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Best Friend Banter is biweekly podcast hosted by two best friends who talk about everything, from periods to politics. Our podcast is a complement to our popular lifestyle website,

Best Friend Banter is biweekly podcast hosted by two best friends who talk about everything, from periods to politics. Our podcast is a complement to our popular lifestyle website,
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Best Friend Banter is biweekly podcast hosted by two best friends who talk about everything, from periods to politics. Our podcast is a complement to our popular lifestyle website,




#62 Golden Globes | Black Dresses | Red Hot Disagreements

Before #MeToo creator Tarana Burke walked the red carpet at the Golden Globes this weekend, she posted an official statement on Facebook from the activists that were attending the award show. She said, “we believe we are nearing a tipping point in transforming the culture of violence in the countries where we live and work.” We heard Oprah acknowledge that, “For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dare speak the truth to the power of those men. But their time is up. Their...

Duration: 00:21:29

#61: Gift Giving Rules your Kids Don't Follow

Happy New Year, and welcome back to another season of Best Friend Banter! If you closed out 2017 celebrating a gift-giving holiday and you have kids in your house, you probably felt like crawling into a hole at some point in the marathon gift-giving that is December. We think we’ve prepared our kids for how to politely receive a present, but then inevitably they say something that makes you want to hide under the blankets all day. Think you’re alone? You’re not! So today, with the...

Duration: 00:17:58

#60 Holiday Burnout

Everybody loves the holidays, right? The time with friends and family, the scrumptious goodies you can only get this time of year, the gifting, the holiday cards, the decorations...all that holly jolly. But has anybody else noticed who makes the magic during the holiday season? All year long, moms perform the vast majority of the emotional labor for their families, but hell does it ramp up during December! On this week’s episode of Best Friend Banter, we’re unpacking all the work that...

Duration: 00:21:40

#59 The Who, When & How of Holiday Cards

It’s that time of year when holiday cards start to fill our mailboxes and we get a chance to peek into the lives of our friends and family across the country. But have you ever wondered, How did we get ourselves wrapped into this tradition? And why are we still fussing about holiday cards when we all connect on social media anyway? In this week's episode of Best Friend Banter, we’re talking about the history of Christmas cards, new trends for sending and receiving them, plus holiday card...

Duration: 00:26:36

#58 Breaking Up with Friends is Hard to Do

{Just in time for the holidays, access our FREE Best Friends Gift Guide!} We’ve all had that friendship that fizzled out. And most of us have experienced one that exploded. After a bad friendship breakup, we walk around with the scars of those failed relationships for years, not unlike a romantic breakup. That’s why we’re talking about breaking up with a friend: what makes our relationships with friends so tenuous, our personal friendship deal-breakers,...

Duration: 00:24:10

#57 Parenting is Embarrassing!

Parenting can be totally embarrassing. Our kids are constantly putting us in awkward, “what the hell do I do now?” situations. Your toddler knocks over the towering cookie display in the grocery story. Your baby poops through both her spare outfits on the plane. Your kid pees on the floor in the middle of your Target run. We’ve all been there. That’s why, we're dedicating this episode to your most embarrassing public parenting moments. We asked listeners to send in their stories, and we...

Duration: 00:23:12

#56 "Please Stop Smelling Me!"

If you’ve been tuning in to Best Friend Banter, receiving our weekly newsletter, or following us on social media, then you probably know we just had a friendship milestone: our first ever girls trip! And this was not just any girls trip; it was also the first time we’ve seen each other in person in over three years. We had an incredible, minus a few out of our control circumstances...but we also had some surprises along the way that we just have to talk about. On this week's episode,...

Duration: 00:26:25

#55: What Would Your Father Say?

In this week's episode of Best Friend Banter, we're welcoming stay-at-home dad Alan back to the podcast! This time, we're asking Alan to weigh in on playground drama (the subject of episode #54) and the plight of fathers when it comes to the lack of diaper changing tables in public restrooms. What's a dad to do?? Get ready for a good laugh and be sure to share this episode with a dad who's shared Alan's struggle! Music: Simple Hop Spinning Departures Barricade

Duration: 00:31:28

#54 Playground Politics

Does bringing your kid to the playground ever feel a little Lord of the Flies? There's so much to navigate! Never mind the slides and the monkey bars. There are big kids trampling little kids; little kids spoiling the big kids' fun. Boys chasing girls; girls confusing boys about whether they enjoy the chase. And in all that, us parents have to figure out when to step in and when to butt out. On this week's episode of Best Friend Banter, we're covering playground politics in all its...

Duration: 00:17:35

Episode #53: Hair!

Thanks so much for all your comments on our super popular podcast on "Kids Birthday Party Etiquette!" We're starting off this week's podcast with a reader comment that was SO intuitive! You've just got to hear it. Then, we're off to talking about hairstyles. What does having long hair say about you? What about short hair? What does your hair style say about all the other aspects of your life? This is like having a 30 minute convo with your bestie about your hair. Don't we all do that??

Duration: 00:25:36

#52 Should Kids Have Best Friends?

You've heard it on the news: Prince George won't be allowed to have a best friend at his new school. Is this crazy or a new ideal? This week, we're talking through the science on friendship, the benefits and drawbacks to having a childhood bestie, and our own experiences with "best friends" as children and adults. Join in on the conversation by leaving us a comment on, by emailing us at, or by recording a Voice Memo on your phone and forwarding it to...

Duration: 00:22:34

#51: Kids Birthday Party Etiquette: It's My Party I Can Cry if I Want To?

Got an invite to a kids birthday party? Having a party of your own? There are SO many etiquette questions to consider! Not sure if you can go to supervise your kid (when you weren't explicitly invited)? Can you bring siblings? How much should you spend on a gift? Do you even HAVE to bring a gift? And what do you do when your child gets the same gift from three different people? Tune in for all the answers to these major birthday party etiquette dilemmas!

Duration: 00:28:27

#50 What Are Your Luxuries?

This week, we're talking about the role of luxury in our lives as Evie realizes she's been sleeping in a t-shirt that's 15 years old because she doesn't usually "splurge" on pajamas. Ha! Where do you scrimp and save, and where do you treat yourself, just because you deserve it? How has your view on "luxury" changed over time, from Birkin bags to pimped out strollers? And how can our friends' perspectives on luxury help us to expand our horizons?? Tune in! Email:

Duration: 00:22:32

A New Feature on!

It’s that time of year again... We're both sick this week, so we’re giving ourselves permission to get well and record a new episode for you next week. In the mean time, we want to make sure you’re keeping up with what’s happening on our website, We’ve got a new feature celebrating the power of friendship, with stories about things like: * the Virginia woman who has raised almost $10,000 for her best friend who lost everything in Hurricane Harvey:...

Duration: 00:02:07

#49 Back-to-School Worries

{FYI: Evie's microphone gave out before the storm and she's still waiting to receive a new one by mail. Thanks for your patience with her audio!} Do you have a little one headed back to school? Which type of child is he: the one who barely says goodbye, or the one who clings to your leg, screaming, at drop-off? With the start of a new school year, we're talking through our strategies for dealing with little kid anxieties. How do we help our children work through their fears, whether...

Duration: 00:15:22

What Was it Like to Live Through Hurricane Harvey?

In this week's episode, Evie, a Houston resident, is sharing her experience during Hurricane Harvey. As harrowing as it was, her family is safe. But as she says, "if I never hear rain again, that'll be okay with me!" Listen in as she tells her story... and learn what the Waffle House has to do with measuring the severity of a hurricane! Our thoughts and prayers are with Houston as they recover from this historic storm!

Duration: 00:19:29

#47 "Genetic Suicide"

Usually, we pick our friends because of what we have in common, and major life differences are deal-breakers. But for me and my friend Claire—who I've known since the 9th grade, who went to college with me, who was in my wedding—the greatest potential wedge in our friendship has just never been a focus of conversation, until now: Why did she decided to make sure she'd never become a mother at the same time as I was building my family? In this week's episode, I'm interviewing my one and...

Duration: 00:27:28

#46 Going Vegan!

Sarah's starting a new culinary adventure this week: Veganism! A documentary called What the Health caught her attention and launched her into a quest for the truth about which foods are actually healthy. But...Evie's feeling a little skeptical about conspiracy-theory documentaries and whether a diet this restrictive can actually be good for you (or at all practical!). Tune in for a lively discussion about going vegan. Don't forget, we're still offering listeners $5 Starbucks gift cards...

Duration: 00:31:18

#45: Subscription Box Reviews! Wantable, Ipsy, Trunk Club + Daily Harvest

Are you a subscription skeptic like Evie? Or ready to try anything, like Sarah? Or maybe you're new to subscription boxes. Between us, we've tried: Stitch Fix Wantable Trunk Club Ipsy and Daily Harvest Thinking of trying one of these services? Interested in the convenience of a customized package arriving at your doorstep? You have to listen to our super honest feedback first!! This is a can't-miss episode for anyone interested in subscription boxes.

Duration: 00:18:28

#44 Don't Talk About Yourself Like That

When another woman talks badly about herself, what is she really saying? Is she having an off day or revealing deeper anxieties? Is she fishing for compliments? And is this just harmless "girl talk" or is it damaging to woman at large when we put ourselves down? In this week's episode, we're dissecting a reader/listener question we tackled on our website,, in what's becoming a new advice column. Have a question of your own? Email and we may feature your...

Duration: 00:17:45

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