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By Christa Desir & Carrie Mesrobian
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A candid discussion of sexuality, culture and young adult fiction, featuring YA authors Christa Desir and Carrie Mesrobian.
||ExplicitEpisode 22: Romance Tropes||click to subscribe in iTunes or Stitcher SHOW NOTES Our Current Reads Carrie Himself, by Jess Kidd Inside of A Dog: What Dogs See, Smell & Know, by Alexandra Horowitz Domesticated: Evolution in a Man-Made World, by Richard Francis Christa Dive Smack,||8/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode #21: Young Adult, or Literary Fiction? Who Decides?||In this episode of the Oral History Podcast, we ask why some books about teenagers are labeled “YA” but others are marketed as “literary fiction.” Tell us what you think on our Facebook page or via email (feedback AT theoralhistorypodcast DOT co||5/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 20: School Dances||In this episode of The Oral History Podcast, we discuss school dances, now and then. Do you have some terrible and/or delicious memories of school dances you’d like to share, or some books that deal with high school dances in a way you like? Tell us||3/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode #19: Dating||In this episode of the Oral History Podcast, we discuss the concept of dating: what it was like when we were teenagers, what it is like for teenagers now, and how some books we recommend handle this variable romantical endeavor. Do you have some insight||1/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 18: Sexual Content in YA Books||In this episode of The Oral History Podcast, we discuss censorship issues surrounding content in young adult literature and how this affects librarians, editors, authors and teachers, as well as how people who support open fair access to all kinds of bo||11/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 17: YA Sex Scenes||Episode 17: We discuss craft issues and questions involved in YA sex scenes, whether you’re reading them or writing them, and reference several titles in the process. Click to subscribe in iTunes or Stitcher. SHOW NOTES Our Current Reads Carrie: Women||9/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 16: Clean Reads & Porn||Episode 16: We discuss the idea of “clean reads” as well as porn in fiction and in the lives of adolescents. Don’t panic: we’re not recommending porn films but just examining the role porn plays in adolescent and adult sexuality with respect t||6/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 15: Romance Tropes||Episode 15: In this show, we depart from our usual analysis of YA literature and instead discuss adult romance-novel tropes that persistently beguile and bedevil us. click to subscribe in iTunes or Stitcher SHOW NOTES Our Current Re||5/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 14: Femininity||Episode 14: This is a companion piece to our episode on Masculinity, where we discuss femininity and some of its trappings as we’ve experienced them throughout our lives: lingerie, fake nails, cheerleaders, fathers and daughters, make-up, the mean||4/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 13: Sex Without Romance||Episode 13: We discuss Sex Without Romance (something that is very difficult to find in young adult fiction, as it turns out) and some of our adolescent adventures with respect to romance-free sex, as well as a few YA titles that touch on it. click||3/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode #12: Worst Dude Ever||Episode 12: We discuss traditional cultural lessons regarding masculinity and YA titles that address masculinity in fascinating ways. click to subscribe in iTunes or Stitcher SHOW NOTES Our Current Reads Christa The War That Saved My Life, by Kimberl||2/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode #11: Our Sexual Education||Episode 11: We discuss some of the books that helped shape our own sexual education and thinking over the years. Click to subscribe in iTunes or Stitcher. Our Current Reads Christa The Theory of Everything by Gae Polisner Carri||12/17/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode #10: Illicit Relationships||Episode 10: We discuss illicit relationships where there is a power differential between the people involved, as well as legal and social restrictions. Click to subscribe in iTunes or Stitcher Our Current Reads Carrie Walk On Earth A Stranger by Rae||11/12/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode #9: Body Image||Episode 9: We discuss body image, in our own lives, and in the context of sexual content in YA books. Click to subscribe in iTunes or Stitcher. Our Current Reads Christa Faithfully Feminist: Jewish, Christian & Muslim Feminists & Why We Stay by Gina||10/2/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode #8: Cheating||Episode 8: We discuss cheating, in our own lives, and as portrayed in YA fiction. You can subscribe to this episode and previous episodes via iTunes or Stitcher. SHOW NOTES Our Current Reads Christa: The Dinner by Herman Koch; Delicate Monsters by||9/3/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode #7: Writing Sex – A YA Fiction Craft Talk||Episode #7: We discuss writing about sex from a fiction craft perspective. Subscribe in iTunes here; listen via Stitcher here. Current Reads Carrie: Lady Sings The Blues by Billie Holiday & William Dufty; Can’t Be Satisfied: The Life & Times of Mu||5/20/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode #6: The Greatest Love Of All||Episode #6: We discuss that most taboo sex act, the Greatest Love of All, masturbation. Subscribe in iTunes here; listen via Stitcher here. Current Reads – Christa: just finished The F-It List by Julie Halpern; now reading My True Love Gave To Me||4/27/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode #5: Kissing||Episode 5: In this episode, we discuss kissing in all its fabulous and delightful iterations. Subscribe in iTunes here; listen via Stitcher here. Show Notes – Christa’s current reads: Dreamland by Sarah Dessen and Kissing Ted Callahan by Amy||3/23/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode #4: The LadyHead Seal of Approval||Episode #4: We discuss the whys and wherefores of oral sex, in life and in YA fiction. Subscribe in iTunes here. Show Notes Christa is currently reading The Alex Crow by Andrew Smith; just finished Bone Gap by Laura Ruby & The Boy in the Black Suit by||3/19/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode #3: Girl Fantasies & 50 Shades of Grey||Episode #3. We discuss the movie and book of 50 Shades of Grey as well as the concept of girl fantasies. Subscribe in iTunes here; listen via Stitcher here. Show Notes for Episode #3 -Christa mentioned reading The Story of O as a young person – R||2/20/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode #2: First Times||Episode #2: We discuss what it’s like to have sex for the first time, in our lives and in YA fiction. Subscribe in iTunes here; Sticher here. Show Notes for Episode #2: – What we’re reading: Christa: Bone Gap by Laura Ruby / Carrie: The Winne||2/5/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode #1: Girl Talk||Episode #1: We discuss how girls talk to each other about their own sexual behavior, in our lives and in YA fiction. click here to subscribe in iTunes; here for Stitcher. Show Notes for Episode #1 – Christa mentioned a website called Scarleteen, wh||1/29/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
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So helpful for YA Writer!!
Wow! So helpful as I am writing my YA novel. So funny and honest and open and inspiring. And they keep giving me new ideas to write about. Thanks for a great podcast.
Writers, readers, humans: take note
The conversations here are spot on with regard to YA lit, writing about sex, and—more broadly—thinking about how we frame the role of sex in our lives. Always fresh, funny, and insightful. Pro tips for writers and piles of book recommendations.