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Call Your Girlfriend

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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.

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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.

iTunes Ratings

3349 Ratings
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Joe Biden episode

By Lsmythe87 - May 16 2020
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Thank you so much for this episode. If someone has a problem with you simply bringing the facts than it says more about them and what they think is or isn’t important enough to discuss than it does about this show. The media coverage and statements by public figures I respect have all been extremely disappointing. Nancy Pelosi saying “Biden is Biden” was a cherry on the hypocritical cake. Instead of focusing the episode on what a “dilemma” this problematic information is you are treating the information with the seriousness it deserves and giving historical context. As progressives we can’t be so wrapped up in defeating a single person that we start to resemble him. Anyway this episode crystallized so much of what I love about you both. Thanks

My favorite podcast

By Raayqf - Apr 18 2020
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Love this podcast. Thanks so much!

iTunes Ratings

3349 Ratings
Average Ratings
2737
366
78
63
105

Joe Biden episode

By Lsmythe87 - May 16 2020
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Thank you so much for this episode. If someone has a problem with you simply bringing the facts than it says more about them and what they think is or isn’t important enough to discuss than it does about this show. The media coverage and statements by public figures I respect have all been extremely disappointing. Nancy Pelosi saying “Biden is Biden” was a cherry on the hypocritical cake. Instead of focusing the episode on what a “dilemma” this problematic information is you are treating the information with the seriousness it deserves and giving historical context. As progressives we can’t be so wrapped up in defeating a single person that we start to resemble him. Anyway this episode crystallized so much of what I love about you both. Thanks

My favorite podcast

By Raayqf - Apr 18 2020
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Love this podcast. Thanks so much!
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Call Your Girlfriend

Latest release on May 29, 2020

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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.

Rank #1: Episode 50: Joy of Missing Out

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

May 13 2016

34mins

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Rank #2: Wow, No Thank You

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We talk with national treasure Samantha Irby about her hilarious and confident writing about all of her foibles and insecurities. From dealing with money and contracts, to love, her white stepchildren, and her fondness for TV's Judge Mathis, Sam is the antidote to all of our cooped-up sadness right now. Her latest book, Wow, No Thank You is out now.

Apr 10 2020

53mins

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Rank #3: Episode 2: Wedding Season

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We discuss wedding survival tips, innovation, (not) watching the World Cup, and dressing for success. Plus our pal Cord Jefferson tells us about the glamorous life of a Hollywood screenwriter.
Reading List:
"Disrupting" everything
Hillary's style
Racism fatigue

Jun 27 2014

42mins

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Rank #4: Episode 22: Your Time to Shine

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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.

Mar 27 2015

45mins

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Rank #5: Episode 34: Sexy Bellybutton Feeling

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We discuss hrod17's email dump, Taylor's colonial fantasy, big sisters and little sisters, and menstruation-loving cultures. Plus! Sexy bellybutton times.
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hillary emails
taylor’s colonial fantasy
the williams sisters

Sep 11 2015

29mins

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Rank #6: Phone-a-friend: con artist expert Maria Konnikova

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In this phone-a-friend edition, Ann calls journalist Maria Konnikova to talk about con artists, psychopaths, catfishing and her book The Confidence Game.

Apr 22 2016

29mins

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Rank #7: Phone-a-friend: Ashly Perez

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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.

Jun 03 2016

40mins

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Rank #8: Phone-a-friend: Jenna Wortham

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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 Obamas. Plus, catfishing confessions.

Feb 12 2016

44mins

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Rank #9: Episode 27: Notoriously Chill

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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
Junior Brown - Surf Medley
Ratatat - One
Hannah Rad Edit of Robyn - Call Your Girlfriend

Jun 05 2015

33mins

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Rank #10: Episode 43: Gold Stars Forever

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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 passion.

Feb 19 2016

49mins

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Rank #11: Episode 28: Peach Fuzz

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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 Affleck || Ariana Grande's feminist letter
Women who shave their faces
We endorse: Mat Johnson's amazing new book

Jun 19 2015

44mins

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Rank #12: White Fragility

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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 intersectional feminist, white fragility has serious consequences. We discuss its impact on people of color with Rachel Cargle, and explore ways for white people to break down internal barriers to growth with Robin DiAngelo. If you are white and listening to this, stick with it, even if you're confused or uncomfortable.

Reading List

White Fragility book

Robin DiAngelo's resources

Rachel Cargle's website and Instagram

Aug 31 2018

55mins

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Rank #13: Episode 3: Independent Ladies

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We discuss the terrible terrible Hobby Lobby decision, how much we love RBG, why annual lady exams are garbage, our predictions for song of the summer and we answer all your pressing topic requests. Happy 4th of July!
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Everything Irin Carmon Has to Say About Hobby Lobby is The Truth
Annual pelvic exams are useless
FIRST MOON PARTY!

Jul 04 2014

27mins

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Rank #14: Phone-a-friend: K-drama with Dodai Stewart

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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.

Jan 15 2016

29mins

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Rank #15: Episode 46: Period Piece

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We discuss futuristic tampons, weed as a cramp remedy, menstrual leave from work, and so much more.

Apr 08 2016

46mins

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Rank #16: Live from LA! with Rebecca Traister

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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.

Mar 11 2016

43mins

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Rank #17: Episode 33: Low Key Creep

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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 forever
Fuckboy misuse
Shoutouts: Listen to Ann on the Dinner Party Download and Amina on Rerun and The Main Draw

Aug 28 2015

48mins

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Rank #18: Adult Sex Ed

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Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about sex and still haven’t learned, even though you’re an adult now. Our expert panel includes Myisha Battle and Jaclyn Friedman. You’ve got sex questions, and they have answers! Full NSFW show notes + resources at callyourgirlfriend.com. Kinda goes without saying, but you probably don't want to listen to this one with young kids around.

Jul 12 2019

44mins

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Rank #19: Instagram Anxiety

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We watched both Fyre Festival documentaries. Beyond the quirks of those films we're left with qualms about the social media platforms that ensconce our lives, Instagram in particular. Tech companies evolve, their products change, but we don't have laws or norms that govern the many different digital lives we lead. We get into it about FOMO, the history of personal photography, features that tag your 'close friends' and old pictures, and their ties to capitalism. Plus, how we think about what we post, and the accounts we love to follow.

Feb 01 2019

55mins

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Rank #20: Episode 56: Don't Shoot

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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 in 2012. Plus, what you can do to make your voice heard.

Jul 15 2016

1hr

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Whimsy and Elegance

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The inimitable Maurice Harris joins us to discuss his creative origins, how he started using flowers in art, being a small business owner in the time of corona, and his new show Centerpiece.

May 29 2020

54mins

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Joe Biden Problems - Part 2

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In the second of two parts, we discuss Tara Reade's sexual assault allegation against Joe Biden with Vox's Laura McGann who spoke with Tara when she came to her in 2019 with a different complaint about abuse of power in Biden's Senate office. Plus, how Biden makes progressives complicit in his pattern of non-consensual behavior, why you may or may not vote for him, and how we can be re-center survivors in our discourse.

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Laura McGann on reporting out Tara Reade's allegations

Tarana Burke's tweets

Rebececa Traister on the Biden Trap for women politicians

Stacey Abrams' Biden endorsement

AOC's Biden comments

May 22 2020

58mins

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Joe Biden Problems - Part 1

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Throughout public life, Joe Biden has claimed to stand for women. His long career from the Senate to the Vice Presidency to presumptive Democratic nominee can paint a very different picture. In the first of two episodes, we discuss key moments that give us pause about Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr.

1991: Biden mishandles Anita Hill's testimony during Clarence Thomas's confirmation hearings as chair of the Senate Judiciary committee. 

1994: Biden uses the Violence Against Women Act as character witness, a shield from backlash against his treatment of Professor Hill. VAWA was situated within the crime bill and tended to focus on training law enforcement and judges, stopping short of addressing the broader scale of violence women confront.

2016: Speaks at the United State of Women conference to a packed room of gender equality advocates, among them untold numbers of survivors, and us, describing his work on the Violence Against Women Act and recounting numerous instances of violence against women in borderline lewd, graphic terms.

2019: Announces his campaign and calls Anita Hill. Professor Hill was not impressed with his apology and shared some pointers for how he might make amends.

Throughout his career: inappropriately grabs, touches and hugs women in congressional offices and the campaign trail.

Links:

Biden's role in the Clarence Thomas hearings in 1991

Violence Against Women Act in 1994

Biden speech at the United State of Women in 2016

Lucy Flores on Joe Biden kissing her head in 2014

CYG Episode 33: Low Key Creep in 2015

Joe Biden "just likes giving hugs"

Biden's non-apology to Anita Hill in 2019

May 15 2020

33mins

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Things That Scare Us

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From snakes to ocean waves to people's unstated political ideologies, we talk about our fears. Plus, journalist Eva Holland on how fear lives in the body and her new book where she unwinds trauma, phobia, and grief.

May 08 2020

43mins

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Resilience

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What allows people to endure and try again? In the first of a series tackling big ideas that are helping us get through these deep-feeling quarantimes, we talk with Lulu Miller about a scientist who lost everything - again and again - and somehow was never fazed. Plus, Amina's love of country music, and how friendship is a beautiful unexplained anomaly in an often-selfish world.

May 01 2020

50mins

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Get Counted

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The U.S. Census is underway and - if you just started snoozing, gently nudge yourself awake. This once-a-decade opportunity to be counted. Why? As Jeri Green of the National Urban League tells us, the Census is used to determine everything from how Congressional seats states get to federal funding for student loans, and much more. And now you complete it online. It's especially important for people from marginalized communities to get counted. Go to My2020Census.gov to fill out the quick and easy from and tell your besties!

Apr 24 2020

27mins

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Stream Me, Feel Me, Watch Me, Heal Me

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The legendary Fran Tirado is here to tell us what to watch and where we can stream it.

Apr 17 2020

48mins

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Wow, No Thank You

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We talk with national treasure Samantha Irby about her hilarious and confident writing about all of her foibles and insecurities. From dealing with money and contracts, to love, her white stepchildren, and her fondness for TV's Judge Mathis, Sam is the antidote to all of our cooped-up sadness right now. Her latest book, Wow, No Thank You is out now.

Apr 10 2020

53mins

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Read Me

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Our book is finally available (for pre-order at least)! Aminatou and Ann discuss the making of Big Friendship, writing in a single voice, and the vulnerability in a deep creative partnership. Plus, how to support your local indie bookstore, and even more reading recommendations from Emma Straub. And we talk with Adeline Dieudonne about her novel Real Life, just translated to English, and Ashley Woodfolk about her new YA novel about a friend breakup, When You Were Everything.

Apr 03 2020

49mins

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Spring Books 2020

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Books are one of our go-to ways to stay sane, when bored, cabin-feverish or stressed out. And there are so many great authors and bookstores who need our support right now. At the moment, we're curled up with Nobody Will Tell You This But Me by Bess Kalb and Thin Places by Jordan Kisner. Pro tip: if buying books isn't possible for you right now, your local public library probably uses the Libby app to get audiobooks and e-books to you, even while branches are closed.

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Nobody Will Tell You This But Me by Bess Kalb
Bess is hilarious on Twitter
Thin Places by Jordan Kisner
Jordan's recent Atlantic article on reiki

Amina is also reading...

Wow, No Thank You by Samantha Irby
Save Yourself by Cameron Esposito

Ann is also reading...

Glitter Up the Dark by Sasha Geffen
Look by Zan Romanoff

Bess is reading...

Topics of Conversation by Miranda Popkey
Elena Ferrante in lieu of taking melatonin

Jordan is reading...

On Immunity by Eula Bliss

Mar 27 2020

40mins

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Homebodies

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Have you ever spent so much time at home? For those of us lucky enough to have somewhere to shelter in place, self-isolate, or recover from illness, we're gaining a new appreciation for what are homes are. Or maybe just dying of frustration at so many uncompleted projects. Never fear. Curbed Executive Editor and interim Editor-in-Chief Mercedes Kraus is here. Mercedes is a long-time curator of well-appointed spaces and shares her tips for shopping for and envisioning a welcoming place to live. Especially now that we are trying to be productive, patient, and present at home.

Mar 20 2020

49mins

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Corona Community

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Are we overreacting? Not scared enough? The answer is probably both. We discuss how to keep your screwed on while dealing with an extremely serious situation and some do's and don'ts for controlling the contagion of panic. Yes, social distancing is a good idea right now. But even as you keep your germs to yourself, don't forget to check on your friends, get to know your neighbors, see who needs help, and as always, wash your hands.

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Curbed: In a disaster that calls for isolation, your community will help you survive

On Immunity by Eula Bliss

WHO guidance

CDC guidance

WFH guidance

Mar 13 2020

40mins

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Queen of Revolutionary Feelings

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She left her husband for a female Olympian. She survived addiction. And that's just the beginning. Glennon Doyle's new book Untamed encourages women to break out of being good daughters, mothers, partners and be good to ourselves -- and then, in living fuller lives, the world.

Mar 06 2020

57mins

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Love is Blind

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The show, the "science" and men's feelings... we have quite a few, too, about this Netflix phenomenon.

Feb 28 2020

39mins

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The Science of Friendship

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From looking at our brain activity inside fMRI machines to mapping social networks, scientists are looking closely at friendship. Science journalist Lydia Denworth shares her look into the latest research finding what we know affectively to be true -- that friendship helps us live longer, better lives.

Feb 21 2020

42mins

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Big Books & the Body Image Babadook

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American Dirt. Plus, our 90s fashion trauma.

Reading List:

American Dirt, explained

NYT review

Myriam Gurba on American Dirt

Brandon Taylor on writing about people who don't look like you

Against italicizing "foreign" words

Chunky soles: All the rage

Books we’re reading in lieu of American Dirt: 

Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe

Mean by Myriam Gurba

Girl by Edna O’Brien

Real Life by Brandon Taylor

Feb 14 2020

37mins

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Winter Books: Critical Histories

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In a special edition of our winter books episode, we talk with three of our favorite herstorians about American icons that could use a rewrite: Harriet Tubman, George Washington, and McDonald's.

Feb 07 2020

59mins

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Bad Bosses

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We discuss some of our worst bosses, the difference between held to a high standard and a toxic environment, and what happens when women are bad bosses.

Jan 31 2020

59mins

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Can a Woman be President?

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Coffee is a hard drug. MLK Day is a mindf*ck, especially when brands, the FBI, and the GOP chime in. RIP Mr. Peanut. And the cumulative impact of being told that your gender or race will stop you from reaching your goal, when that goal is the presidency.

Jan 24 2020

51mins

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How to Get Your Taxes Right

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You might be scared. Or you might be gearing up to beat the IRS at its own game. Maybe you're dipping your toe into freelance work and don't know what to ask. We talk to Claudia Yi León, the mastermind behind @TaxesforArtists to break it all down. She's accounting Xanax and we promise you will walk away with a good tidbit, whether you're terrified or all-too-well informed about managing your tax situation.

Jan 17 2020

47mins

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iTunes Ratings

3349 Ratings
Average Ratings
2737
366
78
63
105

Joe Biden episode

By Lsmythe87 - May 16 2020
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Thank you so much for this episode. If someone has a problem with you simply bringing the facts than it says more about them and what they think is or isn’t important enough to discuss than it does about this show. The media coverage and statements by public figures I respect have all been extremely disappointing. Nancy Pelosi saying “Biden is Biden” was a cherry on the hypocritical cake. Instead of focusing the episode on what a “dilemma” this problematic information is you are treating the information with the seriousness it deserves and giving historical context. As progressives we can’t be so wrapped up in defeating a single person that we start to resemble him. Anyway this episode crystallized so much of what I love about you both. Thanks

My favorite podcast

By Raayqf - Apr 18 2020
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Love this podcast. Thanks so much!