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The Oral History Podcast, Episode 15: Romantic Tropes

The Oral History Podcast, Episode 15: Romantic Tropes

In this episode of The Oral History Podcast, we depart from our usual analysis of YA literature and instead discuss adult romance-novel tropes that persistently beguile and bedevil us. If you’ve got a romance trope that you love (or love to hate) we’d love to hear about it. Find us on Twitter at @CarrieMesrobian and @ChristaDesir, or […]

The Oral History Podcast, Episode 14: Femininity

The Oral History Podcast, Episode 14: Femininity

This episode of The Oral History Podcast is a companion piece to our episode on Masculinity. In this show, we discuss femininity and some of its trappings as we’ve experienced them throughout our lives: lingerie, fake nails, cheerleaders, fathers and daughters, make-up, the meanings behind gendered concepts, the gender binary and the ritual of “getting ready,” just […]

The Oral History Podcast: Sex without Romance

The Oral History Podcast: Sex without Romance

This episode of The Oral History Podcast is about Sex Without Romance, something that is very difficult to find in young adult fiction, as it turns out. Christa and Carrie discuss some of their adolescent adventures with respect to romance-free sex, as well as a few YA titles that touch on it. Let us know […]

8 Great Books to Pair with Your Favorite Podcasts
By February 25, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

8 Great Books to Pair with Your Favorite Podcasts

Podcast fans talk about their favorite radio shows with the same enthusiasm readers talk about their favorite books. The Kansas City Public Library and KCUR 89.3 have smashed the two formats together into one event, reBOUND, an annual book exchange and podcast party hosted by the Young Friends of the KCPL and Generation Listen KC. At […]

The Oral History Podcast, Episode 12: Worst Dude Ever

The Oral History Podcast, Episode 12: Worst Dude Ever

In this episode of the Oral History Podcast, we unpack traditional cultural lessons regarding masculinity. We started discussing some of this on Twitter under the hashtag #WorstDudeEver and in this episode, we talk about six young-adult titles that showcase aspects of masculinity that are complex and troubling. Do you have recommendations that deconstruct masculinity? Tell […]

The Oral History Podcast, Episode 11: Our Sexual Education

The Oral History Podcast, Episode 11: Our Sexual Education

In this episode of The Oral History Podcast, we discuss some of the books that helped shape our own sexual education and thinking over the years. This review of influential titles led us on some fascinating tangents, from female ejaculation, childhood masturbation, and curiosity versus competence when it comes to sexual prowess, to Gloria Steinem, […]

The Oral History Podcast, Episode 10: Illicit Relationships

The Oral History Podcast, Episode 10: Illicit Relationships

In this episode of The Oral History Podcast, we discuss illicit relationships where there is a power differential between the people involved, as well as legal and social restrictions. Take a listen and share your thoughts or book recommendations on the topic, in the comments or via email: feedback AT theoralhistorypodcast DOT com. Click to subscribe in […]

The Oral History Podcast, Episode 9: Body Image

The Oral History Podcast, Episode 9: Body Image

This week’s episode is all about body image. While we had no problems discussing the issues of body image in our own lives, we did have difficulty finding YA books that dealt specifically with body image in the context of sex, which is why we only have four recommended titles this month instead of our usual […]

The Oral History Podcast, Episode 8: Cheating

The Oral History Podcast, Episode 8: Cheating

Welcome to The Oral History Podcast, with your author hosts Christa Desir and Carrie Mesrobian! A little bit about us. We’re both YA authors whose debut novels came out in 2013. We became acquainted via Twitter (Christa credits Daniel Kraus, though Carrie can’t remember the connection). After a flurry of emails, we graduated to phone conversations, during which […]

Two Writers Talk about Sex in YA Books: Brace Yourself for the Oral History Podcast!
By September 1, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Two Writers Talk about Sex in YA Books: Brace Yourself for the Oral History Podcast!

Jane and Joe American, listen up! We know your water cooler chit-chat has been occupied of late with discussions like “What does Adnan know about the Best Buy phone booth?!” and “Why is the president doing interviews in some dude’s garage?” That’s the magic of podcasts. Maybe because we usually plug the sound directly into our ear-holes, the voices can […]