Hypersexualized: Understanding Sex Addiction
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by Anita Rao
1w ago
Anita learned in the early days of this show that there's no such thing as "normal" sexual behavior. But what *is* worth considering: how your relationship with sex affects your life. She meets two women whose compulsive sexual behaviors led them to seek support, and a sex-positive psychologist shares how she helps folks with sex addiction in their recovery. Meet the guests: Krista Nabar, the executive director and founder of the Carolina Sexual Wellness Center, explains her sex-positive approach to hypersexuality and treatment Erica Garza, author of “Getting Off: One Woman’s Journey Throu ..read more
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Sobered: Reexamining Your Relationship With Alcohol
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by Anita Rao
2w ago
Anita has not participated in a Dry January, but there are times when she's motivated to pay extra-close attention to her relationship with alcohol. Most recently: during the pandemic. While some of us started drinking more, another group of folks committed to sober curiosity: a movement encouraging introspection about your relationship with alcohol. She meets two people who are years into building sober lives and asks them to reflect on how their sobriety journeys have shaped everything from relationships to thoughts about the future. Meet the guests: J.Nicole Jones, co-host of the “Sober B ..read more
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Inherited: Healing From Generational Trauma
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by Anita Rao
3w ago
Anita has been unpacking intergenerational trauma ... thanks, in part, to Hollywood. Seeing herself in movies like "Turning Red" and "Everything Everywhere All At Once" has helped her make sense of her own family's challenges. She talks with three women who've investigated how events in their own family histories have rippled through the generations to influence their bodies, parenting and culture. Meet the guests: Dr. Ramona Beltrán, multiracial Chicana, mother, scholar and dancer, shares how generational trauma has manifested in her own family and how "Encanto" is a great example of the di ..read more
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Purified: A Live Event Turned Podcast (Part Two)
Embodied
by Anita Rao
1M ago
Anita is a sucker for live storytelling, so when she and the Embodied team planned their first in-person event, they knew the vibe they were going for. They invited five people to stand on stage in front of a live audience and explore how purity culture has shaped their faith, relationships and sexuality. In part two, you'll meet a poet and a producer who're questioning what purity culture taught them about sexual identity and masculinity. Meet the guests: Ashley Lumpkin, a poet and educator, shares their story about the talk their parents DIDN'T have with them Ryan Clark, co-host of "Touc ..read more
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Purified: A Live Event Turned Podcast (Part One)
Embodied
by Anita Rao
1M ago
Anita met Embodied listeners IRL for the first time earlier this year at the show's first in-person event "Purified." The evening was part late night talk show and part live storytelling. With music DJ-ed by Quilla to set the tone, five people shared their unique experiences with purity culture on stage in front of a live audience. In part one, you'll meet a social worker, preacher and faith leader who take you from church camp to the pews. Meet the guests: Indhira Udofia, a student in the joint program of social work at UNC Greensboro and North Carolina A&T, shares her journey through p ..read more
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Navigated: The Rao Sisters on Holiday Conversations
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by Anita Rao
1M ago
Anita has a lot of practice talking about taboo topics with strangers. But when it comes to having these conversations in her own family, especially around the holidays, she gets squirmy like the rest of us. She invites her older sister Priyanka onto the podcast to reflect on tricky — but often inevitable — conversations with family members. Priyanka, a mom and pediatrician, talks about her ongoing journey to broach difficult subjects that come up a lot this time of year: loss, family dynamics and parenting boundaries. Meet the guest: Priyanka Rao, a mom and pediatrician (and Anita's older si ..read more
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Co-Worked: The Good, Bad & Ambivalent of the Office Bestie
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by Anita Rao
2M ago
Anita wouldn't have made it through her 20s without her work friends. But now that she's a manager and working in a hybrid office, she's noticed that work friendships don't come as easily as they used to. A psychologist answers her burning workplace relationship questions and dives into the surprising amount of data about work besties. Plus, a Gen Z writer urges her to re-think the importance of work as a primary social hub. Meet the guests: Dr. Marisa G. Franco, a psychologist and author of "Platonic: How the Science of Attachment Can Help You Make — and Keep — Friends," shares the benefits ..read more
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Posed: Intimate Photography Goes Beyond Nudes
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by Anita Rao
2M ago
Anita hasn't always loved getting her photo taken, but seeing herself through the artistic eye of a close friend and photographer has changed her perspective. She meets two intimate photographers who take her behind the scenes of their shoots and share their philosophies on capturing the erotic in an image. Plus, she talks with a model about her intimate work that explores disability and sexuality. Meet the guests: LaQuann Dawson, an artist and community organizer, shares his passion for documenting the Black, queer community through intimate photography and what it's been like to turn the l ..read more
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Plucked: The Calm and Chaos of A Hair-Pulling Disorder
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by Anita Rao
2M ago
Anita agrees to a suggestion posed by a listener: Explore why the hair-pulling disorder trichotillomania is so taboo. She talks with an artist who started pulling their hair more than two decades ago but only recently told her parents…after publishing part of their story in a national news outlet. A psychologist on the front-lines of studying trich treatment talks about the importance of acceptance; and a hairstylist with trich takes us into why her salon is a safe haven for other folks with hair loss. Meet the guests: Haruka Aoki, a writer and illustrator who recently published a comic abou ..read more
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Valued: Unpacking Your Money Baggage
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by Anita Rao
2M ago
Anita is getting married next year, which means she's been thinking a lot about money and what kind of spending aligns with her values. Turns out that her money behaviors (and yours) are shaped by experiences and beliefs that have accumulated since childhood. She talks with a financial therapist and a money coach about their work to help people better understand their money hang-ups and explores some unconventional ways to think about your money. Meet the guests: Steven M. Hughes, a financial therapist and money reiki practitioner, helps us go deep when we think about our relationship to mon ..read more
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