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!... Show More

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February 25, 2021 32 min

What’s the state of dating during COVID now? Get the lowdown. We follow up with hashtag open's Sarah Sloane on dating and hookups a year into the pandemic and get tips you can use. Plus, Karen’s Sermon on the Pubic Mound on staying steady in hard times.

In this episode:

  • #open - dating app for nonmonogamous people and their partners
  • Tazima Parris, sex coach
  • Wild & Sublime: Episode 1 - COVID and Getting Laid
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    February 18, 2021 29 min

    Andropause: Is it real? Sexperts chat about testosterone and sex drive as we age and offer surefire suggestions for upping your mojo. We also tackle desire discrepancy in relationships. And a storyteller recounts losing his virginity in the height of a Texas heat wave.

  • Therapists Korey McWilliams and Jason Best, and sex coach and pleasure mentor Tazima Parris respond to a listener’s question about andropause and reduced sex drive. E...
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    February 11, 2021 55 min

    It’s Carnival next week, and we’re diving into the eroticism of this major festival. Sexologist and theatre artist Onika Henry joins Karen for a deep talk on the community, sexual freedom, and the roots of resistance that can be seen in the Carnival of Trinidad and Tobago.

  • Onika Henry 
  • Onika’s Tedx talk
  • A Valentine’s treat at The Afterglow! Sign up for our monthly membership program on Patreon in February and get  a free book download...

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    February 4, 2021 38 min

    Snowed in? How about some spicy reading material to keep you warm and cozy? Karen interviews therapist Meg Weber on her new memoir about a BDSM relationship, and publisher Sienna Saint-Cyr speaks about creating the consent-based erotica they always wanted to read. Plus Karen’s Sermon on the Pubic Mound on following your hunches.

  • Therapist and writer Meg Weber reads from and discusses A Year of Mr. Lucky, her memoir of a yearlong cor...
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    January 28, 2021 27 min

    If you’re not in your body, where are you? Panelists respond to a listener who asks whether checking out during sex might be a sign of trauma. And a somatic therapist leads a guided visualization to bring pleasure into daily experiences. 

  • A sneak peek of a recent Q&A from The Afterglow, our monthly membership club. Somatic educator, body worker, and empowerment self-defense teacher Diane Long; kinkster and relationship coach Pet...
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    January 21, 2021 37 min

    Are you saying what you really feel and want in the sexual arena? Panelists offer strategies on communication — before, during, and after sex. Plus Karen’s Sermon on the Pubic Mound on anxiety and what it takes to move forward.

  • Sex and intimacy coach Tazima Parris, sex-positive psychotherapist Brandon Hunter-Haydon, and kinkster and coach Peter (aka MksThingsHappin) discuss strategies for communicating with partners. Recorded lives ...
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    What kind of relationships do you want to make? In this deep long-form conversation for ALL relational styles, ethical nonmonogamists discuss relationship structures, communication skills, trust, jealousy, and the all-important work of getting to know ourselves. Plus Karen’s Sermon on the Pubic Mound. 

  • A discussion on ethical nonmonogamy and what people in monogamous relationships can learn from ENM, with author and raconteur Cooper...
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    January 7, 2021 29 min

    What would you do if you had complete body confidence in sexual situations? Our audience responds. Panelists offer strategies for getting out of your head and leading with pleasure. Plus Karen’s Sermon on the Pubic Mound. 

  • Panelists discuss the roots of body shame and techniques to get out of it. Featuring psychotherapist Niquie Dworkin, sex-positive psychologist Pat Cochran, and Matthew Amador, a psychotherapist for love, sex, and ...
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    December 31, 2020 48 min

    When it comes to sex, who are you… really? In this cabaret-style episode, Sarah Sloane defines demisexual, aromantic, and asexual — and why labels are good as we understand more deeply who we are. Panelists offer tips to avoid projecting old experiences onto new relationships. And a storyteller shares how becoming a Domme helped her discover her true self.

  • What’s Up with That?: Sarah Sloane of #open, the dating site for nonmonogamou...
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    December 24, 2020 47 min

    "It's dress-up, it's try-on, it's 'let's see,' it's what else, who else am I?" Karen interviews somatic sex educator captain snowdon on developing a mindful erotic practice that centers pleasure and embodiment. Plus, a joyful poem for Karen’s Sermon on the Pubic Mound.

    Tis the season… to join The Afterglow! Come visit our members-only virtual afterparty with bonus goodies galore, starting at $5/mo...

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    December 17, 2020 33 min

    Monogamous, polyam, kinky or solo — we all get into sex ruts! Our panel discusses how to climb on out and bring a sense of play back into your sex life. Plus Karen's Sermon on the Pubic Mound on confronting trauma when trying new things.

    In this episode:

  • sex-positive therapist Jason Best
  • sex and intimacy coach Tazima Parris
  • sex educator Heather Rider
  • Mating in Captivity by Esther Perel
  • Come as You Are by Emily Nagoski
  • Science for Sexu...
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    December 10, 2020 40 min

    What’s it like to embark on a new sexual lifestyle in middle age? Or to figure out—after unfulfilling long-term relationships—what kind of sexual being you want to become? Two real people tell their stories. Plus, Karen’s Sermon on the Pubic Mound about the possibility of change.

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    November 12, 2020 34 min

    Thinking of opening up your relationship? Planning a three-way? Or just chatting with new people at a virtual party? All great and highly recommended, but… what happens when jealousy enters the room? Our panel offers strategies for talking down the green-eyed monster. Plus, a storyteller’s forays into nudity on the internet, and Karen’s Sermon on the Pubic Mound on sex-positive community. Wild & Sublime will be taking a 3 week ...

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    As we face another round of public-space restrictions this fall due to a rise in COVID cases, we wanted to revisit this episode. Our panel gives great suggestions for thriving during this strange time, especially if you and your partner both work from home (and maybe also have kids). Plus a sexy Burning Man story, and host Karen Yates’s Sermon on the Pubic Mound.

  • Sex & intimacy coach Tazima Parris, sex-positive psychotherapist M...
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    How far would you go to feel better? Karen speaks with Christie Tate, author of the memoir Group on writing about sex, listening to the body, and her quest for intimacy through an unconventional process of radical transparency. Group is the November 2020 selection for Reese Witherspoon’s book club and a New York Times bestseller.

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  • Christie Tate
  • “Group” on Bookshop

  • Are you in our membership club? Starting Nov 1, sex experts will a...

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    October 22, 2020 38 min

    Bisexual? Pansexual? Heteroflexible? What's up with that? Plus, our panel answers questions about kink, queerness, and LTRs from a live audience. A storyteller shares spicy episodes from his erotic life. Then, a Sermon on the Pubic Mound on owning your pleasure.

  • What’s Up with That? Sarah Sloane joins Karen to sort through the nuances of “bisexual,” “pansexual,” and “heteroflexible” in collaboration with #open, the dating app fo...
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    October 15, 2020 57 min

    Are you stuck in a sex rut? Karen talks with three knowledgeable guests from different corners of the sex-positive world about erotic creativity and how to sustain it. Their juicy in-depth conversation ranges from roleplay and kink to tantra and mindfulness. 

    Guests:

  • Corinne Diachuk is an advanced teacher of Therapeutic Yoga, a somatic sex educator,  and a faculty member at the Institute for the Study of Somatic Education
  • Goddess Eric...
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    October 8, 2020 30 min

    Queer once meant gay, but does it still? Sarah Sloane talks gay vs. queer, and how a once-maligned word has taken on expansive new meaning. Matt Griffo sings a spooky-sexy song. Aiden Nicholson discusses the joys and importance of regular STI testing and getting comfy talking to partners about sexual health. Karen shares a sexy poem by Nobel Prize winner Louise Glück.

  • Sarah Sloane of #open, the dating app for ethically non-monogamou...
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    October 1, 2020 46 min

    The great philosopher Ludacris once asked, “What’s your fantasy?” Our panel discusses how to make your fantasies reality—or not. Therapist Carrie Jameson shares details about how to find a therapist who’s cool with kink. And Karen’s Sermon on the Pubic Mound about getting erotically comfortable with yourself.

  • Panel discussion: “How do I live my fantasy?” with Mx. Maya, education coordinator at kinky summer camp Twisted Tryst; Caitli...
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    September 24, 2020 45 min

    What is sex? Nudity? Bodies? Orgasms? Maybe that’s just the tip of the... something. Our panel discusses. Logan Pierce returns to talk about gender pronouns and deadnaming. Deb R. Lewis shares a fantastical fisting story. And Karen’s Sermon on the Pubic Mound about getting out of a sexual straitjacket.

  • Panel discussion with writer Jera Brown of Rebellious Magazine, sex coach Caitlin V Neal, and kinkster and Dom Peter (aka MksThingsH...
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