FRIENDSHIP: Podcast Brunch Club playlist (January 2021)

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Creation Date December 31st, 2020
Updated Date Updated January 1st, 2021
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Podcast Brunch Club is like book club, but for podcasts. We have 70+ in-person chapters across 6 continents. Every month, we put together a thematic podcast playlist. The January 2021 theme is "FRIENDSHIP." Join us:
  1. Friendship is hard, but the best way to tackle it is to talk about it. In this episode, you'll learn from the experts about how to make new friends and deepen your existing relationships.
  2. We've spent much of this summer engaging in conversations about our friendships with other sisters, and one of the main questions many of you had was "How do I make friends as an adult," so that's what we're digging into today. For this conversation I was joined by Dr. Marisa Franco. Dr. Franco and I chatted about the most important aspects of making friends, the characteristics of a good friend, and what’s needed to really sustain friendships.
  3. "Your white friend can just make one comment and it feels like a trap door has opened up from underneath," one listener told us when we asked for stories about race and friendship. "And I’m thrust back into the realities of living in a racist America." Today: Your stories about when race became a flashpoint in your friendships. Tomorrow, we'll share an episode from our partners at the NPR podcast Code Switch, featuring expert advice on navigating those flashpoint moments around race—and explaining why it's so hard to make, and maintain, cross-racial friendships. Want to reflect on your own friendship patterns? Take our survey at Afterward, you can see how other people have responded to the survey questions, and we'll also send you a recommended reading list.  And, as always, you can sign up for our newsletter by going to Every Wednesday we'll send you behind-the-scenes updates, podcast listening recommendations, and some pretty incredible listener letters from our inbox. Follow our show on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @deathsexmoney. Got a story to share? Email us any time at
  4. What three little words have Mark tongue-tied around his friends? They're not the ones you think. Mark goes to long-term and long distance BFFs Darnell and Dimetrius to puzzle out his fear of a certain phrase (calling on perspective from a chorus of Other Men) and hear what's made their friendship work for fifteen years. Become part of the team and support us on Patreon (! Subscribe to our newsletter for monthly secrets, Facebook to meet our friends, Twitter to talk to us, and Instagram to look at pretty pics. For ALL your info go to Original music by Fulton Street Music Group. Additional music from Blue Dot Sessions. Episode illustration by Carmela Caldart. Looking for the PERFECT fit for your 5’8” or under frame? Go to and add promo code OTHERMEN at checkout for 15% off.
  5. Friends aren’t just fun to hang out with and handy in a pinch. They’re also a biological necessity. Rufus talks to journalist Lydia Denworth, author of a new book on the science of friendship, who explains why friends — even the online variety — make us happier, healthier, smarter, and more successful.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Great Courses — Get a free month trial at Next Big Idea Club — Visit and use the code FREE3 for a three-month pass.

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