Radio Archive by Tag

Sexuality

  • Best Laid Plans.

    486: Valentine's Day 02.08.2013

    Kurt Braunohler and his girlfriend had been together for thirteen years, and they were only 30. ...RomanceSexuality

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  • Just As I Am.

    462: Own Worst Enemy 04.13.2012

    Producer Jonathan Menjivar tells the story of John Smid, a gay man who did not want to be gay, ...ActivismSexuality

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  • Act One.

    444: Gossip 08.26.2011

    In Malawi, in southeast Africa, not gossiping can be worse than gossiping. Sarah interviews a ...EducationHealth Care/MedicineSexuality

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  • Error at First Base.

    411: First Contact 06.25.2010

    Ira Glass mentions a very silly mistake he made with a girl when he was in junior high. Then ...ChildhoodFunnyLive Performance

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  • Sleeping With The Enemy.

    404: Enemy Camp 2010 04.02.2010

    A short story, "Fatso," by Etgar Keret from his collection "The Bus Driver Who Wanted To Be ...FictionRomanceSexuality

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  • Prologue.

    393: Infidelity 10.30.2009

    Ira talks with Jessica Pressler, who writes the Daily Intel blog for NewYork Magazine, about a ...RomanceSexuality

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  • Let Me Kiss Your Stiff Upper Lip.

    393: Infidelity 10.30.2009

    From England, Ruby Wright has a story of an affair where—even years after it ended—it wasn't ...RomanceSexuality

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  • The Italian Job.

    393: Infidelity 10.30.2009

    Ira reviews some infidelity stats from his mother's book on the subject, Not Just Friends. And ...Live PerformanceRomanceSexuality

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  • How Did I Get Here?

    393: Infidelity 10.30.2009

    Act two showed us a moment before infidelity occurs. In this act, Dani Shapiro has a story about ...RomanceSexuality

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  • Tom Girls.

    374: Somewhere Out There 02.13.2009

    Lilly and Thomasina have a lot in common. They're both 8 years old. And they were both born ...FriendshipParentingSexuality

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  • Istanbul.

    349: Valentine's Day 2008 02.15.2008

    Ian Brown of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation on the normal struggle most people experience ...RomanceSexuality

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  • Age Of Consent.

    341: How to Talk to Kids 10.05.2007

    Ira talks to the teen editors of Sex, Etc., a national magazine for teenagers, about the ...ParentingSexualityTeenagers

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  • Commandment Seven. You Shall Not Commit Adultery.

    332: The Ten Commandments 05.04.2007

    In the book of Matthew, Jesus says that looking lustfully at a woman is like committing adultery ...FunnyReligionSexuality

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  • Prologue.

    330: My Reputation 04.13.2007

    Robyn Forest thought she'd gotten her big break when a magazine assigned her to write about a ...JournalismSexuality

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  • My Other Dog's A German Shepherd.

    328: What I Learned from Television 03.16.2007

    Regular This American Life contributor Dan Savage, a syndicated sex columnist with possibly the ...FathersParentingPolice

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  • The Crisco Kid.

    325: Houses of Ill Repute 02.02.2007

    When David Wilcox was eighteen, he set about looking for an apartment in Houston. He had no ...DrugsEducationHousing

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  • My Angel's In The Centerfolds.

    313: Parental Guidance Suggested 05.19.2006

    When Emily Helfgot was ten, her dad was a sex therapist on a call-in radio show, which ...DivorceFathersSexuality

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  • Twas The Morning After.

    305: The This American Life Holiday Spectacular 12.23.2005

    A Christmas poem from David Rakoff, about holidays in The Big City. Rakoff's the author of, most ...AlcoholFunnyHolidays

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  • And Daddy Makes Three.

    293: A Little Bit of Knowledge 07.22.2005

    Six-year-old DJ has two dads, Dan Savage and Terry Miller. DJ is being raised by two gay men, ...ChildrenParentsSexuality

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  • Pink Elephant.

    272: Big Tent 09.10.2004

    Patrick Howell, a gay Republican from Orlando, goes on what might seem like an ill-fated ...PoliticsSexuality

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  • It's My Party.

    272: Big Tent 09.10.2004

    One of the most civil conversations you'll ever hear between GOP members on opposite sides of ...PoliticsSexuality

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  • Prologue.

    268: My Experimental Phase 06.25.2004

    How does a person who's not gay convince herself that she is for two years? Host Ira Glass talks ...Sexuality

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  • Miami Vices.

    268: My Experimental Phase 06.25.2004

    A nice Florida girl changes high schools and takes the opportunity to try on a new ...Live PerformanceSexualityTeenagers

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  • The Defense Of Marriage Act.

    261: The Sanctity of Marriage 03.26.2004

    Adam Felber explains how legalized gay marriage are ruining his marriage with his wife. (His ...MarriagePoliticsSexuality

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  • View From The Other Half.

    247: What Is This Thing? 09.19.2003

    An act named after two TV shows, one where women sit around and talk, the other where men sit ...RomanceSexuality

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  • Confession.

    242: Enemy Camp 07.18.2003

    Patrick Wall was a special kind of monk. He was a fixer. The Catholic Church sent him to problem ...ReligionSexuality

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  • It's Not Just The Aces That Are Wild.

    240: I'm In Charge Now 06.20.2003

    David Sedaris tells a story about how, as a teenager, he was scared of certain people...until he ...Live PerformanceSexualityTeenagers

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  • Losing It.

    239: Lost in America 06.06.2003

    If you're going to do a show about people who are lost, you pretty much have to include a story ...Live PerformanceSexualityTeenagers

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  • Infinite Gent.

    220: Testosterone 08.30.2002

    An interview with Griffin Hansbury, who started life as a woman, but began taking massive ...Health Care/MedicineSexuality

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  • Handing People Their Dreams.

    216: Give the People What They Want 07.12.2002

    Ali Davis literally hands people their fantasies, in her job at a Chicago video store with a ...Film/Film MakingRetail/CommerceSexuality

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  • Prologue.

    204: 81 Words 01.18.2002

    Host Ira Glass explains that the show this week consists of one long story, the story of ...Sexuality

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  • Act One.

    204: 81 Words 01.18.2002

    In 1973, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) declared that homosexuality was not a ...Health Care/MedicineSexuality

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  • Act Two.

    204: 81 Words 01.18.2002

    Alix Spiegel's story continues, with a man dressed in a Nixon mask called Dr. Anonymous, and a ...Health Care/MedicineSexuality

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  • Prologue.

    190: Living the Dream 08.03.2001

    An 18-year-old named Tito talks about how he didn't have a choice about certain things in his ...Criminal JusticeMusicSexuality

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  • Girls Girls Girls.

    190: Living the Dream 08.03.2001

    Over the last ten years in Los Angeles, there's been a noticeable increase in the number of ...ChildrenCitySexuality

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  • If This Sleigh Is A-rockin', Don't Come A-knockin'.

    148: The Angels Wanna Wear My Red Suit 12.24.1999

    Sarah Vowell explains why so many popular songs portray Santa as a ladies man. (8 minutes)HolidaysMusicRomance

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  • Kiss And Tell.

    139: Ghosts of Elections Past 09.03.1999

    A Walter Mondale-voting, gay-rights-supporting unrepentant liberal signs up as a Republican ...GovernmentPoliticsSexuality

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  • The Family That Reads Together.

    137: The Book That Changed Your Life 08.20.1999

    The story of a book that changed a family's life, but only temporarily and not for the better. ...ChildhoodLiteratureSexuality

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  • Advise And Consent.

    129: Advice 05.14.1999

    Host Ira Glass talks with his mom—a clinical psychologist—about why people seem to rarely take ...FunnyJournalismLive Performance

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  • Who's Your Daddy?

    119: Lockup 01.08.1999

    A reading of a pamphlet written by ex-con Stephen Donaldson for heterosexual men who are about ...Criminal JusticeSexuality

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  • Bad Sex With Bud Kemp.

    115: First Day 11.13.1998

    Los Angeles writer Sandra Tsing Loh on the first day of a relationship. A failing relationship. ...RomanceSexuality

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  • Noble Calling.

    100: Radio 04.24.1998

    Now in exile, Jose Ramos Horta spent two decades as the leading international spokesman against ...FunnyHistoryPolitics

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  • How To Be A Man.

    99: I Enjoy Being A Girl, Sort Of 04.10.1998

    Writer Sarah Miller attends a class on how to walk and talk and act like a man. It's not easy. ...SexualityWriting

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  • Love And Happiness.

    95: Monogamy 03.06.1998

    Writer and nationally syndicated sex columnist Dan Savage explains what actually happens in ...RomanceSexuality

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  • Istanbul.

    95: Monogamy 03.06.1998

    Ian Brown of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation on the normal struggle most people experience ...MarriageNeighbors/NeighborhoodsRomance

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  • Mama, Can You Hear Me?

    92: Leave the Mask On 02.06.1998

    In which Dan Savage, who makes his living writing a nationally syndicated sex advice column, ...FamilyFunnySexuality

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  • The Feeling You Want, And The Feeling You Get.

    91: Escape the Box 01.30.1998

    David Cale's Lillian. Mild sexual content in this story.See the special advisory we had to send ...Live PerformanceRomanceSexuality

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  • Break It Down.

    88: Numbers 01.02.1998

    A man tries to calculate what love costs. From Lydia Davis's book Break It Down, read by actor ...FictionRomanceSexuality

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  • Perv Walk.

    79: Stuck in the Wrong Decade 10.10.1997

    New York writer Sarah Miller talks about two men she knows. (9 minutes)CitySexuality

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  • Iron Man.

    71: Defying Sickness 08.01.1997

    Mark O'Brien is a writer in California, who lives most of each day in an iron lung, thanks to a ...Film/Film MakingHealth Care/MedicineRomance

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  • Check Out the Package on That Guy.

    57: Delivery 03.14.1997

    Nancy Updike and UPS Men. (6 minutes)Jobs/EmploymentSexuality

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  • Prologue.

    55: Three Women and the Sex Industry 02.28.1997

    Host Ira Glass with Sarah, who did phone sex and nude dancing. (5 minutes)Jobs/EmploymentSexualityTelephone

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  • Act One.

    55: Three Women and the Sex Industry 02.28.1997

    Sandy Tolan interviewed Susan's friends and family to make an unusual and powerful documentary ...Film/Film MakingJobs/EmploymentSexuality

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  • Act Two.

    55: Three Women and the Sex Industry 02.28.1997

    A story by therapist Lauren Slater about a case she had with a tough man obsessed with porn and ...Jobs/EmploymentMental HealthSexuality

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  • Anti-oedipus.

    46: Sissies 12.13.1996

    This American Life producer Nancy Updike on a family where the father was one kind of sissy and ...ChildhoodDivorceFamily

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  • The Pansy Kings Sing Songs Of Love.

    46: Sissies 12.13.1996

    Chicago writer and actor Dave Awl, who runs a show called the Pansy King Cotillion, on how he ...ChildhoodEducationSexuality

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  • The Other Love That Dares Not Speak Its Name.

    46: Sissies 12.13.1996

    Seattle writer and syndicated sex columnist Dan Savage, on how there's a stigma against sissies ...ChildhoodRomanceSexuality

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  • Vampire Girl.

    39: Halloween 10.25.1996

    An interview with Vampire Girl. (6 minutes)Jobs/EmploymentSexualityTheater

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  • Animal Lover.

    35: Fall Clearance Sale 09.06.1996

    Found zoophilia letters read. (7 minutes)AnimalsSexuality

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  • I Like Guys.

    27: The Cruelty of Children 06.21.1996

    David Sedaris reads one of his funniest and most affecting stories from his book Naked before a ...ChildhoodFriendshipFunny

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  • Fan Dance.

    17: Name Change / No Theme 03.21.1996

    Barbara Adams, a former member of the Whitewater trial jury, showed up for jury duty wearing a ...ChildhoodLegal SystemParents

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  • Dawn.

    15: Dawn 02.28.1996

    Jack Hitt's quest to find out the truth about the man who lived down the street from him 30 ...ChildhoodJournalismNeighbors/Neighborhoods

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  • Dawn Again.

    15: Dawn 02.28.1996

    Two-and-a-half years after Jack Hitt wrote the story that makes up Act One of our show, he ...JournalismNeighbors/NeighborhoodsSexuality

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  • Sex.

    13: Love 02.07.1996

    Audio artist Gregory Whitehead weaves a story of sexual discovery. And This American Life ...FictionSexualityTeenagers

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  • Dave's Love.

    11: Enemies 01.24.1996

    Bob and Dave were close childhood friends — until their relationship began to lead their peers ...ChildhoodFriendshipSexuality

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  • Dave Today.

    11: Enemies 01.24.1996

    Ira reaches current-day Dave, who is a born-again Christian living with his parents. According ...FriendshipReligionSexuality

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  • Prologue.

    10: Double Lives 01.17.1996

    Susan Bergman's father was a family man, head of the church choir, and, secretly, having sex ...ChildhoodFamilyFathers

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  • Act One.

    10: Double Lives 01.17.1996

    When Susan Bergman wrote a book about her family's experience, other gay men tried to explain ...FamilyFathersMarriage

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  • Act Two.

    10: Double Lives 01.17.1996

    A talk with a father who's deceiving his own children. (15 minutes)ChildrenFathersMarriage

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  • Act Three.

    10: Double Lives 01.17.1996

    Sketches from the neo-futurists on the subject of double lives. Then, host Ira Glass discovers ...FunnyMothersParenting

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  • Act Four.

    10: Double Lives 01.17.1996

    Susan Bergman returns to read an excerpt from her book. (8 minutes)MarriageSexuality

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