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New Book Explores The Power Of Longstanding Friendships

Milan Zrnic
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In the book "Big Friendship, " Ann Friedman and Aminatou So explore the ups, downs and power of long-term friendships.

If you’re lucky, the opening text of Aminatou So and Ann Friedman’s new books might sound familiar to you.

"BIG FRIENDSHIP is a bond of great strength, force and significance that transcends life phases, geography and emotional shifts. It is large in dimension, affecting most aspects of each person’s life. It is full of meaning and resonance."
Aminatou So & Ann Friedman

“Big Friendship” is an idea coined by writer and cultural commentator Aminatou Sow and journalist Ann Friedman, who also created and host the popular podcast “Call Your Girlfriend.” It’s also the foundation of their debut book by the same name. “Big Friendship” explores the power of long-lasting, forever friendships, starting with Sow and Friedman’s relationship and looking forward, to what life could be like in a world where friendships play a more central societal role.

On this episode of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe is joined by Sow and Friedman, a Dubuque native, for a look at their new book. Listeners also join the conversation with stories of their own "ride-or-die" friendships.


  • Aminatou So, Writer, interviewer, and cultural commentator. Author of “Big Friendship” and cohost of the "Call Your Girlfriend” podcast.
  • Ann Friedman, Journalist, essayist, and entrepreneur. Author of “Big Friendship” and cohost of the "Call Your Girlfriend” podcast.
Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa
Katelyn Harrop is a producer for IPR's River to River and Talk of Iowa