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Sex and relationships are intimate — and sometimes intimidating to talk about. In this weekly podcast from North Carolina Public Radio WUNC,... more

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Committed: Life Inside A Psychiatric Hospital

Long-term stays in psychiatric institutions were once a relatively common treatment in this country. They’re not anymore, but that doesn’t... more

18 Jul 2024 · 48 minutes
Written: Disability Love Stories

When you live in a disabled body, you don’t always get to see yourself in the love stories you consume.... more

12 Jul 2024 · 49 minutes
Polished: Why We Care About Our Nails (Revisited)

Anita's nail habit has evolved in the past decade from $10 drop-in manicures to 90 minute appointments with a nail... more

05 Jul 2024 · 36 minutes
Journeyed: Crossing State Lines For Abortion

It’s been two years since the Supreme Court revoked the federal right to an abortion. Now, nearly one in five... more

28 Jun 2024 · 49 minutes
Tended: The Creative Work Of Dementia Caregiving

The vast majority of people living with dementia receive essential care from their own family and friends. This work is... more

21 Jun 2024 · 50 minutes
Isolated: The Silence Around Male Infertility (Revisited)

Male fertility issues make up half of all infertility cases … but you’d never know it from consuming fertility content... more

14 Jun 2024 · 31 minutes
Adjusted: Second Puberty After Testosterone

Puberty is a right of passage that most of us experience as teenagers. But for some trans folks, big hormonal... more

07 Jun 2024 · 49 minutes
Opened Up: Black Masculinity and Friendship

Building intimate friendships can be difficult, especially for men and masculine-of-center people. And once you add up the challenges presented... more

31 May 2024 · 49 minutes
Balanced: Love & Bipolar Disorder

When you’re living with a stigmatized mental illness like bipolar disorder, opening up to romantic partners can be tough, but... more

24 May 2024 · 49 minutes
Hypersexualized: Understanding Sex Addiction (Revisited)

Anita learned in the early days of this show that there's no such thing as "normal" sexual behavior. But what... more

17 May 2024 · 30 minutes
Bonus Episode: Meeting ‘The Horny Housewife’

Since late 2020, Jordyn Hakes has been on a quest to bring more pleasure and playfulness into her own relationship... more

14 May 2024 · 24 minutes
(Single) Mothered: Choosing To Parent Solo

There's a growing number of women challenging the expectation that you need a partner to have a child. In honor... more

10 May 2024 · 49 minutes
Bonus Episode: The Birds and the Bees, from Me and My Muslim Friends

Something Special for you all: an episode from "Me and My Muslim Friends," featuring Sameera Qureshi. She is a therapist... more

03 May 2024 · 34 minutes
Expanded: Sexuality in Conversation with Islam

Religion and sexuality are often pitted against one another...so where does that leave folks who feel attuned to both? Anita... more

03 May 2024 · 18 minutes
Advocated: How Disabled Activists Are Shaping Climate Justice

People with disabilities are disproportionately affected by climate change yet often sidelined from policy conversations. Anita marks Earth Day by... more

26 Apr 2024 · 49 minutes
Bonus Episode: The Parent Trap, from Love Letters

Sharing something special today, an episode of the Love Letters podcast. Love Letters tells stories about romance, marriage, partnership, sex,... more

23 Apr 2024 · 33 minutes
Undertaken: The Next Generation Of Funeral Directors

A significant portion of the funeral home workforce is entering retirement...but there's a crop of young people who are ready... more

19 Apr 2024 · 49 minutes
Singled: Inside The Only-Child Family (Revisited)

Anita has many close friends who defy all stereotypes about only children. But when it comes to thinking about having... more

12 Apr 2024 · 33 minutes
Stimulated: How Vibrators Became America's Favorite Sex Toy (Revisited)

True or false? Victorian doctors invented the vibrator to cure women's "hysteria" by bringing them to sexual climax. The answer... more

05 Apr 2024 · 32 minutes
Transitioned: When One Partner Comes Out As Trans

A gender transition is a moment of personal flux that can also have a big impact on a romantic relationship.... more

28 Mar 2024 · 39 minutes
Bonus Episode: Can Couples Learn to Argue Better? from The Happiness Lab

No matter how much you love your partner, your relationship will never be totally free from disagreement. And nor should... more

26 Mar 2024 · 34 minutes
Signed: How ASL Became A Language Of Resistance

American Sign Language is the third-most used language in the U.S. ASL has its own culture and art forms, and... more

22 Mar 2024 · 33 minutes
Tingled: Your Brain And Heart On ASMR

Anita finds a lot of ASMR videos to be deeply relaxing, but she doesn't get the well-hyped/well-documented 'brain tingles.' Why?... more

15 Mar 2024 · 36 minutes
Retrieved: What Egg Donors Want You To Know

Egg donation in the U.S. is a multibillion dollar industry with high stakes and complicated dynamics. Anita talks with two... more

08 Mar 2024 · 35 minutes
Lifted: Wanting (And Getting) A Bigger Butt

The Brazilian butt lift (or BBL) is the fastest-growing cosmetic surgery in recent memory ... but why? Anita learns about... more

01 Mar 2024 · 33 minutes
[Simulated Part Three] Immortalized: Building An AI Afterlife

When a loved one dies, a big part of the grieving process involves letting go of the role they once... more

23 Feb 2024 · 38 minutes
[Simulated Part Two] Fantasized: The Arrival Of The Sex Robots

Science fiction and real-life tech experts have promised a future filled with sex robots. But how many of those predictions... more

16 Feb 2024 · 32 minutes
[Simulated Part One] Auto-mated: When A Bot Becomes Your Boo

When human romance isn't working out, can an AI chatbot successfully take its place? Anita hears varied perspectives on that... more

09 Feb 2024 · 34 minutes
Menstruated: What Our Period Blood Tells Us

In the 34 years that guest host Omisade Burney-Scott was a menstruating person, she always felt that blood held more... more

02 Feb 2024 · 31 minutes
Bonus Episode: How y'all conquered the world

You might have noticed that the word “y’all” is popping up everywhere. For decades, linguists have noted that regional American... more

30 Jan 2024 · 20 minutes
Obsessed: Breaking the OCD Cycle (Revisited)

Anita is no stranger to anxiety, but her spirals are mostly short lived. In this episode she meets folks who... more

26 Jan 2024 · 36 minutes
Sobbed: Why We Cry (Revisited)

Anita usually feels better after a good, long cry. But why is that? She explores that question with a poet... more

19 Jan 2024 · 34 minutes
Normalized: Speaking Up About Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction affects as many as 30 million people in the U.S. — yet the fears of not being “normal”... more

12 Jan 2024 · 33 minutes
(Self) Helped: Inside The Industry That Wants To Change Your Life

Anita is committed to self-improvement but skeptical of self-help. She brings her qualms and questions to the experts: Kristen Meinzer,... more

05 Jan 2024 · 35 minutes
Stuttered: Diversifying The Way We Speak (Revisited)

Stuttering occurs in every culture with a spoken language. So why do many communities treat it as a source of... more

29 Dec 2023 · 35 minutes
Separated: Growing Up With An Incarcerated Father (Revisited)

Anita reconnects with the woman who changed her thinking on incarceration: her beloved college thesis adviser Ashley Lucas. Ashley reflects... more

22 Dec 2023 · 31 minutes
Popped: Adult Acne In The 'Perfect Skin' Era

Dealing with pimples and blackheads in middle school is practically a right of passage. But when acne is a defining... more

15 Dec 2023 · 33 minutes
Cared: The Last Decades Of Our Lives

More Americans are living into their 90s and 100s than ever before, and it blows Anita's mind that so few... more

08 Dec 2023 · 31 minutes
Gripped: The Passion For Pole Dancing

Anita walked away from her first pole dancing class slightly bruised … but very intrigued. She talks with a veteran... more

01 Dec 2023 · 34 minutes
Commodified: When 'Wellness' Makes Us Unwell (Revisited)

Anita has fallen down her fair share of wellness rabbit holes [including a certain alliterative family's beauty and shapewear brands...].... more

24 Nov 2023 · 29 minutes
Complicated: Healing from Complex PTSD

What happens when trauma occurs not as a single isolated event, but millions of smaller, ongoing incidents? Guest host Anisa... more

17 Nov 2023 · 32 minutes
Traveled: The Lives Of Third Culture Kids

As a child of two immigrants, Anita has a tumultuous relationship with the question: "Where are you from?" So, too,... more

10 Nov 2023 · 30 minutes
Adored: How Fandoms Build Community

Guest host Anisa Khalifa first became a fan in high school. She gets an explanation from a psychologist about how... more

03 Nov 2023 · 36 minutes
Masked: Coming Out As Autistic In Adulthood

Many autistic people assigned female at birth remain undiagnosed at 18, so what's it like to get an autism diagnosis... more

27 Oct 2023 · 33 minutes
Posed: Intimate Photography Goes Beyond Nudes (Revisited)

Anita hasn't always loved getting her photo taken, but seeing herself through the artistic eye of a close friend and... more

20 Oct 2023 · 31 minutes
Seen: Living With The Schizophrenias

Meet the guests: - Esmé Weijun Wang, a writer, speaker and the author of "The Collected Schizophrenias," talks about navigating medical... more

13 Oct 2023 · 34 minutes
Guided: Practicing Intimacy & Sex With A Surrogate

Anita first learned about surrogate partner therapy from the 2012 movie "The Sessions," and her curiosity was piqued. It's a... more

06 Oct 2023 · 31 minutes
Plucked: The Calm And Chaos Of A Hair-Pulling Disorder (Revisited)

Anita agrees to a suggestion posed by a listener: Explore why the hair-pulling disorder trichotillomania is so taboo. She talks... more

29 Sep 2023 · 34 minutes
Inked: Rewriting Your Body’s Story With Art

Anita has no tattoos but plenty of admiration for the art form that gives us new ways to experience our... more

22 Sep 2023 · 33 minutes
Dominated: Getting Kinky With BDSM

Anita discovers just how wrong “Fifty Shades of Grey” was about BDSM. A dominatrix and community leader introduce her to... more

15 Sep 2023 · 37 minutes
Mourned: Life After Losing A Parent

Anita has heard one resounding truth from her friends who lost a parent in early adulthood: That death was the... more

08 Sep 2023 · 31 minutes
Reconstructed: Building New Definitions Of Masculinity

Fifteen years ago Anita took Women's Studies 101 on a whim … and to this day, she still doesn't have... more

01 Sep 2023 · 27 minutes
Unfriended: When Your BFF Breaks Your Heart (Revisited)

Anita got friend dumped for the first time in 6th grade, and she's still not over it. She talks to... more

25 Aug 2023 · 24 minutes
Co-Worked: The Good, Bad & Ambivalent Of The Office Bestie (Revisited)

Anita wouldn't have made it through her 20s without her work friends. But now that she's a manager and working... more

18 Aug 2023 · 33 minutes
Uncoupled: Thank U, Next (Revisited)

Anita has no qualms about being an armchair therapist for friends going through a breakup. But sometimes she wonders how... more

11 Aug 2023 · 34 minutes
Hooked Up: The Myth Of Sex With No Strings Attached (Revisited)

Anita is confused about hook up culture. Is it a thing, and if so, who makes the rules? She talks... more

04 Aug 2023 · 32 minutes
Mixed (Parent Edition): The Rao Family Talks Racial Identity

Anita invites her parents back to Embodied for a special bonus episode. She hears their take on our recent episode... more

28 Jul 2023 · 23 minutes
Polished: Why We Care About Our Nails

Anita's nail habit has evolved in the past decade from $10 drop-in manicures to 90 minute appointments with a nail... more

21 Jul 2023 · 35 minutes
Mixed: Owning Your Multiracial Story

When Anita moved away to college, she experienced a big shift in her biracial identity. Turns out that the questions... more

14 Jul 2023 · 35 minutes
Partnered: Mixing Business With Pleasure (Revisited)

Anita does not work with her boo, but after sharing home office space for two pandemic years, she's started to... more

07 Jul 2023 · 39 minutes
Sexted: Authoring Your Own Erotica

Anita is a bashful sexter, and she's ready to get over her insecurities. A pleasure enthusiast advises her on the... more

30 Jun 2023 · 33 minutes
Intentioned: Parenting Ourselves And Our Kids

Guest host Omisade Burney-Scott is well aware that gentle parenting is a divisive concept. So she's gets into it! Omi... more

23 Jun 2023 · 35 minutes
Isolated: The Silence Around Male Infertility

Male fertility issues make up half of all infertility cases … but you’d never know it from consuming fertility content... more

16 Jun 2023 · 30 minutes
Distracted: Adulting With ADHD

Anita passes the mic to our friends at the feminist documentary podcast "Bodies" for an exploration of ADHD and identity.... more

09 Jun 2023 · 36 minutes
Unpartnered: Building A Full, Single Life

A growing number of American adults have the same feeling about romantic partnerships: They don’t want one. Anita meets three... more

02 Jun 2023 · 32 minutes
Smooched: Why You'll Never Forget Your First Kiss

Anita's highly-anticipated (and highly-awkward) first kiss was in eighth grade … but she remembers it like it was yesterday! A... more

26 May 2023 · 32 minutes
Sobbed: Why We Cry

Anita usually feels better after a good, long cry. But why is that? She explores that question with a poet... more

19 May 2023 · 33 minutes
Delivered (Part Two): No More Postpartum Silence (Revisited)

Anita treasures sleep and moments of silence. So when she hears typical narratives of early parenthood that include unending cries... more

12 May 2023 · 34 minutes
Delivered (Part One): Supporting A Post-Baby Body (Revisited)

Anita has been around enough postpartum folks to know that there's a whole lot they felt unprepared for when it... more

05 May 2023 · 33 minutes
Obsessed: Breaking The OCD Cycle

Anita is no stranger to anxiety, but her spirals are mostly short lived. In this episode she meets folks who... more

28 Apr 2023 · 36 minutes
(Un)Circumcised: How Parents Decide

It's a small procedure, but a big question. Anita talks with a urologist about what medical advice to consider while... more

21 Apr 2023 · 31 minutes
Decided: Child-Free By Choice

Anita has interrogated so many aspects of parenthood. But how about the decision to become a parent at all? She... more

14 Apr 2023 · 33 minutes
Scented: Life According To Your Nose (Revisited)

Anita sniffs out what's so fascinating about the science of smell — and gets her mind blown. A psychologist shares... more

07 Apr 2023 · 31 minutes
Stuttered: Diversifying The Way We Speak

Stuttering occurs in every culture with a spoken language. So why do many communities treat it as a source of... more

31 Mar 2023 · 34 minutes
Naked: No Clothes, No Problem (Revisited)

Anita learns about non-sexual, social nudity and why opting to live life mostly in the nude could actually make her... more

24 Mar 2023 · 32 minutes
Stimulated: How Vibrators Became America's Favorite Sex Toy

True or false? Victorian doctors invented the vibrator to cure women's "hysteria" by bringing them to sexual climax. The answer... more

17 Mar 2023 · 32 minutes
Singled: Inside The Only-Child Family

Anita has many close friends who defy all stereotypes about only children. But when it comes to thinking about having... more

10 Mar 2023 · 33 minutes
Dreamed: Inside Your Night Brain (Revisited)

The name Embodied came to Anita in a dream, and she's on a quest to figure out how that happened.... more

03 Mar 2023 · 29 minutes
Commodified: When 'Wellness' Makes Us Unwell

Anita has fallen down her fair share of wellness rabbit holes [including a certain alliterative family's beauty and shapewear brands...].... more

24 Feb 2023 · 28 minutes
Slayed: Gender Performance Beyond The Binary

After not seeing a drag show for the first 30 years of her life, Anita now dives in. She explores... more

17 Feb 2023 · 33 minutes
Separated: Growing Up With An Incarcerated Father

Anita reconnects with the woman who changed her thinking on incarceration: her beloved college thesis adviser Ashley Lucas. Ashley reflects... more

10 Feb 2023 · 30 minutes
Amplified: Building Intimacy With Hearing Loss

Anita and her partner John have started talking more openly about how his hearing loss informs their relationship and how... more

03 Feb 2023 · 40 minutes
Refused: When You're Too Fat For Top Surgery

Last October Anita got an e-mail that piqued her curiosity: a story pitch about how anti-fat bias affects people seeking... more

27 Jan 2023 · 41 minutes
Hypersexualized: Understanding Sex Addiction

Anita learned in the early days of this show that there's no such thing as "normal" sexual behavior. But what... more

20 Jan 2023 · 29 minutes
Sobered: Reexamining Your Relationship With Alcohol

Anita has not participated in a Dry January, but there are times when she's motivated to pay extra-close attention to... more

13 Jan 2023 · 34 minutes
Inherited: Healing From Generational Trauma

Anita has been unpacking intergenerational trauma ... thanks, in part, to Hollywood. Seeing herself in movies like "Turning Red" and... more

06 Jan 2023 · 32 minutes
Purified: A Live Event Turned Podcast (Part Two)

Anita is a sucker for live storytelling, so when she and the Embodied team planned their first in-person event, they... more

23 Dec 2022 · 33 minutes
Purified: A Live Event Turned Podcast (Part One)

Anita met Embodied listeners IRL for the first time earlier this year at the show's first in-person event "Purified." The... more

16 Dec 2022 · 46 minutes
Navigated: The Rao Sisters On Holiday Conversations

Anita has a lot of practice talking about taboo topics with strangers. But when it comes to having these conversations... more

09 Dec 2022 · 22 minutes
Co-Worked: The Good, Bad & Ambivalent Of The Office Bestie

Anita wouldn't have made it through her 20s without her work friends. But now that she's a manager and working... more

02 Dec 2022 · 32 minutes
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Last October Anita got an e-mail that piqued her curiosity: a story pitch about how anti-fat bias affects people seeking gender-affirming surgery.... more