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A HuffPost Podcast about The Bachelorette franchise, where hosts Emma Gray and Claire Fallon lovingly snark on The Bachelorette, Season 11. Whether you love The Bachelorette, or love to hate it, you will enjoy their witty discussion about this reality show and what it reveals about the world of dating. Here To Make Friends is produced by Katelyn Bogucki.




'Paradise' S4 Week 1 with Brett Vergara

After a sexual misconduct investigation, 'Bachelor In Paradise' is back for season 4. And despite the hype, the incident was mostly ignored in episode 1. We met the cast, said goodbye to Jorge, DeMario and Corrine, and then said hello to our new resident bartender, Wells. Amid shutdown, we begin episode 2 with Carly and Evan's wedding. It was lovely but unfortunately felt overshadowed. Back in 'Paradise' the franchise shirked any blame and instead offered the remaining cast as its human...

Duration: 01:23:06

'Bachelorette' S13 Bonus with Eric Bigger

We've been keeping a mystery episode from you. We teased this interview a couple weeks ago, and we're sorry if we lead you astray! It's miracle season! We're joined by Eric Bigger, and we can finally air this, because he's off the show! We talked to him about his time with Rachel, the emergence of his beard, and asked him about life after The Bachelorette. Might he be the next Bachelor? But that's not all – we were able to field one burning question to Rachel and Bryan during their stop at...

Duration: 00:34:42

'Bachelorette' S13 Finale With Jamia Wilson

We're so devastated, but also truly happy. It's The Bachelorette finale and Rachel is engaged to Bryan. But first, she has to send Eric home and breakup with Peter. Plus, another first, in a series of interstitial segments we heard live reactions from Chris Harrison, Rachel, and the final cast. Joining us to recap is writer, activist, and Publisher and Executive Director of the Feminist Press, Jamia Wilson!

Duration: 01:35:03

'Bachelorette' S13 Men Tell All with Sharleen Joynt

Some people hate it, but we love it -- it’s the episode where the men don’t exactly tell all, but they do talk back a little bit. Last night, we heard Blake and Lucas revisit Bananagate, sort of, DeMario defending the practice and art of having a side chick, and Anthony, Josiah and Rachel take Lee to school. And to unpack every single moment, we're joined by opera singer, Flare contributor, and podcaster Sharleen Joynt.

Duration: 01:25:25

Bonus: 'Bachelorette' By The Numbers with Ella Koeze And Walt Hickey

We have an unbelievable amount of useless knowledge about The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. But today we're stepping into new territory for the podcast and diving deep into the data. We're joined for this bonus episode by Ella Koeze and Walt Hickey from FiveThirtyEight.com. They recently analyzed all 33 seasons of the franchise and shared their findings. Nerd out with us!

Duration: 00:43:33

'Bachelorette' S13e9 With Allison P. Davis

Another week, another cliff hanger. On this episode, the remaining guys meet Rachel's family in Dallas. Plus, Bryan clashes with Rachel's family, Peter has cold feet, and Eric has a night in the fantasy suite in Rioja, Spain. Here to break down every moment with us is Allison P. Davis, Senior Writer at The Cut and New York Magazine!

Duration: 01:20:08

'Bachelorette' S13e8 With Jasmyn Lawson

We've made it to the hometown dates and we're joined by Jasmyn Lawson, Culture Editor at Giphy. Listen along as we relive the joy of Aunt Verna, the dominos and arepas, Peter's cold feet, and Dean's downfall. Plus – check back later this week for a special bonus episode!

Duration: 01:14:55

'Bachelorette' S13e7 With Ali Barthwell

Adam? Matt? Who are these people?! To help us remember these contestants, we're joined by Ali Barthwell, Vulture recapper extraordinaire -- and she's here IRL! Ali helps us relive the many boat rides, analyze Swiss watch purchases, and look toward next week for what may shape up to be some seriously dramatic / problematic hometown dates.

Duration: 01:08:23

Bonus: There's Nothing Quite Like Your First Time

There's no episode to recap this week, so we decided to talk about “Bachelorette” firsts: the experience of being a first time viewer of the show, the significance of the first black Bachelorette, and what it’s like to be kicked off of the show on your very first night. Up first, we spoke to Charreah Jackson, senior editor at Essence, about her first time watching The Bachelorette -- which she’s doing this season. She’s written pieces like “We Still Have to Be Twice As Good: 4 Racial...

Duration: 00:53:22

'Bachelorette' S13e6 With Erin Darke

We're back for the second time this week. Actress Erin Darke joins to send off 'snakey' Lee, discuss Eric's need for affirmation, and the consistently wild misdirection from ABC's promos. We also enjoy more lovely dates from across Scandinavia, including Viking games led by Morton and Tom. It was a redemption of sorts for Kenny, but in the end he and Rachel decided it was best for them to part ways. Finally, we break down the new rules and regulations in 'Paradise' and more of DeMario's...

Duration: 01:14:50

'Bachelorette' S13e5 With Phoebe Robinson

On this episode, we talk through part one of Kenny & Lee's two on one date, and we're just hoping that Lee get's washed under in the tide of realness that is Kenny. We're joined by Phoebe Robinson of the amazing 2 Dope Queens podcast, who helps us say goodbye to the tickle monster and Jack Stone, and say hello to men in tight handball uniforms. Lastly, we discuss part 1 of DeMario's exclusive interview with E! News and brace ourselves for an entire new episode this evening.

Duration: 01:12:18

Bonus: 'Paradise' Resumes Production, We Ask More Questions

Bachelor In Paradise is back! But questions linger and a dark cloud looms over the franchise. On this bonus episode, Claire and Emma speak with Lisa Bloom, a notable civil rights attorney, about the legal implications of the Bachelor in Paradise scandal, and with Carina Ray, Associate Professor of African and Afro-American Studies at Brandeis University, to unpack the historical racial and gender constructs that have come into play.

Duration: 00:55:31

'Bachelorette' S13e4 With Claire Fallon and Emma Gray

On this episode, Claire and Emma relive the freestyle battles, an unwanted woodcarving, a possibly rigged spelling bee, an emotional and boozy blimp flight, and the obligatory and awkward country singer slow dance. All the while, Lee is becoming even more of a problem in the house, and he's going in for the take down of fan-favorite Kenny.

Duration: 01:09:59

Bonus: 'Paradise' Production Halted

Following allegations of misconduct, production of season 4 of 'Bachelor In Paradise' has been suspended. Here to help us sort through the various conflicting reports is Reality Steve. We're also joined by 'Paradise' season 2 alum Michael Garofola who takes us behind the scenes of the production in Mexico, and offers general legal commentary.

Duration: 01:08:37

'Bachelorette' S13e3 With Vella Lovell

This week, Rachel takes some frontrunners to tape 'Ellen,' rides horses into Beverly Hills boutiques with Anthony, and watches some men mud-wrestle for her entertainment along with her old 'Bachelor' gal pals. On the podcast, Claire, Emma, and guest Vella Lovell also discuss Demario’s brief return, Lee’s major bigotry problem, and how 'The Bachelorette' is handling the race issue so far. Plus, Emma and Claire share a preview of IVFML, a new HuffPost podcast and speak with host Anna...

Duration: 01:32:42

'Bachelorette' S13e2 With Kevin Nguyen

Last night was an episode 2 that felt like an episode 5. (That's a compliment.) We had Mila and Ashton, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, and a certain contestant was confronted by a very pointy-nailed, very pissed off ex-girlfriend. Here to help us break it down, one of our longtime favorite guests, GQ editor Kevin Nguyen.

Duration: 01:24:56

'Bachelorette' S13e1 With Allison Williams and Zeba Blay

This week, Rachel met her new boyfriends, plus a doll from a horror film, on a freshly sprinkled driveway. On the podcast, Claire Fallon, Emma Gray, and guest Allison Williams discuss a night packed with whabooms, tickle monsters, and mouth hickeys. Plus, HuffPost Senior Culture Writer Zeba Blay chats with Emma about the power of seeing a black Bachelorette.

Duration: 01:44:18

'Bachelorette' S13 Preview – The Cast Bios

Emma and Claire dissect all 31 cast bios of the men hoping to win Rachel's heart – listen along as they pick their faves! Amongst the most diverse cast ever they uncover patterns, including a common love for Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, and the inability to control one's arousal in the workplace! Whaboom!

Duration: 01:14:33

'Bachelorette' S13 Preview LIVE at AOL BUILD With Olivia Caridi And Alexis Waters

We're less than one week away from Rachel Lindsay's season of The Bachelorette and we're so excited. To kick things off, Claire and Emma are joined by Bachelor alums Olivia Caridi and Alexis Waters for a special live taping at AOL BUILD (@BUILDSeriesNYC). They share their expectations for Rachel's season, their thoughts on what we've seen of the guys so far, and dish on some off season gossip.

Duration: 00:37:28

'Bachelor' S21 Finale With Phoebe Robinson

Nick’s love journey has come to an awkward, snowy conclusion. Claire Fallon, Emma Gray, and guest Phoebe Robinson discuss husky puppies, horseback riding, Santa Claus, ill-advised racial jokes and more highs and lows from the season finale and After The Final Rose.

Duration: 00:56:41

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