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Relationships & Love

Hot Mic with Dan Savage


Outspoken advice columnist Dan Savage showcases the best true stories about sex and relationships from live storytelling shows across the country. Many episodes feature special guests, who share their stories, songs, and thoughts on relationships. Da...Show More

31:18 | Aug 15th, 2017

High school sucks for a lot of people, especially young queer kids trying to survive the blinding storm of pubescent hormones while getting bullied or beat up for things they’re just learning to like. Things like musical theater, or in Dan Bucatinsky...Show More

37:22 | Mar 6th, 2018

Love is patient, love is kind, love is giving up your rent controlled apartment, screaming alone on a beach, and everything in-between. This episode of Hot Mic with Dan Savage features two stories where someone drops the “I love you” bomb  – includin...Show More
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43:51 | Feb 27th, 2018

Secret identities don't just cause problems for superheroes - they make trouble for normal people too. In this episode of Hot Mic, two storytellers  - one of them is Dan Savage himself - describe what it's like to hide, and then reveal, sexual or gen...Show More

31:52 | Feb 20th, 2018

“Don’t hesitate! Take the plunge! Put yourself out there!” Well…what’s out there? You may find an open minded sexual unicorn capable of pleasuring you beyond humankind’s feeble imagination, or limp home bruised and black-eyed with little more than yo...Show More

29:30 | Feb 13th, 2018

The most hopeless of crushes are often the most powerful. On this episode of Hot Mic with Dan Savage we'll hear a studio story from Samm Levine. Sam shares a story about a pre and post-fame crush on a girl with an intoxicating name. We'll also hear a...Show More

32:11 | Feb 6th, 2018

When applied appropriately, a little shame can be hot. But all too often when shame enters a sexy situation, it's not the fun kind. On this episode of Hot Mic with Dan Savage we'll hear two stories that deal with shame head on. First, writer Elna Bak...Show More

30:41 | Jan 30th, 2018

When love ends and your lover leaves, they also leave things behind—that t shirt that smells like them, or that mix CD they made you, or their sex toys. In this episode of Hot Mic with Dan Savage, we present an elegiac dildo variety show of sorts. We...Show More

34:52 | Jan 23rd, 2018

Online dating is the grandest gamble, the reward might be a great time, but the opportunity for disappointment and deception is no joke. This episode of Hot Mic with Dan Savage features two hilarious stories about online hookups that went in differen...Show More

35:41 | Jan 16th, 2018

When it comes to sex, nothing is harder than talking about sexually transmitted infections. Get it?! And STIs are even more difficult to make funny, look how hard we just tried! On this episode of Hot Mic with Dan Savage, a bunch of brave souls break...Show More

22:37 | Jan 9th, 2018

As a tiny minority of America's population, most members of the LGBT community spend most of their time in heterosexual spaces. But the "Gay Area" episode of Hot Mic with Dan Savage is...well, just what it sounds like. You'll hear a story from Don't ...Show More

38:30 | Jan 2nd, 2018

Everyone loves a good creepy story, and this episode of Hot Mic with Dan Savage features two particularly great ones - including a creeper story with a twist by Janelle James from RISK!, and a studio story from Sean Patton about what happens when you...Show More

36:28 | Dec 26th, 2017

Having a comfort zone to retreat to is important. But just like a city gets rezoned in order to accommodate development, we have to rezone what we're comfortable with in order to grow. Especially when it comes to sex. On this episode of Hot Mic with ...Show More

48:06 | Dec 19th, 2017

On this episode of Hot Mic with Dan Savage, singer and songwriter Rachel Lark joins Dan to talk (and sing) about heartbreak, love lost, hope found. Featured stories include "Searching for the Rainbow" by Michael Zhuang for Story District, and "Janine...Show More

30:02 | Dec 12th, 2017

Every romance begins differently, but for the ones that last, there's always a moment when you decide to commit - we call it your commit-moment. In this episode, two storytellers share the tale of their own commit-moments, and prove that real love ca...Show More

32:18 | Dec 5th, 2017

Sex work is a diverse range of professions united by sex, money, and stigma. Because of the stigma, we hear a lot about the sex, but we rarely hear from the workers themselves. But in this episode, two sex workers show their work. "Humiliatrix" Ceara...Show More

23:50 | Nov 28th, 2017

In this special, single-story episode of Hot Mic with Dan Savage, Lily Be tells the tale of how her parents' marriage ended—a mystery she had to wait more than a decade to uncover. Plus, Dan Savage shares his thoughts on monogamy, secrets, and more. ...Show More

24:13 | Nov 21st, 2017

Let's get it on, with a little help from our friends. In these two stories, middle school friends clue each other in to the world of sex and romance—from new uses for internet connections to first kisses to Ryan Phillippe to lesbian smut. Hosted by y...Show More

31:49 | Nov 14th, 2017

Sometimes you have to escape the nest in order to learn how to fly. In this episode, Margot Leitman escapes her parents' gaze to Puerto Rico, where a handsome man in a lavender shirt awaits her. Storyteller Mike O'Connell, on the other hand, complete...Show More

33:34 | Nov 7th, 2017

When it comes to live storytelling, stories that end in bad sex are much more common than those that end well. But on this episode of Hot Mic with Dan Savage we’ll hear two good sex stories where everyone leaves happy and maybe even a little better o...Show More

41:40 | Oct 31st, 2017

How does dressing up in drag help you disappear? Why is being feminine like being a poodle...and what does that mean for the wolves? These and other questions are explored on this Halloween episode of Hot Mic with Dan Savage, wherein Dan shares his o...Show More

37:18 | Oct 24th, 2017

Coming out is a huge step—but what about all the small steps afterwards? In this episode, two gay people try to navigate their romantic lives after coming out, and learn that finding love isn't quite as easy as just walking into a gay bar. This episo...Show More

40:50 | Oct 17th, 2017

Since this is a show about sex and relationships, we figured maybe we’d talk about the part that involves baby making. We'll also talk about what happens when you want a baby, but don't wanna sex it into existence. Get ready for two hilarious st...Show More

33:13 | Oct 10th, 2017

Two storytellers with very intense but very different body issues take some action, get some action, and discover the unexpected powers and pleasures of their own bodies. This episode of Hot Mic features "I Have a Vagina" by Buck Angel for Trantastic...Show More

36:01 | Oct 3rd, 2017

Comedian Jen Kirkman's mother had a sign in her kitchen that said "Kissin' don't last, cookin' do." Hear how that sign and all it represented affected Jen's romantic life, in a funny and touching story she told on Don't Tell My Mother in Los Angeles....Show More

26:34 | Sep 26th, 2017

What happens when the utterly unexpected goes down while you’re trying to get it on? In these two live stories, brave heroes face unimaginable interruptions during the act of lovemaking and still manage to come to satisfying conclusions. Plus, Dan Sa...Show More

41:59 | Sep 19th, 2017

Fantasy can be so powerful that sometimes we forget reality is headed in a totally different direction. In this special episode of Hot Mic with Dan Savage, comedian and actress Rachel Bloom chats with Dan about her CW musical comedy Crazy Ex-Girlfrie...Show More

35:48 | Sep 12th, 2017

Your heart is racing, your knees are wobbly, and you’re suddenly feeling light-headed. Are you head over heels in love, or is fear creeping down your spine…or both? In this spooky show, two storytellers find themselves in hair-raising situations that...Show More

32:42 | Sep 4th, 2017

In the effort to find a perfect partner, we end up falling for people who fall short. Some of these shortcomings are, of course, inevitable, but on this episode of Hot Mic, your host Dan Savage features two storytellers who reach their breaking point...Show More

30:39 | Aug 29th, 2017

The saying, "Beauty is as beauty does" is misleading. It's supposed to mean that one's beauty is defined by their actions, not their appearance. But as anyone who's ever consumed any type of visual media knows, beautiful people are exalted—and most p...Show More

37:26 | Aug 22nd, 2017

Losing your virginity is usually just as terrifying as it is exciting - which is why most of the time, would-be virginity losers make a plan. Who? Where? What to wear (or take off)? Whether the plan works out, however, is a different story. On this e...Show More

35:47 | Aug 8th, 2017

Who doesn’t love an unexpected wedding proposal? Let's be honest - especially one that careens suddenly off the rails? On this episode of Hot Mic we're talking about times the question gets popped and, surprise, not all goes swimmingly. Plus, Dan sha...Show More

30:25 | Aug 8th, 2017

Ghost stories aren't just for campfires and sleepovers anymore. They're also for those of us still doing the dating slog, especially those of us who think everything is going great with a new partner, when whoosh! They disappear like mist. On this ep...Show More