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Comedians and authors Laura Lane and Angela Spera give best friend advice on pop culture, politics, news headlines, workplace dynamics, dating, parenting, friendship and whatever else is on your mind.

Comedians and authors Laura Lane and Angela Spera give best friend advice on pop culture, politics, news headlines, workplace dynamics, dating, parenting, friendship and whatever else is on your mind.

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Comedians and authors Laura Lane and Angela Spera give best friend advice on pop culture, politics, news headlines, workplace dynamics, dating, parenting, friendship and whatever else is on your mind.

Language:

English


Episodes

Missing Your Ex

5/12/2021
This week we talk about what to do when you miss your ex and how to distinguish between missing your ex and missing being in a relationship. Then we answer your listener questions including a listener who misses being silly with her ex and another listener who wonders why exes come out of the woodwork when you’re newly single. In the news we discuss 'The Bachelor' looking to cast senior citizens & scientists want to send sperm to the moon. Angela's feeling all the feels seeing people out and...

Duration:00:30:32

Outgrowing Old Friendships

5/5/2021
This week’s episode is called Outgrowing Old Friendships. We talk about switching friendship orbits, when you need to confront a friend you no longer want in your life and when it's okay to let people float away or go in and out of your life. Then we answer your listener questions including one listener who realized her life is better without her childhood friend in it and another who lost two friends when they decided to start dating each other. In the news we discuss: a divorced man is...

Duration:00:49:05

300th Episode Special

4/28/2021
This week is our 300th episode!!! We will be taking a nostalgic look back at some of our favorite moments. Then we dive into the mailbox, which includes a fan with a foot fetish and another listener who wants some pandemic advice. In the news we discuss why what you do is not who you are & the people still buying VHS tapes. Angela's boyfriend gets his vaccine for high BMI and Laura gets hers while pregnant. This week's episode is brought to you by: BetterHelp Coors Light The Viall Files

Duration:01:20:03

Everything You Want to Ask an OB about Pregnancy ft. Dr. Nathan Fox

4/21/2021
This week we welcome OB and high-risk specialist Dr. Nathan Fox to answer all of our burning pregnancy questions. We cover everything from COVID to sushi (yes you can eat it!) and more! We answer your listener questions including fertility preparation tips and getting pregnant over 40. Then we talk about what’s in the news: Prince Harry & Megan Markle’s pregnancy shines light on pregnancy after miscarriage & why evictions are linked to adverse birth outcomes. For even more great info on...

Duration:01:12:45

Hitting a Covid Wall with Your Partner

4/14/2021
This week's episode is called Hitting a Covid Wall with Your Partner. We talk about tips to keep the spark alive and not bore the crap out of each other when you see each other all of the time. We answer your listener questions including one listener who is running out of things to say to her partner and another who is having less sex with her fiancé lately. Then we talk about what’s in the news: sex between married couples is down & a new Harry Potter video game will allow users to create...

Duration:00:51:01

Freezing Your Eggs ft. Journalist and Producer Darla Murray

4/7/2021
This week we welcome Emmy Award-winning journalist and producer Darla Murray to talk about her experience freezing her eggs and her piece about the process for Cosmopolitan. Then we answer your listener questions including one listener whose friends expect her to foot the bill and another wondering how to get through TTC (trying to conceive). In the news we discuss an unexpected side effect of unprotected sex & how baby aspirin could help you get pregnant. This week's episode is brought to...

Duration:01:08:06

Fairness In the Household

3/31/2021
More people spending time at home means more chores to do! This week we talk about how to keep things feeling fair between your partner or roomies when it comes to domestic crap. We’ll be answering your listener questions including one listener whose partner isn’t great at helping with tasks and our listeners try to help name Laura’s baby. In the news we discuss what to wear to your first job & the most popular dog names in history. Angela goes viral for her comment on Britney Spears. And...

Duration:00:54:10

Mental Health and Staying Brave ft. Olympian Alexi Pappas

3/24/2021
On this week’s episode we welcome Alexi Pappas, an award-winning writer, filmmaker, and Olympic athlete who wrote the new book "Bravey: Chasing Dreams, Befriending Pain, and Other Big Ideas." We talk about mental health and how she found help after struggling following the 2016 Olympics and her inspiring life, career and journey. Then we answer your listener questions including one listener who feels like she’s her boss’s therapist and another listener who is newly dating someone struggling...

Duration:01:15:23

Sweating the Small Stuff

3/17/2021
There's a lot of big stuff happening in the world but as long as you have perspective, it's okay to sweat the small stuff every now and then! We talk about how to let things go and when it's okay to honor your feels! Then we answer your listener questions including one listener who hates her boyfriend’s ex wife and another who is nervous about her future as a nurse. In the news we discuss Dolly Parton turning down an honor & J-Lo and A-Rod on the rocks. Angela goes on a Colin Firth movie...

Duration:00:48:13

Vibrators, Gynos and Other TMI

3/10/2021
This week we chat about vibrators, gynos, lasers and how we find other TMI providers. We’ll be answering your listener questions including one listener who wants advice on finding a good couples vibrator and another listener looking for advice on finding a good birth center or midwife. In the news we discuss why Queen Elizabeth is in ‘good fettle’ and what that means & how to write socially acceptable emails during a pandemic. Angela's talks about her wedding updates and Laura gets an email...

Duration:00:51:27

Identifying Energy Vampires

3/3/2021
This week’s episode is all about identifying energy vampires: those people in your life who drain your emotional energy. We talk about how to spot them and how to get rid of them! Then we answer your listener questions including one listener who has a difficult time trusting other women and another who found out something disturbing about her fiance’s family. In the news we discuss apology languages & why the "Sex & the City" reboot will cover COVID. Angela sees a psychic with her partner...

Duration:00:57:10

Managing Stress

2/24/2021
This week we talk about the big and small things that stress us out and what we do to cope. We answer a question from a listener who is separated from her husband overseas and read an update from another listener who found love thanks to our podcast. In the news we discuss whether or not Prince Harry is sporting a ponytail & SATC returns to HBO without Samantha. Angela's bedtime routine turns creepy and Laura learns how to say no to an exciting work project that stopped being fun. Advertise...

Duration:00:50:28

Losing Your Motivation

2/17/2021
This week we talk all about losing motivation and how to get it back. We answer your listener questions including one listener who is struggling sharing space with her parents. In the news we discuss Armie Hammer's dark side, Charles Barkley claiming athletes should cut the vaccine line & Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas break up. Angela's therapist says something outrageous during their session and Laura's therapist of four years says she won't accept insurance anymore! This week's episode is...

Duration:00:52:54

Happy Valentine’s Day

2/10/2021
Happy Valentine’s Day! This week we are talking about how we like to spend V-Day, the gifts we asked for and giving tips on how to safely spend the day of love. Then we answer your listener questions including one listener struggling to get on the same financial page as her boyfriend and another listener who isn’t sure if she is celebrating V-Day with a new guy. In the news we discuss the history of V-Day & how Martin Shkreli dumped his journalist girlfriend from prison. Angela talks about...

Duration:00:44:30

Conflict with Family

2/3/2021
This week we talk about the reasons why people (and we!) are having conflict with family right now and how to deal with it. Then we answer your listener questions including one listener whose in-laws don’t know when to leave and another whose sister has a bad habit that is affecting their relationship. In the news we discuss Harry Styles and Olivia Wilde dating & why Kim and Kanye might be dunzo. Angela's parents are on the mend after getting COVID and Laura struggles with coming up with a...

Duration:00:46:46

Quarter-Life Crisis

1/27/2021
This week we talk about what it's like to go through a quarter-life crisis and want to change your career or question other choices in your life (it's all normal!). Then we answer your listener questions including one listener who isn’t sure her career is the right one and another listener who feels uncomfortable being her friend's weight loss buddy. In the news we discuss Ivanka and Jared's pad in Florida & Gigi Hadid posts a belated baby bump (relatable!). Angela tells us how her dad...

Duration:00:44:07

To Want or Not Want Kids

1/20/2021
This week we talk all about the decision-making process behind wanting or not wanting children: how to chat with your sig other (if you have one) and what questions to ask yourself. Then we answer your listener questions including one listener who has a different vision for the future than her boyfriend and another whose husband wants her to cut back hours at work to take care of their kids. Then we talk about what's in the news: The Wall St Journal doubles down on their sexist op-ed about...

Duration:00:46:29

Dealing with Enemies

1/13/2021
This week we talk about what it means to have people in your life who you don't really like as an adult. How to deal with them, how to avoid them and how your relationship came to be in the first place. Then we answer your listener questions including one listener looking for comedy class advice and another listener who wants to know about moving in with her partner. In the news we discuss why Ivanka probably isn’t welcome back in New York & controversial virginity tests happening in the UK....

Duration:00:49:20

The Power of a Group Chat

1/6/2021
This week we talk all about the benefits and pitfalls of group chat with friends including etiquette, structure, when it works and when it does. Then we answer your listener questions including one listener who wants to know how to convince a friend to seek out therapy and another who is tired of unsolicited advice from friends. In the news we talk about how Trump delayed coronavirus vaccine distribution & Ariana Grande’s gift for Katy Perry’s baby. Angela has an awkward encounter at the UPS...

Duration:01:01:15

New Year, New You 2021 (Thank God 2020 Is Over)

12/30/2020
This week’s episode is our annual New Year, New You where we reassess the past year, go over last year's resolutions and then make new ones for the next year. We answer your listener questions including one listener who is struggling with her future in-laws and another listener worried about moving in with a couple. Then we talk about what’s in the news: what you don’t need to waste your money on to get healthy this New Year & questions to ask yourself before the New Year. Angela finds...

Duration:01:04:19