Call Your Girlfriend

219 EpisodesProduced by Ann Friedman and Aminatou Sow

A podcast for long distance besties everywhere. Co-hosted by BFFs Ann Friedman and Aminatou Sow. Produced by Gina Delvac. Brand new every Friday.

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Demystifying Disability

April 19th, 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 …

Shine Theory 101

April 12th, 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 …

Terrible, Thanks for Asking

April 5th, 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 …

Structural Scammers

March 29th, 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 …

Real Queer America

March 22nd, 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 …

Abortion Is Our Right

March 15th, 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 …

Businesswoman Special 2: Podcast Millionaires

March 8th, 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 …

Pen15 Club

March 1st, 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 …


February 22nd, 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 …

Boss Ladies

February 15th, 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 …

Winter Books 2019

February 8th, 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 …

Instagram Anxiety

February 1st, 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 …

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

January 29th, 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 …

The Power of Poetry with Tracy K. Smith

January 25th, 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 …

Intimate Secrets

January 18th, 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 Women's March (or, why the only drama problem is no drama at all)

January 11th, 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, …

Permission Slip 2019

January 4th, 2019


Our yearly kickoff episode in which women we love give you permission to…

Top Sheroes of 2018

December 28th, 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, …

Thank You For Being a Friend

December 21st, 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 …

Non-Violent Embezzlement Scam

December 14th, 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 …

Delicious Company with Samin Nosrat

December 7th, 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 …

Money Money Money

November 30th, 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

November 23rd, 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 …

Seeking Justice

November 16th, 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 …

Post-Midterm Decompression with LeVar Burton

November 9th, 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

November 2nd, 2018


Readers are leaders! We talk with the authors of some of our favorite recent releases. Nicole Chung's memoir explores transracial adoption through …

Secret Shade with Alicia Garza

October 26th, 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 …

A Well-Dressed Monster is Still a Monster

October 19th, 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 …

Be a Good Ancestor with Stacey Abrams

October 12th, 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 …

Cute 'n' Dewy (sponsored by Ulta Beauty)

October 11th, 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 …

A Women's Anger with Rebecca Traister

October 5th, 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 …

Pay Caregivers Fairly with Ai-jen Poo

September 28th, 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 …

Give People Money

September 21st, 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.

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Alive with Rage in Q3

September 14th, 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 …

Abuse of Power Comes as No Surprise

September 7th, 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 …

White Fragility

August 31st, 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 …

Midterm Madness

August 24th, 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 …

Friendship Dilemmas

August 17th, 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. …


August 10th, 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 …

Internet Outrage Part 2: Millennial Money

August 3rd, 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 …

Internet Outrage Part 1: Privacy

July 27th, 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 …

Around the World in Feminist News

July 20th, 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 …


July 13th, 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. …

Summer Books 2018

July 6th, 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 …

Supreme Agony

June 29th, 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 …

Vote, Protest, Listen to Beyonce

June 22nd, 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 …

Buffet of Horrors

June 15th, 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 …

A Taxonomy of Scammers

June 8th, 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 …

Hot Bods

June 1st, 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 …

The Glass Shovel Brigade

May 25th, 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 …

Under His Iowa

May 18th, 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 …

The Wind in Your Hair

May 11th, 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 …

Hey Ladies

May 4th, 2018


Wedding season is in full swing. Michelle Markowitz and Caroline Moss join us to discuss their book Hey Ladies, which chronicles the (fictional) …

That Don't Impress Me Much

April 27th, 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 …

Ask A Man

April 20th, 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? …

Spring Books

April 13th, 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.

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Hot and Bothered with Cecile Richards

April 6th, 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 …

Cult Leader Goals

March 30th, 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 …

Beautiful Black Bobsledders sponsored by P&G

March 29th, 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 …

Asking for Help

March 23rd, 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 …

Third Eye Wide Open

March 16th, 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 …

Millennial Pinkwashing

March 9th, 2018


Shine Theory, millennial pinkwashing, and intellectual property in the internet age. Plus, women-only spaces for profit and for community.


Shine Theory / millennial pinkwashing

Appropriation in fashion

IP in the …

Believe Women's Pain!

March 2nd, 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 …

Bi Bi Bi

February 23rd, 2018


Gina takes over the host seat to discuss bisexuality. First, professor and psychologist Jennifer Vencill's research on health, sexual satisfaction, …

The Ladyweb

February 16th, 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 …

You New in Town?

February 9th, 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

February 2nd, 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 …

Cameron Esposito!

January 26th, 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. …

My Favorite Scammer, Wendi Deng

January 19th, 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 …

Hollywood Cheapskates

January 12th, 2018


Amina revisits Jacques Cousteau. We wanted hoverboards & underwater living, an end to racism and sexism, but all we got were these lousy scoop …


January 5th, 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 …

Best of CYG 2017

December 29th, 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 …

Top Shelf 2017

December 22nd, 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

December 15th, 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. …

So Much Drama

December 8th, 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 …

Winter Books

December 1st, 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 …


November 24th, 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 …

She Won

November 17th, 2017


Women winning in politics! Featuring good post-election news out of Virginia, Minnesota, Montana, Kansas, and elsewhere, and interviews with New York …

Feminist Dystopia

November 10th, 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 …

Pantsuits to Lawsuits

November 3rd, 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 …

Loophole Women

October 27th, 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, …

Tip of the Creep Iceberg

October 20th, 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 …


October 13th, 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 …

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

October 6th, 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 …

Episode 112: Political Bodies, Part 1 (featuring Good Muslim Bad Muslim)

September 29th, 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

September 22nd, 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, …

Episode 110: Sexual Journey

September 15th, 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

September 8th, 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 …

Episode 108: Bloody Prince Charles

September 1st, 2017


Diana, remembered. Kim in Interview Magazine (and North's first cover). How politicians, royals and celebrities spin the media. Where are the …

Episode 107: Summer of Aggravation

August 25th, 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. …

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

August 18th, 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 …

Episode 105: <<Censored>>

August 11th, 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 …

Episode 104: How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

August 4th, 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 …

Episode 103: Straight Scam Express

July 28th, 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' …

Episode 102: Just Awful

July 21st, 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 …

Episode 101: She's Running

July 14th, 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 …

Episode 100: Voter Oppression

July 7th, 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, …

Episode 99: Federal Gaslighting / Wow Wow Wow

June 30th, 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 …

Episode 98: No Convictions

June 23rd, 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. …

Episode 97: The Pursuit of Female Pleasure

June 16th, 2017


Two books all about women & pleasure: from a political stance, Jill Filipovic and Amina discuss how a feminist rewrite of policy would center …

Episode 96: See You on the Ballot

June 9th, 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 …

Episode 95: A Scammer's Scammer

June 2nd, 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, …

Episode 94: Wear Sunscreen

May 26th, 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 …

Episode 93: Romp and Circumstance

May 19th, 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 12th, 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 …

Episode 91: Class Warfare

May 5th, 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 …

Episode 90: So Many Moans

April 28th, 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 …

Episode 89: The Indignities of Being a Woman

April 21st, 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 …

Episode 88: Businesswoman Special

April 14th, 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

April 7th, 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 …

Episode 86: Cheeto Watch

March 31st, 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 …

Episode 85: This is Capitalism, Baby

March 24th, 2017


Neil Gorsuch's Supreme Court confirmation hearings. Human going-out-top and 24 year-old conservative Tomi Lahren facing blowback after supporting …

Episode 84: Ur Fave is Problematic

March 17th, 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 …

Episode 83: Obama Glow Up

March 10th, 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 …

Episode 82: It's a Trap!

March 3rd, 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 …

Episode 81: Six Pleats None the Richer

February 24th, 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 …

Episode 80: Drop the Ball

February 17th, 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, …

Episode 79: She Persisted

February 10th, 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 …

Episode 78: Bey-eus Ex Machina

February 3rd, 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 …

Episode 77: Executive Disorder

January 27th, 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?

January 20th, 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, …

Episode 75: You Are Fake News

January 13th, 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. …

Episode 74: Pump Up 2017

January 6th, 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 …

Out of Office: Happy Holidaze

December 23rd, 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 …

Episode 73: Year in Review

December 16th, 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 …

Episode 72: Giving and Gifting

December 9th, 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 …

Episode 71: I Have No Proof

December 2nd, 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 …

Episode 70: Chosen Family

November 25th, 2016


We discuss our love of Thanksgiving, namely Friendsgivings, frustrations with Black Friday, and what we're grateful for.

Episode 69: Get Swole

November 18th, 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 …

Episode 68: Rage Phase

November 10th, 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 …

Episode 67: It's Almost Over

November 4th, 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 …

Episode 66: Big League Overladies

October 28th, 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 …

Phone-a-friend: Conventional Desires with Michelle Tea

October 21st, 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

October 14th, 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 …

Phone-a-friend: Tech Realness with Nitasha Tiku

October 7th, 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 …

Episode 64: Erstwhile Sock Designer

September 30th, 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

September 23rd, 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 …

Episode 63: Everything We Disdain

September 16th, 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 …

Episode 62: Women-Only Weed Utopia

September 9th, 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 …

Episode 61: Rumors and Creeps

September 2nd, 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 …

Episode 60: Lady Villain

August 26th, 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 …

Self-Care PSA

August 19th, 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 59: (Don't) Hoard Money

August 12th, 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 …

Episode 58: Summer Bookstravagaza

August 5th, 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 …

Phone-a-friend: Convention Wisdom with Jorge Rivas

July 29th, 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 …

Episode 57: Make America Smell Great Again

July 22nd, 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

July 15th, 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 …

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

July 8th, 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 …

Episode 55: American Grifters

July 1st, 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

June 24th, 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

June 17th, 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 …

Episode 53: Worst Advice

June 10th, 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 …

Phone-a-friend: Ashly Perez

June 3rd, 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 …

Episode 52: Vegan Bernie Madoff

May 27th, 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 20th, 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 13th, 2016


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

Episode 49: SHE ILL

May 6th, 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

April 29th, 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 …

Phone-a-friend: con artist expert Maria Konnikova

April 22nd, 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

April 15th, 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. …

Episode 46: Period Piece

April 8th, 2016


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

Episode 45: Right Hand Woman

April 1st, 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 …

Episode 44: Comfort Hoodie

March 25th, 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 …

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

March 18th, 2016


Ann calls Smitten Kitchen creator Deb Perelman to learn about her favorite recipes and the hustle of cooking and writing for the internet, …

Live from LA! with Rebecca Traister

March 11th, 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 …

Phone-a-friend: illustrator Wendy MacNaughton

March 4th, 2016


In this phone-a-friend edition, Ann calls up Wendy MacNaughton, illustrator, visual journalist, and all around badass to talk about freelancing, …

Live from SF! and Melinda Gates

February 26th, 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 …

Episode 43: Gold Stars Forever

February 19th, 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 …

Phone-a-friend: Jenna Wortham

February 12th, 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 …

Episode 42: Twitter Ninja

February 5th, 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 …

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

January 29th, 2016


In this phone-a-friend edition, Ann calls author, fashion-forward and body positive activist Virgie Tovar. She shares her journey from happily …

Episode 41: Too Woke

January 22nd, 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 …

Phone-a-friend: K-drama with Dodai Stewart

January 15th, 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 …

Episode 40: Our Top Female Blowhard

January 8th, 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 …

Phone-a-Friend: Shani Hilton of BuzzFeed News

January 1st, 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 …

Episode 39: Ask Polly

December 25th, 2015


It's Christmas! In this phone-a-friend episode, Ann talks with writer Heather Havrilesky about her existential advice column Ask Polly, making …

Phone-a-friend: Tavi Gevinson

December 18th, 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, …

Episode 38: U. R. Just The Best

December 11th, 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 …

Phone-a-friend: Brooklyn Nine-Nine's Stephanie Beatriz

December 4th, 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, …

Episode 37: Thanksgiving Warriors

November 27th, 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 …

Phone-a-friend: Marisa Meltzer's favorite things

November 20th, 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

November 13th, 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 …

Phone-a-friend: Irin Carmon on the Notorious RBG

November 6th, 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

October 30th, 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 …

Episode 34: Sexy Bellybutton Feeling

September 11th, 2015


We discuss hrod17's email dump, Taylor's colonial fantasy, big sisters and little sisters, and menstruation-loving cultures. Plus! Sexy bellybutton …

Episode 33: Low Key Creep

August 28th, 2015


We discuss the 1989 Tour, our favorite Trump: Ivanka, political scandals and LOLs, Drake+Serena and white people appropriating black slang.
Reading …

Episode 32: Heavy Flow

August 13th, 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 …

Episode 31: Watching White People

July 31st, 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’

Episode 30: Summah Summahtime XXL

July 17th, 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 …

Episode 29: Free Boobin'

July 3rd, 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 …

Episode 28: Peach Fuzz

June 19th, 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 …

Episode 27: Notoriously Chill

June 5th, 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:

Episode 26: Appropriate Emoji

May 22nd, 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 …

Episode 25: Comfortably Chic

May 8th, 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 …

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

April 23rd, 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 …

Episode 23: Body's Choice

April 10th, 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 …

Episode 22: Your Time to Shine

March 27th, 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, …

Episode 21: Ironic Beef-o-sexual

March 13th, 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 …

Episode 20: Mrs. Money Mustache

February 27th, 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 …

Episode 19: Office Candy Dish

February 13th, 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, …

Episode 18: Hi, Haters

January 30th, 2015


We discuss men in jeggings, playing through the (period) pain, naming your baby Nutella, and confronting your internet trolls. 
Reading list:
Men in …

Episode 17: Imposter Syndrome

January 16th, 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 …

Episode 16: Notorious Ladies

January 2nd, 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 …

Episode 15: Origin Story

December 19th, 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 …

Episode 14: Top Shelf 2014

December 6th, 2014


We discuss the books, movies, TV and music we loved this year! Full recs at
Tinashe - Pretend ft. A$AP Rocky
Jenny Lewis - …

Episode 13: So Much Booty

November 21st, 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, …

Episode 12: I Voted

November 7th, 2014


We discuss the midterm elections, Taylor Swift and Beyonce, ebola and Jian Ghomeshi, and menstruation superpowers. Plus we answer questions about …

Episode 11: Home Girls

October 25th, 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 …

Episode 10: Strings Attached

October 9th, 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 …

Episode 9: Body Talk

September 26th, 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, …

Episode 8: Emotional Detox

September 12th, 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 …

Episode 7: Follow Your Arrow

August 29th, 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 …

Episode 6: You Know White People

August 15th, 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 …

Episode 5: Hey, budtender!

July 31st, 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, …

Episode 4: Breakup Time

July 18th, 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 …

Episode 3: Independent Ladies

July 4th, 2014


We discuss the terrible terrible Hobby Lobby decision, how much we love RBG, why annual lady exams are garbage, our predictions …

Episode 2: Wedding Season

June 27th, 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 …

Episode 1: Straight shame

June 4th, 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 …

Pilot: Say My Name

May 19th, 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 …

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