sexuality

Book Interview
4:07 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Sex and Synapses: Rethinking Female Sexuality

Naomi Wolf's book "Vagina: A New Biography."

Steve Scher sits down with feminist writer Naomi Wolf to talk about her book, "Vagina: A New Biography." In it she explores the scientific and cultural connections between the human brain and female sexuality.

This interview originally aired on December 4, 2012.

Sexuality & Politics
11:53 am
Thu February 21, 2013

House Bill Would Regulate Conversion Therapy

Rep. Marko Liias speaks during the debate before a House vote on gay marriage Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012, in Olympia, Wash.
Credit AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

A new House bill proposed by State Representative Marko Liias would establish a panel to investigate the effects of sexual orientation conversion therapy -- also known as 'straight camp' -- for minors in Washington state. Liias is one of several openly gay legislators in Washington, and he said in a press release that conversion therapy has “no basis in science or medicine, and it is vital that we bring together the proper health experts to better understand the impacts.”

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Listener Call-In
12:20 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Boy Scouts May End Ban On Gay Scouts And Leaders

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The Boy Scouts of America are thinking about ending their ban on gay scouts or scout leaders.  How are scouts responding in the Northwest?  Were you ever involved with the Boy Scouts?  How would this change affect you? Ross Reynolds takes your phone calls.

The Conversation's Top 5
1:00 am
Wed December 26, 2012

Top 5 Shows In 2012: Arwen Nicks' Favorite Conversations

I feel extremely fortunate that I get to work on The Conversation with Ross Reynolds and David Hyde (and the interns — hi interns!) But! I've been tasked with picking a mere five conversations that are my favorite from 2012 and thus, in no particular order here are my favorites. 

1. There is a joke around here that if a book has been written about the way the brain works, I will pitch a show on it. It is funny because it is true. My very favorite interview from the year was when Ross sat down with neuroscientist Simon LeVay to talk about his book on the science of sexual orientation, "Gay, Straight and the Reasons Why."


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