sexuality

Arielle Levin-Becker

Joycelyn Elders is a doctor and a public health administrator and advocate. She was appointed the first African American surgeon general during the Clinton administration -- and then fired from her post  for some frank comments around sex and AIDS prevention. 

Chion Wolf

If men are from Mars and women are from Venus, asexuals seem like brothers and sisters from a distant solar system. 

Western societies are gradually growing accustomed -- with varying degrees of comfort -- to the initials in LGBT, but what about A? On our show today we explored the idea that some people have no sexual orientation -- not because of a hormonal deficiency or a position on the autism spectrum or some buried childhood sexual trauma -- but because they don't have a discernable sex drive.

On The Colin McEnroe Show we have a (possibly misguided) notion that we can find at least a little bit of humor in subjects that most public radio shows would treat with utter seriousness. Not everyone agrees, and a certain percent of my negative email is from people who cannot believe that we have injected levity into something deserving only sober contemplation. 

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The world’s most popular astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson, joins us. Plus a look at Secret Sex Lives, Suzy Spencer’s year on the fringes of American sexuality.

Chion Wolf

Advocates of same-sex marriage in Connecticut are celebrating the Supreme Court ruling that strikes down the federal Defense of Marriage Act and California's Proposition 8. Both banned gay marriage.

Beth Kerrigan was the lead plaintiff in the Kerrigan v. The State of Connecticut, a case that struck down a Connecticut law banning same-sex marriage,

Kerrigan says she is "overwhelmed" and "ecstatic" about the ruling.

She says with the Supreme Court ruling, her marriage to Jody Mock means a lot more now, than it did earlier this week.

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A Connecticut man and his husband got married in this past weekend. Now on a honeymoon in New York, they were waiting to hear whether their marriage -- recognized by the state, but not by the nation -- would get the approval of the U.S. Supreme Court. WNPR's Jeff Cohen has this report.

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Five words: Dr. Ruth is our guest.

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Middletown Police are investigating an attempted sexual assault at a fraternity on the Wesleyan University campus. A lawsuit is pending over a 2010 rape at the same fraternity.

About a week ago, Middletown Police responded to a call at the Mu Epsilon Chapter of Beta Theta Pi at Wesleyan. Police say an individual was allegedly assaulted, but was able to fend off the attacker and flee during an attempted sexual assault. The name and sex of the victim have not been released and its not clear if it was a Wesleyan student. 

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Today: Sex! Or. Well. Not sex. But talk about sex. Laurie Santos is back again. She teaches Sex, Evolution and Human Nature at Yale, and she'll take your calls! So call us with your questions, your concerns, your anecdotes. Or maybe not your anecdotes so much. But your questions and your concerns! If nothing else, this promises not to be your standard hour of public radio.

Wolcott Schools Allow Student To Wear Anti-Gay Shirt

Mar 15, 2013

Wolcott Public Schools will allow a student to wear an anti-gay T-shirt to school after the district faced the threat of legal action by the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut. 

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Today: Sex! Or. Well. Not sex. But TALK about sex. We had so much fun putting together last November's show on the ‘strange’ sex that people and animals have (separately—not together), that we've invited Laurie Santos—she teaches Sex, Evolution and Human Nature at Yale—back to do it again… but this time live, and with your calls! So call us—203 776-WNPR—with your questions, your concerns, your anecdotes. Or maybe not your anecdotes so much. But your questions and your concerns! If nothing else, this promises not to be your standard hour of public radio.

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A first kiss should be great. But it almost never is. Did anyone have a first kiss that was heavenly? We'll find out today.

As one of our guests points out, a kiss is usually our first sexual experience.  In fact, if it's not, there's a good chance that something almost literally out-of-order has transpired. But we almost never know how to do it right. In one of Salinger's short stories a little boy asks, apropos of nothing, "Why do people in movies kiss sideways?" And a soldier answers: perhaps because their noses are too big and get in the way.

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The world’s most popular astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson, joins us in advance of his appearance at the Connecticut Forum on Saturday. Plus a look at Secret Sex Lives, Suzy Spencer’s year on the fringes of American sexuality.

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Today's show is about gay farmers -- and about the possibility that there's a gay farming movement. There's a documentary film about American gay farmers currently in the late stages of editing. And, as you'll learn today, there's a gay farmer reality show.

Chion Wolf

“We’ve been fighting about gay marriage for what, 15-20 years now.  Is there any evidence that fighting gay marriage is contributing to a greater appreciation among the broad society of the marital institution? Is there any evidence that the re-institutionalization of marriage is happening as a result of opposing gay marriage? And the best answer I can give to that is 'no.'” - David Blankenhorn

David Blankenhorn And The Battle Over Same-Sex Marriage

Jun 22, 2012
Chion Wolf

“We’ve been fighting about gay marriage for what, 15-20 years now.  Is there any evidence that fighting gay marriage is contributing to a greater appreciation among the broad society of the marital institution? Is there any evidence that the re-institutionalization of marriage is happening as a result of opposing gay marriage? And the best answer I can give to that is 'no.'” - David Blankenhorn

Lady Parts

Jun 5, 2012
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Prepare for a frank discussion, adults only, on women and men's health and sexuality. The show features Dr. Mary Jane Minkin of Yale and novelist and former therapist Amy Bloom.

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Maybe we all live in the United States of Cranbrook.

By that, I mean that we're all faced with choices, all the time, about how much we're going to stand up for the people getting the short end of the stick - whether they're poor, of color, gay or elderly.

If that's true, then last week's hero was, for me, Joe Biden.

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Right now, you don't have to go more than a few days without Sherlock Holmes. I caught the second Robert Downey Jr. version on a plane a couple of weeks ago, and PBS's remarkable new version starring Benedict Cumberbatch opens up its second season Sunday night.

God vs. Gay

Jan 20, 2012
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Since Connecticut legalized gay marriage in November 2008, more than 6,000 same-sex couples have been married here.

More and more Northeastern states are legalizing same-sex marriage with New York doing it last summer. It’s an issue that continues to stir debate - from California’s Proposition 8 to this year’s presidential race.

Table Ten Productions

Reality is composed of the public and the private. Paul Marcarelli was the Test Man, the "Can You Hear Me Now" guy for nine years of iconic commercials. During that time, he believed he could not identify himself as a gay man without affecting his income stream. The Test Man had to be Everyman, not part of a sub-group.

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The Catholic Church has had a long history of difficulties surrounding the ideas of sex and sexuality, problems that have forced their way into the public spotlight in recent decades. The scandal of sexually abusive priests and the Church's strong stance against same-sex marriage and in some cases, homosexual behavior itself seem to be problems of the Church hierarchy and not necessarily of the parishioners who seem to split with the Church on many of these issues.

LGBT Health Care

Sep 19, 2011

There are an estimated 9 million gay, lesbian, and transgender people in the US.  

And statistics are not easy to find - as this population has not been accurately counted in the large national population based-surveys, including the census.

But one thing researchers and advocates do know is that our health care system does a poor job reaching out to serve their very specific needs.

Oscar Alexander Robles

Jul 28, 2011

Oscar Robles is a New Yorker by way of Florida. He moved to Hartford, CT in August of 2009. From a young age, he has been engaged in LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender) activism work and helped start the first Gay Straight Alliance in Brevard County, FL .

Senate Judiciary Committee Hears Testimony On Repeal Of DOMA

Jul 21, 2011
Chion Wolf

The Senate waded into the emotionally and politically-charged issue of gay marriage Wednesday, with the first-ever hearing on the repeal of the federal Defense of Marriage Act. There was testimony from gay and lesbian witnesses, including a widower from Connecticut.

The Senate Judiciary Committee hearing room was packed with gay rights advocates and same-sex couples, as the committee engaged in a divisive debate over the merits of DOMA and a corresponding push to repeal of that law.

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Everybody knows who Paul Marcarelli is. They just don't know they know.

Photo by Chion Wolf

When you hear about the human trafficking of young girls and women, third world countries in Asia and South America come to mind but law enforcement officials and advocates against exploitation say its as pervasive in this country as overseas. On VanityFair.com, writer Anne Fine Collins profiles a Connecticut case that was one of the first to be tried under the federal Trafficking Victims Protection Act.

Out in Connecticut: Ray Tessier

Mar 23, 2011

I’m Ray Tessier and I’m Canadian . . . well, I’m a US citizen now, but  I come from Canada.  It was unusual how it happened.  My mother married a Navy man and because he went right in the Navy after they got married my mother stayed in Canada.  So we had a house there, we had a place and when my father got out, we stayed there.

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