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Call Your Girlfriend

Ann Friedman and Aminatou Sow

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A podcast for long distance besties everywhere. Co-hosted by BFFs Ann Friedman and Aminatou Sow. Produced by Gina Delvac. Brand new every Friday.
The Future is Yours

28:51 | May 24th

Rose Eveleth of Flash Forward expands our notion of what futurism can be, and how we can pry it away from arch capitalists and tech billionaires.
Episode 111: Hillary

51:25 | Sep 22nd, 2017

Amina talks with Hillary Rodham Clinton about the friends who helped her through her election defeat, how she's resisting, and what's next. Plus, "authenticity" in politics, the Good Wife, and Elena Ferrante. Stay tuned after the interview for the de...Show More
Friends with Babies

52:40 | Aug 16th

Friendships change when people start having kids. Here's how to deal.
Shouting and Sweating in Snake Prints

48:05 | Aug 9th

In vintage CYG fashion, Amina and Ann discuss their Harry Potter houses (as sorted by Gina) and then move on to sadder and more serious subjects: gun violence, a check-in on #MeToo and our love for Toni Morrison.
Marriage vs. Friendship

43:37 | Aug 2nd

The long history of friendship, and how it can be ruined by marriage.
Summer Books 2019

48:49 | Jul 26th

We're reading plays, essays, sci-fi, and YA, including Keah Brown's The Pretty One and Aminah Mae Safi's Tell Me How You Really Feel.

44:10 | Jul 19th

We look back at Girlfriends, Claudia Weill's 1978 film that took women's friendship seriously long before Hollywood was ready to do the same.
Adult Sex Ed

46:59 | Jul 12th

Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about sex and still haven’t learned, even though you’re an adult now.
Body Hair

48:13 | Jul 5th

Body hair! our feelings about it and our practices around it. Removing it, grooming it, loving it, hating it, keeping it.
Pronoun Power

56:17 | Jun 28th

How a functional piece of grammar says so much about the fight for gender equality and better representation for non binary and trans people.
Feminist Memory

53:57 | Jun 21st

Writer and rock critic Jessica Hopper joins us to dig into untold histories of women in arts and music.
Pleasure Activism

57:54 | Jun 14th

adrienne maree brown on how to make activism one of the most pleasurable experiences we can have (hot tubs are okay, too).
Inclusion Ride-or-Die

48:09 | Jun 7th

We discuss legal efforts to extend the #MeToo conversation beyond firing men who behaved badly, and policies that can actually foster more inclusive work environments.
Spring Books 2019

1:10:29 | May 31st

We talk about books we love in genres we don't often cover: poetry, graphic memoir, short stories and essays.
Looks Like We Made It

1:06:59 | May 17th

Look how far we've come, my baby! Celebrating 5 years of this very podcast.
How to Do Nothing

58:31 | May 10th

Artist and writer Jenny Odell tells us how to reclaim our time and attention from smartphones.
Believe Women's Pain! Part II

42:54 | May 3rd

Women's pain is frequently dismissed or underestimated by the medical establishment.
Drunk Patriarchy

44:29 | Apr 26th

We open our topic suggestion box and talk about sobriety, lifehacks, therapy, and friendship with men.
Demystifying Disability

56:25 | Apr 19th

We pass the mic to Kelly Dawson and Emily Ladau, two writers who also both have physical disabilities.
Shine Theory 101

47:08 | Apr 12th

You might have wondered or had a friend ask, what exactly is Shine Theory?
Terrible, Thanks for Asking

54:17 | Apr 5th

We realtalk grief and suffering with Nora McInerny, host of the podcast Terrible, Thanks for Asking, and author of funny-sad books like her latest, No Happy Endings.
Structural Scammers

44:06 | Mar 29th

From parents who buy their children's college admission to political media obsessed with white male candidates, we interrogate the long-running scams of wealth and power all around us.
Real Queer America

39:50 | Mar 22nd

We explore Real Queer America with journalist Samantha Allen.
Businesswoman Special 2: Podcast Millionaires

59:29 | Mar 8th

Aminatou, Ann, and Gina discuss the business of Call Your Girlfriend, LLC in this hyper-transparent check-in.
Pen15 Club

44:27 | Mar 1st

Watching Pen15 on Hulu is giving us all the middle and high school feels.

41:19 | Feb 22nd

We sit down with feminist icon, author, and activist, Gloria Steinem to talk about some the defining friendships of her life.
Boss Ladies

59:34 | Feb 15th

Self employment realtalk: how we went from office workers to freelance to boss ladies.
Winter Books 2019

1:05:21 | Feb 8th

We discuss what's on our bookshelf and talk to authors of some of our favorite recent titles.
Instagram Anxiety

58:19 | Feb 1st

We share our qualms about the social media platforms that ensconce our lives, Instagram in particular.
The death and life of Julie Yip-Williams (sponsored by Pineapple Street Media)

17:09 | Jan 29th

In a special episode sponsored by Pineapple Street Media, we talk with Eleanor Kagan, producer and host of a new podcast, Julie, that explores the extraordinary life and death of Julie Yip-Williams.
The Power of Poetry with Tracy K. Smith

45:11 | Jan 25th

U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith shares her story of finding poetry as an art and a career.
Intimate Secrets

55:59 | Jan 18th

Intimate apparel isn't just for sexy time.
The Women's March (or, why the only drama problem is no drama at all)

59:47 | Jan 11th

We provide context for the dramas that have surround the Women's March and how anger, fear, and hurt can be signals of good movement-building.
Permission Slip 2019

39:27 | Jan 4th

Our yearly kickoff episode in which women we love give you permission to get your best life in 2019.
Top Sheroes of 2018

47:39 | Dec 28th, 2018

We look back at the podcast year that was, including interviews with many of our sheroes: Kamala Harris, Alicia Garza, Stacey Abrams, Cynthia Nixon, and Cecile Richards.
Thank You For Being a Friend

47:37 | Dec 21st, 2018

We listen to some voicemails and talk about the early days of friendship.
Non-Violent Embezzlement Scam

49:13 | Dec 14th, 2018

Bad politics, good accounting, giving back, and scammer nuns.
Delicious Company with Samin Nosrat

53:58 | Dec 7th, 2018

We delight in chatting with our queen of salt, fat, acid, and heat, Samin Nosrat.
Money Money Money

58:45 | Nov 30th, 2018

We put the personal in personal finance.
Rewriting Herstory with Alexis Coe

43:45 | Nov 23rd, 2018

Our favorite herstorian, Alexis Coe, on some of the amazing women she profiles in her new podcast for The Wing, No Man's Land.
Seeking Justice

57:55 | Nov 16th, 2018

Lawyer, reporter, and criminal justice reform advocate Josie Duffy Rice helps us think through the system, beyond our Law and Order: SVU imagination.
Post-Midterm Decompression with LeVar Burton

42:22 | Nov 9th, 2018

We decompress from the midterms and answer listener questions with LeVar Burton.
Fall Books 2018

1:02:08 | Nov 2nd, 2018

We talk with authors of some of our favorite recent books: Nicole Chung, Imani Perry, and Glory Edim.
Secret Shade with Alicia Garza

44:17 | Oct 26th, 2018

Live from San Francisco, we talk with Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza.
A Well-Dressed Monster is Still a Monster

40:40 | Oct 19th, 2018

Elizabeth Warren's DNA test woes, our practical questions about Practical Magic, and Melania's colonial cosplay.
Be a Good Ancestor with Stacey Abrams

51:33 | Oct 12th, 2018

We talk with Stacey Abrams, who could be Georgia's next Governor, and America's first ever black female Governor.
Cute 'n' Dewy (sponsored by Ulta Beauty)

34:31 | Oct 11th, 2018

In a bonus episode sponsored by Ulta Beauty, we take time away from the news and indulge in self-care in the form of skin care.
A Women's Anger with Rebecca Traister

58:58 | Oct 5th, 2018

From #MeToo to Brett Kavanaugh, we have a lot to be mad about. Rebecca Traister is back to discuss her new book exploring the social and historical power of women's anger.
Pay Caregivers Fairly with Ai-jen Poo

43:46 | Sep 28th, 2018

Personal shero and labor innovator Ai-jen Poo joins us to discuss the politics of domestic work. How we can think about and pay for help with children, elders, and housework more fairly and comprehensively.
Give People Money

41:56 | Sep 21st, 2018

Poverty need not exist in the U.S. So what can we do about it? We talk with Annie Lowrey about universal basic income and her deeply reported (and kinda radical) book, Give People Money. Reading List: Tour tickets! Give People Money
Alive with Rage in Q3

50:46 | Sep 14th, 2018

It's Q3 and we're hitting our stride: heading out on tour and really feeling ourselves... enraged. As are some listeners who have written in about recent ad campaigns.We respond to criticism about our ad choices, note pushback against other small wom...Show More
Abuse of Power Comes as No Surprise

46:16 | Sep 7th, 2018

As some of our faves' fave women face charges of abuse and impropriety, we dig into the deeper meaning of #metoo. From feminist critics rushing to the defense of an NYU professor whose texts and emails paint a damning picture of her relationship with...Show More
White Fragility

59:28 | Aug 31st, 2018

Let's talk about race, baby, and what white people really mean when they say they don't see it. Whether it's willful ignorance about collective racial identity or an unexpectedly defensive flare-up from someone who claims to be progressive or an inte...Show More
Midterm Madness

59:02 | Aug 24th, 2018

Remember that November 9th feeling? We'd like to move in the other direction, so we're donating money, making calls, and shining a light on the people we'd like to see in office instead. We talk with with state-level candidates we're supporting: Cynt...Show More
Friendship Dilemmas

50:36 | Aug 17th, 2018

Amina and Ann are writing a book! It's a memoir-manifesto called Big Friendship, and, as we kick off the writing process we're answering some of your friendship questions. Friendships where privilege gets in the way. Friendships where one of you has ...Show More

44:15 | Aug 10th, 2018

Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) joins us to discuss her policy goals and accomplishments. She believes there is room for optimism even in Ivanka’s dad’s America. Plus, her yes vote on SESTA, safety for sex workers, and why addressing race is a national ...Show More
Internet Outrage Part 2: Millennial Money

38:34 | Aug 3rd, 2018

We love a money diary, even if the internet hated a recent one in Refinery29 about a marketing intern who makes $25/hour and has significant family support to afford her life. In the interest of transparency, we get real about how much we make, where...Show More
Internet Outrage Part 1: Privacy

40:04 | Jul 27th, 2018

Shouldn't we all have a personal code for how we internet? Through the mini saga of plane bae, how we're conditioned to indulge in hetero-patriarchal fantasies. When internet fascination turns to outrage, no surprise, women pay the price. TV networks...Show More
Around the World in Feminist News

49:21 | Jul 20th, 2018

We step back from Cheeto-induced chaos in the U.S. and take a global view. Protests at the World Cup in Russia. The politics of globalization and migration on and off the pitch. In China, the government is cracking down on women organizing online. In...Show More

52:55 | Jul 13th, 2018

Everybody poops and we're finally talking about it all: Period poops. The pleasure of getting regular. Checking your stool as an indicator of health. Eliminating poop shame and stigma. The pleasure of the bidet. And Dr. Susan Stryker on the unnatural...Show More
Summer Books 2018

57:36 | Jul 6th, 2018

We're at the library, on the beach, and by the pool with our noses in books/kindles. And you know we're all about the stories that share and expand on women's experiences. This week we hear from Jessica Knoll about The Favorite Sister, her novel full...Show More
Supreme Agony

46:32 | Jun 29th, 2018

After a week of upheaval in legal doctrine, the Supreme Court issued another shocking decision: Justice Anthony Kennedy is stepping down. Legal writer (and icon) Dahlia Lithwick explains why Kennedy has never been a centrist, reviews some of the land...Show More
Vote, Protest, Listen to Beyonce

47:02 | Jun 22nd, 2018

Donate, Protest, Midterm Elections is the new Gym, Tan, Laundry. Let's move from shock and despair at Ivanka's dad's inhumane immigration policy to reading history and taking action. The white women who defend Trump (and still get burned). Delightfu...Show More
Buffet of Horrors

46:43 | Jun 15th, 2018

Remember when the question was, let me know when this administration gets really bad? Welcome to this week, especially for immigrants. We rage and discuss options for supporting people who are likely affected in your local community. Plus, loving way...Show More
A Taxonomy of Scammers

54:12 | Jun 8th, 2018

"The scam economy is entering its baroque phase." From Ponzi schemes to fake royals to imposters in the tech and wellness space, our guide to scammers both amusing and insidious. Common grifters and their scams:Fake royals: Anna Delvey, fake-German...Show More
Hot Bods

49:06 | Jun 1st, 2018

(Hint: you're already in one.) We talk about all the ways we’re feeling good in our bodies this summer; why body positivity is about working to make the world better for ALL kinds of bodies, not just your own; our favorite instagram accounts from peo...Show More
The Glass Shovel Brigade

50:08 | May 25th, 2018

We let our aggressive word nerd selves out to play. Why the Glass Cliff is an imperfect metaphor for women who get promoted after men fail (glass shovel, anyone?). Al Franken and what's next for #metoo men. Plus, your questions: is it okay to call a ...Show More
Under His Iowa

41:29 | May 18th, 2018

Hey girl, we're furious and saddened about, well, a lot actually. First, that former New York AG and public feminist (TM) Eric Schneiderman has abused multiple women. Meanwhile in Iowa, that "fetal heartbeat" bill is really an abortion ban, intended ...Show More
The Wind in Your Hair

37:43 | May 11th, 2018

With so much attention on Iran this week, we look at daily life for women. Iranian journalist Masih Alinejad joins us to discuss her campaign against compulsory hijab. Plus, how Western feminists and politicians can be better allies to women in Iran....Show More
Hey Ladies

53:46 | May 4th, 2018

Wedding season is in full swing. Michelle Markowitz and Caroline Moss join us to discuss their book Hey Ladies, which chronicles the (fictional) emails among 8 BFFs in amid bachelorette party planning and wedding madness. We share our loves and gripe...Show More
That Don't Impress Me Much

57:37 | Apr 27th, 2018

We discuss the fears black customers face in stores and coffee shops (white people stop calling the cops!) Thank you to everyone who's been #bleedin4Amina, no thank you forever to human housecat Jonathan Chait's opinions about female politicians, and...Show More
Ask A Man

59:17 | Apr 20th, 2018

We're taking 420 off to get stoned, but fear not, some of our favorite men are here to answer questions from listeners and some of ours, including: Why aren't men funny? Why are men so emotional all the goddamn time? And, can men have it all? The Me...Show More
Spring Books

59:56 | Apr 13th, 2018

A deep dive into some of the new books we're most excited about, with a focus on nonfiction: Brotopia by Emily Chang, Just the Funny Parts by Nell Scovell and Your Art Will Save Your Life by Beth Pickens. Reading List: Brotopia: Breaking Up the Bo...Show More
Hot and Bothered with Cecile Richards

54:20 | Apr 6th, 2018

We're together in NYC with the iconic Cecile Richards. Cecile is the president of Planned Parenthood, and announced earlier this year that she's stepping down. She tells us why she's leaving, how she felt after testifying before Congress for nearly f...Show More
Cult Leader Goals

49:55 | Mar 30th, 2018

Stormy Daniels: politician, credible source, savvy scammer. Wild Wild Country is our new cult obsession. (Doesn't Amina have the makings of a good cult leader?) Learning new languages as an adult and we're still Bleedin' 4 Amina and discovering an in...Show More
Beautiful Black Bobsledders sponsored by P&G

53:03 | Mar 29th, 2018

Amina talks race, friendship and competition with U.S. bobsledders Aja Evans, Elana Meyers-Taylor & Kehri Jones in a bonus episode brought to you by P&G's My Black is is Beautiful.
Asking for Help

51:44 | Mar 23rd, 2018

Good and bad looks from RBG and Ivanka, respectively. The New York Times and National Geographic are reckoning with their legacies of racism and sexism in very different ways. A digression into Game of Thrones, Age of Adaline and the very dimply Mich...Show More
Third Eye Wide Open

59:31 | Mar 16th, 2018

Slump days, ethical travel, and the dominatrix who makes her clients read black feminist theory. Sex workers say a bill meant to stop child trafficking would do more harm than good. Artist Patti Maciesz is invoicing her reps for all her unpaid work: ...Show More
Millennial Pinkwashing

49:19 | Mar 9th, 2018

Shine Theory, millennial pinkwashing, and intellectual property in the internet age. Plus, women-only spaces for profit and for community. ***** Shine Theory / millennial pinkwashing Appropriation in fashion IP in the internet age Jaclyn Friedm...Show More
Believe Women's Pain!

59:43 | Mar 2nd, 2018

Cramps, hysterectomies and the quest to make doctor's believe women's pain. An update from Amina about her cancer journey. Our #bleedin4amina blood drives start this month. Mike Pence's abortion delusions. Parkland teens are amazing. What if Black L...Show More
Bi Bi Bi

1:03:02 | Feb 23rd, 2018

Gina takes over the host seat to discuss bisexuality. First, professor and psychologist Jennifer Vencill's research on health, sexual satisfaction, and feelings of invisibility that can affect bisexual people. Plus, writer Catie Disabato on the word ...Show More
The Ladyweb

58:00 | Feb 16th, 2018

There's so much to female friendship, and it extends far beyond a single bestie bond. When best friend is a category, a whole web of relationships develops. We discuss how to navigate the challenges that can arise between your friend and her friends....Show More
You New in Town?

42:50 | Feb 9th, 2018

We say yes to new friends, sharing suggestions for moving to a new city, finding your feet after a breakup, and being a good bestie when your relationship is about to go long-distance.
Morgan Jerkins: Ruthlessly Herself

51:55 | Feb 2nd, 2018

We discuss finding your voice and power, particularly as a black woman, with Morgan Jerkins. Her essay collection, This Will Be My Undoing, is out this week. Part memoir, it's a real time exploration of living through your 20s. Plus, Morgan shares he...Show More
Cameron Esposito!

1:00:00 | Jan 26th, 2018

From standup comedy and her #1 iTunes album, to her Queery podcast and yet-to-be-disclosed return to TV, Cameron Esposito is killing the comedy game. She and Ann swap stories of growing up Catholic in the Midwest, being a woman on the internet, and m...Show More
My Favorite Scammer, Wendi Deng

1:03:18 | Jan 19th, 2018

Our favorite scammer Wendi Deng Murdoch is back, and possibly a spy? A contraception app scammed its way into regulators' hearts. Kim's baby is here & DJ Khaled is repping Weight Watchers. CVS is banning photoshop. And, our feelings about the backlas...Show More
Hollywood Cheapskates

49:19 | Jan 12th, 2018

Amina revisits Jacques Cousteau. We wanted hoverboards & underwater living, an end to racism and sexism, but all we got were these lousy scoop chips. Awards Season headscratching. Hollywood struggles to figure out feminism. Woody Allen is still worki...Show More

49:09 | Jan 5th, 2018

Take that new year energy and boost your accountability, activism, emotional health and career goals with advice from some very wise women. Featuring Sabrina Hersi Issa, Sister District co-founder Lyzz Schwegler, friend of the podcast Virgie Tovar, a...Show More
Best of CYG 2017

44:57 | Dec 29th, 2017

This was ~quite~ a year, but we had some favorite moments, too. From talking to some of our sheroes (HRC! Margaret Atwood! Ellen Pao!) to special coverage of pelvic health and women running for office. Plus, some of our favorite podcasters who lent u...Show More
Top Shelf 2017

55:22 | Dec 22nd, 2017

We share our favorite movies, TV shows, podcasts and music of the year. Lean back and hang out as we discuss only good stuff.
Sweatpants and Casseroles

43:36 | Dec 15th, 2017

Feminism is Webster's word of the year. We discuss our all-time favorite Christmas movies, including Elf, the Holiday, White Christmas and more. Yeah, it's super cozy as we're lounging in new sweatpants and trying all the NYT casserole recipes. Plus,...Show More
So Much Drama

45:23 | Dec 8th, 2017

Amina shares some personal news. And so much drama at the federal level: the Muslim ban is back, undocumented immigrants could soon lose Obama-era legal protections, and the tax bill is still a nightmare. Plus, a cakemaking bigot doesn't seem like a ...Show More
Winter Books

1:03:45 | Dec 1st, 2017

We take a break from the news to discuss some of our favorite books in 2017. Featuring guests Jasmine Guillory (The Wedding Date - coming in January), Carmen Maria Machado (Her Body and Other Parties) and Jaclyn Friedman (Unscrewed).

51:02 | Nov 24th, 2017

When the beat drops (an IUD out of your body). The attack on health care, education and reproductive freedom bill known as tax reform. Love for journalists Rebecca Traister, Laura McGann and women speaking up against powerful men. Plus, why this #met...Show More
She Won

59:20 | Nov 17th, 2017

Women winning in politics! Featuring good post-election news out of Virginia, Minnesota, Montana, Kansas, and elsewhere, and interviews with New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and Mass. Rep. Katherine Clark about how they won their early races and ...Show More
Feminist Dystopia

1:02:14 | Nov 10th, 2017

Are women today already living a dystopia? Ann talks with Margaret Atwood, author of the Handmaid's Tale and many other novels, realistic and speculative. Plus, the ACLU's Brigitte Amiri on real-life anti-choice action on the federal, state and local...Show More
Pantsuits to Lawsuits

1:17:07 | Nov 3rd, 2017

Gretchen Carlson was the Fox News anchor whose complaint eventually got Roger Ailes fired. Venture capitalist Ellen Pao sued her former employer, Kleiner Perkins, for discrimination and harassment. She didn't win the case, but it began the unmasking ...Show More
Loophole Women

34:18 | Oct 27th, 2017

We need more women and people of color in the inspirational quote game. More on Weinstein's enablers. Loophole women and trashing. In posi news, middle school girls are doing great things: writing political plays performed by Hollywood stars and inve...Show More
Tip of the Creep Iceberg

52:27 | Oct 20th, 2017

Harvey Weinstein, his enablers, and #metoo. Amina is in Belgium, en route back to the USA. California recognizes a third gender. A street named Rihanna. And a strategy for singing along to your favorite songs (omitting one particular word).

52:16 | Oct 13th, 2017

Fresh off our annual retreat, we're tackling our 2018 goals and you can, too. Plus, our dear friends at Who? Weekly, Lindsey Weber and Bobby Finger, read the tabloids and fill us in on some of the celebs you've never heard of so you don't even have t...Show More
Political Bodies, Part 2 (featuring She's All Fat)

50:11 | Oct 6th, 2017

Amina and Anndiego on the move. April and Sophie of the new podcast She's All Fat share a primer on body positivity (so much more than feeling good about your bod) and diet culture. And a deep dive on Oprah's long struggle-obsession with dieting.
Episode 112: Political Bodies, Part 1 (featuring Good Muslim Bad Muslim)

45:38 | Sep 29th, 2017

Jessamyn Stanley tells us why yoga is for every body. And Taz and Zahra from Good Muslim Bad Muslim share recent awkward encounters with "can you answer this on behalf of all Muslims?" body questions.
Episode 110: Sexual Journey

47:15 | Sep 15th, 2017

We answer your questions about embarking on a sexual journey, finding ethically sourced plus sized clothing, and trapdoors of racism, sexism, and white lady blindness in relationships.
Episode 109: Pelvic Power

1:05:43 | Sep 8th, 2017

Do you wish you had a feminist health care provider? What about a body positive experience at the gynecologist, or relief from pain, shame and stigma? Our pelvic health-stravaganza is here at last. A primer on medical literacy and pelvic health with ...Show More
Episode 108: Bloody Prince Charles

48:48 | Sep 1st, 2017

Diana, remembered. Kim in Interview Magazine (and North's first cover). How politicians, royals and celebrities spin the media. Where are the boundaries between public and private life? Plus, Houston relief efforts, the women who faked a male co-foun...Show More
Episode 107: Summer of Aggravation

51:11 | Aug 25th, 2017

Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah's wrenching story about terrorist Dylann Roof. This Week in Menstruation: a woman fired from her job because of her heavy periods is suing her former employer. Zadie Smith goes after contouring. Aminatou talks to Nilofer Merchan...Show More
Episode 106: Can't Believe We're Talking About Nazis (and She Sheds)

46:14 | Aug 18th, 2017

Do you need a safe space to digest the white supremacist terror in Charlottesville? We got you. But hold up, do you need some counter programming to get away from the Nazis and racists? We won't look if you jump ahead to 26:25 for carefree conversati...Show More
Episode 105: <<Censored>>

55:18 | Aug 11th, 2017

Overnight oats, heartbreak on The Bachelorette and GoT is finally good. Why the upcoming series Confederate, claims of censorship, and the Google memo are all bogus. Plus, listener feedback on debt, mental illness and housing. And a new segment, Ask ...Show More
Episode 104: How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

53:59 | Aug 4th, 2017

How to lose a Mooch in 10 days. Shoutout to the women Senators who stopped the repeal of Obamacare. Cheeto Watch: the White House commission on opioids comes up with a surprising recommendation (fund Medicaid!), Barron Trump's cyber genius didn't sto...Show More
Episode 103: Straight Scam Express

45:44 | Jul 28th, 2017

In an extended Cheeto Watch: Ivanka's dad shares strange stories with the Boy Scouts, attempts to kick valiant transgender servicemembers out of the military all while John McCain and GOP senators try their 'skinny' repeal of Obamacare. In happier ne...Show More
Episode 102: Just Awful

56:07 | Jul 21st, 2017

This week in menstruation: science says period brain is not a thing and Scotland provides period products for all, for free. The obituaries of Meechy Monroe and Frances Gabe. In just awful news: R. Kelly, predator. Sexual harassment and racism in sci...Show More
Episode 101: She's Running

59:49 | Jul 14th, 2017

In the second installment of our series on women running for office, we hear from first time candidates. Laura Moser is entering the race for Texas's 7th Congressional district. Molly Sheehan is award-winning scientist with a PhD in biochemistry and ...Show More
Episode 100: Voter Oppression

50:15 | Jul 7th, 2017

Let America vote! This Cheeto Watch we explore voter suppression efforts coming from the White House. Better news in Ireland, where Women for Election is working to right gender imbalances in government. Meal kits, cooking, and gendered expectations ...Show More
Episode 99: Federal Gaslighting / Wow Wow Wow

55:40 | Jun 30th, 2017

Getting names right isn't so hard. Bad policy from the White House and Senate on health care. At the state level, Missouri's new restrictions on birth control in the workplace. In happier news, Rihanna has a new boo, Serena looks amazing in a caftan,...Show More
Episode 98: No Convictions

58:01 | Jun 23rd, 2017

Ann's reporting trip to the Midwest and an actually great conference Amina attended. The politics of the Bachelorette. Why Megyn Kelly is the worst. A Wonder Woman breakdown. When Ivanka met Cecile Richards. And when powerful men don't get convicted ...Show More
Episode 97: The Pursuit of Female Pleasure

43:11 | Jun 16th, 2017

Two books all about women & pleasure: from a political stance, Jill Filipovic and Amina discuss how a feminist rewrite of policy would center women's happiness, not merely struggling toward equality in a white male driven world. Then, Ann talks with ...Show More
Episode 96: See You on the Ballot

59:37 | Jun 9th, 2017

Have you ever considered running for office? Do you know a friend who should? In the first of a two-part special, we're talking about building the infrastructure to encourage women to enter all sorts of races: Congress, yes, but also your city counci...Show More
Episode 95: A Scammer's Scammer

55:26 | Jun 2nd, 2017

Our new line of merch is open for pre-order and tickets are selling fast for our July 16 show in Philly. Gender differences in obituaries, intergenerational friendships, and Joyce Wadler, our fave NYT columnist you've never heard of. Plus, what's Hil...Show More
Episode 94: Wear Sunscreen

50:26 | May 26th, 2017

Come see us live in Philly. Listen to Amina's new podcast, On She Goes. Ruth Ann Harnisch and many more goosebump inducing, wise women are our sheroes. A hot Keanu update. Get your SPF ready for summer. Plus, Cheeto Watch: Ivanka isn't doing much to ...Show More
Episode 93: Romp and Circumstance

43:30 | May 19th, 2017

It's our third podcasting anniversary! Online shopping as a form of therapy. The RompHim, a romper for men. Cheeto Watch: flamin' hot mess edition. Plus, more book recommendations, and our upcoming live show in Philly.
Episode 92: Spring Book Break

59:56 | May 12th, 2017

We pause on a week of WTF political news, seeking refuge in the printed word. We discuss Madame President: The Extraordinary Journey of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf by Helene Cooper; Isadora by Amelia Gray; Grace and the Fever by Zan Romanoff; and Startup: ...Show More
Episode 91: Class Warfare

47:02 | May 5th, 2017

A billion dollar businesswoman's hotel idea. Don't let Ja Rule plan your vacation. Don't let Ivanka Trump write a book about working women. And don't let her dad gut Michelle Obama's support for girls education. Plus, listener questions about what to...Show More
Episode 90: So Many Moans

43:28 | Apr 28th, 2017

A body-positive pelvic exam, taking deep breaths and scam-worthy medical bills. Ivanka is getting (some) hard questions in Berlin. Leave Chelsea Clinton alone. PE class was weird. Astronaut Peggy broke the record for longest time spent in space. And ...Show More
Episode 89: The Indignities of Being a Woman

53:16 | Apr 21st, 2017

Amina's newfound love of Broadway and Ann's woeful experience of being bodyshamed at the gyno. Politics around the world: there's an election coming up in the UK, Justin Trudeau is a climate scammer and Trump's executive order on the EPA is open for ...Show More
Episode 88: Businesswoman Special

1:01:25 | Apr 14th, 2017

We go behind the scenes into the business of making this very podcast, from its zero-revenue start in 2014, to how (and how much) money we make today.
Episode 87: Shook, For Real

39:33 | Apr 7th, 2017

4/6/17 - DIY consumer protection and paint selection. Millennial men are not that interested in equitable relationships, apparently. This week in menstruation, Italy is considering paid menstrual leave, plus a very important reference book about cerv...Show More
Episode 86: Cheeto Watch

53:15 | Mar 31st, 2017

Desperate times call for DIY home upgrades and a full episode of Cheeto Watch. Paul Ryan is gross. Javanka are up to no good, as usual. Angela Merkel, we feel your pain. Tips on tracking legislation in the states and a Congressional seat battle in Ge...Show More
Episode 85: This is Capitalism, Baby

52:54 | Mar 24th, 2017

Neil Gorsuch's Supreme Court confirmation hearings. Human going-out-top and 24 year-old conservative Tomi Lahren facing blowback after supporting abortion rights on The View. Prominent women CEOs of startups are in hot water. But that's nothing compa...Show More
Episode 84: Ur Fave is Problematic

49:47 | Mar 17th, 2017

How we spent the strike on International Women's Day. We answer listener questions about critically reading feminist thinkers, and keeping up on abortion rights laws. CheetoWatch: what's Kellyanne up to? Representative Steve King and other racist lia...Show More
Episode 83: Obama Glow Up

50:05 | Mar 10th, 2017

How did you spend International Women's Day? Thoughts on women's labor strikes of the '70s and now. Study shows that men are more aggro in the Trump era. Brief thoughts on La Croix, post-presidency Barack and the best wealthy communities for thriftin...Show More
Episode 82: It's a Trap!

50:12 | Mar 3rd, 2017

'90s icons return: Amina discovers the sexiness of Keanu Reeves & there's a a new ::fire emoji:: Calvin Klein campaign featuring the cast of Moonlight. This week in menstruation, that labia glue to stop period flow you heard about? It's a real patent...Show More
Episode 81: Six Pleats None the Richer

56:42 | Feb 24th, 2017

An update on the LOL assassins. Amina saw 50 Shades Darker. A pubic hair digression. Dr. Willie J. Parker is an American hero. The wild world of anti-choice legislation coming to state legislatures near you. The books we're reading, the Golden Girls ...Show More
Episode 80: Drop the Ball

44:24 | Feb 17th, 2017

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...Show More
Episode 79: She Persisted

53:28 | Feb 10th, 2017

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, impecca...Show More
Episode 78: Bey-eus Ex Machina

49:46 | Feb 3rd, 2017

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 l...Show More
Episode 77: Executive Disorder

51:07 | Jan 27th, 2017

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?

52:34 | Jan 20th, 2017

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 h...Show More
Episode 75: You Are Fake News

46:46 | Jan 13th, 2017

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...Show More
Episode 74: Pump Up 2017

55:54 | Jan 6th, 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...Show More
Out of Office: Happy Holidaze

01:01 | Dec 23rd, 2016

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

52:15 | Dec 16th, 2016

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...Show More
Episode 72: Giving and Gifting

55:47 | Dec 9th, 2016

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

34:01 | Dec 2nd, 2016

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

41:19 | Nov 25th, 2016

We discuss our love of Thanksgiving, namely Friendsgivings, frustrations with Black Friday, and what we're grateful for.
Episode 69: Get Swole

40:30 | Nov 18th, 2016

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

48:43 | Nov 10th, 2016

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

48:53 | Nov 4th, 2016

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

48:16 | Oct 28th, 2016

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 ...Show More
Phone-a-friend: Conventional Desires with Michelle Tea

45:15 | Oct 21st, 2016

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

46:19 | Oct 14th, 2016

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

46:49 | Oct 7th, 2016

In this phone-a-friend episode, Amina talks with BuzzFeed News 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 West...Show More
Episode 64: Erstwhile Sock Designer

49:31 | Sep 30th, 2016

We discuss the first presidential debate, Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna, the wobbly science of power posing, and positive and negative period news.
Phone-a-friend: Doreen St. Félix

50:40 | Sep 23rd, 2016

Aminatou chats IRL with Doreen St. Félix, brilliant MTV News writer and co-host of the podcast Speed Dial to discuss black excellence, the beautiful upcoming film, Moonlight, their real ages, and the many TV shows they're watching this fall.
Episode 63: Everything We Disdain

43:32 | Sep 16th, 2016

Illnesses real and imagined, Congress linked Zika to Planned Parenthood and is funding neither, Bakeoff's bad move, Ivanka's dad's faux-empowerment tour. On a happier note, Shine Theory at the White House and among female bonobos.
Episode 62: Women-Only Weed Utopia

33:52 | Sep 9th, 2016

We slay our inbox with answers your questions about dealing with an abstinent boyfriend, a weed industry woman asks how to manage men. Plus, Single with Sexy Dreams, being a jerk is not being assertive, and a casual friend who leans too hard in their...Show More
Episode 61: Rumors and Creeps

43:46 | Sep 2nd, 2016

From our self-care retreat in Palm Springs, we chat IRL about Hillary conspiracy theories and invent some of our own about Ivanka's dad. Debating which heads of state and aging celebrities we'd kick out of bed. Creep news, from Johnny Depp to Nate Pa...Show More
Episode 60: Lady Villain

38:17 | Aug 26th, 2016

From our live show in Los Angeles, Shine Theory and black excellence at the Olympics and our new segment, What's Wendi Up To. Brooklyn Nine-Nine's Stephanie Beatriz returns with her BFF Courtney Kocak. Plus, we answer a 23 year-old listener's questio...Show More
Self-Care PSA

02:03 | Aug 19th, 2016

Happy Friday! We're in the pool in Palm Springs this week. Take a listen for our podcast recommendations while we're away. Back next week with the episode we recorded live at the Ace Theatre in Downtown LA.
Episode 59: (Don't) Hoard Money

44:31 | Aug 12th, 2016

We divulge some of our struggles around shopping and spending. How can you be an ethical consumer? At long last we launch the CYG shop and introduce our merch maven Caroline Knowles. And, independent artist and designer Tuesday Bassen on how Zara rip...Show More
Episode 58: Summer Bookstravagaza

46:56 | Aug 5th, 2016

Amina and Ann share their book recommendations for the summer. Plus interviews with two kickass feminist authors named Jess. Jessica Valenti's memoir Sex Object is on the New York Times bestseller list. And Jessica Bennett's funny manual for avoiding...Show More
Phone-a-friend: Convention Wisdom with Jorge Rivas

51:59 | Jul 29th, 2016

Post-DNC, Amina and Ann recap Michelle's perfect speech and HIllary's historic nomination. Ann sits down IRL with journalist Jorge Rivas to discuss his time at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, and his work writing about race, gender, ...Show More
Episode 57: Make America Smell Great Again

45:14 | Jul 22nd, 2016

We discuss signature fragrances, chic cults, Ivanka's dad's running mate and his wife's novelty business. Plus, Kim Kardashian's CVS-length receipts.
Episode 56: Don't Shoot

1:03:42 | Jul 15th, 2016

In a special episode, we reflect on America's gun violence epidemic, speak with CYG listeners who own guns, hear from advocates working to reform gun laws, and from Lucia McBath, whose teenage son Jordan Davis was shot and killed by a white stranger ...Show More
Phone-a-friend: Midwest Diva Power Hour with Katie Blair

42:52 | Jul 8th, 2016

We discuss what it's like to be a bleeding-heart liberal political activist in a red state, the stretchy joys of being a midwest diva, and planning a big gay heartland wedding.
Episode 55: American Grifters

42:07 | Jul 1st, 2016

We discuss hot hot hot Supreme Court decisions, affirmative action and white women, free pads and tampons in New York!, Hillz and Elizabeth Warren, and Brexit.
Phone-a-friend: Cameron Russell, woke model

33:20 | Jun 24th, 2016

Amina calls model and climate advocate Cameron Russell to discuss her time at the Paris Climate talks, what's on her Kindle, and balancing her dual identities in fashion and activism.
Episode 54: I'm Every Woman

59:13 | Jun 17th, 2016

From the United State of Women Summit in Washington, DC, we talk about black girl magic, pro-choice fashion, tech safety tips for abuse survivors and Oprah and Michelle Obama's friendship. Plus, conversations with Valerie Jarrett, Renee Bracey-Sherma...Show More
Episode 53: Worst Advice

43:44 | Jun 10th, 2016

We discuss Hillary Clinton's historic nomination, when Amina met Kim, men getting vulnerable, the period ad that shows real blood, defining home, and a question about a never-ending internship.
Phone-a-friend: Ashly Perez

43:22 | Jun 3rd, 2016

Amina calls BuzzFeed Violet video queen Ashly Perez to discuss Oprah, being highly visible as a woman on the internet, why all TV should be bingeable and Ashly's scripted series, You Do You.
Episode 52: Vegan Bernie Madoff

42:22 | May 27th, 2016

We COMPLAIN and discuss laugh therapy, why the pope is to blame for fake periods, incompetent men, Ivanka's dad's $60,000 weave, and the vegan Bernie Madoff.
Episode 51: Birthday Suit

39:42 | May 20th, 2016

Happy birthday CYG! It's our second anniversary and we're (still) celebrating Blac Chyna, (still) fearing menstrual sponges, and sending shine to our listeners and guests.
Episode 50: Joy of Missing Out

37:38 | May 13th, 2016

We tackle listener questions about bestie drama, internet FOMO, calling your doctor, and a high-pitched vocal dilemma.
Episode 49: SHE ILL

47:36 | May 6th, 2016

We discuss Lemonade, scamming, the Met Gala, period activism going mainstream, Melania (aka Ivanka's stepmom), election season self-care, and child-free icons.
Episode 48: Let's Have Another Round

51:53 | Apr 29th, 2016

In a special four-way crossover episode with Another Round, we discuss the latest on Ivanka's dad, is the Pope a Bernie bro? And cis dudes experience periods for themselves (sorta). Then, Another Round hosts Heben and Tracy share their podcast love s...Show More
Phone-a-friend: con artist expert Maria Konnikova

32:00 | Apr 22nd, 2016

In this phone-a-friend edition, Ann calls journalist Maria Konnikova to talk about con artists, psychopaths, catfishing and her book The Confidence Game.
Episode 47: All The Power Ladies, Live

1:01:05 | Apr 15th, 2016

From our live show in DC, we talk with Maryland Rep. Donna Edwards about her run for the Senate. Hot topics: how to rate the very nice Uber driver who almost killed you, the newest Kardashian, and Hillary's liaBILLity. Then, Amina talks with tech pow...Show More
Episode 46: Period Piece

49:19 | Apr 8th, 2016

We discuss futuristic tampons, weed as a cramp remedy, menstrual leave from work, and so much more.
Episode 45: Right Hand Woman

57:05 | Apr 1st, 2016

We talk with Huma Abedin, longtime Hillary Clinton strategist, aide, and Vice Chair of her 2016 presidential campaign about having her emails and private life made public, Hillary's record on abortion rights, and what Bill might do as First Dude. A l...Show More
Episode 44: Comfort Hoodie

41:53 | Mar 25th, 2016

Millennial anxiety: the terrifying risk of falling into poverty, rude people, naked selfies and empowerment. Period euphemisms, both intended and accidental. What happens when women join formerly male-dominated professions. And introducing the chillo...Show More
Phone-a-friend: Smitten Kitchen's Deb Perelman

39:20 | Mar 18th, 2016

Ann calls Smitten Kitchen creator Deb Perelman to learn about her favorite recipes and the hustle of cooking and writing for the internet, home-cooked meals as a creative pastime and the chocolate cake that can ease menstrual woes.
Live from LA! with Rebecca Traister

47:31 | Mar 11th, 2016

We discuss the Supreme Court's "red hot feminists" and ending the tampon tax. Rebecca Traister shares from her new book All the Single Ladies, including the brief history of single women in America and the origin story of Amina and Ann.
Phone-a-friend: illustrator Wendy MacNaughton

50:42 | Mar 4th, 2016

In this phone-a-friend edition, Ann calls up Wendy MacNaughton, illustrator, visual journalist, and all around badass to talk about freelancing, collaborating, career changes, procrastination and documenting San Francisco through drawing.
Live from SF! and Melinda Gates

40:08 | Feb 26th, 2016

From our live event in San Francisco, we discuss Scalia's death, period pain, and what's up with Kanye. Virgie Tovar's tips for surviving the diet-pocalypse. And Melinda Gates on the toll of unpaid labor and Bill's reaction to "Formation."
Episode 43: Gold Stars Forever

53:02 | Feb 19th, 2016

We're jam-packed with advice from business-minded ladies: Claire Mazur and Erica Cerulo, cofounders and bestiepreneurs at Of a Kind on running a creative partnership. And we answer listener questions about receiving feedback at work and finding your ...Show More
Phone-a-friend: Jenna Wortham

47:28 | Feb 12th, 2016

In this phone-a-friend edition, Amina calls up core bestie and bruja Jenna Wortham to discuss movies to cry to on airplanes, potions, and Sex and the City. Not to mention key mixtapes, whether JK Rowling is woke, and post-Presidency life for the Obam...Show More
Episode 42: Twitter Ninja

47:11 | Feb 5th, 2016

Podcasting in facemasks, we've got a news rapid fire, including the all-lady Congress during DC's snowstorm. This week in menstruation, would you try a marijuana suppository to cure cramps? Amina as internet investigator with deep background on Kanye...Show More
Phone-a-friend: Lose Hate Not Weight with Virgie Tovar

45:08 | Jan 29th, 2016

In this phone-a-friend edition, Ann calls author, fashion-forward and body positive activist Virgie Tovar. She shares her journey from happily jiggling kid to starvation-obsessed college student, to happy and healthy Virgie of today.
Episode 41: Too Woke

35:16 | Jan 22nd, 2016

An update on Y'all Qaeda. Ivanka endorses her dad and we seek an unassailable Trump. Sean Penn's soul patch is so gross but El Chapo's shirt is amazing. Plus, the Great British Bakeoff, our brief Bravolebrity moment and January gift problems.
Phone-a-friend: K-drama with Dodai Stewart

31:48 | Jan 15th, 2016

For this week's phone-a-friend edition of Call Your Girlfriend, Amina calls up A++ lady and writer Dodai Stewart to talk about their mutual love of all things korean: k drama, k pop, tony moly face masks. Plus, personal dramas and mishaps on Tinder.
Episode 40: Our Top Female Blowhard

50:35 | Jan 8th, 2016

We discuss Amina's contempt for New Year's resolutions, winter sports, Oregon's snack-happy militia, a black woman's hilarious trolling of her rude white coworker, and Fox News' Megyn Kelly. Plus, CYG listeners raised $30k for ZanaAfrica and philanth...Show More
Phone-a-Friend: Shani Hilton of BuzzFeed News

33:48 | Jan 1st, 2016

Happy New Year! In this phone-a-friend edition, Amina calls content queen Shani Hilton to discuss houseplants, why the workplace is still not ready for black women's ambition (ugh) and BuzzFeed's coverage of HBCUs and unjust fines in Texas. Plus, Ami...Show More
Episode 39: Ask Polly

52:19 | Dec 25th, 2015

It's Christmas! In this phone-a-friend episode, Ann talks with writer Heather Havrilesky about her existential advice column Ask Polly, making friends on the internet and how we can improve our advice-giving.
Phone-a-friend: Tavi Gevinson

27:34 | Dec 18th, 2015

For this week's phone-a-friend edition of Call Your Girlfriend, Amina calls up amazing human, Editor-in-Chief of Rookie Magazine and your favorite lady's lady crush, Tavi Gevinson to discuss Rookie Yearbook 4, TV, besties, winter coping tips and so m...Show More
Episode 38: U. R. Just The Best

37:42 | Dec 11th, 2015

We discuss why Ivanka Trump's dad is so embarrassing, our recommended end-of-year donation, what to do when you're jealous of your bestie, and why Sen. Barbara Mikulski writes the best emails.
Phone-a-friend: Brooklyn Nine-Nine's Stephanie Beatriz

40:31 | Dec 4th, 2015

For this week's phone-a-friend edition of Call Your Girlfriend, Amina calls top Hollywood bae, Stephanie Beatriz who plays the no-nonsense, leather-jacket wearing Rosa Diaz on Brooklyn Nine-Nine to discuss shine theory, how she got into acting, her f...Show More
Episode 37: Thanksgiving Warriors

44:30 | Nov 27th, 2015

We discuss the Thanksgiving we spent in an Albertson's parking lot in Rancho Cucamonga, neighborly racism, and some podcast-on-podcast Shine Theory. Plus! A conversation with Rebecca Traister about our endless Hillary fascination.
Phone-a-friend: Marisa Meltzer's favorite things

26:14 | Nov 20th, 2015

Amina calls core lady and top-notch writer Marisa Meltzer to talk about Instagram models, rooftop seduction, and their holiday gift obsessions.
Episode 36: Deliciously Filthy

43:39 | Nov 13th, 2015

This week we discuss Aziz Ansari’s Master of None, the protests at the University of Missouri, the Irish abortion rights campaign #repealthe8th, why Jackeée Harry is so wonderful and Aminatou's ridiculous love for DJ Khaled.
Phone-a-friend: Irin Carmon on the Notorious RBG

25:28 | Nov 6th, 2015

In this special phone-a-friend edition of Call Your Girlfriend, Aminaou talks to Irin Carmon, co-author of The Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Episode 35: The Saddest Hello Since Lionel Richie

42:12 | Oct 30th, 2015

We're back! We talk about the Benghazi hearings, Bieber's return, Drake's turtlenecks, Adele's furs, and the fact that someone made a bluetooth-enabled menstrual cup. Plus, guest Andrew Golis fields a question about not-so-feminist men, and we set th...Show More
Episode 34: Sexy Bellybutton Feeling

30:20 | Sep 11th, 2015

We discuss hrod17's email dump, Taylor's colonial fantasy, big sisters and little sisters, and menstruation-loving cultures. Plus! Sexy bellybutton times. Reading List: hillary emails taylor’s colonial fantasy the williams sisters
Episode 33: Low Key Creep

51:25 | Aug 28th, 2015

We discuss the 1989 Tour, our favorite Trump: Ivanka, political scandals and LOLs, Drake+Serena and white people appropriating black slang. Reading List: BFF power couples Ivanka's favorite podcasts Joe Biden is a creep Hang in There Columba Aubrena ...Show More
Episode 32: Heavy Flow

34:27 | Aug 13th, 2015

We discuss the early days of the 2016 presidential race, our love for Planned Parenthood, free bleedin’, and period feminism. Plus, a user review of period underwear. Reading list: Republican debate rebecca traister on how women are so hardcore this ...Show More
Episode 31: Watching White People

50:30 | Jul 31st, 2015

We discuss whether free dongin' is like free boobin', nudist resorts, menstrual sea sponges, and female Viagra. Plus, the shortcomings of both white people and White People (the documentary). Reading list: Free dongin’ (Un)natural sponges The new fem...Show More
Episode 30: Summah Summahtime XXL

52:35 | Jul 17th, 2015

We discuss diversity and National Parks, Ariana Grande licking donuts, the best of summer (drinks/bodies/dresses/swimsuits/songs), a sponge update, sexual peer pressure, the power of women athletes, and the joys of Magic Mike XXL. Reading list: Natio...Show More
Episode 29: Free Boobin'

37:14 | Jul 3rd, 2015

We answer listener questions about going braless, making it as a writer, how much we love Stanley Tucci and his polka dot apron, and a listener calls us out on how we talk about periods. Plus, an update on how white people are using diverse emoji and...Show More
Episode 28: Peach Fuzz

47:52 | Jun 19th, 2015

We discuss Rachel Dolezal, Ariana Grande's empowerment rant, women who shave their faces and what to do when you don't looove your long distance bestie's new bestie. Reading List: "Being able to shift one’s race is a privilege." Shame shame Ben Affle...Show More
Episode 27: Notoriously Chill

35:16 | Jun 5th, 2015

We discuss famous dudes creeping on non-famous women, contraceptive sponges and other things that get stuck up there. Reading list: famous dudes creeping how to talk to women on twitter “Is he sponge-worthy?” Music list: Robyn - Call Your Girlfriend ...Show More
Episode 26: Appropriate Emoji

57:10 | May 22nd, 2015

We discuss Ann's visit to RuPaul's DragCon, men and housework, women in flats, the gross faux food Soylent, how white people are using the new multiracial emoji and the amazing life (and death) of Sandra Bem. Watch The Fall on Netflix: it's so femini...Show More
Episode 25: Comfortably Chic

48:42 | May 8th, 2015

We love Janet Mock, Kim K's selfie book, Bruce Jenner's incredible interview, power lady obituaries, Amy Schumer feminist commentary and so much more.  Reading List: Shine Theory: Janet Mock on Super Soul Sunday Feminist sefies Kim K selfie book We l...Show More
Episode 24: My Neck, My Back, My Netflix and My Snacks

36:53 | Apr 23rd, 2015

This week, a menstruation extravaganza: diva cupdate, period panty hacks, and a dramatic reading of Goodnight Menses. Plus! Couples' therapy for coworkers and Toni Morrison's regrets. And shoutout to listeners Charlotte and Danielle, who we met as pa...Show More
Episode 23: Body's Choice

32:58 | Apr 10th, 2015

In a special IRL episode from Amina's Palm Springs birthday compound, we discuss the origin of CYG mantra body's choice with the woman who coined it, Brittany Callendar. A primer on who's in the Illuminati. A listener says our use of "baby feminist" ...Show More
Episode 22: Your Time to Shine

48:22 | Mar 27th, 2015

We discuss how to start your own podcast, making friends after college, and key reading for baby feminists to learn more. Baby feminist syllabus, music list and resources for podcasting at callyourgirlfriend.com.
Episode 21: Ironic Beef-o-sexual

45:27 | Mar 13th, 2015

We discuss Hillary's email, leaning in together, a menstruation anthem, beefy dudes undermining the all-women Ghostbusters remake, and shine theory in mountain biking. Reading list: Hillary’s inbox problem Don't call it "choreplay" "Tampons & Tylenol...Show More
Episode 20: Mrs. Money Mustache

50:50 | Feb 27th, 2015

We discuss the best moment of the Oscars, 50 Shades of Gray, what's in a name? And the best apps and books for managing your money. Reading list  Don't change your naaaaaaame || a different perspective “Fifty Shades of Grey” is to publishing what Spa...Show More
Episode 19: Office Candy Dish

46:27 | Feb 13th, 2015

We discuss why women should never have a candy dish at work, public radio voice and vocal insecurity, celebrities revolting against the red carpet, and Kanye and Taylor showing a little shine theory. Plus! A period-joke challenge. Reading list: Women...Show More
Episode 18: Hi, Haters

48:21 | Jan 30th, 2015

We discuss men in jeggings, playing through the (period) pain, naming your baby Nutella, and confronting your internet trolls.  Reading list: Men in jeggings Men worrying about balding Playing through the pain Baby Nutella Lindy West confronts her tr...Show More
Episode 17: Imposter Syndrome

54:55 | Jan 16th, 2015

We discuss wardrobe pare-down techniques, as Ann records from inside her closet. Why red carpet season turns us into human garbage monsters. Women who don’t want other women to have abortions. Sophia Grace shouts out her girlfriends, but where is Ros...Show More
Episode 16: Notorious Ladies

40:09 | Jan 2nd, 2015

We discuss Amina’s facetime with the Notorious Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Ann’s encounters with new age bullshit in Guatemala, the fantastic movie Selma and racism in Hollywood. And this week in menstruation, our birth control quandaries about IUDs and dep...Show More
Episode 15: Origin Story

14:46 | Dec 19th, 2014

We answer listener questions about group travel, how this podcast came to be, and which TED Talks are worth it. (Hint: POWER POSE).  Watch list: Less stress, more confidence Music: Robyn - Call Your Girlfriend Tom Aspaul - Good Together Hannah Rad ed...Show More
Episode 14: Top Shelf 2014

42:37 | Dec 6th, 2014

We discuss the books, movies, TV and music we loved this year! Full recs at CallYourGirlfriend.com Music: Tinashe - Pretend ft. A$AP Rocky Jenny Lewis - Just One of the Guys Kelis - Jerk Ribs Phantogram - Fall in Love Drake - The Catch Up Bobby Shmur...Show More
Episode 13: So Much Booty

38:39 | Nov 21st, 2014

We discuss period cramps, being the creepy journo lady at college parties, Solange's amazing wedding, white people will not shut up about the booty, Taylor Swift is so good at shine theory, and OMG SQUATTY POTTY. Reading List: Solange wedding columbu...Show More
Episode 12: I Voted

38:38 | Nov 7th, 2014

We discuss the midterm elections, Taylor Swift and Beyonce, ebola and Jian Ghomeshi, and menstruation superpowers. Plus we answer questions about iPhone snobs and our favorite podcasts. Links: Ugh, the midterm elections Beyonce rumors Tay Swizzle wil...Show More
Episode 11: Home Girls

20:16 | Oct 25th, 2014

We advise listeners on how to deal with an ex-bestie who keeps popping up years later. And a sticky situation involving love, debt, marriage as a potential economic tool, and lasagna. Email your questions to callyrgf@gmail.com. Music: Robyn - Call Yo...Show More
Episode 10: Strings Attached

44:39 | Oct 9th, 2014

We answer your burning questions about annoying coworkers, when to confront a long distance bestie who's let you down, and tips for surviving high school. Can women still love football? Can pulling out be sexy? What if it's a tampon? Plus, Chanel "em...Show More
Episode 9: Body Talk

43:26 | Sep 26th, 2014

We discuss babies and why some people just don't know if they want them, how to not get fooled by fake body positive anthems, shero Shonda Rhimes, the brave & wonderful college ladies leading the anti-rape movement and this week in menstruation. Read...Show More
Episode 8: Emotional Detox

41:46 | Sep 12th, 2014

We discuss digital detoxes, Ferguson fallout and what it takes to get white people to care about police brutality, summer camp for adults, and our ideal retirement situation. Reading list: A year-long digital detox Different rules apply if you're whi...Show More