The Oral History Podcast, Episode 19: Dating


In this episode of the Oral History Podcast, we discuss the concept of dating: What it was like when we were teenagers, what it’s like for teenagers now, and how some books handle this variable romantical endeavor. Do you have some insight on dating then/now, or any book recommendations that deal with dating in a significant way? Tell us what you think: feedback AT theoralhistorypodcast DOT com

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Our Current Reads


Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead, by Brene Brown

Pasadena, by Sherri L. Smith


Fragrant: The Secret Life of Scent, by Mandy Aftel

The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race, edited by Jesmyn Ward

The Leftovers, by Tom Perrotta

Couple at rollerskating rink. Southside, Chicago, Illinois.

Couple at rollerskating rink. Southside, Chicago, Illinois. Link here.


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Our One-Star Review T-shirt shop (all proceeds go to Scarleteen)

Money Talks, a movie that Christa was not into

This is who Eddie Money is, just FYI

We’re Now Dating Six People At Once, According To Study



"Hey you know I only got a flip phone so I gotta ask you out on a date the old fashioned way, baby."

“Hey you know I only got a flip phone so I gotta ask you out on a date the old fashioned way, baby.”

Recommended Reads (listed in the order in which they were discussed)

Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets of The Universe, by Benjamin Saenz Alire

Just Listen, by Sarah Dessen

Freefall, by Mindi Scott

The Female of the Species, by Mindi McGinnis

Dreamland, by Sarah Dessen

Stay, by Deb Caletti

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“What’s not to love, eh?”











About This Podcast

Carrie Mesrobian and Christa Desir are two good friends who happen to be YA authors interested in discussing sex. The idea for The Oral History Podcast came out of their daily dog-walking conversations when they realized that others might be as interested in this topic as they were. Each podcast focuses on a topic of sexuality in the lives of teens. Previous podcasts have included discussions about masturbation, first kisses, cheating, illicit relationships, oral sex, and “girl talk” to name a few. Frank, engaging, and filthy, these two podcasters will leave you laughing, blushing, or ready to start writing sex scenes in your novel in an authentic and excellent way.



About the Author:

Christa Desir writes contemporary YA fiction. Her forthcoming novel, Other Broken Things, will be published in January 2016 by Simon Pulse. Visit her online at, and follow her on Twitter at @ChristaDesir. Carrie Mesrobian is the author of three YA novels, most recently Cut Both Ways (2015). Visit her online at, and find her on Twitter at @CarrieMesrobian.

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