350 episodes

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

Call Your Girlfriend Ann Friedman and Aminatou Sow

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6 • 3.8K Ratings

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

    Bandsplain

    Bandsplain

    Yasi Salek's podcast Bandsplain has us listening to music like teens again, with obsessive curiosity about whole albums and the quirks and life stories that draw us into the artists we come to love, or learn more about canonical artists we never understood.

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    • 49 min
    The Silent but Deadly Fart of Racism

    The Silent but Deadly Fart of Racism

    George McCalman is an artist, a writer, an illustrator, and a designer. This man does it ALL. He spent many years as a magazine creative director, shaping the look and feel of publications such as Mother Jones, Readymade, Afar. Then he opened up his own studio, McCalman Co, where he collaborates on branding, design, and editorial projects. This year his work was nominated for a National Design Award for communication design. He’s a writer. He shows his fine art in galleries. He created the Observed column for the San Francisco Chronicle, in which he illustrated his observations of the city’s cultural life. Recently, he worked on chef Bryant Terry’s new book, Black Food, which is a gorgeous tribute to the foodways of the African diaspora and is out next week. George is also deep in the work of creating Illustrated Black History: Honoring the Iconic and the Unseen, which will be out next year.

    LINKS

    McCalman.co

    Return to Sender / Tell Me Three Things I Can Do

    Illustrated Black History

    Black Food

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    • 1 hr
    Change is Always Coming

    Change is Always Coming

    How fixed are we in our ways of being and doing things? We're always confronting change, but how much can we choose it? These are some of the big ideas through small moments Jade Chang tackles in her Audible Original, You've Already Changed Your Life: A Recipe for a Revelation. Jade is a friend of the podcast, deep thinker, and author of the excellent novel, The Wangs vs. The World.

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    • 54 min
    SCOTUS vs. Abortion (sponsored by Rewire News Group)

    SCOTUS vs. Abortion (sponsored by Rewire News Group)

    In a special episode brought to you by Rewire News Group, we go deep on the conservative push to regulate and ban abortion in Texas and Mississippi with Imani Gandy and Jessica Mason Pieklo of the Boom Lawyered podcast. 

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    • 41 min
    Disability, Fragility, Vulnerability

    Disability, Fragility, Vulnerability

    Emily Ladau and Kelly Dawson return to dispel dull narratives around disability and go beyond the 101. How coping with fragility creates resilience. How friendships deepen with the knowing and trust that disabled people share. What allyship looks like to them as physically disabled women. The hypocrisies of non-disabled people's reactions to COVID, and, in its wake, how we can all look more closely at what it means to live a full life.

    LINKS:

    Kelly Dawson

    Emily Ladau

    Emily’s new book, Demystifying Disability 

    Demystifying Disability, Emily and Kelly’s 2019 conversation for CYG

    On becoming friends with a non-disabled person - Cup of Jo

    What is disabled motherhood like? - Cup of Jo

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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Believing Anita Hill

    Believing Anita Hill

    Dr. Anita Hill made history in 1991 when she testified to the Senate Judiciary committee about the sexual harassment perpetrated against her by Clarence Thomas. After the all-white, all-male committee led by then-Senator Joe Biden heard Dr. Hill's testimony, Clarence Thomas was confirmed to the US Supreme Court. 

    In the 30 years since, Anita Hill has spent her career as a law professor hearing from survivors of gender-based violence, ranging from harassment (which she expected) to assault. In her new book, Believing, she connects the dots between the systems that empower abuse and minimize vulnerable people, and the culture that keeps us as bystanders. From that history, she tackles the policy solutions we'll need to reform the system from the inside and the social courage we'll need to muster to transform it. 

    As Dr. Hill's book focuses on gender-based violence and discrimination, there is factual discussion in this episode about the existence of sexual harassment, assault and abuse. Survivors, please take good care when listening. 

    Links:

    Believing

    Anita Hill’s opening statement in her 1991 testimony

    Biden expresses regret to Anita Hill

    From the CYG archive: Joe Biden Problems

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    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
3.8K Ratings

3.8K Ratings

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Appreciate the conversations

Like others, I prefer the conversational episodes to the interviews, though some interviews are fantastic! For example, this show got my 70 year old mom to start advocating for police abolition.

But mostly I’m here to tell people who have an issue with women saying “like” to chill out and quit being language cops. (I say this as a person with a PhD in English. Language changes! It’s fine!)

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I wanted their politics to evolve

I had to stop listening after many years as my politics evolved out of neoliberal girlboss feminism and into leftism. Their claims to anti capitalism seem shallow and unexplored. If the scam is structural as you say, then could you get into structural economic issues and expand your almost exclusive focus on identity? I’m disappointed to look back and realize that the show was a major force lulling me into championing Hillary Clinton in 2016. The podcasts Bad Faith as well as Poog have filled the hole that my formerly beloved CYG has left.

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They’ve changed, and the show is still great!

I started listening to CYG in 2015, and listening to Ann and Aminatou talk every Friday has become a ritual for me. Just like I have changed, so have they- and honestly, I love it. They put shine theory into action by giving their friends and other experts a platform. They practice what they preach and rest when they feel they should.

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