The Oral History Podcast: Episode 20, School Dances


In this episode of the Oral History Podcast, we discuss school dances, now and then.  Do you have some terrible and/or delicious memories of school dances you’d like to share, or some books that deal with high school dances in a way that you enjoyed? Tell us what you think on our Facebook page or via email (feedback AT theoralhistorypodcast DOT com).

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Our current reads


History of Wolves, by Emily Fridlund

The Lie Tree, by Frances Hardinge



The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas

The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living by Meik Wiking

A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman





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high school dance

San Augustine, Texas. High school students dancing at the Spanish Club banquet; credit here


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

Prom, by Laurie Halse Anderson

Pointe, by Brandy Colbert

Freefall, by Mindi Scott

Not That Kind of Girl, by Siobhan Vivian

Belle Epoque, by Elizabeth Ross

What We Left Behind, by Robin Talley



Teen Librarian Toolbox Recommendation Corner, featuring Karen Jensen

Backlash, by Sarah Darer Littman

Pretty Amy, by Lisa Burstein

The Last Boy & Girl in the World, by Siobhan Vivian



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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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