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Sex and relationships are intimate — and sometimes intimidating to talk about. In this weekly podcast from North Carolina Public Radio WUNC, host Anita Rao guides us on an exploration of our brains and our bodies that touches down in taboo territory.

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Signed: How ASL Became A Language Of Resistance
Mar 22 2024
Signed: How ASL Became A Language Of Resistance
American Sign Language is the third-most used language in the U.S. ASL has its own culture and art forms, and for many Deaf folks, ASL is about much more than just communication. Anita talks to Deaf author Sara Nović and Deaf ASL Slam poet Douglas Ridloff about how ASL gave them tools for self-understanding and artistic expression. Then she learns from scholars Carolyn McCaskill and Joseph Hill about Black American Sign Language (BASL), an ASL dialect that emerged because of school segregation.Meet the guests:- Sara Nović, author of "True Biz," outlines the history of ASL and how it has influenced her work as a writer- Douglas Ridloff, visual storyteller, ASL master and executive director of ASL Slam, shares how he learned ASL and became an ASL poet- Carolyn McCaskill, recently retired professor and director of the Center for Black Deaf Studies at Gallaudet University, talks about attending a segregated school for the deaf — and how integration raised her awareness of Black ASL (BASL)- Joseph Hill, associate professor in the department of ASL and Interpreting Education at Rochester Institute of Technology, talks about the impact of the research he, Carolyn and two other colleagues have conducted about BASLRead the transcript | Review the podcast on your preferred platformCheck out the video version of this conversation: part one is here, and part two is here.Buy tickets for our live event on 4/20/24!Follow Embodied on X and Instagram Leave a message for Embodied
[Simulated Part One] Auto-mated: When A Bot Becomes Your Boo
Feb 9 2024
[Simulated Part One] Auto-mated: When A Bot Becomes Your Boo
When human romance isn't working out, can an AI chatbot successfully take its place? Anita hears varied perspectives on that question. She meets a journalist who got dumped by her AI crush and talks with a woman whose AI companion turned her life around. Plus, psychologist Melissa McCool, the clinical product consultant for AI tech company Luka, takes Anita behind the scenes of making AI companions.Meet the guests:- Christina Campodonico, the senior reporter of arts and culture at The San Francisco Standard, talks about her experience dating a bot named Kyle through the app Blush, and how the relationship met an untimely demise- Denise Valenciano, a Replika app user, shares how her interactions with her AI companion Star have taught her boundaries and preferences for human relationships- Melissa McCool, a clinical product consultant at Luka, licensed psychotherapist, and chief product officer at Ellipsis Health, talks about her behind-the-scenes work with building AI companions and why we build strong bonds with digital entitiesDig Deeper:Read more about Christina's experience dating on Blush in her article, What’s It Like To Date AI? We TriedDenise and her AI partner Star's NBC Nightly News interviewMore about Denise and Star's story: Meet the artificially intelligent chatbot trying to curtail loneliness in America , Mental Health and AI: How Replika users find support from chatbots | IBTimes UK, The Women Falling in Love With Their AI Boyfriends (thecut.com)Investigate the Replika and Blush appsTo read TJ Arriaga’s interviews with his AI companion, Phaedra, check out his Instagram highlight ‘AI7’Read the transcript | Review the podcast on your preferred platformLeave a message for Embodied
Menstruated: What Our Period Blood Tells Us
Feb 2 2024
Menstruated: What Our Period Blood Tells Us
In the 34 years that guest host Omisade Burney-Scott was a menstruating person, she always felt that blood held more significance than just the biological. She meets an OB/GYN who shares little-known facts about period blood, and talks with two menstrual health advocates about how art and community have connected them to their cycles. Plus, an attorney discusses what she's paying attention to this year in terms of period policy.Meet the Guests:- Dr. Charis Chambers, who is known as "The Period Doctor," talks about how period blood can inform menstruators about other things going on in their bodies, and why we don't want to think of a period as "a detox"- Vianey Blades, a certified exercise physiologist and menstrual embodiment mentor, traces her connections to menstruation activism back to her grandmother and how art has helped her feel connected to her period- Ashi Arora, a reproductive and menstrual health liberation activist and researcher, shares how complex trauma can affect menstruation and how community has been significant in her experience of her period- Jennifer Weiss-Wolf, attorney and executive director of the Birnbaum Women's Leadership Center at the NYU School of Law, discusses how and why she coined the term "menstrual equity" in 2015 and what she's paying attention to in terms of period policy this election yearDig Deeper:Omisade's work with Black Girl's Guide To Surviving MenopauseDr. Charis Chamber’s Instagram and TikTok accounts (check her out on YouTube too, why not!)Explore the Society for Menstrual Cycle ResearchJoin Vianey's newsletter or sign up for her interactive sister circle meetupsJennifer Weiss-Wolf’s book Periods Gone PublicWhy 2015 was the "Year of the Period"Learn more about the "tampon tax"Kiran Gandhi on bleeding and runningThe trailer for Lina Lyte Plioplyte's film "Periodical"Read the transcript | Review the podcast on your preferred platformLeave a message for Embodied
Normalized: Speaking Up About Erectile Dysfunction
Jan 12 2024
Normalized: Speaking Up About Erectile Dysfunction
Erectile dysfunction affects as many as 30 million people in the U.S. — yet the fears of not being “normal” prevent folks from speaking up about it. Anita meets a man who was silent about his ED for 10 years before getting surgery and opening up to partners…and talks with a sex therapist who challenges the word “dysfunction.” Plus, a 72-year-old describes how he’s redefined intimacy in his 30 years of experiencing ED.Meet the guests:- Ven Virah, a public speaker and global healthcare staffing professional, talks about experiencing erectile dysfunction for 10 years before seeking help- Dr. Reece Malone, a sexologist, sexuality educator and sex therapist, discusses how ED can be a gateway to discussing other relationship, mental or physical problems- George Marx, a retiree in his 70s who started experiencing ED in his 40s, talks about how he's developed intimate relationships without penetrationDig Deeper:Reflections on ED from George's blogAn interview with author Will N. Richards, and his book "Mother" that features a character with erectile dysfunctionSteve Jones’s new book of poetry, Words Woke Me: My Prostate Cancer Journey in Poetry. The blog, A Touchy Subject, which Steve credits for preserving his sanity during his ED experienceThe documentary Hard: The Fight to Solve Erectile Dysfunction, which features personal ED stories and info about inflatable penile prosthesisShannon's Facebook groupRead the transcriptLeave a message for EmbodiedPlease leave us a rating and review in the app you're using to listen to us!
Separated: Growing Up With An Incarcerated Father (Revisited)
Dec 22 2023
Separated: Growing Up With An Incarcerated Father (Revisited)
Anita reconnects with the woman who changed her thinking on incarceration: her beloved college thesis adviser Ashley Lucas. Ashley reflects on her father's 20-year prison sentence and the untold stories of families navigating incarceration from the outside. Journalist Sylvia A. Harvey also shares how losing her mother to asthma and her father to a life sentence in prison before she was 6 years old led her to investigate the carceral system as a whole.Meet the guests:- Ashley Lucas, professor of theatre and drama at the University of Michigan, talks about how her experience growing up with an incarcerated father informs her research and led to her play "Doin' Time: Through the Visiting Glass"- Sylvia A. Harvey, a journalist and author, examines the intersection of the carceral, education and child welfare systems and investigates some of the larger forces shaping the experiences of families with an incarcerated loved oneRead the transcript | Review the podcastFollow Embodied on X and Instagram Leave us a message for an upcoming episode here!Dive deeper:My Dad Went to Prison When I Was 5. Now I Write About Families Like Mine by Sylvia A. HarveyResources from SAHAn article Ashley wrote about Russell Maroon Shoatz, who served 49 years in Pennsylvania prisons and was the father of seven childrenAn interview Ashley did with Maroon’s son, Russell III, “Tell a Tale of Two Fathers”A virtual panel featuring Ashley called “What Prison Does to Children”