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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!
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Cosmos (cos/they), aka Meenakshi, is an award-winning podcaster, medical doctor, a trauma-informed love, sex, relationship and empowerment coach and an author bringing more than two decades of experience to these conversations. Sublime Soul Surrender (SSS) is about breaking norms. We talk about all things labeled as taboo in society. One of the goals of SSS is to empower ourselves to have important and deep discussions about who we really are spiritually, sexually, emotionally and intellectu ...
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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. In this episode: Sex-positive therapist Matthew Amador Sex and relationship therapist Ari Kimble Sex-positive therapist James Chamerlik …
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Send us a Text Message. "He had just finished the sentence when I was gripped by the most intense desire and the thought I want to be this. In that instant, it seemed like time stood still and there was just I and a burning desire coming from nowhere. I didn’t know how it would happen; I just knew I wanted it. I found myself making a silent vow..."…
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Send us a Text Message. I’m at the mouth of Plato's cave after eons in darkness. I look back; I see groping and infighting as advocates of one faith-based system excoriate the apostles of other belief systems. From the mouth of the cave, I can see both what’s beyond and, looking back, what’s behind, in the darkness. I visualize my ordeal and how I …
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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. In this episode: Documentary filmmaker David Weathersby. Also on Instagram. Thee Debauchery Ball event info Watch the documentary Thee Debauchery …
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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! In this episode: Art therapist and counselor Alyse Ruriani. Also on Instagram Ho…
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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. In this episode: Author Alex Alberto. Also on Instagram Host and sex educator Karen Yates Buy Entwined on Bookshop, our affiliate p…
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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. In this episode: Betty Martin - Wheel of Consent Karen’s interview with Betty Martin Buy The Art of Receiving and Giving on Bookshop, our affiliate partner. Need a good read o…
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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. JoJo Bear - Somatic sex & intimacy guide Karen Yates - somatic sex educator and energy healer Body Electric Sch…
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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. We are part of the Lincoln Lodge podcast network! Buy More through Bookshop. Help independent booksellers and Wild & Sublime! Check out Entwined by Alex Alberto (a…
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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. We are part of the Lincoln Lodge podcast network! Featured speaker: Karen Yates - host, somatic sex educator, intuitive, energy worker Links mentioned in the episode: Kin…
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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. We're part of the Lincoln Lodge podcast netwo…
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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! In this episode: Cassie Porter - Sexol…
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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. We're part of the Lincoln Lodge Podcast Network. Get tickets for our Saturday, Dec 9 show in Chicago! In this episode: Adrienne Gunn - humorist and podcaster Elizabet…
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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.] We're part of the Lincoln Lodge Podcast Network. In this episode: Tazima Parris - sex coach and pleasure mentor Tom Doctor - sex and rela…
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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. We're part of the Lincoln Lodge Podcast Network. In this episode: Archy Jamjun - standup comedian Tazima Parris - sex coach and p…
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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. We're part of the Lincoln Lodge Podcast Network. Check out the video of this interview. In this episode: Adam Burke - standup comedian Karen Yates - sex educator, performer, energy w…
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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. We're part of the Lincoln Lodge Podcast Network. Check out the video of this interview.…
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Send us a Text Message. Says the publisher, JJ Semple, “Individuals looking for hookups or paying for porn are often the very ones searching for relief. There are many Maxes out there, regular guys looking to subjugate their urges. This is literary fiction masquerading as erotica. Hats off to Terrell for exploring a taboo subject in a realistic man…
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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. We're part of the Lincoln Lodge Podcast Network. Check out …
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Chicago-based comedian and writer Gena Gephart talks about her gross-out humor, her podcast, selling panties, and one follower’s extreme fetish. Karen responds with her Sermon on the Pubic Mound. CW: Contains graphic description of bodily fluids in fetish play. We're part of the Lincoln Lodge Podcast Network. Check out the video of this interview. …
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Voted by the Chicago Reader as “Best Standup of the Year for 2022” in Chicago, standup Deanna Ortiz talks about her day job doing social media in the adult entertainment industry, the philosophy of sleeping over after sex, her podcast “Crushes," and dating on the apps v. in the wild. We're part of the Lincoln Lodge Podcast Network. Check out the vi…
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New format! In Season 5 we're having sex with comedians. Standup and storyteller Archy Jamjun talks with Karen about polyamory, the Grindr hookup app, his Thai grandfather's "arrangement," frottage, Archy's LGBTQ+ storytelling series, and racism in the gay community. We're part of the Lincoln Lodge Podcast Network. Check out the video of this inter…
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Our Pride Edition show part two features guest host Matthew Amador interviewing sex and gender therapist Rae McDaniel on their new book “Gender Magic,” plus recurring storyteller Lily Be’s comedic story on experiencing her asexuality as a teen. Includes Karen Yates’ Sermon on the Pubic Mound. Recorded at Hungry Brain in Chicago. Live show sponsor: …
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The first half of our Pride Edition show features a panel on how to live authentically and fearlessly as a LGBTQ+ person in these challenging times, plus a comedy set with Chicago standup musician Manny Petty. Guest host Matthew Amador. Recorded at Hungry Brain in Chicago. Leave a tip for our work or join our monthly Patreon members’ club, the Afte…
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Panelists discuss "stonewalling" — when one partner checks out physically or emotionally during intense moments, refusing to talk things through — and what you can do if it's happening in your relationship. Plus Karen's Sermon on the Pubic Mound. In this episode: Jason Best - Sex-positive & kink-aware therapist Tazima Parris - Sex coach & pleasure …
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You want to explore kink but aren’t ready to engage a partner. What to do? Our panel of sexperts discuss options and how to slowly move out into the wider kinky world. In this episode: Elmo Painter-Edington - Somatic therapist and empowerment coach Diane Long - sex positive empowerment self defense teacher Clark Hazel - nonbinary trans therapist li…
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In this insightful panel conversation we examine the impossible and shame-based standards the fitness industry sets and how this impacts our sex lives. A co-production with Comfy Fitness. In this episode: Comfy Fitness--online fitness studio Kira Macoun - Comfy Fitness founder Carrie Drapac - Comfy Fitness founder Caitlin V - sex coach Tazima Parri…
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Our panel discusses new relationship energy–the fantastic feeling when you’re just starting to date and getting to know someone. What happens when it fades? Can it be addictive? We cover all the bases. Don't miss our Chicago live show and podcast recording, Thursday, June 15. Wild & Sublime--The Pride Edition. Help us continue to spread the message…
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In this lively interview with bisexual mega influencer and Men’s Health columnist Zachary Zane, he discusses Boyslut, his new book chronicling his sexual journey, as well as how to live a more shame-free, sex-positive life. Help us continue to spread the message of sex-positivity! Leave a tip for our work or join our monthly Patreon members’ club! …
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Cosmos, MD (cos/they) speaks with Dara Kwayera Imani Bayer (she/her) about something being birthed in Cambridge, MA that will change how we care for our communities. Cambridge HEART (Holistic Emergency Alternative Response Team) is a unique approach to crisis of all kinds, removing policing and offering non punitive responses to harm. Imagine a wor…
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Summary: Learn essential intimacy and communication skills when dating transgender and gender nonconforming people in this lively interview with sex and gender therapist Rae McDaniel. Help us continue to spread the message of sex-positivity! Leave a tip for our work or join our monthly Patreon members’ club! In this episode: Rae McDaniel - sex and …
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Fifty years since it began, surrogate partner work is being embraced again as a cutting-edge somatic therapeutic modality to help people hands-on with intimacy issues, and more people are choosing it as a career. Recurring guest Brandon Hunter-Haydon talks about his own journey and what it takes to do the work successfully. Leave a tip for our work…
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Panelists answer a Patreon listener question about how to trust your intuition and avoid old patterns with new partners after leaving an abusive relationship. Leave a tip for our work or join our monthly Patreon members’ club! In this episode: Elmo Painter-Edington - Somatic therapist and empowerment coach Clark Hazel - Individual and couples thera…
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The Sex Rebels are BACK and now for something long awaited! Sex Stories! Cosmos, MD and The Sex Rebels share their glory and fails in all things sex...you are in for a lot of laughs and probably some moments of awkwardness that we hope you will revel in and enjoy. We are shifting shame to celebration! Join in on the conversation and share your OWN …
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The live Valentine’s Spectacular serves up a panel chat on increasing intimacy, an interview with The Pegging Book authors, Karen’s Sermon about the gifts of an unexpected health event, and more. Recorded at Constellation in Chicago. Live show sponsor: Rowan Tree Counseling Leave a tip for our work or join our monthly Patreon members’ club! In this…
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Join Cosmos, MD (cos/they) and Manny (he/they) as they discuss the spectrum of gender dysphoria and euphoria as fellow trans non-binary humans. It's an unfolding of identity and a discussion about personal choice, growth and acceptance. Trigger warning-a part of this conversation touches on cancer, race and privilege. Tune in and rate, comment, sha…
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Join Cosmos, MD (cos/they), for their solo episode talking about life's purpose and what it means to leave a legacy behind. Eleven years ago, their father breathed his last on Feb 27th. Today Cosmos celebrates the life he lived and takes the opportunity to talk about what it means to be alive, how we can tap into our potentials and find our mission…
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Has your identity shifted? Do you want to tell others about it – and if so, how? Panelists answer a listener question on the value and meaning of coming out as queer (or as anything!). In this episode: Matthew Amador - Psychotherapist for love, sex, & gender rebels Elmo Painter-Edington - Somatic Therapist & Empowerment Coach Brandon Hunter-Haydon …
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Cosmos, MD (cos/they) speaks with Noah Kowaloff (he/him) aka the Joy Prophet, about what it means to be happy and how to attain joy amidst turbulence in our world. Noah has lived through trials that challenged his quotient of happiness and has found a way to create bliss and joy as a result. Noah has designed a four step approach to achieving joy a…
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Cosmos, MD (cos/they) get back together in this fun episode with The Sex Rebels (Angela-she/her, Brittany-she/her, Manny-he/they and Tamara-she/her) for a return conversation! The Sex Rebels have been out and about for a year, making waves in their black community, as love, sex and relationship coaches and in their lives as the beautiful, strong, d…
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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. In this episode: Cassie Porter - Sexological bodyworker & body-centered counselor Elmo Painter-Edington - Somatic Therapist & Empowerment…
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Join Cosmos, MD (cos/they) and Elizabeth Gudrais (she/her) as they discuss the world of words and explore writing, publishing, neurodivergence and healing through the word. "Everyone has a story to share. Your life is a work of art. What am I here to do?" These are some of the words that Elizabeth, a book coach, editor and author shares in this bea…
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The second half of October’s live show features an interview with kink educator Stranger on the hows and whys of switching, plus a performance by storyteller Archy Jamjun and Karen’s fourth-anniversary Sermon on the Pubic Mound. In this episode: Stranger - Rope enthusiast & kink educator Archy Jamjun - Storyteller Missed the first half? Oct live sh…
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In this episode Cosmos, MD (cos/they) speaks with their close friend Lee Grossman (he/him), about his intimate relationship with chronic anxiety that was diagnosed when he was young and has learned how to befriend over the years. Being gay and a professional in NYC, working in mega media as a VP with CBS, Lee has had to learn to how to manage a hig…
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Season 4 kicks off with the first half of October’s live show, where panelists chat about porn – what’s good, how to find out what you like, and ways to think about its role in your life. Tickets on sale for our Chicago Feb 11 show! In this episode: Peter Navarro - Somatic sex therapist Goddess Erica - Tantric doula & sexual empowerment coach Caitl…
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This episode, the first one in 2023, on Jan 1st is a very delayed release. I owe an apology to Rabbi Cherina for the delay and also hope she enjoys listening to her voice here as much as I do. This episode is truly a gift to everyone! Last year, right after Cosmos, MD (cos/they) recorded this podcast episode with Rabbi Cherina (she/her), Cosmos wen…
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Our most popular episode of the year! Karen talks with somatic sex educator and prolific author Caffyn Jesse about somatic sex therapy as a way to heal from trauma and expand your pleasure capacity in all parts of life. We’ll be returning to the podcast Jan. 12 - see you in the new year! In this episode: Caffyn Jesse - Somatic Sex Educator Ecstatic…
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Send us a Text Message. Deciphering the Golden Flower One Secret at a Time examines many aspects of the journey and the destination. Should the journey be considered part of the experience — in this case a Kundalini awakening? Does the effort to attain something count in the end result? Should the means enjoy the same weight as the ends? Beyond the…
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