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This Is Why

Comedians and authors Laura Lane and Angela Spera give best friend advice on pop culture, politics, news headlines, workplace dynamics, dating, parenting, friendship and whatever else is on your mind. 

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Moving On

This week we talk all about moving on from a breakup including why you shouldn't post braggy pics on social media and how long it's okay to cry it out. In dating news a girl uses Tinder to catch a LaCroix thief & we discuss tips about how to make a long-distance relationship work. Then we answer your listener questions including a listener whose best friend won’t let her move on from her ex and a listener who misses her ex’s dog. Angela discusses why she has trouble keeping secrets from Ian and Laura struggles over whether it's rude to not talk to her hairstylist when getting highlights. This week's episode is brought to you by ThirdLove, Adam and Eve, and MVMT!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

46mins

30 Jan 2019

Rank #1

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You Don't Know How to Advertise Yourself

What is life like with a giant silicon penis? It's as bad as it sounds. The girls then dig into Angela's OkCupid mail box, and we check out what's up in dating news. Lastly we help you upgrade your online dating profiles as the girls break down what makes a good advertisement for your self. With advice like this, you'll be someone's bae before you know it!This week's episode is brought to you by NatureBox.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

28mins

26 Aug 2015

Rank #2

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Mastering First Dates

We give you a ton of tips and tricks to prepare and master going on a first date. We talk about what’s new in dating news: an app that claims to be the “HQ Trivia” of dating apps and why you shouldn’t go hungry on a first date. Then we’re diving into the mailbox to answer your listener questions including a listener whose best friend hates everyone she dates and a divorcee struggling with a new guy. This episode is sponsored by: RXBAR, Warby Parker and Care/of.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

1hr 15mins

14 Mar 2018

Rank #3

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Dating Is Hard

This week we talk about all the ways dating is hard and ways you can start to feel a bit better about it (and make it easier on yourself!). In dating news we talk about a man who could go to prison for “dining-and-dashing” on dates & why we sometimes feel sad after sex. Then we answer your listener questions including how to handle a 40-year-old lifeguard fuckboy and whether or not it’s okay to ask a girl to hang if she dumped you. Angela talks about her friend who traveled alone and why that should inspire daters to do the same and Laura talks about all of the TMI convos she's having with her new mom friends. This episode is sponsored by: Blue Apron and Care/of and Stitch Fix!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

49mins

5 Sep 2018

Rank #4

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You're Insta Dating ft. Scott Rogowsky

Scott Rogowsky is funny, tall, eligible, and he's the guest host this week as the girls mostly discuss Laura's old roommate!? They also discuss hooking up on weed, the things that men and women look for when seeking a partner, and lastly they consider the effects of InstaDating: ordering humans to date like items off of a take out menu.This week's episode is brought to by Squarespace and BallPark Beef Jerky.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

42mins

21 Oct 2015

Rank #5

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How Much Is TMI

We dive deep into oversharing: when to relay information while keeping mystery and boundaries and still being open and comfortable with a new date or your significant other. Angela shares a story about the time she mistook her boyfriend for an intruder and Laura shares one TMI-benefit to being pregnant. In dating news we talk about how women feel about using a condom on their period and how many hours it takes to make a friend. Then we dive into the mailbox where we read a poetic OkCupid message and help a guy who doesn’t know how to dump his girlfriend.This episode is sponsored by Adam and Eve, Away and Blue Apron.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

1hr 10mins

25 Apr 2018

Rank #6

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Reading Signals

This week we talk about how to observe cues and signals from people to know if they're into you or not and we give both good and bad examples of real life pickups. In dating news we discuss eight things long term couples do & a new study shows that 70% of singles want a serious relationship. Then we answer your listener questions including a guy who wants to know how to strike up a convo with a stranger and another listener who wants to know if she needs to tell her new guy that she’s sexually active with someone else. Angela find out Ian is into her wonky eye and Laura goes on double baby dates.This week's episode is brought to you by Candid, Brooklinen, and ThirdLove!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

40mins

26 Jun 2019

Rank #7

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Ur Txts R Ridic

This week Laura and Angela talk about art projects to get back at exes, gaining weight after a wedding, niche dating websites, and then we get into the listener questions. Finally we learn the does and dont's of txting ur boo or bae!This week's episode is brought to you by NatureBox.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

30mins

19 Aug 2015

Rank #8

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You Don't Know Dating Lingo ft. Tessa Hersh

This week we welcome funny-lady Tessa Hersh (UCB, Truth Fairy) and find out why you should order the same meal as your date, how to send a confirmation text and what DGYF stands for (Spoiler: Dang Girl You Fine).This week's episode is brought to you by Blue Apron!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

45mins

10 Aug 2016

Rank #9

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Falling Too Fast

We talk about falling too fast early on in relationships and tips to avoid planning for the future after just one date. We read three of the most insane messages our listeners have received from dates (they are so good/bad) and help a listener figure out if she wants to get married for the right reasons (health insurance or love). We also talk about why canceling plans feels so good and discuss the new Museum of Broken Relationships book. This episode is sponsored by Blue Apron, Away and BarkBox.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

1hr 2mins

6 Dec 2017

Rank #10

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Overthinking Everything

This week we dive into what happens when you overthink things and how it can affect relationships. Angela talks about her friends' partners doing their hair and then we get serious: we discuss what to do when you and a family member have very different views on abortion. In dating news Facebook has a new dating feature & we tell you how much people gossip a day on average. Then we answer your listener questions including one listener who’s got menu anxiety and another listener who got a booty call from a cross country match and doesn’t know it.This week's episode is brought to you by SquareSpace, Care/Of, and MVMT! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

52mins

5 Jun 2019

Rank #11

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Age Is Just a Number ft. relationship expert Dr. Karin Anderson Abrell

This week, relationship expert Dr. Karin Anderson Abrell tells us all about the time she called off a wedding two months before it was supposed to happen. Then we talk about timelines, shady dudes on Bumble and "the P word!"This week's episode is brought to you by Squarespace, MVMT, and Leesa.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

1hr 1min

19 Oct 2016

Rank #12

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When to DTR (Define The Relationship) ft. Vanderpump Rules star Rachael O'Brien

This week we welcome stand up comedian and Vanderpump Rules star Rachael O'Brien to talk all about defining relationships- when to go from "just dating" to "exclusive." She also tells us how she ended up on a reality show and what it's like to date in Hollywood. In dating news we tell you about a DIY dildo kit and how Instagram is being used as a dating platform (trust us – you'll want these tips). Then we dive into the mailbox to help a listener who always ends up as a "side chick" and another who is worried about dating a guy with the same name as her dad. This podcast is sponsored by Adam and Eve, Le Tote, MVMT Watches, and Care/Of.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

1hr 20mins

31 Jan 2018

Rank #13

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Dating Etiquette Is Confusing ft. Lauren Crouch

Laura and Angela welcome a guest from across the pond, Lauren Crouch (nobaddatesjustgoodstories.tumblr.com), who recently went viral when a guy texted her and asked for the money back from their coffee date after she rebuked his offer for a second date. We talk about how there is no such thing as being too picky and having virtual sex with holograms!This week's episode is brought to you by Squarespace, Tidal, and Blue Apron.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

54mins

24 Feb 2016

Rank #14

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You're Obsessed with Labeling Your Relationship ft: Dr. Alex Schiller

Dr. Alex Schiller, creator of Never Sleep Alone, drops by to help answer some listener questions. She is not here to make friends people, she is here to get you laid. We also talk about what it means to put a label on things and the REALLY easy way to know if someone is a psychopath.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

57mins

2 Sep 2015

Rank #15

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Upping Your Erotic Intelligence ft. sexologist Mal Harrison

We welcome Mal Harrison, certified clinical sexologist, relationship coach, eroticism philosopher, TEDx speaker, and founder of the Center for Erotic Intelligence. We talk about orgasm research and two new dating apps: one that requires you to send in your spit so they can tap into your DNA and another called Sweet Pea that hopes to help the awkward conversations get easier. We also help a listener who wants to figure out how to talk dirty in bed, a married lady with a wandering eye & a single girl who keeps landing guys with weird kinks.This episode is sponsored by: Brooklinen, Squarespace and Care/of.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

1hr 12mins

14 Feb 2018

Rank #16

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Dealing with a Fuckboy/girl

This week we talk all about how to deal with those fuckboys and fuckgirls who drive you nuts! Angela and Laura discuss their birthdays (hint: all of Angela's friends thought she was getting engaged and Laura's involved spraying breastmilk at her friends and her baby getting kicked out of a bar). In dating news we discuss a 'sex zodiac' service from YouPorn & what words to include in your dating profile to get right swipes. Then we answer your listener questions including one girl who found her boyfriend flirting on Facebook and another girl who is wondering whether she’s wasting her time with a guy who has already said they probably won’t last. This week's episode is brought to you by Shoe Dazzle, Care Of, Beta Brand, and Squarespace!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

54mins

26 Sep 2018

Rank #17

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You're Selling Yourself Short ft. Chris Roberti

Chris Roberti (High Maintenance, Bankrukt Productions) joins us to discuss college virgins, successful pickup lines, the tinder in box, and finally self esteem. Check out Chris' show "A Cult of Relentless Positivity" at UCB Franklin in LA Friday November 6th, 7 PM (https://franklin.ucbtheatre.com/performance/42518).Also check out the twitter feed for info about the upcoming Reddit AMA- https://twitter.com/youresingleshow !See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

50mins

4 Nov 2015

Rank #18

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You Have FOMO ft. Stassi Schroeder

This week the girls are joined by Stassi Schroeder (Bravo's "Vanderpump Rules," 'Straight up with Stassi' Podcast) to chat about being bold, how many people we sleep with, and how your FOMO distracts you from your significant other. Not sure if you have FOMO or think you don't? Do not fret, we administer a quiz to help you find out. We also discuss the complications of the LDR. This week's episode is brought to you by Dollar Shave Club.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

36mins

30 Sep 2015

Rank #19

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You Leave No Mystery

This week Laura and Angela discover a dating service based on your browser history and some boxers that help men conceal their boners. Angela matches with an ex-crush on Tinder and then we dive into the treasure trove that is her OKCupid mailbox. Finally the girls test their ability to discern when it's a good time in the dating process to reveal deep dark secrets. How much mystery is too much mystery? How much is not enough? Will you know after this episode? It's truly a mystery!This week's episode is brought to you by Squarespace and MeUndies.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

38mins

9 Sep 2015

Rank #20