Episode of the day: “Sex, Relationships and Asian Daters”

Listen to “Sex, Relationships, and Asian Daters” (32:35)

Podcast: The Mash Up Americans (Episode 28)

I was drawn to this episode because author and psychotherapist Esther Perel’s TED Talk is truly amazing. This interview with her is equally interesting.

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Esther Perel. (Image: from ted.com)

More information:

Esther Perel’s TED Talk

Esther Perel’s book “Mating in Captivity” on Amazon.com


Episode of the day: “The Editor”

Listen to “The Editor” (27:37)

Podcast: Criminal (Episode 49)

Bear with the first few minutes of grotesque violence. This turns out to be an incredible story about self-development, human relations and generosity.

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Article about Robin Woods in the The New Yorker

Woods’ first letter to Stevens. (Image: from The New Yorker)

Episode of the day: “Deciphering the World’s Strangest Encyclopedia”

Listen to “Deciphering the World’s Strangest Encyclopedia” (15:22)

Podcast: The World in Words

Maybe the author of this encyclopedia Mr. Luigi Serafini is just capable of something which the mere mortal is not. Vivid imagination and creativity decreases with age. Imagine an adult brain with an intact child-like imagination and creativity.

Image from Codex Seraphinianus

Episode of the day: “Mind Games 2016”

Listen to “Mind Games 2016” (1:00:05)

Podcast: This American Life (Episode 588)

“Stories of people who try simple mind games on others, and then find themselves in way over their heads.”

More information:

Improv Everywhere website

David Berkeley website

No Pants scene of Improv Everywhere. (Image: improveverywhere.com)

Episode of the day: “Transformers”

Listen to “Transformers” E (34:13)

Podcast: Theory of Everything

Fantastic episode on transgender and gender non-conforming issues. We need to be talking about this more!

I’m glad to be living in this day and age and in a society where gender and sexual issues can at least be brought up and we are *relatively* free to have an opinion. However, I wish for a world where EVERYONE was tolerant to gender issues and sexual preferences, and where straight and LGBT communities coexisted peacefully and had equal rights.

Episode info from the podcast’s website: “Yvette Gonzales tells us a first person story about what its like to be transgender in Prison. Gender theorist B. Preciado tells us about what happens when a person takes testosterone without the intention of transitioning from one gender to another. Plus, Jim Elledge tells us about his biography of Outsider Artist Henry Darger, and why he drew little girls with penises.”

More information:

Article about Yvette Gonzalez by Solitary Watch  Transgender Women in New York State Prisons Face Solitary Confinement and Sexual Assault

“Going Home” documentary about Yvette Gonzalez.

Pharmacopornography: An Interview with Beatriz Preciado in The Paris Review.

“Testo Junkie” by Beatriz Preciado on Amazon

Henry Darger on Wikipedia

Yvette Gonzales says she endured repeated sexual assaults by prison staff while held in isolation.
Yvette Gonzalez. (Image: from Solitary Watch)

Episode of the day: “Secrets”

Listen to “Secrets” (15:44)

Podcast: Storycorps

Great episode about secrets that are kept to protect relationships and to protect the ones closer to us. Or to protect others from ourselves, or ourselves from our story… You choose!

More information:

Barbara Amaya website

Barbara Amaya’s book “Nobody’s Girl” on Amazon

Barbara Amaya’s book cover. (Image: from Amazon.com)