics that we sort of “think” we know a lot about, but really just gloss over with some generalizations.
Storytelling (4 / 5)
Makes Me a Better Person (5 / 5)
Overall Audible Feast Rating: (5 / 5)
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Ladies, We Need to Talk website