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Wednesday 17 December  
The Naked Truth

The State We're In - The Naked Truth

On air: 22 September 2012 2:00 (Photo: Oote Boe/AGE fotostock)

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The State We're In, 22 September 2012. A man felt like a failure until he met with a sex coach. A sex coach explains her career choice. And a legendary sexologist argues that we’re still getting sex all wrong, even today.

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Something about Steven
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Steven is 44 years old. He’s attractive and he owns his own business.

Everything about him seems just fine, but he has a secret: that until very recently, he was a virgin.

He tells host Jonathan Groubert about his feelings of failure, and his desperate bid to lose his virginity: by attending a special course dedicated to teaching intimacy.

Marion van der Stad
Marion van der Stad
Essay: Up close and personal
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The people who come to see Marion van der Stad are usually good-looking, have great jobs and lots of friends.

But they’re missing one crucial thing in their lives – sexual experience.

Marion explains how she’s personally helped hundreds of people become a fuller version in this first-person account.  

More: Aquarion School for Love & Leadership.


Betty Dodson
Betty Dodson
Sex pioneer

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When Betty Dodson was growing up in the American Midwest during the 1950s, sex was something nice girls knew nothing about.

But Betty decided that ignorance about orgasms meant fewer orgasms, and that was personally, and politically, unacceptable.

So she’s devoted her life to breaking down taboos about women exploring their bodies, and can be shockingly frank in explaining how we’re getting sex all wrong, even today.

More: Betty Dodson with Carla Ross. Better Orgasms. Better World. 


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Anonymous 10 November 2012 - 4:06pm / United States

Too bad RN cancelled this show. I was a long time listener on shortwave until that was cancelled, and now, RN's best show, the only thing redeeming this seemilngly failing broadcaster is gone as well.

We can't listen to BBC all the time, RN should bring back Tswi and new such content or just give it up all the way since as it is now the network won't be missed. Guess it shows I really loved this show.


Robert Schwebel 3 November 2012 - 4:29pm / United States

TSWI airs here in Alaska at midnight between Friday and Saturday. I usually try to listen to it with a recorder running. I have long enjoyed the positive, far-ranging, and world-wide attitude displayed by the show's producers and host.
I had the opportunity to bicycle across Nederland some time ago and remember it as a colorful experience, but I was not there long enough to draw an indepth experience of the Dutch character. I find that TSWI has exemplified this through its worldliness.
I would love to learn that TSWI received a new lease on life, but I hope at the very least this website allows us to know what becomes of the TSWI crew members.

Anonymous 30 October 2012 - 9:57pm

This is one of my favorite shows that you have ever done. What a celebration of life. Please, please, do more like this. I got so much from the wise words of the people you interviewed. Interesting, the past three years I've been in a state of sexual dormancy, and have lately been waking up from my slumber, and this show fit right in with where I am on my current journey. Thank you.

Richard Cuff 25 September 2012 - 11:05pm / USA

Good to see that TSWI continues to be produced, and that at least some of the RNW programming archives remain available. A question - I saw roughly 25 entries under "Classic Dox" but I know that RNW produced hundreds of documentaries over the years that remain high-quality radio after all these years. Are any of these documentaries other than the 25 available online?

Anonymous 24 September 2012 - 10:16pm / USA

The first serious investigation into asexuality has recently been published, "Understanding Asexuality," by Anthony Bogaert, Ph.D., professor of community health sciences and psychology at Brock University. You might want to interview Dr. Bogaert on your program. There are more asexuals out there, albeit hidden deeply in the closet, many ashamed, than you'd think. Book website is at

Anonymous 23 September 2012 - 1:36pm / USA

Like Steven I'm middle aged and a virgin, but unlike Steven I don't feel like a failure or incomplete I don't fear or hate sex, it's just not important to me.

I disagree that sex is something essential or necessary. I believe that just as people have varying sexual orientations, people have varying need for sex, some high and some low.

I know I can't convince anyone reading this that I'm not mentally ill or in denial, as that's such a common assumption. I can only ask people to do the right thing and keep an open mind

Anonymous 25 September 2012 - 6:24am / Canada

Well, well... and I thought I was a rare bird! Seriously, I'm sure there's quite a few of us for whom sex isn't all that important, but who will believe it? Perhaps a future programme on asexuality would enlighten us. I'd love to see a serious survey done on the matter.

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Greg Kelly 23 September 2012 - 6:20pm

Thanks for writing to us. We have featured a man who considered himself asexual. Perhaps this voice needs greater representation on the media landscape? It's a voice easily overlooked amid all the hyper-sexualized imagery we're bombarded with.

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