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Best Forevers: A Podcast for Kindred Spirits

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Friendship Lessons
In celebration of 100 episodes, Alysa explores friendship lessons learned with the help of friends, students, colleagues, and more. Share Your Friendship Stories with Alysa!  Visit the podcast web page for topics= www.bestforeverspod.com/surveys Email Alysa= bestforeverspod@gmail.com Follow Best Forevers Pod! Facebook = https://www.facebook.com/groups/bestforeverspod/ Instagram= https://www.instagram.com/bestforeverspod/ Twitter = https://twitter.com/BestForeversPod Support Best Forevers Pod! Patreon= www.patreon.com/bestforeverspod Merchandise = https://bestforeverspod.threadless.com Art Work by Kate Cosgrove= http://k8cosgrove.blogspot.com  Theme Music by Trevor Wilson  Promo from this Episode! Happily Ever Aftermath = https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/happily-ever-aftermath/id1244584055
Murderino Frienderinos
The latest episode of Best Forevers is a love letter written for kindred spirits, Georgia Hardstark and Karen Kilgariff, hosts of the ever-popular true crime and COMEDY podcast, My Favorite Murder (MFM)! Alysa Lucas explores the bonding power of podcast communities and those moments when you FINALLY find your “people” who like the same weird things you like. Murderinos, fans of MFM, detail their stories of friendships and the impact the podcast and hosts have had on their lives over the last two years. So, stay out of the forest, lock your doors, grab some cookies, and enjoy the sweet honesty of MFM and murderino frienderinos! Note: This episode has explicit language. Links relevant to the Murderino Frienderino episode: www.bestforevers.com https://www.facebook.com/groups/bestforeverspod/ https://www.instagram.com/bestforeverspod/ https://twitter.com/bestforeverspod https://www.facebook.com/groups/322329631270671/ (My Favorite Murder Facebook Page) https://www.facebook.com/groups/MFMMichigan/ (My Favorite Murder - Mitten Murderino Group) https://www.facebook.com/groups/1435317639819230/ (My Favorite Murder - Dallas Group) https://www.etsy.com/shop/murderinomercantile?ref=search_shop_redirect (Murderino Mercantile ETSY) http://www.katecosgrove.com (Kate's Art)
Show Me Your French Breasts
Many of us are “friendish” with a lot of different people, but how many friends have seen you at your most vulnerable? In this episode, Alysa welcomes friends Isabelle and Kate who talk about their friendship, rooted in an online community and spans such experiences as trauma, illness, and military moves. Isabelle and Kate are candid, thoughtful, and clearly each other’s “person” so come be witness to a friendship where, in a world with expiration dates, they always have each other to lean on. Listen to Kate on Her Podcast Ignorance Was Bliss! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ignorance-was-bliss/id1341566170?mt=2 Listen to Kate on People Are Wild! https://peoplearewild.podbean.com/e/kate-plus-8minus-3/ Listen to Kate on Fallout Files! https://falloutfilespodcast.podbean.com/e/s1-e3-morning-was-broken/ Follow Kate/Ignorance Was Bliss!  Facebook = https://www.facebook.com/groups/197629964309119/ Instagram = https://www.instagram.com/iwbpodcast   Twitter= https://twitter.com/IWBpodcast    Share Your Friendship Stories with Alysa! Visit the podcast web page= www.bestforeverspod.com/surveys Email Alysa= bestforeverspod@gmail.com    Follow Best Forevers Pod! Facebook = https://www.facebook.com/groups/bestforeverspod/ Instagram= https://www.instagram.com/bestforeverspod/ Twitter = https://twitter.com/BestForeversPod    Support Best Forevers Pod! Patreon= www.patreon.com/bestforeverspod   Art Work by Kate Cosgrove= http://k8cosgrove.blogspot.com  Theme Music by Trevor Wilson 
Parasocial Relationships
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 our primary interpersonal relationships. Join Alysa as she explores our connections to such folks, and how these parasocial friendships can help us and, potentially, hurt us.  Share Your Friendship Stories with Alysa! Visit the podcast web page for topics= www.bestforeverspod.com/surveys Email Alysa= bestforeverspod@gmail.com  Follow Best Forevers Pod! Facebook = https://www.facebook.com/groups/bestforeverspod/  Instagram= https://www.instagram.com/bestforeverspod/ Twitter = https://twitter.com/BestForeversPod Support Best Forevers Pod! Patreon= www.patreon.com/bestforeverspod Merchandise = https://bestforeverspod.threadless.com Art Work by Kate Cosgrove= http://k8cosgrove.blogspot.com  Theme Music by Trevor Wilson   Promo from this Episode! Wine Mind Podcast = https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/wine-mind/id1440547331?mt=2 Sources https://www.findapsychologist.org/parasocial-relationships-the-nature-of-celebrity-fascinations/  https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/how-our-make-believe-relationships-with-celebrities-shape-our-social-lives https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/15213269.2017.1416295 https://www.thoughtco.com/parasocial-relationships-4174479 https://curiosity.com/topics/tv-characters-might-be-fictional-but-your-relationship-with-them-isnt-curiosity/ https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0265407504041374 https://www.theverge.com/2018/9/17/17832948/youtube-youtubers-influencer-creator-fans-subscribers-friends-celebrities https://www.thedailybeast.com/your-parasocial-obsession-with-the-royals-is-perfectly-normal Cohen, J. (2003). Parasocial breakups: Measuring individual differences in responses to the dissolution of parasocial relationships. Mass Communication & Society, 6(2), 191-202. Eyal, K., & Dailey, R. M. (2012). Examining relational maintenance in parasocial relationships. Mass Communication and Society, 15,758-781. Horton, D., & Wohl, R. R. (1956). Mass communication and parasocial interaction: Observations on intimacy at a distance. Psychiatry, 19,215-219. Rubin, A. M., & Rubin, R. B. (1985). Interface of personal and mediated communication: A research agenda. Critical Studies in Mass Communication, 2,36-53.  
Declaration of Friendship Love with The Cutaways
Alysa is joined rom-com podcasters from The Cutaways Podcast, Ashley and Justine, to hear about how they met, how they integrated in one’s romantic partner, and how one bad ass Maid of Honor speech that truly captures the love story of a friendship! Throughout their story, we learn more about the markers that make friendship so critical: love, support, understanding, and, of course, trust!   Listen to The Cutaways Podcast! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-cutaways-podcast/id1018986461 Follow The Cutaways Podcast!  Facebook = https://www.facebook.com/CutawaysPodcast/  Instagram = https://www.instagram.com/cutawayspodcast/  Twitter = https://twitter.com/CutawaysPodcast Web Page = https://thecutaways.com Support The Cutaways Podcast!  https://www.patreon.com/cutawayspodcast   Share Your Friendship Stories with Alysa! Visit the podcast web page for topics= www.bestforeverspod.com/surveys Email Alysa= bestforeverspod@gmail.com   Follow Best Forevers Pod! Facebook = https://www.facebook.com/groups/bestforeverspod/ Instagram= https://www.instagram.com/bestforeverspod/ Twitter = https://twitter.com/BestForeversPod   Support Best Forevers Pod! Patreon= www.patreon.com/bestforeverspod Merchandise = https://bestforeverspod.threadless.com Art Work by Kate Cosgrove= http://k8cosgrove.blogspot.com  Theme Music by Trevor Wilson    Promo from this Episode! Amanda’s Picture Show a Go Go! = https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/amandas-picture-show-a-go-go/id1147667359 Movies Mentioned in Episode! Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind= https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rb9a00bXf-U  Frozen= https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbQm5doF_Uc Grease 2= https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTUVeV9t-sg How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days= https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFGr2_cOOTk Jurassic World= https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFinNxS5KN4 Lady Bird= https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNi_HC839Wo  Lego Batman= https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGQUKzSDhrg No Strings Attached= https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7bRikS7C3o The Princess Diaries= https://youtu.be/2CkcwPi20ms Sleepless in Seattle= https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4Ll-xXjjXcn  West Side Story= https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBTzjbvagIQ When Harry Met Sally= https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmSpCLefjnwn
Is Honesty the Best Policy?
Alysa is joined by long-time student, Lauren, to discuss the question, “Is honesty always the best policy?” For some individuals, the answer is yes, especially when it comes to friends. However, honesty and deception in friendships may be far more complicated. Have a listen to hear about how honesty fits into the description of friendship, how the “ideology of openness” may not always work well, how lies may operate in friendship, and how to be honest with a friend. Share Your Friendship Stories with Alysa!  Visit the podcast web page for topics= www.bestforeverspod.com/surveys Email Alysa= bestforeverspod@gmail.com Follow Best Forevers Pod! Facebook = https://www.facebook.com/groups/bestforeverspod/ Instagram= https://www.instagram.com/bestforeverspod/ Twitter = https://twitter.com/BestForeversPod Support Best Forevers Pod! Patreon= www.patreon.com/bestforeverspod  Merchandise = https://bestforeverspod.threadless.com Art Work by Kate Cosgrove= http://k8cosgrove.blogspot.com  Theme Music by Trevor Wilson  Promo from this Episode!  Three Gossip Girls Podcast = https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/three-gossip-girls-a-gossip-girl-podcast/id1463196836 Sources 40 Questions = https://www.verywellmind.com/questions-to-build-intimacy-in-relationships-1270942  Afifi, Caughlin, & Afifi Chapter= https://experts.illinois.edu/en/publications/the-dark-side-and-light-side-of-avoidance-and-secrets  Steve McCornack Textbook = https://www.macmillanlearning.com/college/us/product/Reflect--Relate/p/1319103324 Julia Wood Textbook= https://www.cengage.com/c/interpersonal-communication-everyday-encounters-8e-wood/9781285445830 Ope. Freezing. Gucci. (Episode Mentioned)= http://bestforeverspod.libsyn.com/ope-freezing-gucci
Tomodachi
Tomodachi is the japanese word for friend. In this episode, Alysa learns about this word from the family that inspired the Best Forevers Podcast! Interviews from the grandmother, father, mother, and daughter explore various topics related to friendship, including: popularity, groups of friendship, how personality impacts friendship, how family impacts friendship, friendships with students, friendships with parents/children, and so much more. Open your mind to the different experiences and possibilities of friendship! www.bestforeverspod.com
Veronica Mars Season Four & More with Courtney from Spoop Hour
In this Bonus Episode, Courtney from Spoop Hour joins Alysa to discuss Veronica Mars Season Four and to play Veronica Mars-themed games, including a very Neptune “Would You Rather” and putting each Team to the Test (e.g., Would you support Team Weevil?). Listen to Spoop Hour! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/spoop-hour/id1291131312 Follow Spoop Hour! Instagram = www.instagram.com/spoophour Twitter = https://twitter.com/spoophour Share Your Friendship Stories with Alysa! Visit the podcast web page for topics= www.bestforeverspod.com/surveys Email Alysa= bestforeverspod@gmail.com Follow Best Forevers Pod! Facebook = https://www.facebook.com/groups/bestforeverspod/  Instagram= https://www.instagram.com/bestforeverspod/ Twitter = https://twitter.com/BestForeversPod Support Best Forevers Pod! Patreon= www.patreon.com/bestforeverspod Merchandise = https://bestforeverspod.threadless.com Art Work by Kate Cosgrove= http://k8cosgrove.blogspot.com  Theme Music by Trevor Wilson  Promo from this Episode! Spoop Hour = https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/spoop-hour/id1291131312  
Let's Talk About Sex
What do you talk about in your close friendships? Everything and anything? Or, do you have hard boundaries? In this episode, Alysa describes her research focusing on sexual communication in college-aged friendships. She details how she come to study the topic, what she’s learned so far including research conducted with the support of an Early Career Grant, the importance of studying this topic, and what else we need to know about sex talk among friends. Let’s talk about sex, but what is meant is “Let’s talk about sex talk!” So meta! Note: This episode is not explicit but does vaguely mention sex talk related to sexual behaviors, sexual health, and sexual assault. Share Your Friendship Stories with Alysa!  Visit the podcast web page for  topics = www.bestforeverspod.com/surveys Email Alysa= bestforeverspod@gmail.com   Follow Best Forevers Pod! Facebook = https://www.facebook.com/groups/bestforeverspod/  Instagram= https://www.instagram.com/bestforeverspod/ Twitter = https://twitter.com/BestForeversPod    Support Best Forevers Pod! Patreon= www.patreon.com/bestforeverspod   Art Work by Kate Cosgrove= http://k8cosgrove.blogspot.com  Theme Music by Trevor Wilson    Promos from this Episode!  What’s Her Name = https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/whatshername/id1320638747?mt=2 The Vocal Fries = https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-vocal-fries/id1260191014?mt=2    Sources from this Episode! Please email Alysa if you have questions about sources or studies she discussed! Note: In the episode, I said Segrin & Powell, but the author order is reversed. Aries, E. J., & Johnson, F. L. (1983). Close friendship in adulthood: Conversational content between same-sex friends. Sex Roles, 9,1183-1196. Arnett, J. J. (2000). Emerging adulthood: A theory of development from the late teens through the twenties. American Psychologist, 55,469-480. Herold, E. S., & Way, L. (1988). Sexual self-disclosure among university women. The Journal of Sex Research, 24, 1-14. Lefkowitz, E. S., Boone, T. L., & Shearer, C. L. (2004). Communication with best friends about sex-related topics during emerging adulthood. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 33,339-351. Lucas, A. A., & Afifi, W. A. (2006, November). “We talk about that and everything in between:” Exploring patterns of sexual communication in college-aged friendships. Paper presented at the Interpersonal Communication Division of the National Communication Association, San Antonio. Lucas, A.A. (2007, November). Sexual communication in college-aged friendships: A replication of communication patterns and satisfaction. Paper presented at the Interpersonal Communication Division of the National Communication Association, Chicago. Lucas, A. A. (2009). The role of friendship support in emerging adults’ risky sexual decision-making: A test of the regret regulation theory.(Unpublished doctoral dissertation). The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA. Lucas, A. A. (2014). Emerging adults in college: Communication, friendship, and risky sexual behaviors. In J. F. Nussbaum’s (Ed.), The handbook of life span communication.New York, NY: Peter Lang Publishing, Inc. Lucas, A. A. (2015). Developing friendship closeness and initiating sex talk in the first semester of college.Paper presented at the Relationships, Health, & Wellness mini-conference sponsored by the International Association of Relationship Research in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Lucas, A. A. (2016). Making conversations, getting advice, fitting in, and bragging: First sexual conversations among new college-aged friends.Poster presented at the International Association of Relationship Research Convention, Toronto, Canada. Lucas, A. A., & Nussbaum, J.F. (2011). An exploration of friendship support and sexual decisions in college-aged individuals’ sexual conversations. Paper presented at the Interpersonal Communication Division of National Communication Association Convention, New Orleans. Powell, H. L., & Segrin, C. (2004). The effect of family and peer communication on college students’ communication with dating partners after HIV and AIDS. Health Communication, 16,427-449. Rawlins, W. K. (1992). Friendship matters: Communication, dialectics, and the life course.New York: Aldine de Gruyter. Spanier, G. B. (1977). Sources of sex information and premarital sexual behavior. The Journal of Sex Research, 13, 73-88.  
Bitches People Want To Be Friends With
Where would we be in life without our friends nerding out with us over our favorite nerdy things? Heather and Liz became friends over their geeky fandoms and then turned it into the amazing podcast, Nerdy Bitches, where they talk about all things nerdy! Join us in celebrating their cool friendship, but also the remarkable podcast milestone of reaching 100 episodes! They’re nerdy. They’re bitchy. And, they’re the nerdiest bitches you need in your life.  Learn More about Nerdy Bitches! http://www.nerdybitches.com Follow Nerdy Bitches! Instagram = https://www.instagram.com/nerdybitches Twitter = https://twitter.com/NerdyBitchesPod Listen to Nerdy Bitches! Apple Podcasts = https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/nerdy-bitches-podcast/id955492167?mt=2 Support Nerdy Bitches! Patreon = https://www.patreon.com/nerdybitches   Share Your Friendship Stories with Alysa! Visit the podcast web page = www.bestforeverspod.com/surveys  Email Alysa = bestforeverspod@gmail.com Follow Best Forevers Pod! Facebook = https://www.facebook.com/groups/bestforeverspod/ Instagram = https://www.instagram.com/bestforeverspod/ Twitter = https://twitter.com/BestForeversPod Support Best Forevers Pod! Patreon = www.patreon.com/bestforeverspod   Art Work by Kate Cosgrove = http://k8cosgrove.blogspot.com  Theme Music by Trevor Wilson 
Aren't We All Sons of Gods?
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 going on a quest with his friends, Grover and Annabeth, to retrieve Zeus’s master lightning bolt while fulfilling the Oracle’s prophecy. They discuss the Book Club’s first male protagonist, mixed gender friendships, and how friends must collaborate to solve problems. So, nerds and children of gods, join us for the mythology, snark, and, of course, friendship!  Share Your Friendship Stories with Alysa! Visit the podcast web page for topics= www.bestforeverspod.com/surveys Email Alysa= bestforeverspod@gmail.com Follow Best Forevers Pod! Facebook = https://www.facebook.com/groups/bestforeverspod/ Instagram= https://www.instagram.com/bestforeverspod/ Twitter = https://twitter.com/BestForeversPod Support Best Forevers Pod! Patreon= www.patreon.com/bestforeverspod Merchandise = https://bestforeverspod.threadless.com Art Work by Kate Cosgrove= http://k8cosgrove.blogspot.com  Theme Music by Trevor Wilson  Promo from this Episode! Hidden Staircase=https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-hidden-staircase/id1278324808?mt=2
Ella Fitzgerald & Marilyn Monroe
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 about how this moment in history suggests why women should support women. Specifically, they talk about these two women separately, how they came together, and what their friendship meant in the 1950s and could mean now in 2019. Share Your Friendship Stories with Alysa! Visit the podcast web page for topics= www.bestforeverspod.com/surveys Email Alysa= bestforeverspod@gmail.com Follow Best Forevers Pod! Facebook = https://www.facebook.com/groups/bestforeverspod/ Instagram= https://www.instagram.com/bestforeverspod/ Twitter = https://twitter.com/BestForeversPod Support Best Forevers Pod! Patreon= www.patreon.com/bestforeverspod Merchandise = https://bestforeverspod.threadless.com Art Work by Kate Cosgrove= http://k8cosgrove.blogspot.com  Theme Music by Trevor Wilson  Promo from this Episode! NRI Women= https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/n-r-i-woman/id1358098612?mt=2 Sources Ella Fitzgerald (Summertime/1968) = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2bigf337aU Gentleman Prefer Blondes trailer= https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ur9GKLl8v4U http://www.ellafitzgerald.com https://www.amazon.com/Ella-Fitzgerald-Biography-First-Lady/dp/0684196999/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1548966383&sr=8-1&keywords=first+lady+of+jazz https://www.biography.com/people/marilyn-monroe-9412123 https://www.theguardian.com/theguardian/2007/sep/14/greatinterviews https://www.knkx.org/post/how-marilyn-monroe-changed-ella-fitzgeralds-life https://www.biography.com/news/marilyn-monroe-ella-fitzgerald-friendship https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/remembering-marilyn-monroe-43964747/ https://leanin.org/about https://herviewfromhome.com/the-power-of-women-supporting-women/ https://hbr.org/2018/09/dont-underestimate-the-power-of-women-supporting-each-other-at-work https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marilyn_Monroe  
Domestic Violence Month
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 Services, to learn more about domestic violence and what friends and loved ones may expect if someone they love is being abused. Warning:The content may be a trigger for some listeners so please decide if listening to this episode is best for you.  Follow CMU’s SAPA on Twitter! SAPA = https://twitter.com/SAPA_CMU Web Pages of Interest!  Central Michigan University’s Sexual Aggression Peer Advocates= https://www.cmich.edu/ess/studentaffairs/SAPA/Pages/default.aspx Jackson Katz Ted Talk= https://www.ted.com/talks/jackson_katz_violence_against_women_it_s_a_men_s_issue/transcript?language=en Break the Cycle = https://www.breakthecycle.org  National Coalition Against Domestic Violence= http://www.ncadv.org The National Domestic Violence Helpline= https://www.thehotline.org RAINN= https://www.rainn.org Share Your Friendship Stories with Alysa! Special Halloween Episode = Send Friendship Ghosting stories by Friday 10/19/18! Visit the podcast web page for topics= www.bestforeverspod.com/surveys Email Alysa= bestforeverspod@gmail.com  Follow Best Forevers Pod! Facebook = https://www.facebook.com/groups/bestforeverspod/ Instagram= https://www.instagram.com/bestforeverspod/ Twitter = https://twitter.com/BestForeversPod  Support Best Forevers Pod! Patreon= www.patreon.com/bestforeverspod  Merchandise = https://bestforeverspod.threadless.com Art Work by Kate Cosgrove= http://k8cosgrove.blogspot.com  Theme Music by Trevor Wilson  Promo from this Episode! Beyond 6 Seconds = https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/beyond-6-seconds/id1336740192?mt=2 Other Podcasts to Check Out!  Head Space the Podcast: Psyched for Space= https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/headspace-the-podcast/id1434972767?mt=2 Targeted Podcast: True Crime Domestic Violence= https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/targeted-podcast-true-crime-domestic-violence/id1331219350?mt=2 Two B’s in a Pod = https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/two-bs-in-a-pod/id779080884?mt=2
Dose & Blose
Now that Alysa is 40 AF, she continues to explore age and friendship by chatting with her younger, wiser, and more magical friend, Ashleigh. They revisit their friendship origin story, confirm all the things they have in common, make future plans to knock items off their bucket lists, and discuss how age ain’t nothing but a number. Come for a great chat among friends including an epic Golden Girls character discovery, and an important listener letter about friends of the same age. Basically, no matter your age, thank you for being a friend! Check out Jesi Ekonen's Facebook, Instagram, and Web Page (She Designed Ashleigh's Tattoo)! Facebook = https://www.facebook.com/JustFollowYourArt/ Instagram = https://www.instagram.com/justfollowyourartshop/  Web Page = https://www.justfollowyourart.com  Share Your Friendship Stories with Alysa! Visit the podcast web page for other topics= www.bestforeverspod.com/surveys Email Alysa= bestforeverspod@gmail.com   Follow Best Forevers Pod! Facebook = https://www.facebook.com/groups/bestforeverspod/ Instagram= https://www.instagram.com/bestforeverspod/ Twitter = https://twitter.com/BestForeversPod    Support Best Forevers Pod! Patreon= www.patreon.com/bestforeverspod   Art Work by Kate Cosgrove= http://k8cosgrove.blogspot.com  Theme Music by Trevor Wilson    Promo From This Episode!  Nothing Rhymes With Murder= https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/nothing-rhymes-with-murder/id1250779617?mt=2
Desperate for Friends
“Desperation and bad decisions go hand and hand.” Have you ever experienced loneliness and, as a way to decrease those feelings, you would be friends with just about anyone? This quote, then, demonstrates that we may participate in questionable behaviors when trying to make friends. We’ve all felt lonely and have been in situations when we are desperate to make friends, but, unfortunately, desperation isn’t helpful in making connections with others. Join Alysa as she talks about loneliness and desperation, and how to go about making friends in a more effective, especially when you feel lonely. Share Your Friendship Stories with Alysa! Visit the podcast web page for topics= www.bestforeverspod.com/surveys Email Alysa= bestforeverspod@gmail.com Follow Best Forevers Pod!  Facebook = https://www.facebook.com/groups/bestforeverspod/ Instagram= https://www.instagram.com/bestforeverspod/  Twitter = https://twitter.com/BestForeversPod  Support Best Forevers Pod!  Patreon= www.patreon.com/bestforeverspod Merchandise = https://bestforeverspod.threadless.com Art Work by Kate Cosgrove= http://k8cosgrove.blogspot.com  Theme Music by Trevor Wilson   Promo from this Episode! Ladysh!t Podcast = https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ladysh-t-with-lily-britt/id1377347594 Sources  FOMO Episode = http://bestforeverspod.libsyn.com/fomo Making Friends is Hard Episode= http://bestforeverspod.libsyn.com/making-friends-is-hard https://intervarsity.org/blog/how-make-friends-without-looking-desperate  https://www.lifehack.org/articles/communication/10-reasons-you-have-trouble-making-new-friends-and-what-about.html https://www.liveabout.com/are-you-desperate-for-friends-1385427  https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-friendship-doctor/201110/why-am-i-having-so-much-trouble-making-new-friends https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2012/07/real-trouble-making-friends-middle-age/325837/ https://psychcentral.com/blog/having-trouble-making-friends-stop-obsessing-over-yourself/ https://www.succeedsocially.com/notinterested https://blog.heartsupport.com/the-5-types-of-fake-friends-to-avoid-175375e10d52 https://www.liveabout.com/when-youre-being-clingy-with-a-friend-1384860 https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-friendship-doctor/201009/my-clingy-friend-is-getting-my-nerves https://jezebel.com/what-to-do-when-youre-the-needy-friend-5577478 https://tinybuddha.com/blog/how-to-make-new-friends-when-youre-feeling-lonely/ https://corinnedobbas.com/to-women-who-feel-lonely-want-to-make-new-friends-but-dont-know-where-to-start/ https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2018/apr/30/how-to-make-new-friends-adult-lonely-leap-of-faith  https://www.succeedsocially.com/lonely https://www.bolde.com/10-seemingly-innocent-things-make-look-desperate-af/ https://www.thetalko.com/15-signs-youre-coming-off-as-desperate/  https://www.usnews.com/news/health-care-news/articles/2018-05-01/study-many-americans-report-feeling-lonely-younger-generations-more-so  https://www.multivu.com/players/English/8294451-cigna-us-loneliness-survey/docs/IndexReport_1524069371598-173525450.pdf https://fetzer.org/sites/default/files/images/stories/pdf/selfmeasures/Self_Measures_for_Loneliness_and_Interpersonal_Problems_UCLA_LONELINESS.pdf
Hello Summer, Hello Friends
Summer is upon us, friends! And, this is a great time of the year to reflect on our friendships and to plan ahead for friendship fun during the summer months. Join Alysa as she uses information and tips discussed with her friends in previous episodes to get ready for summer! Best Forevers Summer Music Playlist! Spotify (Alysa Lucas)= https://open.spotify.com/user/alysa.ann/playlist/7wMLb5cBzlxUSH8mYJp8iB?si=R6CC1uJKTzi4dIeu_91vtQ Share Your Friendship Stories with Alysa!  Visit the podcast web page for topics= www.bestforeverspod.com/surveys Email Alysa= bestforeverspod@gmail.com Follow Best Forevers Pod! Facebook = https://www.facebook.com/groups/bestforeverspod/ Instagram= https://www.instagram.com/bestforeverspod/ Twitter = https://twitter.com/BestForeversPod Support Best Forevers Pod! Patreon= www.patreon.com/bestforeverspod Merchandise = https://bestforeverspod.threadless.com Art Work by Kate Cosgrove= http://k8cosgrove.blogspot.com  Theme Music by Trevor Wilson  Promo from this Episode! Customers Also Watched = https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/customers-also-watched/id1449367625 Sources https://www.rei.com/blog/camp/6-tips-for-planning-your-summer-adventures https://www.theodysseyonline.com/50-fun-summer https://www.popsugar.com/love/Summer-Bucket-List-Friends-41027276 Best Forevers Episodes Discussed!  Au Revoir= http://bestforeverspod.libsyn.com/au-revoir Book Club (I Know What You Did Last Summer) = http://bestforeverspod.libsyn.com/i-know-what-you-did-last-summer Coffee Brews Friendship= http://bestforeverspod.libsyn.com/coffee-brews-friendship Dose & Blose= http://bestforeverspod.libsyn.com/dose-blose FOMO= http://bestforeverspod.libsyn.com/fomo  Friendship Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes= http://bestforeverspod.libsyn.com/friendship-ch-ch-ch-changes Game of Thrones (Part One)= http://bestforeverspod.libsyn.com/game-of-thrones-part-one Making Friends is Hard= http://bestforeverspod.libsyn.com/making-friends-is-hard Pen Pals with Renee Powers= http://bestforeverspod.libsyn.com/pen-pals-with-renee-powers Presley & Reyna= http://bestforeverspod.libsyn.com/presley-reyna Siblingships = http://bestforeverspod.libsyn.com/siblingships Success Squad= http://bestforeverspod.libsyn.com/success-squad Woo Woo! Manifesting with Friends= http://bestforeverspod.libsyn.com/woo-woo-manifesting-with-friends
All In
When one thinks of college basketball, friendship may not be the first word that comes to mind, but, in this episode, Alysa explores the championship culture and the traits of friendships that may be needed for teams, and friendships, to succeed. She speaks with Central Michigan University’s women’s head basketball coach, Sue Guevara, about her experience coaching, building relationships, and communicating as well as about the “all in” attitude from the very special Team 50. Coach G is an inspiring communicator, coach, and woman so it is no surprise the culture of trust and communication, often seen in friendships, that she builds with her players has led to such great success! Share Your Friendship Stories with Alysa! Visit the podcast web page = www.bestforeverspod.com/surveys Email Alysa = bestforeverspod@gmail.com Follow Best Forevers Pod! Facebook = https://www.facebook.com/groups/bestforeverspod/ Instagram = https://www.instagram.com/bestforeverspod/ Twitter = https://twitter.com/BestForeversPod Support Best Forevers Pod! Patreon = www.patreon.com/bestforeverspod Art Work by Kate Cosgrove = http://k8cosgrove.blogspot.com  Theme Music by Trevor Wilson 
International Friends - Utah
Happy International Friendship Day/Week/Month! Rachel and Amber, from the Hallmarkies Podcast, talk about their friendship and podcast.  Listen to Hallmarks Podcast! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/hallmarkies-podcast/id1296728288?mt=2  Share Your Friendship Stories with Alysa! Visit the podcast web page for topics= www.bestforeverspod.com/surveys Email Alysa= bestforeverspod@gmail.com  Follow Best Forevers Pod! Facebook= https://www.facebook.com/groups/bestforeverspod/ Instagram= https://www.instagram.com/bestforeverspod/ Twitter= https://twitter.com/BestForeversPod   Support Best Forevers Pod! Patreon= www.patreon.com/bestforeverspod Merchandise= https://bestforeverspod.threadless.com   Art Work by Kate Cosgrove= http://k8cosgrove.blogspot.com  Theme Music by Trevor Wilson 
Coffee Brews Friendship
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 with regulars from the steaming station, or friends coming together to chat over a warm or iced cup of coffee. If we want to see human connection and friendship, check out a coffee shop or invite a friend over for coffee and good conversation!   Links to Coffee Shops/Roasters, Articles, and Puns Discussed in Episode! My Favorite Mugs are from Chicalookate= http://www.chicalookate.com 26 Surprising Facts About Coffee = https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/health/diet-nutrition/a30303/facts-about-coffee/ Coffee Puns= Search on Google Images for all discussed! 517 Coffee Company= http://www.517coffeecompany.com  Biggby Coffee= https://www.biggby.com  Blue Owl Coffee Co.= https://www.blueowlcoffee.net Duck Rabbit Coffee= https://www.duckrabbitcoffee.com  Ponder Coffee Company= https://www.pondercoffee.co Strange Matter Coffee Co.= http://strangemattercoffee.com   Share Your Friendship Stories with Alysa! Visit the podcast web page for topics= www.bestforeverspod.com/surveys Email Alysa= bestforeverspod@gmail.com    Follow Best Forevers Pod!  Facebook = https://www.facebook.com/groups/bestforeverspod/ Instagram= https://www.instagram.com/bestforeverspod/ Twitter = https://twitter.com/BestForeversPod   Support Best Forevers Pod!  Patreon= www.patreon.com/bestforeverspod Merchandise = https://bestforeverspod.threadless.com One-Time Donation for Buddy Benches = PayPal.Me/bestforeverpod   Art Work by Kate Cosgrove= http://k8cosgrove.blogspot.com  Theme Music by Trevor Wilson    Promo from this Episode! The Cutaways Podcast= https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-cutaways-podcast/id1018986461?mt=2  
Friendship Matters
Alysa celebrates one year of Best Forevers by interviewing passionate and influential friendship communication researcher, Dr. Bill Rawlins. The two chat about his research focusing on tensions in friendships, what he’s learned in his extraordinary forty-year career dedicated to understanding friendship, and about the reach of friendships. Come to learn more about the largest scholarly influence on Alysa’s career and podcast, but also to take a deep dive into what truly matters in a well-lived life: friendships.  Learn more about Dr. Bill Rawlins! https://www.ohiocommstudies.com/people/rawlins/ Check out Dr. Bill Rawlins’ books! Friendship Matters= https://www.amazon.com/Friendship-Matters-Communication-Dialectics-Course/dp/0202304043 Compass of Friendship= https://www.amazon.com/Compass-Friendship-Narratives-Identities-Dialogues/dp/1412952972/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_14_img_0?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=N7S21048ZMNJ3FVHHFC4   Share Your Friendship Stories with Alysa! Visit the podcast web page for topics= www.bestforeverspod.com/surveys Email Alysa= bestforeverspod@gmail.com Follow Best Forevers Pod! Facebook = https://www.facebook.com/groups/bestforeverspod/ Instagram= https://www.instagram.com/bestforeverspod/ Twitter = https://twitter.com/BestForeversPod Support Best Forevers Pod! Patreon= www.patreon.com/bestforeverspod Merchandise = https://bestforeverspod.threadless.com   Art Work by Kate Cosgrove= http://k8cosgrove.blogspot.com  Theme Music by Trevor Wilson  Promo from this Episode!  Sunshine & Powercuts= https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/sunshine-powercuts/id1271241426?mt=2  
Bosom Friends
“My greatest wish, apart from staying at Green Gables, is to have a bosom friend.” L.M. Montgomery’s beloved character, Anne Shirley, from the Anne of Green Gablesbooks describes her dream and hope to have a friend in her life. For Alysa, these books and the1985 TV series of the same name imprinted the love for friendship and kindred spirits on her heart and provides the strong foundation for the Best Foreverspodcast. In this episode, Alysa shares the TV series with Claire and they discuss this cherished story and it’s representation of kindred spirits. Check out Anne of Green Gables (written by L.M. Mongomery)! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne_of_Green_Gables https://www.lmmontgomery.ca/about/lmm/her-life Check out Anne of Green Gables (Canadian TV series)!  https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088727/   Share Your Friendship Stories with Alysa! Visit the podcast web page for topics= www.bestforeverspod.com/surveys Email Alysa= bestforeverspod@gmail.com   Follow Best Forevers Pod!  Facebook = https://www.facebook.com/groups/bestforeverspod/ Instagram= https://www.instagram.com/bestforeverspod/ Twitter = https://twitter.com/BestForeversPod   Support Best Forevers Pod! Patreon= www.patreon.com/bestforeverspod Merchandise = https://bestforeverspod.threadless.com   Art Work by Kate Cosgrove= http://k8cosgrove.blogspot.com  Theme Music by Trevor Wilson    Promo from this Episode! Unassigned Reading = https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/unassigned-reading/id1390018324?mt=2
Home Base - The Remix
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 new challenges, change with each other’s changes, and celebrate life successes together. Friendship is not one story or snapshot, but, rather, a journey where friends are together side-by-side. Share Your Friendship Stories with Alysa! Visit the podcast web page for topics= www.bestforeverspod.com/surveys Email Alysa= bestforeverspod@gmail.com  Follow Best Forevers Pod! Facebook = https://www.facebook.com/groups/bestforeverspod/ Instagram= https://www.instagram.com/bestforeverspod/ Twitter = https://twitter.com/BestForeversPod  Support Best Forevers Pod! Patreon= www.patreon.com/bestforeverspod Merchandise = https://bestforeverspod.threadless.com Art Work by Kate Cosgrove= http://k8cosgrove.blogspot.com  Theme Music by Trevor Wilson  Promo from this Episode!  Strong Feelings Podcast = https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/strong-feelings/id1336777099?mt=2
Bad Assery with Mysterious Midwest
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 of bad assery as adults and a friendship for the ages. Check out Mysterious Midwest (Listen and Follow)! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/mysterious-midwest/id1448032729?mt=2 Web Page= https://mysteriousmidwestpod.com Facebook= https://www.facebook.com/mysteriousmidwestpod/ Instagram= https://www.instagram.com/mysteriousmidwest/ Twitter= https://twitter.com/mystmidwest Share Your Friendship Stories with Alysa!  Visit the podcast web page for topics= www.bestforeverspod.com/surveys Email Alysa= bestforeverspod@gmail.com Follow Best Forevers Pod! Facebook = https://www.facebook.com/groups/bestforeverspod/ Instagram= https://www.instagram.com/bestforeverspod/ Twitter = https://twitter.com/BestForeversPod Support Best Forevers Pod! Patreon= www.patreon.com/bestforeverspod Merchandise = https://bestforeverspod.threadless.com Art Work by Kate Cosgrove= http://k8cosgrove.blogspot.com  Theme Music by Trevor Wilson   Promo from this Episode! That’s Weird = https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/thats-weird/id1191395932?mt=2  
I'm Friends with a Narcissist
Narcissists may actually seem to be a lot of fun when you first meet them, but then, over time, it becomes tiresome to be friends with them. We can only spend so much time ONLY talking about them, hyping up their brilliance, and managing veiled insults toward ourselves. So, in this episode, Alysa talks about what it means to be narcissist, how to recognize if our friends are narcissistic, and what we can do if we want to stay or leave.  Share Your Friendship Stories with Alysa! Visit the podcast web page for topics= www.bestforeverspod.com/surveys Email Alysa= bestforeverspod@gmail.com Follow Best Forevers Pod! Facebook = https://www.facebook.com/groups/bestforeverspod/ Instagram= https://www.instagram.com/bestforeverspod/ Twitter = https://twitter.com/BestForeversPod Support Best Forevers Pod! Patreon= www.patreon.com/bestforeverspod Merchandise = https://bestforeverspod.threadless.com Art Work by Kate Cosgrove= http://k8cosgrove.blogspot.com  Theme Music by Trevor Wilson   Promo from this Episode! Outlandish Historians = https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/dear-world-love-history/id1437957483 Sources Foster & Twenge Chapter = https://www.researchgate.net/publication/225077598_Narcissism_and_relationships_From_light_to_dark  Leary et al. Chapter = https://psycnet.apa.org/record/1997-09191-005 https://www.huffpost.com/entry/signs-your-friend-is-a-narcissist_n_5b311e0ae4b00295f15f716e  https://medium.com/s/story/is-my-friend-a-narcissist-d4de4d0b7151 https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/understanding-narcissism/201812/can-you-be-friends-narcissist  https://psychcentral.com/blog/your-narcissist-friend-probably-isnt-listening-to-you/ https://www.scarymommy.com/friends-with-narcissist/ https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/lifetime-connections/201802/narcissistic-friends-what-s-the-attraction
Scary Friendship Stories
It’s the spookiest time of year so this week Alysa reads some of the scariest friendship stories from listeners and the internet! The stories produce many topics of friendship that we likely fear and need to discuss further so stay tuned for future episodes on many of these topics! National Domestic Violence Hotline (1-800-799-7233)= https://www.thehotline.org RAINN (1-800-656-4673) = https://www.rainn.org  Share Your Friendship Stories with Alysa! Visit the podcast web page for topics= www.bestforeverspod.com/surveys Email Alysa= bestforeverspod@gmail.com Follow Best Forevers Pod! Facebook = https://www.facebook.com/groups/bestforeverspod/ Instagram= https://www.instagram.com/bestforeverspod/  Twitter = https://twitter.com/BestForeversPod Support Best Forevers Pod! Patreon= www.patreon.com/bestforeverspod Merchandise = https://bestforeverspod.threadless.com Art Work by Kate Cosgrove= http://k8cosgrove.blogspot.com  Theme Music by Trevor Wilson  Promo from this Episode! Psyched Podcast = http://thepsychedpodcast.com Sources https://www.buzzfeed.com/terripous/flipped-friend-breakups https://www.revelist.com/ideas/toxic-friends-horror-stories/3507/default/2 https://www.yourtango.com/2019323194/friendship-stories-about-being-betrayed-by-a-friend https://www.stylist.co.uk/life/friends-friendships-ex-friends-frenemies-reddit-real-life-accounts-true-story/71385 https://thoughtcatalog.com/january-nelson/2019/04/50-people-reveal-how-they-finally-realized-their-so-called-friend-was-toxic/
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Sep 30th, 2017
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Nov 28th, 2019
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