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A weekly recap podcast about The Bachelor franchise and beyond, Love to See It is a snarky but affectionate dissection of dating reality shows — and what they say about all of us — hosted by Emma Gray and Claire Fallon. We laugh, we cry, we break down every episode in obsessive detail, and we unpack all the weird messages pop culture sends us about love. Join us on this journey.


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‘Bachelorette’ S17e1 with Molly Bernard
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It’s that time of year. 82% humidity in the 90-degree air, hordes of shrieking cicadas roaming the Eastern Seaboard, the dawning realization that you waited too long to reinstall your window AC unit — and, of course, the return of The Bachelorette. Now with 100% less Chris Harrison and 100% more forced references to sex toys! That’s right, Katie Thurston’s season premiere, baby. We’re here to dig into it with our wonderful guest, Molly Bernard! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 08, 2021
‘Bachelorette’ S17 Preview — The Cast Bios
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After over half a decade podcasting about The Bachelor as Here to Make Friends, we have a new home and a new name! We’re extremely happy to be here at Stitcher, and to be launching Love to See It, a weekly podcast about The Bachelor and beyond. You may be wondering, what is this show going to be? We hope it will be a space for the same kind of free flowing commentary, snark and analysis about The Bachelor that we’ve always done, a space where we can chat with our favorite comedians, podcasters, critics, and Bachelor alums about all the minutiae of each episode. And to kick it off, we introduce you to the cast of Katie’s season! We’d love to hear from you about what you’d like to hear more of on the show! You can reach us at claireandemmapod@gmail.com. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 04, 2021
'Bachelor' S25 Women Tell All with Chelsea Vaughn
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We’re going to begin this week’s podcast with a discussion on Taylor Nolan’s old tweets that resurfaced over the weekend and what accountability, consequence and empathy look like within the community of The Bachelor franchise. The tweets, which included hateful language toward a plethora of communities, were shocking, harmful, hurtful, triggering and absolutely indefensible.  Later in the episode, we discuss the Women Tell All special with style icon and contestant on this season of The Bachelor, Chelsea Vaughn. Our Calls to Action this week: - Stop AAPI Hate, an organization which includes a hate crime tracker, founded in the wake of rising and alarming violence toward Asian Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic https://donate.givedirect.org/?cid=14711  - The Asian American Federation, which specifically helps fight racism and for equality for NYC’s Asian community https://www.classy.org/give/253719/#!/donation/checkout  - Center for Disability Rights, a not-for-profit, community-based advocacy and service organization for people with all types of disabilities. https://cdrnys.org/donate/  - The Disability Justice Culture Club, a collective of disabled and/or neurodivergent queer people of color operating out of East Oakland. https://bit.ly/3hONYqp  - The Trevor Project, which provides resources, support and a crisis hotline for LGBTQ+ youth. https://give.thetrevorproject.org/give/63307/#!/donation/checkout?c_src=EOY20&c_src2=headerdonatebutton  - The National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance, a non-profit, all volunteer, fat-rights organization dedicated to protecting the rights and improving the quality of life for fat people. https://naafa.org/joindonate  - Jews For Racial and Economic Justice, a NYC-based progressive Jewish organization that fights against anti-Semitism alongside other marginalized communities. https://secure.everyaction.com/MItl2aYLe0-_DmwDEiGULA2  - The Auschwitz-Birkenau memorial and museum, http://auschwitz.org/en/donate/  - The Native American Rights Fund, which provides legal assistance to Indian tribes, organizations, and individuals nationwide who might otherwise have gone without adequate representation. https://secure.narf.org/page/71129/donate/1?_ga=2.154578488.1462526717.1614619917-1113695369.1614619917    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 02, 2021
'Bachelor' S25e8 with Caroline Moss and Erin Evans
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**SPOILERS ALERT** We will be discussing reporting that includes spoilers. Please be warned. Skip forward to approximately 16:00 to get to the spoiler-free recap. Joining us to discuss our reporting on Matt James’ statement from last night is HuffPost Senior Enterprise Editor Erin Evans. Read our piece: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/matt-james-the-bachelor-race-problem_n_60342be7c5b67c32961fef84?7jk  It’s hometowns week on The Bachelor, and you know what they say: home is in Nemacolin, where you all live forever now.  And so do your families! It’s like Noah’s ark -- each woman gets to save 2-3 loved ones from the pandemic. Just like Tayshia, Matt doesn’t get to actually travel to his ladies’ hometowns, but he does get to meet some parents this week. Here to discuss all the moms and all the sisters, we’re joined by Caroline Moss, host of the podcast Gee Thanks, Just Bought It!   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb 24, 2021
'Bachelor' S25e7 with Phoebe Robinson and British Baekoff
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It’s been a hell of a week, and before we recap the episode, we need to discuss what’s been going on offscreen.  For that discussion and our normal episode recap, we’re joined by the amazing comedian, author, podcaster, producer Phoebe Robinson and her wonderful boyfriend, British Baekoff. You can read our coverage of Chris Harrison, his remarks and the push to hold the franchise accountable here:  - https://www.huffpost.com/entry/chris-harrison-interview-the-bachelor-rachael-kirkconnell_n_602437e6c5b6ddb3581568ab - https://www.huffpost.com/entry/the-bachelor-chris-harrison-racial-reckoning_n_602aaee2c5b6d667582eb47e   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb 17, 2021
'Bachelor' S25e6 with Ali Barthwell
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Welcome to Here to Make Friends, where we preach harmony and peace, and lead by example, because actions speak louder than words. All the great lessons we learned from The Bachelor. We’re halfway into Matt’s season and there is actually a distinct lack of harmony and peace. The drama has never been more intense. When will we be able to rest? Possibly never. To recap another week of escalating, production-fueled sniping between the contestants, and Matt’s occasional breaks from mediating the conflict in order to make out with 23-year-olds, we’re joined by expert Bachelor recapper and “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” writer Ali Barthwell.    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb 09, 2021
'Bachelor' S25e5 with Alexa Losey
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This week’s episode of The Bachelor may find a second life as a training video for teachers to recognize bullying dynamics in middle and high schools. Matt’s love journey was essentially on the backburner this week while he played Whack-a-Mole with the house bullies, so that’s what we’ll be doing as well.  Here to unpack all the truly distressing scenes with us is content creator, YouTuber and woman about town, Alexa Losey. Link to the TikTok we reference: https://www.reddit.com/r/thebachelor/comments/l5qjs0/tiktok_about_rachaels_alleged_racism/   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb 02, 2021
'Bachelor' S25e4 with Zara Rahim
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This week on Matt James’s journey to find love, we took one step forward and two giant steps back. We actually ended this episode with, somehow, more women than we started with -- and they even managed to jack up the already high level of unpleasantness in the house. Matt’s task is truly Sisyphean … as is our own, as audience members in search of a happy ending. So on this episode we have a new friend of the pod joining us, Zara Rahim. She is a communications strategist who has formidable experience approaching her work through the lens of diversity, equity and inclusion. She’s worked for Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Vogue, the list goes on. Our call to action: In light of all of the sex work shaming that went on during last night's episode, we want to encourage people to donate to the the Urban Justice Center Sex Workers Project to support advocacy for the human rights of sex workers. Because sex work is work. Period.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan 26, 2021
'Bachelor' S25e3 with Arielle Duhaime-Ross
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This week, much like Chris Harrison and Matt’s women, we tried out our own Bachelor-centric erotica, full of turtleneck-clad abs and girthy arms. And then, of course, we couldn’t avoid addressing the girl-on-girl crimes that filled this episode of The Bachelor. Joining us this week is Correspondent & Host of the VICE News Reports podcast, Arielle Duhaime-Ross. Our call to action this week: In honor of MLK Day, it’s a great week to set up a recurring donation to an organization that promotes racial justice and healing! Some ideas include:  - Color of Change - Black Lives Matter (their PAC or local chapter) - Undocu Black - Black Trans Travel Fund - The Loveland Foundation   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan 19, 2021
'Bachelor' S25e2 with Erin Evans
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This week, honestly, we have a lot of questions about what we’re all doing here in Bachelor Nation. Like, is this a sorority? Are we here to make friends? We need more clarity on this! Maybe next week Victoria can shed a little light on whether this is, actually, a sorority.  Until then, we’ll just have to muddle through. To help us sort through the second episode of Matt’s season, we’re joined by a very special guest -- HuffPost’s senior culture editor and our wonderful boss, Erin Evans! Read Erin’s HuffPost article ‘For Black Americans, The White Terror in D.C. Looks Familiar’ https://www.huffpost.com/entry/white-terror-capitol-riots-america_n_5ff7802ac5b6644fa210a0a7   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan 12, 2021
‘Bachelor’ S25e1 with Sharleen Joynt
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Let our lead Matt James be clothed in earth-tone turtlenecks and let his roses be given in wisdom. Amen, and a-women. And now, let’s get to some heavy drinking and light making out! The 25th Bachelor season kicked off last night, and things are already getting to be, as Tayshia would put it, a LOT.  Joining us this episode to dig into the season premiere is BFF of the pod and co-host of the relationship podcast “Dear Shandy,” Sharleen Joynt.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan 05, 2021
'Bachelorette' S16 Finale Part 2 with Vella Lovell
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Welcome to our recap of what will go down in history as one of the greatest love stories of our time. We can’t remember the last time this show gave us a proposal as romantic as the one we got last night. This very unusual season of The Bachelorette gave us two great love stories and we really can’t ask for anything more. Joining us to recap the end of Tayshia’s journey is friend of the pod and star of the upcoming sitcom ‘Mr. Mayor,’ Vella Lovell!   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec 23, 2020
‘Bachelorette’ S16 Finale Part 1 - The Fantasy Suite Dates
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It’s finale week, and on today’s episode, the fantasy suites! We’re down to three potential partners for Tayshia, and sorry – we can’t choose. She’s going to have to marry all of them. In a just world, these sweet gentle boys would get to hang out with each other and Tayshia, all the time. No one has to have their heart broken! Except that they do have to. Hearts will be broken, and by this time tomorrow, we will know whose. Note: We will be discussing sexual assault at the beginning of this episode, until around the 8:00 minute mark.  Need help? In the U.S., visit the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline operated by RAINN. [link: https://ohl.rainn.org/online/ ] For more resources, visit the National Sexual Violence Resource Center's website. [link: http://www.nsvrc.org/resources ] Read Claire and Emma’s story here.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec 22, 2020
‘Bachelorette’ S16 Men Tell All + Hometown Dates with Erin Darke
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We get right into it this week because we have to cover four hours of The Bachelorette! We have to go from 8 guys down to 3. We have to talk about a Men Tell All held in a hermetically sealed chamber and a hometown episode held not in anyone’s hometown, but on the same vacant Palm Springs resort where the cast has spent the entire season. And we have to talk about the Top Chef and Bachelorette crossover episode finally happening!  Joining us this week to go through all of it is friend of the pod, Erin Darke!   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec 16, 2020
'Bachelorette' S16e9 with Natasha Parker
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We will be discussing depression and suicide during this episode from around 39:00 to 58:00. If you or someone you know needs help, call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. You can also text HOME to 741-741 for free, 24-hour support from the Crisis Text Line. Outside of the U.S., please visit the International Association for Suicide Prevention for a database of resources. This week on The Bachelorette…. It’s Bennett vs. Noah: Two men enter the arena, one man leaves. And then a bunch of other guys also leave. It’s almost hometowns, and Tayshia still has NINE guys, so that can only mean one thing: an elimination bloodbath. Here to break down everything with us is Bachelor Season 24 alum and cohost of the podcast Click Bait with Bachelor Nation, Natasha Parker   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec 09, 2020
'Bachelorette' S16e8 with Brett Vergara
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This episode contains a discussion on eating disorders from 58:20 to 1:10:00. If you're struggling with an eating disorder, call the National Eating Disorder Association hotline at 1-800-931-2237 or visit https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/help-support Welcome to Tayshia’s 4th week as the Bachelorette!  And wouldn’t you know it, that just happens to be Very Sad Personal Story week -- not to mention I’m Starting To Fall In Love week. Like very romantic clockwork. Here to help us unpack all the drama and trauma is friend of the pod and cohost of the forthcoming Bachelor podcast “Baby Got Bach,” Brett Vergara! Our call to action this week: Good friend of the pod Ashley Spivey lost her baby over Thanksgiving weekend. In addition to this inexplicably cruel and painful loss, she has also experienced harassment from the anti-vaxx community.  If you want to donate in Ashley and her baby CJ’s names, we’d like to suggest the Star Legacy Foundation, which funds research about stillbirth, and provides families dealing with the grief of pregnancy loss with resources, education and support. https://starlegacyfoundation.org/   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec 02, 2020
'Bachelorette' S16e7 with Allison Williams
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It’s Thanksgiving week and for many of us, it may feel like there’s less to be thankful for than ever.  This has been a year filled with loneliness and loss for so many Americans. But we do want to take a leaf from Bachelor Nation sweetheart -- eliminated but never forgotten -- Dr. Joe and focus on the good, and what we do have to be grateful for this week. Specifically, a very good episode of The Bachelorette. It seems like they cracked the code of quarantine bubble Bachelorette production and finally brought us an episode of that good, classic, frothy Bachelor fun. Here to discuss it all with us, we have BFF of the pod, Allison Williams.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov 25, 2020
'Bachelorette' S16e6 with Arielle Duhaime-Ross
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Welcome to our grown-ass podcast. It’s a grown-ass show, where we discuss grown-ass men and grown-ass women and their grown-ass adventures on a grown-ass show called “The Bachelorette.” And last night, we closed the door on grown-ass woman Clare Crawley and devoted 100% of our attention to fellow grown-ass woman Tayshia Adams. Joining us to talk about this episode is Correspondent & Host of the VICE News Reports podcast, Arielle Duhaime-Ross.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov 18, 2020
'Bachelorette' S16e5 with Liz Plank
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Sometimes, you just need your reality TV to be more boring than reality. A peaceful transition, new Bachelorette leadership installed without incident -- it feels good.  Tayshia’s season began in earnest last night, and despite a couple of twists, it was really a back-to-basics episode. To discuss the season reset with us, we are joined today by author, journalist and commentator Liz Plank! Our calls to action this week: - Fair Fight: The nationwide group combats voter suppression and promotes “free and fair elections” from its home base in Georgia. Donate here. - The New Georgia Project. A well-regarded effort to register and engage voters, credited with enrolling over 500,000 people. A nonpartisan 501(c)3. Donate here.  - Asian Americans Advancing Justice Atlanta: Before the November 3 election, the nonpartisan group called 92% of Asian American and Pacific Islander voters in Georgia. They’ll do it again leading up to January. Donate here.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov 11, 2020
'Bachelorette' S16e4 with Ashley Spivey
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Well, at least we got to witness one peaceful transfer of power in this nation last night. It’s not the one we hoped for, personally, but hey. It’s something. We took a brief break from watching the votes trickle in in Georgia and Pennsylvania to watch Clare conclude her Bachelorette journey and pass the sceptre to Tayshia.  And to talk about the big, climactic episode, and, obviously, election feelings, we’re joined by Bachelor alum, commentator, podcaster, and politics buff Ashley Spivey.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov 06, 2020
'Bachelorette' S16e3 with Kate Stayman-London
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We are so excited to be here today to recap a dramatic episode of the hit game show “What Did Dale Say About Me, Exactly?” Truly action-packed, and this week we did learn a lot about what Dale said about Clare, and what Clare said about Dale. We're joined on this episode by Kate Stayman-London, author of the delightful Bachelor-themed romcom One to Watch, to talk about Yosef’s many feminism fails, that one-on-one date with Zach J and, of course, Dale.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct 28, 2020
'Bachelorette' S16e2 with Jessica Goodman
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Every week we tune into a new episode of The Bachelorette, and we simply don’t know what we’re going to get. Some episodes are really rich texts, with so much to unpack and examine… others are maybe more like pamphlets. This week, though, we got a truly rich text. Genre-bending twists, complex characters, the plumbing of psychological depths. Here to help us close read the drama of this week’s episode is Cosmopolitan op-ed editor, and author of the hit Y.A. drama 'They Wish They Were Us' -- Jessica Goodman!   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct 21, 2020
‘Bachelorette’ S16e1 With Alyssa Mastromonaco
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We’ve waited so long for this and it’s finally here! Seven years after she first appeared on The Bachelor, Clare Crawley is our Bachelorette. We’re diving into a Bachelorette season that looks a lot different than we expected. Quarantines! Face masks! Nasal swabs! If we learned one thing last night, it’s that the men of The Bachelorette are much better at modeling public safety than the entirety of the Republican party.   On this episode, author, podcaster, and political commentator extraordinaire Alyssa Mastromonaco joins us to talk about the first night in 'The Bachelorette' bubble. Our calls to action this week: - Make sure you are registered to vote and have a voting plan! Go to iamavoter.com or votesaveamerica.com to check your registration, sign up for election text reminders, see what’s on your ballot and make a plan to vote! - Given that voter suppression still runs rampant in the country, consider donating to organizations fighting against it.  - Fair Vote, a nonpartisan organization fighting for proportional representation (https://www.fairvote.org/)  - The Campaign Legal Center, fights partisan gerrymandering and also focuses on issues like voting rights and campaign finance through litigation and public education, (https://campaignlegal.org/about/support)  - Fair Fight, founded by former gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams (https://fairfight.com/)   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct 14, 2020
'Greatest Seasons Ever: Juan Pablo Galavis' with Sharleen Joynt
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We’ve come to the end of this pandemic summer and this seat-of-the-pants pandemic Bachelor show. So long, The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons -- Ever! And for once the show has made a decision we can really get behind: ending with the best worst season in recent memory. Juan Pablo Galavis, the Bachelor even the bachelorettes ended up not liking all that much. After the recap, we talk to friend of the pod, Sharleen Joynt about what led her to The Bachelor, being a Juan Pablo defender and how the show deals with representation of non-Black people of color. Our calls to action this week: - Volunteer to work the polls! The majority of poll workers are over 60 and COVID-19 has left the country with a nationwide shortage of poll workers. If you are young, healthy and able, fill out an application to be a poll worker in your area. Save our democracy! https://www.powerthepolls.org/  - Look up opportunities in your state to be a voter protection volunteer to combat voter suppression -- especially if you have a legal background! https://votesaveamerica.com/everylastvote/#be-a-voter-teaser    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep 09, 2020
‘Greatest Season Ever: Nick Viall’ with Taylor Nolan
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This week, we took a trip all the way back to the dark days of early 2017 to revisit Nick Viall’s season of The Bachelor. And after suffering through Peter’s season with us, our colleague Leigh Blickley is back this week to fill in for Claire as guest host. Later in the episode, we’re joined by BFF of the pod and host of ‘Let’s Talk About It With Taylor’, Taylor Nolan, to talk about her experience on Nick’s season. Our calls to action this week: - Donate to the GoFundMe for Jacob Blake’s medical bills - Call or email local officials in Kenosha to demand they are held fully responsible:   Kenosha City Attorney⁣⁣: 262-653-4170 ⁣⁣Email: webcityattorney@kenosha.org or City Attorney Edward Antaramian at eantaramian@kenosha.org.  Kenosha Mayor and City Administration: 262-653-4000 ⁣⁣Email: mayor@kenosha.org or  info@kenosha.org Prompt: “Hi, my name is [first and last name] and I am [calling/emailing] to demand justice for Jacob Blake who was shot multiple times on Sunday, Aug. 23. I demand that [what you think should happen]. Thank you for your time.” - Donate to the Milwaukee Freedom Fund to support protesters   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep 02, 2020
'Greatest Seasons Ever: Jason Mesnick' with Jason Mesnick
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Time to take a virtual trip back to 2009. We were still youthful college students who hadn’t been swept up into Bachelor Nation’s inescapable pull though we did have the same ill-advised layers and flat-ironed side bangs as some of the contestants – and a handsome single dad was learning just how fickle reality TV fame can be. That’s right, we’re revisiting Jason Mesnick’s season! The first, and to our knowledge only, Jewish Bachelor, he was also the first but far from only Bachelor to dump his winner and then pursue his runner-up for the cameras. A groundbreaker. And on this episode we’re joined by the man himself, Jason Mesnick, for our spotlight interview. Our calls to action this week: The Loveland Foundation Therapy Fund National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug 12, 2020
'Greatest Seasons Ever: Ali Fedotowsky'
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It’s been two weeks since our last episode And we can’t believe how much has happened since then. Like… the whole Bachelorette season might be different? But before we get to that, we need to take a trip down memory lane to 2010. Obama was still president, none of us were yet addicted to Instagram, and the word “influencer” had barely entered the lexicon. And former Facebook employee Ali Fedotowsky was wearing many layered tank tops on her televised journey to find love. Our calls to action this week: Liberty Hill COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund for Community Organizing:  - “This emergency fund is designed to support immediate community organizing needs on the frontlines and fuel emergency advocacy efforts in Los Angeles County to protect the most vulnerable (Black, Brown, Asian, Indigenous and queer communities) during this time of unimaginable upheaval due to the COVID-19 crisis.” - https://www.libertyhill.org/form/covid-19-rapid-response-fund-for-community-organizing Native Americans in Philanthropy COVID-19 emergency response fund - The COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund is designed to distribute funds efficiently and swiftly to Native nonprofit organizations and tribal programs that need it most. Initially, funds are being prioritized in high-concentration areas – California, New Mexico, the Pacific Northwest, New York, Navajo Nation, Hopi Tribe and COVID-19 hotspots. - https://www.firstnations.org/covid-19-emergency-response-fund/ Know Your Rights Camp COVID-19 relief fund - The fund helps black and brown communities, which are disproportionately affected by Covid-19 by focusing on food, shelter relief, education, PPE equipment and incarcerated populations. - https://www.knowyourrightscamp.com/covid19?form=KYRC-Covid-19-Relief-Fund   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug 05, 2020
'Greatest Seasons Ever: Brad Womack' with Ashley Spivey
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It’s 2007. The era of sweetheart necklines, poorly-structured empire waists, and, of course, the most hated man in America. No, not George W. Bush. Brad Womack, the slow-talking, monotone, chiseled Texan who walked onto our TV screens and away with zero lady hearts.  This week, we dive deep into his TWO seasons with Ashley Spivey. Ashley has been a vocal part of Bachelor Nation for so long that it’s almost hard to remember where it all began -- as a contestant on Brad Womack’s second season of The Bachelor.  Our calls to action this week: Riot Ribs feeds people and protesters in Portland, Oregon. Find $riotribs on CashApp or @riotribs on Venmo. Oregon Justice Center is fighting for criminal justice reform and providing legal services: https://ojrc.info/donate   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 22, 2020
Introducing D Is For Desire
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There was no new episode this week, so instead, we’re here to introduce you to a new member of the HuffPost podcast family. D Is For Desire is hosted by our colleague Noah Michelson and explores sex, sexuality, relationships and love from angles you could have never imagined in health class. You may have heard a trailer for the show play during a break on last week’s podcast, but we’re here to give you a chance to listen to a full episode about a topic Bachelor fans know all too well: Romance! And the lack of it! And questioning the very concept of it! In this episode of D Is For Desire, we hear from Joci, a woman who thought there was something wrong with her until she was 46 years old, when she discovered the term “Aromantic.” The first three episodes of D Is For Desire are already available, with more episodes premiering on Fridays, this summer. You can listen and subscribe to D Is For Desire on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/d-is-for-desire/id1516511773 Or wherever you get your podcasts: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/d-is-for-desire-aromantic-romantic-orientation_n_5efb6598c5b612083c537b08   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 14, 2020
'Greatest Seasons Ever: Alex Michel and Trista Rehn' with LaNease Adams
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The year was 2002. We had it all: Dark neutral lipsticks, blurry camera phones, and, of course, The Bachelor!  We’re not saying that The Bachelor *took* our live show ideas, but we’re just saying, that if you liked Monday’s recap of Alex Michel’s season, you’ll REALLY like the deep dives that we did as part of our live tour last year. Way to steal our thunder, ABC.  But, alas, we persevere. We also got to revisit a slightly less familiar season -- one we don’t know better than our home phone numbers -- the first-ever Bachelorette season starring Trista Rehn. This week, we talked to LaNease Adams, who made history with Alex Michel as the first-ever on-screen kiss in Bachelor history. We wanted to dive even deeper with LaNease, so we reached out and chatted with her about her time on the show, that kiss, the racism she dealt with from viewers, and more. Our call to action this week: donate to organizations that are responding to COVID-19 related evictions. - The Human Utility, which helps people pay water bills in Michigan and Baltimore https://www.detroitwaterproject.org/ - The National Low Income Housing coalition has collected emergency rental assistance programs, state by state https://nlihc.org/rental-assistance   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 08, 2020
'Greatest Seasons Ever: JoJo Fletcher' with Grant Kemp
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This week on The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons -- Ever!, ABC is keeping us in the purgatory of 2016 with JoJo’s brutal season of The Bachelorette (aka the Trumpiest season of “The Bachelorette” ever.) We covered some highlights -- and lowlights -- from JoJo’s season during Monday night’s special, but we wanted to continue digging deeper into the stories of contestants who didn’t get as much screen time. This week we chatted with Grant Kemp, who appeared on JoJo’s season of The Bachelorette and season three of Bachelor in Paradise. Our call to action this week: Black Trans Travel fund, “a grassroots, mutual aid based organization developed for the purpose of providing Black transgender women with the financial resources necessary for them to be able to self-determine and access their safest travel options.” https://www.blacktranstravelfund.com/donate   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 01, 2020
'Greatest Seasons Ever: Ben Higgins' with Amber James and Jami Letain
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This week, we took a trip back to 2016 to revisit the last pre-Trump season of “The Bachelor.” Though we got to relive some of the good, bad and cringeworthy times of Ben’s season on Monday’s Bachelor special, we wanted to continue speaking to contestants whose stories haven’t been in the spotlight.  We had the pleasure of chatting with Amber James, who was on both Chris Soules’ and Ben Higgins’ seasons of The Bachelor, AND the second season of Bachelor In Paradise, as well as Jami Letain, who was on Ben’s season of The Bachelor and BIP 3.  Our call to action this week: go to tinyurl.com/EmailBreonnaTaylor to email the Kentucky Attorney General & Governor demanding that the officers who killed Breonna Taylor all be fired and charged.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 24, 2020
BONUS: When Bachelor Nation Declared Black Lives Matter (Sort Of)
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A lot has happened in the weeks since then-police officer Derek Chauvin killed George Floyd. This horrifying event sparked mass protests against racism and police brutality, around the country and around the globe.  Since then, arrests have been made, public schools have cut ties with police departments, white CEOs and Editors In Chief have been forced to step down, and famous reality TV stars have been fired. And it seems – maybe – that space has finally been opened up for anti-racist fans of The Bachelor franchise to not just demand real change, but actually get it.  Bachelor alumni who often avoid politics on their feeds in favor of shilling products, were suddenly put in a position where they had to speak up or signal complicity. Their comments sections became spaces for full-blown debate. Rachel Lindsay and Becca Kufrin had a candid, raw, difficult conversation about race on the official Bachelor podcast feed.  Just days after a grassroots campaign for Bachelor diversity was launched and Rachel threatened to sever ties with the franchise altogether, “The Bachelor” named Matt James – the founder of nonprofit ABC Food Tours who was supposed to be a contestant on Clare Crawley’s season – as the first Black Bachelor.  Because so much has been going on, we wanted to dedicate a whole podcast episode to diving a bit deeper into this current moment of Black Lives Matter activism, and how it is playing out in Bachelor Nation. First, we spoke to two of the Bachelor Diversity Campaign's co-creators, Ria Ali and friend of the pod Brett Vergara about the grassroots campaign that now has more than 100,000 signatures. Then we caught up with Rachel Lindsay, the morning that the news about Matt James becoming the franchise’s first Black Bachelor broke. Finally, Taylor Nolan, who has been an outspoken voice for change within The Bachelor franchise, shared some very practical advice for white people who want to be actively anti-racist.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 18, 2020
‘Greatest Seasons Ever: Kaitlyn Bristowe’ with Jonathan Holloway + Kupah James
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This week, we go back to where it all started – for this podcast that is. Kaitlyn’s season was the first one that Here to Make Friends recapped, all the way back in 2015. By then, The Bachelor was more consistently casting people of color on the show – but they didn’t often get far or have very positive portrayals on the show. Of Kaitlyn’s contestants of color, only Ian Thomson – who had a very rough exit – got any real screen time during Monday’s recap. Once again, the supercut approach made the show even whiter. But Ian wasn’t the only Black man to have a very unflattering storyline on the show. Kupah James left at the beginning of episode four, after a painful conversation with Kaitlyn about their lack of connection and a dramatic exit interview. Jonathan Holloway, a soft-spoken single dad, made it a bit further despite being #TeamBritt. To find out more about that messy exit and what it was like in Kaitlyn’s Bachelorette mansion, we talked to Kupah and Jonathan about their time on the show.  It may seem like the protests are simmering down, or at least like they’re out of the news cycle or your Twitter feed. But people are still in the streets, fighting for a better world, and it’s incumbent on us to stay tuned in and to keep doing what we can. As promised, we are going to give our community calls to action each week: (1) The Okra Project – “The Okra Project is a collective that seeks to address the global crisis faced by Black Trans people by bringing home cooked, healthy, and culturally specific meals and resources to Black Trans People wherever we can reach them.” - https://www.theokraproject.com/ (2) Native Women’s Association of Canada – Canada is having its own difficult conversations about racism and police brutality, and many of these dialogues center around police violence against First Nations peoples  - https://www.nwac.ca/ (3) Subscribe to 2 Black Girls 1, support their Patreon  - https://www.patreon.com/2blackgirls1rose   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 17, 2020
‘Greatest Seasons Ever: Sean Lowe’ with Robyn Jedkins and Leslie Hughes
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We are coming back in the midst of a global pandemic and a series of nationwide (and global!) protests against racism and specifically police brutality. We always want the podcast to feel like it’s adding something to the world, not taking up space. So the context of the world has changed how we will be approaching this season.  On this episode, we have a short discussion about Sean Lowe’s season, which was the first Bachelor season after a class-action lawsuit was filed against the show by two men, Nathaniel Claybrooks and Christopher Johnson, alleging that “the deliberate exclusion of people of color from the roles of the Bachelor and Bachelorette” violated their civil rights.  One of the results of trimming the season down to spotlights on its final six or so contestants – and fan fave Sarah Herron – was that the only woman of color spotlighted was Catherine. None of the black contestants really got any screen time. But two black women actually had notable arcs on the season – Leslie Hughes, who made it to week four, and Robyn Howard, who made it to week five. Leslie garnered a glam one-on-one, the annual Pretty Woman shopping spree date, and Robyn, when she wasn’t getting mixed up in Tierra drama, had a pretty frank conversation with Sean about race.  To look back at that season, the first for several years that even had any black contestants, we talked to Leslie and Robyn about their time on the show.  Links: National Bail Fund - https://www.communityjusticeexchange.org/nbfn-directory Bachelor Diversity Campaign - https://www.change.org/p/abc-a-campaign-for-anti-racism-in-the-bachelor-franchise Follow @bachdiversity on Instagram and Twitter    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 11, 2020
BONUS: A Conversation with Rob Mills
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In an alternate reality, in a 2020 not derailed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Clare Crawley might already have been engaged -- and we would be getting ready to tear into her cast’s bios and rate limo exits. Instead, Clare is -- presumably -- single and waiting to mingle, and we’re gearing up for a much different Bachelor summer: no Bachelorette, no Paradise.  But, to fill the void, ABC will be airing a journey into the show’s archives called “The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons -- Ever!” which premieres Monday, June 8. Each episode will recap, at dizzying speed, the highs and lows of a single classic season, kicking off with the most successful Bachelor ever: Sean Lowe.  Last week, we spoke with Senior Vice President of Alternative Programming for ABC Rob Mills about plans for Clare’s season, what to expect from the upcoming greatest hits series, and the future of the franchise as a whole.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 02, 2020
BONUS: A Conversation with 'Listen to Your Heart' Winners Chris and Bri
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After vowing on this very podcast to never watch 'The Bachelor Presents: Listen to Your Heart', we have to eat our words and admit, we really loved it! The spin-off wrapped up its first season this past Monday with Chris Watson and Bri Stauss being named the winners. We talked to the couple over Zoom about what drew them to each other, what we didn’t see on the show, and the process of recording a whole album in quarantine.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 21, 2020
BONUS: 'Listen To Your Heart' With Julia Rae
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We’re dropping in today to check in - while we’ve been in quarantine, we’re still talking about all things The Bachelor on our Facebook and Instagram. And last week we had an amazing interview with Julia Rae from Listen To Your Heart. We talked to Julia about her eventful episode this week, her choice between Sheridan and Brandon, and what it's like to watch yourself date on TV while stuck in quarantine. We also have some exciting news: Here To Make Friends is nominated for a Webby, and we need your help! Click this link to vote for us for People's Voice Best TV & Film Podcast: https://vote.webbyawards.com/PublicVoting#/2020/podcasts/general-series/television-film   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 05, 2020
Introducing Here To Make Friends in Quarantine
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Can you believe it's been four long years since we recorded our episode on Peter's finale? Ok, it's only been four weeks, but while being in quarantine, it feels like a lifetime ago. We won't be doing the podcast again until May, but in the meantime, we'll be doing a new video series on Wednesdays on Instagram and Facebook called Here To Make Friends In Quarantine. We'll talk about the latest on Clare Crawley's season and all about how our Bachelor Nation faves are social distancing. Our first episode, premiering this Wednesday, April 15th, features an interview with Colton Underwood. Check out HTMF in Quarantine on Wednesdays on @heretomakefriendspod on Instagram and Here To Make Friends on Facebook   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 10, 2020
'Bachelor' S24 Finale Part 2 With Sharleen Joynt
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We’re speechless. Hannah Ann left it all on the floor. Madison shared her truth. Barb was out for blood.  We’re joined by former contestant-turned recapper, Sharleen Joynt to break down the dramatic ending to Peter’s journey. We talk about Peter’s decision and his boundaries with his family before getting into a quick discussion about our first look at the men of Clare Crawley’s season Check out Sharleen's recaps and blog below: https://www.flare.com/bachelor/bachelor-episode-12-recap-peter-season-24-finale-2020/ http://www.alltheprettypandas.com/   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 12, 2020
'Bachelor' S24 Finale Part 1 With Claire Fallon
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Look, bud. We gotta talk about this finale, bud. We didn’t feel much of anything for the women this season. But, let me tell you, bud, the most dramatic finale in Bachelor history had us feeling a whole lot of sympathy for Hannah Ann. That was a doozy, bud.   We have a little treat before we dive into the recap. We called up the one and only Claire Fallon to get her prediction for what will unfold during tonight’s conclusion, where she ranks Pete on a scale of other Bachelors, and her thoughts on Clare Crawley as our next Bachelorette.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 10, 2020
BONUS: A Conversation with 'Love Is Blind' Stars Lauren Speed and Cameron Hamilton
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We are still not over our obsession with Netflix's 'Love Is Blind' and especially the couple at the center of it, Cameron Hamilton and Lauren Speed. Lucky us, we had the happy couple in studio to talk about their unconventional courtship, representation of interracial relationships on reality TV, and whether or not they're interested in hosting a possible season two.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 06, 2020
'Bachelor' S24e10 With Allison Williams
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Dear Peter Weber, we boarded your flight. We ate our free snacks and beverages. We watched lots of drama unfold on our in-seat screens. But now, we need you to ace this landing and welcome us home, please? Because, like you, we’re drained… Joining us to talk about the chaotic Women Tell All special and our excitement over the news that Clare Crawley is our next Bachelorette is our dear friend of the pod, actress Allison Williams.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 03, 2020
BONUS: 'Love Is Blind' With Jessa Crispin
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A ’90s boy band star. A streaming service. LED-lighted personal pods. A deep well of underlying sadness. What do all of these things have in common? “Love Is Blind,” an addictive and slightly dystopian reality show on Netflix.  We’ve received soooooo many messages about this show, that we decided we owed it to you and ourselves to discuss it.  On this episode, we started out with a spoiler-free (other than light discussion of characters) conversation about the show and its structure, and then dove deeper -- including some spoilers about the finale -- with Guardian columnist and author Jessa Crispin.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb 28, 2020
'Bachelor' S24e9 With Daryn Carp
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G’day, Sheilas! The Bachelor went to Gold Coast, Australia for Fantasy Suites and, just like Pete, we can’t help but speak in horrific Australian accents.  This week, we’re joined by Daryn Carp, host of PeopleTV’s Reality Check and Andy Cohen’s assistant, to talk about Pete’s time Down Under, the ladies’ new living situation, and Madi’s confusing ultimatum.  In case you need more Bachelor content, check out Reset - a tech podcast by Vox. Emma stopped by the show this week to talk about how influencer culture has infiltrated the world of The Bachelor. Check out the episode here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-bachelor-here-for-the-wrong-reasons/id1479107698?i=1000466402360   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb 25, 2020
'Bachelor' S24e8 With Erin Darke
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It’s already Hometowns! Joining us this week is actress and friend of the pod, Erin Darke. On this episode, we talk about Madison’s purity, Iowan wine, and the mysterious warning about Victoria F.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb 18, 2020
BONUS: The Circle With Sean Taylor And Jenna Amatulli
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We know that we have been spending a lot of time -- more time than usual -- talking about The Bachelor, but there is STILL MORE POD CONTENT.  One of our other obsessions as of late has been with Netflix’s “The Circle.” So we decided to take a break from woman-on-woman crime and focus instead on alerts, influencers, and sweet sweet Joey Sasso. We had HuffPost Trends Reporter Jenna Amatulli and The Circle cast member Sean Taylor in studio to talk all things The Circle. We hope you enjoy this bonus pod!   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb 14, 2020
'Bachelor' S24e7 With Michael Garofola
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We’ve really been praying and reflecting, and thinking about what’s on our hearts. And the thing that’s on our hearts tell us that we need to recap last night’s episode of The Bachelor. On this episode, we’re joined by attorney, Bachelorette alum and BFF of the pod, Michael Garofola to talk about Madison’s priorities, Kelley’s confidence, and whether or not the ladies of Peter’s season have seen Ghost.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb 11, 2020
'Bachelor' S24e6
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Enough is enough. Really. Peter and the remaining women have had enough, and frankly, so have we.  We are recapping this week’s second episode guest-less. On this episode, we talk about Leigh’s interview with Peter and his disappointing response to Victoria F.’s White Lives Matter modeling past, Mykenna and Tammy’s telenovela-worthy fight, and Victoria P.’s goodbye.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb 06, 2020
'Bachelor' S24e5 With Laura Bassett
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Well, we learned one thing last night: the only thing more incompetent than Pilot Pete is the Iowa Democratic Party. The most dramatic caucuses ever overlapped in spectacularly painful fashion with the most exhausting Bachelor episode ever.  We’re joined by GQ columnist, political reporter and former HuffPoster, Laura Bassett to recap the first three hours of The Bachelor we’re getting this week. We talked about our disappointment in Tammy, our love for Kelley, and Cosmo’s decision to cut their digital cover with Victoria F.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb 04, 2020
BONUS: Ben Higgins and Becca Kufrin Talk Peter’s Season and What to Expect From ‘The Bachelor: Live on Stage’
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We caught up with Ben Higgins and Becca Kufrin backstage at BUILD studios before they set off on tour with The Bachelor Live On Stage. They gave us their thoughts on how Peter’s season is going so far as well as the Bachelor to Influencer pipeline and how it’s changed since their time on the show. And, of course, they filled us in on what to expect from The Bachelor Live On Stage, which kicks off next month in Mesa, Arizona.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan 30, 2020
'Bachelor' S24e4 With Elise Foley
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We just want to tell you a little bit about what we perceived to be the truth in the moment that we were asked for the truth. We have a responsibility to tell you, beloved podcast listeners, the truth that we felt in our hearts was the truth then. And the truth is… this season is rough. While Leigh is off at Sundance this week, we're joined by HuffPost’s deputy enterprise editor Elise Foley to talk about Peter unknowingly becoming bro’s with Victoria F.’s ex, the drama between Victoria P. and Alayah, and how Peter’s people-pleasing will be his downfall.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan 28, 2020
'Bachelor' S24e3 With Megan Angelo
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This episode was a complete “fidasco.” Coming off of last week’s Champagne-gate, this episode of The Bachelor was full of women being mean to each other and we were not into it. This week, we’re joined by journalist and author of the new novel “Followers,” Megan Angelo, to sort out who’s being real, who’s being fake, and how one can become a pilot wife.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan 21, 2020
'Bachelor' S24e2 With Brett Vergara
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It’s only week two and we’ve already arrived at the first big scandal of the season: Champagne-gate. Grab the closest bottle of bubbly (it doesn’t matter if it’s yours or not), take a big swig, and settle in for our discussion of episode two of The Bachelor. This week, we’re joined by friend of the pod, Brett Vergara, to talk about the champagne-fueled feud between Kelsey and Hannah Ann, Victoria F.’s confidence during the runway challenge, and whether or not these ladies know who Carson Kressley and Janice Dickinson are.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan 14, 2020
'Bachelor' S24e1 With Cole Delbyck
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Was this the best Bachelor premiere ever? The first three hours of Pilot Pete’s season gave us new love, old love, and a vow renewal. On this episode, we’re joined by HuffPost entertainment writer, Cole Delbyck, to talk about our introduction to the women vying for Peter’s heart, Hannah’s surprising return and whether or not Kelley cheated on the obstacle course.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan 07, 2020
'Bachelor' S24 Preview - The Cast Bios
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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! No, we’re not talking about the holiday season, we’re talking about the new season of The Bachelor! Ahead of the January 6th premiere, ABC has released the cast bios of the 30 women vying for Pilot Pete's heart and we’re here to go through all of them in great detail. Claire is on maternity leave and will be sitting out this season (we miss you, Claire!), so filling in for her is HuffPost reporter and friend of the pod, Leigh Blickley!   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec 23, 2019
LIVE from The Bell House: ‘Bachelor’ S1 Finale with Erin Darke and Season One Winner Amanda Marsh Caldwell
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We’re here with our show from The Bell House in Brooklyn! Actress, activist and friend of the pod, Erin Darke joined us on stage to recap the finale of the first season of The Bachelor. Alex Michel has said goodbye to 23 women and now it’s down to two. Who will he choose to spend the rest of his life with? Laidback Amanda, or aloof Trista, who doesn’t seem to be all that into him and will soon go on to be the first ever Bachelorette? That might be a bit of a spoiler. And, since season one never had an After The Final Rose special, we decided to have our own with very special guest, Amanda Marsh Caldwell! Amanda joined us on stage to talk about her time on The Bachelor, her life with Alex after the show and what she’s doing now, as well as play a game with us looking back on her most memorable (and cringeworthy) moments on the show.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec 04, 2019
BONUS: ‘Bachelor’ S1 Women Tell All
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In anticipation of our final live show, we returned to the studio to recap the first ever Women Tell All special. It was certainly less dramatic than today’s Tell All's and unfortunately, Alex Michel was not forced to confront any of the women. Listen to find out who got the original Women Tell All glow-ups, why Chris was responsible for most of the feminism fails, and to prepare for the last live show of this tour! We'll be recapping the first season finale at The Bell House in Brooklyn with friend of the pod Erin Darke and a super special surprise guest from season one of The Bachelor on Thursday November 21. You can get tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/here-to-make-friends-live-tickets-67254759797 You can find the episode at TubiTV.com    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov 14, 2019
LIVE from The Miracle Theatre: 'Bachelor' S1e5 with Daryn Carp & Special Guests
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We’re here with our show at The Miracle Theater in Washington DC! Bravo TV personality Daryn Carp joined us to recap episode 5 of the first season of The Bachelor, featuring the first ever fantasy dates to exotic locations such as... New York City and Tahoe. And, because we were in DC, we had to touch on politics a little bit. We invited HuffPost Deputy Editor Elise Foley, Washington Post Reporter Jada Yuan and Washington Post Columnist Alexandra Petri - three women who are familiar with the politics of both our nation and Bachelor Nation - up on stage to play a couple of games.  It was a lot of fun, and if you couldn’t make it, we’d love to see you at our next live show! We'll be recapping the first season finale and joined by some very special guests at The Bell House in Brooklyn on Thursday November 21. You can get tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/here-to-make-friends-live-tickets-67254759797   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov 06, 2019
Join Us at The Bell House on November 21st!
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The ghosts of Bachelors past stopped by the studio to help us give you an update on the final show of our live tour. We'll be recapping the first season finale at The Bell House in Brooklyn on Thursday November 21. You can get tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/here-to-make-friends-live-tickets-67254759797 You can find the episode at TubiTV.com   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov 01, 2019
LIVE from The Newport Theater: ‘Bachelor’ S1e4 With Ali Barthwell and Bachelor Alums
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It's Hometown week on season one of The Bachelor and just like Alex Michel, Here To Make Friends hit the road and went to Chicago to talk about episode four with Vulture recapper, Ali Barthwell. We were also joined by some special Chicago-based Bachelor alums. Clay Harbor sat down for a spotlight interview, that we promise was not cut out of the podcast, and we played a round of 'Never Have I Ever' with Jaclyn Swartz, Diggy Moreland and Dustin Kendrick. We'll be recapping the first season finale at The Bell House in Brooklyn on Thursday November 21. You can get tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/here-to-make-friends-live-tickets-67254759797   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct 25, 2019
LIVE from Gramercy Theatre: ‘Bachelor’ S1e3 With Phoebe Robinson, Derek Peth and Michael Garofola
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We continued our live tour recapping season one of The Bachelor by going to Gramercy Theatre last month to talk about episode three with special guest Phoebe Robinson. It was a monumental episode featuring the first ever utterance of the phrase, “I’m not here to make friends.” We were also joined by friends of the pod and Bachelor alums Derek Peth and Michael Garofola. We talked to Derek about his time on Paradise, which he had just finished by the time of the show, and played a round of F*ck Marry Kill with the two of them. We have two more live shows coming up, recapping the last two episodes of season one. We'll be recapping episode five of the first season of The Bachelor at The Miracle Theater in Washington DC on Monday October 21. You can get tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/here-to-make-friends-live-tickets-74277005523 And we'll be recapping the first season finale at The Bell House in Brooklyn on Thursday November 21. You can get tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/here-to-make-friends-live-tickets-67254759797 You can find both of those episodes at TubiTV.com   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct 09, 2019
Here To Make Friends LIVE! - Announcing Fall Dates
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Surprise! We're back in your feeds to announce two more live shows! We'll be recapping episode five of the first season of The Bachelor at The Miracle Theater in Washington DC on Monday October 21. You can get tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/here-to-make-friends-live-tickets-74277005523 And we'll be recapping the first season finale at The Bell House in Brooklyn on Thursday November 21. You can get tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/here-to-make-friends-live-tickets-67254759797 See you all there!!!   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct 03, 2019
LIVE from World Cafe Live: ‘Bachelor’ S1e2 With Ashley Spivey and Brett Vergara
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Back in August, we were in Philadelphia to talk about episode two of the first ever season of The Bachelor. We had a great time in the home of Gritty to talk about the first appearance of Bachelor fantasy dates with former contestant, Ashley Spivey and to play a game of ‘Who Said It?’ with Ashley and friend of the pod, Brett Vergara.  We will be releasing the rest of the live shows as podcasts, so stay tuned for those! And for fans in the New York area, we will be returning to The Bell House in Brooklyn for a live show on Thursday November 21, recapping another classic episode from the first season of The Bachelor. Get your tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/here-to-make-friends-live-tickets-67254759797   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep 27, 2019
'Paradise' S6 Finale
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After seven weeks, we’ve reached the end of our time in Paradise this summer. Which couple got engaged? Which couple broke up? Which couple got engaged and then looked pretty unhappy at the reunion? All of our burning questions were answered! On this episode, Emma and Claire break down everything that happened on the three-hour finale, from Blake’s time in the hot seat to Demi and Kristian’s epic love story. And of course, the very underwhelming and unsurprising announcement of Pilot Pete as our new Bachelor. We’ll be at The Bell House in Brooklyn for a live show on Thursday November 21, recapping another classic episode from the first season of The Bachelor. Get your tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/here-to-make-friends-live-tickets-67254759797   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep 19, 2019
Paradise' S6 Week 6 With Amanda Mitchell
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Last night, we settled onto our couch, ready to watch the dramatic and proposal-filled Bachelor in Paradise finale that turned out to not be a finale at all. That’s right, while we’ve reached the end of rose ceremonies and date cards, we’ll have to wait until next week to find out which of these couples got their happy endings.  This week, however, was a test for the remaining couples. Blake’s rough time in Paradise finally came to an end, Kristian helped Demi work through her anxieties, and Bri had a feminism win so good that it feels like our feminist analysis of The Bachelor had just been leading up to this moment. Joining us to help sort through it all is Amanda Mitchell, writer and host of the podcast America’s Next Top Best Friend. We’re coming to Chicago on Wednesday, Sept. 25th. We’ll be at the Newport Theater in Chicago recapping episode 4 of season 1 of The Bachelor, and we’ll be joined by one of our favorite recappers, Ali Barthwell of the Vulture Bach recaps. And hey, maybe some local Bach alums will join us! Get your tickets here: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4339939   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep 11, 2019
'Paradise' S6 Week 5
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We’re recapping solo today, as we get ready for our live show at Gramercy Theater in Manhattan tonight! Tickets are still available and we’d love to see all of you there. Back in Paradise, however, many established couples are starting to get tested. Clay has to deal with sharing the beach with his ex, Angela, Derek makes a tough decision, and Caelynn gets an overwhelming proposition from a moustache-less Dean. There are still tickets available for our live show TONIGHT, September 4th, at the Gramercy Theater with Phoebe Robinson: https://concerts1.livenation.com/event/000057072C69A55F?_ga=2.205029648.122119576.1567613712-1375170403.1565023898 The next stop on our tour is Chicago! We’ll be at The Newport Theater on Wednesday September 25th to recap episode four of the first season of The Bachelor. You can get your tickets here: https://www.newporttheater.com/productions/Here-To-Make-Friends   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep 04, 2019
'Paradise' S6 Week 4 With Daryn Carp
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We owe a lot of people an apology this week. Especially anyone we’ve ever invited on this podcast or anyone we’ve ever even mentioned the podcast to. It was manipulative and so very wrong of us. But, moving forward from that, we do have a brand new podcast for you! On this episode, Bravo personality and host of the Martinis and Murder Podcast, Daryn Carp joins us to talk week four of Bachelor in Paradise, in which Goose and Krystal get married, John Paul Jones finds himself in the middle of quite a bit of conflict, and Clay sees his ex again. Finally, we ask: Is Connor hot, or just tall and white? We’re coming back to New York City next week!  We’ll be at the Gramercy Theatre on Wednesday, September 4, and we’ll be joined by the wonderful, hilarious Phoebe Robinson (of Two Dope Queens fame) to dissect another vintage episode: Season 1, Episode 3. We’ll also be joined by Derek Peth and Michael Garofola for some games and Bachelor-themed fun! Get your tickets for that show here: https://concerts1.livenation.com/event/000057072C69A55F?_ga=2.18202233.1352791926.1565621051-1375170403.1565023898   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug 28, 2019
Paradise S6 Week 3 With Brett Vergara
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Week three of Bachelor in Paradise began with two men fighting and ended with two women in love. In between, there were surprising decisions at the rose ceremony, solid couples facing trouble, and a visit from The Bachelorette herself, Hannah B. On this episode, friend of the pod Brett Vergara joins us to talk about everything that happened this week.  Here To Make Friends is hitting the road! We’re doing a live show tomorrow, August 22nd, at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, PA. We can’t wait to see all of our Philly listeners! You can still get your tickets here: https://www.worldcafelive.com/event/1881464-here-make-friends-philadelphia/ And we’re doing another show in New York at the Gramercy Theater in Manhattan on September 4th with Phoebe Robinson. Get your tickets for that show here: https://concerts1.livenation.com/event/000057072C69A55F?_ga=2.18202233.1352791926.1565621051-1375170403.1565023898   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug 21, 2019
'Paradise' S6 Week 2 With Erin Darke
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Guess what? Today is a new day, and I know it’s going to be a great one. Do you know why?  Because we’re still here recapping Bachelor in Paradise. Smiley face. On this episode of Here To Make Friends, we’re joined by actress Erin Darke to talk about Cam’s complete inability to read disinterest, Clay and Christian’s battle of toxic masculinity, and the long-awaited arrival of Dean’s moustache. Here To Make Friends is hitting the road! We’re doing a live show at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, PA on August 22nd. We can’t wait to see all of our Philly listeners! Get your tickets here: https://www.worldcafelive.com/event/1881464-here-make-friends-philadelphia/ And we’re doing another show in New York at the Gramercy Theater in Manhattan on September 4th with Phoebe Robinson. Get your tickets for that show here: https://concerts1.livenation.com/event/000057072C69A55F?_ga=2.18202233.1352791926.1565621051-1375170403.1565023898   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug 14, 2019
'Paradise' S6 Week 1 With Michael Garofola
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Welcome back to Paradise! A new group of Bachelor favorites have arrived in Sayulita, Mexico. The sun, the sand, the love triangles… or in Blake’s case, love pentagons? On this episode, we’re joined by Bachelor in Paradise alum Michael Garofola to talk about Demi’s coming out, Blake’s mistakes and how kissing is currency in Paradise. Here To Make Friends is hitting the road! We’re doing a live show at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, PA on August 22nd. We can’t wait to see all of our Philly listeners! Get your tickets here: https://www.worldcafelive.com/event/1881464-here-make-friends-philadelphia/ Do you want MORE Here To Make Friends? Check out our video series! It’s a little different from the podcast - every week, we highlight standout moments from each episode and award superlatives. You can find it at https://www.youtube.com/huffpost   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug 07, 2019
'Bachelorette' S15 Finale Part 2 With Ashley Spivey
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Could this have been the greatest Bachelorette finale ever? We’re pretty comfortable throwing around that superlative after last night’s episode. We bow down to our hero, Hannah, who has gone through one of the most intense personal transformations we’ve seen on this franchise. We’re joined by friend of the pod, Ashley Spivey to talk about this emotional finale and why Jed is proof that dating men in your twenties sucks. Do you want MORE Here To Make Friends? Check out our video series! It’s a little different from the podcast - every week, we highlight standout moments from each episode and award superlatives. You can find it at https://www.youtube.com/huffpost   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 31, 2019
'Bachelorette' S15 Finale Part 1
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Wow, part one of Hannah’s epic, two-night, four-hour Bachelorette finale has come to an end and boy was it a dud. On this episode, we talk about Peter’s extremely supportive parents, Jed’s financial stability, and why this episode was twice as long as it needed to be. Do you want MORE Here To Make Friends? Check out our video series! It’s a little different from the podcast - every week, we highlight standout moments from each episode and award superlatives. You can find it at YouTube.com/HuffPost   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 30, 2019
LIVE from The Bell House: ‘Bachelor’ S1e1 With Alyssa Mastromonaco and Bachelor Alums
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Here To Make Friends comes to you from The Bell House in Brooklyn for our first ever public live show! We recapped a vintage episode -- the first ever episode of The Bachelor. Along with special guest Alyssa Mastromonaco, we went back in time to 2002. Blade II was number one at the box office, J. Lo and Ja Rule were topping the Billboard Hot 100, and we were introduced to Chris Harrison, the rose ceremony and the most eligible bachelor in America, Alex Michel. After the recap, we played some Bachelor-themed games with a panel of franchise alums, Derek Peth, Michael Garofola, and Sharleen Joynt.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 26, 2019
'Bachelorette' S15e11
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For one last time (we hope), welcome to the Luke P show. From hijacking the rose ceremony to taking over the Men Tell All panel, Luke’s last hurrah on The Bachelorette was full of feminism fails. On this episode, we talk about Luke’s time in the hot seat, Mike getting the Bachelor edit, and Hannah’s iconic podium lift.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 23, 2019
'Bachelorette' S15e10 With Rachel Lindsay
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Hannah is ready to get dowwwwwwn in the Fantasy Suites and we are ready to talk about everything that went down this week. On this episode, with the help of former Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay, we solve the mystery of the windmill, swoon over Tyler and his respect of boundaries, and talk about the much anticipated Luke P date. Yes, Hannah has had sex. And yes, Jesus still loves her.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 16, 2019
'Bachelorette' S15e9 With Brett Vergara
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It’s hometown week! Hannah is down to her final four guys and it’s time for her to see where they come from. On this episode, we’re joined by friend of the pod Brett Vergara to talk about Peter’s wholesome family, Tyler’s beach bod, Luke’s bible group, and the subtle warnings from Jed’s family.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 09, 2019
'Bachelorette' S15e8 With Leigh Blickley
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It's the week before hometowns and there are seven men left. Hannah is walking through a field of tulips in Amsterdam and she’s ready to move past the drama! This week on the podcast, our colleague Leigh Blickley joins host Emma Gray to discuss Hannah's striking red suit, Tyler's distaste for pickled herring, Mike's tear-filled send off, and so much more.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 02, 2019
BONUS: 'Inside 'Are You the One?', the Wildest Dating Show You're Not Talking Enough About' With Kate Dries
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We’re here with a little surprise bonus episode from the world of dating reality shows -- today, we’re talking about MTV’s Are You the One. Our guest Kate Dries, Senior Features Editor at Vice, is not only a fan of the show, she just published a feature exploring this underappreciated gem from every angle. We talked to Kate about the wild premise of the show, what makes it different from The Bachelor, and how this season’s sexually fluid cast came about. Check out Kate’s piece at https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/9kxvyp/inside-mtv-are-you-the-one-wildest-reality-dating-show-season-8   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 27, 2019
'Bachelorette' S15e7 With Tierney Bricker and Vella Lovell
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Riga! After last night’s episode, we just want to run out into the streets screaming about how much we want to find love in Riga, Latvia. On week seven of The Bachelorette, Tyler C. continues to be the romance novel protagonist of our dreams, Hannah gets steamy with Peter, and Luke avoids texting and driving and stays in his lane, but then starts drifting into Garrett’s lane after spending too much time looking at the other cars out the window. Here to talk about this with us is E! News editor Tierney Bricker and actress Vella Lovell.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 25, 2019
'Bachelorette' S15e6 With Mattie Kahn
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We somehow managed to get a full podcast out of last night’s half-episode of The Bachelorette. On this episode of Here To Make Friends, we talk about Luke’s problematic persistence, Chris Harrison’s parental role this season, and the newly announced cast of Bachelor In Paradise. Joining us to break it all down is Mattie Kahn, Senior Editor at Glamour.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 18, 2019
'Bachelorette' S15e5 With 2 Black Girls, 1 Rose
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This week, we want to give you clarity, so we’re gonna be real and we’re gonna be raw. We’re not perfect and we want you to know our flaws. Imagine how much shorter the episode would have been if Luke P. and Hannah had this conversation once, instead of 7,000 times. On week five of The Bachelorette, Hannah and Luke P. struggle to connect, Jed becomes a Scottish Lord, and Mike continues showing us why he should be The Bachelor. We’re joined today by two seasoned recappers, Justine Kay and Natasha Scott of 2 Black Girls, 1 Rose: A Bachelor Podcast, which you can find on Patreon.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 12, 2019
BONUS: 'Is A Feminist Dating Show Even Possible?' - Live at The Wing DUMBO
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Surprise! We’re here with a special bonus episode of Here to Make Friends, taped from a live panel about feminism and reality dating television shows at The Wing in DUMBO. We were joined by two special guests, Ashley Spivey, former 'Bachelor' contestant and current critic of the franchise, and Mila Holifield, one of the star daters on Netflix’s Dating Around. They talked about their experiences on reality dating TV and then delved into the topic of how the genre can evolve. We started Here To Make Friends because we watched 'The Bachelor' franchise, like so many other Americans, and we wanted to talk about the questions the show brings up about feminism and the antiquated tropes around dating, sex, and courtship. Now that the show has been on for a while, and other more consciously progressive dating shows have come and gone, we wanted to talk about the endgame. Where can feminism take reality dating TV and The Bachelor?   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 07, 2019
'Bachelorette' S15e4 With Erin Darke
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Welcome to Here to Make Friends, founded by Simone de Beauvoir in 1754! This is the fake news edition of the podcast. Hannah really inspired us. On week four of The Bachelorette, we take a trip up to New England, where Hannah and Jed make up their own American history, Tyler gets some tail (lobster tail, that is), and Luke P. learns what a psychopath is. Here to break it all down with us is friend of the pod, actress Erin Darke.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 04, 2019
'Bachelorette' S15e3 With Sydney Lotuaco
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Watching The Bachelorette is always a labor of love, but this week’s episode was full of a different kind of labor… labor pains, to be exact. On week three of The Bachelorette, we find out just how little these men know about the female reproductive system, hear a sob story from Cam, and watch Luke P. start to implode. Here to break it all down with us is Bachelor season 23 alum Sydney Lotuaco.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 28, 2019
'Bachelorette' S15e2 With Alyssa Mastromonaco
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What a time to be watching a Bachelorette who reps hard for Alabama, while just last week, the state passed one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the nation. Hmm… On week two of The Bachelorette, Hannah looks for “Mr. Right” with some help from Miss J and a couple of Drag Race alums, Luke makes a big declaration, and Cam crashes a party. Filling in for Claire this week is New York Times bestselling author, Alyssa Mastromonaco.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 21, 2019
'Bachelorette' S15e1 With Matt Jacobs
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Here To Make Friends is back! Kicking off this season, Claire and Emma are joined by HuffPost colleague Matt Jacobs to dissect every moment from ‘The Bachelorette’ season 15 premiere. Hannah is our new Bachelorette – she’s real, she’s not perfect and she doesn’t know what to do with her hands. This season, the great pilot war of 2019 comes to an early end - and Peter prevails, Luke P. has r/ShowerThoughts, and Demi and Katie reveal one contestant has someone back home.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 14, 2019
'Bachelorette' S15 Preview – The Cast Bios + The Bachelorette Reunion Special
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Season 15 of The Bachelorette begins next week! On this preview episode, Claire and Emma recap “The Biggest Bachelorette Reunion in Bachelor History Ever!” and later in the episode offer their signature analysis of the full cast of suitors for Hannah’s heart.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 10, 2019
'Bachelor' S23 Finale Part 2 With Erin Darke
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Last night on the Bachelor finale, we saw a love story unlike any other. Colton’s journey came to a surprising conclusion. The romance… the passion… the intimacy…. The decision to just date instead of getting engaged at the end of the show. It was truly a Bachelor first. Roll tide! On this episode, we’re joined by one of our favorite guests, actress Erin Darke, to talk about Colton and Cassie’s happy ending, Hannah B’s new beginning and, of course, Air Supply.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 13, 2019
'Bachelor' S23 Finale Part 1
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We open on the Portuguese countryside. Dogs are barking. Producers are scrambling. Colton is nowhere to be found. Welcome to part one of The Bachelor finale! There are far too many emotions to go through after last night, so we’re going guest-less this episode to talk about the producers’ rescue mission, the multiple breakups and, of course, Colton’s new haircut.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 12, 2019
'Bachelor' S23 Bonus With Katie Morton
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For the third time this week we are pleased to present Here To Make Friends! On this bonus episode we are joined by 'Bachelor' season 23 cast member Katie Morton. She told us how she ended up on the show, painted a picture of life inside the mansion, and gave us the scoop about her warning to Colton that shook up the season.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 07, 2019
'Bachelor' S23e10 With Alyssa Mastromonaco
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We’re back! And we’re emotionally exhausted after the two-hour screaming match that was Women Tell All. On this episode, we’re joined by New York Times bestselling author Alyssa Mastromonaco, to talk about the many conflicts between the women this season, the origins of the cougar den and the evolution of Hannah B. So take a shower, grab your year’s supply of Halo Top ice cream and listen to this episode of Here To Make Friends!   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 06, 2019
'Bachelor' S23e9 With Sharleen Joynt
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It finally happened! The long awaited fence jump! It was everything we dreamed of and more. For the first time in Bachelor history, a long-teased “dramatic moment” was actually even more dramatic than we could’ve imagined. On this episode, we’re joined by Bachelor alum and prolific recapper Sharleen Joynt to analyze the jump from every possible angle, sing the praises of boob tape, and break down one of the most heart wrenching breakups we’ve seen on this show.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 05, 2019
'Bachelor' S23e8 With Leigh Blickley
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We happily give all of you our permission and blessing to listen to this week’s episode. It’s hometown week and Colton has families to meet, airplanes to jump out of, and etiquette lessons to learn. On this episode, we’re joined by HuffPost senior entertainment reporter, Leigh Blickley to talk about Hannah’s rapping skills, how excited we are about next week’s fence jump and why this week’s episode was one big feminism fail.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb 26, 2019
'Bachelor' S23e7 With Nick Viall
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Another week and still no fence jump?! Instead, the contestants spend time in Colton’s hometown of Denver. On this episode, Tayshia spills the tea, Hannah B and Heather cut ties, and Caelynn makes an out of nowhere appearance to save Cassie, as well as her own reputation. To recap and dissect the show’s unfortunate regressive platitudes, we’re joined by Season 21 lead Nick Viall.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb 19, 2019
'Bachelor' S23 Bonus With Producers Of The Bachelor Vietnam
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Last year, The Bachelor franchise aired what might be THE most dramatic rose ceremony ever. In a moment that went viral worldwide, Minh Thu, a contestant on The Bachelor Vietnam, confessed her love for fellow contestant Truc Nhu, asking the woman to return the Bachelor’s rose and leave the show with her, which she did in a moment unprecedented for the franchise. On this special bonus episode, we talk to two of the people responsible for The Bachelor Vietnam, Anh Tran, the executive producer and showrunner, and Anh-Thu Nguyen, a story producer. They talk about that shocking rose ceremony, how they’ve adapted the show for a Vietnamese audience and host Khoi Tran’s crossover appearance on this past week’s episode.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb 15, 2019
'Bachelor' S23e6 With Derek Peth
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This week’s episode of The Bachelor gave us all a reason to think about the best part of any good first date. Is it the butterflies beforehand? Getting to know each other? Or the excitement of a possible future? Obviously it’s the hot and steamy make out in the shower. At least it is for Colton and Hannah G., anyway. On this episode, we’re joined by Derek Peth, former Bachelorette contestant and host of The Betchelor podcast. We find out that Demi is more bark than bite, Kirpa goes spearfishing for sea urchin and Colton is warned that someone *else* isn’t here for the right reasons.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb 12, 2019
'Bachelor' S23e5 With Ashley Spivey
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It was a night of firsts on The Bachelor this week. First kiss, first voluntary departure, and first... loud fight about bullying at the cocktail party? On this episode, Claire and Emma are joined by Bachelor alum Ashley Spivey. They talk about Elyse’s decision to leave, what exactly the definition of a rumor is, and their own first kiss stories. Oh, and what happened to Kirpa’s chin??   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb 05, 2019
'Bachelor' S23e4 With Brett Vergara
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Down to 15 girls and ‘The Bachelor’ makes its way to Singapore! This week, Tayshia takes the plunge, Demi leeches onto Colton, and Caelynn shares a traumatic experience. Joining us to recap is Bachelor tweeter extraordinaire, Brett Vergara. On this episode we discuss sexual assault. If you need to talk to someone, you can call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan 29, 2019
'Bachelor' S23e3 With Priscilla Frank
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Yo ho ho. This week, Caelynn walks the plank and gets a group date rose, Hannah is ‘befumbled’, Elyse takes her first helicopter ride and after opening up about her sister’s death, dances on a platform at a country music performance in true ‘Bachelor’ fashion. Also on this episode -- Colton is definitely not a ‘stretching virgin’ anymore and Caitlin gets sent home early. Joining us to break it all down is friend and colleague, Priscilla Frank.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan 22, 2019
'Bachelor' S23e2 With Erin Darke
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Welcome to the Cougar Den! Today on the pod, Emma and Claire are joined by Erin Darke, a fellow brave thirtysomething hero, to talk about what they learned on week two of ‘The Bachelor’. On this episode, Hannah B. learns to ride one handed, Billy Eichner plays camp counselor, and Tracy has a meltdown. Did we mention it’s Hannah’s birthday? A toast – Roll Tide!   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan 15, 2019
'Bachelor' S23 Bonus: Behind The Scenes With Kristen Baldwin
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Have you ever imagined what it’s like to be inside the Bachelor mansion on night one as the limos pull up and the first roses are handed out? Kristen Baldwin, a television critic for Entertainment Weekly, got to live out that fantasy when she covered the filming of the season premiere from the inside. She tells Emma and Claire what got cut, who got kissed, and how everyone keeps it together during the longest night on reality tv.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan 10, 2019
'Bachelor' S23e1 With Allison Williams
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Here To Make Friends returns! On this episode, Allison Williams joins to help break down the premiere of season 23 of ‘The Bachelor’. In the discussion, we wade through the many intro packages, gimmicky limo entrances, and unfortunate jokes about Colton’s virginity.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan 08, 2019
'Bachelor' S23 Preview – The Cast Bios
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Here To Make Friends returns! On this episode, Claire and Emma offer their expert analysis of the cast bios released before Colton's season of 'The Bachelor'. They also create their own imaginary contestants with the help of a few colleagues.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec 13, 2018
Check In – And Check Out IVFML Season 2!
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On this quick bonus episode, Claire and Emma discuss the latest forensic analysis from Jenna and Jordan, look ahead with hope to Colton's season, AND then recommend our sister podcast IVFML which has recently returned for a second season. We hope you will listen! See you in January!   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct 26, 2018
‘Paradise’ S5 Finale
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The Paradise finale was full of twists and turns, break ups and engagements. Who went to the Fantasy Suites? Who broke up? Who’s getting married? We go through all the (on and off-screen) drama before saying goodbye to Paradise.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep 12, 2018
‘Paradise’ S5 Week 5 With Nick Viall
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Eric moved on from the cheese, Colton and Tia broke up, and there was a witch hunt, which is actually a pretty good metaphor for this show as a whole. Plus, we found out that our new Bachelor will be Colton! Yay? We’re joined by the pioneer of spring boarding from ‘Paradise’ to ‘Bachelor,’ Nick Viall.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep 05, 2018
‘Paradise’ S5 Week 4 With Kenny King
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Things got very triangular on Paradise this week. We had Jordan, Jenna and Benoit… Chris, Krystal and Connor… Joe, Kendall and Leo… the list goes on. We discuss Leo’s extremely dark turn and we’re joined by Kenny King to talk about his time in Paradise.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug 29, 2018
‘Paradise’ S5 Week 3 With Jacqueline Trumbull
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We know you came here for a Bachelor In Paradise recap, but this is now a Peter Kavinsky and Laura Jean fan podcast. …Just kidding. While we’d love to follow our hearts and talk about To All The Boys I've Loved Before, the Netflix romcom that made us believe in goodness again, we do have to break down all that happened in paradise this week. To help us dig a little deeper, we’re joined by Bachelor In Paradise shooting star Jacqueline Trumbull.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug 22, 2018
‘Paradise’ S5 Week 2 With Priscilla Frank
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We’re back to the beaches of Sayulita, Mexico, where the vaginas aren’t dancing and the men are weeping. Four hours of Paradise this week means we have so much Colton and Tia to catch up on, as well as the Goose Gang and Johnbilee (that’s John and Jubilee). Joining us to talk it all through is HuffPost’s Priscilla Frank.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug 15, 2018
‘Paradise’ S5 Week 1 With Brett Vergara
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New setting, new show, same drama. It’s Colton and Tia: The Spin-off! And, you know, 20 or so other hot singles on a beach. Honestly, we’re just so happy to finally be in Paradise, even if all we do is talk about Colton and Tia for another month. Here to help us kick it off, it’s Bachelor tweeter extraordinaire and Buzzfeed community manager Brett Vergara!   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug 08, 2018
‘Bachelorette’ S14 Finale With Allison Williams
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On this episode, Allison Williams joins to recap ‘The Bachelorette’ season 14 finale. We discuss Becca’s level of happiness, Garrett’s poetic kind of love, Blake’s sweaty heartbreak, and ask more of the apology on ‘After The Final Rose’.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug 07, 2018
'Bachelorette' S14 Bonus With Robert Mills
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This season has been full of intrigue and scandal, so we wanted to get the scoop from someone who knows what’s going on behind the scenes -- Rob Mills!  He’s the Head of Alternative Programming for ABC, as well as a prolific tweeter. We talked about his history with the franchise, all those off-screen scandals, what we can expect from Paradise and, more importantly, THE PROPOSAL, The Bachelorette’s underappreciated baby sibling. Enjoy!   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug 02, 2018
'Bachelorette' S14 Men Tell All With Michael Garofola
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It was a classic Men Tell All last night... in that the men did not tell all. We really learned nothing new, except that they all still love Becca. On this episode, Jordan steals the show, Lincoln is the elephant in the room, and Jason campaigns to be the next Bachelor. Here to break it all down is Bachelor Nation alum, Michael Garofola.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 31, 2018
'Bachelorette' S14e9 With Caila Quinn
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It’s fantasy suite week! And this season, the fantasy suite truly turned into a regular dream suite. Not too amazing, not too terrible, just normal! Except for Jason, who didn’t get to participate at all. But after that exit, we have a feeling he was in a lot of Bachelor Nation fantasies last night. To discuss all that and more, we’re joined by the wonderful Caila Quinn!   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 24, 2018
'Bachelorette' S14e8 With Kristen Baldwin
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It’s hometown week! And the biggest topics of the episode were… Colton being a virgin and his history with Tia. We’ve made so much progress since the first half of the season. Meanwhile, Garrett finds common values, Jason reveals his good-looking family, and Blake reveals a serious trauma. In the end, Tia helps to force Becca's hand and send Colton packing. Joining us to recap is EW TV critic, Kristen Baldwin   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 17, 2018
Bonus: UnREAL With Shiri Appleby
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On this surprise bonus episode, Shiri Appleby joins Here To Make Friends to discuss the latest and final season of UnREAL, acting and directing since #MeToo, and more.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 16, 2018
'Bachelorette' S14e7 With Tierney Bricker
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Last night, Colton revealed he's still a virgin, Garrett counted the times he's ever been discouraged, and Blake showed his dance moves. In other news, ABC broke into the broadcast to announce the new SCOTUS nominee and Wills and Leo are heading home. On this episode, E! News Editor Tierney Bricker joins Claire and Emma to recap!   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 10, 2018
'Bachelorette' S14e6 With Derek Peth
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Virginia is for lovers ... or so they say! On this episode, Jason rises the ranks, Chris flames out "guns blazing", and Becca finds a friend in Leo. BOTH Claire and Emma are back this week, and they are joined by good friend of the pod and Bachelor Nation alum Derek Peth.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 03, 2018
'Bachelorette' S14e5 With Kate Dries
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Last night on 'The Bachelorette' we finally arrived at this season's highly anticipated two-on-one date between Jordan and David. But amazingly, it was all overshadowed by Chris and his massive sense of entitlement. And to top it all off, he made it through the rose ceremony and will live to see another episode this season! On this episode, Claire Fallon is joined by writer Kate Dries to breakdown episode five from Becca's season.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 26, 2018
'Bachelorette' S14e4 With Ali Barthwell And Ashley Spivey
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This week, we learned a lot from “The Bachelorette.” We learned about the meaning of angled collars. We learned that there are actually still people in this world who believe the earth is flat. And we learned that our problematic frontrunner was once married for two months. It’s a lot to take in! On this episode, Emma Gray is joined by writer and Bachelor recapper Ali Barthwell, and intrepid Bachelor Nation citizen journalist, Ashley Spivey.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 19, 2018
'Bachelorette' S14 Bonus With Reality Steve
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On this bonus episode, Emma Gray catches up with Reality Steve about this week's news off camera – Season 14 contestant Lincoln Adim has been convicted of indecent assault and battery. They wonder how this could have been missed in a background check and what the implications may be for the future of this season and franchise.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 15, 2018
'Bachelorette' S14e3 With Erin Darke
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On this episode, Erin Darke joins Emma to recap episode three of Becca's season. Jordan continues to make great television, Colton and Tia move on, David falls out of bed, and Clay breaks his wrist.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 12, 2018
'Bachelorette' S14e2 With Brett Vergara
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Week 2 felt a lot more like a week 6! On this episode, Claire is joined by Brett Vergara to recap episode two of Becca's season. They discuss the cast ganging up on Lincoln, Connor destroying his date winning souvenir photo, Blake and Becca smashing tons of Arie related stuff, Wills' style and body language, and Colton's off screen history with Tia.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 05, 2018
'Bachelorette' S14 Bonus With Jake Enyeart
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So, you may remember Jake Enyeart, who got sent home before the rose ceremony because he already knew Becca. We wanted to get a little more insight on their confusing shared history, so we called him up and talked to him about it. He also shared his thoughts on the controversy around the current frontrunner, Garrett. As most of you probably know, Ashley Spivey shared some screenshots of Garrett’s 'likes' on offensive Instagram posts last week, and Emma and Claire reported on his Instagram history for HuffPost on Monday. Some of the posts he liked joked about violence toward undocumented children and mocked trans and genderqueer people. Garrett has issued an apology on Instagram, but we are going to keep following this going forward. On a lighter note, Jake also shared a poem he wrote for Becca that never made it to air. Here’s our bonus interview with Jake, hope you enjoy!   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 01, 2018
'Bachelorette' S14e1 With Allison Williams
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Night one is upon us! On this episode Claire and Emma breakdown the intro packages, the quirky entrances, and wade through a Bachelorette Mansion driveway littered with gimmicks, catch-phrases, and so much ogling. Plus, there is already drama – in the house – and in Garrett's social media history. They're helped by Bachelor Nation super-fan Allison Williams, who came to the studio with pages and pages of notes in hand.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 29, 2018
'Bachelorette' S14 Preview – The Cast Bios
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We did the damn thing! 'The Bachelorette' cast bios are out, and this season they're a little lighter than usual. But that didn't stop Claire and Emma who are back at it and bringing you their signature snark and expert analysis. These guys are athletic, age-appropriate, television-movie villains, and ready to retire at 40! Here To Make Friends returns Tuesday, May 29th.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 18, 2018
BONUS: Live at SXSW With Brittany Taylor
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We’re still not over that two-part season finale. So we flew to Austin to talk about it all over again with season 22 contestant, Brittany Taylor, live from the TuneIn Podcast Stage at SXSW. Brittany told us about getting friend-zoned, being besties with Becca, and life after the Bach.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 12, 2018
'Bachelor' S22 Finale Part 2 With Amy Kaufman
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It's The Bachelor finale (part two) – plus, After The Final Rose. Arie tries for reconciliation, proposes to Lauren, and Becca is our next Bachelorette! Here to cover it all and more, we’re joined by the definitive chronicler of the world of 'The Bachelor' for the LA Times, and author of new book Bachelor Nation, Amy Kaufman!   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 07, 2018
'Bachelor' S22 Finale Part 1 With Jacqueline Trumbull
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The Bachelor lived up to the hype, and though it was painful, it turned out to be perhaps the most dramatic finale ever. Tonight ABC will deliver two extra hours of programming, but on this episode we are joined by season 22 contestant Jacqueline Trumbull – she offers her insight as a recent alum and helps us to analyze every moment of night one of the season 22 finale.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 06, 2018
'Bachelor' S22e9 The Fantasy Suites With Vella Lovell
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Last night we watched the fantasy suite dates! They’re in Peru! Arie points out that Peru has lots of culture, Machu Picchu, the Nazca Lines, and sand dunes. Over the course of the episode he drops the 'L' word quite a bit, cuts Kendall, and talks things over with Ross – Becca's Ex. To recap every moment, we’re joined by the wonderful Vella Lovell, who you may know from Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and The Big Sick.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb 27, 2018
'Bachelor' S22 Women Tell All With Marikh Mathias
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On this episode we’re going to try to recap what we managed to glean from this Women Tell All. Last night, Caroline teased the drama to come, Bekah explained her status as a missing person, and Krystal joined Arie on the couch. Enjoy a little behind-the-scenes insight and a very pro-glam mindset from our guest, Season 22 contestant Marikh Mathias!   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb 26, 2018
BONUS: 'Winter Games' Week 2 With Megan Angelo
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Megan Angelo joins the pod and takes us behind the scenes into her reporting from 'The Bachelor Winter Games'. On this episode we ask whether this special programming was a success, and if it will return. And of course, we analyze every lasting couple, breakup, kiss, and challenge, PLUS the surprise proposal. Bachelor Winter Games, we miss you already!   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb 23, 2018
'Bachelor' S22e8 – The Hometown Dates
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We've made it to the hometown dates and Arie is showing signs of stress. This week we encountered Kendall's storage unit full of taxidermy, plus her twin sister Kylie! Tia takes Arie to a racetrack, then Arie considers church (and other life plans) with Becca, and survives his encounter with Lauren's dad who it turns out is just a sweet man. Ultimately it was a low key episode of The Bachelor, but feminism fails makes a strong return.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb 20, 2018
BONUS: 'Winter Games' Week 1 With Michael Garofola
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Michael Garofola joins us to offer a behind the scenes look at The Bachelor Winter Games. He breaks down the love triangles, the bromances, what got lost in translation, and what got left on the cutting room floor from episodes 1 and 2.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb 16, 2018
'Bachelor' S22e7 With Caila Quinn
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Buongiorno! This week Arie and the remaining women are in Tuscany. There were pop-up bakers, signature make-out sessions with backs against stone walls, and even a surrogate Italian family. It was a cinematic episode, full of food and wine – pizza, pasta, and truffle hunting! Ultimately, Jacqueline pulled herself out of the running, and Sienne and Bekah were sent home, setting us up for next week's hometown dates. Joining us to recap is 'Bachelor' season 21 alum, Caila Quinn.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb 13, 2018
BONUS: 'Winter Games' Preview With Lesley Murphy
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Winter is here, Winter Games are coming, and we have so many questions! Here to brief you (and us) on everything 'Bachelor Winter Games' is contestant Lesley Murphy, formerly of 'The Bachelor' season 17 (Sean Lowe's season). She filled us in on what to expect for this special mini season, talked about her life since 'The Bachelor' as a travel blogger, and spoke about her work as a women's health advocate after testing positive for the BRCA 2 mutation. Plus we got her to dish her thoughts on Arie's season so far. 'The Bachelor Winter Games' premiere next Tuesday, February 13th on ABC.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb 09, 2018
'Bachelor' S22e6 With Olivia Caridi & Brandi Cyrus
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Arie and the remaining contestants are in Paris! This week – a river boat cruise, a group date at the Moulin Rouge, a two on one date featuring a hedge maze and a chateau tour, and finally one big obstacle for Arie and Jacqueline. Bekah channels Betty Boop, Kendall channels empathy, and Krystal says au revoir. Joining to recap are Olivia Caridi and Brandi Cyrus.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb 06, 2018
'Bachelor' S22e5 With Erin Darke
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This week on Here To Make Friends, we're putting ourselves out there and giving you everything we've got – fun, passionate, sad, emotional, excited, and ... futuristic? Last night, Krystal got put in the dog house BUT will stick around another week. Plus, Tia gets a one on one date in a swamp, because she's a country girl. Joining us to break it all down is actress Erin Darke of Good Girls Revolt, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and Dietland, coming soon on AMC.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan 30, 2018
'Bachelor' S22e4 With Kristen Baldwin
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It's week 4 and we've finally left the bachelor mansion for South Lake Tahoe! On this episode, Sienne wins our hearts (again), Kendall eats bugs for Arie, Marikh gets glam-shamed, and Bekah reveals her age! And, Krystal survives another rose ceremony after a surprise interruption for one last word. To help us cover every moment, we're joined by Kristen Baldwin, Editor in Chief of Yahoo! Entertainment.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan 23, 2018
'Bachelor' S22e3 With Ashley Spivey
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This week, Claire and Emma are joined by Bachelor alum, Ashley Spivey. Together they breakdown two group dates – GLOW inspired wrestling and a dog circus competition – plus, an early one-on-one exit in wine country. On this episode, the producers played up Annaliese's childhood trauma with more flashbacks, and set up Bibiana for an epic meltdown. In the end, both contestants took the high road home.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan 16, 2018
'Bachelor' S22e2 With Taylor Nolan and Derek Peth
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This season is starting to heat up! There were the premature one on one dates, plus bumper car trauma, and a fiery rant at the cocktail party. On this episode, Bachelor in Paradise golden couple Derek Peth and Taylor Nolan join to break down every moment from episode two.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan 09, 2018
Bonus: Single State of Mind With Andi Dorfman
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Former Bachelorette Andi Dorfman,   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan 08, 2018
'Bachelor' S22e1 With Brett Vergara
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Trinkets, tchotchkes, and doodads! The first night has come and gone. Joining to recap every last entrance, gimmick, and early exit, is Brett Vergara. Excitement!   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan 02, 2018
'Bachelor' S22 Preview – The Cast Bios
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We're back! On this season preview episode, Claire and Emma breakdown ABC's Countdown to Arie special, and snarkily review all 29 contestant bios. Buckle up and get ready for season 22 of The Bachelor, coming in January!   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec 13, 2017
'Paradise' S4 Bonus with Kristina Schulman
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You thought we were done? We thought we were done. Just about everyone who watched Bachelor in Paradise fell totally in love with Kristina Schulman, including us. So we’re so glad to be joined by phone with her for a special bonus interview.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep 15, 2017
'Paradise' S4 Bonus with Taylor Nolan and Derek Peth
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We're in the presence of true love. Taylor Nolan and Derek Peth join us to relive their journey together in Paradise. They help us unpack all of the drama from this season, share their best unaired moments, and tell us about their engagement and future together.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep 13, 2017
'Paradise' S4 Finale with Ashley Spivey
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Paradise really ended on a high last night – for starters it was only two hours of television. We go through the breakups and goodbyes, the final couples, and then look ahead to Arie's coming season of The Bachelor. To help us do it all, we're joined by Bachelor alum Ashley Spivey. But we're not done yet! Check back tomorrow for a special bonus episode with Taylor Nolan and Peth.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep 12, 2017
'Paradise' S4 Bonus with Christen Whitney
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On this bonus episode, we catch up with Christen Whitney from 'Paradise' about her scallop shaming, her interest from the many men in Mexico, and her thoughts about the next bachelor.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep 11, 2017
'Paradise' S4 Week 4
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The journey is almost over, and we should be thinking about love. So this week in Paradise, love triangles and love squares. Plus, Robby takes it slow, and everyone kisses Jack. Also – Freddy arrives, Ben Z. goes home to his dog, Kristina gives up on Dean, and the twins try very hard to ruin Paradise.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep 06, 2017
'Paradise' S4 Week 3 with Jada Yuan
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This was supposed to be our refuge, and instead it was four hours of middle-school BS. We're joined by Jada Yuan of New York Magazine and Vulture, to discuss scallop fingers, low key bullying, romantic Robby vs. friend Robby, Dean's love triangle, and the arrival of Daniel. Plus, we try to close the book on the production shutdown set off by Corinne and DeMario.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug 30, 2017
'Paradise' S4 Week 2 with Diggy Moreland
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We can’t wait for the girls to have the roses again. Please end this mess! Guys like Dean and Adam should not be juggling two perfect women apiece. After the break, joining by phone is Diggy, aka Kenneth Moreland. We talk about his surge in popularity this week and of course, his glasses. Plus, Danielle M. leaves for Kenya and Wells breaks out from behind the bar.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug 23, 2017
'Paradise' S4 Week 1 with Brett Vergara
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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 shield. It was tough to watch. Joining us in studio to recap both episodes 1 and 2 of 'Paradise' is Brett Vergara, Community Strategist at Buzzfeed.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug 16, 2017
'Bachelorette' S13 Bonus with Eric Bigger
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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 AOL Build Series earlier this week. We hope you'll enjoy and we'll see you next week in Paradise!   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug 10, 2017
'Bachelorette' S13 Finale With Jamia Wilson
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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!   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug 08, 2017
'Bachelorette' S13 Men Tell All with Sharleen Joynt
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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.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug 01, 2017
Bonus: 'Bachelorette' By The Numbers with Ella Koeze And Walt Hickey
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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!   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 27, 2017
'Bachelorette' S13e9 With Allison P. Davis
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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!   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 25, 2017
'Bachelorette' S13e8 With Jasmyn Lawson
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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!   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 18, 2017
'Bachelorette' S13e7 With Ali Barthwell
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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.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 11, 2017
Bonus: There's Nothing Quite Like Your First Time
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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 Reality Checks from The Bachelorette's Love Life” about the experience of watching the first black Bachelorette. Then, we talked to Rob Howard, who you may remember, vaguely, from your TV screen back in May. He was one of Rachel Lindsay’s suitors, and was eliminated on the very first night. Rob told us all about the anticlimactic experience of being a first-nighter.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 06, 2017
'Bachelorette' S13e6 With Erin Darke
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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 interview with E! News.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 28, 2017
'Bachelorette' S13e5 With Phoebe Robinson
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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.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 27, 2017
Bonus: 'Paradise' Resumes Production, We Ask More Questions
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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.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 22, 2017
'Bachelorette' S13e4 With Claire Fallon and Emma Gray
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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.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 20, 2017
Bonus: 'Paradise' Production Halted
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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.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 13, 2017
'Bachelorette' S13e3 With Vella Lovell
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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 & Claire share a preview of IVFML, a new HuffPost podcast and speak with host Anna Almendrala.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 06, 2017
'Bachelorette' S13e2 With Kevin Nguyen
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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.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 30, 2017
'Bachelorette' S13e1 With Allison Williams and Zeba Blay
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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.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 23, 2017
'Bachelorette' S13 Preview – The Cast Bios
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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!   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 19, 2017
'Bachelorette' S13 Preview LIVE at AOL BUILD With Olivia Caridi And Alexis Waters
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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.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 17, 2017
'Bachelor' S21 Finale With Phoebe Robinson
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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.    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 15, 2017
'Bachelor' S21 Overview – Live at AOL BUILD
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On this episode ― taped live from AOL BUILD, pre-finale and pre-blizzard ― Claire Fallon, Emma Gray, Leigh Blickley and guest Olivia Caridi assess Nick’s performance as The Bachelor, recap the most shocking season in “Bachelor” history, plan Chris Harrison’s future, and discuss the concept of hate-watching. Check out the discussion and check back tomorrow for our full recap of the season finale!   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 14, 2017
'Bachelor' S21 Bonus With Allison Williams
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Emma & Claire are joined by 'Bachelor' super-fan Allison Williams of HBO's 'Girls' and the new blockbuster film 'Get Out.' They reflect on Nick's thoughtfulness as the bachelor and the feeling of 'Women Tell All' whiplash. Allison offers her advice for the contestants as well as the producers. Around the 40:00 minute mark they switch gears into 'Get Out' – Allison reveals some of the film's easter eggs, dissects audience reactions, and explains the psychological layers required to play her character Rose.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 09, 2017
'Bachelor' S21e10 + WTA With Sharleen Joynt
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This week, Claire and Emma are joined by 'Bachelor' season 18 alum Sharleen Joynt. They talk snow angels, tearful goodbyes, single-serve cheese pasta, and more notable moments from Episode 10 and the “Women Tell All” special. All we’re looking for is a little bit of empathy ― let’s see if we can find it.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 08, 2017
'Bachelor' S21 Bonus With Kristina Schulman
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In this bonus interview, Claire & Emma are joined over the phone by Season 21 fan favorite Kristina Schulman. They discuss the friendships amongst the cast, missing scenes left on the cutting room floor, the forthcoming 'Women Tell All', and much more. Enjoy!   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 03, 2017
'Bachelor' S21e9 With Claire Fallon & Emma Gray
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This episode, Claire Fallon and Emma Gray talk whiskey, fur coats, turtleneck sweaters, choose-your-own-adventure books, and more notable moments from Episode 9, Part 1. This is our feminist rant ― here we go!   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb 28, 2017
'Bachelor' S21 Bonus With Taylor Nolan
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Bonus! Claire & Emma are joined by season 21 resident mental health counselor Taylor Nolan. They discuss Corinne, the voodoo bayou two-on-one date, life after reality TV, and Rachel being named Bachelorette. We hope you will enjoy!   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb 24, 2017
'Bachelor' S21e8 With Max Godnick & Sam Usher
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This week, Claire Fallon and Emma Gray, along with guests Max Godnick and Sam Usher of The Bachelor Dudes, talk olive repulsion, luxury sweatsuits, paternal blessings and more notable moments from the hometown dates on Episode 8.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb 21, 2017
'Bachelor' S21e7 With Danny Hoyt
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This week, Claire Fallon and Emma Gray, along with special guest Danny Hoyt of AfterBuzz TV, talk cheese cube towers, not being great enough, opening up emotionally on boats and more high notes from Episode 7. Plus, a breakdown of the announcement of the new “Bachelorette.” Get ready for the sex charm.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb 14, 2017
'Bachelor' S21 Bonus With Nick Viall
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Surprise! This episode, Claire sits down with the man himself. In their conversation, Nick offers a thoughtful defense of the season’s villain, Corinne, and reflects on how his experience as a franchise veteran has influenced his showing as the season lead.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb 10, 2017
'Bachelor' S21e6 With Kate Dries
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Claire Fallon and special guest Kate Dries, deputy editor of Jezebel.com, talk through two-on-one fever, drunk beach volleyball, light sexual choking, the importance of having someone to bring you lobster dip by the pool ― and other detritus from Episode 6. Open up your earholes and take listen!   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb 07, 2017
'Bachelor' S21 Bonus With Evan Bass & Carly Waddell
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Finally, this week, we got the last couple standing from Paradise S3 – Evan Bass & Carly Waddell– in the studio! And it turns out, Evan and Carly are freaking delightful! They love musical theater, are game to poke fun at themselves and gave us some great insight on Nick Viall’s "journey." ;) We hope you'll enjoy this special bonus conversation as much as we enjoyed having it!   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb 03, 2017
'Bachelor' S21e5 With Ali Barthwell
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This week, Claire Fallon and Emma Gray, along with guest and Vulture recapper Ali Barthwell, talk plantation romance, ahistorical voodoo, Bachelor Nation’s new BFF Rachel, and other highlights from Episode 5.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan 31, 2017
'Bachelor' S21e4 With Caila Quinn
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This week, Claire Fallon and Emma Gray, along with guest and former “Bachelor” star Caila Quinn, talk shoveling cow poopy, the dangers of poor finger circulation, juicy corn cob ladies, and other highlights from Episode 4. Do you have the emotional maturity to handle a recap of this week’s episode? Whether you run a multimillion-dollar company or not, join us to find out!   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan 24, 2017
'Bachelor' S21e3 With Jada Yuan
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This week, Claire Fallon and Emma Gray, along with guest Jada Yuan of New York Magazine, talk Nickathlons, planned dancing, bouncy castle hook-ups and other lowlights from episode three of the most shocking season in “Bachelor” history. Get your lemon salad and sliced cucumber ready: There are Backstreet Boys serenades and rose ceremony naps to discuss.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan 17, 2017
‘Bachelor’ S21e2 With Olivia Caridi
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‘Bachelor’ season 20 star Olivia Caridi joins Claire & Emma to recap Nick V’s second episode as The Bachelor. They discuss topless Corinne, Danielle M’s sad backstory, Josephine’s slap, and Nick’s misplay with Liz. Also, Olivia clarifies why we should all love a good Bachelor villain.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan 10, 2017
‘Bachelor’ S21e1 With Michael Garofola
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Former ‘Bachelorette’ star Michael Garofola joins Claire & Emma to recap Nick V’s season premiere of The Bachelor. They discuss the quirky contestant entrances, the quick exits, some familiar faces, and of course the left-shark dolphin scandal.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan 03, 2017
‘Bachelor’ S21 Preview With Bachelor Dudes
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Bachelor Dudes Max Godnick and Sam Usher join in and help us learn about the many diverse women in the cast. We also discuss the cast’s shared love of dolphins, bad tattoos, and then set personal goals for the season’s contestants.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec 13, 2016
'Paradise' S3 Bonus With Jared Haibon, Ben Rosenfield, And Lisa Rotondi
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Ben Rosenfield & Lisa Rotondi, star couple of the short-lived dating show Coupled, join the pod to talk about what makes for good reality dating television. Later in the episode, Emma & Claire chat with Jared Haibon over the phone about the epic love triangle on this season of Paradise.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep 14, 2016
‘Paradise’ S3e6 With Izzy Goodkind & Caila Quinn
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Claire & Emma are joined by Izzy Goodkind to recap the season finale of ‘Paradise.’ They discuss the engagements, the breakups, and Vizzy. Later, Caila Quinn returns to chat with Emma and reflect on the drama linking herself, Jared, & Ashley I.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep 07, 2016
‘Paradise’ S3e5 With Ashley Spivey
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Emma & Claire are joined by ‘Bachelor’ alum Ashley Spivey to recap episode five of Paradise! They discuss the twins’ exit, the return of Wells, Brett’s subtle creepiness, Nick Viall’s ‘Bachelor’ announcement, and address the ongoing concern about Josh & Amanda.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug 31, 2016
'Paradise' S3e4 With Michael Garofola
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Emma & Claire are joined by ‘Bachelor’ universe alum Michael Garofola to recap episode 4 of ‘Bachelor In Paradise.’ They discuss Ashley I’s problematic attempts to sabotage Caila, her unusual request to stick around longer in Paradise, and how Michael can relate to Vinny as Izzy’s interest fades.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug 24, 2016
‘Paradise’ S3e3 With Caila Quinn
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Emma & Claire are joined by "Bachelor In Paradise" cast member Caila Quinn (yes, the one with the angel hair), to recap week 3 of "BIP." They discuss what really went down between Jared, Caila and Ashley I., Evan's hospital visit -- and confrontation with Josh -- and, last but not least, why you should never ever sexualize poutine.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug 17, 2016
'Paradise' S3e2 With Sarah Herron & Jada Yuan
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Emma & Claire are joined by Jada Yuan, contributing editor at New York Magazine. They recap this week’s dates, exits, and new arrivals, and discuss the irresponsibility of ABC bringing back Josh Murray. Later in the show they are joined by Sarah Herron, Paradise’s first feminist hero, to talk about her showdown with Chad, and her spoiler-free thoughts about the remainder of the season. Finally they chat about her organization SheLift.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug 10, 2016
‘Paradise’ S3e1 With Tracy McMillan
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Emma & Claire are joined by author and screenwriter Tracy McMillan to recap the premiere episode from season three of Bachelor In Paradise. They discuss Lace’s new mindset, dissect Daniel’s unfortunate misogyny, suggest an ideal match for Amanda, and finally, unpack Chad’s quick exit from Paradise.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug 03, 2016
‘Bachelorette’ S12 Finale With Olivia Caridi & Reality Steve
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This episode, hosts Emma & Claire are joined by Bachelor season 20 alum Olivia Caridi. They discuss JoJo's breakup with Robby, Jordan's tasteful ring choice, and Chris Harrison's pushiness on After The Final Rose. Later in the show, they are joined by Reality Steve to consider whether JoJo & Jordan's engagement will last, and enjoy some non-spoiler teasers from the imminent Bachelor In Paradise season to come.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug 02, 2016
'Bachelorette' Men Tell All With Wells Adams
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After weeks of badgering him on Twitter, fan favorite Wells Adams joins Emma & Claire to recap the Men Tell All. He shares his insights & secrets from behind the scenes, breaks down some of the more memorable moments of the season, and helps to analyze Chad’s return to our television screens.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 27, 2016
'Bachelorette' S12e9 With The Bachelor Dudes
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This episode, Emma & Claire are joined by The Bachelor Dudes, Max Godnick and Sammy Smith, to recap JoJo’s fantasy suite dates. They discuss the show's cultural insensitivity in Thailand, say goodbye to Luke & Chase, and dissect one epic feminism fail – Chad’s twitter feed.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 26, 2016
‘Bachelorette’ S12e8 With Caila Quinn
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This episode, Emma & Claire are joined by “Bachelor” season 20 alum Caila Quinn. They breakdown the hometown dates, discuss Robby’s mama leaking his ex drama, and contemplate Luke’s slow transformation into the man on the cover of a Western-themed romance novel – all the while reflecting on Caila’s journey on season 20 of The Bachelor. Finally, they catch up with Caila about her life as new New Yorker.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 19, 2016
‘Bachelorette’ S12e7 With Jamie Otis, Damon Beres, & Emily Warman
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In this week’s episode, host Claire Fallon recaps the seventh episode of Season 12 with guest hosts Emily Warman of AOL Partner Studio and HuffPost Tech editor Damon Beres. (Co-host Emma Gray will be back next week!) They discuss gaucho outfits, whether mouth-stuffing potato-based activities can be romantic, and how JoJo will choose between four roughly identical-looking suitors for the remainder of the season. Later, the delightful Jamie Otis of The Bachelor, Bachelor Pad and Married at First Sight joins Emma & Claire to talk about married life and her new book Wifey 101: Everything I Got Wrong After Finding Mr. Right.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 12, 2016
Bonus: UnREAL, Coupled, And Bachelor Gossip
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This week ABC aired a rerun of “The Bachelorette” instead of a new episode. So in this bonus Here To Make Friends podcast, Emma & Claire dive deep into every Bachelor fan’s other favorite show: Lifetime’s “UnREAL” and are joined by series star Shiri Appleby. Later they discuss Fox’s new reality show “Coupled” and address the vast accumulation of gossip & news concerning Bachelor Nation contestants from seasons past and present.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 05, 2016
‘Bachelorette’ S12e6 With Julia Bush
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In this week's Here To Make Friends, hosts Claire Fallon and Emma Gray recap the sixth episode of Season 12. They discuss Chase's lack of facial expressions, Jordan and James Taylor's "entitled" conflict, and give a proper send-off to our biggest "Bachelorette" crush, Wells. They’re joined by HuffPost resident "Bachelorette" fan Julia Bush for her commentary -- and some special insights on what it's really like at a casting call for "The Bachelor."   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 28, 2016
‘Bachelorette' S12e5 With Vella Lovell
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In this week's Here To Make Friends, hosts Claire Fallon and Emma Gray recap the fifth episode of Season 12 -- aka The End Of The Chad. We'll discuss Chad's exit and his enduring social media legacy, Alex's many insecurities, and the infamous In Touch article about JoJo's ex. They’re joined by "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" star Vella Lovell, for her stellar "Bachelorette" commentary and some tidbits about season 2 of "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend."   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 21, 2016
'Bachelorette' S12e3&4 With Kevin Nguyen & Michael Garofola
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This week, hosts Claire Fallon and Emma Gray recap the third and fourth episodes of Season 12 -- also known as the "Chaddageddon." They discuss Ben Roethlisberger's questionable cameo, the dudes' awkward sex stories and, of course, Chad's burning hot rage and dismemberment threats. Writer Kevin Nguyen joins us to chat about Episode 3 and former "Bachelorette" contestant Michael Garofola jumps in for Episode 4, both to recap and share his insider knowledge of the dreaded 2-on-1 date.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 08, 2016
'Bachelorette' S12e2 With Sharleen Joynt, Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, & Carol Barbee
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This week, hosts Claire Fallon and Emma Gray recap the second episode of Season 12. We'll discuss the appeal of firefighters, why "The Bachelorette" is TV's greatest sport and Chad's hot garbage MRA tendencies with opera singer, writer and former "Bachelor" contestant Sharleen Joynt. Later in the show, Emma & Claire talk to Lifetime's "UnREAL" co-creator Sarah Gertrude Shapiro and showrunner Carol Barbee about the second season of the show and how race plays out on reality TV.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 31, 2016
'Bachelorette' S12e1 With Andi Dorfman and Emily Warman
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Hosts Emma Gray and Claire Fallon are joined by Emily Warman to recap the best moments from JoJo's season premiere episode. And later, they're joined by former Bachelorette Andi Dorfman to talk about her new book It’s Not Okay, her two very public reality TV breakups, and her life in New York.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 24, 2016
‘Bachelorette’ S12 Preview - Cast Bios with Max Godnick
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It feels like just yesterday that we were watching a shot of the bathroom door and listening to JoJo weep as Ben H. admitted that he also loved Lauren B. But JoJo is back to find love, and Here To Make Friends is ready for the journey! For this season preview, co-hosts Emma and Claire are joined by Max Godnick of The Bachelor Dudes, to break down the cast bios for JoJo’s coming season, and pick their favorites to win her heart.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 17, 2016
'Bachelor' S20 Bonus With Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell
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Ben Higgins and his fiancé, Lauren Bushnell spoke with co-hosts Emma and Claire IN-PERSON. This is not a drill. The beautiful couple discuss their experience on the show, their least favorite "Bachelor" buzzwords and they offer some priceless validation for this podcast.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 22, 2016
'Bachelor' S20 Finale With Jenny Mollen
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Ben "Nice Guy" Higgins finds true love ... or at least a giant, ill-advised Neil Lane diamond ring. Actress, writer and "After Paradise" host, Jenny Mollen, joins Claire and Emma to discuss Ben's big proposal, why Ben's mom was the season highlight and ABC's sneak attack choice for next Bachelorette.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 15, 2016
‘Bachelor’ S20e10 With The Bachelor Dudes and Ken Fuchs
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The Bachelor Dudes join hosts Emma and Claire to recap the one where the women tell all... or at least, some. Together, they discuss the show's gross race issues (#TeamJubilee4Lyfe), Olivia's attempted redemption and who the next Bachelorette might be. After the recap, Emma interview The Bachelor and Shark Tank director, Ken Fuchs, to learn how the sausage is made.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 08, 2016
'Bachelor' S20e9 With Emily Maynard Johnson
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Emily Maynard Johnson, former Bachelorette and current author stops by to discuss her new book and share some behind-the-scenes Bachelor secrets. But first, co-hosts Claire Fallon and Emma Gray recap Episode 9 of "The Bachelor," Season 20. They discuss Ben's brutal breakup with Caila and the double -- reciprocal -- "I love you."   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 01, 2016
'Bachelor' S20e8 With Andi Dorfman
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Former Bachelorette, Andi Dorfman, joins co-hosts Emma and Claire to discuss Ben's day of potential fatherhood, how idyllic Ohio looks and the many hyper-masculine men in Jojo's life.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb 23, 2016
‘Bachelor’ S20e7 With Nick Viall, JJ Lane and Chris Harrison
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Former Bachelorette and Bachelor In Paradise contestants and The Host With The Most join co-hosts Claire and Emma to discuss the Janner wedding, their pick for Bachelorette and so much more. Plus, Claire and Emma recap the allure of Warsaw, Indiana (or the lack thereof), Ben's breakups with Emily and Becca, and the totally un-subtle McDonalds product placement.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb 16, 2016
'Bachelor' S20e6 With Kristen Baldwin
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Kristen Baldwin joins Emma and Claire to discuss Caila's confusing attempt at confessing her love, the "aggressive" pigs, Leah's last-ditch villainy and Olivia's downfall.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb 09, 2016
'Bachelor' S20e5 With Erin Gloria Ryan
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"The Bachelor" had some unlikely overlaps with the Iowa Caucuses during episode 5. Co-host Claire Fallon is joined by guest Erin Gloria Ryan, deputy editor at Vocativ, to discuss the aforementioned overlap, Ben's magnetic pull toward classroom settings, and Jubilee's untimely exit.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb 02, 2016
Bachelor’ S20e4 With Sharleen Joynt
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Former Bachelor contestant and opera singer, Sharleen Joynt joins hosts Emma and Claire to discuss Olivia's talent(s), the decoupling of The Twins, "sex panthers" and Ben's unflinching ability to manage the emotions of the women around him.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan 26, 2016
‘Bachelor’ S20e3 With Dr. Love
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Things got ugly on this week’s episode. Hosts Claire and Emma discuss all of the racially charged microaggressions Jubilee had to deal with, what constitutes a tragedy and the merits of "bad toes.” They’re also joined by Dr. Love, the scientist behind last episode’s LoveLab date.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan 19, 2016
'Bachelor' S20e2 With Kate Dries
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Kate Dries, the Managing Editor of Jezebel joins hosts Emma and Claire. They discuss running through the halls of Ben’s high school, going to lunch class, and having your smell analyzed on national TV. Also, Lace. Later in the episode, they share a phone conversation between Emma and someone from Ben's past. The conversation may change the way you think about him.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan 12, 2016
‘Bachelor’ S20e1 With The Bachelor Dudes
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Does Ben have a distaste for brunettes? How come none of the ‘normal’ contestants were chosen? Will Lace continue on an alcohol-fueled downward spiral? Hosts Emma Gray and Claire Fallon are joined by Sam Usher and Max Godnick of The Bachelor Dudes to make sense all of the drama from Ben H’s season premiere episode.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan 05, 2016
'Bachelor' S20 Preview - Meet The Contestants
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Chiseled and "unlovable" Ben Higgins is about to start his journey, and there will be a whole lot of women along for the ride. We discuss what we know about Ben's 28 suitors and speculate who will be successful, and who will bring the crazy.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec 29, 2015
'Bachelor' S20 Preview With Catherine Giudici And Sean Lowe
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Catherine Giudici and Sean Lowe join hosts Emma Gray and Claire Fallon to discuss their stint on Marriage Bootcamp. They also share their predictions for Ben Higgin's 'Bachelor' run and hint that they might already know the outcome.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec 22, 2015
See You In January
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Although hosts Emma Gray and Claire Fallon are suffering severe 'Bachelor In Paradise' withdrawals, they wanted to take a moment to thank you for listening, and share a quick interview with their favorite host, Chris Harrison. They look forward to discussing 'The Bachelor' when they exit hibernation in January.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep 16, 2015
'Paradise' S2e6 With JJ Lane
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In this finale episode, JJ Lane joins hosts Emma Gray and Claire Fallon to recap all of the love and loss in the last two episodes of "Bachelor in Paradise." They discuss Carly and Kirk's painful breakup, Jade and Tanner's dream proposal and why "whimsical attachment" is not a thing.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep 08, 2015
'Paradise' S2e5 With The Bachelor Dudes And JJ Lane
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Hosts Claire Fallon and Emma Gray recap episodes 9 and 10 of "Bachelor in Paradise" Season 2. They discuss the end of the Joe-Samantha drama, the show's deep insensitivity to Mexican culture and whether Ashley I. will actually lose her v-card (nope!) Plus, they check in with "Bachelor in Paradise" hero JJ Lane and are joined by People Now's Bachelor Dudes, Sam Usher, Sammy Smith and Darren Bleckner, for their Male Insights (TM).   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep 01, 2015
'Paradise' S2e4 With Kristen Baldwin
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Hosts Claire Fallon and Emma Gray recap episodes 7 and 8 of "Bachelor in Paradise" Season 2. They discuss JJ's American Hero send-off, Jade and Tanner sealing the BF/GF deal, Samantha's "puppet master" status and the big "Bachelor" reveal. Plus, they're joined by Yahoo TV editor-in-chief (and prolific "Bachelor In Paradise" tweeter) Kristen Baldwin this week!   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug 25, 2015
'Paradise' S2e3 With Andi Dorfman
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Hosts Emma Gray and Claire Fallon discuss Joe and Samantha's botched plotting, Ashley S.'s no-bullshit reaction to her breakup with Dan and JJ's rise to hero status. The also chat with former "Bachelorette" Andi Dorfman about her recent move to New York City, her upcoming tell-all book and who she thinks should be the next Bachelor.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug 18, 2015
'Paradise’ S2e2 With Nick Viall
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Nick Viall, the polarizing runner-up of "The Bachelorette" seasons 10 and 11, joins hosts Emma Gray and Claire Fallon to share updates on his life, what the future might hold and his thoughts on "Paradise." The trio also analyze Joe's sociopathic tendencies, whether Jared really is all that sweet, Lauren's exit and Clare's cliffhanger breakdown.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug 11, 2015
'Paradise’ S2e1 With Maxwell Strachan
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The first 'Bachelor in Paradise' recap! Hosts Claire Fallon and Emma Gray discuss paradise's apparent crab infestation, all the Ashley I. tears, the cult of Jared and the definition of "old lady." Plus, Maxwell Strachan, "Bachelor" fan and HuffPost Senior Entertainment and Sports Editor, joins to share his "Bachelor in Paradise" premiere commentary.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug 04, 2015
Season Finale With The Bachelor Dudes
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So much rejection and romance to recap this week. The Bachelor Dudes join hosts Emma Gray and Claire Fallon to discuss "The Bachelorette" season finale and "After The Final Rose" special.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 28, 2015
Episode #11: Men Tell All
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Or...very little. Hosts Emma Gray and Claire Fallon review Ian's mea culpa, swoon over Jared and Ben H.'s eternal sweetness, and discuss ABC's attempt to educate the public about the online harassment of women. Plus, Senior Staff Writer for Mic Politics (and Claire's boyfriend!) Greg Krieg joins the hosts to share his very important "Bachelorette" insights.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 21, 2015
Episode #10 With David Flumenbaum
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Who's to blame for all of the fighting? Hosts Emma Gray and Claire Fallon discuss what issues Nick and Shawn need to overcome and who's beginning their bid for The Bachelor. David Flumenbaum, The Managaing Editor of HuffPost Live, joins Gray and Fallon on this episode.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 14, 2015
Episode #9 With Leigh Blickley
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It's time to discuss the sex-fession and the exits of two contestants (one was much more graceful than the other). Hosts Claire Fallon and Emma Gray are joined by HuffPost's Senior Entertainment news editor, Leigh Blickley, who spent several minutes alone with The Bachelorette, Kaitlyn Bristowe last week. She reveals what she learned from Kaitlyn and why she wants to be her new BFF.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 07, 2015
Episode #8 With Kaitlyn Bristowe
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Kaitlyn Bristowe, The Bachelorette herself, joins hosts Emma Gray and Claire Fallon to discuss the double standards in Bachelor-land and how the show has made her more of a feminist. Emma and Claire are also joined by Kate Dries, Jezebel's Senior Editor, to recap this season's most dramatic episode.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 30, 2015
Episode #7 With UnREAL's Sarah Gertrude Shapiro
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Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, the co-creator of Lifetime's UnREAL, joins hosts Emma Gray and Claire Fallon to discuss what happens behind-the-scenes during the making of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. Emma and Claire also discuss the latest Bachelorette episode with writer Anna Breslaw and recap the wake date, overwhelming sense of entitlement amongst the men and the sex that ABC just can't seem to deal with properly.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 23, 2015
Episode #6 With Leslie A. Hughes
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Former Bachelor contestant, Leslie A. Hughes joins hosts Emma Gray and Claire Fallon to discuss the episode where Ian goes down in flames and two men confess their love for Kaitlyn. They also discuss what it's like to be a minority on the show and address Kaitlyn's spoiler Snapchat.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 16, 2015
Episode #5: The Male Perspective
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Time to debrief on The Bachelorette sex hypotheses, the return of Nick V, the return of Ashley “ONION” S, and the dudes’ attempt to show off their musical skills, or lack thereof -- from rap to show tunes. Kevin Nguyen, Editorial Director at Oyster joins hosts Emma Gray and Claire Fallon to share a male's perspective during this episode.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 09, 2015
Episode #4 With Ben Flajnik
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Ben Flajnik, former Bachelor and Bachelorette contestant joins Claire and Emma to discuss life after the show, and how he found love -- on Tinder. Emily Warman, "Bachelorette" recapper for PAPER Magazine also joins the show to share her insights on the whole "Brokeback Bachelor" thing and the worst sex-ed lesson ever.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 02, 2015
Episode #3 With Jackie Oshry
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Jackie Oshry (@JackieOProblems) Joins hosts Emma Gray and Claire Fallon to discuss the third episode of The Bachelorette. Together, they identify what's wrong with JJ, why Joe makes Kaitlyn weak in the knees and make some serious predictions for Kailyn and Britt and Brady's futures.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 26, 2015
Episode #2
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Britt, no matter how right it felt, you are not The Bachelorette. On this episode, hosts Emma Gray and Claire Fallon discuss Kaitlyn’s questionable taste in men and break down the WTF season highlights. They'll also discuss the dramatic season trailer and the slut shaming that ensued. As Emma says, "we’ll need all the wine we can get our hands on. Let’s do this."   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 20, 2015
Episode #1 With Jenny Mollen
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Actress, author and prolific Bachelorette-tweeter, Jenny Mollen join hosts Emma and Claire to recap the first episode of Season 11. Emma and Claire also make judgement calls on all of the bachelors and review all of the feminism fails. And, as an added bonus -- some words of insight directly from the man himself, Chris Harrison.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 19, 2015
The Series Preview
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Jay K. Overbye, one of the two bachelors who starred in Season 6 of The Bachelor, joins Emma and Claire to weigh in on what Bachelorettes Britt Nilsson and Kaitlyn Bristowe will experience this season. Emma and Claire also discuss this season's bachelor bios, give an audible rose to their favorites and disclose who they think should be the sole Bachelorette.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 14, 2015