Call Your Girlfriend

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 Science of Friendship

    Feb 21 2020

    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.

  • Big Books & the Body Image Babadook

    Feb 14 2020

    American Dirt. Plus, our 90s fashion trauma.Reading List: American Dirt, explainedNYT reviewMyriam Gurba on American DirtBrandon Taylor on writing about people who don't look like youAgainst italicizing "foreign" wordsChunky soles: All the rageBooks we’re reading in lieu of American Dirt: Say Nothing by Patrick Radden KeefeMean by Myriam GurbaGirl by Edna O’BrienReal Life by Brandon Taylor

  • Winter Books: Critical Histories

    Feb 07 2020

    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.

  • Bad Bosses

    Jan 31 2020

    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.

  • Can a Woman be President?

    Jan 24 2020

    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.

  • How to Get Your Taxes Right

    Jan 17 2020

    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.

  • Armchair Edibles Experts

    Jan 10 2020

    How to stay engaged when the news is terrible (more reading less tweeting is always a good start). Ann's review of CATS and our philosophy of which drugs and film genres go well together. Plus who gets to be a podcast breakout.

  • Time and Memory

    Jan 03 2020

    How do we remember a decade of life and friendship? How do we visualize time? And how do we have compassion for our past selves? Aminatou and Ann reflect on who they were in the 20s, the pleasure of having older friends to look up to, and realizing that our younger friends may have different reference points.

  • 2019 in Voicemails

    Dec 27 2019

    We're truly long distance as we close out the year. Aminatou and Ann leave each other voicemails. Who? Weekly shares the top three Whos who became Thems in 2019, and Emma Straub of Books Are Magic shares some of her faves this year.

  • Know Her Name

    Dec 20 2019

    Survivors are speaking out and we’re listening. We talk with Chanel Miller, whose victim impact statement echoed around the internet as the anonymous Emily Doe at Brock Turner's trial. In her new book, Know My Name, Chanel tells her side of her story, which goes far beyond one awful night and a long trial.

  • Sex Work

    Dec 13 2019

    Sex work brings out extreme views. On one end of the dial: "It's purely exploitative and nothing someone could actively consent to!" And on the other: "It's wholly empowering consensual trade that should be celebrated!" We talk with writer and sex worker Lorelei Lee about how sex work can be like other kinds of labor: underpaid, boring, unfulfilling, and yet not necessarily vile criminality or sublimely erotic and expressive. A pair of laws passed by Congress in 2018, SESTA and FOSTA, have made ...more

  • Stop! Homer Time

    Dec 06 2019

    We rave about the power and politics of translation inspired by Emily Wilson's mind-blowingly less-misogynist translation of the Odyssey into English. And we talk with translator Katrina Dodson.

  • Financial Firsts

    Nov 29 2019

    Even as an adult, big decisions that involve money can provoke anxiety, uncertainty and seem so far away and inaccessible. In this episode, we demystify two big adult money moves: buying a home and investing money. Real estate agent Aiesha Bailey Mannle and financial expert Paco de Leon help guide us.

  • True Crime

    Nov 22 2019

    From TV crime dramas like SVU to the explosion in true crime podcasts, we delve into the public - and especially women’s - fascination with murder content. Whose stories are centered? How prevalent is murder these days anyway? Why is the subject so bingeable? Rachel Monroe joins us to discuss. Plus, how and when we think about our own deaths.

  • Borders and Boundaries

    Nov 15 2019

    We talk with Shirin Neshat about her solo exhibition at the Broad museum in Los Angeles. She's an Iranian-American artist who works in photography and film, using the personal to illuminate social change and political injustice in the Middle East and the United States.

  • Fall Books 2019

    Nov 08 2019

    We talk with authors Mary HK Choi and Liana Finck about their delightful new books. Plus, what we're reading: fiction, memoir and actionable non-fiction about climate change. Share your reading list on instagram with #cygbooks.Links:Permanent Record by Mary HK ChoiExcuse Me: Cartoons, Complaints, and Notes to Self by Liana FinckWe are the Weather by Jonathan Safran FoerInconspicuous Consumption by Tatiana SchlossbergA Year Without a Name by Cyrus Grace DunhamIn the Dream House by Carmen Maria Ma...more

  • Color Full Lives (sponsored episode)

    Nov 05 2019

    In a bonus episode to promote the current season of the Color Full Lives podcast, presented by State Farm we listen into Aminatou with co-hosts Tonya Rapley and Angela Yee. This season is all about financial planning for big life milestones. Amina, Tonya and Angela share their travel-saving tips and are joined by Jessica Nabongo who has visited every country in the world.Listen and subscribe to Color Full Lives on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Soundcloud.

  • The Fraud is Iconic

    Nov 01 2019

    A very political and newsy episode inspired by our visit to Washington, DC in which we discuss: Giuliani's butt dialsWho is speaking truth to power and who is rewriting history to spiff up their image (looking at you former DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen)Katie Hill's departure from CongressDrake's birthdayThe Democratic candidates' corny tendenciesThe FTC investigation into cult skincare brand Sunday Riley faking online reviews

  • The Education of an Idealist

    Oct 25 2019

    What does it take to live your ideals? We discuss growing up and trying to make a positive change in the world with former UN Ambassador Samantha Power.

  • Impeachment and the Scamnadian Prime Minister

    Oct 18 2019

    Life on the road, impeachment inches forward, and are vitamins for real? Plus, we talk to one of our favorite writers, Sarah Hagi, about Scamnadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. And, an apology for a fatphobic comment in last week's episode.

  • Death Becomes Her

    Oct 11 2019

    "Dead bodies are not dangerous!" is a fitting manta for mortician, author and death positivity activist Caitlin Doughty. This week: how to die, the funeral-industrial complex, and why you need an advance directive.

  • She's Got Guts

    Oct 04 2019

    Friend of the podcast Hillary Rodham Clinton returns with Chelsea Clinton to discuss their recent joint project, The Book of Gutsy Women.

  • Votes for Women

    Sep 27 2019

    Starting next year, you'll see celebration galore for the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, often celebrated as voting rights for American women. But which women could vote? We talk with historian Lisa Tetrault about the myths of suffrage (spoiler alert: it's not actually a right) and the racist politics of Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Then we move to the state of suffrage today with activists Arekia Bennett of Mississippi Votes and DeJuana Thompson of Woke Vote, who are w...more

  • She Said

    Sep 20 2019

    An update on #MeToo from Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, the New York Times reporters who broke the Weinstein story. They share behind-the-scenes details of how they urged survivors to speak out, the institutions and individuals that protect abusers, and some points of hope.

  • On the Basis of Sex

    Sep 13 2019

    Chase Strangio, an activist for trans rights and a staff attorney at the ACLU, talks about the Supreme Court case that we should all be outraged about. The government wants to redefine the Civil Rights Act to discriminate against transgender Americans, people in queer relationships, and anyone who doesn't fit a tidy definition of male and female. The Court takes up oral arguments on October 8.

  • The Highlander of Black Intellectualism

    Sep 06 2019

    Wondering what it's like to see us live? We share one of our favorite nights of 2018, when we visited Seattle and discussed Ted Cruz's love of Disney movies, Megyn Kelly's obsession with blackface and why one of our favorite writers, Ijeoma Oluo, would be perfectly happy if white people wanted to take up the hard work of talking about race.

  • So Many Money Feelings

    Aug 30 2019

    What makes you feel rich? When does money create strife in friendships? We go deep on our own money feelings and answer listener questions about money in relationships with Reema Khrais, host of This is Uncomfortable.

  • Copyright Your Nudes

    Aug 23 2019

    Bad people aren't only on the internet, but digital life sure gives predators and creeps more permission to make other people miserable. Fortunately, lawyers are fighting back. We talk about the taxonomy of predator behavior, how to anticipate their playbook, and turning victims to warriors with New York attorney Carrie Goldberg. Her new book is Nobody's Victim: Fighting Psychos, Stalkers, Pervs and Trolls. Content warning: sexual assault, revenge porn, and online harassment are discussed. If yo...more

  • Friends with Babies

    Aug 16 2019

    Binaries aren't good for babies or friendships. We discuss angst around the "gender reveal" party from the blogger who popularized it. How to avoid judgement around a friend's parenting and their choice about whether to become a parent. Crucially, how to weather change when a friend has kids and you don't. Hint: communicate! Also, untested but good-smelling mosquito repellents. And, we have brand new merch + don't forget to buy tickets to CYG Live! LinksTour / MerchInventor of gender reveal part...more

  • Shouting and Sweating in Snake Prints

    Aug 09 2019

    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 topics. The intractable problems of hate and guns, men who abused their power and want it back. And, Rest in Power, Toni Morrison. Content warning: gun violence and the fact of sexual violence are acknowledged in this episode.LinksMona Chalabi’s charts on domestic terrorismMetoo check in: Age of consent laws and EpsteinAlan Dershowitz profileEpstein case explain...more

  • Marriage vs. Friendship

    Aug 02 2019

    Marriage didn't always wreck friendships among women, as it did the 1950s, or strain both beloved relationships, as often happens today. Stephanie Coontz studies the long history of family structures from forager society to the present. History has some stark (and cheering) lessons about the ways that friendship functions as a deep human bond. Plus, we're renewed, refreshed, and restored after taking a break and doing a full home reorganization.LinksWe're going on tour!Stephanie CoontzThe Way We...more

  • Summer Books 2019

    Jul 26 2019

    We're staying cool reading plays, essays, sci-fi, and YA. Amina talks with Keah Brown about her essay collection, The Pretty One: On Life, Pop Culture, Disability, and Other Reasons to Fall in Love with Me. Gina chats with Aminah Mae Safi about her Gilmore Girls-inspired lesbian teen romance, Tell Me How You Really Feel. Tell us what you're reading by tagging #CYGbooks.

  • Girlfriends

    Jul 19 2019

    We look back at Girlfriends, the 1978 film that took women's friendship seriously long before Hollywood was ready to do the same. Director Claudia Weill talks with Gina about how Girlfriends was made and financed, her creative endeavors in television and theatre, and why she made just a handful of movies.

  • Adult Sex Ed

    Jul 12 2019

    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.

  • Body Hair

    Jul 05 2019

    Body hair! our feelings about it and our practices around it. Removing it, grooming it, loving it, hating it, keeping it. Our guest is data journalist Mona Chalabi, who’s written a lot about her relationship with the hair that grows on her bod. We also shout out Jacob Tobia’s Sissy: A Coming of Gender Story.

  • Pronoun Power

    Jun 28 2019

    How a functional piece of grammar says so much about the fight for gender equality and better representation for non binary and trans people. We learn about pronoun best practices and how progressive linguists are fighting for better words and more creative expression. If you’ve been wondering… is “they” a good stand-in when you don’t know someone’s gender or pronouns? How do I ask for people’s pronouns? If someone uses she/her does that mean she identifies as a woman? But isn’t “they” a grammat...more

  • Feminist Memory

    Jun 21 2019

    Writer and rock critic Jessica Hopper joins us to crate dig through some archives we have and some that we need. From the inbox appearance that sparked her friendship with Ann, to untold histories of women in arts and music, to the power of the year 1975 for women writing songs and playing them. Plus, Joni Mitchell, problematic fave.

  • Pleasure Activism

    Jun 14 2019

    We talk with author, organizer, doula, emergent strategist and podcast co-host adrienne maree brown about doing good while feeling good and her new book, Pleasure Activism.

  • Inclusion Ride-or-Die

    Jun 07 2019

    We’re talking about legal efforts to extend the #MeToo conversation beyond firing men who behaved badly. And we’re exploring policies that can actually foster more inclusive work environments. Plus, we talk to the co-author of the inclusion rider, attorney Kalpana Kotagal.

  • Spring Books 2019

    May 31 2019

    We talk about books we love in genres we don't often cover: poetry, graphic memoir, short stories and essays. Ali Liebegott talks with Ann about her poetry collection, The Summer of Dead Birds. Aminatou interviews Mira Jacob about her graphic memoir, Good Talk. Gina speaks with Xuan Juliana Wang about her collection of short stories, Home Remedies. And Briallen Hopper joins Aminatou to talk about her book of essays, Hard to Love. What are you reading? Tag #cygbooks to share your current faves. R...more

  • The Future is Yours

    May 24 2019

    Futurists are not only white guys who give self-congratulatory TED talks. Everything from political appeals to Instagram ads are pitching us on a vision of the future. 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.Rose’s podcast Flash Forward is everywhere you listen: Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, and more. This special edition of CYG includes excerpts from these Flash Forward episodes:Money f...more

  • Looks Like We Made It

    May 17 2019

    We reflect on how making Call Your Girlfriend has changed our friendship, and revisit some of the cringeworthy, hilarious, depressing, and proud moments we've had in five years of making this show.

  • How to Do Nothing

    May 10 2019

    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.

  • Believe Women's Pain! Part II

    May 03 2019

    Women's pain is frequently dismissed or underestimated by the medical establishment. Research into drugs and their effects often have few or no female subjects, meaning too little is known about symptoms specific to female-assigned bodies. So it's all too easy for doctors to treat those symptoms as psychological. Author Maya Dusenbery shares some disturbing stats from her research and what they mean for women's lives: how the average autoimmune patient goes four years and sees four doctors befo...more

  • Drunk Patriarchy

    Apr 26 2019

    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. LinksDrinking: A Love Story by Caroline KnappThe real reason why women drink (2016)The new face of risky drinking is female (2013)Digit appiPhone screentime settingsLibby app for library booksATM shakeMentalhealth.govNational Alliance on Mental IllnessFind a Therapist through Psychology Today or GoodTherapy.or...more

  • Demystifying Disability

    Apr 19 2019

    One in four Americans are disabled. It's one of the only minority groups you can join at any point in your life. And yet, people with disabilities are often ignored or stereotyped, including by other activists. This week we pass the mic to Kelly Dawson and Emily Ladau, two writers who also both have physical disabilities. Kelly and Emily describe the planning and preparation in their daily lives, the challenges of online dating while disabled, and resources for people without disabilities who wa...more

  • Shine Theory 101

    Apr 12 2019

    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.

  • Terrible, Thanks for Asking

    Apr 05 2019

    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.

  • Structural Scammers

    Mar 29 2019

    Scammers are in the news again. 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.Links:The real college admissions scamStacey Abrams doing the workAndrew Gillum doing the workBeto sucking up the press

  • Real Queer America

    Mar 22 2019

    "Real" America does not belong to white men in red states. Queer people do not only live their best lives in New York and San Francisco. Across the country, queer folks form tight knit communities and love their towns, in spite of the oppressive measures enacted by their state legislatures. We get real with journalist Samantha Allen and her book Real Queer America, which takes us along on a road trip to meet LGBT people from Tennessee, Utah, Georgia, Indiana, and more.

  • Abortion Is Our Right

    Mar 15 2019

    Abortion rights are under attack. And while many are scared, maybe for the first time, the push to control and criminalize women's health care is nothing new. For many Americans, access to abortion as promised after Roe v. Wade never really came. We discuss reproductive justice and ways to get involved in your community with activist Renee Bracey Sherman. And we learn how Chicago women took action to create safe, private ways to access abortion in the 1970s under the pseudonym JANE with one of t...more

  • Businesswoman Special 2: Podcast Millionaires

    Mar 08 2019

    Aminatou, Ann, and Gina discuss the business of Call Your Girlfriend, LLC in this hyper-transparent check-in. We still make most of our money from the ads you hear on the podcast, but we've branched out into live touring, more merch, and adding team members! (Welcome Sophie Carter-Kahn of She's All Fat fame, who is doing our social media!!) How CYG fits into all of our individual work lives (and LLCs). Then, we hear from Claire Mazur and Erica Cerulo about the bestie-preneurship secrets they unc...more

  • Pen15 Club

    Mar 01 2019

    We revel in Billy Porter’s tuxedo gown, Jason Momoa’s scrunchie, and Selma Blair’s cane. Watching Pen15 on Hulu is giving us all the middle and high school feels. And, remembering soul singer Jackie Shane.

  • G-L-O-R-I-A

    Feb 22 2019

    We sit down with feminist icon, author, and activist, Gloria Steinem to talk about some the defining friendships of her life. Plus, where our views diverge, particularly around sex work and pornography.

  • Boss Ladies

    Feb 15 2019

    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.

  • Winter Books 2019

    Feb 08 2019

    We discuss what's on our bookshelf and talk to authors of some of our favorite recent titles. Nikki Darling and her protagonist (also named Nikki Darling) explore teen girlhood and '90s Los Angeles in her novel Fade Into You. Esmé Weijun Wang investigates mental illness, stigma and her own diagnosis in The Collected Schizophrenias.

  • Instagram Anxiety

    Feb 01 2019

    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 ...more

  • The death and life of Julie Yip-Williams (sponsored by Pineapple Street Media)

    Jan 29 2019

    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.

  • The Power of Poetry with Tracy K. Smith

    Jan 25 2019

    Poetry is the kind of art that makes you slow down and pay attention. And we can’t imagine a better guide than Tracy K. Smith. Tracy is a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and the current U.S. Poet Laureate. She is the author of Wade in the Water, her most recent book of poems. She hosts The Slowdown podcast, which is all about seeing the world through poetry. And she is the editor of American Journal: 50 Poems for Our Time. We listen to Lia Purpura read her poem "Proximities." Plus, Aminatou and Ann ...more

  • Intimate Secrets

    Jan 18 2019

    Lingerie is more than silks and lace worn only to sexually entice someone else. We go deep on foundation garments: who makes them, who wears them, when, and why. From our own associations around comfort and desire, to the labor, design and skill involved in making intimate garments, to brands that are expanding sizes and shades to fit all bodies. Cora Harrington of The Lingerie Addict joins us with the case for why we all deserve to wear beautiful, comfortable things that fit us, so close to our...more

  • The Women's March (or, why the only drama problem is no drama at all)

    Jan 11 2019

    We discuss the very real concerns about antisemitism within the leadership of the Women's March. In a Kardashian-level internet investigation, we provide the backdrop of the past two years: from its initial organizing, centering of white women, framing principles, fallout from Charlottesville, and the recurring role of Louis Farrakhan. So while the New York Times is not incorrect to note the divisions "roiling" the Women's March, fighting for freedom and justice isn't a pretty and pleasant task ...more

  • Permission Slip 2019

    Jan 04 2019

    Our yearly kickoff episode in which women we love give you permission to…Liberate your attention (adrienne maree brown | How to Survive the End of the World)Make just a small adjustment (Autumn Brown | How to Survive the End of the World)NOT reply to email (Otegha Uwagba | Women Who)Get to know your body better (Erica Chidi Cohen | Loom)Be tender with yourself (Samhita Mukhopadhyay)

  • Top Sheroes of 2018

    Dec 28 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. We also tackled subjects like bisexuality, poop, and white fragility. We even had some men on the show this year! (Remember the dulcet tones of LeVar Burton?) Whether you're a weekly listener or you just heard about us, come bask in some of our favorite moments of the year.

  • Thank You For Being a Friend

    Dec 21 2018

    We asked for your meet-cute stories, the platonic version of a rom-com whirlwind friend romance. From love at first eyeroll to the bestie you initially hated, to staying friends through the rough patches, we listen to some voicemails and talk about the early days of friendship.

  • Non-Violent Embezzlement Scam

    Dec 14 2018

    We begin to close our books on 2018 as Nancy and Chuck get covered in Cheeto dust. Financial tips for the end of the year, including good money tracking, and organizations we're supporting. Plus, we're cheered by the gambling and vacationing exploits of a pair of scammer nuns.Reading list:Pelosi double-standardTaxes for ArtistsShop CYGScammer nunsOrganizations we support:Families Belong Together | Paola Mendoza on Twitter + InstagramBrooklyn Defender Services has an Amazon wishlist of warm cloth...more

  • Delicious Company with Samin Nosrat

    Dec 07 2018

    Our queen of cookbooks, Netflix, and writing is here! Samin Nosrat is the author of Salt Fat Acid Heat, and brings her infectious personality and obvious pleasure in eating to the TV show of the same name. We discuss her time at Chez Panisse, how male chefs take credit for their grandmothers centuries of unpaid kitchen labor, and amazing food writers of color to follow. Plus, you can make delicious things in the kitchen if you want to! Samin's pro-tips: don't judge yourself by Instagram and focu...more

  • Money Money Money

    Nov 30 2018

    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.

  • Rewriting Herstory with Alexis Coe

    Nov 23 2018

    Our favorite herstorian, Alexis Coe, joins us to bust Thanksgiving myths, shade male historians who always disparage the wives and mothers of U.S. Presidents, and shine light on some of the amazing women she profiles in her new podcast for The Wing, No Man's Land.

  • Seeking Justice

    Nov 16 2018

    Criminal justice reform is about more than police and prisons. It's about changing the way prosecutors do their jobs. It's about schools, community centers, parks, drug treatment and other resources that stop or delay interactions with the criminal justice system. It's about letting people vote and letting go of trumped-up claims of voter fraud. Lawyer, reporter and criminal justice reform advocate Josie Duffy Rice helps us think through the system, and the role we can play in fixing it, beyond ...more

  • Post-Midterm Decompression with LeVar Burton

    Nov 09 2018

    We decompress from our tour and the midterm elections. Plus, the one-and-only LeVar Burton helps us answer listener questions in a special post-election edition of Ask A Man.

  • Fall Books 2018

    Nov 02 2018

    Readers are leaders! We talk with the authors of some of our favorite recent releases. Nicole Chung's memoir explores transracial adoption through her own experience finding her birth family. Imani Perry brings playwright Lorraine Hansberry's complicated life and relationships into focus in her recent biography. Finally, Glory Edim's Well-Read Black Girl started as a t-shirt, became a book club, events series, and now an edited collection.

  • Secret Shade with Alicia Garza

    Oct 26 2018

    In an excerpt from our first stop on the Shine Theory Tour, we discuss the Cheeto Administration's attempts to erase trans people, investing advice from Reddit, and San Francisco's debate over how to fund services for homeless residents. Plus, we talk with Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza about how she channels her energy, how she manages hard days, and an innovative approach to handling haters. We have a full hour of additional segments that can only be seen on the road. There are sti...more

  • A Well-Dressed Monster is Still a Monster

    Oct 19 2018

    Elizabeth Warren's DNA test woes. (Psst: race is a social construct and tribal membership is not granted by chromosomes.) Practical Magic does not hold up. Hocus Pocus does. Melania's colonial cosplay. A brief consideration of fashion we loved from monsters in the Cheeto administration. Plus, Taylor and Kanye's role reversal.Reading List:Lizzie WarrenPractical Magic + the curse of heterosexuality (good alternative: Hocus Pocus)Bette Midler’s offensive tweetMelania, most bullied person in the wor...more

  • Be a Good Ancestor with Stacey Abrams

    Oct 12 2018

    Get a flu shot, make sure you're registered to vote, and make a vote-by-mail or Election Day plan with friends. We're still raging at the news, while trying to remind ourselves that working for freedom is a lifelong endeavor, and change can take centuries. A bright spot of hope: we talk with Stacey Abrams, who could be Georgia's next Governor.Reading ListCome see us on tour!Get a flu vaccineRegister to vote in the midtermsMichelle Alexander on resistanceAlicia Garza on the long gameMarian Wright...more

  • Cute 'n' Dewy (sponsored by Ulta Beauty)

    Oct 11 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 loud lip for public speaking, and following posts from people of color and of all genders reshaping the meaning of makeup. Plus, beauty hacks from some of our faves: Jenna Wortham, Virgie Tovar, Dodai Stewart, and Fariha Roisin.

  • A Women's Anger with Rebecca Traister

    Oct 05 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. When women get angry, movements form and revolutions spark. See: Rosa Parks, Florynce Kennedy, Maxine Waters, and many more sheroes. We discuss rage-crying, the specific history of white women's tears, the lasting impact of Professor Anita Hill, and who has room to express their rage today. No wonder we're told to keep our ang...more

  • Pay Caregivers Fairly with Ai-jen Poo

    Sep 28 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

    Sep 21 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

    Sep 14 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 women-owned businesses, and how many critiques fall disproportionately to Amina, personally. There no ethical consumption under capitalism. (And, fwiw, the Koch brothers do not own Coca-Cola.) Plus, Serena's righteous rage on the tennis court. And a new...more

  • Abuse of Power Comes as No Surprise

    Sep 07 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 a grad student, to accusations against Weinstein survivor Asia Argento (more damning texts), to himpathy for Louis C.K., we look at the many ways people we like or agree with have caused harm. In some cases, in deep contrast to the ideals they profe...more

  • White Fragility

    Aug 31 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 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 listenin...more

  • Midterm Madness

    Aug 24 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: Cynthia Nixon in New York and Felicia French in Arizona. Christine Hallquist is trans and just became the Democratic nominee for governor in Vermont. Plus, shoutouts to Congressional candidates Abby Finkenauer in Iowa; Lauren Underwood in Illinois; Ilhan...more

  • Friendship Dilemmas

    Aug 17 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 moved on and doesn't know how to talk about it. Friendships that are post-breakup. Friendships where fat shaming comes into play.

  • Kamala

    Aug 10 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 security imperative (as well as a moral one).Reading List:Harris-Rand op-ed on bail reformHarris statement on SESTASmart on Crime by Kamala HarrisAmericanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

  • Internet Outrage Part 2: Millennial Money

    Aug 03 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 it comes from, secret white people money, emotional spending, and what it means to be self-made.

  • Internet Outrage Part 1: Privacy

    Jul 27 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 that juice social media storylines do not. Just because someone's account is unlocked doesn't mean you should publicize their posts, at least not without permission. Plus, the hosts of Unladylike are diving deep into the Equal Rights Amendment and i...more

  • Around the World in Feminist News

    Jul 20 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 Nepal, menstrual stigma risks the lives of women and girls. In slightly better news, women in Egypt are working to end gender-based violence, starting with the men who drive cabs and tuk-tuks.Reading ListRussia: Hidden Flag / Pussy Riot World Cup pr...more

  • Pooptacular

    Jul 13 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 social construct of sex-segregated public bathroom.Reading ListEverybody is constipated by Maggie Koerth-Baker at FiveThirtyEightThe Lily on documenting their poop for the duration of the month“America has softened on stool.”Period poopsOprah was on...more

  • Summer Books 2018

    Jul 06 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 of murder and scandal set in the world of reality TV. Glynnis MacNicol's memoir No One Tells You This is full of dispatches on life after 40 when you don't follow a spouse-and-kids blueprint. Yrsa Daley-Ward is perhaps best known as a poet, and her ...more

  • Supreme Agony

    Jun 29 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 landmark cases Kennedy decided, and previews the likely jurisprudence to come. (Hint: it’s about as scary as you think.) A small silver lining: progressive Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won her Congressional primary thanks to grassroots support. Plus, we're w...more

  • Vote, Protest, Listen to Beyonce

    Jun 22 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). Delightful quotes from Flo Kennedy: ''Sweetie,'' she said, ''if you're not living on the edge, then you're taking up space.'' Gina got a website! Bey and Jay's creative partnership and black art in white spaces. And the power of a bespoke suit.Reading list:Gi...more

  • Buffet of Horrors

    Jun 15 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 ways to handle bouts of mental illness and depression within a friendship.Reading List:ShopCYG is back!DOJ not interested in asylumA small town in Tennessee deals with immigration raidsThat Merkel photo Voter-roll purges greenlit by SCOTUSWhy “You are l...more

  • A Taxonomy of Scammers

    Jun 08 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-heiress scammer; the guy who impersonated a Saudi royal; fake British royal-adjacent Thomas J Mace Archer Mills Esq.Political grifters: Trump cabinet scammers: Pruitt (and his wife), Carson, Zinke; Ivanka; all Trumps, really; Jill Stein, recount scamm...more

  • Hot Bods

    Jun 01 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 people with a range of hot bods; microdosing, psychedelics, and other ways we get out of our heads and into our bodies.Insta accounts we loveJessamyn Stanley / Keah Brown / #DisabledAndCute / the thicc / She’s All Fat / Jacob Tobia / Tuesday Bassen / Mu...more

  • The Glass Shovel Brigade

    May 25 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 group of women "hey guys"? how do you deal with a fragile male ego at work? And, you donated 580 pints of blood in our drive, enough to save 1700 lives!Reading list:“The glass cliff”Laura McGann on Al Franken + letters she’s gotten from men who miss ...more

  • Under His Iowa

    May 18 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 to challenge Roe v. Wade. In Ireland, voters could repeal a constitutional ban on abortion, May 25. New research on the stress and financial strain of anti-abortion laws. And a palate cleanser: we love the web series Bad Ally, Naomi Alderman's book, ...more

  • The Wind in Your Hair

    May 11 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. Masih's soon-to-be-released memoir is The Wind in My Hair.Reading List:The Wind in My Hair: My Fight for Freedom in Modern Iran by Masih AlinejadMy Stealthy Freedom campaignWhite Wednesdays Girls of Revolution Street

  • Hey Ladies

    May 04 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 gripes about weddings, group travel planning, and how to communicate better across budgets and desires.

  • That Don't Impress Me Much

    Apr 27 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 we are devastated about Shania Twain's support for Trump/inability to apologize like a proper Canadian.Reading List:Fear of A Black PatronAlex NietoEYEROLL @ Jon ChaitNooooo, SHANIA

  • Ask A Man

    Apr 20 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 Men:Cord JeffersonThomas Page McBeeChris Roan (aka Mr. Of a Kind)Ezra KleinBobby FingerJason ParhamSpencer AckermanEmmanuel HapsisJorge RivasThe Resources:Chris's skin care picks, Ezra's book list and more at callyourgirlfriend.com

  • Spring Books

    Apr 13 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 Boys Club of Silicon Valley by Emily ChangJust the Funny Parts: And a Few Hard Truths About Sneaking Into the Hollywood Boys’ Club by Nell ScovellYour Art Will Save Your Life by Beth PickensEmergency Contact by Mary HK ChoiThe Female Persuasion by Meg Woli...more

  • Hot and Bothered with Cecile Richards

    Apr 06 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 five hours, and what's next. (A political career perhaps?) Her new book is Make Trouble with the #goals subtitle Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead--My Life Story. Come for the juicy behind-the-scenes memoir about the fight for...more

  • Cult Leader Goals

    Mar 30 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 international buffet of blood donation snacks along the way. A SESTA update. Plus, Aly Raisman is calling out concern-troll critics who re-victimize her fellow Olympic gymnasts.Reading list:Stormy Daniels is a bossSESTA update: It passedWild Wild Count...more

  • Beautiful Black Bobsledders sponsored by P&G

    Mar 29 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

    Mar 23 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 Michiel Huisman. An update from Patti Masciesz aka @artpatti on how CYG listeners have been billing the patriarchy! We love Drag Race! But have to drag some of RuPaul's outdated views on trans folk.Reading ListRemember to sign up for the blood drive!Scru...more

  • Third Eye Wide Open

    Mar 16 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: childcare, missed opportunities, emotional labor and all. Plus, that time Amina coverted a Trump voter at the resort bar in Jamaica.

  • Millennial Pinkwashing

    Mar 09 2018

    Shine Theory, millennial pinkwashing, and intellectual property in the internet age. Plus, women-only spaces for profit and for community. *****Shine Theory / millennial pinkwashingAppropriation in fashionIP in the internet ageJaclyn Friedman laying groundwork on consentAudre Lorde laying groundwork on *everything*NYC: The Wing and New Women SpaceLA: Women's Center for Creative Work

  • Believe Women's Pain!

    Mar 02 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 Lives Matter teen organizers got the same love and support?

  • Bi Bi Bi

    Feb 23 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 bisexuality, how we identify, the richness of being bi, and how to proceed when you feel new feelings for a friend.

  • The Ladyweb

    Feb 16 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. Plus, Kayleen Schaefer on the history of female friendship, her book Text Me When You Get Home, and policy changes that can better recognize powerful platonic relationships.

  • You New in Town?

    Feb 09 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

    Feb 02 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 her career journey with Amina and her exciting projects to come.

  • Cameron Esposito!

    Jan 26 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 making the art you needed when you were a kid. Plus, Amina and Ann get real about the heteronormative (and oldtimey?) use of 'girlfriend' in the title of this podcast.

  • My Favorite Scammer, Wendi Deng

    Jan 19 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 backlash against #metoo. (Content warning: while we do not discuss allegations in detail, if you need to skip this segment, we understand. We love you. This episode is long and intentionally front-loaded with fun stuff!)

  • Hollywood Cheapskates

    Jan 12 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 working. Millionaire celebs donate paltry amounts to Time's Up. Americans desperate for stable genius try to make Oprah be president (let her be Oprah!) And this week in menstruation, free tampons at school in California and Illinois.

  • LEVEL UP 2018

    Jan 05 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.

  • Best of CYG 2017

    Dec 29 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 us their voices. If your bestie is daunted by our back catalog, this is the episode to draw her in.

  • Top Shelf 2017

    Dec 22 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

    Dec 15 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, an academic who tried to confirm gender norms got caught scamming. Zoe Terry is our girl shero. And an easy way to make someone's day this holiday with Operation Santa.

  • So Much Drama

    Dec 08 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 big deal, but minor acts of discrimination are part of a long game. The waters continue to reveal the creep iceberg as more men in media fall. And yet, Terry Crews' story of assault isn't getting much attention and John Oliver simply doing his job is...more

  • Winter Books

    Dec 01 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).

  • I-U-Didn't!

    Nov 24 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 #metoo moment can be about so much more than who gets punished, financially. And, Shine Theory at the NYC marathon.

  • She Won

    Nov 17 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 how they’re working to make change right now.

  • Feminist Dystopia

    Nov 10 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 level. And Australian novelist Charlotte Wood imagines a near-future world where women and shamed, punished and turn on one another. 

  • Pantsuits to Lawsuits

    Nov 03 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 of Silicon Valley sexism and abuse. Amina talks with Gretchen about her book, Be Fierce, and with Ellen about her book, Reset. Plus, #WomenofNPR respond to newsroom harassment and the resignation of a top-level editor.

  • Loophole Women

    Oct 27 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 inventing new tests for lead in water. Amy Cuddy, power posing, and the danger of popularity in the academy.

  • Tip of the Creep Iceberg

    Oct 20 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).

  • Who?

    Oct 13 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 to do a Google. (Fear not Wholigans: this episode's totally original for you, too).

  • Political Bodies, Part 2 (featuring She's All Fat)

    Oct 06 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)

    Sep 29 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 111: Hillary

    Sep 22 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 debrief with Ann, all the way from Australia.

  • Episode 110: Sexual Journey

    Sep 15 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

    Sep 08 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 the help of our listeners. Featuring nurse Amy Roberts, certified nurse-midwife Laura Todaro (we're now obsessed with midwives!), and physical therapist with special training in pelvic health, Dana Taussig. Plus, Midwest Divas, we're coming to you in...more

  • Episode 108: Bloody Prince Charles

    Sep 01 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-founder to pave the way for their startup, and when Prince Charles wanted to be a tampon(?!)

  • Episode 107: Summer of Aggravation

    Aug 25 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 Merchant about her new book, the Power of Onlyness. Related, why there will never be another Oprah.

  • Episode 106: Can't Believe We're Talking About Nazis (and She Sheds)

    Aug 18 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 conversation about the perils of group exercise, She Sheds (they're more than mancaves or menstrual huts), your feedback about the Girl Scouts, and where we'll be for the solar eclipse. Even in 2017, we can have nice things.

  • Episode 105: >

    Aug 11 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 a White Person!

  • Episode 104: How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

    Aug 04 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 stop many officials from getting drawn into a phishing scheme. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is *just fine* funding anti-choice candidates. Fleeing from Central America after being accused, prosecuted and jailed for an illegal abortion...more

  • Episode 103: Straight Scam Express

    Jul 28 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 news, the Japanese artist who 3D printed the shape of her vagina into a kayak is back. The 150 best albums by women and 150 worst albums by men. Plus, CYG's summer bucket list (boob hickies and many crossfades are definitely on it).

  • Episode 102: Just Awful

    Jul 21 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 science. Weighing a blacklist for Silicon Valley creeps. Keeping us posi: the hilarious new movie Girls Trip.

  • Episode 101: She's Running

    Jul 14 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 biophysics running for Congress in Pennsylvania's 7th district. And yet, so much change is local. We hear from Erica Mauter who started running for a City Council seat in Minneapolis when she realized the candidate she wanted to see was a person with...more

  • Episode 100: Voter Oppression

    Jul 07 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 in the kitchen. Plus, Amina breaks down the latest (dark) developments in the Rob Kardashian-Blac Chyna saga.

  • Episode 99: Federal Gaslighting / Wow Wow Wow

    Jun 30 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, and our suggestions for where to get your own luxury loungewear. Plus, new regulation of crisis pregnancy centers in California.

  • Episode 98: No Convictions

    Jun 23 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 for their crimes. 

  • Episode 97: The Pursuit of Female Pleasure

    Jun 16 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 writer Chris Kraus, whose work is about so much more than "I Love Dick," including an exploration of class and race on the border in the Bush years, and her forthcoming biography of writer, artist and self-proclaimed It Girl Kathy Acker.

  • Episode 96: See You on the Ballot

    Jun 09 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 council or school board. We hear from Stephanie Schriock of EMILYs List about the 10k+ women (!) who have expressed interest in running since the 2016 election. And from Amanda Litman of Run for Something, which encourages young people to get involved in p...more

  • Episode 95: A Scammer's Scammer

    Jun 02 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 Hillary been up to? Samanthy Irby on lattes, avocado toast and economic security. Finally, Amanda Chantal Bacon, your scammer's favorite scammer, and 'shipping Stanley Tucci and Jeff Goldblum.

  • Episode 94: Wear Sunscreen

    May 26 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 improve the lives of women in Saudi Arabia and while we respect Melania's hand-swatting, her divorce in the making is costing taxpayers some $$$$.

  • Episode 93: Romp and Circumstance

    May 19 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

    May 12 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: A Novel by Doree Shafrir.

  • Episode 91: Class Warfare

    May 05 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 do when your boss calls you sweet, men who want kids and their female partners who aren't so sure, and a single person's guide to friendship as your besties couple up and start having kids.

  • Episode 90: So Many Moans

    Apr 28 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 shoutout to Ireland's Repeal the 8th abortion access activists.

  • Episode 89: The Indignities of Being a Woman

    Apr 21 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 public comment. Diversity and inclusivity within the organizing ranks of the march for science. Plus, Barack Obama, former-POTUS, present Instagram Husband. And Tavi Gevinson returns to tell us about Rookie's new podcast in collaboration with MTV.

  • Episode 88: Businesswoman Special

    Apr 14 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

    Apr 07 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 cervical fluids. And, the women in a boyband-style group who call themselves "handsome youths."

  • Episode 86: Cheeto Watch

    Mar 31 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 Georgia. Plus, the hardest working baby in show business.

  • Episode 85: This is Capitalism, Baby

    Mar 24 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 compared to the attempted rehabilitation of American Apparel founder and CEO super villain Dov Charney.

  • Episode 84: Ur Fave is Problematic

    Mar 17 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 liars. Plus, Inspector Gadget and ALL of our problematic faves.

  • Episode 83: Obama Glow Up

    Mar 10 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 thrifting. Women are having too much fun to retire. And, staying politically engaged in a red state.

  • Episode 82: It's a Trap!

    Mar 03 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, but also fake news. Cheeto Watch continues as Kellyanne gets too comfortable in the Oval Office and HBCU leaders realize they got played. Plus, a "feminist" manifesto.

  • Episode 81: Six Pleats None the Richer

    Feb 24 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 cafe in Manhattan, and the ridiculous GOOP-endorsed vaginal workout tools for when simple Kegels aren't enough.

  • Episode 80: Drop the Ball

    Feb 17 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 get ahead by doing less. Her new book is Drop the Ball.

  • Episode 79: She Persisted

    Feb 10 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, impeccable Super Bowl performances, and Galentine's Day.

  • Episode 78: Bey-eus Ex Machina

    Feb 03 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 left and the right.

  • Episode 77: Executive Disorder

    Jan 27 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?

    Jan 20 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 have led to the highest maternal mortality rate in the developed world, and more anti-choice policies could be coming soon. In celebrityland, Kim is back on social media, Amina can't be emotionally implicated by Kanye right now, but Selena Gomez and t...more

  • Episode 75: You Are Fake News

    Jan 13 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 of the upcoming Women's March on Washington. More at womensmarch.com

  • Episode 74: Pump Up 2017

    Jan 06 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 this year. Plus, making creative work, getting politically engaged and staying accountable with arts consultant Beth Pickens.

  • Out of Office: Happy Holidaze

    Dec 23 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

    Dec 16 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 mention the ceaseless gun violence this year. And, some comfort to recall for 2017 from the Joy of Missing Out and the chillout hoodie.

  • Episode 72: Giving and Gifting

    Dec 09 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

    Dec 02 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

    Nov 25 2016

    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

    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

    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 04 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

    Oct 28 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 blood, dude). How Amina got Wiki-leaked. And answers to listener questions about hiring women and the friendzone fallacy.

  • Phone-a-friend: Conventional Desires with Michelle Tea

    Oct 21 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

    Oct 14 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

    Oct 07 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 Westworld.

  • Episode 64: Erstwhile Sock Designer

    Sep 30 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

    Sep 23 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

    Sep 16 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

    Sep 09 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 time of crisis.

  • Episode 61: Rumors and Creeps

    Sep 02 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 Parker to lady villain Arianna Huffington. And a billion dollar period idea.

  • Episode 60: Lady Villain

    Aug 26 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 question about how to befriend older women.

  • Self-Care PSA

    Aug 19 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

    Aug 12 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 ripped off her work and her path to becoming an indie merch queen.

  • Episode 58: Summer Bookstravagaza

    Aug 05 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 workplace sexism, Feminist Fight Club, is out in September.

  • Phone-a-friend: Convention Wisdom with Jorge Rivas

    Jul 29 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, immigration, and the real people driving social movements.

  • Episode 57: Make America Smell Great Again

    Jul 22 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

    Jul 15 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 in 2012. Plus, what you can do to make your voice heard.

  • Phone-a-friend: Midwest Diva Power Hour with Katie Blair

    Jul 08 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

    Jul 01 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

    Jun 24 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

    Jun 17 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-Sherman and Kim Gandy.

  • Episode 53: Worst Advice

    Jun 10 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

    Jun 03 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

    May 27 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

    May 20 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

    May 13 2016

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

  • Episode 49: SHE ILL

    May 06 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

    Apr 29 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 story and pump up song. And spoken sound art from musician Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs.

  • Phone-a-friend: con artist expert Maria Konnikova

    Apr 22 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

    Apr 15 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 power lady Kara Swisher about her political ambitions and sex appeal from the Lesbians Who Tech Summit.

  • Episode 46: Period Piece

    Apr 08 2016

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

  • Episode 45: Right Hand Woman

    Apr 01 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 lightning round on her besties and what her podcast with Hillary would be about. Plus, Amina and Ann debrief on Susan Sarandon, the white people bubble, and current reading lists.

  • Episode 44: Comfort Hoodie

    Mar 25 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 chillout hoodie.

  • Phone-a-friend: Smitten Kitchen's Deb Perelman

    Mar 18 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

    Mar 11 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

    Mar 04 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

    Feb 26 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

    Feb 19 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 passion.

  • Phone-a-friend: Jenna Wortham

    Feb 12 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 Obamas. Plus, catfishing confessions.

  • Episode 42: Twitter Ninja

    Feb 05 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's Twitter rant. And hate the caucuses but not Iowans.

  • Phone-a-friend: Lose Hate Not Weight with Virgie Tovar

    Jan 29 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

    Jan 22 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

    Jan 15 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

    Jan 08 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 philanthropist Ruth Ann Harnisch on small and sustainable ways to effect big change.

  • Phone-a-Friend: Shani Hilton of BuzzFeed News

    Jan 01 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, Amina's white DNA, what has happened on Grey's Anatomy since we all stopped watching and life lessons from Shonda Rhimes.

  • Episode 39: Ask Polly

    Dec 25 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

    Dec 18 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 much grown ass woman shit.

  • Episode 38: U. R. Just The Best

    Dec 11 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

    Dec 04 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 favorite TV shows and so much more.

  • Episode 37: Thanksgiving Warriors

    Nov 27 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

    Nov 20 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

    Nov 13 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

    Nov 06 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

    Oct 30 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 the record straight on Shine Theory.

  • Episode 34: Sexy Bellybutton Feeling

    Sep 11 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

    Aug 28 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 forever Fuckboy misuse Shoutouts: Listen to Ann on the Dinner Party Download and Amina on Rerun and The Main Draw

  • Episode 32: Heavy Flow

    Aug 13 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 week in menstruation: free bleeding marathon period feminism

  • Episode 31: Watching White People

    Jul 31 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 female White People

  • Episode 30: Summah Summahtime XXL

    Jul 17 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: National Parks Ariana Grande Summer bodies Queen Serena Summer of Swoll Magic Mike XXL

  • Episode 29: Free Boobin'

    Jul 03 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 how to deal with an office frenemy. Reading List: A week of free boobin' Ira Glass on doing the work Stanley Tucci in a polka dot apron Watch: Stanley Tucci and chef Eric Ripert make martinis and risotto

  • Episode 28: Peach Fuzz

    Jun 19 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 Affleck || Ariana Grande's feminist letter Women who shave their faces We endorse: Mat Johnson's amazing new book

  • Episode 27: Notoriously Chill

    Jun 05 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 Junior Brown - Surf Medley Ratatat - One Hannah Rad Edit of Robyn - Call Your Girlfriend

  • Episode 26: Appropriate Emoji

    May 22 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 feminist Men and housework Cannes Flatgate Ugh soylent How the other half lives Sandra Bem, extraordinary woman Shine Theory: Serena Williams: “Let’s just put an end to this myth that women players cannot be friends.” This week in menstruation: The Period ...more

  • Episode 25: Comfortably Chic

    May 08 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 love you, Bruce Jean Nidetch, Weight Watchers boss lady / “Compression is just so 15 years ago” "You'll be the hottest girl in the nation with just a touch of foundation" Diva cup of doom || bleached tampons greek heroism

  • Episode 24: My Neck, My Back, My Netflix and My Snacks

    Apr 23 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 part of OpenTable's #100opentables. Reading list: Period panties Goodnight Menses Tech dudes in couples therapy Toni Morrison's regrets

  • Episode 23: Body's Choice

    Apr 10 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" is condescending. California is in full drought mode. And Carolyn Pennypacker-Riggs of BOUQUET on the business of making music.  Reading and music list at callyourgirlfriend.com.

  • Episode 22: Your Time to Shine

    Mar 27 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

    Mar 13 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" Medicating women's feelings The all-dude Ghostbusters remake Shine theory in downhill mountain biking

  • Episode 20: Mrs. Money Mustache

    Feb 27 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 Spanx was to the undergarment business Mr Money Moustache Pound Foolish || The Opposite of Spoiled Music list at callyourgirlfriend.com

  • Episode 19: Office Candy Dish

    Feb 13 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 doing the office housework Public radio voice and vocal fry The grossest period joke ever Red carpet revolt Kanye & Taylor Music list at callyourgirlfriend.com

  • Episode 18: Hi, Haters

    Jan 30 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 troll A week of online harassment Girlhood! Girlhood opens in limited US release Friday, January 30.

  • Episode 17: Imposter Syndrome

    Jan 16 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 Rosie? This week in Shine Theory, the delightful contestants on Masterchef, Jr. This week in menstruation, an IUD update and don't flush tampons. And, how to deal with imposter syndrome. Reading List: Closet pare-down Women who don’t want other women to...more

  • Episode 16: Notorious Ladies

    Jan 02 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 depo shots. Watch list: Country hunks for Hillary Amina and RBG! Go see Selma Music: Robyn - Call Your Girlfriend Weezer - The Good Life Enya - Only Time Hannah Rad edit of Robyn - Call Your Girlfriend

  • Episode 15: Origin Story

    Dec 19 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 edit of Robyn - Call Your Girlfriend

  • Episode 14: Top Shelf 2014

    Dec 06 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 Shmurda - Hot N*gga Remy Ma - I’m Around Sinkane - How We Be Perfume Genius - Queen

  • Episode 13: So Much Booty

    Nov 21 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 columbusing the booty shine theory in the wild squatty potty Music: Robyn - Call Your Girlfriend Speelburg - Kline Janelle Monae ft. Solange - Electric Lady 2 Live Crew - Too Much Booty in the Pants Hannah Rad edit of Robyn - Call Your Girlfriend

  • Episode 12: I Voted

    Nov 07 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 will not be bullied. "I knew about Jian Ghomeshi" Menstruating women boxers Music: Robyn - Call Your Girlfriend I Just Can't Wait to Be King Taylor Swift - Shake it Off Cut Copy - Hanging on to Every Heartbeat Phantogram - Black Out Days remix ft Danny ...more

  • Episode 11: Home Girls

    Oct 25 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 Your Girlfriend ZZ Top - Viva Las Vegas Hannah Rad edit of Robyn - Call Your Girlfriend

  • Episode 10: Strings Attached

    Oct 09 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 "empowertising" on the runway and why Karl Lagerfeld is evil. Music: Robyn - Call Your Girlfriend Roxane Polvin - I'm Too Sexy Caribou - Silver Lorde - Team (Autograf remix) Clean Bandit ft Jess Gwynne - Rather Be The Chainsmokers - KANYE (Kasum remix) ...more

  • Episode 9: Body Talk

    Sep 26 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. Reading list: What if you just don't know if you want kids?  Ban Meghan Trainor Don't mess with Shonda or Viola Meet the College Women Who Are Starting a Revolution Against Campus Sexual Assault "Carry that Weight" Tampon run! "Oh God, he's done period-s...more

  • Episode 8: Emotional Detox

    Sep 12 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 white The white mom of a black son gets a rude awakening On the likelihood of bumping into a police officer Adult summer camp, not as sexy as it sounds "we watch an early-sixties blonde seduce a mid-thirties male"

  • Episode 7: Follow Your Arrow

    Aug 29 2014

    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.  Music: Beyoncé - Irreplaceable QT - Hey QT Snakehips - Days Without You ft. Sinead Harnett Kacey Musgraves - Follow Your Arrow Phantogram - Fall in Love Hannah Rad edit of Robyn - Call Your Girlfriend

  • Episode 6: You Know White People

    Aug 15 2014

    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 adult The pope is so wrong about the internet A story about defusing hyper-masculine aggression Awesome baby feminists Black people, white perception lol at the phrase "accused of menstruation"

  • Episode 5: Hey, budtender!

    Jul 31 2014

    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 the New York Times: wedding weed concierges.  Reading List: Kanye’s GQ cover story Beyonce fragrances What happens when women and minorities try to promote diversity at work OMG POT AT WEDDINGS

  • Episode 4: Breakup Time

    Jul 18 2014

    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 infamous potato salad kickstarter LeBron takes his talents to South Beach and back again The LeBron profile Nike didn't want us to read Apparently you can get paid to gestate a baby Sponsored shout-out to Heraty Law!

  • Episode 3: Independent Ladies

    Jul 04 2014

    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 Has to Say About Hobby Lobby is The Truth Annual pelvic exams are useless FIRST MOON PARTY!

  • Episode 2: Wedding Season

    Jun 27 2014

    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

  • Episode 1: Straight shame

    Jun 04 2014

    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 chillness, self-loathing straight people, and hippie remedies. Plus! A defense of rom-coms from Vulture writer Lindsey Weber. Reading List: Caftan-ready bodies Reparations You didn’t read that reparations article and here’s how we know The plural o...more

  • Pilot: Say My Name

    May 19 2014

    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?