Call Your Girlfriend

Call Your Girlfriend

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A podcast for long distance besties everywhere. Co-hosted by your new BFFs Ann Friedman and Aminatou Sow.

Episodes

Episode 80: Drop the Ball  

Cheeto Watch: the crumbs are beginning to fall, from Mike Flynn to Andrew Puzder and, ~people are saying~ even Kellyanne Conway. A hearty handshake and Ivanka ::heart eyes emoji:: for Justin Trudeau. In better news, author Tiffany Dufu wants women to get ahead by doing less. Her new book is Drop the Ball.

Episode 79: She Persisted  

Celebrity gossip and Ann's wedding officiant fashion dilemma. Cheeto Watch: soooo many leaks, Elizabeth Warren persisted, the most Ivanka's dad tweet ever and Melissa McCarthy was a too-good Sean Spicer on SNL. Plus, a song about impeachment, impeccable Super Bowl performances, and Galentine's Day.

Episode 78: Bey-eus Ex Machina  

Beyoncé's pregnant with twins! Which is about the only thing keeping us upbeat during the second week of Cheeto Watch. Plus, the hero lady spy who broke into the GOP retreat, menstruation news from Zambia, and political conspiracy theories from the left and the right.

Episode 77: Executive Disorder  

We discuss the inauguration, the Women's March, and Ann's dispatches from DC. CheetoWatch 2017 begins with the global gag order and many other executive terrors. Plus, billionaire preppers get ready for the apocalypse.

Episode 76: New Country, Who Dis?  

It's Ivanka's dad's inauguration day. We discuss the latest Trump family grift, this time from Tiffany Trump and mom Marla Maples, shady inaugural balls, and the relatively celebrity-free festivities. In heavier news, abortion restrictions in Texas have led to the highest maternal mortality rate in the developed world, and more anti-choice policies could be coming soon. In celebrityland, Kim is back on social media, Amina can't be emotionally implicated by Kanye right now, but Selena Gomez and the Weeknd's dumpster-side makeout was paparazzi gold. Plus, a fond farewell to the American Apparel pieces that shepherded us through our early 20s.

Episode 75: You Are Fake News  

It's Ann's birthday week! We ponder decorating dilemmas, too much time spent with institutional racists and Batman villains on cable news, plus the obstinate toddler (aka President-Elect)'s press conference outburst. And, we speak with two organizers of the upcoming Women's March on Washington. More at womensmarch.com

Episode 74: Pump Up 2017  

Happy New Year! We're back and squaring our shoulders for 2017: talking money goals and taking our cues from Oprah and her boo Stedman. Plus we turn to some brilliant women for inspiration. Sex coach Myisha Battle reminds us to take time for pleasure this year. Plus, making creative work, getting politically engaged and staying accountable with arts consultant Beth Pickens.

Out of Office: Happy Holidaze  

We're snacking in our most luxurious loungewear, bingeing TV and reading away from our closets and microphones. Happy holidays, besties. We'll be back after the holiday break.

Episode 73: Year in Review  

We bring you some of the highlights (and lowlights) of 2016: Amina explaining the Kanye-Kardashian-Blac Chyna-Amber Rose octagon, author Rebecca Traister, Whoopi's weed empire for combating period pain, Huma Abedin and our post-election feels. Not to mention the ceaseless gun violence this year. And, some comfort to recall for 2017 from the Joy of Missing Out and the chillout hoodie.

Episode 72: Giving and Gifting  

We respond to listener feedback, talk about our plans for gifts and charitable giving, and share the TV shows and a presidential history podcast that are distracting us from politics.

Episode 71: I Have No Proof  

We're dealing with being cold and tired and extra long distance. Plus answers to listener questions about office politics in a family business, a sisterly dilemma, and the crazy capitalist notion that women should "have it all."

Episode 70: Chosen Family  

We discuss our love of Thanksgiving, namely Friendsgivings, frustrations with Black Friday, and what we're grateful for.

Episode 69: Get Swole  

As we continue to process the election results, we discuss taking your anger out at the gym. Plus, answers to listener questions about the best ways to stay informed and support quality journalism, and how to be an activist with social anxiety.

Episode 68: Rage Phase  

We discuss the results of the presidential election, our tips for self-care and organizations to support, and an action plan for the next four years of Ivanka's dad in the Orange House.

Episode 67: It's Almost Over  

We discuss the presidential race, then take a world tour of feminist news, rag on the men who dropped out of a birth-control study, and what's happening down-ballot with Planned Parenthood Action Fund.

Episode 66: Big League Overladies  

Boycotting Ivanka's businesses. Is it Bigly or Big League? A letter to Trump-loving relatives. This week in menstruation, ancient Romans soaked tampons in opium and a contemporary British teen really doesn't understand how periods work (we don't pee blood, dude). How Amina got Wiki-leaked. And answers to listener questions about hiring women and the friendzone fallacy.

Phone-a-friend: Conventional Desires with Michelle Tea  

Ann and writer Michelle Tea discuss living hard, getting sober, worshipping Stevie Nicks, having mystical breakthroughs, rehashing the female experience, and making peace with conventional desires.

Episode 65: Fifty Shades of Crazy  

We discuss the second presidential debate, Kim Kardashian's robbery and capture ordeal, and on a lighter note, TV and movies we're watching: Fleabag, Queen of Katwe, and the third season of Transparent. Plus, RBG gets it wrong on Colin Kaepernick :/

Phone-a-friend: Tech Realness with Nitasha Tiku  

In this phone-a-friend episode, Amina talks with BuzzFeed New tech writer Nitasha Tiku about Silicon Valley's storytelling prowess, how she dishes up smart and incisive journalism without alienating sensitive tech founders, plus the new TV show Westworld.

Episode 64: Erstwhile Sock Designer  

We discuss the first presidential debate, Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna, the wobbly science of power posing, and positive and negative period news.

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