There is no better podcast to discuss when you’re talking about friendship. I found Call Your Girlfriend about 2 years ago and it’s been one of my favorite weekly listens ever since. I was captivated by the very real and intimate conversation between long distance besties, Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman. They are two smart, funny and engaged women and I absolutely love to hear what they have to say on topics ranging from serious political issues to the Kardashians. I don’t follow the Kardashians at all, so when Amina brings Ann up to speed, she is absolutely providing me a public service as well. I can function as a proper American with a bit of Kardashian knowledge in my pocket, or at least I can manage some polite dinner party conversation.
Episode 132, The Ladyweb takes the conversation about female friendships to new heights. I love the concept of the complex network that forms through friends of friends, and how lovely and enriching that can be in a woman’s life. I was touched when the conversation turned to the challenge of initiating tough conversations within a friendship. I could relate to Ann and Amina’s intense desire to avoid conflict. I don’t even like to call out a cashier who has overcharged me, let alone my closest friends. But, it’s true, that a whole lot of pain and suffering can be avoided by saying what needs to be said, when it needs to be said.
They finish out the show with an interview with Kayleen Schaefer, the author of the book, Text Me When You Get Home: The Evolution and Triumph of Modern Female Friendship. The interview was lovely and insightful and when I called Aileen to tell her about the book, she let me know that, of course, it’s already on our reading list. I can’t wait to write more about the book soon. In the meantime, listen to Call Your Girlfriend. You won’t be disappointed.