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Since 2016, thousands of people in New York City have attended the touchpoint town hall, an open forum conversation about love and sex. It's real people sharing the things they've experienced in bed and in love amongst a room of a hundred perfect strangers. Everyone can be anonymous and anyone can share. This podcast will feature some of the stories that are shared as well as some narration from touchpoint founder, Jared Matthew Weiss. At touchpoint, our mission is to cultivate emotional, relational, and sexual intelligence by creating space for people to learn from each other. In addition to our town hall, we are also working on a deck of cards that will make it easy to have a meaningful conversation about love and sex with the ones you choose.

Since 2016, thousands of people in New York City have attended the touchpoint town hall, an open forum conversation about love and sex. It's real people sharing the things they've experienced in bed and in love amongst a room of a hundred perfect strangers. Everyone can be anonymous and anyone can share. This podcast will feature some of the stories that are shared as well as some narration from touchpoint founder, Jared Matthew Weiss. At touchpoint, our mission is to cultivate emotional, relational, and sexual intelligence by creating space for people to learn from each other. In addition to our town hall, we are also working on a deck of cards that will make it easy to have a meaningful conversation about love and sex with the ones you choose.
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Since 2016, thousands of people in New York City have attended the touchpoint town hall, an open forum conversation about love and sex. It's real people sharing the things they've experienced in bed and in love amongst a room of a hundred perfect strangers. Everyone can be anonymous and anyone can share. This podcast will feature some of the stories that are shared as well as some narration from touchpoint founder, Jared Matthew Weiss. At touchpoint, our mission is to cultivate emotional, relational, and sexual intelligence by creating space for people to learn from each other. In addition to our town hall, we are also working on a deck of cards that will make it easy to have a meaningful conversation about love and sex with the ones you choose.

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Episodes

The Most Courageous Love Story Ever Told

5/22/2019
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On today’s episode of Touchpoint, I sit down with two of the bravest people I’ve ever met. Their life stories both individually and collectively stand as prismatic examples of the messes we create when we do not show up as ourselves and the magic we experience when we do. I first met Nick and Katherine North in Marfa, Texas at a week-long creative conference called Yeah Field Trip. I was hosting a town hall about love and sex––obviously––and they were sitting right up front. When I asked...

Duration:01:05:55

Danger, Touch, & Transformation In Bed

4/23/2019
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On this episode, you’ll hear stories of sexual exploration, gender transformation, and what one poet calls, “skin starvation.” Plus, Dr. Zhana offers some surprising insights into what consent means in the United States, and so much more. For more about Touchpoint, visit us on web or on Instagram For more about Dr. Zhana, follow her on Instagram.

Duration:01:13:09

What Does It Mean To Be A Man?

3/26/2019
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Andrew Horn wants men to get more vulnerable. He’s the founder of a new organization called Junto, a not-so-secret club for men to explore emotional mastery where he curates workshops and weekend retreats for bros to come together, take off their macho masks, and get real about their feelings. In a #metoo world, this work is very important. And that’s why I wanted to chat with Andrew about his personal journey. In this episode, he shares stories of being bullied as a child, how he’s learned...

Duration:00:48:16

BDSM Is Not Shorthand for Buddhism...But It Is

3/11/2019
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Sex, much like life, is best when we feel self-expressed. But that’s why, for many of us, sex just isn’t as good as it could be. Often, we may feel constricted or afraid, ashamed of what we think, what we want, or where we’ve been. In this episode of Touchpoint, we hear stories of people who have overcome shame and some that are working on it, some really helpful insights from our sex educator in-residence, Dr. Zhana, and the important reminder that when we speak our truth, we set ourselves...

Duration:01:01:17

How To Talk About Money When You're In Love

2/26/2019
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Mae West once said, “Love conquers all things except poverty and toothache.” Because while love is the energy that makes life meaningful, money is the tool that make life livable. And at the intersection of love and money comes a very important and often triggering conversation that when left undiscussed, can make for a very challenging romantic ride. In fact, multiple studies have proven that fighting over money is the number one predictor for divorce in the United States. Ultimately, the...

Duration:00:29:28

How Meditation Makes Us Better In Bed w/ Emily Fletcher

2/18/2019
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Someone once said, “It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it.” I only say “someone” because the quotation has been attributed to at least three different people on the internet, and I really have no idea who said it. But citations aside, it’s pretty brilliant, right? After all, life’s challenges in bed, in love, anywhere really are basically measured by our preparedness for their arrival. So what can we do to the lighten the load? According to meditation teacher...

Duration:00:38:58

She Said Yes!

2/10/2019
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Sierra had a crush on Cassandra in 9th grade. But Cassandra didn't think she was into women at that point so it was a no go. Fast forward to adulthood when they find each other again and fall in love. And then, last week at our town hall, Sierra pops the question. Spoiler alert: this episode contains our favorite Touchpoint moment so far. In addition to all that good loving, stories of "kink party" fails, intimate spreadsheets, never-too-late apologies for nonconsensual sex, and so much...

Duration:00:54:19

Hookups, Happiness, & Heartbreak

2/5/2019
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On this episode, I play a round of the Touchpoint sex tarot with Amy Chan, the founder of Renew Breakup Boot Camp—a shmancy retreat for women to heal after a breakup. While we explore the intimate details of Amy’s sex life—a conversation she admittedly doesn’t have very often—she does drop some knowledge around self-love, the brain chemistry of someone who is smitten, the discomfort we may feel when using dirty words, and what a potential road to long-term partnership could look like if we...

Duration:00:32:41

Speaking Your Truth In Bed, In Love, & In Life w/ Miki Agrawal

1/28/2019
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Too often, we accept things the way they are; leaving ourselves and others without what we really need to self-actualize and grow. Too many desires go unmet. Too many dreams go unfulfilled. Too many words go unspoken. And too many relationships go on and on without reciprocity or joy. In general, we tolerate things that feel wrong or seemingly could be better because we think, “That’s just the ways things are. After all, it’s the way they’ve always been.” But some people don’t think that...

Duration:00:57:19

Sex, Love, & Spirituality

1/22/2019
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Alright. Let's get spiritual. This week on the podcast, we have Master Kundalini Teacher, Hari Kaur. So now you're possibly asking yourself, "WTF is Kundalini?" I totally feel you. About eighteen months ago, I had no idea what it was either. But then I met Hari––and along with my partner, Erin––I took her nine-month Kundalini teacher training program in New York City, and it totally rocked my world. Hari is an O.G. in the world of wellness and spirituality. She's been training teachers for...

Duration:01:06:11

Squirting, Consent, & Cosmic Love

1/14/2019
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From squirting to consent, journaling to coming out, cosmic love to sexy spreadsheets, the storytellers from this last town hall stirred our souls, opened our minds, and made us laugh—a lot. Unfortunately, we had some serious technical glitches while recording, and so in some parts the sound quality is just terrible. We wrestled with whether or not we should share the episode considering the low quality sound, but ultimately decided that we had to. I mean—whether in bed, in love, or at a...

Duration:02:15:55

WTF is Tantra?

1/7/2019
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Many of us crave deeper connections with our partners--both in bed and in life, and tantra is the art and science of making that connection as deep as possible. In this conversation, Layla Martin, one of the most epic tantra teachers in the world, provides us with some foundational knowledge for tantric practices, and along the way, shares about her own childhood trauma, her path to sexual healing, and some practical tips to cultivate what she calls “epic sex and legendary love." To learn...

Duration:00:50:35

The Magic of Talking Sex With A Long-Term Partner

12/17/2018
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If there’s one thing I’ve learned from talking to thousands of people about their sex lives it’s that we do not need to talk about sex to have sex—but we do need to talk about sex to have great sex. In this episode, I sit with power couple, Jen Miller and Jason Feifer. Jen is a published author and journalist who writes for the New York Times, The Washington Post, and more. Jason is the editor-in-chief of Entrepreneur magazine. They co-wrote a novel called Mr. Nice Guy about two dating...

Duration:00:48:16

Becoming A Man In Bed, In Love, & In Life

12/10/2018
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Some of you may know Quddus Philippe from his early years as a VJ on MTV’s TRL. These days, he and his partner in life and love, Carmina, are cofounders of a personal development and media training company called Camera Ready. When I first sat down with Quddus, I didn’t really know where the interview would go. He’s a super fascinating guy with so much charisma and so many riveting stories, that I just left it wide open. But as the conversation unfolded and he shared things like...

Duration:00:38:33

Parenting, Partnership, and Porn with Erika Lust & Pablo Dobner

12/2/2018
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With artistic vision and feminist values, Erika Lust is at the forefront of today’s sexual revolution, confronting the mainstream porn industry with a sex-positive, erotic and cinematic alternative, and reclaiming the cultural discourse surrounding women’s sexuality. In this episode, I chat with her and her partner in love and in business, Pablo, to discuss their love story, what it’s like to work with a spouse, to be at the forefront of the indie adult cinema movement, to have the porn...

Duration:01:08:55

A Town Hall About Identity, Virginity, & Group Sex

11/22/2018
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The first time she experienced oral sex, she was fourteen years old and her lover didn’t speak a lick of english; he wasn’t ready to fully acknowledge that he was gay until he had his first gay experience, and so one night, he just went for it; she wanted to give her partner a birthday he would never forget--”so why not group sex,” she thought; Plus, Dr. Zhana drops some knowledge about the significance of first times, jealousy, and more. It’s all that and so much more in the final...

Duration:01:14:57

Getting In Touch With Your Fantasies

11/4/2018
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Alan Alda once said, “Your assumptions are your windows to the world. Scrub them off every once in a while or the light won’t come in.” With that in mind, I have one question: what do you imagine when you think of a dominatrix? I don’t know about you, but I don’t immediately think of a former elementary school teacher who got her PhD in education from Berkeley and writes a popular blog around spiritual and personal growth. After all, those aren’t the kind of details we’ve been told around...

Duration:00:37:00

Understanding Gender In Bed, In Love, & In Life

10/28/2018
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It's impossible to talk about love and sex without talking about identity. And equally as impossible to talk about identity without addressing the subject of gender. From birth, each of us are assigned monikers and pronouns that bear the weight of cultural expectations around everything from what we wear to who we're attracted to, and so much more. As a result, gender has a way of predetermining much of the things we experience and explore in bed, in love, and in life. That's why I wanted...

Duration:00:49:06

A Chat With Lindsey Metselaar from We Met At Acme

10/21/2018
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In between town halls, we’ve decided to start releasing episodes where Jared chats one-one with inspiring people about the things they’ve experienced in bed and in love. In this first one-one-one, Jared talks with Lindsey Metselaar, host of popular dating podcast We Met At Acme. After pulling five cards from touchpoint’s “sex tarot,” Lindsey shares about how fighting can sometimes be her foreplay, her first (and only) time exploring anal sex—in her parent’s bedroom, her innovative ways to...

Duration:00:49:17

Watching Porn: Inspiring for Couples, Sometimes Healing for Survivors, and Better When Produced by Feminists?

10/14/2018
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Watching gay male porn helped her heal from sexual trauma;her boyfriend brought her to a porn cinema in Montreal and they were directed to the upstairs balcony where couples can practice what they watch on screen; after a lifetime of masturbating to porn, one night, he decided to skip it and run a bath instead, and you’ll never believe what happened; Dr. Zhana drops some surprising stats around who watches porn and how it affects their sex lives; plus, a vulnerable and entertaining...

Duration:01:25:03