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Sex and relationships are intimate — and sometimes intimidating to talk about. Host Anita Rao guides us on an exploration of our brains and our bodies that touches down in taboo territory.

There are things we’re taught not to discuss in polite company. But by avoiding so-called impolite conversations, we’re missing out on the chance to make important connections with each other. Host Anita Rao is on a journey to uncover just what happens when we open ourselves up to taking on these taboo topics on Embodied, a weekly show about sex, relationships and your health.

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Parents get the message that “breast is best.” But nursing looks different in every case. Parents develop new, sometimes unexpected connections wit...

  • Added: Mar 09, 2021
  • Length: 53:26
Caption: Shruti Shah (far right) with her father, sister and mother. Shruti's family adopted her from India when she was 11 months old., Credit: Shruti Shah
Transracial adoption can make adoptees feel culturally or racially dissociated. But when they seek out answers to feelings of trauma or confusion, ...

  • Added: Mar 09, 2021
  • Length: 53:26
Caption: Mia Ives-Rublee at an adapted CrossFit competition in Wasaga Beach, ON, Canada. She pushed her physical limits as an athlete...and now tests her emotional endurance as an activist., Credit: Mia Ives-Rublee
Pushing physical boundaries in athletics teaches us that our minds and bodies are stronger than we think they are - and it gives us the tools to en...

  • Added: Mar 11, 2021
  • Length: 53:26
Caption: There's no "standard" way to period. Menstruation experiences vary as wildly as the people who have them., Credit: m Reckmann / Flickr / CC
Periods happen to a lot of us - but what goes on in the body during menstruation remains a mystery for many and is unique to each person. North Car...

  • Added: Mar 11, 2021
  • Length: 53:26
Caption: Polyamorous relationships look as different as the people who get into them., Credit: Canva
We have many examples of two-person relationships...but not so many of what love and relationships look like for people who have multiple partners....

  • Added: Mar 12, 2021
  • Length: 53:26
Caption: The marriage license took three months to secure. The ceremony only lasted 20 minutes., Credit: Courtesy of Monae Alvarado
Every day, families and partners are separated by a judge’s gavel. Despite a prison sentence, romance persists. From no-contact visitation, to bath...

  • Added: Mar 12, 2021
  • Length: 53:25
Caption: Fitness culture defines exercise with a narrow lens - leaving out room for the play and movement that suits every body differently., Credit: Debora Cartagena//Pixnio
Gyms and fitness spaces have long been spaces for white, heteronormative and able-bodied people. The inclusive fitness movement aims to break down ...

  • Added: Mar 12, 2021
  • Length: 53:26
Caption: The life of pop star Britney Spears is the subject of a recent New York Times documentary "Framing Britney Spears.", Credit: Glenn Francis/Wikimedia Commons
The new New York Times documentary “Framing Britney Spears” brings to light the pop star’s conservatorship and questions the amount of control she ...

  • Added: Mar 12, 2021
  • Length: 53:26
Caption: An Unbound team member works on a sex toy prototype., Credit: Polly Rodriguez / Unbound
Sex toys have been around for centuries as a way for individuals and partnerships to explore and experience pleasure. The industry is still evolvin...

  • Added: Mar 16, 2021
  • Length: 53:24
Caption: Emojis have evolved to be used as tone indicators, emotions, even punctuation., Credit: Pixaline / Pixabay
Communication is as much about our body language and facial expressions as it is our words. When we speak digitally, we replace those visual cues w...

  • Added: Mar 22, 2021
  • Length: 53:26
Caption: Asian American sex worker activists and advocates are leading conversations about the role sexism, racism and sex-work discrimination played in the attacks on Atlanta-area spas., Credit: Juno Mac / Flickr
The murder of eight people inside Atlanta-area spas illuminated forces of discrimination against the sex work industry and Asian American community...

  • Added: Mar 29, 2021
  • Length: 53:24
Caption: A scene from the film "Sound of Metal" starring Riz Ahmed as Ruben, who experiences hearing loss., Credit: Sound of Metal Motion Picture
The Oscar-nominated film “Sound of Metal” features experiences of members of the deaf and hard of hearing community. It has sparked discussion abou...

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  • Added: Apr 12, 2021
  • Length: 53:24
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Caption: The measurements taken of a person in deep sleep during a sleep study. Sleep studies, also known as polysomnography, are used to diagnose sleeping disorders like narcolepsy., Credit: NascarEd/Wikimedia Commons
Host Anita Rao talks with three people about the experiences navigating a narcolepsy diagnosis. Lauren Thomas is an invisible illness advocate, and...

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  • Added: Apr 19, 2021
  • Length: 53:24
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: The current black, gray, white and purple-striped flag was created for the asexual community in 2010., Credit: trollhare / Flickr
Asexuality has often been left out of media representation and conversations about sexuality. But activists and community members have been raising...

  • Added: Apr 23, 2021
  • Length: 53:24
Caption: Increasing access and education about birth control is an ongoing effort for reproductive rights organizations., Credit: Bruce Blaus / Wikimedia Commons
Host Anita Rao gets some sex-ed about hormonal birth control and side effects...and dives into reproductive justice history and efforts underway to...

  • Added: May 03, 2021
  • Length: 53:24
Caption: A scene from the 2015 film "Carol" starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara., Credit: The Weinstein Company
Ever wondered how a sex scene gets made? It involves some choreography...and lots of communication and consent. And key players in making it all ha...

  • Added: May 10, 2021
  • Length: 53:24
Caption: The lingerie industry encompasses everything from bras to slips, underwear to loungewear...and has a long, fascinating history., Credit: Emms x/Flickr
The world of lingerie is as varied and interesting as any other realm of fashion ... and can be an opportunity for playfulness and exploration as w...

  • Added: May 17, 2021
  • Length: 53:24
Caption: Akilah Cadet dismantles white supremacy daily as the Founder and CEO of Change Cadet consulting firm, which offers a broad array of anti-racism and diversity services. She tackles the healthcare system while searching for diagnoses for her ongoing health , Credit: Courtesy of Akilah Cadet
Host Anita Rao talks to three people living with medical conditions not visible to others about how that invisibility affects their daily lives, fr...

  • Added: May 24, 2021
  • Length: 53:26
Caption: Recognizing and finding solutions to cultural appropriation is an important piece for yoga and wellness spaces in the Western world., Credit: Marco Verch / Https://Creativecommons.Org/Licenses/By/2.0/
Yoga in the Western world often looks like a 30-minute class that goes through a series of physical poses. But this is only a piece of yoga's inten...

  • Added: Jun 01, 2021
  • Length: 53:24
Caption: A still from the show 'Run the World' featuring the four main characters., Credit: STARZ
Four friends, big city, sex and relationships. It’s a familiar set-up for a TV show, but the new Starz series 'Run the World' puts a focus on conte...

  • Added: Jun 07, 2021
  • Length: 53:24