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

June 27, 2024 55 mins

NYC burlesque artist Fancy Feast discusses her memoir, Naked:  On Sex, Work, and Other Burlesques, and how being a fat performer, phone sex worker, and sex toy store clerk revealed to her Americans’ fears and expectations about sex.

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In this lively interview with bisexual mega influencer and Men’s Health columnist Zachary Zane, he discusses Boyslut, his recent book, now in paperback, that chronicles his sexual journey, as well as how to live a more shame-free, sex-positive life. [Rebroadcast]

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In this dynamic interview with award-winning author and sex educator Tristan Taormino, she discusses her memoir, A Part of the Heart Can’t Be Eaten, recounting her queer youth and relationship with her gay dad, making feminist porn, being a femme dyke, and why people aren’t having sex now.

Get tix to our PRIDE SHOW. Chicago, Friday, June 28 at 8pm.

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Our panel of sex-positive therapists discuss the roots of jealousy and envy, and share the best ways to approach these uncomfortable feelings in both open and monogamous relationships. From our May 2024 live show.

For info and tickets to our live Pride Show in Chicago on Friday June 28, go here.

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Do you and your partner have mismatched libidos?  In this fascinating interview that turns many long-held ideas on their head, sexologist and author Cyndi Darnell talks about her book that helps people connect to their authentic desires and build connection. [Rebroadcast]

In Chicago on Saturday May 4? Get tix to our live show and podcast recording!

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Chicago documentary filmmaker David Weathersby talks to Karen about his work chronicling the Black kink community in Chicago, including his upcoming series Sex in Color and his film Thee Debauchery Ball.

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April 4, 2024 46 mins

Art therapist and counselor Alyse Ruriani explains how Tarot, the ancient divinatory card deck, can be a tool for self-growth and inner work around one’s sex life and relationships. Host Karen Yates uses herself as the subject in a reading–with a little bit of anxiety!

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Author Alex Alberto talks with Karen about “Entwined,” their memoir that explores polyamory, including community living, triads, pansexuality, and how the French and English language rate in describing being nonbinary.

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  • Author Alex Alberto. Also on Instagram
  • Host and sex educator Karen Yates 
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Do you want to express yourself better in bed? Sex educator and host Karen Yates explains what might be getting in the way  (a lot!) and offers solutions in this solo episode.

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What do male-identified people hold in their bodies that keeps them from greater pleasure? Karen interviews JoJo Bear, a somatic sex and intimacy guide, about what he’s learned from years of working with men in this rebroadcast from 2022.

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Molly Roden Winter talks with Karen about her bestselling memoir More, which honestly chronicles opening up her long-term marriage while being a mother and then caregiver to her parents.

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Check out Entwined by Alex Alberto (and mentioned by Molly) on Bookshop, too!

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January 25, 2024 22 mins

In this solo episode, Wild & Sublime host and sex educator Karen Yates talks about the importance of one's pleasure and how to begin taking steps toward a better sex life in 2024.

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Featured speaker: Karen Yates - host, somatic sex educator, intuitive, energy worker

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January 11, 2024 47 mins

Panelists from our live December show in Chicago talk about aspects of nonmonogamy: communication skills; low-risk ways to begin; what not to do; and the poly community. This lively and thoughtful  conversation deeply considers what it takes to open up your relationship. Plus questions from the audience.

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Our most popular episode of 2023! What is somatic healing, and how does it work? Karen shares a conversation with several somatic therapists on different techniques, and the possibilities for healing sexual trauma and getting back into your body. Note: We're taking the rest of December off.  See you January 11!

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November 30, 2023 46 mins

Podcasters Adrienne Gunn and Elizabeth Gomez talk with Karen about teenage celebrity crushes and how they informed their adult sexual life in this entertaining yet insightful episode.

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Get tickets for our Saturday, Dec 9 show in Chicago! 

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Our sexperts share their wisdom on why relationships lose their spark and what to do about it. From the Wild & Sublime fifth anniversary live show. [Note: audio issues in first few minutes of panel conversation.]

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From the Wild & Sublime fifth anniversary live show: our sexperts field audience q’s on anal, sex ed, and being “too much”; standup Archy Jamjun brings the laughs, and host Karen Yates gives her Sermon on sex intentions.

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October 20, 2023 54 mins

Standup comedian Adam Burke (Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!) discusses his open relationship, UK v. US dating, and helps Karen with her dating app in this hilarious episode. 

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October 5, 2023 44 mins

NY comedian Raanan Hershberg (The Tonight Show, The Late Late Show, Comedy Central) discusses pegging, sobriety and sex, dating someone with herpes…and Vladimir Putin. Raanan and Karen also chat about the hottest movie: Blue Is the Warmest Color vs Out of Sight.

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Get tickets for the Oct 7 fifth anniversary show in Chicago!

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September 21, 2023 42 mins

Chicago comedian and producer Sonal Aggarwal discusses growing up in an Indian family and the parental pressure to marry. Sonal and Karen discuss dating: How kinky are folks on the apps exactly? Who’s picking up the tab? Plus how being a massage therapist is an added benefit with partners.

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