Women of the Hour
For some reason, we were not expecting to like Women of the Hour, a Buzzfeed Audio production with Lena Dunham. We hasten to add that we are admirers of Dunham, a smart and funny individual equipped with a dizzying lack of fear. We just thought it was going to be sort of, well, lazy; we were envisaging lightly-edited hour-long interviews with famous friends, the sort of thing that can be easily churned out en masse. Now, though, we have to chide ourselves for imagining that the tireless Dunham would produce anything so half-baked. She is the host, and yes, is famous, and anecdotes from her life do naturally feature, but the show throws open its arms to an array of voices and stories that run the gamut of age and race and counter-culture. In this five-part(ish) miniseries, Lena and her pen pal Ashley Ford read their intimate emails aloud; Emma Stone and June Squibb give life advice; a plus-size woman gives zero fucks; a gynaecological nurse riffs on vaginas; Miranda July tells the story of how she fell in lust; and so it goes on, generous and surprising at each turn.
If you have a low threshold of tolerance for verbose feminist millennials, this probably won't be your jam, and let's be honest, you already knew that. The rest of you will find a lot to like here.
Gateway episodes: Episode 1: Friendship / Episode 2: Body / Episode 3: Love & Sex