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REALITY BYTES

REALITY BYTES is a podcast about love in the 10s, hosted by Courtney Kocak & a rotating cast of friends & produced in partnership with JASH. Check back for fresh episodes exploring sex, relationships & dating in the digital age all summer long!
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Aug 11, 2017

REALITY BYTES is a show about sex, love, relationships & dating in the digital age, hosted by Courtney Kocak & produced in partnership with JASH. Comic/guest co-host/BFF Sofiya Alexandra is back for the 23rd episode of season 2 featuring the other half of Nerdist’s The Jackie & Laurie Show, super funny standup & Conan writer Laurie Kilmartin on her unexpected pregnancy at age 40, grieving the loss of her father (buy her album 45 Jokes About My Dead Dad), coping with her live-in mom, raising a kid in today’s hyper tech world & dating pre-son v. post.

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

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Aug 8, 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 22nd episode of season 2 features hilarious standup comic & OG podcaster (The Dork Forest, Nerdist's The Jackie & Laurie Show) Jackie Kashian on growing up in Wisconsin, dating fellow standup comedians, meeting her now-husband online, marrying her 1st serious boyfriend, trying to be gay & larping as treatment for sexual trauma.

This episode is brought to you by Lola tampons (go to mylola.com & enter promo code BYTES for 60% off your 1st purchase) & Audible's new Hot Mic podcast with Dan Savage, starting August 8th.

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Aug 4, 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 comics & friends Sofiya Alexandra & Steve Hernandez sit in as co-hosts for the 21st episode of season 2 with guests Jake Kroeger (head of the Comedy Bureau) & Felicia Folkes (very funny comedian) on what it's like to be a mid to late-20s virgin, whether or not it's necessary to disclose virginity to dating prospects, demisexual jerk off material, the weight loss/libido correlation, romantic role models & what it would take to give it up. 

This episode is brought to you by Lovepop. Visit lovepop.com/REALITY for a chance to win 50 3D birthday cards.

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Jul 28, 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 comic/regular co-host Steve Hernandez is back for the 20th episode of season 2 with comedian & host of the Be Here for Awhile podcast Rachael O'Brien on her 1st time being single & lovin' it, dating multiple people, growing up in the town Goonies was shot, getting cut from Kindergarten Cop as a kid, having an adolescent ugly duckling phase, how she almost became an NFL WAG, the advantage of apathy in dating & the secret to being good in bed.

This episode is brought to you by Talkspace (go to talkspace.com/reality & enter promo code REALITY for $30 off your 1st month) & Winc (head over to trywinc.com & enter promo code REALITY for $20 off your 1st order).

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Jul 25, 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 19th episode of season 2 features author & filmmaker Stephen Elliott (The Adderall Diaries, About Cherry, The Rumpus) on growing up in group homes, BDSM as an entire sexuality, sex work, negotiating consent in kink relationships, dating outside the BDSM community, his new web series Driven & "the jazz of kink."

This episode is brought to you by the Fab Skin, Hot Bodies with Dr. Jeannette Graf podcast & Talkspace (go to talkspace.com/reality & enter promo code REALITY for $30 off your 1st month).

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Jul 21, 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 comic/regular co-host Steve Hernandez is back for the 18th episode of season 2 with hilarious comedian Solomon Georgio on entering into his 1st long-term relationship at age 35, learning how to talk himself out of stupid reasons to breakup, saying "I love you" 1st, being gay in the black community, coming out, early online dating via MySpace & the importance of punctuality compatibility.

This episode is brought to you by Talkspace (go to talkspace.com/reality & enter promo code REALITY for $30 off your 1st month).

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Jul 18, 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/resident polyamory guru Steve Hernandez co-hosts this 17th episode of season 2 with standup comic & Becoming Poly blogger Christina Walkinshaw on being a Tinder early adopter, falling in love after staying single for 6 years, how she's navigating her 1st polyamorous relationship, warm feelings toward former hookups & who should pay.

This episode is brought to you by the Fab Skin, Hot Bodies with Dr. Jeannette Graf podcast & Talkspace (go to talkspace.com/reality & enter promo code REALITY for $30 off your 1st month).

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Jul 14, 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 comedian/friend of the show Steve Hernandez co-hosts this 16th episode of season 2 with guest writer/actor/filmmaker Brittani Nichols on being a romantic at heart, whether of not she believes in marriage, power dynamics in queer relationships, race in dating, her type, career entitlement & envy & self-funding her new indie flick Suicide Kale (find, buy & watch it now!). 

This episode is brought to you by Talkspace (go to talkspace.com/reality & enter promo code REALITY for $30 off your 1st month), Warby Parker (head to warbyparker.com/reality for your free, no obligation home try-on kit) & the Bold Type, premiering July 11th on Freeform.

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Jul 11, 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 comic/West Covina’s finest Steve Hernandez co-hosts this 15th episode of season 2 with Playboy sex columnist Bridget Phetasy on her 7 Orgasm Rule, why July is peak horny season, her Ashley Madison “research,” pegging, penis envy, eating ass, divorce & what she learned in her first 48 hours on Tinder.

This episode is brought to you by Lola tampons (go to mylola.com & enter promo code BYTES for 60% off your 1st purchase) & the Bold Type, premiering July 11th on Freeform.

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Jul 7, 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 comic/Courtney's bestie Sofiya Alexandra co-hosts this 14th episode of season 2 with guests & newlyweds comedian/tv writer (Parks & Rec, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Broad City, etc.) Gabe Liedman & poet/Everything Is Awful and You're a Terrible Person author Daniel Zomparelli dishing on their relationship - meeting on Twitter, taking it offline, dating long-distance, a surprise proposal & what it's like to be married - all over a bottle of Winc wine.

To try Brethren Of The Road Riesling or any of their other delicious selections, head over to trywinc.com & enter promo code REALITY for $20 off your 1st order. This episode is brought to you by the Bold Type, premiering July 11th on Freeform.

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Jul 4, 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 13th episode of season 2 features comedian Nicole Aimée Schreiber of Oxygen's Funny Girls on self-imposed celibacy, dating comics, not wanting kids & dick pics (solicited & otherwise). Please rate & review to tell us what you love!

Jun 30, 2017

REALITY BYTES is a show about sex, love, relationships & dating in the digital age, hosted by Courtney Kocak & produced in partnership with JASH. We welcome back previous guests of the show & bosom friends Jane Marie, host of Tinder's DTR podcast, & Andrew Ti, host of Earwolf's Yo, Is This Racist?, for the 12th episode of season 2 to ponder their high school personas, preferences v. racism & prenups - plus a thrilling game of Would You Rather? - all over a bottle of Winc wine.

To try One From the Quiver or any of their other delicious selections, head over to trywinc.com and enter promo code REALITY for $20 off your 1st order.

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Jun 27, 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 11th episode of season 2 features writer Chris Zeischegg (aka Danny Wylde) on his 8-year porn career, the widespread use of ED meds among male porn actors, the unconventional way he met his current girlfriend (former guest Maggie West!), what he's been writing & his foray into the hot sauce world. Please rate & review to tell us what you love!

Jun 23, 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 10th episode of season 2 has super funny standup comedian, recurring guest co-host & West Covina's finest Steve Hernandez back to help interview Dr. Anna Arrowsmith, who was Britain’s first female porn director (nom de porn Anna Span), then went on to earn her Ph.D. in masculinities from the University of Sussex, and is now a professor of gender & sexuality studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She also runs WeConsent.org, a site that promotes the rights of sex workers. Her recent book, Rethinking Misogyny: Men's Perceptions of Female Power in Dating Relationships, challenges common feminist assumptions about men’s and women’s sexual power. This episode's conversation runs the gamut from post-structuralism v. feminism, the #YesAllWomen hashtag, pickup artistry, how maybe it's hard to be a man right now & the importance of representation in media. Please rate & review to tell us what you love!  

Jun 20, 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 9th episode of season 2 features married couple & co-hosts of Buffering, the fantastic Buffy the Vampire Slayer podcast, singer-songwriter Jenny Owen Youngs & LGBTQ activist Kristin Russo on coming out, their meet cute, pre-breaking up, the importance of a good deadline & what it's like to work together... plus Jenny sings a recap song (!!!). Please rate & review to tell us what you love!

Jun 16, 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 8th episode of season 2 features writer/performer Charlene deGuzman & comedian/snack star Tracy Marquez on their Internet-founded friendship, the importance of self-care, the process of recovering from sex & love addiction & their shared obsession with RuPaul's Drag Race. Please rate & review to tell us what you love!

Jun 13, 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 7th episode of season 2 features Search Party actor & Drag Teen author Jeffery Self on growing up gay in Georgia, early 20s mistakes, acting a fool post-breakup, NY v LA (we solved it!), his foreign guy fetish & pretty unequivocally NOT WANTING KIDS (until he's filthy rich). Please rate & review to tell us what you love!

Jun 9, 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 6th episode of season 2 features author/#neilcake activist Sara Benincasa & Internet singleton/co-host of the Best of Friends podcast Erin Mallory Long on sorta kinda pretending to not be married, our IG personas, consciously uncouping with one's perp & other boozy discourse. Please rate & review to tell us what you love!

Jun 6, 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 5th episode of season 2 features Kira & Tyler Cook on making their OkCupid love match, how they went from not-looking-for-anything-serious to husband & wife, the disquieting era of Craigslist dating, the joys of pregnancy & what it's like to wait for baby (WELCOME TO THE WORLD, ROWAN SPENCER COOK!). Please rate & review to tell us what you love!

Jun 2, 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 4th episode of season 2 features writer, radio producer, host of Tinder's DTR podcast & mother Jane Marie on her "type," the seductive world of public radio, sexual fluidity & everything they don't tell you about having a baby until after (WARNING: may require surgery). Please rate & review to tell us what you love!

May 30, 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 3rd episode of season 2 features an eggcellent interview with married couple Matt Mira, writer on The Goldberg's & co-host of The Nerdist Podcast, & Doree Shafrir, journalist & author of Startup: A Novel, about their new podcast Matt & Doree's Eggcellent Adventure, which chronicles their quest to have a baby despite having "old eggs & dumb sperm" (their words; medical diagnosis: male factor infertility), meeting on Tinder, going public about fertility struggles in front of Sir Patrick Stewart (like you do) & how they keep the romance alive. Please rate & review to tell us what you love!

May 26, 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 2nd episode of season 2 has hilarious standup comic, recurring guest co-host & West Covina's finest Steve Hernandez back to help interview Kayla Tange, who goes by the stage name Coco Ono (in honor of great Coco Chanel & Yoko Ono, natch), about her career as a stripper-come-performance artist, how food addiction & secrets serve as creative inspiration & the biggest misconceptions about sex work. Please rate & review to tell us what you love! 

May 23, 2017

REALITY BYTES is a show about sex, love, relationships & dating in the digital age, hosted by Courtney Kocak and produced in partnership with JASH. The 1st episode of season 2 features the lovely ladies of the Lady to Lady podcast - Barbara Gray, Tess Barker & Brandie Posey - dishing on fan-sourced pussy waxing, predictions as to when we'll be fucking robots & the perplexing paradox of loving your then-hated body in hindsight. Please rate & review to tell us what you love! 

Apr 18, 2017

*This throwback edition of Reality Bytes was recorded at Steph's Silver Lake apartment the day after we were interviewed for the Call Your Girlfriend live show at the Ace Hotel in August 2016.

REALITY BYTES is a new show about sex, love, relationships & dating in the digital age, hosted by best friends Stephanie Beatriz (Brooklyn Nine-Nine's Rosa Diaz) & Courtney Kocak (writer on Amazon's Danger & Eggs). The twenty-eighth full episode features co-host of the Call Your Girlfriend podcast, tech maven, & all-around bad bitch Aminatou Sow on her preference to keep her romantic life private & butt stuff (jk, she doesn't take our bait on that topic) in a blast from the past dress rehearsal episode from when we were first starting the podcast eight months ago, which we figured was an apropos sign-off for Season 1. Please rate & review to tell us what you love!

Apr 11, 2017

REALITY BYTES is a new show about sex, love, relationships & dating in the digital age, hosted by best friends Stephanie Beatriz (Brooklyn Nine-Nine's Rosa Diaz) & Courtney Kocak (writer on Amazon's Danger & Eggs). The twenty-seventh full episode features hilarious standup comic & fantastic friend Heidi Heaslet filling in for Steph to help Courtney interview actress/producer/YouTube extraordinaire Anna Akana about all things break ups. Please rate & review to tell us what you love! (Head to youtube.com/realitybytes for the video version of this episode.)

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