Best Forevers: A Podcast for Kindred Spirits

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Alysa sits down with bad ass friends, Danielle and Sara, to learn more about how they became friends, moments and experiences that define their friendship, and how they began their podcast, Mysterious Midwest. Our conversation highlights teenage mistakes and bad assery that evolved into a new era o…
Are you allergic to your friends or their behaviors? The answer is probably, “yes,” or “sometimes,” but, what might be most important, is how you respond to your friend’s annoying behaviors. In this week’s episode, Alysa talks about annoying friends, the different types of annoyances we may have (i…
For the love and necessity of friendship, we should be talking about the problems, issues, and concerns people experience in their friendships. Alysa often discusses the ways in which friendship often takes the back seat to other relationships, which then leads, potentially, a neglect to answering …
Alysa is an avid TV watcher and enjoys watching everything, but especially shows that reflect friendship both in celebration and struggle. In this episode, then, she analyzes friendship communication, expectations, and behaviors from the Netflix Original Series, Friends from College. She explores t…
In this Best Forevers Book Club episode, Claire is back to talk with Alysa about the friendships from the book, I Know What You Did Last Summer, by Lois Duncan. The suspense novel gets at the problematic ways people can be forced together and connected for life. Come for the discussion of the frien…
Love is love, but around Valentine’s Day love typically refers only to romantic love. So, in this episode, Alysa talks about the history of the holiday, the pressures experienced by both singles and non-singles, and how friendship can be incorporated into this holiday season. Share Your Friendship …
Something happened. The friendship of Ella Fitzgerald and Marilyn Monroe has not been widely discussed and we’re not 100% if all the sources about their relationship are correct, but, again, something happened among the two and it was powerful. Join Alysa and her history buff friend, Crystal, talk …
This week, Alysa considers previous episode topics, a listener letter, and her own experience to explore the difference between being friendly with someone and being friends with someone. Can we be friendly to others without being friends? Alysa tries to answer this question as well as considering …
Have you ever felt uncomfortable in your friendship? You may be unsure about your role, your friends’ involvement, or about the relationship altogether, and so you may experience some feelings of uncertainty. When we experience uncertainty and label it as negative, there are strategies and relation…
It’s the first Friendship Remix episode! Alysa is joined by friends, Markie and Autumn, who shared their friendship story in the Home Base episode, to discuss how they managed the changes to their friendship. It’s critical to not only celebrate friendships, but to follow friendships as they face ne…
Alysa welcomes back her work spouse and dear friend, Tara, to talk about the experience of traveling as friends. They talk about how traveling is one way to “do” friendship through experiences, talking, and traditions, and all the stories that helped confirm their friendship. However, traveling isn…
To end 2018, Alysa is joined by her friend, Adri, co-host of the Accio Politics podcast, to discuss how they manifest as friends every day through voice memos. Manifestation and other ways to focus on one’s feelings, desires, and goals going into the New Year are explored so come join them as you t…
Do you consider LeBron James or Meredith Grey to be your friends? If you feel connections with characters or media personalities like them, you may have parasocial relationships. These friendships, although are one-sided, can provide us with benefits similar to, but not as intense and important as …
“You can’t sit with us!” This famous quote from the popular 2004 movie, Mean Girls, highlights the negativity and exclusion that can occur when one does not fit into a clique. And, although cliques seem so high school, unfortunately, those behaviors carry over into the workplace. Friendships are en…
Getting “friend zoned” is a trendy way to talk about a painful experience called unrequited love. Falling in love, especially with a friend, who does not reciprocate our feelings can hurt ourselves, our loved one, the friendship, and any (but not usually) potential romantic relationship. This week,…
In this Best Forevers Book Club episode, Claire makes Alysa learn all about Greek Mythology by reading the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan from her young adulthood. We discuss the first book, The Lightning Thief, as young Percy learns more about his life as a son of a god and…
Happy Thanksgiving! And, maybe more importantly to this podcast, Happy Friendsgiving! As we all celebrate Turkey Day, continue to enjoy those leftovers, and look forward to upcoming holidays, Alysa considers the role and impact of Friendsgiving holiday with her friend Tierney! They chat about why F…
For Alysa, the 1985 Anne of Green Gablesmovie, directed by Kevin Sullivan imprinted on her heart and has provided a strong foundation for her love friendship in her personal and professional lives. Thus, it was with great joy to be able to sit down with the Emmy and Peabody award-winning director t…
Grab your coziest mug of your favorite coffee and have a listen to Alysa chat with dear friend and coffee enthusiast, Alisun, about how friendship is at the heart of the coffee world! Coffee brings people together whether it be baristas working together to make your daily fix, baristas chatting wit…
Alysa welcomes the charmingly authentic host of Mental Illness Happy Hour, Paul Gilmartin, to chat about the intersection of mental health, trauma, communication, and relationships. In this episode, Paul discusses his journey through trauma, recovery, and his purpose in life. Through honest discuss…
One day you're friends and, then…poof, they’re gone. Have you ever been ghosted? In this episode, Alysa explores listener stories, academic research, and advice across the web for understanding and coping with being ghosters and ghostees. So, settle in for the spookiest friendship topic Alysa could…
Ope. Meet friends, Mitch and Zach, who make the most of all their time together whether commiserating about a bad roommate, watching vines, and making too many jokes. You might think they’re speaking a different language, but it’s their friendship language and Alysa gets to the bottom of all their …
Social media helps us make friends and maintain friendships, right? If that’s the case, then why do we also feel bad about ourselves, our friendships, and our lives while scrolling through Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter? In this episode, Alysa explores the impact of social media on our friendship…
As a relational communication teacher, Alysa is often asked by students what they should do if they believe their friend is in an abusive relationship. So, to build awareness during Domestic Violence Month, Alysa sits down with, Brooke, Director of Central Michigan University’s Sexual Aggression Se…
Alysa celebrates one year of Best Forevers by answering listener questions, playing messages from friends, and reflecting on the year!
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Podcast Details
Started
Sep 30th, 2017
Latest Episode
Mar 15th, 2019
Release Period
Weekly
No. of Episodes
77
Avg. Episode Length
About 1 hour

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