In this first episode of the New Year, meet journalist Tom Vanderbilt, author of Beginners, sex educator Allison Moon, author of Getting It, and professor of neuroscience and psychology Dr. Carl L. Hart, author of Drug-Use for Grown-ups. What better way to kick off January than to try something new – whether that be in your working life, in your free time, or even (dare we say it?) in the bedroom. Go behind the mic to hear where these authors’ boundless curiosity and extensive research took them – and where it might take you.
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The best-selling author of Traffic and You May Also Like takes listeners on a journey into the transformative joys that come with starting something new, no matter your age. In Beginners, Tom Vanderbilt weaves comprehensive research and surprising insight gained from a year of learning dangerously, and shows how anyone can begin again—and, more important, why they should take those first awkward steps.
From Girl Sex 101 author Allison Moon, Getting It is a refreshingly intersectional and honest guide to understanding the basics of hook-up culture and how to partake. From first moves and sex etiquette to navigating nonmonogamy and sexual health, Getting It helps listeners understand what casual sex means for them and offers an empowering dive into how to get it, do it well, and feel great about it every step of the way.
Dr. Carl L. Hart, Ziff Professor at Columbia University and former chair of the Department of Psychology, is one of the world’s preeminent experts on the effects of recreational drugs on the human mind and body. Dr. Hart is open about the fact that he uses drugs himself, in a happy balance with the rest of his full and productive life. In Drug Use for Grown-Ups, Dr. Hart draws on decades of research and his own personal experience to argue definitively that the criminalization and demonization of drug use—not drugs themselves—have been a tremendous scourge on America, not least in reinforcing this country’s enduring structural racism.
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