Call Your Girlfriend

Call Your Girlfriend
A podcast for long distance besties everywhere. Co-hosted by your new BFFs Ann Friedman and Aminatou Sow.
Hollywood Cheapskates
Jan 12 • 49 min
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 working.…
Jan 5 • 49 min
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…
Best of CYG 2017
Dec 29, 2017 • 44 min
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 us…
Top Shelf 2017
Dec 22, 2017 • 55 min
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
Dec 15, 2017 • 43 min
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, an…
So Much Drama
Dec 8, 2017 • 45 min
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 big…
Winter Books
Dec 1, 2017 • 63 min
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).
Nov 24, 2017 • 51 min
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 #metoo…
She Won
Nov 17, 2017 • 59 min
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 how…
Feminist Dystopia
Nov 10, 2017 • 62 min
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…
Pantsuits to Lawsuits
Nov 3, 2017 • 77 min
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 of…
Loophole Women
Oct 27, 2017 • 34 min
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 inventing…
Tip of the Creep Iceberg
Oct 20, 2017 • 52 min
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).
Oct 13, 2017 • 52 min
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 to do…
Political Bodies, Part 2 (featuring She’s All Fat)
Oct 6, 2017 • 50 min
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)
Sep 29, 2017 • 45 min
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 111: Hillary
Sep 22, 2017 • 51 min
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…
Episode 110: Sexual Journey
Sep 15, 2017 • 47 min
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
Sep 8, 2017 • 65 min
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 the…
Episode 108: Bloody Prince Charles
Sep 1, 2017 • 48 min
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-founder…
Episode 107: Summer of Aggravation
Aug 25, 2017 • 51 min
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 Merchant…
Episode 106: Can’t Believe We’re Talking About Nazis (and She Sheds)
Aug 18, 2017 • 46 min
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 conversation…
Episode 105:
Aug 11, 2017 • 55 min
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 a…
Episode 104: How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
Aug 4, 2017 • 53 min
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 stop…
Episode 103: Straight Scam Express
Jul 28, 2017 • 45 min
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 news,…
Episode 102: Just Awful
Jul 21, 2017 • 56 min
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 science.…
Episode 101: She’s Running
Jul 14, 2017 • 59 min
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…
Episode 100: Voter Oppression
Jul 7, 2017 • 50 min
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 in…
Episode 99: Federal Gaslighting / Wow Wow Wow
Jun 30, 2017 • 55 min
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, and…
Episode 98: No Convictions
Jun 23, 2017 • 58 min
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 for…
Episode 97: The Pursuit of Female Pleasure
Jun 16, 2017 • 43 min
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…
Episode 96: See You on the Ballot
Jun 9, 2017 • 59 min
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 council or…
Episode 95: A Scammer’s Scammer
Jun 2, 2017 • 55 min
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 Hillary…
Episode 94: Wear Sunscreen
May 26, 2017 • 50 min
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…
Episode 93: Romp and Circumstance
May 19, 2017 • 43 min
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
May 12, 2017 • 59 min
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: A…
Episode 91: Class Warfare
May 5, 2017 • 47 min
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 do…
Episode 90: So Many Moans
Apr 28, 2017 • 43 min
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…
Episode 89: The Indignities of Being a Woman
Apr 21, 2017 • 53 min
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…
Episode 88: Businesswoman Special
Apr 14, 2017 • 61 min
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
Apr 7, 2017 • 39 min
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 cervical…
Episode 86: Cheeto Watch
Mar 31, 2017 • 53 min
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…
Episode 85: This is Capitalism, Baby
Mar 24, 2017 • 52 min
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 compared…
Episode 84: Ur Fave is Problematic
Mar 17, 2017 • 49 min
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 liars.…
Episode 83: Obama Glow Up
Mar 10, 2017 • 50 min
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 thrifting.…
Episode 82: It’s a Trap!
Mar 3, 2017 • 50 min
’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, but…
Episode 81: Six Pleats None the Richer
Feb 24, 2017 • 56 min
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 cafe…
Episode 80: Drop the Ball
Feb 17, 2017 • 44 min
Cheeto Watch: the crumbs are beginning to fall, from Mike Flynn to Andrew Puzder and, ~people are saying~ even Kellyanne Conway. A hearty handshake and Ivanka ::heart eyes emoji:: for Justin Trudeau. In better news, author Tiffany Dufu wants women to get…
Episode 79: She Persisted
Feb 10, 2017 • 53 min
Celebrity gossip and Ann’s wedding officiant fashion dilemma. Cheeto Watch: soooo many leaks, Elizabeth Warren persisted, the most Ivanka’s dad tweet ever and Melissa McCarthy was a too-good Sean Spicer on SNL. Plus, a song about impeachment, impeccable…
Episode 78: Bey-eus Ex Machina
Feb 3, 2017 • 49 min
Beyoncé’s pregnant with twins! Which is about the only thing keeping us upbeat during the second week of Cheeto Watch. Plus, the hero lady spy who broke into the GOP retreat, menstruation news from Zambia, and political conspiracy theories from the left…
Episode 77: Executive Disorder
Jan 27, 2017 • 51 min
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?
Jan 20, 2017 • 55 min
It’s Ivanka’s dad’s inauguration day. We discuss the latest Trump family grift, this time from Tiffany Trump and mom Marla Maples, shady inaugural balls, and the relatively celebrity-free festivities. In heavier news, abortion restrictions in Texas have…
Episode 75: You Are Fake News
Jan 13, 2017 • 46 min
It’s Ann’s birthday week! We ponder decorating dilemmas, too much time spent with institutional racists and Batman villains on cable news, plus the obstinate toddler (aka President-Elect)’s press conference outburst. And, we speak with two organizers of…
Episode 74: Pump Up 2017
Jan 6, 2017 • 55 min
Happy New Year! We’re back and squaring our shoulders for 2017: talking money goals and taking our cues from Oprah and her boo Stedman. Plus we turn to some brilliant women for inspiration. Sex coach Myisha Battle reminds us to take time for pleasure this…
Out of Office: Happy Holidaze
Dec 23, 2016 • 1 min
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
Dec 16, 2016 • 54 min
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…
Episode 72: Giving and Gifting
Dec 9, 2016 • 55 min
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
Dec 2, 2016 • 34 min
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
Nov 25, 2016 • 41 min
We discuss our love of Thanksgiving, namely Friendsgivings, frustrations with Black Friday, and what we’re grateful for.
Episode 69: Get Swole
Nov 18, 2016 • 40 min
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
Nov 10, 2016 • 48 min
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
Nov 4, 2016 • 48 min
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
Oct 28, 2016 • 51 min
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…
Phone-a-friend: Conventional Desires with Michelle Tea
Oct 21, 2016 • 45 min
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
Oct 14, 2016 • 46 min
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
Oct 7, 2016 • 46 min
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 Westworld.
Episode 64: Erstwhile Sock Designer
Sep 30, 2016 • 49 min
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
Sep 23, 2016 • 50 min
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
Sep 16, 2016 • 43 min
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
Sep 9, 2016 • 33 min
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 time…
Episode 61: Rumors and Creeps
Sep 2, 2016 • 43 min
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 Parker…
Episode 60: Lady Villain
Aug 26, 2016 • 38 min
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 question…
Self-Care PSA
Aug 19, 2016 • 2 min
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
Aug 12, 2016 • 44 min
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 ripped…
Episode 58: Summer Bookstravagaza
Aug 5, 2016 • 46 min
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…
Phone-a-friend: Convention Wisdom with Jorge Rivas
Jul 29, 2016 • 51 min
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,…
Episode 57: Make America Smell Great Again
Jul 22, 2016 • 45 min
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
Jul 15, 2016 • 63 min
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…
Phone-a-friend: Midwest Diva Power Hour with Katie Blair
Jul 8, 2016 • 42 min
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
Jul 1, 2016 • 42 min
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
Jun 24, 2016 • 33 min
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
Jun 17, 2016 • 59 min
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-Sherman and…
Episode 53: Worst Advice
Jun 10, 2016 • 43 min
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
Jun 3, 2016 • 43 min
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
May 27, 2016 • 42 min
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
May 20, 2016 • 39 min
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
May 13, 2016 • 37 min
We tackle listener questions about bestie drama, internet FOMO, calling your doctor, and a high-pitched vocal dilemma.
Episode 49: SHE ILL
May 6, 2016 • 47 min
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
Apr 29, 2016 • 51 min
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 story…
Phone-a-friend: con artist expert Maria Konnikova
Apr 22, 2016 • 32 min
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
Apr 15, 2016 • 61 min
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 power…
Episode 46: Period Piece
Apr 8, 2016 • 49 min
We discuss futuristic tampons, weed as a cramp remedy, menstrual leave from work, and so much more.
Episode 45: Right Hand Woman
Apr 1, 2016 • 57 min
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…
Episode 44: Comfort Hoodie
Mar 25, 2016 • 41 min
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 chillout…
Phone-a-friend: Smitten Kitchen’s Deb Perelman
Mar 18, 2016 • 39 min
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
Mar 11, 2016 • 47 min
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
Mar 4, 2016 • 50 min
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
Feb 26, 2016 • 40 min
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
Feb 19, 2016 • 53 min
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…
Phone-a-friend: Jenna Wortham
Feb 12, 2016 • 47 min
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.…
Episode 42: Twitter Ninja
Feb 5, 2016 • 47 min
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’s…
Phone-a-friend: Lose Hate Not Weight with Virgie Tovar
Jan 29, 2016 • 45 min
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
Jan 22, 2016 • 35 min
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
Jan 15, 2016 • 31 min
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
Jan 8, 2016 • 50 min
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…
Phone-a-Friend: Shani Hilton of BuzzFeed News
Jan 1, 2016 • 33 min
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, Amina’s…
Episode 39: Ask Polly
Dec 25, 2015 • 52 min
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
Dec 18, 2015 • 27 min
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 much…
Episode 38: U. R. Just The Best
Dec 11, 2015 • 37 min
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
Dec 4, 2015 • 40 min
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…
Episode 37: Thanksgiving Warriors
Nov 27, 2015 • 44 min
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
Nov 20, 2015 • 26 min
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
Nov 13, 2015 • 43 min
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
Nov 6, 2015 • 25 min
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
Oct 30, 2015 • 42 min
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 the…
Episode 34: Sexy Bellybutton Feeling
Sep 11, 2015 • 30 min
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
Aug 28, 2015 • 51 min
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…
Episode 32: Heavy Flow
Aug 13, 2015 • 34 min
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 week…
Episode 31: Watching White People
Jul 31, 2015 • 50 min
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 female…
Episode 30: Summah Summahtime XXL
Jul 17, 2015 • 52 min
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: National…
Episode 29: Free Boobin’
Jul 3, 2015 • 37 min
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 how…
Episode 28: Peach Fuzz
Jun 19, 2015 • 47 min
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 ||…
Episode 27: Notoriously Chill
Jun 5, 2015 • 35 min
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…
Episode 26: Appropriate Emoji
May 22, 2015 • 57 min
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 feminist…
Episode 25: Comfortably Chic
May 8, 2015 • 48 min
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 love…
Episode 24: My Neck, My Back, My Netflix and My Snacks
Apr 23, 2015 • 36 min
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 part of…
Episode 23: Body’s Choice
Apr 10, 2015 • 32 min
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” is…
Episode 22: Your Time to Shine
Mar 27, 2015 • 48 min
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
Episode 21: Ironic Beef-o-sexual
Mar 13, 2015 • 45 min
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”…
Episode 20: Mrs. Money Mustache
Feb 27, 2015 • 50 min
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 Spanx was…
Episode 19: Office Candy Dish
Feb 13, 2015 • 46 min
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…
Episode 18: Hi, Haters
Jan 30, 2015 • 48 min
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 troll A…
Episode 17: Imposter Syndrome
Jan 16, 2015 • 54 min
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 Rosie?…
Episode 16: Notorious Ladies
Jan 2, 2015 • 40 min
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 depo…
Episode 15: Origin Story
Dec 19, 2014 • 14 min
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 edit of…
Episode 14: Top Shelf 2014
Dec 5, 2014 • 42 min
We discuss the books, movies, TV and music we loved this year! Full recs at 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 Shmurda -…
Episode 13: So Much Booty
Nov 21, 2014 • 38 min
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 columbusing…
Episode 12: I Voted
Nov 7, 2014 • 38 min
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 will not…
Episode 11: Home Girls
Oct 25, 2014 • 20 min
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 Music: Robyn - Call Your…
Episode 10: Strings Attached
Oct 9, 2014 • 44 min
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…
Episode 9: Body Talk
Sep 26, 2014 • 43 min
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. Reading…
Episode 8: Emotional Detox
Sep 12, 2014 • 41 min
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 white…
Episode 7: Follow Your Arrow
Aug 29, 2014 • 39 min
In a special listener mailbag edition, we answer questions about starting a long-distance friendship, women who are mansplainers, a Shine Theory dilemma, work self vs. internet self, an office style dilemma, and why iPhone read receipts are terrible.…
Episode 6: You Know White People
Aug 15, 2014 • 42 min
On this week’s agenda: a Beyonce sighting, how to make friends, Pope Francis’s internet, male aggression on public transit, baby feminists, black immigration and white perception, plus this week in menstruation. Reading list: How to make friends as an…
Episode 5: Hey, budtender!
Jul 31, 2014 • 41 min
We discuss weekend trips to the wine country and geodesic greenhouses (dude! Bio-Dome!), Kanye’s struggle against the creative class system, plug-and-play celebrity fragrances, how to contact your professional crush, and another genius trend story from…
Episode 4: Breakup Time
Jul 17, 2014 • 35 min
We discuss 42-year-old women, the potato salad Kickstarter and our dream food-truck ideas, how to break up with a bestie, uteruses for rent, and free PR advice for LeBron. Reading list: In “praise” of 56-year-old men “praising” 42-year-old women The…
Episode 3: Independent Ladies
Jul 4, 2014 • 28 min
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! Reading List Everything Irin Carmon…
Episode 2: Wedding Season
Jun 27, 2014 • 45 min
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…
Episode 1: Straight shame
Jun 4, 2014 • 49 min
Welcome to a transatlantic edition of Call Your Girlfriend! Amina is in Brooklyn and Ann is in London. On the agenda: Techie backlash, caftan appreciation, why America is the best country for black people, Kardashian family values, faking it, myths of…
Pilot: Say My Name
May 19, 2014 • 31 min
Welcome to Call Your Girlfriend! On this week’s agenda: Special IRL circumstances, smug Californians, the Obamacare struggle is real, menstruation clickbait, Beyonce’s influence, and drunk online shopping. Plus: What’s in a name?