Right now, there are more than 700,000 active podcasts and more than 29 actor podcast episodes, as illustrated by Music Oomph. And although there seems to be a podcast for everyone, nearly all of the networks that host, develop, and advance shows are managed by men including accepted shows like Gimlet, Crooked Media, and Earwolf. Almost half of podcast admirers are women, yet just 22 percent of the shows they listen to are hosted or co-hosted by women

Podcasting has already shaped the way we absorb media, and we can’t let it become yet addition boys club. This is why Amanda Lund and Maria Blasucci, two actors and writers, along with their former agentPriyanka Mattoo, launched Earios. A podcast arrangement run by women, committed to administration agreeable created by women, for anybody but “no creeps allowed,” as it states on its Kickstarter page.

After adopting $26,000 on Kickstarter last year, Earios launched its first three shows this week including Filling the Void, in which host Lesley Arfin dives into hobbies and passions and interviews guests on what makes them happy. Foxy Browns apropos beauty and wellness for women of color and immigrants, hosted by Priyanka Mattoo and writer Camilla Blackett. And Web Crawlers, hosted by social media personalities Melissa Stetten and Ali Segel, explores weird things on the internet. 

Earios is accessible on Apple Podcasts and Spotify, and plans to launch more shows bi-weekly, including an account with comedy icon and activist, Margaret Cho.

Although some podcasts are experimenting with paywalls and subscriptions, Earios has also partnered with Acast to run ads on the show.  

Earlier this year, TNW hosted an Answers affair with Megan Morrone, a tech announcer and host of the weekly Twit podcast. When asked what she anticipation of the state of assortment in the podcasting industry, she said: “There are so many great women-led podcasts and a whole lot of them have had some very alarming successes.” 

“That said, podcasts do fall into the same gender traps as any other media and they have some new ones. A few years ago there were a lot of complaints about upspeak and vocal fry, which was just addition way to criticize women’s voices. I haven’t heard much about that lately, which is a good sign.”

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