Just Between Us

Just Between Us is a comedic variety show where Allison Raskin and Gaby Dunn openly discuss everything from mental health to sex and all the stuff in-between. Each week, they’ll answer a question from a listener seeking advice, interview someone fascinating, participate in a rarely winnable game show and discuss a random topic affecting the world. Jump from highbrow to lowbrow in a single episode! Sometimes multiple times! Nothing is off limits for these New York Times best selling authors who are trying to destigmatize the world one hilarious episode at a time. Produced by Forever Dog Podcast Network.

Mental Health
Society & Culture
Comedy
1
Bad Sex with Nona Willis Aronowitz, Being Uncom...
Gaby and Allison discuss Bad Sex with Nona Willis Aronowitz, answer a listener's question about networking, and Gaby and Mal share their engagement story.
86 min
2
Finding The Funny In ADHD with Blaire Postman, ...
Allison and Gaby speak with Blaire Postman about ADHD, answer a listener's question about friends that won't accept help, and then they're joined by Producer Melisa about gifts.
88 min
3
Unlocking Your Sexuality with Katie Roberts, Fi...
Allison and Gaby discuss sexual repression and Education with Katie Roberts, answer a listener's question about Morality OCD, and talk about Brittney Griner in Russia.
86 min
4
Sikh Wisdom with Dr. Simran Jeet Singh, Compuls...
Allison and Gaby discuss Sikh Wisdom with Dr. Simran Jeet Singh, answer a listener's question about checking your ex's social media, and then they discuss Gaby's dating life.
76 min
5
Facial Difference Equality with Phyllida Swift,...
Gaby and Allison are joined by Phyllida Swift to discuss Facial Difference Equality, answer a listener's question about familial relationships, and talk about unintentional harm.
66 min
6
Tune Up Brought To You By BetterHelp
Gaby and Allison discuss why therapy is important to them.
4 min
7
Queer Family Secrets with Gayla Turner, Wedding...
Gaby and Allison are joined by Gayla Turner to discuss her queer family secret, answer a listener's question about wedding drama, and debate the importance of the January 6th hearings.
76 min
8
Embracing The Bittersweet with Susan Cain, Sayi...
Gaby and Allison are joined by author Susan Cain to discuss sorrow and longing, answer a listener's question about saying goodbye, and discuss liking yourself.
82 min
9
Getting A Late Autism Diagnosis with Demi Burne...
Allison and Gaby chat with Demi Burnett about Autism, answer a listener's question centering on being wrong for your partner, and discuss your feedback about guests.
83 min
10
Drag! with Monet X Change, Bipolar Bestie, and ...
Gaby and Allison interview Monet X Change, answer a listener's question about being friend with someone that is bipolar, and Allison shares how she's vegan again.
69 min
11
Good News with Upworthy's Alison Rosen, Not Fee...
Allison and Gaby are joined by Upworthy's Alison Rosen, answer a listener's questions about not feeling heard, and Gaby shares their hatred towards comedy.
83 min
12
Disinformation with Bridget Todd, Friend Crushe...
Allison and Gaby speak with Bridget Todd about disinformation in the news, answer a listener's question about crushing on friends, and discuss the importance of the Supreme Court
79 min
13
Jewish Identity with Ginna Green and Lynn Harri...
Allison and Gaby are joined by Ginna Green and Lynn Harris to discuss Jewish identity, answer a listener's question about navigating male coworkers, and talk about first impressions.
82 min
14
The Business of Medicine with Dr. Efrat LaMandr...
Allison and Gaby are joined by Dr. Efrat LaMandre, answer a listener's question about going out in public alone, and discuss villains.
85 min
15
Benevolent Sexism with Celeste Headlee, Trustin...
Allison and Gaby are joined by Celeste Headlee to discuss casual sexism, answer a listener's quest
81 min
16
THE FIRST OFFICIAL TALKING EPISODE THAT EVERYON...
Talking Episode with Gaby, Allison and Melisa
61 min
17
Disability Rights with Imani Barbarin, Uneven S...
Allison and Gaby are joined by Imani Barbarin to discuss disability rights, answer a listener's question about sex drives, and chat about sharing your opinions.
83 min
18
The Importance of Reading with Glory Edim of We...
Allison and Gaby are joined by Glory Edim to discuss Well-Read Black Girl, answer a listener's question about dating your friend's ex, and discuss Gaby's gender journey.
90 min
19
Small Farming with Jake Hunt, Navigating a YouT...
Allison and Gaby are joined by farmer Jake Hunt, answer a listener's question about YouTube Addiction, and discuss Allison's new book.
63 min
20
Dealing With Our Stress Brought to You By Bette...
Allison and Gaby discuss how they're coping with stress.
6 min
21
Sex and Dating Over 50 with Laura Stassi, Havin...
Allison and Gaby are joined host of "Dating While Gray," Laura Stassi, answer a listener's question about a transphobic mentor, and later discuss the importance of nostalgia.
91 min
22
Saving Yourself with Cameron Esposito, Letting ...
Allison and Gaby are joined by Cameron Esposito to discuss her memoir, answer a listener's question about a toxic ex, and share their thoughts on comfort food.
79 min
23
Whale Conservation with Jared Towers, Lack of M...
Gaby and Allison are joined by a whale conservationist, give advice on motivation, and have another go at discussing boredom.
84 min
24
From Well-Read Black Girl: Min Jin Lee on Being...
We're sharing a special preview of the new podcast, Well-Read Black Girl from Pushkin Industries. Well-Read Black Girl is the literary kickback you never knew you needed.
6 min
25
LGBTQ+ Youth with Camp Brave Trails, Anti-Vax ...
Gaby and Allison are joined by Kayla Weissbuch to discuss Camp Brave Trails, answer a listener's question about living with an anti-vax partner, and attempt to talk about boredom.
71 min
26
Fighting Fast Fashion with Ayesha Barenblat, Da...
Gaby and Allison are joined by Ayesha Barenblat, CEO of Remake to discuss Fast Fashion, answer a listener's question about dating with a disability, and share their thoughts on changing their name.
74 min
27
Burnout with Dr. Shelly Bhowmik, Your Partner's...
Gaby and Allison discuss burnout with Dr. Shelly Bhowmik, give a listener advice on financial literacy, and discuss Allison's knee surgery.
75 min
28
Progressive Politics with City Council Candidat...
Gaby and Allison interview city council candidates Hugo Soto-Martinez and Eunisses Hernandez, give advice on partners needing space because of mental health, and rant about technology.
73 min
29
Multi-Level Marketing with Anti-MLM Activist Ro...
Gaby and Allison interview Roberta Blevins, answer a listener's question about revealing mental health symptoms to a partner, and discuss facing your fears.
77 min
30
Sexological Bodywork with Dolly Josette, Fallin...
Gaby and Allison interview Dolly Josette, give advice for falling for broken people, and talk about moving.
78 min
31
The Future of Veganism with Roanne Van Voorst, ...
Gaby and Allison discuss veganism with Roanne Van Voorst, give advice on attractive vs. unattractive, and Melisa joins to talk about nostalgia.
80 min
32
Writing Cult Classics with Kiwi Smith, Acceptin...
Gaby and Allison answer a listener's questions about accepting anxiety and speak with Kiwi Smith, iconic writer of early 00s romantic comedies.
56 min
33
Journaling and Therapy - Brought To You By Bett...
Gaby and Allison discuss some of the stigmas about therapy and share their own experience.
3 min
34
Resolving Twitter Beefs with YA Author Becky Al...
Gaby and Allison answer a listener's question about crushing on their roommate, then sit down with YA Author Becky Albertalli.
70 min
35
Romance Novels with Jackie Kashian, Dating Agai...
The duo answer give advice on dating after a horrible breakup, chat with comedian Jackie Kashian about romance novels, and discuss family loyalty in reference to the Cuomos.
72 min
36
Side Hustles with Daniella Flores, Suddenly Wan...
First, Allison will be in grad school forever. Then, the duo answer a listener's question about suddenly wanting children when their partner thought they did not. Will this blow up their life or make their life better? Only they can decide! Next, we have Daniella Flores, founder of ILikeToDabble.Com, on to discuss side hustle productivity culture, ideas for making money outside of a 9 to 5, and why side hustles have become so normalized. And of course, the danger of multi-level marketing schemes. Also, what are the Baltimore Orioles, really? Finally, reboots! Producer Melisa joins us to ask: Why?
71 min
37
Reimagining Nutrition with Vanessa Rissetto, Ge...
Gaby and Allison start off by answering a listener's question about whether or not to get a pet to help with their mental health despite a fear of animals. (Yes! Yes! A thousand times yes!) They're then joined by registered dietician Vanessa Rissetto to talk about how she is disrupting her field and how we can reimagine our thoughts around nutrition and food. And finally, professionalism. Does it still exist? And if so, do we need it?
75 min
38
Tattoos with Artist Brittny Abad, BF Hanging Wi...
Allison quits the show. But then sticks around to answer a listener's question about whether or not she should be concerned that her boyfriend is still a support system for his ex. The duo are then joined by tattoo artist Brittny Abad to talk about tattoo school, how tattooing actually works and why people love them so much! And finally: democracy. Is America doing it right? (Not really.)
70 min
39
Utopian Lifestyles with Avery Trufelman, Siblin...
Gaby's gone full Trekkie in the last year, but Allison has her own ideas about what aliens actually look like. After much debate about this, the duo answer a listener's question about getting involved in their siblings' volatile relationship with their parents. Next, Avery Trufelman joins the pod to talk all about lifestyle utopia, the world of home, and the various inventions that have changed our day to day. Finally, love songs! Why do we all get emotional about them? How does Gaby feel when their partner writes songs about them? And why have so many men made mix tapes for Melisa?
74 min
40
Lolita with Jamie Loftus, Friends At Different ...
Taylor Swift owns our lives. That's right. It's "Gaby and Allison's Lives (Taylor's Version)." Then, the duo answer a listener's question about what to do when your friends want you to be at the exact same life stage they are. Next, they talk to podcaster extraordinaire Jamie Loftus, creator of the Lolita Podcast, all about what we've all gotten wrong about Nabakov's controversial book and the ways it affected generations of young women. And finally, prevention. Why is it the best way to handle your problems?
66 min
41
Teaching Our Youth with Joe Dombrowski, Changin...
Are you looking for a great joke to tell at a dinner party? Don't worry, Allison has you covered. The duo then address a brave listener's question about how to change her own mind after being radicalized online. They're then joined by elementary school teacher turned stand up comic, Joe Dombrowski, to talk about the flaws in our education system and why our hilarious children deserve better. And finally, manifesting. One of us believes in it. Can you guess who? (It's Gaby.)
73 min
42
Cannabis Advocacy with Ellen Scanlon, Defining ...
First, Gaby tells the story of an amazing/super spooky Halloween party they went to in their new rural county. It has LAYERS. The duo then address a listener's question about what qualifies as romance as they, asexual, get ready to marry their aromantic friend. Next, they interview host of, “How To Do The Pot,” Ellen Lee Scanlon, about the various and glorious uses of cannabis. And finally, what would we change if we were president? Hint: more monorails?
63 min
43
Mommying While Muslim with Zaiba Hasan and Uzma...
First, Allison regales us with the ups and downs of her days-long human sexuality workshop. Then, an International Question about what to do when your partner has a different style of arguing than you. Next, they talk to the co-hosts of the Mommying While Muslim podcast Zaiba Hasan and Uzma Jafri about the American Muslim experience and how to raise brown children in a post 9/11 world. And finally, what would we change about ourselves with a magic wand? Veggies, friendliness, OCD therapy, and testosterone apparently!
74 min
44
Psychedelics and Mental Health with Researcher ...
Coming in hot with two reality show pitches about dogs: "Romance or Rescue" and "The Right Pooch." Allison's is a wholesome affair, while Gaby's...not so much. The duo then answer a listener's question about how to forgive themself for their drunk behavior now that they are sober and have made amends. They're then joined by an extremely exciting guest, Matthew W. Johnson, a researcher on the forefront of the use of psychedelics for medical and mental health treatment. Are psychedelics the future of mental health treatment??? MAYBE! And finally, brand deals. Why we take what we take and don't take what we don't. And why people are mad either way!
72 min
45
Living for Content with Connor Franta, Dating A...
Allison might go blonde? Gaby is shaving off their hair. HUGE TRIGGER WARNING for sexual assault and "revenge porn:" First, they answer a listener's very delicate question about an ex-partner who betrayed her trust by posting sexual videos of her without her consent. How can she feel safe dating again? (For more on this experience, we recommend videos by YouTuber Chrissy Chambers about her fight against "revenge porn.") Then, they interview internet royalty Connor Franta all about his new book, “House Fires” and what it's meant for him to profit off his life and experiences. And finally, sibling dynamics and how they can grow and change. Also Allison invents the concept of a "bookstore." 
70 min
46
Interviewing Skills with LBGTQ&A's Jeffrey Mast...
This entire show is JUST about Gaby's gender and Allison's ex-fiance! Despite this holy truth, the duo attempt to answer a listener's email about a friend's obnoxious boyfriend. (To intervene or not to intervene! That is the question!) They're then joined by interview expert extraordinaire Jeffery Masters to dissect the art of interviewing and how to get guests comfortable enough to open up. Meta! And finally: our comedic voices. What's shaped them? What's changed them? And are we even funny anymore?
70 min
47
Abortions and Poltical Comedy with Lizz Winstea...
First: bad dreams, sleep paralysis and lizards because...who knows! What is this show about exactly? Then, the duo answer a listener's question about supporting their boyfriend when he complains about not liking his body. And next, they talk to comedian and abortion activist Lizz Winstead about how comedy can help deliver political messages. And finally, oversharing. When is it too much or just enough? Luckily, Gaby and Allison have SUCH a good handle on this.
79 min
48
Cults with Dr. Steve Hassan, Determining "The O...
Gaby's gonna get contacts before dysphoria trumps the fear of touching their eyeball. Then, the duo answer a listener's question about knowing someone is the one even if you feel too independent. (Hint: the person IS overthinking!) Then, they talk to the most famous cult expert and former "Moonie" Dr. Steven Hassan all about the cult of Trump, the misconceptions about the people in cults, and how we can speak to a loved one who we feel is in a cult.
85 min
49
Edgar Allan Poe with Catherine Baab-Muguira, Ga...
We start off with some Abercrombie and Limited Too nostalgia. Gaby then addresses a listener's question about exploring polyamory by sharing their own history naivating non-monogamy over the last decade. The duo are then joined by Edgar Allan Poe expert and author of Poe for Your Problems Catherine Baab-Muguira to discuss Poe's life, legacy and unusual approach to self-help. And finally, travel. Should we prioritize it? Or is it overrated?
72 min
50
"Dirty" Vaginas with Dr. Jen Gunter, Estranged ...
Gaby and Allison start off with a BRIEF discussion of sportz. They then address a listener's question about whether or not a new mom should be upset that her father isn't talking to her. World famous gynecologist Dr. Jen Gunter then joins the conversation to discuss misinformation about vaginas, the feminine hygiene industry, public hair and how to effectively talk with your doctor. And finally, fostering pets! The cutest type of volunteer work available! It's so hard but so rewarding.
68 min
51
Delivery Apps Exposed with Ahmed Ali Akbar, Dat...
First, Allison explains pickleball because she is very hip and ready to join a retirement community. The duo then answer a listener's question about whether it's limiting or cliche to start seriously dating the first woman she's ever slept with. Next, they have a fascinating conversation with Ahmed Ali Akbar about the messy world behind the food delivery apps we all use. How much do we really know about where our convenient food delivery is coming from? (Not much, apparently!) And, finally, aging! Should we embrace it or just get tons of work done?
71 min
52
Home Renovation with This Old House's Kevin O'C...
Big news! Gaby and their partner bought a house together! This brings up obvious questions about commitment and a possible engagement! Allison then shares some juicy tea about her own failed engagement. (Very juicy! Would recommend!) The duo then answer a listener's question about feeling purposeless now that they're healing from self-harm and other mental health struggles. Next up, guest Kevin O'Connor, host of PBS's “This Old House,” joins the chat to talk about the stress and joy of home improvements, climate change's impact on housing, and the skills gap in the contractor space. Sooner or later, everyone needs a plumber! And finally, compatibility. What does it actually mean?!
74 min
53
Harm Reduction with Monique Tula, Worrying Your...
First, Gaby and Allison get into baby names and weird name stories. Then, the duo disagree on a listener's email about how to express to her boyfriend that she worries he's a bad person. Next, they're joined by The National Harm Reduction Coalition's Executive Director Monique Tula for a fascinating conversation about what harm reduction is, society's warped framing of drugs and sobriety, and how we can change our perception of what drug users need. And lastly, nudity! Melisa and Allison love it. Gaby is... mixed.
74 min
54
The Science of Change with Maya Shankar, Entitl...
This week is filled with scheduling snafus and strong emotions! Then, the International Question makes Gaby so mad they could -- and do -- start screaming. Cognitive scientist, Maya Shankar, then joins the show to discuss the power of change, group identity and how a better understanding of behavioral science can positively influence public policy! And finally, burnout. We'd say more but we're too tired.
69 min
55
Criminal Injustice with Public Defender Olayemi...
In this HIGH TENSION episode, Gaby and Allison disagree about the creative process and the role social media play in their careers. They're then joined by public defender Olayemi Olurin to discuss the rigged criminal justice system and our skewed interpretation of crime. And finally: Bennifer and our overwhelming interest in celebrity couples! Why do we care so much??
75 min
56
New Things with Michelle Khare, Friend Avoidanc...
Gaby starts by bragging about their surfing skills and encouraging people to go outside! The duo then answer a listener's question about a friend who seems to be avoiding them. (Who isn't avoiding someone?!?) They're then joined by former B*zzf**d co-worker and absolute badass, Michelle Khare, to talk about her YouTube series Challenge Accepted, pushing yourself and her mortal enemy: chess. And finally, things we've been wrong about! (Not to brag but it's a pretty hefty list.)
73 min
57
Couples As Co-Workers with BenDeLaCreme and Gus...
Gaby grills Allison on a relationship update! (It's going well! Don't worry!) Then, the duo answer a listener's question about wanting a therapist who pushes her more. With the added bonus of a father's movie blog and film critic "Robert" Ebert. Next, drag queen icon BenDeLaCreme and their partner producer Gus Lanza join the pod to talk all about working together as a couple, healthy communication, and any roadblocks they've had in their 6 year relationship. Finally, politicized language and why marketing of words as partisan is so scary.
76 min
58
Migraine Headaches with Dr. Teshamae Monteith, ...
First, Gaby is now using they/them pronouns! Get into it! The duo then answer a complicated listener's question that boils down to "what is love?" and how do you know what type of love you need in a romantic relationship. They're then joined by migraine and headache specialist Dr. Teshamae Monteith to discuss triggers, treatments and why we need to better understand migraines in general. Science! And finally, billionaires in space! Is it a waste of money? Or an exciting opportunity for private citizens? (Maybe both?) Producer Melisa has BIG feelings on it.
78 min
59
#FREEBRITNEY with Babs Grey and Tess Barker, Cu...
Allison and Gaby start off by answering a listener's question on how to bring up cultural differences when it comes to marriage timelines. They then interview Free Britney activists Tess Barker and Babs Gray about Britney Spears' conservatorship legal battle, conservatorship abuse, and their journey of bringing attention to this human rights issue. (They were in the courtroom and saw it all!) Plus, hypotheticals! Beware of twins and Marc Anthony. And finally, active listening. Why does Gaby hate it so much?!
63 min
60
The Beauty Industry with Gabrielle Korn, The Ot...
We're back to once a week, y'all, so this episode is jam packed!! Allison and Gaby start off by answering a listener's question about the return of the co-worker who her boyfriend cheated on her with. Uh-oh! Next, the duo interview author Gabrielle Korn about the hypocrisy of the beauty and fashion industry and the impact of social media. And finally, Allison explains her decision to go off her meds and her more recent decision to go right back on!
73 min
61
Artificial Intelligence with Ash Fontana and HY...
Today on the show, Allison and Gaby interview Artificial Intelligence expert Ash Fontana, who explains how our data is being gathered and used, whether or not technology is going to take all of our jobs, and the (scary yet exciting) future and present of AI. We wrap up with a rowdy game of Hypotheticals--even AI can't save you from America's Favorite Game Show!
54 min
62
Should You Lend Your Partner Money and If Thera...
First, Allison shares too much with her dermatologist about her boyfriend's beard on her face. The duo then answers a listener's question about lending money to her partner of one month. (YIKES!) And finally, if therapy was as successful as possible, what in your life would be different? Gaby and Allison get VULNERABLE.
37 min
63
PRIDE LIVE PART TWO! Coming Out Advice with Luc...
In the final part of our Pride Live! show, Gaby and Allison are joined by musician Lucy Dacus to answer a listener's question about the best way to come out to her straight group of friends (and everyone else). Activist and educator Alexis Sanchez then stops by to discuss internalized homophobia/transphobia/biphobia. Alexis and Gaby share their own experiences of accepting themselves and offer advice for others struggling.
42 min
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PRIDE LIVE PART ONE! Trans Rights with ACLU law...
It's our Pride episode! Hooray! First, a pronoun change for Gaby as an update on their continuing gender journey. Then, we're honored to be joined by the ACLU's Chase Strangio to talk about his work on fighting anti-trans legislation, why these laws have sprung up all over in the last few years, and what we can do to help stop these discriminatory, misinformed, and cruel laws. Gaby then takes over the game show portion of the podcast with THE GAY OFFS! Comedian and icon Kalen Allen goes head to head with Allison, who definitely loses. HAPPY PRIDE! Tune in Friday for the rest of the live episode!
68 min
65
Anti-Asian Racism with SuChin Pak and HYPOTHETI...
Gaby starts off the episode by yelling at Allison for taking hot showers. They're then joined by former MTV VJ and all around badass journalist SuChin Pak to talk about her rise in media and how the last 15 months have shifted her view of the world. She discusses anti-Asian hate and her personal reckoning with her own history. It's powerful and intimate and followed by a rousing game of hypotheticals that is neither.
59 min
66
How To Get Over Heartbreak And Forced Adult Fri...
Gaby opens the episode by sharing highlights from their road trip through the beautiful weirdness of America. Allison and Gaby then answer a listener's question about healing from abrupt heartbreak--something Allison is unfortunately an expert on. And finally: forced adult friendships! Do you have to stay friends with people you no longer relate to or never really liked? Maybe???
46 min
67
Understanding ADHD with Jak Levine-Pritzker and...
Jak Levine-Pritzker of Authentically ADHD (@authenticallyadhd) joins Allison and Gaby to discuss all things ADHD. Jak insightfully covers the variety of symptoms people experience, who gets overlooked when it comes to diagnosis, what part shame and rejection play, and how someone with ADHD can reframe their disorder in a capitalist world that’s stacked against them. (Small ask, we know!) Plus, Hypotheticals! Should you break up with your partner just to emotionally listen to Olivia Rodrigo? Yes, and good 4 u!
52 min
68
When To Say I Love You And Athletes Prioritizin...
First, Allison has a hilarious “I love you” mishap with her new beau which leads Into a listener’s question about whether to say it to her girlfriend of two months. (Turns out, they completely disagree on the answer! Shocking!) And finally, a discussion about Naomi Osaka's groundbreaking decision to not speak to the media in order to prioritize her mental health. We love to see it!
44 min
69
When Your Partner Gets An HIV Diagnosis with Mi...
First, Gaby wants to be Allison's "momager." Allison is not into it. The duo then talk to Gaby's beloved aunt, writer Michele Dunn Baker, about her husband getting diagnosed with HIV one year into their marriage. Michelle shares their journey since learning the news in 1987 which includes saving his life with alternative medicine and brand new treatments, and how their love continues to thrive despite hardship. If you are a book agent or publisher interested in Michele's book about this experience, contact gabyisbadwithmoney@gmail.com.
46 min
70
Converting To Judaism And Gaby Buying A House
Allison and Gaby are off to a strange start but then again it's Gemini season! Allison and Gaby do their best to tackle a listener's question about whether someone can convert to Judaism even if they don't believe in a traditional, all-powerful god. Gaby then shares their recent adventures in real estate as they attempt to buy a house with their partner! Mortgage before marriage? Why not!
41 min
71
MENTAL HEALTH 101: What Can You Do If You Can't...
In our final episode of MENTAL HEALTH 101, Allison and Gaby are joined by LMFT Whitney Goodman to talk about how you can prioritize your mental health even if you don't have access to therapy. She explains the importance of setting boundaries, how to safely consume mental health content, getting in touch with your values and how to make social media a positive (instead of a negative) in your life. Plus, mindfulness and noticing explained! Turns out, you can check in with yourself TOO much.
52 min
72
MENTAL HEALTH 101: Do Diagnoses Matter with Dr....
In this episode of MENTAL HEALTH 101, psychologist Dr. Shelly Shelly-Ann Collins Rawle of The Black Girl Doctor joins Allison and Gaby to discuss a surprisingly complicated topic in the mental health field: diagnoses. Do people need them? Are they helpful or harmful? How often do people get misdiagnosed? What role does insurance play? Is it okay to self-diagnose? Turns out, some questions are more easily answered than others!
64 min
73
MENTAL HEALTH 101: The Importance of Sleep with...
It wouldn't be MENTAL HEALTH 101 without an episode dedicated to sleep! Sleep specialist and clinical psychologist Courtney Banscroft joins us to explain why humans need a certain amount of sleep, the intersection of anxiety and insomnia, helpful tips for sleeping better and how society gets in the way of us all getting the sleep we need. Damn you, Capitalism! Hopefully this episode will put you right to sleep--after you listen to it!
59 min
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MENTAL HEALTH 101: People Of Color and Therapy ...
Mental Health 101 continues! First generation Cuban-American therapist Melissa Moya-Brinckman joins Gaby and Allison for a conversation on the specific therapy needs of POC, how therapy can be normalized in these communities, how racism contributes to trauma, and how to check your biases when it comes to other cultures and mental health. Plus Three Questions!
48 min
75
MENTAL HEALTH 101: Bad Therapy with Therapists ...
This episode of MENTAL HEALTH 101 we are exposing an important truth: there is such a thing as bad therapy! But how the heck can you spot it?! Therapists and hosts of the podcast, Very Bad Therapy, Caroline Wiita and Ben Fineman join Gaby and Allison to talk about what constitutes bad therapy, why people don't know what good therapy is and how to bring up problems with your therapist. Plus, should your therapist ever touch you? (Not really!) Does everyone even need therapy? Wow! Feedback! It's a gift.
63 min
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MENTAL HEALTH 101: Finding The Right Therapist ...
It's Mental Health 101, baby! And this week we're answering the question on everyone's mind: How the heck do you find the right therapist?! Marriage and Family Therapist Esther Boykin joins us to provide some helpful tips and tricks. We discuss everything from different theoretical orientations to whether or not your therapist should be from the same cultural background as you. She also gives some money saving suggestions before diving into our new segment, Three Questions! Turns out, putting yourself first isn't selfish! Who knew!
69 min
77
MENTAL HEALTH 101: Medication with Dr. Pooja La...
We're back with MENTAL HEALTH 101! This episode we are asking Dr. Pooja Lakshmin all sorts of questions about psychotropic medication! Do you have to be on medication forever? Can you be on medication while pregnant? When is therapy not enough!? We finish up with our new segment: Three Questions! Because even mental health professionals need to attend to their mental health!
59 min
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MENTAL HEALTH 101: Trauma with Dr. Shaili Jain
Welcome to our mental health focused mini-season for the month of May! Our inaugural episode focuses on trauma--Big T and little t. Trauma specialist Dr. Shaili Jain joins us to talk about how untreated trauma impacts our daily lives, historical trauma, the most effective treatments and how to live our lives through a trauma informed lens. Plus, a brand new segment.
68 min
79
All Things Autism with Amythest Schaber and HYP...
Gaby is battling a migraine but that doesn't stop the duo from having one of their most informative interviews ever! Amethyst Schaber, of the YouTube channel Neurowonderful, joins the pod to talk about all things autism including popular misconceptions, how to be more accommodating, the impact of misleading media portrayals and the harmful effects of ABA therapy on Autistic children.Plus, a world in which the rules always change and seem arbitrary? Amethyst has been preparing for HYPOTHETICALS their entire life.
62 min
80
How To Tell If Your Relationship Concerns Are V...
Allison and Gaby start off with an age old debate: what is the difference between murder and assassination? They then try to help a listener who can't tell if she is self-sabotaging her relationship OR if her concerns about her boyfriend are valid. And finally, Melisa joins in to discuss the controversy surrounding Covid vaccines and what messaging needs to change to get us all to herd immunity.
39 min
81
Sex Work, Kink, And Creativity with Bree Essrig
First, Gaby and Allison discuss when it's appropriate to ask marginalized people questions about the correct terminology and how to do that in a thoughtful and appropriate way. Then, they have a delightful conversation with comedian and sex worker Bree Essrig all about making content for OnlyFans and Patreon, getting into kink, foot modeling, and Bree and Gaby's joint experiences in sex work. Plus, Gillian Anderson is dating your partner in a dream. What would you do?
61 min
82
Should Gaby And Allison Get Married, OCD, and B...
Insurance forms! Electricity bills! Plants! Are we adults? Should Gaby and Allison just marry each other at this point? We're on the fence. Then, Gaby and Allison give a listener advice about helping a friend who has severe OCD. And finally, beliefs vs. behaviors. What says more about who you are?
50 min
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Handwriting Analysis with Graphologist Elaine C...
This is one for the books! Allison and Gaby have their handwriting analyzed by graphologist Elaine Charal, which is a 10/10 experience! They then learn all about the theories behind handwriting analysis and how it can help people better understand themselves. And finally, a rousing game of hypotheticals with even more alien talk than normal!
52 min
84
The "Right" Response to Heartbreak and Trigger ...
We are loopy in the intro to this one! Gaby and Allison get it together in time to discuss a listener's question about whether or not it's strange she isn't more upset following a breakup. Do you grow more cynical about love as you get older? Is it bad not to be devastatingly heartbroken by a break up? And finally, a listener writes in to call Gaby in about trigger warnings and the duo breaks down the need for them and how they'll be using them in the future. (Content warning: in Topix, we get into specifics on self harm. Please be advised.)
48 min
85
Fertility Awareness and Natural Birth Control w...
First, lots of food, acid reflux, and coffee talk--we are a couple of Jews about all. Then, we talk to Megan McNamara (@famtasticfertility) about fertility awareness, natural birth control, being in control of your body, and how to effectively do the Fertility Awareness Method. Plus, charting your cervical mucus and understanding your cervical mucus using cervicalmucus.org. (We love saying cervical mucus!) And lastly, erotic hand-holding and panic at a cruise ship buffet.
55 min
86
Dealing With Confrontation and Love At First Sight
First, Gaby and Allison talk about vaccines, lip fillers, gender dysphoria and not putting yourself into a box. (Love to ease you in!) They then give a listener advice on being conflict avoidant and what to say when you're being called in or confronted. And lastly, Melisa, Gaby and Allison break down love at first sight and why it makes Gaby so riled up. She really hates it!
53 min
87
Finance, Work, and Mental Health with Tony Verh...
First, a fan makes an incredibly accurate parody video of the Just Between Us podcast that really tickled us. (Go check it out on @serenapalmer_ on Instagram.) PS: Make us more fan art! Then, Tony Verheyen, author of In Our Reach, joins us to talk about mental health at work and employee benefits for your physical, mental, and financial life. Plus, how the heck do you ask for a raise? Lastly, hypotheticals! Tony is very zen about whether or not his mother-in-law is an alien or rude. Very zen.
48 min
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Handling Academic Rejection and Our Goals For T...
First, some adorable stories about Allison and Gaby's attention-loving grandmothers and the tributes they deserve. They then offer advice to a listener whose self-identity is tied to her academic achievements. And finally, goals! Melisa joins in for a lively discussion of what all three hope to accomplish some day soon. The list includes paying off debt, buying a bow and arrow and not being so loud.
48 min
89
The Intersection of Food and Mental Health with...
What have you been reading lately? What is time? Weren't we all babies yesterday? The girls are feeling philosophical today! Allison and Gaby are then joined by cookbook author Julia Turshen to talk about the connections between food, mental health, social justice and body image. And finally, hypotheticals! Is that a snake in your toilet?! Maybe!
52 min
90
A Timeline of Achievement and Re-Entering Society
Gaby starts the episode by bringing up some nuance they'd previously ignored regarding mental illness and the pandemic, especially when it comes to high school and college students. Allison and Gaby then answer a listener's question about obsessing over a timeline of achievement and feeling like a late bloomer compared to others. And finally: re-entering society and all the anxiety, stress, and excitement that comes with it. (Allison worries about her contamination OCD raging out of control. While Gaby wants to dance to Gaga in WeHo and maybe spit in people's mouths, much to Melisa's horror.)
37 min
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How To Be Sexually Fulfilled During a Pandemic ...
Gaby's dog Beans has been acting out! Turns out dogs can get bored too! Allison and Gaby are then joined my Planned Parenthood's sex educator Dr. Sarah Flowers to discuss all things pandemic and sexual health. We're talking skin hunger, sex toys and decreased libido. And finally, HYPOTHETICALS. Sometimes your kid deserves toilet paper hanging out of their pants.
53 min
92
Allison's Big Injury, Problematic Faves, and th...
Storytime! Allison suffered a massive knee injury in an airport bathroom and learned the extent of her resilience. A listener then asks for advice on whether they can continue watching The Bachelor despite its racism and toxicity. This causes Gaby, Allison and Melisa to go over their own problematic faves and whether or not to keep watching, listening or reading art by problematic people. Finally, the kindness of strangers and the thrilling conclusion of Allison's terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad day. Also, one time Allison and Gaby saved a stranger's life. (No they didn't.)
46 min
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Online Dating with Relationship Coach Damona Ho...
First, personality tests. What's our enneagram number? What's our Myers-Briggs? Are personality tests even useful? Then, they're joined by relationship expert, columnist, and love coach Damona Hoffman who talks all about what makes a great, effective online dating profile, the skills you need to go from pre-date to pre-marriage, the racial biases of dating app data, and how to find exactly what you're looking for. Plus, hypotheticals starring a girlfriend in a coma and an alien who needs to make sure you're not wearing sandals.
57 min
94
What To Do If You Don't Feel Comfortable Around...
Bangs or no bangs, that is the question? The girls start off the show with a VERY important hairstyle discussion. Allison and Gaby then advise a listener who feels guilty that she doesn't enjoy being around her partner's nine year old. And the episode wraps up with a lovely discussion of who we should or shouldn't judge. (Basically only people who aren't taking Covid seriously. WEAR A MASK PEOPLE.)
37 min
95
Destigmatizing Bats with Merlin Tuttle and HYPO...
Allison and Gaby are joined by bat expert and lover Merlin Tuttle. Merlin shares his own experiences with these incredible animals and explains why they don't deserve their bad reputation. He then plays an epic game of hypotheticals, which is almost as shocking as his bat facts!
57 min
96
How To Compassionately Break Up With Someone An...
It's our 100th episode of the podcast, baby!!Gaby and Allison give a listener their thoughts on how to compassionately break up with someone who is still in love with them AND how to get back in touch with an old flame. Then, in honor of this special milestone, they share the best advice they've given and received and how that advice has allowed them to grow and change over time. Plus, Allison bought Melisa a Hinge Premium account for her birthday and we're all too invested in Melisa's love life.Thank you all for joining us on this wild ride! Here's to a hundred more!
46 min
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Education Reform with former teacher and activi...
A second hit of JBU?! How did you get so lucky! This Friday, we interview our highly esteemed guest, education activist Fatima Iqbal-Zubair. We discuss the history of inequalities in schools, the continued unfair disadvantages of schools in low-income communities, and what we can do to desegregate schools. Fatima then joins us for HYPOTHETICALS and RATINGS! That's right, we are making the guest rate the episode and it is uncomfortable!
50 min
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Being Friends With A Friend's Ex And Narrative ...
Surprise! Just Between Us is now on both Wednesdays and Fridays. Twice a week, baby! On Wednesdays, we have international questions and topix. On Friday, our interview with a highly esteemed guest. Amazing! In this inaugural Wednesday episode, Gaby and Allison give advice to a listener who wants to maintain a friendship with her friend's ex and they get way too personal about their own break ups. Then, they talk about narrative therapy, the language we use to describe ourselves, and reframing our beliefs about who we are. (tw: domestic violence, fat-shaming, alcoholic parent)
49 min
99
Career Counseling with Brian Hutchison, How To ...
How do you know what to do with your life? How does work affect mental health? Are we more than JUST our jobs and education? Global Career Guy Brian Hutchison joins Gaby and Allison to discuss modern job counseling, prioritizing your health, and crossing your skills over into multiple career paths. But first, they give advice to a listener who is worried about bringing old baggage into new relationships. And finally, happiness! Does it exist?!
88 min
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How To Be An Ethical Slut With Janet Hardy, Dif...
Allison and Gaby try to help a listener who thinks she might be too self-aware for therapy to be helpful. They're then joined by Janet Hardy, the coauthor of The Ethical Slut, to talk all about kink, polyamory and word choice. And finally, fact vs. opinion. Why can no one seem to tell the difference anymore? (tw: d*ke and f*g usage during interview discussion)
67 min