Have you tuned in to the Call Your Girlfriend podcast yet? I've been a fan for over a year and I'd highly recommend it.
Its hosts are long-distance besties Aminatou Sow (digital strategiest, co-founder of Tech LadyMafia, and one of Forbes's 30 under 30 picks) and Ann Friedman (freelance journalist, columnist at NYMag.com, and creator of the best weekly newsletter around). Every other week, they sit down to chat about politics, pop culture, and whatever else has been weighing on their minds, from emoji use to casual racism to Ivanka Trump's embarrassing dad.
Back in November they also started a biweekly phone-a-friend series, where -- in the true spirit of shine theory -- they call up their brilliant friends, like Irin Carmon (co-author of The Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg), Stephanie Beatriz (who hilariously plays detective Rosa Diaz on Brooklyn Nine-Nine), and Tavi Gevinson (Editor-in-Chief of Rookie, the fantastic magazine for teen girls). These have been some of my favorite episodes yet.
Call Your Girlfriend is one of those podcasts that I'm always looking forward to. In a spot-on review, critics at Los Angeles Magazine said it's "Like eavesdropping on a witty gabfest that covers everything from midterm elections to female Viagra." Ann and Amina are so smart, and I'm always curious about what they'll weigh in on next.
Call Your Girlfriend is not a podcast that you need to start from the beginning, though if you enjoy it as much as I do, you just might make your way through the archives.
If you're looking for a place to jump in, these have been a few of my recent favorites:
- Episode 39: Ask Polly (Dec. 25, 49 minutes)
- Phone-a-friend: Tavi Gevinson (Dec. 18, 24 minutes)
- Phone-a-friend: Brooklyn Nine-Nine's Stephanie Beatriz (Dec. 4, 37 minutes)
- Episode 36: Deliciously Filthy (Nov. 13, 42 minutes)
- Episode 35: The Saddest Hello Since Lionel Richie (Oct. 30, 41 minutes)
- Episode 26: Appropriate Emoji (May 22, 54 minutes)
When to Listen:
Ann and Amina upload on Fridays, and their episodes are typically between thirty minutes and an hour. They don't require total concentration, so they're the perfect listens for lunch breaks, commutes, or morning jogs. I tune in while walking Morty the dog, usually on Friday afternoons, as soon as I spot a new download.
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My Rating (1 to 10):
I'm a big fan of Call Your Girlfriend and I never miss an upload. As with most conversational podcasts, there's room for improvement when it comes to sound quality (especially in the interviews). But the content is always fantastic, and that's obviously what matters most. Call Your Girlfriend gets a 9 from me -- it's one I'd highly recommend.
So tell me -- have you listened to Call Your Girlfriend yet? Will you? What are your longtime favorite podcasts? I'd love to know!