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Brendan Bane

Science Journalist in Santa Cruz

Sex & Violence in the San Lorenzo River

PRESENTED ON DEC 11, 2013
IN SANTA CRUZ, CA @ VOL 6

The San Lorenzo River harbors beautiful flora and majestic fauna. But it's also a battlefield, plagued with evolutionary arms races, cunning deception, and bird-on-bird violence. Watch as Brendan Bane discusses the science behind amphibious orgies, neurotoxin-resistant garter snakes, and the morbid parenting techniques of North American waterbirds. 

"Presentation of the Day" on February 3, 2014.

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Violence and Freedom of Expression

BY RICARDO GONZÁLEZ
@ VOL 32 ON NOV 05, 2013

Ricardo Gozález explains what freedom of expression consists of by giving alarming examples of the violence registered against journalists and different media.

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Six Minutes of Sex

BY STEPHEN SALEL
@ VOL 17 ON APR 12, 2013

Stephen Salel is the Robert F. Lange Research Associate for Japanese Art at the Honolulu Museum of Art, and co-curator of the exhibition Arts of the Bedchamber: Japanese Shunga. He speaks about the japanese shunga art and history of sexuality in Japan by showing paintings related to sex. 

"Presentation of the Day" on May 14, 2014.

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Sexuality in Medieval Art

BY HUIB ISERIEF
@ VOL 9 ON FEB 25, 2014

Sex in the Middle Ages is a difficult subject: after all the church wanted to save everyone from mortal sins. Licit and illicit sex (as Huib would call it) are beautifully integrated into the medieval art. Researcher Huib Iserief (Amsterdam University) will bring his art historical sex theory to light!

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I Want to Talk about Sex

BY PENNY HALL
@ VOL 20 ON AUG 28, 2014

Penny Hall's SOS project has frank and open discussions about sex, most probably like you have never had them before. 

Going into the depth of human relationships with one another, and allowing the idea that sex is a good thing, and not something to be scared or ashamed of. 

"Presentation of the Day" on October 21, 2014.

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Hustle, Sex, $$$

BY ALEXANDRA FINE
@ VOL 6 ON OCT 19, 2015

Alexandra Fine is devoted to proving that sex can be equally as pleasurable for both men and women and aiding that assertion with creative, well-designed and flawlessly-executed sexual innovations. Eva, the first of these inventions, quickly became the #1 crowdfunded sex toy — catapulting Alex and her business partner, Janet, into the spotlight for their uniquely engineered couples’ vibrator aimed at closing the pleasure gap. She is also generally into fun and happiness.

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Why We Do it

BY DEBBIE CHURGAI
@ VOL 6 ON FEB 12, 2016

Debbie Churgai is inspired by sex. Having read several articles on the reasons for sex, Debbie wrote a paper in grad school on the topic. In this presentation, Debbie shares some of the reasons humans have sex.

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The Birds & The Bees

BY ERIC REFSLAND
@ VOL 6 ON FEB 12, 2016

Rhena and Eric Refsland raise bees in their urban home outside Washington DC. Listen as they share the peculiar makeup of a hive and the process of reproduction in bees.

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The Continuum of Human Experience and Sex Trafficking

BY NANCY HARDCASTLE
@ VOL 2 ON SEP 23, 2017

Storyteller Nancy Hardcastle leads a happy life in Puerto Vallarta, that is until she ponders about children that endure sex trafficking.

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Sex: Wants, Needs, and Desires

BY AMORY JANE
@ VOL 23 ON JUN 13, 2017

Sex Educator, Amory Jane, will be talking about needs versus desires as they relate to sex and intimacy. She'll discuss libido, different styles of desire (e.g. spontaneous and responsive), and whether or not there is really a sex drive (and if sex can be considered a need). This presentation goes beyond the classic research, and includes the most up to date science on human sexuality, along with fascinating info from Emily Nagoski's best-selling book Come As You Are.