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REALITY BYTES

REALITY BYTES is a JASH podcast about love in the 10s, hosted by Courtney Kocak (Amazon's Danger & Eggs) & Steve Hernandez (Hulu's I Love You, America). Fresh episodes exploring sex, relationships & dating in the digital age every hump day! Send your questions to realitybytespod@gmail.com.
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Feb 7, 2018

REALITY BYTES is a show about sex, love, relationships & dating in the digital age, hosted by Courtney Kocak & Steve Hernandez, produced in partnership with JASH. For the 21st episode of season 3, the pair welcome actress Joy Nash (Dietland, Twin Peaks) for a deep ep about the lessons death teaches you about life, why it's so important to nurture a great relationship with yourself, dating app fatigue, her ideal beau (rhymes with Mavid Marber) & her amazing Dietland casting story – plus Courtney & Steve share their high school sexploits.

This episode is brought to you by FabFitFun (go to fabfitfun.com & use code REALITY to get $10 off your first FabFitFun box).

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Jan 31, 2018

REALITY BYTES is a show about sex, love, relationships & dating in the digital age, hosted by Courtney Kocak & Steve Hernandez, produced in partnership with JASH. For the 20th episode of season 3, the duo chat with porn actor & debut author Logan Pierce on his new book of autobiographical fiction Between the Sheets: Rise of a Working Stiff (under the alias J.R. Verlin), why he chose to use a pen name, the 1st time he saw sex onscreen, how he took practical steps to accomplish his dream of becoming a porn performer, moving to Hollywood, what happened when his parents finally found out, why he's found it easier to date within the industry, meeting his current girlfriend on-the-job, the widespread use of Viagra on porn sets, what it's like to bomb as a porn performer, society's incorrect stereotype of women in sex work, his role as a male cheerleader & how he keeps a lid on objectifying women, why he decide decided to write a book about his experiences in porn & his favorite part of the book (hint: gang bang) – plus Courtney & Steve talk aging, forgiveness & masturbation habits.

This episode is brought to you by the Fab Skin, Hot Bodies with Dr. Jeannette Graf podcast.

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Jan 24, 2018

REALITY BYTES is a show about sex, love, relationships & dating in the digital age, hosted by Courtney Kocak & Steve Hernandez, produced in partnership with JASH. For the 19th episode of season 3, the pair welcome comedian & writer Riley Silverman for a great chat about growing up with a lack of a queer conversation, crossdressing at a young age, shifting on the Kinsey scale post-transition, the crucial role of transgender women of color in the Stonewall riots, what it was like to wear a dress in public for the first time, being a standup comic coming out "on the job," dating a fan, the long journey to a swift shift in media inclusivity, the timing factor in relationships & no-fault breakups – plus Courtney & Steve talk period sex, mismatched libidos & the worthwhile work of a relationship sex.

NOTE: Riley's gender confirmation surgery was unfortunately cancelled at the last minute by her insurance company - do better insurance companies!

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Jan 17, 2018

REALITY BYTES is a show about sex, love, relationships & dating in the digital age, hosted by Courtney Kocak & Steve Hernandez, produced in partnership with JASH. For the 18th episode of season 3, the duo chat with former host of Dinner and a Movie & current host of the Mental Illness Happy Hour, Paul Gilmartin, about what inspired him to start the hit podcast, how to be a good partner to someone struggling with depression, abusing drugs & alcohol & the crutch of self-medication, how suicidal thoughts at the height of his success made him realize it was time to get help, intimacy issues & emotional incest, getting sober & dealing with divorce – plus some of his favorite episodes of his show.

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Jan 10, 2018

REALITY BYTES is a show about sex, love, relationships & dating in the digital age, hosted by Courtney Kocak & Steve Hernandez, produced in partnership with JASH. For the 17th episode of season 3, the pair chop it up with filmmaker, photographer & musician Tao Ruspoli (who also happens to be the son of an Italian prince & the ex-husband of Olivia Wilde) about his new documentary Monogamish, featuring Dan Savage, Esther Perel, Stephanie Coontz & many other prominent figures in that field. We deep dive into the project's conception, his interesting childhood, different shades of non-monogamy (open relationships, polyamory, etc.) & how to manage the paradox of monogamy – plus Courtney & Steve discuss the Lena Dunham/Jack Antonoff split.

This episode is brought to you by the Fab Skin, Hot Bodies with Dr. Jeannette Graf podcast & FabFitFun (go to fabfitfun.com & use code REALITY to get $10 off your first FabFitFun box).

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Jan 3, 2018

REALITY BYTES is a show about sex, love, relationships & dating in the digital age, hosted by Courtney Kocak & Steve Hernandez, produced in partnership with JASH. For the 16th episode of season 3, the duo welcome photographer extraordinaire Maggie West back to the show for her 3rd interview – except this time she brings her bangin' hot sexbot Luci 6000, created for a holiday installation at the Museum of Sex in NYC, on now through February 15th. We talk the overhyped millennial sex slump, smartphones as a breeding ground for casual coitus (or not), media satire, Luci's little black book & how pretty much everyone is sprung on the idea of robot sex – plus Luci shares her pro sexting tips.

This episode is brought to you by the Fab Skin, Hot Bodies with Dr. Jeannette Graf podcast.

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Dec 27, 2017

REALITY BYTES is a show about sex, love, relationships & dating in the digital age, hosted by Courtney Kocak & Steve Hernandez, produced in partnership with JASH. For the 15th episode of season 3, the pair go deep with D'Lo, queer/transgender Tamil-Sri Lankan-American actor/writer/comedian & co-producer of Disoriented Comedy, on growing up in Lancaster, being Hindu in a Baptist Christian school, the horror of having to wear a dress on special occasions, the gender flexibility of hiphop fashion, the first time he kissed a girl, late night rendezvous with his college dorm RA, coming out (twice), avoiding arranged marriage, social justice spoken word, his dope queen, transitioning, to T or not to T, his second puberty, the power of testosterone against tears & the evolving media landscape – especially in terms of queerness & gender identity.

This episode is brought to you by the Fab Skin, Hot Bodies with Dr. Jeannette Graf podcast.

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Dec 20, 2017

REALITY BYTES is a show about sex, love, relationships & dating in the digital age, hosted by Courtney Kocak & Steve Hernandez, produced in partnership with JASH. For the 14th episode of season 3, the duo sit down with comedian & skateboarder Whitmer Thomas on going through a breakup, therapy, honesty, high school relationships, hooking up on being what it once was, the perks of being a delivery boy, being from 'the wrong side of the tracks,' pure love, co-dependence, romanticism as a worldview, Instagram as a dating app & just wanting to get back to fucking all his friends. MERRY CHRISTMAS, EVERYONE (if you don't celebrate the religious or commercial holiday, we wish you secular good vibes)!!!

This episode is brought to you by the new gay dating app Chappy (head over to the app store & download Chappy today) & the Fab Skin, Hot Bodies with Dr. Jeannette Graf podcast.

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Dec 13, 2017

REALITY BYTES is a show about sex, love, relationships & dating in the digital age, hosted by Courtney Kocak & Steve Hernandez, produced in partnership with JASH. For the 13th episode of season 3, the pair sit down with Alix McAlpine, host of the Swipe Out podcast & Director of Content Strategy at GIPHY Studios, to talk faux relationship mindfucks, how cupid killed season 1 of her podcast, manifesting one's perfect partner through a list of ideal attributes & falling in love with "good vibes" Gabe – plus Courtney gets into an accident & Steve recorded his album (!!!).

This episode is brought to you by the new gay dating app Chappy (head over to the app store & download Chappy today).

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Dec 6, 2017

REALITY BYTES is a show about sex, love, relationships & dating in the digital age, hosted by Courtney Kocak & Steve Hernandez, produced in partnership with JASH. For the 12th episode of season 3, the duo are thrilled to interview author, sex educator & feminist activist Jaclyn Friedman about her new book Unscrewed: Women, Sex, Power, and How to Stop Letting the System Screw Us All. Thank you to The Pleasure Chest in West Hollywood for hosting this live show. They are also offering a great deal on Unscrewed, so buy a copy for yourself & give it as the gift that keeps on giving this holiday season: thepleasurechest.com/unscrewed.html!

This episode is brought to you by the new gay dating app Chappy (head over to the app store & download Chappy today) & BarkBox (visit barkbox.com/reality for a FREE EXTRA MONTH when you subscribe to a 6 or 12-month plan).

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Nov 29, 2017

REALITY BYTES is a show about sex, love, relationships & dating in the digital age, hosted by Courtney Kocak & Steve Hernandez, produced in partnership with JASH. For the 11th episode of season 3, the pair sit down with very funny comedian, former Playboy columnist, current Cheetahs dancer & host of the Kasey's Freek Show podcast Kasey Koop to chat about stripping as her favorite job everrrrr, hipster bitches being annoying up in da club, alcoholism, sex addiction, suicidal thoughts, sobriety, the fact that social media is a drug, managing our mental health demons, mommy issues, co-dependence, doing the hard work of making healthy relationships work & changing cultural tides on sex work – plus Courtney & Steve talk Thanksgiving & escape fantasies.

Angelenos, you are formally invited to our live show tomorrow Thursday 11/30 at 8pm with very special guest Jaclyn Friedman, author of Unscrewed: Women, Sex, Power, and How to Stop Letting the System Screw Us All, at the Pleasure Chest in West Hollywood.

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Nov 22, 2017

REALITY BYTES is a show about sex, love, relationships & dating in the digital age, hosted by Courtney Kocak & Steve Hernandez, produced in partnership with JASH. For the 10th episode of season 3, the duo welcome Barbara Gray (very funny comedian & Lady to Lady co-host) & Alana Hope Levinson (deputy editor of MEL Magazine) to unpack the long-time sexual harassment & assault epidemic that has been sweeping the headlines lately – as well as discuss dating in the BDSM community, courtship in NY v. LA, toxic attraction v. compatibility & share some good old-fashioned dating horror stories.   

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Nov 15, 2017

REALITY BYTES is a show about sex, love, relationships & dating in the digital age, hosted by Courtney Kocak & Steve Hernandez, produced in partnership with JASH. For the 9th episode of season 3, the pair chat with comedian, animator & Bechdel Cast co-host Jamie Loftus about wanting to be a surrogate, body issues, dating apps, the bliss in establishing clear romantic v. platonic intentions, her quest to lose her virginity before turning 18 (& go on to create a hit show about it), the struggle to correctly identify & treat mental illness & "I want to kill myself" as a sort of safeword in the ER.

This episode is brought to you by Casper (get $50 toward any mattress purchase by visiting Casper.com/BYTES & using BYTES at checkout).

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Nov 8, 2017

REALITY BYTES is a show about sex, love, relationships & dating in the digital age, hosted by Courtney Kocak & Steve Hernandez, produced in partnership with JASH. For the 8th episode of season 3, the duo welcome birth doulas & reproductive health educators Natalia Hailes & Ashley Spivak of Cycles + Sex on male PMS, why the word mucus needs rebranding, benefits of a vaginal birth & how to make the best use of the signals your body is sending you – plus Steve confronts Courtney about being a texting nerd.

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Nov 1, 2017

REALITY BYTES is a show about sex, love, relationships & dating in the digital age, hosted by Courtney Kocak & Steve Hernandez, produced in partnership with JASH. For the 7th episode of season 3, the pair welcome standup comedian & writer Sara Schaefer on identifying & confronting her internet troll, going through the stages of divorce, long-term relationship touch-ups & her recent series Woman Online – plus Courtney tells on herself, Steve reviews Dan Gill's wedding (congrats GillCon!!!) & we all solve the sexual harassment epidemic.

This episode is brought to you by BarkBox (visit barkbox.com/reality for a FREE EXTRA MONTH when you subscribe to a 6 or 12-month plan).

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Oct 25, 2017

REALITY BYTES is a show about sex, love, relationships & dating in the digital age, hosted by Courtney Kocak & Steve Hernandez, produced in partnership with JASH. For the 6th episode of season 3, the dynamic duo welcome very funny stand up comedian Eli Olsberg to wax polyamorous about physical v emotional jealousy, whether people are born poly or made poly, compersion, classifying polyamory as an identity or a lifestyle, SEX PARTIES, the surprisingly safe sex of swingers, queerness, biphobia & his monthly show at the Pleasure Chest aptly named Performance Anxiety – plus Courtney tells a story about double dating with a old couple & Steve shares the hype about his dope new career accomplishment (hint: Sarah Silverman).

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Oct 18, 2017

REALITY BYTES is a show about sex, love, relationships & dating in the digital age, hosted by Courtney Kocak & Steve Hernandez, produced in partnership with JASH. For the 5th episode of season 3, the pair welcome stand up comedian, actress & filmmaker Atsuko Okatsuka on her new marriage, why her husband didn't take her last name, the long-time Weinstein rumors, couple voices, love languages, limerence, emotionally abusive relationship dynamics & how her parents met on a Japanese game show – plus rave reviews for Whitney Bell's I Didn't Ask For This: A Lifetime of Dick Pics show.

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Oct 11, 2017

REALITY BYTES is a show about sex, love, relationships & dating in the digital age, hosted by Courtney Kocak & Steve Hernandez, produced in partnership with JASH. For the 4th episode of season 3, the duo welcome standup comedian, actor & co-host of the Groomzillas podcast Dan Gill on asking his soon-to-be father-in-law for his fiancée's hand in marriage, how he proposed to his long-time girlfriend, wedding planning tips from the groomzilla's POV, modern day mate expectations & what it's like to be getting married in 16 days!

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Oct 4, 2017

REALITY BYTES is a show about sex, love, relationships & dating in the digital age, hosted by Courtney Kocak & Steve Hernandez, produced in partnership with JASH. For the 3rd episode of season 3, the pair welcome guest Andy Haynes - a standup comedian, TV writer & actor who happens to be a single, sober serial monogamist - for a wax sesh on skipping town as means of breaking up, bad relationship patterns, being open to dating against type, entering into an open relationship without really talking about it, post-divorce adulting, the entitlement of modern sexuality & so much more.

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Sep 27, 2017

REALITY BYTES is a show about sex, love, relationships & dating in the digital age, hosted by Courtney Kocak & Steve Hernandez, produced in partnership with JASH. The duo are back for episode 2 of the 3rd season with best friends & return guests Amber Rose Slutwalk photographer/installation artist Maggie West & The Dick Pic Show founder Whitney Bell (aka Kidd Bell) on their upcoming shows & the feminist statements behind them, why street hollering sucks, the strain of ambivalent friendships, how to make friends as an adult & what it's like to live in a deluge of unsolicited dick pics.

This episode is brought to you by Astroglide O (try a free sample at astroglide.com/purepleasure) & Audible (get a free audiobook with a 30-day trial at audible.com/REALITY).

For tickets to the Amber Rose Slutwalk on Sunday, October 1st in DTLA visit amberroseslutwalk.com & use promo code ThankYouReebok to waive the fee. For more information on how to attend I Didn't Ask For This: A Lifetime of Dick Pics on October 6th & 7th, check out thatdickpicshow.com. 

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Sep 20, 2017

REALITY BYTES is a show about sex, love, relationships & dating in the digital age, hosted by Courtney Kocak & Steve Hernandez (they made it official!!), produced in partnership with JASH. The duo debut the show's 3rd season with couple Jac Cron & Penny O'Brien on their love story from summer camp thespians to #RelationshipGoals lesbians & the winding road in between, how Facebook helped bring them together, conflict styles between couples & a primer for how to fight with your partner - plus Courtney & Steve talk moving in with their boos.

This episode is brought to you by Casper (get $50 toward any mattress purchase by visiting casper.com/bytes & using offer code BYTES).

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Sep 5, 2017

REALITY BYTES is a show about sex, love, relationships & dating in the digital age, hosted by Courtney Kocak & produced in partnership with JASH. Standup comedians & guest co-hosts Sofiya Alexandra & Steve Hernandez help Courtney close out the 2nd season with this 27th episode featuring men's mag writer Alana Hope Levinson (@alanalevinson) on her insidious, newly dubbed subsect of fuckbois called cuckbois, mansplaining, dating multiple people at the same time, #RelationshipGoals, how to sext better & social media best practices for couples.

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Aug 29, 2017

REALITY BYTES is a show about sex, love, relationships & dating in the digital age, hosted by Courtney Kocak & produced in partnership with JASH. The 26th episode of season 2 features sisters Paulina Lopez Velazquez & Bricia Lopez-Maytorena of the Supermamas podcast & La Guelaguetza restaurant (buy their delicious, award-winning mole at ilovemole.com!) on their Oaxacan roots, Planned Parenthood pseudonyms, falling in love with their husbands, the importance of trust in sexual exploration, sex tips/picks, the often under-acknowledged strength in female energy & the inside scoop on Tony Robbins' Date with Destiny.

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Aug 22, 2017

REALITY BYTES is a show about sex, love, relationships & dating in the digital age, hosted by Courtney Kocak & produced in partnership with JASH. Andrew Ti, the hilarious host of Yo, Is This Racist?, is back to guest co-host this 25th episode of season 2 featuring the super funny/super feminist political comedian & actor Jenny Yang on her favorite dating app, Cyrano-ing her friends’ OkCupid profiles, the mystique of availability & flirting as occupational currency, sexual work-arounds of the pious, hugging & consent culture, queer-adjacent politics & the fascinating premise of the book Not Gay: Sex Between Straight White Men.

 

 

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Aug 15, 2017

REALITY BYTES is a show about sex, love, relationships & dating in the digital age, hosted by Courtney Kocak & produced in partnership with JASH. Comedian/regular co-host Steve Hernandez is back for the 24th episode of season 2 with standup comic & Transparent actor Ian Harvie on the 1st time he met a trans man, the transcendent hotness of Buck Angel, the 'queer adjacent' identity, his amazing partner Sarah, the spectrum of gender, the fact that some dudes have pussies & his #1 illegally downloaded standup special May The Best Cock Win.

This episode is brought to you by Audible's new Hot Mic podcast with Dan Savage, starting August 8th.

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