Episode Fourteen - Room

George is a regular 27 year old guy in all but one respect. For almost ten years, he was, as the Japanese call it, a Hikikomori.

He didn't go to school. He didn't interact with people outside of his home. He stayed in his room and played video games.

This is George today.

Show notes

Music

  • Intro and outro music is by ProleteR: "April Showers" and "Don't Mean a Thing".
  • My eternal thanks to Podington Bear and Kevin MacLeod, who were the masters behind this episode's interstitial music: (Podington) Frosted Glass, Falling falling, All the ways, Dowl, Hearts aflutter, Afterglow, By grace, All hot lights, Dreamliner; (Kevin) Clean soul, Carefree, Inner light.

Episode Thirteen - At first sight

Maria and Simon want you to know that love at first sight exists. They know, because it happened to them.

Show notes

  • Photos of Maria and Simon on the Love, Canberra blog.
  • Photos from their 2002 wedding and their vows on Simon's website.
  • Correction: in the intro, I accidentally said that Maria and Simon met in 1988. They actually met in 1998.

Music

  • Intro and outro music is by ProleteR: "April Showers" and "Don't Mean a Thing".
  • My deepest thanks to Podington Bear, who created this episode's interstitial music: Frosted glass, Light touch, Chimera, Stuck dream, Old skin, Lime beat, Falling falling, All the ways, Pineapple, Djangle, Curious process, Program reverie, Got spark, Ever, Floating in space, Afterglow, Dreamliner, 60s quiz show, Saunter, Dowl, Just watching.

Episode Twelve - Rachel getting married

First comes love. Then comes marriage. But how do you know if your partner is The One? And what happens when you buck tradition and don't follow the wedding template to a T? Rachel and I talk about her impending nuptials.

Show notes

Music

  • Intro and outro music is by ProleteR: "April Showers" and "Don't Mean a Thing".
  • A huge debt of gratitude is owed to Podington Bear, who created this episode's interstitial music: Lime beat, Fingernail grit, Just watching, Sonstiges, Saunter, Got spark, Stuck dream, Old skin, Back stairs, Transmogrify, Light touch, Program reverie, Dust in sunlight, Djangle, Inspiring filaments, Springtime, Pineapple.

Episode Eleven - Blind date

Out-of-towner Andrew was seeking a dinner date for Thursday night. I answered his Craigslist post. 

This episode features a warts and all recording of our not-quite date. I've cut out the more boring parts of our two and a half hours together, but not edited it to make anyone sound better. Especially not me.

Show notes

Music

  • Intro and outro music is by ProleteR: "April Showers" and "Don't Mean a Thing".
  • This episode's interstitial music is courtesy of the ever-reliable Podington Bear: Back Stairs, Transmogrify, Sonstiges, Fingernail grit, Stuck dream. 

Episode Ten - Escort

Three years ago, Cassandra started working as an escort. The inspiration? Secret Diary of a Call Girl, of course.

Show notes

Music

  • Intro and outro music is by ProleteR: "April Showers" and "Don't Mean a Thing".
  • This episode's interstitial music is courtesy of the tried and true Podington Bear: Transmogrify, Back Stairs, Sonstiges, Daydreamer, Saunter, Light touch, Old skin, Hands aflutter, Low jack, Has pluck, Inspiring filaments, Pineapple.

Episode Nine - Camgirl

A few nights a week, Moxy Vandoll closes her bedroom door and turns on her webcam. Here's a peek into what it's like to work as a camgirl.

Show notes

Music

  • Intro and outro music is by ProleteR: "April Showers" and "Don't Mean a Thing".
  • This episode's interstitial music is courtesy of the one and only Podington Bear: Just watching, Transmogrify, Graduation, Stuck dream, Curious Process, T-Shirt weather, Daydreamer, Low jack, Got spark, Springtime, Bare shoulders, Going forward looking back.

Episode Eight - Long distance

Nathan lives in Canberra, Erica lives in Sydney. Two perspectives. One love story.

Show notes

  • The his/her technique used in this episode was inspired by an episode of CBC's Campus podcast, Laws of Attraction. It's a really neat piece - take a listen!

Music

  • Intro and outro music is by ProleteR: "April Showers" and "Don't Mean a Thing".
  • This episode's interstitial music is courtesy of the exemplary Podington Bear: Filaments, Curious Process, Daydreamer, Got Spark, Hearts Aflutter, Springtime, Pineapple.

Episode Seven - Single

After ten years of celibacy, Mordd had just started dating again. And then he got scammed on Tinder.

In this episode, Mordd also talks about dating as a bisexual man, and living with mental illnesses.

Show notes

  • "How not to get scammed on Tinder" by Mordd, published on The RiotACT
  • Mordd - IndyMedia's Facebook page
  • Mordd - IndyMedia's Twitter account
  • Mordd wanted to clarify that he doesn't normally consume as much caffeine or cigarettes in the span of time as he did when we were recording. It was his way of offsetting his anxiety about being interviewed. He adds that although his use of these is influenced by his mental health, he "normally tries to moderate his intake much more than is represented in the episode".

Music

  • Intro and outro music is by ProleteR: "April Showers" and "Don't Mean a Thing".
  • This episode's interstitial music is courtesy of the fantastic Podington Bear: Low Jack, Filaments, 60s Quiz Show, Daydreamer, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jettisoned, Pineapple, Springtime. 

Episode Six - Asexual

When Daria didn't show an interest in boys, or girls, or in coupling up like all her other friends, everyone assumed she was just a late bloomer.

She wasn't. She was asexual.

Show notes

Music

  • Intro and outro music is by ProleteR: "April Showers" and "Don't Mean a Thing".
  • Some of this episode's interstitial music is courtesy of Podington Bear: "Pineapple", "Daydreamer", "Low Jack", "Filaments", "Springtime".
  • Everything else is my own.

Episode Five - Kink (Sadomasochism)

Meet Robbie. For the past four years, he has been flogged, caned, had suspension hooks put into his back, done CBT, and much more. All voluntarily.

Here, he offers an insight into why he does these things and, importantly, why he enjoys it.

This episode complements Episode Three - Kink (Sadism)

Show notes

  • The people mentioned in this episode are referred to by their FetLife identities.
  • The song Robbie talks about is Greg Holden's "Boys in the Street".
  • Many thanks to Cruelty and BadGirl303 for introducing me to Robbie.

Music

  • Intro and outro music is by ProleteR: "April Showers" and "Don't Mean a Thing".
  • Some of this episode's interstitial music is courtesy of Podington Bear: "Kitten", "Going Forward Looking Back", "Low Jack", "Filaments".
  • Everything else is my own.

Episode Four - Divorce

If getting married is the happiest day in a person's life, the opposite no doubt holds for getting divorced. But what if divorce could be made a little less awful? The Managing Director of Alliance Family Law, Cristina Huesch, explains. 

Plus: pre-nups, and how dealing with divorce on a daily basis has shaped Cristina's outlook on the world and relationships.

Show notes

Music

  • Intro and outro music is by ProleteR: "April Showers" and "Don't Mean a Thing".
  • Some of this episode's interstitial music is courtesy of the wonderful Podington Bear: "Kitten", "Going Forward Looking Back", and "Grit - Low Jack".
  • Everything else is my own.

Episode Three - Kink (Sadism)

Stu is a sadist whose weapon of choice is rope. His kink developed at a very young age, which led him to feel weird and different from his peers for much of his adolescence. He explains sadism, and how he came to find others like him.

Music

  • Intro and outro music is by ProleteR: "April Showers" and "Don't Mean a Thing".
  • Most of this episode's interstitial music is courtesy of the wonderful Podington Bear: "Kitten", "No Squirell Commotion", "Going Forward Looking Back", and "Bare Shoulders".
  • The beats are The Loop Loft's Unreleased Rarities.
  • Everything else is my own.

Episode Two - Poly

Angel and Michael are your typical married young Canberra couple. Well-educated, public servants - and they're polyamorous. So how does it all work?

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Show notes

  • More than Two - a site about polyamory I refer to in the podcast, which Angel introduced me to.
  • Poly Mamma - a blog about motherhood and polyamory. Another recommendation by Angel.
  • Semisonic, "Closing Time"
  • An excellent podcast dedicated to all things poly: Polyamory Weekly.

Music

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Episode One: OM

OM. Orgasmic Meditation. What is it, and can it take you to new heights? I spoke to Smita and Si: Canberra's only OM coach (in-training) and a (now former) Canberran to find out.

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Show notes

  • Visit the website of OM company One Taste for more info and talks by founder Nicole Daedone.
  • Visit Si's blog, where he writes about OM. Sigh of Man.
  • In the podcast, I refer to Smita as an OM coach. She is on track to achieve this title in early 2016.
  • Curious about OM in Canberra? Drop me a line!

Thank you

  • He deserved his own heading, for his Pro Tools assistance was invaluable. Thank you Kimmo!!

Music

  • Intro and Outro music is by ProleteR. Everything else is my own.