Podcast

Season 2

 

Dr. Linda Mona

Our guest this episode is Dr. Linda Mona, a highly honored clinical psychologist specializing in patients with chronic health conditions and disabilities. Dr. Mona works as a consultant to healthcare service providers, in addition to her private practice, where she focuses on sexual health as a means of improving overall quality of life. Dr. Mona and Liz talk about digital dating with a disability; her favorite sex toy recommends and how a disability can in fact make you MORE creative in the bedroom.

Imani Gandy

On this episode our guest is Imani Gandy, lawyer, senior legal analyst for Rewire Dot News, co-host of their Boom! Lawyered podcast and writer of the the award-winning blog Angry Black Lady Chronicles. Imani and Liz discuss the capitalistic history of abortion laws in the United States going back to the 1850s; the nuances of how our government can and does legislate abortion, and actionable ways we can support others as reproductive justice becomes increasingly restrictive.

Tony Goldwyn

Our guest on this episode is Liz’s brother, Tony Goldwyn. Tony is an actor, director, producer and activist. He played United States President Fitzgerald Grant on ABC’s SCANDAL for 7 seasons, directed feature films, and has appeared on and off Broadway for over 25 years. Tony and Liz discuss male privilege; their father’s sometimes “tough love” advice; appearing nude onstage and on screen; what it was like to become a sex symbol at 50 and how intimacy evolves with age.

 

Rabbi Eger

Our guest on this episode is Rabbi Denise Eger, one of the first lesbian Rabbis to work openly in the United States and was the first queer President of the Central Conference of American Rabbis. Rabbi Eger gives a blessing before a conversation about sex and spirituality; the myth of Lilith; ordaining California’s first legal lesbian wedding and how she is leading her congregation to evolve past the gender binary.

Mistress Velvet

Mistress Velvet, Chicago’s premiere African domme Goddess and practitioner of BDSM, often makes her straight, white male clients read and write essays about black feminist theory. Liz talks with Mistress Velvet about the “whorearchy”, her post work self care routine, why sex workers are being excluded from traditional sex ed and how her academic studies have overlapped with her professional life.

Jeremy Scott

Jeremy is the creative force behind his own label, Jeremy Scott, has had an ongoing collaboration with Adidas for over a decade, and is also the creative director of Moschino. Liz and Jeremy talk about letting his fashion freak flag fly as a teenager in Missouri; “making it” in Paris as a designer; and how gender identity and dress codes have been revolutionized over the last decade.

 

Barbara Carrellas

Have you ever been curious about Tantra? Or wondered what Tantric sex is all about? Our episode this week features Barbara Carrellas, founder of Urban Tantra, who demystifies Tantra, explains “conscious” kink and tells Liz about that one time she had an energy orgasm in a tree.

Midori

This week, our guest is Midori, legendary sex educator, author and artist. Midori wrote the classic rope bible, The Seductive Art of Japanese Bondage— the first English-language book on shibari. Liz and Midori cover bondage’s roots in warfare, incarceration and slavery as well as why, when tying up a lover for the first time, it’s important to maintain eye contact.

Natasha Lyonne

Our guest for this episode is Natasha Lyonne—actress, director, producer, writer and renaissance woman, whose most recent brainchild is the Netflix series Russian Doll. Longtime friends Natasha and Liz talk about the power dynamics of appearing nude on screen; their shared fascination with women like Mae West and Alla Nazimova; sexual appetite; and why the brain is a major turn-on.  

 

Sahar Pirzada

This week’s podcast features Sahar Pirzada, who provides culturally sensitive sex education to Muslim communities as part of her work with HEART Women & Girls, a nonprofit that works across the country. We break down Sahar’s experiences of Islamophobia in the reproductive health care system, why faith and sexuality are not mutually exclusive, and how to meet folks where they are at.

Violet Chachki

We’re kicking off Season 2 of The Sex Ed Podcast fabulously with Violet Chachki, — iconic drag queen, aerialist and burlesque performer. Violet is the winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 7 and a showgirl who tours the world. On this episode, Violet and Liz discuss Catholic school uniforms, breaking Drag Race taboos, being a fashion icon and so much more.

 
 

Season 1

What is Love?

No one person is an expert in love. So, for our season finale, Liz asked 50 strangers about LOVE: What is love? Does love hurt? Is love scary? Have you been in love? Their answers reflected a diversity of experiences and perceptions from young, old, single, happily partnered, divorced, polyamorous and currently heartbroken people. From fears of dying alone and being eaten by cats, to a couple that have been together 47 years— this episode covers it all.

Betony Vernon

Betony Vernon is a sexual anthropologist, mistress of the ropes, the author of The Boudoir Bible: The Uninhibited Sex Guide for Today, and the designer behind Jewel Tools—a line of haute couture erotic jewelry. In this episode, Liz and Betony discuss the time Betony professionally tied Liz up as well as digital dating and how bondage can be a healing tool for trauma.  

Wendy Cherry

Dr. Wendy Cherry is a sex therapist and director of the American Association of Couples and Sex Therapists. On this episode, Liz and Wendy cover what sex therapy is and how it works; why we need to overcome internalized erotic shame; and some tips to break the ice when you want to address issues in the bedroom with your partner.

 

Erica Chidi Cohen

Erica Chidi Cohen is a doula, author and cofounder of LOOM—a center in Los Angeles that provides empowered education from periods to parenting. In this episode, Erica and Liz discuss doula care for patients through birth and abortion, how pregnancy affects sex drive and why there’s no such thing as the “best way” to give birth.

Paul Fishbein

Paul Fishbein founded AVN Media Network, the adult film industry’s leading trade publication, and the annual AVN Convention and Awards Show, otherwise known as the “Oscars of Porn.” In this episode Liz and Paul discuss how a college kid with no knowledge of porn ended up founding the industry giant and why he considers himself a feminist.  

Sunny Rodgers

Sunny Rodgers is a clinical sexologist, certified sex coach, sex educator, ordained minister and a regular contributor to The Sex Ed. In this episode, Liz and Sunny cover everything from non-gendered sex toys, to prostate pleasure to the healing power of sex.

 

Diana Winston

Diana Winston is the Director of Mindfulness Education at UCLA's Mindful Awareness Research Center. In this episode, Liz and Diana discuss mindfulness, practical ways to integrate it in your daily routine, how to have more conscious sex, and leads Liz in a guided meditation which you can follow.

Carrie Wambach

Carrie Wambach, M.D. is a board certified OB GYN with a speciality in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. At her private practice, she helps patients with egg freezing, as well as treating recurrent miscarriage and other infertility issues. In this episode, Dr. Wambach and Liz discuss infertility, surrogacy and why there is such overwhelming cultural pressure to conceive.

Karina Longworth

Karina Longworth is the creator of “You Must Remember This”, a podcast about the secrets and forgotten histories of early Hollywood and the author of the book, Seduction: Sex, Lies and Stardom in Howard Hughes’s Hollywood about the women whose careers and lives Hughes changed. Liz catches up with Karina during her book tour to discuss sex on the silver screen in cinema’s golden age and the long history of hollywood’s boys club.

 

Dita Von Teese

Dita Von Teese is known as The Queen of Burlesque. She re-popularized the art form in the 90s and remains its most well-known performer. She is also an author, model and designer. In this episode, real life bosom buddies Liz and Dita chat about the first time she discovered kink, how working strip clubs can prepare you for the real world and the unbridled joy of taking a pie to the face.

Lexington Steele

Lexington Steele is one of the most well-known male adult film stars in the world. Lex is a hall of fame porn-star with three AVN Performer of the Year Awards–basically the Best Actor Oscar for porn–and he’s still going strong today, two decades into his career.

Gwen McClendon

Gwen McClendon is a minister and sex educator. With over 50 years of experience speaking to teenagers about sexuality, Gwen understands first hand why abstinence only education doesn’t work. In this interview Gwen and Liz have a nuanced conversation about sex, love and God, as well as teenage hormones and the church’s responsibilities when it comes to sex education.

 

Nina Hartley

Nina Hartley is a world-famous adult film actress, director, author, and educator. She first achieved mainstream recognition in the 80s and 90s for promoting sex-positive feminism. In this interview, we discuss Nina’s early training as a Registered Nurse, feminism in the 1970s, and sex as an artistic medium.

Dr. Joshua Gonzalez

Dr. Joshua Gonzalez, MD, is a urologist specializing in Sexual Medicine. On this episode we discuss erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, birth control side effects, and a whole host of other medical mysteries.

Lou Paget

Lou Paget is a certified sex educator who travels the world sharing accurate, practical information with honesty and accessibility. In this episode she shares her tips for the best cunnilingus and fellatio among other insights into the bedroom.

 

Catherine Clay

Catherine was involved in sex work from a very young age, at her family’s direction. Catherine talks about the life of a young sex worker, the sacrifices that she made for her family, and her journey out of alcohol addiction.