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Friendship: January 2021 podcast playlist

Podcast Brunch Club listening list: Friendship

Research shows that maintaining friendships is a key to happiness. People who are more connected report greater levels of life satisfaction. However, it seems that we prioritize romantic relationships while relegating platonic ones to the backseat. We’ve heard over and over again that loneliness is an epidemic, but making new friends as an adult can be challenging. This playlist explores the importance of friendships with a focus on practical tips and stories about specific types of friendships.

Podcast Listening List on FRIENDSHIP

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Podcast: Life Kit
Episode: “Make New Friends (And Keep Them)” (August 2019, 23 min)
Making new friends can be awkward. Embrace it and dive in. This episode offers some practical tips for navigating the tricky terrain of making new friends (and keeping them).

Podcast: Therapy for Black Girls
Episode: “Session 118: Making Friends As An Adult” (August 2019, 48 min)
Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, host and licensed psychologist, discussed the challenges and rewards of making friends as an adult with her guest, Dr. Marisa Franco. 

Podcast: Death, Sex & Money
Episode: “Between Friends: Your Stories About Race and Friendship” (January 2020, 48 min)
Listener stories about how race, identity, and racism have impacted friendships.

Podcast: Other Men Need Help
Episode: “I Miss You. Period.” (August 2020, 31 min)
Why is it so hard for men to be vulnerable in their platonic relationships? This episode digs into that question by exploring one specific friendship between Darnell and Dimetrius.

Podcast: The Next Big Idea
Episode: “FRIENDSHIP: The Science and Power of Life’s Deepest Bond” (June 2020, 48 min)
Journalist Lydia Denworth wrote “Friendship: The Evolution, Biology, and Extraordinary Power of Life’s Fundamental Bond,” which explored the science of friendship. She is the guest on this episode where she digs into the research that is the underpinning of her book.

Bonus podcast episodes:

Recommended Books & Other Tools:

We’ve started compiling recommended books from the podcast playlists and from our chapter meetings on our Amazon Idea List.

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Conversation Starter Questions

  1. How have you made new friends as an adult?
  2. How did you meet some of your best friends?
  3. Do you think men have a more difficult time making friends? Explain.
  4. Do you have true friendships with people of a different race? If so, did you relate to any of the stories in the Death, Sex & Money episode?
  5. Do you prioritize your friendships?
  6. Why do you think it is so much easier to make friends as a child than as an adult?
  7. Did you find the tips in the Life Kit episode helpful?

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