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By 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.

Episode Date
Fall Books 2019

We talk with authors Mary HK Choi and Liana Finck about their delightful new books. Plus, what we're reading: fiction, memoir and actionable non-fiction about climate change. Share your reading list on instagram with #cygbooks.


Permanent Record by Mary HK Choi

Excuse Me: Cartoons, Complaints, and Notes to Self by Liana Finck

We are the Weather by Jonathan Safran Foer

Inconspicuous Consumption by Tatiana Schlossberg

A Year Without a Name by Cyrus Grace Dunham

In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado

Nov 08, 2019
Color Full Lives (sponsored episode)

In a bonus episode to promote the current season of the Color Full Lives podcast, presented by State Farm we listen into Aminatou with co-hosts Tonya Rapley and Angela Yee. This season is all about financial planning for big life milestones. Amina, Tonya and Angela share their travel-saving tips and are joined by Jessica Nabongo who has visited every country in the world.

Listen and subscribe to Color Full Lives on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Soundcloud.

Nov 05, 2019
The Fraud is Iconic

A very political and newsy episode inspired by our visit to Washington, DC in which we discuss:

  • Giuliani's butt dials
  • Who is speaking truth to power and who is rewriting history to spiff up their image (looking at you former DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen)
  • Katie Hill's departure from Congress
  • Drake's birthday
  • The Democratic candidates' corny tendencies
  • The FTC investigation into cult skincare brand Sunday Riley faking online reviews
Nov 01, 2019
The Education of an Idealist

What does it take to live your ideals? We discuss growing up and trying to make a positive change in the world with former UN Ambassador Samantha Power.

Oct 25, 2019
Impeachment and the Scamnadian Prime Minister

Life on the road, impeachment inches forward, and are vitamins for real? Plus, we talk to one of our favorite writers, Sarah Hagi, about Scamnadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. And, an apology for a fatphobic comment in last week's episode.

Oct 18, 2019
Death Becomes Her

"Dead bodies are not dangerous!" is a fitting manta for mortician, author and death positivity activist Caitlin Doughty. This week: how to die, the funeral-industrial complex, and why you need an advance directive.

Oct 11, 2019
She's Got Guts

Friend of the podcast Hillary Rodham Clinton returns with Chelsea Clinton to discuss their recent joint project, The Book of Gutsy Women.

Oct 04, 2019
Votes for Women

Starting next year, you'll see celebration galore for the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, often celebrated as voting rights for American women. But which women could vote? We talk with historian Lisa Tetrault about the myths of suffrage (spoiler alert: it's not actually a right) and the racist politics of Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Then we move to the state of suffrage today with activists Arekia Bennett of Mississippi Votes and DeJuana Thompson of Woke Vote, who are working to ensure that marginalized people are enfranchised under new waves of voter suppression.

Sep 27, 2019
She Said

An update on #MeToo from Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, the New York Times reporters who broke the Weinstein story. They share behind-the-scenes details of how they urged survivors to speak out, the institutions and individuals that protect abusers, and some points of hope.

Sep 20, 2019
On the Basis of Sex

Chase Strangio, an activist for trans rights and a staff attorney at the ACLU, talks about the Supreme Court case that we should all be outraged about. The government wants to redefine the Civil Rights Act to discriminate against transgender Americans, people in queer relationships, and anyone who doesn't fit a tidy definition of male and female. The Court takes up oral arguments on October 8.

Sep 13, 2019
The Highlander of Black Intellectualism

Wondering what it's like to see us live? We share one of our favorite nights of 2018, when we visited Seattle and discussed Ted Cruz's love of Disney movies, Megyn Kelly's obsession with blackface and why one of our favorite writers, Ijeoma Oluo, would be perfectly happy if white people wanted to take up the hard work of talking about race.

Sep 06, 2019
So Many Money Feelings

What makes you feel rich? When does money create strife in friendships? We go deep on our own money feelings and answer listener questions about money in relationships with Reema Khrais, host of This is Uncomfortable.

Aug 30, 2019
Copyright Your Nudes

Bad people aren't only on the internet, but digital life sure gives predators and creeps more permission to make other people miserable. Fortunately, lawyers are fighting back. We talk about the taxonomy of predator behavior, how to anticipate their playbook, and turning victims to warriors with New York attorney Carrie Goldberg. Her new book is Nobody's Victim: Fighting Psychos, Stalkers, Pervs and Trolls. Content warning: sexual assault, revenge porn, and online harassment are discussed. If you or someone you love has experienced a violation of your privacy, it's not your fault.


Tour / merch

How to copyright your nudes // This isn’t new

Resource: Without My Consent

Nobody's Victim: Fighting Psychos, Stalkers, Pervs, and Trolls

Aug 23, 2019
Friends with Babies

Binaries aren't good for babies or friendships. We discuss angst around the "gender reveal" party from the blogger who popularized it. How to avoid judgement around a friend's parenting and their choice about whether to become a parent. Crucially, how to weather change when a friend has kids and you don't. Hint: communicate! Also, untested but good-smelling mosquito repellents. And, we have brand new merch + don't forget to buy tickets to CYG Live!


Tour / Merch

Inventor of gender reveal parties weighs in!

How to hang out with your friend who has a kid

Childfree By Choice by Dr Amy Blackstone

No One Tells You This by Glynnis MacNicol

Aug 16, 2019
Shouting and Sweating in Snake Prints

In vintage CYG fashion, Amina and Ann discuss their Harry Potter houses (as sorted by Gina) and then move on to sadder and more serious topics. The intractable problems of hate and guns, men who abused their power and want it back. And, Rest in Power, Toni Morrison. Content warning: gun violence and the fact of sexual violence are acknowledged in this episode.


Aug 09, 2019
Marriage vs. Friendship

Marriage didn't always wreck friendships among women, as it did the 1950s, or strain both beloved relationships, as often happens today. Stephanie Coontz studies the long history of family structures from forager society to the present. History has some stark (and cheering) lessons about the ways that friendship functions as a deep human bond. Plus, we're renewed, refreshed, and restored after taking a break and doing a full home reorganization.


We're going on tour!

Stephanie Coontz

The Way We Never Were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap

For a Better Marriage, Act Like a Single Person

Aug 02, 2019
Summer Books 2019

We're staying cool reading plays, essays, sci-fi, and YA. Amina talks with Keah Brown about her essay collection, The Pretty One: On Life, Pop Culture, Disability, and Other Reasons to Fall in Love with Me. Gina chats with Aminah Mae Safi about her Gilmore Girls-inspired lesbian teen romance, Tell Me How You Really Feel. Tell us what you're reading by tagging #CYGbooks.

Jul 26, 2019

We look back at Girlfriends, the 1978 film that took women's friendship seriously long before Hollywood was ready to do the same. Director Claudia Weill talks with Gina about how Girlfriends was made and financed, her creative endeavors in television and theatre, and why she made just a handful of movies.

Jul 19, 2019
Adult Sex Ed

Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about sex and still haven’t learned, even though you’re an adult now. Our expert panel includes Myisha Battle and Jaclyn Friedman. You’ve got sex questions, and they have answers! Full NSFW show notes + resources at Kinda goes without saying, but you probably don't want to listen to this one with young kids around.

Jul 12, 2019
Body Hair

Body hair! our feelings about it and our practices around it. Removing it, grooming it, loving it, hating it, keeping it. Our guest is data journalist Mona Chalabi, who’s written a lot about her relationship with the hair that grows on her bod. We also shout out Jacob Tobia’s Sissy: A Coming of Gender Story.

Jul 05, 2019
Pronoun Power

How a functional piece of grammar says so much about the fight for gender equality and better representation for non binary and trans people. We learn about pronoun best practices and how progressive linguists are fighting for better words and more creative expression. If you’ve been wondering… is “they” a good stand-in when you don’t know someone’s gender or pronouns? How do I ask for people’s pronouns? If someone uses she/her does that mean she identifies as a woman? But isn’t “they” a grammatically incorrect singular? We get into all these questions and more.

Jun 28, 2019
Feminist Memory

Writer and rock critic Jessica Hopper joins us to crate dig through some archives we have and some that we need. From the inbox appearance that sparked her friendship with Ann, to untold histories of women in arts and music, to the power of the year 1975 for women writing songs and playing them. Plus, Joni Mitchell, problematic fave.

Jun 21, 2019
Pleasure Activism

We talk with author, organizer, doula, emergent strategist and podcast co-host adrienne maree brown about doing good while feeling good and her new book, Pleasure Activism.

Jun 14, 2019
Inclusion Ride-or-Die

We’re talking about legal efforts to extend the #MeToo conversation beyond firing men who behaved badly. And we’re exploring policies that can actually foster more inclusive work environments. Plus, we talk to the co-author of the inclusion rider, attorney Kalpana Kotagal.

Jun 07, 2019
Spring Books 2019

We talk about books we love in genres we don't often cover: poetry, graphic memoir, short stories and essays. Ali Liebegott talks with Ann about her poetry collection, The Summer of Dead Birds. Aminatou interviews Mira Jacob about her graphic memoir, Good Talk. Gina speaks with Xuan Juliana Wang about her collection of short stories, Home Remedies. And Briallen Hopper joins Aminatou to talk about her book of essays, Hard to Love. What are you reading? Tag #cygbooks to share your current faves.

Reading List:

The Summer of Dead Birds by Ali Liebegott

Good Talk by Mira Jacob

Hybrida by Tina Chang

Home Remedies by Xuan Juliana Wang

Hard to Love by Briallen Hopper

The Wedding Party by Jasmine Guillory (coming in July)

Trust Exercise by Susan Choi

May 31, 2019
The Future is Yours

Futurists are not only white guys who give self-congratulatory TED talks. Everything from political appeals to Instagram ads are pitching us on a vision of the future. Rose Eveleth of Flash Forward expands our notion of what futurism can be, and how we can pry it away from arch capitalists and tech billionaires.

Rose’s podcast Flash Forward is everywhere you listen: Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, and more.

This special edition of CYG includes excerpts from these Flash Forward episodes:

May 24, 2019
Looks Like We Made It

We reflect on how making Call Your Girlfriend has changed our friendship, and revisit some of the cringeworthy, hilarious, depressing, and proud moments we've had in five years of making this show.

May 17, 2019
How to Do Nothing

Constant smart phone use may not be great for us, but what are we supposed to do instead? Artist and writer Jenny Odell explores how we reclaim our time and attention in her new book, How to Do Nothing.

May 10, 2019
Believe Women's Pain! Part II

Women's pain is frequently dismissed or underestimated by the medical establishment. Research into drugs and their effects often have few or no female subjects, meaning too little is known about symptoms specific to female-assigned bodies. So it's all too easy for doctors to treat those symptoms as psychological. Author Maya Dusenbery shares some disturbing stats from her research and what they mean for women's lives: how the average autoimmune patient goes four years and sees four doctors before receiving a diagnosis. How endometriosis affects one in 10 women, but takes patients over a decade to diagnose. Plus, how all this systemic pressure makes women feel like they have to be the perfect patient.

May 03, 2019
Drunk Patriarchy

We open our topic suggestion box and talk about women's drinking and sobriety, lifehacks, therapy, and friendship with men. Note: in discussing alcohol and Men™, we mention sexual assault.


Drinking: A Love Story by Caroline Knapp

The real reason why women drink (2016)

The new face of risky drinking is female (2013)

Digit app

iPhone screentime settings

Libby app for library books

ATM shake

National Alliance on Mental Illness

Find a Therapist through Psychology Today or

Ask your therapist about sliding scale pricing!

Apr 26, 2019
Demystifying Disability

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 week we pass the mic to Kelly Dawson and Emily Ladau, two writers who also both have physical disabilities. Kelly and Emily describe the planning and preparation in their daily lives, the challenges of online dating while disabled, and resources for people without disabilities who want to learn more and grow as allies and friends. Click here for a full transcript of this episode.

Apr 19, 2019
Shine Theory 101

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 Shine Theory can fortify friendships, work alliances, and help diminish the role of jealousy in your life.

Apr 12, 2019
Terrible, Thanks for Asking

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 fine and pretend like it never happened? We realtalk grief and suffering with Nora McInerny, host of the podcast Terrible, Thanks for Asking, and author of funny-sad books like her latest, No Happy Endings.

Apr 05, 2019
Structural Scammers

Scammers are in the news again. From parents who buy their children's college admission to political media obsessed with white male candidates, we interrogate the long-running scams of wealth and power all around us.


The real college admissions scam

Stacey Abrams doing the work

Andrew Gillum doing the work

Beto sucking up the press

Mar 29, 2019
Real Queer America

"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 country, queer folks form tight knit communities and love their towns, in spite of the oppressive measures enacted by their state legislatures. We get real with journalist Samantha Allen and her book Real Queer America, which takes us along on a road trip to meet LGBT people from Tennessee, Utah, Georgia, Indiana, and more.

Mar 22, 2019
Abortion Is Our Right

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 nothing new. For many Americans, access to abortion as promised after Roe v. Wade never really came. We discuss reproductive justice and ways to get involved in your community with activist Renee Bracey Sherman. And we learn how Chicago women took action to create safe, private ways to access abortion in the 1970s under the pseudonym JANE with one of the collective's members, Judith Arcana.

Mar 15, 2019
Businesswoman Special 2: Podcast Millionaires

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 touring, more merch, and adding team members! (Welcome Sophie Carter-Kahn of She's All Fat fame, who is doing our social media!!) How CYG fits into all of our individual work lives (and LLCs). Then, we hear from Claire Mazur and Erica Cerulo about the bestie-preneurship secrets they uncover in their new book, Work Wife.

Mar 08, 2019
Pen15 Club

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 school feels. And, remembering soul singer Jackie Shane.

Mar 01, 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 diverge, particularly around sex work and pornography.

Feb 22, 2019
Boss Ladies

Self employment realtalk: how we went from office workers to freelance to boss ladies. We bust myths about staff jobs and incorporating your own business. Is it hard? Yes. Is it for everyone? No. Could you stand to make a lot of money and forge your own path? Yes! We discuss our career trajectories, how much to charge, who to ask for help, and how much you should have saved.

Feb 15, 2019
Winter Books 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 Into You. Esmé Weijun Wang investigates mental illness, stigma and her own diagnosis in The Collected Schizophrenias.

Feb 08, 2019
Instagram Anxiety

We watched both Fyre Festival documentaries. Beyond the quirks of those films we're left with qualms about the social media platforms that ensconce our lives, Instagram in particular. Tech companies evolve, their products change, but we don't have laws or norms that govern the many different digital lives we lead. We get into it about FOMO, the history of personal photography, features that tag your 'close friends' and old pictures, and their ties to capitalism. Plus, how we think about what we post, and the accounts we love to follow.

Feb 01, 2019
The death and life of Julie Yip-Williams (sponsored by Pineapple Street Media)

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 with Eleanor Kagan, producer and host of a new podcast, Julie, that explores the extraordinary life and death of Julie Yip-Williams.

Jan 29, 2019
The Power of Poetry with Tracy K. Smith

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 Prize-winning poet and the current U.S. Poet Laureate. She is the author of Wade in the Water, her most recent book of poems. She hosts The Slowdown podcast, which is all about seeing the world through poetry. And she is the editor of American Journal: 50 Poems for Our Time. We listen to Lia Purpura read her poem "Proximities." Plus, Aminatou and Ann share the poets and collections they're (re)discovering this year.

Reading list:

Wade in the Water by Tracy K. Smith

The Slowdown podcast

American Journal: 50 Poems for Our Time

"Proximities" by Lia Purpura

Pome, a poem-a-day email

Nikki Giovanni

June Jordan

Audre Lorde

Morgan Parker

Jan 25, 2019
Intimate Secrets

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 labor, design and skill involved in making intimate garments, to brands that are expanding sizes and shades to fit all bodies. Cora Harrington of The Lingerie Addict joins us with the case for why we all deserve to wear beautiful, comfortable things that fit us, so close to our skin.

Jan 18, 2019
The Women's March (or, why the only drama problem is no drama at all)

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, centering of white women, framing principles, fallout from Charlottesville, and the recurring role of Louis Farrakhan. So while the New York Times is not incorrect to note the divisions "roiling" the Women's March, fighting for freedom and justice isn't a pretty and pleasant task undertaken by nice ladies. Anger, hurt, and fear are all valid emotions when building a movement.


Jan 11, 2019
Permission Slip 2019

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

Jan 04, 2019
Top Sheroes of 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, and white fragility. We even had some men on the show this year! (Remember the dulcet tones of LeVar Burton?) Whether you're a weekly listener or you just heard about us, come bask in some of our favorite moments of the year.

Dec 28, 2018
Thank You For Being a Friend

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 initially hated, to staying friends through the rough patches, we listen to some voicemails and talk about the early days of friendship.

Dec 21, 2018
Non-Violent Embezzlement Scam

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 gambling and vacationing exploits of a pair of scammer nuns.

Reading list:

Pelosi double-standard

Taxes for Artists

Shop CYG

Scammer nuns

Organizations we support:

Families Belong Together | Paola Mendoza on Twitter + Instagram

Brooklyn Defender Services has an Amazon wishlist of warm clothes for inmates on Rikers Island

Operation Santa delivers gifts to families through USPS

The Bail Project allows low-income people to avail themselves of their full rights

National Network of Abortion Funds

Downtown Women’s Center in Los Angeles

Library Foundation of Los Angeles


Sylvia Rivera Law Project

Dec 14, 2018
Delicious Company with Samin Nosrat

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 her time at Chez Panisse, how male chefs take credit for their grandmothers centuries of unpaid kitchen labor, and amazing food writers of color to follow. Plus, you can make delicious things in the kitchen if you want to! Samin's pro-tips: don't judge yourself by Instagram and focus on mastering a couple of dishes. (As you may have guessed, figuring out your salt, fat, acid, and heat is pretty important to making something delicious.)

Dec 07, 2018
Money Money Money

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.

Nov 30, 2018
Rewriting Herstory with Alexis Coe

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 her new podcast for The Wing, No Man's Land.

Nov 23, 2018
Seeking Justice

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 centers, parks, drug treatment and other resources that stop or delay interactions with the criminal justice system. It's about letting people vote and letting go of trumped-up claims of voter fraud. Lawyer, reporter and criminal justice reform advocate Josie Duffy Rice helps us think through the system, and the role we can play in fixing it, beyond our Law and Order: SVU imagination. Please note: beginning at 45:30, Amina and Josie discuss SVU, including the ways the show (in)accurately depicts sexual assault allegations. The conversation is not graphic, but words like rape and rapist are used, and we discuss how survivors are treated by police and the justice system.

Reading List

Justice in America

Josie’s writing on The Appeal

Josie’s oped in the NYT

For Keeps bookstore in Atlanta

Josie on Twitter

Nov 16, 2018
Post-Midterm Decompression with LeVar Burton

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.

Nov 09, 2018
Fall Books 2018

Readers are leaders! We talk with the authors of some of our favorite recent releases. Nicole Chung's memoir explores transracial adoption through her own experience finding her birth family. Imani Perry brings playwright Lorraine Hansberry's complicated life and relationships into focus in her recent biography. Finally, Glory Edim's Well-Read Black Girl started as a t-shirt, became a book club, events series, and now an edited collection.

Nov 02, 2018
Secret Shade with Alicia Garza

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 homeless residents. Plus, we talk with Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza about how she channels her energy, how she manages hard days, and an innovative approach to handling haters.

We have a full hour of additional segments that can only be seen on the road. There are still some tickets left in Chicago, Minneapolis and Philadelphia:

Reading List:

Trans people cannot be erased

Tips for allies of trans and non-binary people

San Francisco’s Prop C would tax large businesses to fund homeless services

Black Futures Lab

Black Census

Follow Alicia @aliciagarza

Oct 26, 2018
A Well-Dressed Monster is Still a Monster

Elizabeth Warren's DNA test woes. (Psst: race is a social construct and tribal membership is not granted by chromosomes.) Practical Magic does not hold up. Hocus Pocus does. Melania's colonial cosplay. A brief consideration of fashion we loved from monsters in the Cheeto administration. Plus, Taylor and Kanye's role reversal.

Reading List:

Lizzie Warren

Practical Magic + the curse of heterosexuality (good alternative: Hocus Pocus)

Bette Midler’s offensive tweet

Melania, most bullied person in the world, is into colonial cosplay

Oct 19, 2018
Be a Good Ancestor with Stacey Abrams

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 endeavor, and change can take centuries. A bright spot of hope: we talk with Stacey Abrams, who could be Georgia's next Governor.

Reading List

Come see us on tour!

Get a flu vaccine

Register to vote in the midterms

Michelle Alexander on resistance

Alicia Garza on the long game

Marian Wright Edelman: "Be a good ancestor."

Stacey Abrams for Governor of Georgia

Oct 12, 2018
Cute 'n' Dewy (sponsored by Ulta Beauty)

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 speaking, and following posts from people of color and of all genders reshaping the meaning of makeup. Plus, beauty hacks from some of our faves: Jenna Wortham, Virgie Tovar, Dodai Stewart, and Fariha Roisin.

Oct 11, 2018
A Women's Anger with Rebecca Traister

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 revolutions spark. See: Rosa Parks, Florynce Kennedy, Maxine Waters, and many more sheroes. We discuss rage-crying, the specific history of white women's tears, the lasting impact of Professor Anita Hill, and who has room to express their rage today. No wonder we're told to keep our anger to ourselves.

Reading List:

Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger by Rebecca Traister is on sale now.

For smart thoughts and links on Kavanaugh, we turn to Rebecca Traister, Irin Carmon, Jenée Desmond Harris, Laura McGann, Brittany Packnett

Go deeper with books by and about these incredible angry feminists:

Oct 05, 2018
Pay Caregivers Fairly with Ai-jen Poo

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 children, elders, and housework more fairly and comprehensively.

Sep 28, 2018
Give People Money

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.

Reading List:

Tour tickets!

Give People Money

Sep 21, 2018
Alive with Rage in Q3

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 pushback against other small women-owned businesses, and how many critiques fall disproportionately to Amina, personally. There no ethical consumption under capitalism. (And, fwiw, the Koch brothers do not own Coca-Cola.) Plus, Serena's righteous rage on the tennis court. And a new petty anger corner, where we share our hilariously mundane gripes.

Reading List:

We're going on tour!

Our Businesswoman Special episode

Tuesday Bassen

Serena’s justified rage

Claudia Rankine on Serena / Citizen

Sep 14, 2018
Abuse of Power Comes as No Surprise

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 picture of her relationship with a grad student, to accusations against Weinstein survivor Asia Argento (more damning texts), to himpathy for Louis C.K., we look at the many ways people we like or agree with have caused harm. In some cases, in deep contrast to the ideals they profess. Artist Jenny Holzer put it best: abuse of power comes as no surprise.

Reading List

Asia Argento accusations

Response from Tarana Burke

Avital Ronell accusations

Responses from Andrea Long Chu // Judith Butler // Chris Kraus

The “Cool” Pope

Jenny Holzer

Sep 07, 2018
White Fragility

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 racial identity or an unexpectedly defensive flare-up from someone who claims to be progressive or an intersectional feminist, white fragility has serious consequences. We discuss its impact on people of color with Rachel Cargle, and explore ways for white people to break down internal barriers to growth with Robin DiAngelo. If you are white and listening to this, stick with it, even if you're confused or uncomfortable.

Reading List

White Fragility book

Robin DiAngelo's resources

Rachel Cargle's website and Instagram

Aug 31, 2018
Midterm Madness

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 candidates we're supporting: Cynthia Nixon in New York and Felicia French in Arizona. Christine Hallquist is trans and just became the Democratic nominee for governor in Vermont. Plus, shoutouts to Congressional candidates Abby Finkenauer in Iowa; Lauren Underwood in Illinois; Ilhan Omar in Minnesota; and Rashida Tlaib in Michigan.

Reading List

Higher Heights

Sister District

Gettable Senate seats

Cynthia Nixon for NY governor

Felicia French for AZ state legislature

Abby Finkenauer in Iowa congressional race

Lauren Underwood Illinois congressional race

Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib

Christine Hallquist in VT governor’s race

Also! STOP KAVANAUGH Day of Action

Aug 24, 2018
Friendship Dilemmas

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. Friendships where one of you has moved on and doesn't know how to talk about it. Friendships that are post-breakup. Friendships where fat shaming comes into play.

Aug 17, 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 America. Plus, her yes vote on SESTA, safety for sex workers, and why addressing race is a national security imperative (as well as a moral one).

Reading List:

Harris-Rand op-ed on bail reform

Harris statement on SESTA

Smart on Crime by Kamala Harris

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Aug 10, 2018
Internet Outrage Part 2: Millennial Money

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 real about how much we make, where it comes from, secret white people money, emotional spending, and what it means to be self-made.

Aug 03, 2018
Internet Outrage Part 1: Privacy

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 fantasies. When internet fascination turns to outrage, no surprise, women pay the price. TV networks that juice social media storylines do not. Just because someone's account is unlocked doesn't mean you should publicize their posts, at least not without permission. Plus, the hosts of Unladylike are diving deep into the Equal Rights Amendment and its (possible!) future.

Reading list:

Why plane bae was so fucked up / Apology

ERA campaign from Unladylike

Jul 27, 2018
Around the World in Feminist News

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 migration on and off the pitch. In China, the government is cracking down on women organizing online. In Nepal, menstrual stigma risks the lives of women and girls. In slightly better news, women in Egypt are working to end gender-based violence, starting with the men who drive cabs and tuk-tuks.

Reading List

Russia: Hidden Flag / Pussy Riot World Cup protests

China: Women factory workers’ networking group shut down

Nepal: Menstruation taboo leading to deaths / ZanaAfrica

Egypt: Iman El-Mahdi of CARE Egypt / Circles of Change program

Jul 20, 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. Eliminating poop shame and stigma. The pleasure of the bidet. And Dr. Susan Stryker on the unnatural social construct of sex-segregated public bathroom.

Reading List

Everybody is constipated by Maggie Koerth-Baker at FiveThirtyEight

The Lily on documenting their poop for the duration of the month

“America has softened on stool.”

Period poops

Oprah was on this tip back in 2005 / clip

Tushy, SquattyPotty, Poo Drops

Bristol stool scale

Mona Chalabi on stress and rectal bleeding

Susan Stryker: Everybody poops. No one should be stigmatized for it.

Stalled project

Jul 13, 2018
Summer Books 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 on women's experiences. This week we hear from Jessica Knoll about The Favorite Sister, her novel full of murder and scandal set in the world of reality TV. Glynnis MacNicol's memoir No One Tells You This is full of dispatches on life after 40 when you don't follow a spouse-and-kids blueprint. Yrsa Daley-Ward is perhaps best known as a poet, and her new memoir The Terrible uses that precision of language and feeling to explore her youth.

Reading list:

Novels by Jessica Knoll: Luckiest Girl Alive, The Favorite Sister

...and essays: I Want to Be Rich and I’m Not Sorry, What I Know (trigger warning: description of sexual assault)

No One Tells You This by Glynnis MacNicol

Bone and The Terrible by Yrsa Daley-Ward

Share your faves using #cygbooks!

Jul 06, 2018
Supreme Agony

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 centrist, reviews some of the landmark cases Kennedy decided, and previews the likely jurisprudence to come. (Hint: it’s about as scary as you think.) A small silver lining: progressive Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won her Congressional primary thanks to grassroots support. Plus, we're working on our protest signs and fundraising with friends.


Dahlia Lithwick on the “fan fic” that Kennedy was a moderate

If all goes well in November, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will be the youngest woman ever elected to Congress.

Flippable / Indivisible / Sister District / Run for Something / Swing Left

Jun 29, 2018
Vote, Protest, Listen to Beyonce

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 reading history and taking action. The white women who defend Trump (and still get burned). Delightful quotes from Flo Kennedy: ''Sweetie,'' she said, ''if you're not living on the edge, then you're taking up space.'' Gina got a website! Bey and Jay's creative partnership and black art in white spaces. And the power of a bespoke suit.

Reading list:

Gina got a website!

Kirstjen Nielsen & complicit white women

Children ripped from their families: Native Americans, slaves, Japanese Americans

Democrats who paved the way for family separation

Donate, Protest, Midterm Elections is the new Gym, Tan, Laundry.”

Flo Kennedy’s life, quotes, and public access show

June 30: March to Keep Families Together

Bey and Jay’s creative partnership, forgiveness, black art in white spaces

Emily Meyer suits / the power of bespoke

Jun 22, 2018
Buffet of Horrors

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 local community. Plus, loving ways to handle bouts of mental illness and depression within a friendship.

Reading List:

ShopCYG is back!

DOJ not interested in asylum

A small town in Tennessee deals with immigration raids

That Merkel photo

Voter-roll purges greenlit by SCOTUS

Why “You are loved” and “please reach out” aren’t good enough

Crisis text line: Text HOME to 741741 in the United States

Or call 1-800-273-8255

Jun 15, 2018
A Taxonomy of Scammers

"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 scammers both amusing and insidious.

Common grifters and their scams:

Jun 08, 2018
Hot Bods

(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 favorite instagram accounts from people with a range of hot bods; microdosing, psychedelics, and other ways we get out of our heads and into our bodies.

Insta accounts we love

Jessamyn Stanley / Keah Brown / #DisabledAndCute / the thicc / She’s All Fat / Jacob Tobia / Tuesday Bassen / Muse Gold / Virgie Tovar / FatLeopard.jpeg / Myisha Battle

Reading List:

Lindy West on being a happy fat woman

Microdosing / Michael Pollan / Ayelet Waldman

A feminist guide to microdosing

Interview with our faves at She’s All Fat

Jun 01, 2018
The Glass Shovel Brigade

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 questions: is it okay to call a group of women "hey guys"? how do you deal with a fragile male ego at work? And, you donated 580 pints of blood in our drive, enough to save 1700 lives!

Reading list:

“The glass cliff”

Laura McGann on Al Franken + letters she’s gotten from men who miss him

Kate Manne on what misogyny is really about

Leeann Tweeden’s statement

What’s next for ‘Me Too’ men?

#MeToo doesn't lack nuance. Its critics do

The writings of Andrea Dworkin

May 25, 2018
Under His Iowa

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 abused multiple women. Meanwhile in Iowa, that "fetal heartbeat" bill is really an abortion ban, intended to challenge Roe v. Wade. In Ireland, voters could repeal a constitutional ban on abortion, May 25. New research on the stress and financial strain of anti-abortion laws. And a palate cleanser: we love the web series Bad Ally, Naomi Alderman's book, The Power, and the nation of Australia.

May 18, 2018
The Wind in Your Hair

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 compulsory hijab. Plus, how Western feminists and politicians can be better allies to women in Iran. Masih's soon-to-be-released memoir is The Wind in My Hair.

Reading List:

The Wind in My Hair: My Fight for Freedom in Modern Iran by Masih Alinejad

My Stealthy Freedom campaign

White Wednesdays

Girls of Revolution Street

May 11, 2018
Hey Ladies

Wedding season is in full swing. Michelle Markowitz and Caroline Moss join us to discuss their book Hey Ladies, which chronicles the (fictional) emails among 8 BFFs in amid bachelorette party planning and wedding madness. We share our loves and gripes about weddings, group travel planning, and how to communicate better across budgets and desires.

May 04, 2018
That Don't Impress Me Much

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 opinions about female politicians, and we are devastated about Shania Twain's support for Trump/inability to apologize like a proper Canadian.

Reading List:

Fear of A Black Patron

Alex Nieto

EYEROLL @ Jon Chait

Nooooo, SHANIA

Apr 27, 2018
Ask A Man

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? And, can men have it all?

The Men:

Cord Jefferson

Thomas Page McBee

Chris Roan (aka Mr. Of a Kind)

Ezra Klein

Bobby Finger

Jason Parham

Spencer Ackerman

Emmanuel Hapsis

Jorge Rivas

The Resources:

Chris's skin care picks, Ezra's book list and more at

Apr 20, 2018
Spring Books

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.

Reading List:

Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boys Club of Silicon Valley by Emily Chang

Just the Funny Parts: And a Few Hard Truths About Sneaking Into the Hollywood Boys’ Club by Nell Scovell

Your Art Will Save Your Life by Beth Pickens

Emergency Contact by Mary HK Choi

The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer

Back Talk by Danielle Lazarin

The Book of Joan by Lidia Yuknavitch

Apr 13, 2018
Hot and Bothered with Cecile Richards

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 testifying before Congress for nearly five hours, and what's next. (A political career perhaps?) Her new book is Make Trouble with the #goals subtitle Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead--My Life Story. Come for the juicy behind-the-scenes memoir about the fight for repro rights and her front-row seat to her mom (and former Texas governor) Ann Richards' life and career. Stay for practical and inspiring ways to lead and make social change.

Reading List:

Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead--My Life Story

Cecile's 2015 testimony at Congress's sham anti-choice hearings

Color of Change


Texas Freedom Network

Apr 06, 2018
Cult Leader Goals

Stormy Daniels: politician, credible source, savvy scammer. Wild Wild Country is our new cult obsession. (Doesn't Amina have the makings of a good cult leader?) Learning new languages as an adult and we're still Bleedin' 4 Amina and discovering an international buffet of blood donation snacks along the way. A SESTA update. Plus, Aly Raisman is calling out concern-troll critics who re-victimize her fellow Olympic gymnasts.

Reading list:

Stormy Daniels is a boss

SESTA update: It passed

Wild Wild Country

Aly Raisman + leotard ban

Mar 30, 2018
Beautiful Black Bobsledders sponsored by P&G

Amina talks race, friendship and competition with U.S. bobsledders Aja Evans, Elana Meyers-Taylor & Kehri Jones in a bonus episode brought to you by P&G's My Black is is Beautiful.

Mar 29, 2018
Asking for Help

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 Adaline and the very dimply Michiel Huisman. An update from Patti Masciesz aka @artpatti on how CYG listeners have been billing the patriarchy! We love Drag Race! But have to drag some of RuPaul's outdated views on trans folk.

Reading List

Remember to sign up for the blood drive!

Scrunchies never went away

Ivanka is dressed up like a scientist

NYT “Overlooked” obituary project

National Geographic’s racial reckoning / John Edwin Mason / Doreen St. Felix

You, too, can Bill the Patriarchy

RuPaul's disappointing views on trans people doing drag

Ellen meets Asia Kate Dillon

Mar 23, 2018
Third Eye Wide Open

Slump days, ethical travel, and the dominatrix who makes her clients read black feminist theory. Sex workers say a bill meant to stop child trafficking would do more harm than good. Artist Patti Maciesz is invoicing her reps for all her unpaid work: childcare, missed opportunities, emotional labor and all. Plus, that time Amina coverted a Trump voter at the resort bar in Jamaica.

Mar 16, 2018
Millennial Pinkwashing

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 internet age

Jaclyn Friedman laying groundwork on consent

Audre Lorde laying groundwork on *everything*

NYC: The Wing and New Women Space

LA: Women's Center for Creative Work

Mar 09, 2018
Believe Women's Pain!

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 teens are amazing. What if Black Lives Matter teen organizers got the same love and support?

Mar 02, 2018
Bi Bi Bi

Gina takes over the host seat to discuss bisexuality. First, professor and psychologist Jennifer Vencill's research on health, sexual satisfaction, and feelings of invisibility that can affect bisexual people. Plus, writer Catie Disabato on the word bisexuality, how we identify, the richness of being bi, and how to proceed when you feel new feelings for a friend.

Feb 23, 2018
The Ladyweb

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 develops. We discuss how to navigate the challenges that can arise between your friend and her friends. Plus, Kayleen Schaefer on the history of female friendship, her book Text Me When You Get Home, and policy changes that can better recognize powerful platonic relationships.

Feb 16, 2018
You New in Town?

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.

Feb 09, 2018
Morgan Jerkins: Ruthlessly Herself

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 this week. Part memoir, it's a real time exploration of living through your 20s. Plus, Morgan shares her career journey with Amina and her exciting projects to come.

Feb 02, 2018
Cameron Esposito!

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. She and Ann swap stories of growing up Catholic in the Midwest, being a woman on the internet, and making the art you needed when you were a kid. Plus, Amina and Ann get real about the heteronormative (and oldtimey?) use of 'girlfriend' in the title of this podcast.

Jan 26, 2018
My Favorite Scammer, Wendi Deng

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 & DJ Khaled is repping Weight Watchers. CVS is banning photoshop. And, our feelings about the backlash against #metoo. (Content warning: while we do not discuss allegations in detail, if you need to skip this segment, we understand. We love you. This episode is long and intentionally front-loaded with fun stuff!)

Jan 19, 2018
Hollywood Cheapskates

Amina revisits Jacques Cousteau. We wanted hoverboards & underwater living, an end to racism and sexism, but all we got were these lousy scoop chips. Awards Season headscratching. Hollywood struggles to figure out feminism. Woody Allen is still working. Millionaire celebs donate paltry amounts to Time's Up. Americans desperate for stable genius try to make Oprah be president (let her be Oprah!) And this week in menstruation, free tampons at school in California and Illinois.

Jan 12, 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 of the podcast Virgie Tovar, and Shondaland's Jenn Romolini.

Jan 05, 2018
Best of CYG 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 favorite podcasters who lent us their voices. If your bestie is daunted by our back catalog, this is the episode to draw her in.

Dec 29, 2017
Top Shelf 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.

Dec 22, 2017
Sweatpants and Casseroles

Feminism is Webster's word of the year. We discuss our all-time favorite Christmas movies, including Elf, the Holiday, White Christmas and more. Yeah, it's super cozy as we're lounging in new sweatpants and trying all the NYT casserole recipes. Plus, an academic who tried to confirm gender norms got caught scamming. Zoe Terry is our girl shero. And an easy way to make someone's day this holiday with Operation Santa.

Dec 15, 2017
So Much Drama

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 legal protections, and the tax bill is still a nightmare. Plus, a cakemaking bigot doesn't seem like a big deal, but minor acts of discrimination are part of a long game. The waters continue to reveal the creep iceberg as more men in media fall. And yet, Terry Crews' story of assault isn't getting much attention and John Oliver simply doing his job is getting a few too many congrats.

Dec 08, 2017
Winter Books

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 Friedman (Unscrewed).

Dec 01, 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 powerful men. Plus, why this #metoo moment can be about so much more than who gets punished, financially. And, Shine Theory at the NYC marathon.

Nov 24, 2017
She Won

Women winning in politics! Featuring good post-election news out of Virginia, Minnesota, Montana, Kansas, and elsewhere, and interviews with New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and Mass. Rep. Katherine Clark about how they won their early races and how they’re working to make change right now.

Nov 17, 2017
Feminist Dystopia

Are women today already living a dystopia? Ann talks with Margaret Atwood, author of the Handmaid's Tale and many other novels, realistic and speculative. Plus, the ACLU's Brigitte Amiri on real-life anti-choice action on the federal, state and local level. And Australian novelist Charlotte Wood imagines a near-future world where women and shamed, punished and turn on one another. 

Nov 10, 2017
Pantsuits to Lawsuits

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 case, but it began the unmasking of Silicon Valley sexism and abuse. Amina talks with Gretchen about her book, Be Fierce, and with Ellen about her book, Reset. Plus, #WomenofNPR respond to newsroom harassment and the resignation of a top-level editor.

Nov 03, 2017
Loophole Women

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, middle school girls are doing great things: writing political plays performed by Hollywood stars and inventing new tests for lead in water. Amy Cuddy, power posing, and the danger of popularity in the academy.

Oct 27, 2017
Tip of the Creep Iceberg

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 one particular word).

Oct 20, 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 heard of so you don't even have to do a Google. (Fear not Wholigans: this episode's totally original for you, too).

Oct 13, 2017
Political Bodies, Part 2 (featuring She's All Fat)

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 about your bod) and diet culture. And a deep dive on Oprah's long struggle-obsession with dieting.

Oct 06, 2017
Episode 112: Political Bodies, Part 1 (featuring Good Muslim Bad Muslim)

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.

Sep 29, 2017
Episode 111: Hillary

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, "authenticity" in politics, the Good Wife, and Elena Ferrante. Stay tuned after the interview for the debrief with Ann, all the way from Australia.

Sep 22, 2017
Episode 110: Sexual Journey

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.

Sep 15, 2017
Episode 109: Pelvic Power

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 stigma? Our pelvic health-stravaganza is here at last. A primer on medical literacy and pelvic health with the help of our listeners. Featuring nurse Amy Roberts, certified nurse-midwife Laura Todaro (we're now obsessed with midwives!), and physical therapist with special training in pelvic health, Dana Taussig. Plus, Midwest Divas, we're coming to you in October!

Sep 08, 2017
Episode 108: Bloody Prince Charles

Diana, remembered. Kim in Interview Magazine (and North's first cover). How politicians, royals and celebrities spin the media. Where are the boundaries between public and private life? Plus, Houston relief efforts, the women who faked a male co-founder to pave the way for their startup, and when Prince Charles wanted to be a tampon(?!)

Sep 01, 2017
Episode 107: Summer of Aggravation

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. Aminatou talks to Nilofer Merchant about her new book, the Power of Onlyness. Related, why there will never be another Oprah.

Aug 25, 2017
Episode 106: Can't Believe We're Talking About Nazis (and She Sheds)

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 get away from the Nazis and racists? We won't look if you jump ahead to 26:25 for carefree conversation about the perils of group exercise, She Sheds (they're more than mancaves or menstrual huts), your feedback about the Girl Scouts, and where we'll be for the solar eclipse. Even in 2017, we can have nice things.

Aug 18, 2017
Episode 105: <<Censored>>

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 housing. And a new segment, Ask a White Person!

Aug 11, 2017
Episode 104: How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

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 Trump's cyber genius didn't stop many officials from getting drawn into a phishing scheme. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is *just fine* funding anti-choice candidates. Fleeing from Central America after being accused, prosecuted and jailed for an illegal abortion, which was simply a miscarriage. Plus, listeners defend the Girl Scouts and questions about debt, depression and a body-shaming group text.

Aug 04, 2017
Episode 103: Straight Scam Express

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' repeal of Obamacare. In happier news, the Japanese artist who 3D printed the shape of her vagina into a kayak is back. The 150 best albums by women and 150 worst albums by men. Plus, CYG's summer bucket list (boob hickies and many crossfades are definitely on it).

Jul 28, 2017
Episode 102: Just Awful

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 Monroe and Frances Gabe. In just awful news: R. Kelly, predator. Sexual harassment and racism in science. Weighing a blacklist for Silicon Valley creeps. Keeping us posi: the hilarious new movie Girls Trip.

Jul 21, 2017
Episode 101: She's Running

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 7th Congressional district. Molly Sheehan is award-winning scientist with a PhD in biochemistry and biophysics running for Congress in Pennsylvania's 7th district. And yet, so much change is local. We hear from Erica Mauter who started running for a City Council seat in Minneapolis when she realized the candidate she wanted to see was a person with her skills and energy. Tell us about the first-time women candidates you're supporting with #CYGruns.

Jul 14, 2017
Episode 100: Voter Oppression

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, cooking, and gendered expectations in the kitchen. Plus, Amina breaks down the latest (dark) developments in the Rob Kardashian-Blac Chyna saga.

Jul 07, 2017
Episode 99: Federal Gaslighting / Wow Wow Wow

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 birth control in the workplace. In happier news, Rihanna has a new boo, Serena looks amazing in a caftan, and our suggestions for where to get your own luxury loungewear. Plus, new regulation of crisis pregnancy centers in California.

Jun 30, 2017
Episode 98: No Convictions

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. A Wonder Woman breakdown. When Ivanka met Cecile Richards. And when powerful men don't get convicted for their crimes. 

Jun 23, 2017
Episode 97: The Pursuit of Female Pleasure
Two books all about women & pleasure: from a political stance, Jill Filipovic and Amina discuss how a feminist rewrite of policy would center women's happiness, not merely struggling toward equality in a white male driven world. Then, Ann talks with writer Chris Kraus, whose work is about so much more than "I Love Dick," including an exploration of class and race on the border in the Bush years, and her forthcoming biography of writer, artist and self-proclaimed It Girl Kathy Acker.
Jun 16, 2017
Episode 96: See You on the Ballot
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 infrastructure to encourage women to enter all sorts of races: Congress, yes, but also your city council or school board. We hear from Stephanie Schriock of EMILYs List about the 10k+ women (!) who have expressed interest in running since the 2016 election. And from Amanda Litman of Run for Something, which encourages young people to get involved in politics. Plus, Ann & Amina weigh in on their own political ambitions. Announcements: our shop is still open for pre-orders and there are tickets on sale for our live show in Philly and YES, FINALLY, we're coming to Brooklyn.
Jun 09, 2017
Episode 95: A Scammer's Scammer
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, intergenerational friendships, and Joyce Wadler, our fave NYT columnist you've never heard of. Plus, what's Hillary been up to? Samanthy Irby on lattes, avocado toast and economic security. Finally, Amanda Chantal Bacon, your scammer's favorite scammer, and 'shipping Stanley Tucci and Jeff Goldblum.
Jun 02, 2017
Episode 94: Wear Sunscreen
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 Watch: Ivanka isn't doing much to improve the lives of women in Saudi Arabia and while we respect Melania's hand-swatting, her divorce in the making is costing taxpayers some $$$$.
May 26, 2017
Episode 93: Romp and Circumstance
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.
May 19, 2017
Episode 92: Spring Book Break
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 Sirleaf by Helene Cooper; Isadora by Amelia Gray; Grace and the Fever by Zan Romanoff; and Startup: A Novel by Doree Shafrir.
May 12, 2017
Episode 91: Class Warfare
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 let her dad gut Michelle Obama's support for girls education. Plus, listener questions about what to do when your boss calls you sweet, men who want kids and their female partners who aren't so sure, and a single person's guide to friendship as your besties couple up and start having kids.
May 05, 2017
Episode 90: So Many Moans
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 longest time spent in space. And shoutout to Ireland's Repeal the 8th abortion access activists.
Apr 28, 2017
Episode 89: The Indignities of Being a Woman
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 up in the UK, Justin Trudeau is a climate scammer and Trump's executive order on the EPA is open for public comment. Diversity and inclusivity within the organizing ranks of the march for science. Plus, Barack Obama, former-POTUS, present Instagram Husband. And Tavi Gevinson returns to tell us about Rookie's new podcast in collaboration with MTV.
Apr 21, 2017
Episode 88: Businesswoman Special
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.
Apr 14, 2017
Episode 87: Shook, For Real
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 important reference book about cervical fluids. And, the women in a boyband-style group who call themselves "handsome youths."
Apr 07, 2017
Episode 86: Cheeto Watch
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 Merkel, we feel your pain. Tips on tracking legislation in the states and a Congressional seat battle in Georgia. Plus, the hardest working baby in show business.
Mar 31, 2017
Episode 85: This is Capitalism, Baby
Neil Gorsuch's Supreme Court confirmation hearings. Human going-out-top and 24 year-old conservative Tomi Lahren facing blowback after supporting abortion rights on The View. Prominent women CEOs of startups are in hot water. But that's nothing compared to the attempted rehabilitation of American Apparel founder and CEO super villain Dov Charney.
Mar 24, 2017
Episode 84: Ur Fave is Problematic
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 Steve King and other racist liars. Plus, Inspector Gadget and ALL of our problematic faves.
Mar 17, 2017
Episode 83: Obama Glow Up
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 wealthy communities for thrifting. Women are having too much fun to retire. And, staying politically engaged in a red state.
Mar 10, 2017
Episode 82: It's a Trap!
'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 you heard about? It's a real patent, but also fake news. Cheeto Watch continues as Kellyanne gets too comfortable in the Oval Office and HBCU leaders realize they got played. Plus, a "feminist" manifesto.
Mar 03, 2017
Episode 81: Six Pleats None the Richer
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 we're reading, the Golden Girls cafe in Manhattan, and the ridiculous GOOP-endorsed vaginal workout tools for when simple Kegels aren't enough.
Feb 24, 2017
Episode 80: Drop the Ball
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, author Tiffany Dufu wants women to get ahead by doing less. Her new book is Drop the Ball.
Feb 17, 2017
Episode 79: She Persisted
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 song about impeachment, impeccable Super Bowl performances, and Galentine's Day.
Feb 10, 2017
Episode 78: Bey-eus Ex Machina
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 broke into the GOP retreat, menstruation news from Zambia, and political conspiracy theories from the left and the right.
Feb 03, 2017
Episode 77: Executive Disorder
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.
Jan 27, 2017
Episode 76: New Country, Who Dis?
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, abortion restrictions in Texas have led to the highest maternal mortality rate in the developed world, and more anti-choice policies could be coming soon. In celebrityland, Kim is back on social media, Amina can't be emotionally implicated by Kanye right now, but Selena Gomez and the Weeknd's dumpster-side makeout was paparazzi gold. Plus, a fond farewell to the American Apparel pieces that shepherded us through our early 20s.
Jan 20, 2017
Episode 75: You Are Fake News
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. And, we speak with two organizers of the upcoming Women's March on Washington. More at
Jan 13, 2017
Episode 74: Pump Up 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 to some brilliant women for inspiration. Sex coach Myisha Battle reminds us to take time for pleasure this year. Plus, making creative work, getting politically engaged and staying accountable with arts consultant Beth Pickens.
Jan 06, 2017
Out of Office: Happy Holidaze
We're snacking in our most luxurious loungewear, bingeing TV and reading away from our closets and microphones. Happy holidays, besties. We'll be back after the holiday break.
Dec 23, 2016
Episode 73: Year in Review
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 our post-election feels. Not to mention the ceaseless gun violence this year. And, some comfort to recall for 2017 from the Joy of Missing Out and the chillout hoodie.
Dec 16, 2016
Episode 72: Giving and Gifting
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 are distracting us from politics.
Dec 09, 2016
Episode 71: I Have No Proof
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 sisterly dilemma, and the crazy capitalist notion that women should "have it all."
Dec 02, 2016
Episode 70: Chosen Family
We discuss our love of Thanksgiving, namely Friendsgivings, frustrations with Black Friday, and what we're grateful for.
Nov 25, 2016
Episode 69: Get Swole
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 to stay informed and support quality journalism, and how to be an activist with social anxiety.
Nov 18, 2016
Episode 68: Rage Phase
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 of Ivanka's dad in the Orange House.
Nov 10, 2016
Episode 67: It's Almost Over
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 happening down-ballot with Planned Parenthood Action Fund.
Nov 04, 2016
Episode 66: Big League Overladies
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 how periods work (we don't pee blood, dude). How Amina got Wiki-leaked. And answers to listener questions about hiring women and the friendzone fallacy.
Oct 28, 2016
Phone-a-friend: Conventional Desires with Michelle Tea
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.
Oct 21, 2016
Episode 65: Fifty Shades of Crazy
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 it wrong on Colin Kaepernick :/
Oct 14, 2016
Phone-a-friend: Tech Realness with Nitasha Tiku
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 founders, plus the new TV show Westworld.
Oct 07, 2016
Episode 64: Erstwhile Sock Designer
We discuss the first presidential debate, Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna, the wobbly science of power posing, and positive and negative period news.
Sep 30, 2016
Phone-a-friend: Doreen St. Félix
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 upcoming film, Moonlight, their real ages, and the many TV shows they're watching this fall.
Sep 23, 2016
Episode 63: Everything We Disdain
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 female bonobos.
Sep 16, 2016
Episode 62: Women-Only Weed Utopia
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 friend who leans too hard in their time of crisis.
Sep 09, 2016
Episode 61: Rumors and Creeps
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 news, from Johnny Depp to Nate Parker to lady villain Arianna Huffington. And a billion dollar period idea.
Sep 02, 2016
Episode 60: Lady Villain
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 23 year-old listener's question about how to befriend older women.
Aug 26, 2016
Self-Care PSA
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 we recorded live at the Ace Theatre in Downtown LA.
Aug 19, 2016
Episode 59: (Don't) Hoard Money
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 our merch maven Caroline Knowles. And, independent artist and designer Tuesday Bassen on how Zara ripped off her work and her path to becoming an indie merch queen.
Aug 12, 2016
Episode 58: Summer Bookstravagaza
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 Bennett's funny manual for avoiding workplace sexism, Feminist Fight Club, is out in September.
Aug 05, 2016
Phone-a-friend: Convention Wisdom with Jorge Rivas
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 work writing about race, gender, immigration, and the real people driving social movements.
Jul 29, 2016
Episode 57: Make America Smell Great Again
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.
Jul 22, 2016
Episode 56: Don't Shoot
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 laws, and from Lucia McBath, whose teenage son Jordan Davis was shot and killed by a white stranger in 2012. Plus, what you can do to make your voice heard.
Jul 15, 2016
Phone-a-friend: Midwest Diva Power Hour with Katie Blair
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 big gay heartland wedding.
Jul 08, 2016
Episode 55: American Grifters
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.
Jul 01, 2016
Phone-a-friend: Cameron Russell, woke model
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.
Jun 24, 2016
Episode 54: I'm Every Woman
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 Valerie Jarrett, Renee Bracey-Sherman and Kim Gandy.
Jun 17, 2016
Episode 53: Worst Advice
We discuss Hillary Clinton's historic nomination, when Amina met Kim, men getting vulnerable, the period ad that shows real blood, defining home, and a question about a never-ending internship.
Jun 10, 2016
Phone-a-friend: Ashly Perez
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 and Ashly's scripted series, You Do You.
Jun 03, 2016
Episode 52: Vegan Bernie Madoff
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.
May 27, 2016
Episode 51: Birthday Suit
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.
May 20, 2016
Episode 50: Joy of Missing Out
We tackle listener questions about bestie drama, internet FOMO, calling your doctor, and a high-pitched vocal dilemma.
May 13, 2016
Episode 49: SHE ILL
We discuss Lemonade, scamming, the Met Gala, period activism going mainstream, Melania (aka Ivanka's stepmom), election season self-care, and child-free icons.
May 06, 2016
Episode 48: Let's Have Another Round
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 Tracy share their podcast love story and pump up song. And spoken sound art from musician Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs.
Apr 29, 2016
Phone-a-friend: con artist expert Maria Konnikova
In this phone-a-friend edition, Ann calls journalist Maria Konnikova to talk about con artists, psychopaths, catfishing and her book The Confidence Game.
Apr 22, 2016
Episode 47: All The Power Ladies, Live
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. Then, Amina talks with tech power lady Kara Swisher about her political ambitions and sex appeal from the Lesbians Who Tech Summit.
Apr 15, 2016
Episode 46: Period Piece
We discuss futuristic tampons, weed as a cramp remedy, menstrual leave from work, and so much more.
Apr 08, 2016
Episode 45: Right Hand Woman
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 Bill might do as First Dude. A lightning round on her besties and what her podcast with Hillary would be about. Plus, Amina and Ann debrief on Susan Sarandon, the white people bubble, and current reading lists.
Apr 01, 2016
Episode 44: Comfort Hoodie
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 professions. And introducing the chillout hoodie.
Mar 25, 2016
Phone-a-friend: Smitten Kitchen's Deb Perelman
Ann calls Smitten Kitchen creator Deb Perelman to learn about her favorite recipes and the hustle of cooking and writing for the internet, home-cooked meals as a creative pastime and the chocolate cake that can ease menstrual woes.
Mar 18, 2016
Live from LA! with Rebecca Traister
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 of Amina and Ann.
Mar 11, 2016
Phone-a-friend: illustrator Wendy MacNaughton
In this phone-a-friend edition, Ann calls up Wendy MacNaughton, illustrator, visual journalist, and all around badass to talk about freelancing, collaborating, career changes, procrastination and documenting San Francisco through drawing.
Mar 04, 2016
Live from SF! and Melinda Gates
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 diet-pocalypse. And Melinda Gates on the toll of unpaid labor and Bill's reaction to "Formation."
Feb 26, 2016
Episode 43: Gold Stars Forever
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 creative partnership. And we answer listener questions about receiving feedback at work and finding your passion.
Feb 19, 2016
Phone-a-friend: Jenna Wortham
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 post-Presidency life for the Obamas. Plus, catfishing confessions.
Feb 12, 2016
Episode 42: Twitter Ninja
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 a marijuana suppository to cure cramps? Amina as internet investigator with deep background on Kanye's Twitter rant. And hate the caucuses but not Iowans.
Feb 05, 2016
Phone-a-friend: Lose Hate Not Weight with Virgie Tovar
In this phone-a-friend edition, Ann calls author, fashion-forward and body positive activist Virgie Tovar. She shares her journey from happily jiggling kid to starvation-obsessed college student, to happy and healthy Virgie of today.
Jan 29, 2016
Episode 41: Too Woke
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 amazing. Plus, the Great British Bakeoff, our brief Bravolebrity moment and January gift problems.
Jan 22, 2016
Phone-a-friend: K-drama with Dodai Stewart
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 all things korean: k drama, k pop, tony moly face masks. Plus, personal dramas and mishaps on Tinder.
Jan 15, 2016
Episode 40: Our Top Female Blowhard
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 white coworker, and Fox News' Megyn Kelly. Plus, CYG listeners raised $30k for ZanaAfrica and philanthropist Ruth Ann Harnisch on small and sustainable ways to effect big change.
Jan 08, 2016
Phone-a-Friend: Shani Hilton of BuzzFeed News
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 unjust fines in Texas. Plus, Amina's white DNA, what has happened on Grey's Anatomy since we all stopped watching and life lessons from Shonda Rhimes.
Jan 01, 2016
Episode 39: Ask Polly
It's Christmas! In this phone-a-friend episode, Ann talks with writer Heather Havrilesky about her existential advice column Ask Polly, making friends on the internet and how we can improve our advice-giving.
Dec 25, 2015
Phone-a-friend: Tavi Gevinson
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, besties, winter coping tips and so much grown ass woman shit.
Dec 18, 2015
Episode 38: U. R. Just The Best
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 Sen. Barbara Mikulski writes the best emails.
Dec 11, 2015
Phone-a-friend: Brooklyn Nine-Nine's Stephanie Beatriz
For this week's phone-a-friend edition of Call Your Girlfriend, Amina calls top Hollywood bae, Stephanie Beatriz who plays the no-nonsense, leather-jacket wearing Rosa Diaz on Brooklyn Nine-Nine to discuss shine theory, how she got into acting, her favorite TV shows and so much more.
Dec 04, 2015
Episode 37: Thanksgiving Warriors
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 fascination.
Nov 27, 2015
Phone-a-friend: Marisa Meltzer's favorite things
Amina calls core lady and top-notch writer Marisa Meltzer to talk about Instagram models, rooftop seduction, and their holiday gift obsessions.
Nov 20, 2015
Episode 36: Deliciously Filthy
This week we discuss Aziz Ansari’s Master of None, the protests at the University of Missouri, the Irish abortion rights campaign #repealthe8th, why Jackeée Harry is so wonderful and Aminatou's ridiculous love for DJ Khaled.
Nov 13, 2015
Phone-a-friend: Irin Carmon on the Notorious RBG
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.
Nov 06, 2015
Episode 35: The Saddest Hello Since Lionel Richie
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 bluetooth-enabled menstrual cup. Plus, guest Andrew Golis fields a question about not-so-feminist men, and we set the record straight on Shine Theory.
Oct 30, 2015
Episode 34: Sexy Bellybutton Feeling
We discuss hrod17's email dump, Taylor's colonial fantasy, big sisters and little sisters, and menstruation-loving cultures. Plus! Sexy bellybutton times. Reading List: hillary emails taylor’s colonial fantasy the williams sisters
Sep 11, 2015
Episode 33: Low Key Creep
We discuss the 1989 Tour, our favorite Trump: Ivanka, political scandals and LOLs, Drake+Serena and white people appropriating black slang. Reading List: BFF power couples Ivanka's favorite podcasts Joe Biden is a creep Hang in There Columba Aubrena forever Fuckboy misuse Shoutouts: Listen to Ann on the Dinner Party Download and Amina on Rerun and The Main Draw
Aug 28, 2015
Episode 32: Heavy Flow
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 women are so hardcore this week in menstruation: free bleeding marathon period feminism
Aug 13, 2015
Episode 31: Watching White People
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’ (Un)natural sponges The new female White People
Jul 31, 2015
Episode 30: Summah Summahtime XXL
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 Magic Mike XXL. Reading list: National Parks Ariana Grande Summer bodies Queen Serena Summer of Swoll Magic Mike XXL
Jul 17, 2015
Episode 29: Free Boobin'
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 us out on how we talk about periods. Plus, an update on how white people are using diverse emoji and how to deal with an office frenemy. Reading List: A week of free boobin' Ira Glass on doing the work Stanley Tucci in a polka dot apron Watch: Stanley Tucci and chef Eric Ripert make martinis and risotto
Jul 03, 2015
Episode 28: Peach Fuzz
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 bestie's new bestie. Reading List: "Being able to shift one’s race is a privilege." Shame shame Ben Affleck || Ariana Grande's feminist letter Women who shave their faces We endorse: Mat Johnson's amazing new book
Jun 19, 2015
Episode 27: Notoriously Chill
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: Robyn - Call Your Girlfriend Junior Brown - Surf Medley Ratatat - One Hannah Rad Edit of Robyn - Call Your Girlfriend
Jun 05, 2015
Episode 26: Appropriate Emoji
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 multiracial emoji and the amazing life (and death) of Sandra Bem. Watch The Fall on Netflix: it's so feminist Men and housework Cannes Flatgate Ugh soylent How the other half lives Sandra Bem, extraordinary woman Shine Theory: Serena Williams: “Let’s just put an end to this myth that women players cannot be friends.” This week in menstruation: The Period Fairy
May 22, 2015
Episode 25: Comfortably Chic
We love Janet Mock, Kim K's selfie book, Bruce Jenner's incredible interview, power lady obituaries, Amy Schumer feminist commentary and so much more.  Reading List: Shine Theory: Janet Mock on Super Soul Sunday Feminist sefies Kim K selfie book We love you, Bruce Jean Nidetch, Weight Watchers boss lady / “Compression is just so 15 years ago” "You'll be the hottest girl in the nation with just a touch of foundation" Diva cup of doom || bleached tampons greek heroism
May 08, 2015
Episode 24: My Neck, My Back, My Netflix and My Snacks
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 and Danielle, who we met as part of OpenTable's #100opentables. Reading list: Period panties Goodnight Menses Tech dudes in couples therapy Toni Morrison's regrets
Apr 23, 2015
Episode 23: Body's Choice
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 says our use of "baby feminist" is condescending. California is in full drought mode. And Carolyn Pennypacker-Riggs of BOUQUET on the business of making music.  Reading and music list at
Apr 10, 2015
Episode 22: Your Time to Shine
We discuss how to start your own podcast, making friends after college, and key reading for baby feminists to learn more. Baby feminist syllabus, music list and resources for podcasting at
Mar 27, 2015
Episode 21: Ironic Beef-o-sexual
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 "choreplay" "Tampons & Tylenol" Medicating women's feelings The all-dude Ghostbusters remake Shine theory in downhill mountain biking
Mar 13, 2015
Episode 20: Mrs. Money Mustache
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 Grey” is to publishing what Spanx was to the undergarment business Mr Money Moustache Pound Foolish || The Opposite of Spoiled Music list at
Feb 27, 2015
Episode 19: Office Candy Dish
We discuss why women should never have a candy dish at work, public radio voice and vocal insecurity, celebrities revolting against the red carpet, and Kanye and Taylor showing a little shine theory. Plus! A period-joke challenge. Reading list: Women doing the office housework Public radio voice and vocal fry The grossest period joke ever Red carpet revolt Kanye & Taylor Music list at
Feb 13, 2015
Episode 18: Hi, Haters
We discuss men in jeggings, playing through the (period) pain, naming your baby Nutella, and confronting your internet trolls.  Reading list: Men in jeggings Men worrying about balding Playing through the pain Baby Nutella Lindy West confronts her troll A week of online harassment Girlhood! Girlhood opens in limited US release Friday, January 30.
Jan 30, 2015
Episode 17: Imposter Syndrome
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 her girlfriends, but where is Rosie? This week in Shine Theory, the delightful contestants on Masterchef, Jr. This week in menstruation, an IUD update and don't flush tampons. And, how to deal with imposter syndrome. Reading List: Closet pare-down Women who don’t want other women to have abortions Alison Turkos shoutout Shine Theory: Masterchef Jr Music: Mark Ronson - Leaving Los Feliz (ft. Kevin Parker) Sophia Grace - Best Friends Nena - 99 Luftballons Hannah Rad edit of Robyn - Call Your Girlfriend
Jan 16, 2015
Episode 16: Notorious Ladies
We discuss Amina’s facetime with the Notorious Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Ann’s encounters with new age bullshit in Guatemala, the fantastic movie Selma and racism in Hollywood. And this week in menstruation, our birth control quandaries about IUDs and depo shots. Watch list: Country hunks for Hillary Amina and RBG! Go see Selma Music: Robyn - Call Your Girlfriend Weezer - The Good Life Enya - Only Time Hannah Rad edit of Robyn - Call Your Girlfriend
Jan 02, 2015
Episode 15: Origin Story
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 stress, more confidence Music: Robyn - Call Your Girlfriend Tom Aspaul - Good Together Hannah Rad edit of Robyn - Call Your Girlfriend
Dec 19, 2014
Episode 14: Top Shelf 2014
We discuss the books, movies, TV and music we loved this year! Full recs at Music: Tinashe - Pretend ft. A$AP Rocky Jenny Lewis - Just One of the Guys Kelis - Jerk Ribs Phantogram - Fall in Love Drake - The Catch Up Bobby Shmurda - Hot N*gga Remy Ma - I’m Around Sinkane - How We Be Perfume Genius - Queen
Dec 06, 2014
Episode 13: So Much Booty
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, Taylor Swift is so good at shine theory, and OMG SQUATTY POTTY. Reading List: Solange wedding columbusing the booty shine theory in the wild squatty potty Music: Robyn - Call Your Girlfriend Speelburg - Kline Janelle Monae ft. Solange - Electric Lady 2 Live Crew - Too Much Booty in the Pants Hannah Rad edit of Robyn - Call Your Girlfriend
Nov 21, 2014
Episode 12: I Voted
We discuss the midterm elections, Taylor Swift and Beyonce, ebola and Jian Ghomeshi, and menstruation superpowers. Plus we answer questions about iPhone snobs and our favorite podcasts. Links: Ugh, the midterm elections Beyonce rumors Tay Swizzle will not be bullied. "I knew about Jian Ghomeshi" Menstruating women boxers Music: Robyn - Call Your Girlfriend I Just Can't Wait to Be King Taylor Swift - Shake it Off Cut Copy - Hanging on to Every Heartbeat Phantogram - Black Out Days remix ft Danny Brown and Leo Justi
Nov 07, 2014
Episode 11: Home Girls
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 potential economic tool, and lasagna. Email your questions to Music: Robyn - Call Your Girlfriend ZZ Top - Viva Las Vegas Hannah Rad edit of Robyn - Call Your Girlfriend
Oct 25, 2014
Episode 10: Strings Attached
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 school. Can women still love football? Can pulling out be sexy? What if it's a tampon? Plus, Chanel "empowertising" on the runway and why Karl Lagerfeld is evil. Music: Robyn - Call Your Girlfriend Roxane Polvin - I'm Too Sexy Caribou - Silver Lorde - Team (Autograf remix) Clean Bandit ft Jess Gwynne - Rather Be The Chainsmokers - KANYE (Kasum remix) Call Your Girlfriend (Hannah Rad edit)
Oct 09, 2014
Episode 9: Body Talk
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, the brave & wonderful college ladies leading the anti-rape movement and this week in menstruation. Reading list: What if you just don't know if you want kids?  Ban Meghan Trainor Don't mess with Shonda or Viola Meet the College Women Who Are Starting a Revolution Against Campus Sexual Assault "Carry that Weight" Tampon run! "Oh God, he's done period-sex taste tests. Oh God. Oh God.”
Sep 26, 2014
Episode 8: Emotional Detox
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 ideal retirement situation. Reading list: A year-long digital detox Different rules apply if you're white The white mom of a black son gets a rude awakening On the likelihood of bumping into a police officer Adult summer camp, not as sexy as it sounds "we watch an early-sixties blonde seduce a mid-thirties male"
Sep 12, 2014
Episode 7: Follow Your Arrow
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 iPhone read receipts are terrible.  Music: Beyoncé - Irreplaceable QT - Hey QT Snakehips - Days Without You ft. Sinead Harnett Kacey Musgraves - Follow Your Arrow Phantogram - Fall in Love Hannah Rad edit of Robyn - Call Your Girlfriend
Aug 29, 2014
Episode 6: You Know White People
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 list: How to make friends as an adult The pope is so wrong about the internet A story about defusing hyper-masculine aggression Awesome baby feminists Black people, white perception lol at the phrase "accused of menstruation"
Aug 15, 2014
Episode 5: Hey, budtender!
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, and another genius trend story from the New York Times: wedding weed concierges.  Reading List: Kanye’s GQ cover story Beyonce fragrances What happens when women and minorities try to promote diversity at work OMG POT AT WEDDINGS
Jul 31, 2014
Episode 4: Breakup Time
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 PR advice for LeBron. Reading list: In "praise" of 56-year-old men "praising" 42-year-old women The infamous potato salad kickstarter LeBron takes his talents to South Beach and back again The LeBron profile Nike didn't want us to read Apparently you can get paid to gestate a baby Sponsored shout-out to Heraty Law!
Jul 18, 2014
Episode 3: Independent Ladies
We discuss the terrible terrible Hobby Lobby decision, how much we love RBG, why annual lady exams are garbage, our predictions for song of the summer and we answer all your pressing topic requests. Happy 4th of July! Reading List Everything Irin Carmon Has to Say About Hobby Lobby is The Truth Annual pelvic exams are useless FIRST MOON PARTY!
Jul 04, 2014
Episode 2: Wedding Season
We discuss wedding survival tips, innovation, (not) watching the World Cup, and dressing for success. Plus our pal Cord Jefferson tells us about the glamorous life of a Hollywood screenwriter. Reading List: "Disrupting" everything Hillary's style Racism fatigue
Jun 27, 2014
Episode 1: Straight shame
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 family values, faking it, myths of chillness, self-loathing straight people, and hippie remedies. Plus! A defense of rom-coms from Vulture writer Lindsey Weber. Reading List: Caftan-ready bodies Reparations You didn’t read that reparations article and here’s how we know The plural of beef Faking cultural literacy Devastating “Blended” review LOL
Jun 04, 2014
Pilot: Say My Name
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 in a name?
May 19, 2014