Wild & Sublime

Wild & Sublime

A podcast about sex for everyone, no matter your preferences, orientation, or relationship style — based on the popular live Chicago talk show, hosted by sex educator Karen Yates. Panelists, interviews, stories, Q and A, and more reflect a dynamic and all-encompassing view of sexuality. Join the juicy party!

Episodes

July 22, 2021 39 min

One woman’s story of moving from a “don’t talk about sex” childhood into a sexually unsatisfied early adulthood and finally discovering Tantra, energy work, and her own sexual desire and power.

In this episode:

  • Urban Tantra on Bookshop
  • Full episode transcript available on our website! 
  • Work with host Karen Yates in Zoom groups and one-on-one as she uses the energy of sound to reduce stress and help repattern behavior. Learn more about ...

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     A summertime sex-story special from the archives! Two storytellers share experiences of erotic experimentation, plus a comedic song about a hookup in Winnetka.

    In this episode:

  • Archy Arch J - Storyteller & curator of OUTspoken
  • Jessy Lauren Smith - Writer & storyteller
  • Amy Do - Comedian & musician
  • Full episode transcript available on our website! 
  • Work with host Karen Yates in Zoom groups and one-on-one as she uses the energy...

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    July 8, 2021 24 min

    Nervous about trying something new? Panelists discuss communicating with partners around trying new things, and answer audience questions on vulnerability, asking for what you want, and exploring turn-ons — with partners and by yourself.

    In this episode:

  • Jo Flannery - Clinical sexologist
  • Peter aka MksThingsHappin - Kink & relationship coach
  • S1E4: Four Steps to Ask for What You Want in Bed
  • Full episode transcript available on our web...
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    "When we get into an argument, my partner won't talk to me for hours or even the whole day. What do I do?" Panelists discuss "stonewalling" — when one partner checks out during intense moments and refuses to talk things through — and what you can do if it's happening in your relationship.

    In this episode:

  • Jason Best - Sex-positive & kink-aware therapist
  • Tazima Parris - Sex coach & pleasure mentor
  • Korey M...
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    Author Kate Davies talks about “In at the Deep End,” her novel about a woman’s pivot from hetero monogamy to a queer relationship, and the resulting deep-dive into London’s kink and poly scenes. This wry, insightful, and sexy story is sure to liven up your summer reading list. 

    In this episode:

  • Author Kate Davies
  • In at the Deep End on Bookshop
  • Sex-positive resource list
  • Episode transcript available on our website! 
  • Work with host Karen Y...

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    How far would you go to feel better? Karen interviews Christie Tate, author of the bestselling memoir Group — one of Amazon's top titles for 2020 and a selection for Reese Witherspoon’s  book club — on her quest for intimacy through an unconventional process of radical transparency.

    In this episode:

  • Christie Tate
  • “Group” on Bookshop
  • Work with host Karen Yates in Zoom groups and one-on-one as she uses sound and frequency to reduce s...

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    Author/illustrator Sophie Lucido Johnson talks about her polyamory memoir “Many Love” and about her journey in expanding definitions of love, reframing jealousy, and taking pleasure in seeing partners happy with other people.

    In this episode:

  • Sophie Lucido Johnson
  • Many Love on Bookshop
  • Episode transcript available on our website!
  • Work with host Karen Yates in Zoom groups and one-on-one as she uses sound and frequency to reduce stress an...

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    “How would you like me to touch you?” Has anyone ever asked you that? Sex coach, former sex worker, and Wheel of Consent creator Betty Martin talks to Karen about her new book, 40 years of touching people, and how to practice giving and receiving pleasure.

    In this episode:

  • Wheel of Consent video library
  • Read a chapter of Betty’s new book
  • Buy it on Bookshop
  • Work with host Karen Yates in Zoom groups and one-on-one as she uses sound and fr...

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    May 27, 2021 17 min

    Want to up your sexy skills? Plan a visit to Kinky Kollege! Bruce, the event director, explains the broad selection of classes, culture of consent, and sexual community spirit at this inclusive twice-yearly event. 

    In this episode:

  • Kinky Kollege - learn more about the event
  • Expanding Your Sexual Horizons - article by Bruce on our website
  • Work with host Karen Yates in Zoom groups and one-on-one as she uses frequency to reduce stress and...

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    "My long-term partner stopped wanting sex a few years ago. I bring it up from time to time, but nothing happens... Suggestions?" Our panel of sexperts tackles this tough question from a supporter as part of our exclusive monthly Q&A for Patreon members. Plus, Karen’s Sermon on the Pubic Mound on vulnerability and change.

    In this episode:

  • Brandon Hunter-Haydon - psychotherapist & intimacy coach
  • Tazima Parris - sex coach...
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    How many meds — from specialized to common — come with sexual side effects? You’d be surprised. Will your doctor tell you this, and if not, how can you ask? A sex educator and a cancer survivor talk through what docs often don’t tell you, or don’t know how to talk about, and what you can do.

    In this episode:

  • Ren Grabert - sex educator
  • Sex, Drugs, & Side Effects - Ren’s May 20 webinar at CSPH
  • Get more Wild & Sublime on Facebook,...
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    Want to cuddle? Platonic touch practitioner and coach Shawn Coleman talks about making safe spaces to practice nonsexual touch, owning your “no,” and learning to ask for the kind of physical contact you want.

    In this episode:

  • Shawn Coleman - platonic touch practitioner & coach
  • October 2018 - our first live show
  • October 2019 - our first birthday show
  • Shawn’s YouTube channel
  • Get more Wild & Sublime on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitt...
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    April 29, 2021 48 min

    What can kink teach us about community, energy work, and trauma? In this erotic biography episode, somatic psychotherapist Elmo Painter talks about her history as a professional dominatrix, and how working with the body and energy then directly informs her therapeutic practice today. Karen shares about her own energy work in sound healing and her background in Tantra.

    Work with host Karen Yates in Zoom groups and one-on-one as she u...

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    What would happen if you gave yourself permission to celebrate your body, no matter its size or shape? Burlesque artists Carina Shero and Jezebelly of the Femme FATales discuss burlesque performance, being fat and fabulous, the censorship impact of FOSTA-SESTA, and intersectionality through period costumes.

    In this episode:

  • Carina Shero - Fat community maker, model & performer
  • Jezebelly aka Iridessence - Burlesque performer, produ...
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    Do you swipe left so much you give yourself tendonitis as you look for the perfect person? Or do you date a lot, but no one meets your needs? Sexperts discuss relationship expectations and how to get better at dating. Plus a Sermon on the Pubic Mound on resentments.

    In this episode:

  • Tazima Parris - Sex coach & pleasure mentor 
  • Matthew Amador - Psychotherapist for love, sex, and gender rebels
  • Peter Navarro - sex-positive therapist s...
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    April 8, 2021 44 min

    Has your porn use ever felt like a problem? Where’s the line between “often” and “addiction”? Learn to differentiate between the two in this ep as Karen speaks with a sex therapist and a somatic sex educator. They talk about shame, pathologized behaviors, and compassion toward ourselves when we feel out of control. 


    In this episode:

  • Corinne Diachuk - Yoga therapist & somatic sex educator
  • Helen Wyatt - Relationship & sex therap...
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    April 1, 2021 23 min

    A listener asks, “It's hard for me to communicate during a kink scene … Suggestions?” Our sexperts discuss kink communication — before, during, and after. Plus, a steamy story from the Pride Parade that’s sure to make you sweat.

    In this episode:

  • Peter - kinkster and coach (MksThingsHappin on FetLife)
  • Diane Long - self-defense instructor & somatic bodyworker
  • Matthew Amador - sex-positive psychotherapist
  • Deb R. Lewis - storyteller
  • ...
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    March 25, 2021 22 min

    How do we discover what turns us on? Does the erotic come from taboo, longing, surprise? How can we get more of it to juice our relationships and fantasies? Panelists offer tips to cultivate more eroticism in our lives. Plus host Karen Yates' Sermon on the Pubic Mound on sex positivity.

    In this episode:

  • Jera Brown - sex writer
  • Peter - kinkster and coach (MksThingsHappin on FetLife)
  • Elmo Painter - sex-positive psychotherapist
  • Erotic ...
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    March 11, 2021 21 min

    Afraid of putting a desire out there? A newbie kinkster question leads to a surprising answer from our sexpert panel. Plus Karen’s Sermon on the Pubic Mound on vulnerability and asking for help.

    Join The Afterglow for bonus creator notes, monthly Q&As, and more! Or make a one-time donation to support our sex-forward content.

    In this episode:

  • Tazima Parris — sex & intimacy coach
  • Jason Best — therapist & founder of Best Thera...
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    March 4, 2021 48 min

    Pup play, leather, kink, sobriety, and the search for intimacy: In this erotic biography episode, one man shares his journey from Iowa musical theater kid (with a girlfriend) to out-and-proud L.A. leatherman — how he moved out of shame and hiding, and into making the deep relationships he was looking for.

    History of ‘The Eagle’ leather bars

    More about Leather Culture

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