Rank #1: How to Do Nothing
Constant smart phone use may not be great for us, but what are we supposed to do instead? Artist and writer Jenny Odell explores how we reclaim our time and attention in her new book, How to Do Nothing.
Rank #2: Episode 2: Wedding Season
Rank #3: White Fragility
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.
White Fragility book
Robin DiAngelo's resources
Rank #4: Instagram Anxiety
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.
Rank #5: Episode 68: Rage Phase
Rank #6: Episode 34: Sexy Bellybutton Feeling
taylor’s colonial fantasy
the williams sisters
Rank #7: Terrible, Thanks for Asking
Have you experienced a big loss? The death of a friend, family member, illness, even a breakup or losing a job can be devastating. Help and support pour in for a day, a week. And then what? We're supposed to just be fine and pretend like it never happened? 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.
Rank #8: Ask A Man
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?
Chris Roan (aka Mr. Of a Kind)
Chris's skin care picks, Ezra's book list and more at callyourgirlfriend.com
Rank #9: Episode 3: Independent Ladies
Everything Irin Carmon Has to Say About Hobby Lobby is The Truth
Annual pelvic exams are useless
FIRST MOON PARTY!
Rank #10: That Don't Impress Me Much
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 we are devastated about Shania Twain's support for Trump/inability to apologize like a proper Canadian.
EYEROLL @ Jon Chait
Rank #11: The death and life of Julie Yip-Williams (sponsored by Pineapple Street Media)
What if you knew you were dying? How would you prepare your family, and yourself? 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.
Rank #12: Money Money Money
We put the personal in personal finance. No lectures, no shame, we turn to Tonya Rapley and Lindsey Stanberry to help us unlock the secrets of making money work for you, whatever your financial picture.
Rank #13: Boss Ladies
Self employment realtalk: how we went from office workers to freelance to boss ladies. We bust myths about staff jobs and incorporating your own business. Is it hard? Yes. Is it for everyone? No. Could you stand to make a lot of money and forge your own path? Yes! We discuss our career trajectories, how much to charge, who to ask for help, and how much you should have saved.
Rank #14: Drunk Patriarchy
We open our topic suggestion box and talk about women's drinking and sobriety, lifehacks, therapy, and friendship with men. Note: in discussing alcohol and Men™, we mention sexual assault.
Drinking: A Love Story by Caroline Knapp
Libby app for library books
Ask your therapist about sliding scale pricing!
Rank #15: Episode 54: I'm Every Woman
Rank #16: Shine Theory 101
Shine Theory is cropping up everywhere from social media to the halls of Congress. But you might have wondered or had a friend ask, what exactly is Shine Theory? We go deep on its origin, what it is and is not, and how Shine Theory can fortify friendships, work alliances, and help diminish the role of jealousy in your life.
Rank #17: Episode 111: Hillary
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 debrief with Ann, all the way from Australia.
Rank #18: Episode 89: The Indignities of Being a Woman
Rank #19: Episode 59: (Don't) Hoard Money
Rank #20: LEVEL UP 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, and Shondaland's Jenn Romolini.