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Listen along every Wednesday as Dustin Ross, HeyFranHey & Assante explore mental health, mental wealth and mental hygiene, because who in the hell wants a musty brain?

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#TheFriendZone

The Friend Zone Loud Speakers Network

    • Comedy
    • 4.7 • 115 Ratings

Listen along every Wednesday as Dustin Ross, HeyFranHey & Assante explore mental health, mental wealth and mental hygiene, because who in the hell wants a musty brain?

Send inquiries and questions to:

TheFriendZone@loudspeakersnetwork.com

#TheFriendZone

    Powered by Ethereum - Featuring Latashá

    Powered by Ethereum - Featuring Latashá

    This week on #TheFriendZone, we're joined by @CallMeLatasha - a black creative at the intersection of Music and the Metaverse. And a trailblazer in the world of NFTs. Feeling confused or left behind by these new digital worlds? Follow along as we break it all down for the ecosystem.

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    Thank you to our Sponsors:
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    Have a GREAT day!

    • 1 hr 24 min
    Nommy Graminated

    Nommy Graminated

    This week on #TheFriendZone, it’s a shoot the shit episode. No Hot Button. No segments. Just whatever wants to come up. Brace yourselves.

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    THE FRIEND ZONE IS ON PATREON! Sign up now to catch our 4 spin-off shows (with audio, video and BTS images) and Livestream Tour: www.patreon.com/TheFriendZonePodcast

    Thank you to our Sponsors:
    McDonald’s - This episode of The Friend Zone is brought to you by the McDonald's 123 Dollar Menu. 


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    Have a GREAT day!

    • 1 hr 48 min
    Change of Address - A Bonus Episode Sponsored By Target

    Change of Address - A Bonus Episode Sponsored By Target

    This week’s episode of #TheFriendZone is brought to you by Target.

    Dustin and Assanté left their homes in their early 20s (Detroit + Atlanta) in pursuit of their dreams. Fran left her home in her late 30s (NYC) in pursuit of peace. We'll share what leaving home is like - from deciding where to go, to what to take and what to leave. Moving trucks. Finding homes in unfamiliar cities and neighborhoods. Finding work. Leaving old friends and loves. Leaving family. Making new friends. And starting life from scratch as an adult in a new city.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Nut Bush City Limits

    Nut Bush City Limits

    On this week’s episode of #TheFriendZone, Assanté walks us through physical, augmented and virtual realities and what it means for the quality of our lives. Are you signing up for the Metaverse?

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    THE FRIEND ZONE IS ON PATREON! Sign up now to catch our 4 spin-off shows (with audio, video and BTS images) and Livestream Tour: www.patreon.com/TheFriendZonePodcast

    Thank you to our Sponsors:
    McDonald’s - This episode of The Friend Zone is brought to you by the McDonald's 123 Dollar Menu. 


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    Have a GREAT day!

    • 1 hr 52 min
    Love & Folk Music

    Love & Folk Music

    On this week’s episode of #TheFriendZone, Dustin walks us through the Amanda Knox true crime story in Italy.

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    THE FRIEND ZONE IS ON PATREON! Sign up now to catch our 4 spin-off shows (with audio, video and BTS images) and Livestream Tour: www.patreon.com/TheFriendZonePodcast

    Thank you to our Sponsors:
    The Friend Zone x Target x AfroPunk - Hey y’all! We’re hosting a special video event sponsored by Target, talking all about the artists and performances from the Uncontained stage at Afropunk Atlanta. Make sure you tune in Thursday, November 11th, to check it out! It’s one day only, so mark your calendar for 11-11 and we’ll see you 
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    Follow us online:
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    Have a GREAT day!

    • 1 hr 57 min
    Alma Mater - A Bonus Episode Sponsored By Target

    Alma Mater - A Bonus Episode Sponsored By Target

    This week’s episode of #TheFriendZone is brought to you by Target.

    We discuss our college experiences; the pressures of standardized testing, college advisors, the application process and college visits. We share the factors that contributed to our final decisions - finances, parents, distance, etc. How it felt adjusting during the first semester. Living with roommates. Working odd jobs to make ends meet. Early morning classes. Managing your social life and grades. And trying to juggle your old life with your newfound life as a college kid.

    • 1 hr 10 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
115 Ratings

115 Ratings

Eliz9870 ,

the best

Nothing makes me happier than this podcast!

FrankieSinatra ,

💕

Literally my favourite trio! Love listening to you guys on my walks to the gym or while winding down in the evening ✨✨✨

mahogaknee ,

Just Fine

I've been listening to this podcast since it started in 2015 - it's always been entertaining, insightful and refreshing. Lately however, I find it a bit stale. While Fran continues to be the heart of the show, her ability to steer the flow of each episode is no longer enough for me to enjoy her co-hosts. Dustin is a great source of levity at the best of times but can quickly, and often, descend into a black gay pastiche of Quagmire from Family Guy. Assante has been the third wheel from day one and even now, he could easily be replaced without the show losing any of its substance.

I'm not sure if these criticisms are based in the objective quality of the show or if I'm just tired of it. Regardless of how I feel, these are very engaging people and the Friend Zone is still worth a listen if you're looking for something new.

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