Sunday, December 26, 2010

New Show - Dave Gets A Jack Sock

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Melyssa and Dave give a post-holiday wrap up. We wish we could shove your figgy pudding and start our own holiday in August. And we may just do that. Melyssa gives Dave a jack sock for Christmas. Don't know why, but it sure is funny. Melyssa buys her own gift and it's for her glorious ass. Dave goes political for a mini-rant about The Man, who doesn't realize he/she is The Man.

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Sunday, December 19, 2010

New Show - I Wanna Have Sex Again

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This week, Gerry sits in with the gang. We talk about Amazon's douchey move and why we dropped them like the scumbags that they are. We also discussed the pros and cons of the Twitter. Hurry up and book your satanic goat slayings at The 'Y'! There's nothing like a game of Strip Risk to kill 17 hours of your life. Mandatory: Sex before meetings.

Music:


Sunday, December 5, 2010

New Show - Kimmie's Warm Pie

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This week we have a visit from old and new friends. Jenna joins us, along with Kimmie, Goddess of the Pie. We taste her warm pie and discuss different ways of preparing and eating pie. Then we move along to pepperoni and how to chew on the stick. It's the shopping season, so you can watch The Story of Stuff or go to Crap-Mart and buy a bunch of cheap crap. And welcome to the Left of Center Theater Variety Show.


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Sunday, November 28, 2010

New Show - Curse of the Drunkards pt 2

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Oh no, we weren't done with Bryan and Adam from Keglines.  We talk about more beer, of course, but also talk about Bryan's new career as a homeowner as well as his foray into the wide world of Roller Derby.  We find out that Adam makes a bad gay, but you probably already knew that.  There's no porn like 70's porn.

Music:

Sunday, November 21, 2010

New Show - Curse of the Drunkards pt 1

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Adam and Bryan from Keglines are back and we get so into the frolicking that we ended up doing two hours worth of show. Part one is this week and the thrilling conclusion will be up next. It's the first time we've talked to them after Rock The Rickets so we have a lot of catching up to do. We sample some great beer from Wolaver, Sierra Nevada, Rohrbach's, and Goose Island. Adam screws up little kids, while Bryan doesn't interact with humans. Dave's not an internet predator, honest. Bryan's and Adam's love affair takes an ugly turn. We welcome the appearance of Corner Boy! We discuss blumpkins and Bryan's porn habit.

Music:

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Book Review - Free For All by Janet Poppendieck

I wanted to review Free For All: Fixing School Food in America by Janet Poppendieck because in my non-podcast life, I’m working with a bunch of other community-minded folks to start a school.  Don’t worry, it’s not a for-profit, scummy charter school.  Also, being interested in what I eat as well as what kids eat, I thought this would be a great read for the podcast.  Turns out I was right.  For the lazy, just go to the last chapter, the conclusion.  Poppendieck calls for all school lunches to be free for all.  Now before you start screaming “socialism!” you’ll have to read the rest of the book.  Poppendieck takes us through how we ended up serving food in school, how free and reduced lunch programs started followed by breakfast in school.  She also spells out the problems with all of these programs.  While good intentioned, the way they are is a waste of money, a waste of food and a waste of time.  Here are the problems:

Breakfast and lunch programs are a waste of food.  Kids don’t eat most of them as the food tends to be pre-made, re-heated stuff (with the emphasis on “stuff”), that while it may meet certain nutritional standards, isn’t really good for you and is not appetizing.  Then there’s the problem of getting families that qualify to participate.  There’s the embarrassment factor of getting a “free lunch” as well as the intrusion of having to provide financial information.  From the administrative perspective, it costs a lot of time and money to run these programs – which are doomed to fail anyway because of the ala carte options in most school lunchrooms that entice kids with junk food. 

Poppendieck shows that kids will eat food that is good for them if given the opportunity, but you’ll have to get rid of the junky options.  By moving toward local, healthy food it would help the school, the kids, the economy and more.  It’s really a win – win situation.  Children who eat better (or eat at all) do better in school.  Making all meals free for everyone would free school staff from the costly and time consuming administration that is necessary to make sure everyone is on the free & reduced program who should be. 

The book itself is generally an easy read.  The sections that use anecdotes to illustrate the situation and prove her points are interesting and her conclusions are well thought-out.  It does get a bit dry while she presents statistical evidence, but in this reader’s opinion, it’s pretty tough to make stats that aren’t connected to baseball seem interesting. 

A good read.  If you have kids, are connected to schools in some way and/or are interested in a better way of making our society work, give Free For All a read and them make your friends read it.  I am.

-Dave

Sunday, November 14, 2010

New Show - Ace Frehley Death Watch

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Dave has come across a lot of things on the internet, including the Bible. Melyssa gives fashion tips in a time machine; thank god for yearbooks. A shout out for the Breast Cancer Coalition pf Rochester! OK, Ace Frehley probably didn't die, but wouldn't it be creepy if he had? What are YOUR Thanksgiving plans?

Music:

Sunday, November 7, 2010

New Show - Gay Protest Vote

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Melyssa and Dave dissect the recent election and the fallout. Keith Olbermann, we hardly knew ye. The new voting machines were OK, hopefully every vote was counted. Someone decides to protest a lack of gay rights by not voting. Kind of like protesting rape by cutting off your dick. We also reference the crazy-awesome Tim Wise essay on the elections...check it out.

Music:

Fistful of Mercy - Things Go Round
Tim Robbins and the Rogues Gallery Band - You're My Dare
Kenny Neal - Blind, Crippled or Crazy

Sunday, October 24, 2010

New Show - Biker Bar Fandango

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We roll out the old gear this week and the show is sounding awesome!  Some new music and new stories by the whole gang.  Melyssa's dealing with the family Archie Bunker.  Jenna's playing biker bars now.  Dave gets all political on you.  The Rent's 2 Damn High?  Howie Hawkins for Governor, MFers!  And Stuart tells a joke.

Music:

New Show - Biker Bar Fandango

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We roll out the old gear this week and the show is sounding awesome!  Some new music and new stories by the whole gang.  Melyssa's dealing with the family Archie Bunker.  Jenna's playing biker bars now.  Dave gets all political on you.  The Rent's 2 Damn High?  Howie Hawkins for Governor, MFers!  And Stuart tells a joke.

Music:

Sunday, October 17, 2010

New Show - Jesus In My Pants

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Special guest, Nick "Rags" Redanty, is with us on this week's show. Check out his art at Art By Rags on the Facebook. We talk about art, moustache rides and paranormal chicks. Solomon Burke once made Jenna moist. Someone puts Jesus in Dave's pants. Our new sponsors battle it out.

Music:

Solomon Burke and De Dijk - Don't Despair
Ethan Lipton and his Orchestra - People and Cats
Elvis Costello - The Spell You Cast

Sunday, October 10, 2010

New Show - Pot Damaged Eggs

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Another great show! We have a special guest; Lee Bender is with us to discuss the Make Schools Safe campaign to help LGBT students. Go write you a letter! Dave starts the show with what Melyssa thinks is one of the all-time rants. If you listen to any of the show, listen to this. Dave also has to sit through a video on mary jane...yes...marijuana, that's from the 70's. And don't forget to check out Transgustatory.

Music:

Robert Plant - You Can't Buy My Love
Ronnie Wood - Catch You

Sunday, October 3, 2010

New Show - Butternuts The Stripper

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Make sure you get to see the YouTube Video from Rock The Rickets!  You'll have a spanking good time. We discuss the Tyler Clementi suicide and gay high school groups. Dave is getting a second job as a stripper. You will now refer to him as Butternuts. Livonia is so gay. No, really. Everyone in Livonia is gay. Just ask Melyssa. Dave hobnobs with Washington's best.

Music:

Head Roc - Black Babies (radio edit)
Adam Mowery - Calm Down Miss Cherry Hand
Harmonica Slim and Hosea Leavy - Cold Tacos and Warm Beer
Paul Wynn - Shaving Cream

Sunday, September 26, 2010

New Show - The Kevin McCracken Show

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It's the day after Rock The Rickets! A vigantic success. We recap all the action including the spankings, the music, the raffle and more. Huge, wet smooches to everyone who participated. We're thinking about making this a yearly thing...if we can find a charity that will take our dildo money. Dave's new dietary addition has everyone seeing...uh...black. We also have a guest on this week's show - Captain Underpants aka Kevin McCracken. Another highlight of Dave's recent trip to Washington.

Music:

The Saffron Sect - Phosphorous Flash
Elvin Bishop - Neighbor Neighbor

Sunday, September 19, 2010

New Show - Old People Orgsams

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It's the last show before Rock The Rickets! I know we'll see you there! Jenna and Dave go to a Black Wedding. No, Billy Idol wasn't there. There's a birth control dilemma in the house. Jenna's going to take on The Man. Melyssa's orgasms get better with age. We don't know what she's talking about.

Music:
Louis Armstrong - Now You Has Jazz
Ed Cox - Arabian Raves
Lord Of All Fevers And Plagues - Aspergers Girl

Sunday, September 12, 2010

New Show - J-Dub In The House

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That's right.  J-Dub is in the M-Fing house! We give an update on Rock The Rickets that will excite and titilate. Halloween plans are in the works, my friend. Then there's crazy ass Phil Davison. Racism...communism...what's the difference.  Jenna and Dave take part in the local Labor Day Parade and chaos ensues. And Dave and Jenna snowball on the show. You gotta listen to get it.

Music:

Little Al Thomas - I'm Gonna Buy Me A Politician

Sunday, September 5, 2010

New Show - Sister Speak at The Fauxgerty Estate

This week's show take's place at a private party somewhere in the Southwedge in Rochester, NY.  The second half of the show features special guest, Sister Speak doing a great acoustic set.  By all means check out their website (http://www.sisterspeakmusic.com) and give them some love!  Special thanks to Laura and Lee for inviting us and to the great audience who contributed to the show.

Oh, and we talk about orgasms.  Of course.

iPhone bonus content: a bonus song from Sister Speak!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Sex Toy Review: Clone-A-Willy

Jenna:

Bottom line: when having sex with my boyfriend isn’t an option, I still have his dick. I keep it on my windowsill. It’s gorgeous and it’s like a lit lantern burning from a porch, calling to a longing love. All this, thanks to the Glow in the Dark Clone-A-WillyClone-A-Willy is a do-it-yourself dildo making system, equipped with liquid skin and molding powders. It comes in a handy tube that is used later in the molding process to hold said molding goop*. If you want the molding process to go smoothly, I suggest spending some time on the instructions. If you don’t like a mess, I don’t recommend it. There is definitely some clean up involved and for an easily stressed soul, I was not looking forward to it. However, I made the best of it and prepared my little clone studio in my kitchen, covering the windows to spare my neighbors. You know what I forgot while my feathers were getting all in a ruff? I forgot about the fluffing and the fun! A little fluff, and you measure. A little fun, and you mix. From here, you got to get a move on so the mixture doesn’t set before the impressionable penis enters the goop. Excess falls to the floor and you wait. Then fill with more goop, insert vibrator and wait for 24 hours.

Upon unveiling, both you and your penis impersonator will giggle with amazement. “I have that many veins?” he may say. The mold misses some of the best part of your man’s unit, being that it can cover only so much ground. This may surprise, perhaps give your man pause, while he contemplates the gender and sexual stereotypes that our society prescribes. Don’t let him fret and utilize your man’s clone soon after! Personally, I slap a condom on that bad boy, since there were some powdery lumps left behind. Remove bothersome growths with a knife and don’t tell your man that you brought a knife to his clone. More about using condoms with your clone: I was nervous about the chemicals that made up this toy, but according to what I have read the material is an organic thermoset polymer that is actually much safer than many of the adult toys currently on the market.  Even better! So, thanks Clone-A-Willy, for a useful tool that I get turned on just by looking at. It looks so familiar…

*The word ‘goop’ is used in the most positive, fun way. Let’s take it back!


Dave:

The Clone-A-Willy is a great concept.  I’m glad we were able to try it out.  For those who don’t know what this is, it’s a way for you to make a vibrating replica of any penis you have handy…yours, your lover’s, a disinterested 2nd party.  But remember this, you cannot do this alone; you need a partner.  That being said, whoever is the model for this has to be comfortable enough with the helper (or so damned horny that he doesn’t care) to maintain a good erection throughout the process.

The process isn’t that long, but it’s not the most sexy activity in the world.  Now there are ways to make it more sexy.  The fluffing I received was both helpful and appreciated…oh, and sexy.  The process isn’t all that complicated, you can listen to the audio from the video we put on the show to hear that (in fact, if you haven’t heard it, I insist you go listen to it).  It didn’t hurt at all and you do get to stick your junk in some gooey stuff.  It looks like the clean up would be a pain, but once the stuff turned into the rubbery substance, it peeled right up, even off of me.

Now comes the strange part…after.  For a while, I said that I was cool with auctioning off my junk to the highest bidder with the proceeds going to charity.  I still would have.  It would have been weird, but a cool thing to do for the show and the charity.  But now that we didn’t and I sometimes see it sitting on the windowsill.  That’s weird.  That’s my dick.  On the windowsill.  It glows in the dark.  That’s my dick.  Glowing on the windowsill.

Whomever uses your homemade vibrator, I’d suggest using a condom on it.  I’m not saying the stuff that makes the CAW is bad for you, but experts are saying you should probably do it with the commercial toys as well.  And dude, it glows in the dark.

So go for the Clone-A-Willy!  You will not be disappointed, providing you have a fluffer.
[Special thanks goes out to my fluffer]

NOTE:  We will be raffling off a Clone-A-Willy at Rock The Rickets!

Monday, August 30, 2010

New Show - Jenna's Crotchless Panties

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It's a rock-n-roll life that Jenna leads, complete with crotchless panties and Facebook friend requests left unanswered. Dave spends his weekend covered in bees. Melyssa returns to the eighties and to her man, Jake Ryan. Jenna's Grandma story will have you in tears. You know what a bass is, don't you? Can you say that? Don't? Sure you can. We keep talking about Rock the Rickets! There's more details to check out!

iPhone users: don't forget about the bonus content you get with your Stuart Bedasso iPhone app.

Music:

Dearly Beloved - When Slow Is The New Fast
Sonia And Disappear Fear - Don't Waste My Crime
The Green Hour Band - You May Descend
Albert Castiglia - Cadillac Assembly Line

Sunday, August 22, 2010

New Show - Who Wants A Drumkin?

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Drumkin (n): The act of receiving oral sex while performing air drums. Who wants one? Dave also finds out a little more about his girlfriend than he was expecting. Someone's been a naughty girl. Melyssa finally comes out as the huffer we all knew her to be. She also hob nobs with the fashionistas in the big city. What kind of lunch box did you have? Jenna drinks and it's cute. We have a name for our benefit: Rock The Rickets!

Bonus Content: Melyssa's offspring riffs a bit about Gay Eskimos and Jenna puts her microphone in a special place. Want to hear the BC? You need the iPhone app.

Music:

The Bastard Fairies - Tool For Your Love
Harper - What Are You Gonna Do
The Gaylords - Pansy
Elsa Lanchester - Rat Catcher's Daughter

Sunday, August 15, 2010

New Show - Clamato And Waffles

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Jenna's running the show this week as Dave just plays DJ and Melyssa's in NYC with all the fashionistas. Jenna sings and cries at a wedding, while taking everyone else with her. She also meets a boatload of interesting people along the way. Dave helps out some striking workers at the Mott's plant in Williamson, NY and you should too. Go to www.mottsworkers.org to help. Waffles from a truck give Jenna the hots, so dig her new man at www.yumrunners.com. You can have an Stuart Bedasso iPhone app! Get bonus material from the show, starting with this one. Go to http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-stuart-bedasso-show/id386161131?mt=8

Music:

Dr. John And The Lower 911 - Them
Blind Boy Fuller - What's That Smells Like Fish
Rod McKuen - Bearded Ladies
Pinetop Perkins and Willie 'Big Eyes' Smith - Cut That Out
Tad Robinson - You Name It I've Had It

Monday, August 9, 2010

New Show - How To Pee Outside

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The gang's all here! Jenna tells us about her camping trip. Ladies, if you want to know how to pee outside, here's your primer. Another summer, another Park Avenue Festival. Dave has a little something for all the suburbanites who slum at the Fest as well as for the Festival facists...I mean organizers. Melyssa rants a little as well, but someone things she's a call girl. No, not a cowgirl, a call girl. Jenna lets us in on her singing secrets. And the big news: A Stuart Bedasso Benefit Party, Saturday, September 25th at Joey's in Rochester. Listen for details!!! It's gonna be the party you always wish you threw!

Music:

Los Lobos - On Main Street
Lee Ritenour - Give Me One Reason
Jasiri X -  Just A Minstrel
Ash Grumwald - Hot Mama
Dr. John and the Lower 911 - Only In Amerika

Sunday, August 1, 2010

New Show - Follow Nina's Bliss

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Part Two of our show with special guests Nina Alvarez and Juliette Whiting. Nina advises us to follow our bliss. Hello Stuart! What a shock, we also start talking about vibrators. What's it like to work for yourself? We talk about that. Ghostwriter? I hardly know her. Dave talks about new job and Juliette works for The Man. The things we do for healthcare. Thanks for stopping by Juliette and Nina!

Music:
Andre Williams - Jail Bait
Walter Trout - Hudson Had Help
Mulatu Astatke - Green Africa
The Delmonas - Keep Your Big Mouth Shut
Plants and Animals - Jeans, Jeans, Jeans

Sunday, July 25, 2010

New Show - Juliette's Got The Sauce

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It's crazy town this week. So much show we did two hours. This is part one. Special guests Nina Alvarez and Juliette Whiting tear it up. Juliette knows her sauce. She also dated our new meteorologist, Jive Nacho - and she outs him! Nina was a student of Dave's back in the day so their sexual banter isn't too creepy. Rochester is supposed to be one of the friendliest cities, wanna know which city is the least friendly? Dave shows us how easy it is to get involved in politics by getting petition signatures on the show.

Music:

The Yo-Yo's - The Mole In The Hole
Elk City - Jerks On Ice
Lizzy Parks - Take Care
Mojo Nixon - You Gotta Be Insane To Fly In Small Private Planes
Amazonics - I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend

Monday, July 19, 2010

New Show - Clone-A-Willy Review

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Yep, we finally did it. We cloned Dave's junk courtesy of Babeland. Dave and Jenna talk all about the Clone-A-Willy; how they did it, who did what to whom and how they feel about the experience. Get ready, as the written review will be posted soon. Check the website. Dave has a new job, Jenna's going to be in a Rock Opera and Melyssa entices us with LARPing Orgies. Don't forget your weather forcast from our new meteorologist, Jive Nacho. Another great show from the gang.

Music:

The Girls - I Live Next Door To You
The Moaners - Humid Air
Cyndi Lauper - Early In The Morning
Derek Trucks Band - Get What You Deserve
Bethesda - Puzzles

Sunday, July 11, 2010

New Show - Girls! Girls! Derby Girls!

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The crew went to watch Roc City Roller Derby and ended up doing this week's show right from the afterparty at Sully's Pub. No music, but a lot of crazy Roller Derby Queens in various states of sobriety and intoxication. (Go to the website for pictures: www.stuartbedasso.com) We get the lowdown on how the team got started, who has orgies in her garage, who can fix your transmission and more! Melyssa has the best orgasm of her life. No, not on the show, perv. Ever have pins and needles in your vag?

Roc City Skaters:

Flyin Hawaiian
So LaLa Fah-Qu
Resident Eva
Ziggy (Eat My) Stardust
Queen Kickoria
Synthetic Delsuion
Asa Clubs


Asa Clubs & Charlene Blankenship


Queen Kicktoria & Ziggy (Eat My) Stardust


Charlene Blankenship Hearts Weiners

Monday, July 5, 2010

New Show - Colleen's Sexy Yoga

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http://traffic.libsyn.com/bedasso/TSBS_July_4_2010.mp3

This week we do the show from the home of St. Fortune Productions in Rochester, NY. We podcasted during their First Friday Rummage Sale, which included some noisy improv in the background. But some great special guests join us including our host Dan. Our old friend Gina isn't too high on Dave's junk (which Jenna brought up, by the way). The lovely and talented Colleen brings us description of some sexy yoga - and she's single, boys! Then Juniper sits in an lets us know about the Female Rape Condom. Yeowsa! Great friends, great conversation on this week's show!

Music:

Catfight - Syphillis
Seasick Steve - Happy To Have A Job
Mojo Nixon - Burn Down The Malls
Dog Police - Are You Middle Class Enough?

Sunday, June 27, 2010

New Show - Beer Goggles for Chicks

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http://media.libsyn.com/media/bedasso/TSBS_June_27_2010.mp3

Adam from Keglines is back on the show. This week we take a look at...or a taste of, Horseheads Brewery in Horseheads, NY. Good beer. Check it out. (and they don't even know we're talking about them) Dave is stalking Bryan and he doesn't even know it. Melyssa goes camping. Well, sort of camping. Do women get beer goggles? Adam teaches sex ed in a time warp. And for all you listeners who fast forward past the music, here's your wet dream: no music this week. Join us on the porch for a tasty show.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Female Condom Review

Jenna:  As a sexual health educator I so wanted to love the female condom. A few months ago, I attended an eight hour training on the female condom and was very excited to try them out. A few years ago, I tried out the original FC. When I learned the FC2 had some improvements I was curious to try them out.

The FC2 is much quieter (many complained that they sounded like a plastic bag) and the outer ring is a bit bigger than the FC1 – all great for improving ease of use and effectiveness. Inserting is an interesting task, making sure that it is inserted straight without the little plastic ring inside twisting. I found inserting the female condom far enough back toward the cervix tricky. I used the female condom twice, hoping that practice made perfect, but who am I kidding knowing I’m not going to learn "Dueling Banjos" on my banjo in two separate practice sessions. BUT I digress, comparing female condom use to banjo playing. Lube is number one, when a partner is inserting themselves inside the female condom. If there isn’t enough, it becomes a bit baggy and sticks to your partner’s penis.

But guess what? When I wore the female condom and was on top of my partner, my clit got a little extra attention from the outside ring and in all positions my g-spot was very happy with the extra pressure from the internal plastic ring. Fun!

Final answer: a great option for women and couples as a contraceptive and protector of STIs. Personally, I would only feel comfortable using the female condom with someone I trusted to insert themselves carefully inside the condom and one who was tested.

Dave:  I know…I know.  Maybe the kids who have always been around during the time of AIDS don’t have the reaction to condoms that we geezers have, but lets face it, having sex without a condom is more enjoyable than having sex with one.  But, being the responsible people we all are condoms for the lot of us, it is. 

Then comes the female condom.  I get the empowerment part – the woman can take the responsibility for safe sex, especially when there’s a douchebag guy who refuses to put a helmet on that soldier.  Of course, if he is such a DB, I don’t know how well he’s going to take to the “screw your hatless jimmy, I’m putting a baggie in my box” attitude, but it’s nice to know that it’s there. 

My girlfriend is a sex educator.  She took an 8-hour class on the female condom.  So I was OK with reviewing these bad boys…what the heck, I have a highly-trained professional here even if I was going in without a perfect attitude.  So what do I think?

Meh…they’re OK.  Using a female condom is better than not having sex.  Some are not down with the period sex, but if you use enough lube on your member it could be a good alternative to a regular condom or no sex at all.  But make sure you use the lube, because if not, the FC could become like a big baggie stuck to your cock.  It could happen...uh trust me.  I’ll let Jenna give the female reaction to pleasure, but it definitely did not feel as much like I was in a vagina than I would with even a regular condom.  But again, it’s better than watching TV. 

They are more expensive than regular condoms (and thanks to a lot of non-profits you can find condoms for free in various places), so I would recommend the FC2 for anyone who has a specific reason for them, i.e. taking control of safe sex, period sex, etc.  If you are just looking for something for safe sex, I’d go with the regular condom.

NOTE:  Here is the show with us drinking and reviewing the FC2.

And Here Are Pictures From The Show Where We Drink & Review:

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Sunday, June 13, 2010

New Show - Cockblocked By Cancer

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http://media.libsyn.com/media/bedasso/TSBS_June_13_2010.mp3

Melyssa, Jenna and Dave tear it up once again. Gerry, his pink shirt and way too many margaritas make a guest appearance. We review Female Condoms from Babeland. Don't worry, Jenna's a trained professional. Melyssa gets cockblocked by cancer - not hers. Dave's invented granny panties for men. The Granny Manties! Melyssa's one year older so we celebrate with beer. You should too.

Music:

Sharon Jones And The Dap Kings - Better Things To Do
Katie Melua - God On Drums Devil On Bass
The Dictators - I Am Right
Arthur Nasson - Don't Be A Douche Bag

Monday, June 7, 2010

New Show - Entertain, Titillate & Motivate

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http://media.libsyn.com/media/bedasso/TSBS_June_6_2010.mp3

The Stuart Bedasso Show...we're here to Entertain, Titillate and Motivate! We bring out the soapbox for a bit and touch on BP, vandalism, Israel and local politics. Dave's back in the political saddle so get ready. We have an idea to save the Post Office - bring back the chain letter! But Jenna gives it a kinky twist. Don't miss it. We go to the Greek fest and chaos ensues. Pedophile vinyl and teabagging teabaggers.

Music:

Rory Erickson - Goodbye Sweet Dreams
Peter Frampton - Solution
Joan Armatrading - Goddess Of Change
Trombone Shorty - Right To Complain

Sunday, May 30, 2010

New Show - Marijuana Seed Bomb

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You supply the band, we'll supply the band name. Marijuana Seed Bomb, opening for Vomit Attack! It was a lovely family party, until someone threw the lighter in the fire. A busking review. Geek Night strikes again. The next party of three make it to heaven. Gary Coleman, Dennis Hopper and...Art Linkletter? Dave may have revealed a little too much information here, Dude.

Music:

Johnny Lang - Bump In The Road
DJ Spooky and Chuck D - By The Time I Get To Arizona
Jim Kerr AKA Lostboy - She Fell In Love With Silence
Willie Nelson - Pistol Packin Mama
Peter Wolf - I Don't Wanna Know

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Ask Stuart A Question

Now you can ask Stuart a Question!  Just enter your question in the box at the top of the middle column of the page and check back to his Formspring Page in a while.  Or just head over there to see what else he's been asked.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

New Show - Plastic Surgery

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Melyssa and Dave talk about plastic surgery. Who's had it, for better or worse. We also talk about a friend in the "biz" who is thinking about getting some. We get our monthly Anna Update. She's doing fine, folks. We finally help Haiti out by playing Sonia Bettencourt's new tune. Get it and help Haiti. Will Dave get sucked back into the political scene? Tune in and find out.

Music:

Sonia Bettencourt - Make A Stand
Galactic - Boe Money
The Bastard Fairies - Dirty Sexy Kill Kill
The Moog - Make Me Happy
Neil Nathan - When The Rain Falls
Son Of Bazerk - I Swear On A Stack Of Old Hits

Sunday, May 16, 2010

New Show - Real Sex, Real Scott Baio

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We think Jenna's stalking Melyssa. As of right now, it's just a theory. We play nothing but music from celebrities who aren't known for making music - some for good reason. We discuss the sad writing on the SNL with Betty White. Ooh, an old lady making penis and vagina jokes for 90 minutes. Nice job. And speaking of douchebags, here is right-wing tool, Scott Baio. Hey Chachi, no one cares about your reactionary take on things. Lose the twitter and go home. We discuss the difference between Porn Sex and Real Sex. Which do you prefer?

Music:

Mr. T (sort of) - Mr. T, Mr. T (He was made for love)
Scott Baio - Half The World Is Making Love Tonight
Laurance Hilton Jacobs - Wonder Woman
Lynda Carter - Blues In The Night

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Book Review: Why Don't Students Like School


Why Don't Students Like School: A Cognitive Scientist Answers Questions About How the Mind Works and What It Means for the Classroom

Once again, I get a mis-titled book.  This doesn’t address the concept of why students do not like school.  As you will see, I’m not putting down the contents of the book, generally, but whoever is in charge of naming books needs to find another line of work.

Daniel Willingham is a cognitive scientist.  The book is well written, as it’s not muddled down with a lot of technical jargon and uses real, concrete examples to prove his points.  Oh, and the first 4/5ths of the book drove me crazy!

As a radical teacher who has fought (and mostly lost) for more differentiated, real-world education, a lot of Willingham’s explanations of how the brain works had me screaming at the book.  At one point, I think I actually wagged my finger at the book and for some reason it didn’t change.  I’m not necessarily disputing his data or conclusions, but how it relates to its intended audience.  For a while, Willingham seemed to be advocating for traditional, teacher-centered education and it was driving me nuts.

Rather than give you a summary of the book chapter by chapter, here are some of the notes I took as I was reading:

“Must have background facts to be able to comprehend.  (Poor kids, no books, etc = smaller vocabulary)”
“Acknowledges that facts are needed to get skills, but decries those who see schools as all rote memorization and no thinking.”
“Even with facts – depth over breadth.”
“I’m getting the impression author’s calling for linguistic learning.  Don’t make learning relevant to their interests.”
“Also, knowledge is teacher-centric.”
“Special Ed kids?”
“Ch 5 – still advocating for practice/repetitive learning.  ‘Why Don’t Children Like School?’”
“Advocating for study of others’ knowledge because kids can’t create their own.”
“Cognitive theory refutes multiple intelligence theory.”
“Doesn’t interest and motivation affect learning?”
“So if we teach traditionally, we will need to change culture about how we value learning.”
“Change brings attention.”
“Background knowledge is key to success in school.”
“Intelligence is malleable.”
“Intelligence is genetic and environmental, but more environmental.”
“1st step – convince students that intelligence can be improved.”
“Ch 8 – Viable suggestions about praise and failure.”
“Failure and grades.”

I read the book while trying to be accepting that cognitive theory was in conflict with my philosophy of education.  But later in the book, Willingham says that just teaching to cognitive theory is NOT what he is calling for.  I agree.  Activities for motivation and interest are important as well and not just for content.  By the end of the book, even a “cool” teacher like me was able to take away ideas and concepts that would improve my teaching.

I don’t think this book would help the novice teacher who is in over his head or the burned out teacher who just wants to hand out the worksheets and count down until retirement (though, more of the former than latter).  And with most educational discussion that doesn’t focus on teaching to invalid standardized tests, there’s only so much the reflective teacher can do with the pressures from above on test scores.  But the book makes an educator question his own beliefs and practices and that is always good. 

A great sequel to this book would be for Willingham to teach in a public high school for a year or two then reflect on how the job relates to WDSLS.  That would be fascinating.  But until that comes out, teachers, grab WDSLS.  You’ll knock off all 165 pages while your students are doing their worksheets.

Listen to Dave reviewing the book on the podcast here.

Addendum: A Facebook friend told us, "I've been craving this book for quite some time now! This review pretty much seals the deal."

Sunday, May 9, 2010

New Show - Let's Go To The Cat Show

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Dave goes to the cat show. Was it under duress? You make the call. We also review the book Why Don't Students Like School? by Daniel Willingham. If you're an educator it's a good read. Dig it. The thrilling conclusion to Melyssa's weight challenge at work. Once again, the cops are out harassing the working man. Boooooo!

Music:

David Byrne and Fatboy Slim - Men Will Do Anything
Jeff Beck - Lilac Wine
Ethan Lipton and his Orchestra - I'm Sorry

Friday, May 7, 2010

We're An Affiliate of Quest Bars

We're now an affiliate of Quest Bars, cuz Dave likes him some protein.  Dig it.


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Sunday, May 2, 2010

New Show - Lunch Lady Show

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Jenna joins us again. This time we're on the front porch sipping "lemonade" and talking junk. Jenna has some amazing gigs coming up so make sure you go check her out. Melyssa reviews the book Free For All: Fixing School Food in America. Thumbs up, folks and the written review will be at stuartbedasso.com soon. We also celebrate Beltane again and take the occasional penis break. The music on this show is awesome so don't skip it!

Music:

Chuck D - Tear Down That Wall
Brown Chicken Brown Cow - Shine A Light
Ethan Lipton - You Were Right + It's OK
Robyn Hitchcock - Halo Mary

Friday, April 30, 2010

The Greatest Piece of Racist Homophobia Ever!

Full transcript from Harper's Magazine article

From a May 13, 1971, conversation among President Richard Nixon, John D. Ehrlichman, and H. R. Haldeman. On October 5, 1999, the National Archives made available to the public 445 hours of previously unreleased Oval Office tapes. The following dialogue was transcribed by Chicago Tribune reporter James Warren.

RICHARD NIXON: We're going to [put] more of these little Negro bastards on the welfare rolls at $2,400 a family--let people like Pat Moynihan and [special consultant] Leonard Garment and others believe in all that crap. But I don't believe in it. Work, work--throw 'em off the rolls. That's the key.

JOHN D. EHRLICHMAN: The key is Reagan's neutrality. If Reagan blasts this thing and says it's not strong enough on the work-requirement end, that will be very bad.

NIXON: I have the greatest affection for them [blacks], but I know they're not going to make it for 500 years. They aren't. You know it, too. The Mexicans are a different cup of tea. They have a heritage. At the present time they steal, they're dishonest, but they do have some concept of family life. They don't live like a bunch of dogs, which the Negroes do live like.

EHRLICHMAN: The Mexican American is not as good as the Mexican. You go down to Mexico--they're clean, they're honest, they're moral.

NIXON: Mexico is a much more moral country.

EHRLICHMAN: Monterrey, Cuernavaca. Go into slum areas, and by God they come out with clean shirts on a Sunday morning.

NIXON: The church. You find a helluva lot less marijuana use in Mexico than the United States.

EHRLICHMAN: The unions are actually a stronger force down there than the church.

NIXON: For what?

EHRLICHMAN: For conduct and social policy.

NIXON: ... CBS ... glorifying homosexuality.

EHRLICHMAN: A panel show?

H. R. HALDEMAN: No, it's a regular show. It's on every week. It's usually just done in the guy's home. It's usually just that guy, who's a hard hat.

NIXON: That's right; he's a hard hat.

EHRLICHMAN: He always looks like a slob.

NIXON: Looks like Jackie Gleason.

HALDEMAN: He has this hippie son-in-law, and usually the general trend is to downgrade him and upgrade the son-in-law--make the square hard hat out to be bad. But a few weeks ago, they had one in which the guy, the son-in-law, wrote a letter to you, President Nixon, to raise hell about something. And the guy said, "You will not write that letter from my home!" Then said, "I'm going to write President Nixon," took off all those sloppy clothes, shaved, and went to his desk and got ready to write his letter to President Nixon. And apparently it was a good episode.

EHRLICHMAN: What's it called?

NIXON: "Archie's Guys." Archie is sitting here with his hippie son-in-law, married to the screwball daughter. The son-in-law apparently goes both ways. This guy. He's obviously queer--wears an ascot--but not offensively so. Very clever. Uses nice language. Shows pictures of his parents. And so Arch goes down to the bar. Sees his best friend, who used to play professional football. Virile, strong, this and that. Then the fairy comes into the bar.
I don't mind the homosexuality. I understand it. Nevertheless, goddamn, I don't think you glorify it on public television, homosexuality, even more than you glorify whores. We all know we have weaknesses. But, goddammit, what do you think that does to kids? You know what happened to the Greeks! Homosexuality destroyed them. Sure, Aristotle was a homo. We all know that. So was Socrates.

EHRLICHMAN: But he never had the influence television had.

NIXON: You know what happened to the Romans? The last six Roman emperors were fags. Neither in a public way. You know what happened to the popes? They were layin' the nuns; that's been goin' on for years, centuries.
But the Catholic Church went to hell three or four centuries ago. It was homosexual, and it had to be cleaned out. That's what's happened to Britain. It happened earlier to France.

Let's look at the strong societies. The Russians. Goddamn, they root 'em out. They don't let 'em around at all. I don't know what they do with them. Look at this country. You think the Russians allow dope? Homosexuality, dope, immorality, are the enemies of strong societies. That's why the Communists and left-wingers are clinging to one another. They're trying to destroy us. I know Moynihan will disagree with this, [Attorney General John] Mitchell will, and Garment will. But, goddamn, we have to stand up to this.

EHRLICHMAN: It's fatal liberality.

NIXON: Huh?

EHRLICHMAN: It's fatal liberality. And with its use on television, it has such leverage.

NIXON: You know what's happened [in northern California]?

EHRLICHMAN: San Francisco has just gone clear over.

NIXON: But it's not just the ratty part of town. The upper class in San Francisco is that way. The Bohemian Grove, which I attend from time to time--it is the most faggy goddamned thing you could ever imagine, with that San Francisco crowd. I can't shake hands with anybody from San Francisco.
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Decorators. They got to do something. But we don't have to glorify it. You know one of the reasons fashions have made women look so terrible is because the goddamned designers hate women. Designers taking it out on the women. Now they're trying to get some more sexy things coming on again.

EHRLICHMAN: Hot pants.

NIXON: Jesus Christ.

COPYRIGHT 2000 Harper's Magazine Foundation

Sunday, April 25, 2010

New Show - Roc City Roller Derby

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It's all about the Roller Derby this week Roc City Roller Derby! Charlene Blankenship and SoLaLa Fah-Qu join us on the show to talk about the game, how it's run in Rochester and dishes a little dirt on the Roc City family. Dave and Melyssa get Roller Derby names...and no, Dave's is not Rusty Skates. It's Dave and three chicks, so of course we get to hear about Dave's history with tampons. Roc City Roller Derby on The Stuart Bedasso Show!

[Check out Roc City Roller Derby at http://rocderby.com]

Music:

Jim Croce - Roller Derby Queen
Stark - End Of The Line
Ike and Tina Turner - Bold Soul Sister
Laura Marling - Devil's Spoke

Sunday, April 18, 2010

New Show - Becky From Empire Labs

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http://media.libsyn.com/media/bedasso/TSBS_April_18_2010.mp3

The majority of this week's show consists of our phone interview with Becky from Empire Labs. She sent us a treasure chest of goodies and we talk about all of them: Clone-A-Willy, Love Shot, The Tongue Vibe and more. Becky rocks! Dave did a Love Shot - check out his reaction. Melyssa introduces her dorky friends to Susan Gibney. Don't you wish your girlfriend was hot like her?

We talked to Becky so long - there's no darn music this week!  But we already have cool new stuff lined up for next week.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

New Show - On The Road With Mike

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This show takes us on the road - literally. Dave and Mike are on the road to New Jersey so we spend a little time in the car with them. We talk a little Tiger Woods, more governments paying their bills with speeding tickets and it's Question and Answer time with Mike. He would make such a beauty pagent contestant. Listen and you'll find out why.

Music:

Willie Dixon - Spider In My Stew
Squid Vicious - Close To You
Chuck D - Thank Mama For The Soul Sisters
The Dollyrots - Kick Me To The Curb
Tina Schlieske - Ain't That Lovin You
Bama The Village Poet - Welfare Slave
Udokotela Shange Namajaha - Sobamba

Sunday, April 4, 2010

New Show - Jenna Weintraub Part 2

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Jenna Weintraub is back for the second part of her appearance on the show. This time she's bringing the Saw and Banjo to play us some music. It's her first solo work in public on the banjo, too. We also bring back Mike Rodriguez for a rare return to the podcast! He's having some problems with the census. Someone needs to help the brother out. Melyssa's son does a good deed. Dave is convinced that there's a speeding ticket conspiracy in New York State. Matzo for everyone on the Stuart Bedasso Show!

Music:

Ecomog - Cougar
Jenna Weintraub - Riffing On The Saw (Live)
Psychedelic Shag - Go Back To The Bang
Jenna Weintraub - A F**cking Love Song (Live)
Jenna Weintraub - Old Fashioned Morphine (Live)

Happy Zombie Jesus Day!

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

A Model Election Model

BANGOR — Gubernatorial candidate Libby Mitchell ended a recent hourlong evening appearance before the local gay community the same way she ends nearly every campaign event on her schedule. She did not ask her audience members for their vote, their volunteer time, or as much money as they were able to spare.

Instead, she wanted exactly $5, no more, no less, payable only by a certified financial document. Checks could be written not to her campaign fund but to a government account in Augusta. Those who wanted to pay with cash could purchase a prepaid post office money order from a stack Mitchell keeps in her gray leather purse. more

Monday, March 29, 2010

New Show - Brad And The Badunkadunk

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This week, we feature special guest Jenna, chanteuse and sex educator.  We talk about both. What should we be teaching our kids about sex?  It's Passover, children!  Oy!  It appears that Dave works with members of the Klan.

Music:

The Informants - Crime Scene Queen
Mike Painter and The Family Shakers - El Diablos Smelly Shoes
The Baseball Project - All Future And No Past
Seth Swirsky - Baseball

There's new gear at our store!  http://www.cafepress.com/bedasso
 

Friday, March 26, 2010

New Gear!!!

We whipped up a new logo and slapped it on some stuff. Buy it and show everyone your love for The Stuart Bedasso Show!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Sex Toy Review - Love Lipstick Vibe

I am not sure I would call myself an aficionado of vibrators, but I've tried my share with a fair amount of success.  In that, I mean that a better than average orgasm would follow the use of the vibrating adult toy.  The Love Lipstick Vibe was most definitely a success story as well.  Hooray for female orgasms!  

The Love Lipstick Vibe is  a pocket sized vibrator that looks like a tube of lipstick.  You take it out of it's velveteen pouch, take off the cap, and the movement of twisting the "lipstick" up is what turn the vibrator on with varying speeds as it's turned.  It's not overly noisy, but it would probably be heard through the bathroom door at your in-law's when you need to sneak away for a "quick one."   All in all, it does the job and will travel indiscreetly.  It would be a great gift for the one who travels, especially if it could involve phone sex as well.  Yes, please.
-Melyssa

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Book Review - Contesting Patriotism


Contesting Patriotism: Culture, Power, and Strategy in the Peace Movement,
By Lynne Woehrle, Patrick Coy & Gregory Maney
Publisher: Rowman & Littlfield, Inc. 
Hardcover 2008 / Paperpack 2009

This is basically a college class text.  The book explains research done on the communication styles and techniques used by Peace Movement Organizations (PMO’s).  The events focused on are instances of US acts of aggression or incidents that were excuses for such aggression: the Gulf War, daily bombing of Iraq in 1988, Kosovo, 9/11 and the current Iraq War.  There are numerous examples of PMO’s strategies in dealing with the government’s actions.

The book starts off by going through definitions and explanations of the usage of four kinds of oppositional knowledge (against mainstream propaganda):

  1. Create Oppositional Knowledge – the authors acknowledge that putting general oppositional knowledge into the public discussion is not overly effective, but that it does chip away at the dominant culture.
  2. Critical-Interpretive Oppositional Knowledge – explains alternate meanings rather than outright contradict dominant discourse.
  3. Radical-Envisioning Oppositional Knowledge – ways to describe the characteristics of and how to achieve a radical democratic future.
  4. Transformative-Oppositional Culture – shows how grassroots democracy / public action can change society.

The next section of the book explains the two ways of using these kinds of Oppositional Knowledge; to challenge hegemony or to harness hegemony.  They authors discuss the pros and cons of trying to do both and argue that the PMO’s use of both have been situational. 

The next three chapters exhibit PMO’s use of Oppositional Knowledge in the context of:

  • Using & defending against emotions.
  • Religion
  • Race, class & gender

It is the last part of the book that I found to be the most disappointing.  I was hoping for the authors to tie all of this up and give ideas on what SHOULD be done.  The title of this section even alludes to the present and future.  But the authors’ suggestions were few. 

I’m not saying that this book is a waste of time, just the opposite.  But it is really necessary for the following groups of people:
  1. Any students in the classes that the authors use the book in.
  2. Leaders and want-to-be leaders in PMO’s.
  3. Leaders and want-to-be leaders in ANY progressive organization and any level.  There are some concepts and definitions that would help any leader in a progressive organization. 

But there are some weaknesses that bugged me while reading this book.  Well, maybe “weakness” isn’t the right word.  There were things I really wanted the authors to address, but didn’t.

*I know this is the publisher’s fault, but the title of the book is misleading.  Yes, I can make the connection, but the phrase “Contesting Patriotism” isn’t an accurate reflection of the focus of the book.  I actually asked to review the book based on the title and an interview I heard with Patrick Coy.

*I didn’t see the connection between the research and the analysis presented.  I may have missed it and if I did then it should have been expanded.  There seems to be an assumption that this relatively large number of PMO’s made conscious decisions to situationally change rhetorical tactics.  They don’t claim this to be done in conjunction with one another, but there’s no discussion on how this many of PMO’s reacted in a way that is explained by the authors’ definitions of Oppositional Knowledge and strategies against hegemony.

*This may not be the purpose of the work, but there is little that addresses the effectiveness of the techniques used by the PMO’s.  There is a little mention of the difficulty people with alternative viewpoints have in talking to the mainstream, but more analysis on the effectiveness of what these PMO’s did would make a more interesting and useful read to me.

*Connected to this, due to the complicity of the mainstream media and other corporate entities, the book needs to look more into the effect of these on what PMO’s did and their effectiveness.

What should happen next?

Either the authors or someone else should take the explanations in the first part of the book with examples from the second part of the book with the research in appendacies and create an easy-to-use primer on organizing for the peace movement and/or any progressive issue.  There are some works that address this, but not while using this research.  In fact, that should be the main purpose of the research of Woehrle, Coy & Maney.   
-Dave