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Ann Friedman and Aminatou Sow

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Call Your Girlfriend

Call Your Girlfriend

Ann Friedman and Aminatou Sow

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

Latest Episodes

Use the Power You Have

EHow can we create change from within institutions? We talk with longtime civil rights activist, Pramila Jayapal, who was elected to Congress in 2016 about her work with the Congressional Progressive Caucus, pushing for change within the Democratic Party. Plus, the challenging pace of change within government and the prospects for better federal policy to support immigrants, people out of work, and Black and brown communities devastated by police violence and other structures of white supremacy. We also discuss the viral moment in a 2019 hearing, when she reflected on being the parent of a non binary child. Rep. Jayapal's new book is Use the Power You Have. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

45 min3 d ago
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Use the Power You Have

These Precedented Times

EWe're engulfed in crises: caregiving, police violence, employment, and an election. These may feel like unprecedented times, and yet, some of our favorite guests have been experts and activists who tackle these issues. We listen back to excerpts from Ai-jen Poo of the National Domestic Workers Alliance on caregiving, journalist Annie Lowery on guaranteed income, Josie Duffy Rice on the criminal justice system's impacts on women, and Stacey Abrams on how all of us can lead, beginning from our own experiences and circumstances. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

41 min1 w ago
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These Precedented Times

Ace

EWhat does attraction mean, specifically for people who don't experience sexual attraction? Angela Chen joins us to talk about her book Ace: What Asexuality Reveals about Desire, Society and the Meaning of Sex. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

37 min2 w ago
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Ace

The Long Haul: Summer of Friendship #9

EFriendships that stretch into years and decades hold a special place in our lives, and require special tending. As we conclude our Summer of Friendship series, we hear about your big friendships that have gone the distance. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

40 min3 w ago
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The Long Haul: Summer of Friendship #9

Power of Community: Summer of Friendship #8

EWe often see people don’t have time for friends as life gets busier: Hint hint, it’s capitalism and patriarchy making you feel that way. And we interview author Mia Birdsong on building the communities and relationships we actually want, rather than those we’ve been told to want. Links Big Friendship Mia Birdsong How We Show Up: Reclaiming Family, Friendship, and Community See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

36 minAUG 21
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Power of Community: Summer of Friendship #8

Breakdowns: Summer of Friendship #7

EDifficult patches, communication breakdowns, and periods of estrangement are part of a LOT of important relationships, and friendships are no exception. We discuss our breakdown and why we had to go to therapy to start fixing it. And therapist Miriam Kirmayer shares tips for navigating conflict in friendship. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

36 minAUG 14
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Breakdowns: Summer of Friendship #7

Zadie Smith

EThis week we’re taking a break from our Summer of Friendship to bring you a very special guest: Zadie Smith!! Zadie Smith is the author of the novels White Teeth, The Autograph Man, On Beauty, NW, and Swing Time, as well as two collections of essays, Changing My Mind and Feel Free. Her latest is Intimations. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

48 minAUG 7
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Zadie Smith

The Trapdoor: Summer of Friendship #6

ERace plays out differently in every friendship. And not all interracial relationships involve a Black person and a white person, but ours does. As Wesley Morris wrote in his memorable review of the forgettable movie Ted 2: "For people of color, some aspect of friendship with white people involves an awareness that you could be dropped through a trapdoor of racism at any moment, by a slip of the tongue, or at a campus party, or in a legislative campaign. But it’s not always anticipated. You don’t expect the young white man who’s been seated alongside you in a house of worship to take your life because you’re black. Nor do you expect that a movie about an obscene teddy bear would invoke a sexual stereotype forced upon you the way Kunta Kinte was forced to become “Toby.” " Wesley talked with Aminatou about the trapdoors of interracial friendship, Joe Biden, friend breakups, and yes, Ted 2, in an interview we recorded while writing Big Friendship in 2019. Links: Wesley Morris is a...

57 minJUL 31
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The Trapdoor: Summer of Friendship #6

The Stretch: Summer of Friendship #5

EWe stretch when we grow with, and in response to, a friend. But it can be hard to figure out: How do you know how much to give to a friendship—and take from it? We talk to therapist Jordan Pickell about interdependence and the blurry line between leaning on friends and asking too much of them. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

44 minJUL 24
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The Stretch: Summer of Friendship #5

The Story of Sameness: Summer of Friendship #4

EWe did not write a “female friendship” book, but we are indeed two women. And our friendship has been both strengthened and threatened by the ways we communicate. We interview linguist Deborah Tannen, whose book You’re the Only One I Can Tell: Inside the Language of Women's Friendships was a touchstone for us—explaining concepts like "story of sameness," one way that some friends bond by finding similarities in each other's lives. Catch the virtual book tour and get a copy of Big Friendship at bigfriendship.com See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

44 minJUL 17
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The Story of Sameness: Summer of Friendship #4

Latest Episodes

Use the Power You Have

EHow can we create change from within institutions? We talk with longtime civil rights activist, Pramila Jayapal, who was elected to Congress in 2016 about her work with the Congressional Progressive Caucus, pushing for change within the Democratic Party. Plus, the challenging pace of change within government and the prospects for better federal policy to support immigrants, people out of work, and Black and brown communities devastated by police violence and other structures of white supremacy. We also discuss the viral moment in a 2019 hearing, when she reflected on being the parent of a non binary child. Rep. Jayapal's new book is Use the Power You Have. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

45 min3 d ago
Comments
Use the Power You Have

These Precedented Times

EWe're engulfed in crises: caregiving, police violence, employment, and an election. These may feel like unprecedented times, and yet, some of our favorite guests have been experts and activists who tackle these issues. We listen back to excerpts from Ai-jen Poo of the National Domestic Workers Alliance on caregiving, journalist Annie Lowery on guaranteed income, Josie Duffy Rice on the criminal justice system's impacts on women, and Stacey Abrams on how all of us can lead, beginning from our own experiences and circumstances. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

41 min1 w ago
Comments
These Precedented Times

Ace

EWhat does attraction mean, specifically for people who don't experience sexual attraction? Angela Chen joins us to talk about her book Ace: What Asexuality Reveals about Desire, Society and the Meaning of Sex. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

37 min2 w ago
Comments
Ace

The Long Haul: Summer of Friendship #9

EFriendships that stretch into years and decades hold a special place in our lives, and require special tending. As we conclude our Summer of Friendship series, we hear about your big friendships that have gone the distance. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

40 min3 w ago
Comments
The Long Haul: Summer of Friendship #9

Power of Community: Summer of Friendship #8

EWe often see people don’t have time for friends as life gets busier: Hint hint, it’s capitalism and patriarchy making you feel that way. And we interview author Mia Birdsong on building the communities and relationships we actually want, rather than those we’ve been told to want. Links Big Friendship Mia Birdsong How We Show Up: Reclaiming Family, Friendship, and Community See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

36 minAUG 21
Comments
Power of Community: Summer of Friendship #8

Breakdowns: Summer of Friendship #7

EDifficult patches, communication breakdowns, and periods of estrangement are part of a LOT of important relationships, and friendships are no exception. We discuss our breakdown and why we had to go to therapy to start fixing it. And therapist Miriam Kirmayer shares tips for navigating conflict in friendship. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

36 minAUG 14
Comments
Breakdowns: Summer of Friendship #7

Zadie Smith

EThis week we’re taking a break from our Summer of Friendship to bring you a very special guest: Zadie Smith!! Zadie Smith is the author of the novels White Teeth, The Autograph Man, On Beauty, NW, and Swing Time, as well as two collections of essays, Changing My Mind and Feel Free. Her latest is Intimations. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

48 minAUG 7
Comments
Zadie Smith

The Trapdoor: Summer of Friendship #6

ERace plays out differently in every friendship. And not all interracial relationships involve a Black person and a white person, but ours does. As Wesley Morris wrote in his memorable review of the forgettable movie Ted 2: "For people of color, some aspect of friendship with white people involves an awareness that you could be dropped through a trapdoor of racism at any moment, by a slip of the tongue, or at a campus party, or in a legislative campaign. But it’s not always anticipated. You don’t expect the young white man who’s been seated alongside you in a house of worship to take your life because you’re black. Nor do you expect that a movie about an obscene teddy bear would invoke a sexual stereotype forced upon you the way Kunta Kinte was forced to become “Toby.” " Wesley talked with Aminatou about the trapdoors of interracial friendship, Joe Biden, friend breakups, and yes, Ted 2, in an interview we recorded while writing Big Friendship in 2019. Links: Wesley Morris is a...

57 minJUL 31
Comments
The Trapdoor: Summer of Friendship #6

The Stretch: Summer of Friendship #5

EWe stretch when we grow with, and in response to, a friend. But it can be hard to figure out: How do you know how much to give to a friendship—and take from it? We talk to therapist Jordan Pickell about interdependence and the blurry line between leaning on friends and asking too much of them. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

44 minJUL 24
Comments
The Stretch: Summer of Friendship #5

The Story of Sameness: Summer of Friendship #4

EWe did not write a “female friendship” book, but we are indeed two women. And our friendship has been both strengthened and threatened by the ways we communicate. We interview linguist Deborah Tannen, whose book You’re the Only One I Can Tell: Inside the Language of Women's Friendships was a touchstone for us—explaining concepts like "story of sameness," one way that some friends bond by finding similarities in each other's lives. Catch the virtual book tour and get a copy of Big Friendship at bigfriendship.com See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

44 minJUL 17
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The Story of Sameness: Summer of Friendship #4

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