What Are Friends For

What Are Friends For

BFFs Gabrielle Ruiz & Pallavi Sastry dive into joyful, meaningful, and uncomfortable conversations about platonic love in a socially distanced world; Whether near, far, or 6-feet apart. Support this podcast: https://www.patreon.com/waffpodcast

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July 20, 2021 31 min

Pallavi and Gabrielle are joined by actor, rapper, singer, aka UTK the INC, Utkarsh Ambudkar. The three bond over new parenthood, how friendships change during the pandemic, and establish Utkarsh as a great Bro Friend; a friend who is a bro to anyone, no matter their identity.


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This week, Gabrielle and Pallavi sit down with host of Natch Beaut podcast, Jackie J, and get real about skin care and caring for your friends who enter new relationships. One thing is for certain - your friends can never go wrong if they and their partner wear sunscreen!

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June 29, 2021 30 min

This week, Pallavi and Gabrielle make a new bestie, or should we say best-tea?! Staci Brinkman is the CEO and Founder of Sips by. The three talk the joys of entrepreneurship  meeting friendship, the significance of tea, and the meaning behind T.F.F.

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June 22, 2021 31 min

In this special solo episode, Pallavi and Gabrielle reflect on Season 3 before Gabrielle goes on maternity leave. The two make guest co-host announcements, share their hopes for the future, and recall their favorite guestfriend moments - including being a proud Best Friend Ho, and of course, taking the stool softener

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June 15, 2021 50 min

She's back! In this special re-release of the April live show, Pallavi and Gabrielle are joined by Priyanka, winner of Canada's Drag Race. The three spill the tea on working with friends, how fame can change the dynamics of a friendship, and of course, how they are so good at yooOoooga! Head over to patreon.com/WAFFpodcast to watch the unedited vodcast and see Priyanka in all her glory.

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Friends are for lady talk! This week, Pallavi and Gabrielle chat with stand up comedians and hosts of Lady to Lady podcast, Brandie Posey and Tess Barker. They discuss when to be honest about your feelings towards your friends’ S/Os and when to stay quiet - SPOILER ALERT - the wedding is too late.

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Gabrielle and Pallavi sit down with actor, host, and gamer Frankie Grande and learn what it means to shine bright like a Frankie! The three chat (and even sing a little) about what it means to be your own best friend and how important it is to take care of yourself first before you can be there for anyone else.

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Gabrielle and Pallavi sit down and discuss their book report on author, speaker, and millennial workplace expert Smiley Poswolsky's new book, "Friendship in the Age of Loneliness." Smiley's book explores how friends stay connected and present with one another across time, space, and modern barriers like technology. Gabrielle and Pallavi share their thoughts on working with friends, making time for friendship outside...

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May 25, 2021 34 min

Friends are for being open about their sex lives. In this solo episode, Pallavi and Gabrielle dive into the the sex positivity movement. Whether watching Bridgerton with your mother or comparing your sex life to what the media says it should be - talking about sex is difficult. But it's always better with a friend.

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May 11, 2021 31 min

Friends are for coming to your wedding! But how do you choose which ones to invite? Pallavi and Gabrielle sit down with singer/songwriter and content creator, AJ Rafael and talk all things wedding...and Funko Pops. Newly engaged AJ gets advice on narrowing down his invite list and navigating the tricky interactions when people on the lower tier of the friendship cake assume they are invited. 

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Gabrielle and Pallavi are joined by actor, comedian, and director - Lilan Bowden. The three discuss ways to stay connected to their best friends during the pandemic. They are full of ideas: from exchanging goods, to scheduling phone calls, and imagining the center pieces they will snag from weddings once the pandemic is over! May is Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month. WAFF will be amplifying AAPI voices throughout...

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April 27, 2021 35 min

Green with envy....or green with jealousy? Does it matter when it comes to wanting what your friends have? In this solo episode, Gabrielle and Pallavi dive deep into the uncomfortable conversation of being jealous and envious of your friends and how to deal with these feelings.

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Pallavi and Gabrielle speak with professional dancer, choreographer, singer, model, and body positivity activist - Amanda LaCount - about friendship, dance, and the challenge of staying connected to both in a virtual world. They discuss loving the body you are in; after all, it is a vessel for your slay self to shine through!

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April 13, 2021 32 min

This week, Gabrielle and Pallavi  are joined by journalist and self-love advocate Danae Mercer. The three explore their struggles with body image, and the challenge of showing and accepting their real selves on social media. 

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Gabrielle and Pallavi sit down with actor/producer Jaime Camíl and discuss the dynamics of Hollywood parties, swap parenting stories, and give each other pro-tips for their next dentist appointments. This high energy, fun conversation with Jaime will give you the urge to call your own dear friends and babble away!  

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March 30, 2021 32 min

On this week's episode, Pallavi and Gabrielle open up to each other about their experiences with religion growing up and accepting and celebrating one another's differences in faith as adults. Even best friends have more to learn about each other; the two open up about the tenets of Hinduism and Christianity and how these beliefs are tied to their identities.

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This week Gabrielle and Pallavi are joined by friendship coach, publicist, and viral Tik Tok star, Danielle Bayard Jackson. They discuss the benefits of examining female friendships and taking active steps to cultivate and strengthen platonic relationships. The three agree that platonic relationships are a "need to have", not just a "nice to have" and deserve to be uplifted and celebrated. 

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Pallavi and Gabrielle address and condemn the rise in hate crimes against Asian Americans and how they can be better allies and bystanders to their friends in the Asian American community. It is time to take action and do the work to be an effective active bystander.

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March 16, 2021 27 min

On this week's episode Gabrielle and Pallavi sit down with Megan Hilty and discuss everything from taking baths, to Pass the Mic Broadway, to - wait for it (but not too long) - stool softener. Real friends get real with each other - that's what friends are for.

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This week Gabrielle and Pallavi are joined by best friends and business partners Juno the Artist and Diane Foster! The group discusses friendship among the racial reckoning that started in America last summer and conclude that sometimes being a good friend entails shutting the f*ck up and listening. This episode is full of laughs as well as serious conversations, and we hope you enjoy! 

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