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Reality Bytes is a comedy podcast about love in the 10s, hosted by three friends with different relationship statuses: Courtney Kocak (long-term relationship), Sofiya Alexandra (married, impending mom) & Dave Rankin (chronically single). Tune in every week for real talk about sex, love, relationships & dating in the digital age. For on-air advice, send your questions to realitybytespod@gmail.com. Get the download every Monday & Wednesday!
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Oct 31, 2018

For the 17th episode of season 4, your fearless triad – Courtney Kocak, Sofiya Alexandra & Dave Rankin – is thrilled to welcome senior editor & Playboy Advisor Anna del Gaizo.

First: Sofiya challenges Courtney to a 7-day blowjob challenge to prove who's the most "not like other girls." 

Then: Anna spills the tea about how New York City kids grow up fast, her high school drug dealer, practicalities of the female condom (hint: not recommended unless your life is on the line), why Chlamydia is NBD, attending the AVN Awards, queefing v. farting, insecurities around sex, falling in love with Gia at the Spearmint Rhino, her current relationship status, Playboy parties, Connor Hefner assuming Hef's throne & posing for Playmate of the Month as a source of female empowerment.

REMINDER: DOC JOHNSON GIVEAWAYS ALL WEEK – watch our IG @realitybytespod to enter!

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Oct 29, 2018

For the 16th episode of season 4, your fearless triad – Courtney Kocak, Sofiya Alexandra & Dave Rankin – is thrilled to welcome Chad Braverman (COO & Chief Creative Officer) & Erica Braverman (Head of Communications & Consumer Marketing) from Doc Johnson, a Los Angeles-based manufacturer of pleasure products. This brother-sister duo run the largest sex toy company in the world with their dad Ron Braverman, who co-founded Doc Johnson in 1976.

First: Dave gives us the 411 on his 1st sex toy experience (with the Mood Thrill ULTRASKYN stroker) & an update on his relationship status with pizza, Courtney shares a mortifying story about masturbating in a CVS parking lot, Sofiya & Courtney give their iWand testimonials & talk about being #MasturbationTwins. PLUS, DOC JOHNSON GIVEAWAYS ALL WEEK – watch our IG @realitybytespod to enter!

Then: Chad & Erica tell us how their dad hid the truth about family business when they were kids, how they finally figured it out, what it was like to grow up in a sex-positive bubble, the shifting cultural conversation surrounding sex, Sex in the City making vibrators mainstream, each person's individual sexual fingerprint, how they assess "holes" in the market at Doc Johnson, the biggest cocks they make (but rest assured, their sales indicate women actually prefer average dicks!), Doc Johnson's 50 Shades of Grey-inspired bondage collaboration with BDSM fetish site kink.com, Chad's c-ring triumph with the OptiMALE line, Erica's success in spreading the good vibes among major publications & what it's like to talk about sex in the boardroom.

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Oct 24, 2018

For the 15th episode of season 4, your fearless triad – Courtney Kocak, Sofiya Alexandra & Dave Rankin – is thrilled to welcome Michael Feldman & Michael Rachlis to chat about their web series inspired by their real-life relationship, Michael And Michael Are Gay.

We delve into their meet-cute on the dance floor at The Abbey in West Hollywood, Rachlis' boyfriends (plural) at the time, being a late bloomer, going down on girls in high school, realizing you're gay & coming out in one fell swoop, a casting couch true story, musical theater-loving Jewish dads, coming out to their dads first, the proposal, their Michael-themed wedding, the lowdown on Burning Man sex, the evolving rules of their open relationship, dealing with jealousy, the danger of hooking up with friends & Feldman's love of happy endings – plus Sofiya gives a SURROGATE UPDATE!

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Oct 17, 2018

For the 14th episode of season 4, your fearless triad – Courtney Kocak, Sofiya Alexandra & Dave Rankin – is thrilled to welcome Emma Koenig to fill us in on her latest book, Moan: Anonymous Essays on Female Orgasm (foreword by Rachel Bloom!).

We dig into the anthology's origin story as a popular blog entitled How to Make Me Come, the blog-to-book publishing strategy, her approach as a "fan of sex" vs. an expert, contradictions among the spectrum of sexuality, childhood shame surrounding public masturbation (fair enough), meeting her boyfriend as soon as she finished the book & tips for anyone who wants to better communicate with their partner(s) about how to get them off – plus Emma issues a listener challenge. Also, DFR shares an update on his depression journey & the squad raves about the benefits of journaling.

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Oct 10, 2018

For the 13th episode of season 4, your fearless triad – Courtney Kocak, Sofiya Alexandra & Dave Rankin – is thrilled to welcome the hosts of the HowStuffWorks podcast Ethnically Ambiguous Anna Hossnieh & Shereen Lani Younes to talk about the complexities of growing up with Iranian-American & Syrian-American identities (respectively).

We go deep into what it’s like to grow up with strict, immigrant parents, the inexplicable ways of Anna’s Zumba instructor cousin, Anna meeting her surfer bro boyfriend at Meltdown Comics, IRL implications of the travel ban, tattoos, coming out, what NOT to say to someone during a breakup, what’s up with exes who still watch your IG stories (!!!), the temptation to rewrite history after things end badly, Arabic analogies for explaining sex to kids, putting virginity on a pedestal, parents around the world just don’t understand, covering your hair, gender-based power inequities in the Middle East & crying while tripping – plus, our reaction to the Blasey Ford/Kavanaugh hearing (literally day of).

This episode is brought to you by Motorbunny. Visit motorbunny.com & use code REALITY to save $50 on either the starter kit or the Motorbunny LINK bundle. 

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Oct 3, 2018

For the 12th episode of season 4, your fearless triad – Courtney Kocak, Sofiya Alexandra & Dave Rankin – is thrilled to welcome two guests. First, sociologist & author of Exposure: A Sociologist Explores Sex, Society, and Adult Entertainment Dr. Chauntelle Tibbals unpacks the invisible economic discrimination against sex workers & how Motorbunny took ride-along sex saddles from niche to accessible.

Then humor writer & essayist Riane Konc joins us from the Midwest (Cincinnati, Ohio to be exact)! She tells the hilarious, tortured tale of meeting her now-husband at age 13, recognizing she would want to be with him someday, but NOT wanting to date him yet – thus leading to a decade-long rejection before they got married & had a kid.

We also talk about attending a small religious college, how to evade income tax by having 12 kids, using God as a manipulation strategy, LiveJournal for poets, pregnancy, baby colic, star-based poems, hormones, depression, advice she would give her younger self prior to having a child, her New Yorker Shouts & Murmurs piece "How to Dismiss Harassment Like a French Woman," what it's like when French Twitter comes for you & a friendly reminder that this too shall pass (& we'll all be dead soon) – plus the crew chats fuck machines.

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