Hot Mic with Dan Savage
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  • Ep. 1: Indecent Proposal, Featuring Greg Behrendt | Dan Savage, Bianca Casusol, Greg Behrendt

    Ep. 1: Indecent Proposal, Featuring Greg Behrendt

    • ORIGINAL (32 mins)
    • By Dan Savage, Bianca Casusol, Greg Behrendt
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    Who doesn't love an unexpected wedding proposal? Let's be honest—especially one that careens suddenly off the rails? On this episode of Hot Mic we're talking about times the question gets popped and, surprise, not all goes swimmingly.

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  • Ep. 2: Stowaway | Dan Savage, Lily Be

    Ep. 2: Stowaway

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    • By Dan Savage, Lily Be
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    [Contains explicit content] In this special, single-story episode of Hot Mic, Lily Be tells the tale of how her parents' marriage ended — a mystery she had to wait more than a decade to uncover. Plus, Dan Savage shares his thoughts on monogamy, secrets, and more. This episode features the story "Conversion Van Stowaway", which Lily Be told for RISK! in Chicago.

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  • Ep. 3: Fantasy Check, Featuring Rachel Bloom | Dan Savage, Rachel Bloom, Eric Mack

    Ep. 3: Fantasy Check, Featuring Rachel Bloom

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    • By Dan Savage, Rachel Bloom, Eric Mack
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    Fantasy can be so powerful that you don't realize reality is headed in a totally different direction.

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  • Ep. 4: Crush, Featuring Samm Levine | Dan Savage, Samm Levine, David Montgomery

    Ep. 4: Crush, Featuring Samm Levine

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    • By Dan Savage, Samm Levine, David Montgomery
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    [Contains explicit content] The most hopeless of crushes are often the most powerful. On this episode of Hot Mic with Dan Savage we'll hear a studio story from Samm Levine, the actor whose breakout role was in the cult TV favorite Freaks and Geeks. Samm shares a story about his pre and post-fame crush on a girl with an intoxicating name. We'll also hear a RISK! live story from David Montgomery, who once nurtured a rather expensive crush on a rather unavailable man. Plus, Dan shares a memory of his very first unrequited crush and the residual effect it had on his taste...for teeth.

    In each episode of Hot Mic with Dan Savage, relationship expert and columnist Dan Savage showcases and provides commentary on the best true ries about sex and relationships from live storytelling shows across the country.

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  • Ep. 5: Not Just Any Body | Dan Savage, Buck Angel, Carrie Wade

    Ep. 5: Not Just Any Body

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    • By Dan Savage, Buck Angel, Carrie Wade
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    Two storytellers with very intense but very different body issues take some action, get some action, and discover the unexpected powers and pleasures of their own bodies.

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  • Ep. 6: Point Break | Dan Savage, Michelle Buteau, Sandi Marx

    Ep. 6: Point Break

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    • By Dan Savage, Michelle Buteau, Sandi Marx
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    In the effort to find a perfect partner, we end up falling for people who fall short. Some of these shortcomings are, of course, inevitable, but this episode of Hot Mic with Dan Savage, features two storytellers who reach their breaking points. First up is comedian Michelle Buteau with her story "Fly Girl," told live for RISK! in San Francisco.

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  • Ep. 7: Truth Be Told | Dan Savage, Elana Lancaster

    Ep. 7: Truth Be Told

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    • By Dan Savage, Elana Lancaster
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    Secret identities don't just cause problems for superheroes - they make trouble for normal people too. In this episode of Hot Mic, two storytellers - one of them is Dan Savage himself - describe what it's like to hide, and then reveal, sexual or gender orientation. This episode features the stories "Trans on Ice" by Elana Lancaster for The Story Collider, and "Watch and Learn" by your host Dan Savage for Bawdy Storytelling.

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  • Ep. 8: Hard Times, Featuring Rachel Lark | Dan Savage, Rachel Lark, Michael Zhuang, Janine Brito

    Ep. 8: Hard Times, Featuring Rachel Lark

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    • By Dan Savage, Rachel Lark, Michael Zhuang, and others
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    [Contains explicit content] Singer and songwriter Rachel Lark joins Dan to talk (and sing) about heartbreak, love lost, hope found. Featured stories include "Searching for the Rainbow" by Michael Zhuang for Story District, and "Janine Gets Her Groove Back" by Janine Brito for RISK!

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  • Ep. 9: The Shaky Shaky Bridge | Dan Savage, Robert Ben Garant, Baltazar Barnabas

    Ep. 9: The Shaky Shaky Bridge

    • ORIGINAL (34 mins)
    • By Dan Savage, Robert Ben Garant, Baltazar Barnabas
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    [Contains explicit content] Heart racing, knees wobbly, and feeling light-headed - are you head over heels in love, or is that fear creeping down your spine? In this set of spooky stories, two narrators discover that sometimes getting your adrenaline pumping can arouse other things as well. This episode features "When Things Go Bump in the Night" by Robert Ben Garant for RISK! and "Jack Skellington and Friends" by Baltazar Barnabas for Bawdy Storytelling.

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  • Ep. 10: Babies! Featuring Chad Daniels | Dan Savage, Chad Daniels, Nikki Levy,  Reformed Whores

    Ep. 10: Babies! Featuring Chad Daniels

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    • By Dan Savage, Chad Daniels, Nikki Levy, and others
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    [Contains explicit content] Since this is a show about sex and relationships, we figured maybe in at least one episode we'd talk about the part that involves baby making. We'll also talk about what happens when you want a baby, but don't want to sex it into existence. Plus, a surprising revelation: babies eventually turn into teenagers.

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  • Ep. 11: The Crookup, Featuring Guy Branum | Dan Savage, Guy Branum, Tod Kelly

    Ep. 11: The Crookup, Featuring Guy Branum

    • ORIGINAL (34 mins)
    • By Dan Savage, Guy Branum, Tod Kelly
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    Online dating is the grandest gamble — the reward might be a great time, but the opportunity for disappointment and deception is no joke. This episode of Hot Mic with Dan Savage features two hilarious stories about online hookups that went in different directions than the storytellers imagined.

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  • Ep. 12: Pretty Femme, Featuring Jessi Klein | Dan Savage, Jessi Klein

    Ep. 12: Pretty Femme, Featuring Jessi Klein

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    • By Dan Savage, Jessi Klein
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    How does performing in drag help you disappear? Why is being feminine like being a poodle...and what does that mean for the wolves? These and other trippy questions are explored on this episode of Hot Mic with Dan Savage, wherein Dan shares his own story, from RISK!, about doing acid and performing femininity as an escape technique.

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  • Ep. 13: No GPS | Dan Savage, Holly Lorka, R. Eric Thomas

    Ep. 13: No GPS

    • ORIGINAL (36 mins)
    • By Dan Savage, Holly Lorka, R. Eric Thomas
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    Coming out is a huge step - so much so that we honor it with National Coming Out Day. But what about all the small steps afterwards? In this episode, two gay people try to navigate their romantic lives after coming out, and learn that finding love isn't quite as easy as just walking into a gay bar.

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  • Ep. 14: Commit-moment | Dan Savage, Emma Weisfeld, Lesley Jones

    Ep. 14: Commit-moment

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    • By Dan Savage, Emma Weisfeld, Lesley Jones
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    [Contains explicit content] Every romance begins differently, but for the ones that last, there's always a moment when you decide to commit — we call it your commit-moment. In this episode, two storytellers share the tale of their own commit-moments, and prove that real love can come from the strangest of places. This episode features "Wet Feet" by Emma Weisfeld for The Narrators, and "How Nick's Mind Works" by Lesley Jones for Bawdy Storytelling.

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  • Ep. 15: Escaping the Nest | Dan Savage, Margot Leitman, Mike O'Connell

    Ep. 15: Escaping the Nest

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    • By Dan Savage, Margot Leitman, Mike O'Connell
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    Sometimes you have to escape the nest in order to learn how to flap your wings. In this episode, Margot Leitman escapes her parents' gaze—they'd rather focus on each other—to Puerto Rico, where a handsome man in a lavender shirt awaits her. Storyteller Mike O'Connell, on the other hand, completely fails to escape the nest.

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  • Ep. 16: Beauty Does, Featuring Michael Yo | Dan Savage, Cheryl Strayed, Michael Yo

    Ep. 16: Beauty Does, Featuring Michael Yo

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    • By Dan Savage, Cheryl Strayed, Michael Yo
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    The saying, "Beauty is as beauty does" is misleading. It's supposed to mean that one's beauty is defined by their actions, not their appearance. But as anyone who's ever consumed any type of visual media knows, beautiful people are exalted — and most people in the public eye have to DO a lot to be beautiful.

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  • Ep. 17: The Blast Zone | Dan Savage, Geoff Millard, Hutch Harris

    Ep. 17: The Blast Zone

    • ORIGINAL (23 mins)
    • By Dan Savage, Geoff Millard, Hutch Harris
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    [Contains explicit content] What happens when the utterly unexpected goes down while you're trying to get it on? In these two live stories, brave heroes - one at a base in Iraq, one...well, in a car - face unimaginable interruptions during the act of lovemaking, and still manage to come to satisfying conclusions. Plus, Dan Savage has some thoughts on how to deal with surprises in the sack. This episode of Hot Mic features the stories "Don't Ask, Do Tell" by Geoff Millard for RISK!

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  • Ep. 18: Show Your Work, Featuring Conner Habib | Dan Savage, Ceara Lynch, Conner Habib

    Ep. 18: Show Your Work, Featuring Conner Habib

    • ORIGINAL (29 mins)
    • By Dan Savage, Ceara Lynch, Conner Habib
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    Prostitution, phone sex, porn, stripping, pro-domination. Sex work is a diverse range of professions united by sex, money, and stigma. And as a consequence of the stigma, we hear a lot about sex work but we rarely hear from sex workers themselves. But in this episode of Hot Mic hosted by Dan Savage, two sex workers show their work.

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  • Ep. 19: Pleasers Under Pressure | Dan Savage, Joe Klocek, Derek Hills

    Ep. 19: Pleasers Under Pressure

    • ORIGINAL (28 mins)
    • By Dan Savage, Joe Klocek, Derek Hills
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    [Contains explicit content] Two men go way out of their comfort zones in order to please, and here's what happens: oompa loompas, dominatrices, ski masks, and more. Plus, Dan shares his own story about a certain not-so-nice leather bar in Amsterdam. This episode of Hot Mic features some of the wildest live stories told around the country, including "Bad Sex with a Crazy Person" by Joe Klocek for Bawdy Storytelling, and "Oompa Loompas in Amsterdam" by Derek Hills for Story League.

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  • Ep. 20: Good for You, Featuring Derrick Brown | Dan Savage, Derrick Brown, Waverly Jane

    Ep. 20: Good for You, Featuring Derrick Brown

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    • By Dan Savage, Derrick Brown, Waverly Jane
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    When it comes to live storytelling shows, stories that end in bad sex are much more common than those that end well. Which makes sense—it's hard to come off looking good with a story about how great you are in the sack. But on this episode of Hot Mic, we'll hear two good sex stories where everyone leaves happy and maybe even a little better off.

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  • Ep. 21: Show You the Way | Dan Savage, Isaac Oliver

    Ep. 21: Show You the Way

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    • By Dan Savage, Isaac Oliver
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    Let's get it on, with a little help from our friends. In these two stories, middle school friends clue each other in to the world of sex and romance - from new uses for internet connections to first kisses to Ryan Phillippe to lesbian smut. Hosted by your trusty guide Dan Savage, this episode features "Sarah and Christina" by Daniel, from True Story, and "Awkward Intentions" by Isaac Oliver, from The Soundtrack Series.

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  • Ep. 22: What's Next | Dan Savage, Jefferson Bites, Sherry Niles

    Ep. 22: What's Next

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    • By Dan Savage, Jefferson Bites, Sherry Niles
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    Breaking up is hard to do, especially after a long-term relationship.

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  • Ep. 23: Gay Area, Featuring Joel Kim Booster | Dan Savage, Joel Kim Booster, Barry Rothbart

    Ep. 23: Gay Area, Featuring Joel Kim Booster

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    • By Dan Savage, Joel Kim Booster, Barry Rothbart
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    As a tiny minority of America's population, most members of the LGBT community spend most of their time in mostly heterosexual spaces.

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  • Ep. 24: Goodbye Sex Toy | Dan Savage, Henry Bear, Sunny Haire, Reformed Whores

    Ep. 24: Goodbye Sex Toy

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    • By Dan Savage, Henry Bear, Sunny Haire, and others
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    [Contains explicit content] When love ends and your lover leaves, they also leave things behind — that t-shirt that smells like them, or that mix CD they made you, or ... their sex toys. In this episode of Hot Mic with Dan Savage, we present to you an elegiac dildo variety show of sorts. We have a live story called "Up in Flames" by Henry Bear from The Mystery Box Show, all about sex toys' brilliant final moments. We have a specially-produced piece about an unusual graveyard in San Francisco. And we have the saddest country love song ever, from the musical duo Reformed Whores. Plus, Dan discusses a possible new national holiday for those starting over.

    In each episode of Hot Mic with Dan Savage relationship expert and columnist Dan Savage showcases and provides commentary on the best true stories about sex and relationships from live storytelling shows across the country.

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  • Ep. 25: Full Disclosure | Dan Savage, Rob Penty, Brian Palermo, Jordan Black, Lyric Lewis

    Ep. 25: Full Disclosure

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    • By Dan Savage, Rob Penty, Brian Palermo, and others
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    When it comes to sex, nothing is harder than talking about sexually transmitted infections. Get it?! And STIs are even more difficult to make funny—look how hard we just tried!

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  • Ep. 26: Boys in the Band, Featuring Dan Bucatinsky | Dan Savage, Dan Bucatinsky

    Ep. 26: Boys in the Band, Featuring Dan Bucatinsky

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    • By Dan Savage, Dan Bucatinsky
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    [Contains explicit content] High school sucks for a lot of people, especially young queer kids trying to survive the blinding storm of pubescent hormones while getting bullied or beat up for things they’re just learning to like. Things like musical theater, or in Dan Bucatinsky's case, the leader of his high school's marching band.

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  • Ep. 27: Comfort Rezoning | Dan Savage, David Crabb, Caitlin Gill

    Ep. 27: Comfort Rezoning

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    • By Dan Savage, David Crabb, Caitlin Gill
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    Having a comfort zone to retreat to is important. But just like a city gets rezoned in order to accommodate development, we have to rezone what we're comfortable with in order to grow. Especially when it comes to sex.

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  • Ep. 28: Put Yourself Out There, Featuring Marina Franklin | Dan Savage, Rachel Bitney Wecht, Marina Franklin

    Ep. 28: Put Yourself Out There, Featuring Marina Franklin

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    • By Dan Savage, Rachel Bitney Wecht, Marina Franklin
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    [Contains explicit content] "Don't hesitate! Take the plunge! Put yourself out there!" Well, what's out there? You may find an open minded sexual unicorn capable of pleasuring you beyond humankind's feeble imagination, or limp home bruised and black-eyed with little more than your dignity and a story; maybe not even that much. On this episode of Hot Mic with Dan Savage, two storytellers put themselves pretty far out there, to vastly different results.

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  • Ep. 29: Shameful, Featuring Jessica Kirson | Dan Savage, Elna Baker, Jessica Kirson

    Ep. 29: Shameful, Featuring Jessica Kirson

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    • By Dan Savage, Elna Baker, Jessica Kirson
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    [Contains explicit content] When applied appropriately, a little shame can be hot. But all too often when shame enters a sexy situation, it's not the fun kind. On this episode of Hot Mic with Dan Savage we'll hear two stories that deal with shame head on. First, writer Elna Baker attempts to get laid while ignoring the Mormon voice in her head in "New York Virgin," told live at RISK!

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  • Ep. 30: Ghost Story, Featuring Reformed Whores | Dan Savage, Josh Gondelman, Nikki DaVaughn,  Reformed Whores

    Ep. 30: Ghost Story, Featuring Reformed Whores

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    • By Dan Savage, Josh Gondelman, Nikki DaVaughn, and others
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    [Contains explicit content] Ghost stories aren't just for campfires and sleepovers anymore. They're also for those of us still doing the dating slog, especially those of us who think everything is going great with a new partner, when whoosh! They disappear like mist. On this episode of Hot Mic with Dan Savage, Nikki DaVaughn shares a very sexy ghost story from BedPost Confessions, and musical duo Reformed Whores honors us with a song.

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  • Ep. 31: Best Laid Plans | Dan Savage, Hannah Friedman, Dana Owens

    Ep. 31: Best Laid Plans

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    • By Dan Savage, Hannah Friedman, Dana Owens
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    [Contains explicit content] Losing your virginity is usually just as terrifying as it is exciting — which is why most of the time, would-be virginity losers make a plan. Who? Where? What to wear (or take off)? Whether the plan works out, however, is a different story. On this episode of Hot Mic with Dan Savage, two storytellers describe hatching their first time plans and the hilarious hitches that befell them.

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  • Ep. 32: Creep, Featuring Sean Patton | Dan Savage, Janelle James, Sean Patton

    Ep. 32: Creep, Featuring Sean Patton

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    • By Dan Savage, Janelle James, Sean Patton
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    [Contains explicit content] Everyone loves a good creepy story, and this episode of Hot Mic with Dan Savage features two particularly great ones - including a creeper story with a twist by Janelle James from RISK!, and a studio story from Sean Patton about what happens when you become the creep. Plus, Dan has some advice for those who hang out with creepy people.

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  • Ep. 34: I Love You, Featuring Kevin Allison | Dan Savage, Kevin Allison, Jackie Kashian

    Ep. 34: I Love You, Featuring Kevin Allison

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    • By Dan Savage, Kevin Allison, Jackie Kashian
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    [Contains explicit content] Love is patient, love is kind, love is giving up your rent controlled apartment, screaming alone on a beach, and everything in-between. This episode of Hot Mic with Dan Savage features two stories where someone drops the "I love you" bomb – including a studio story from master teller Kevin Allison, and comic Jackie Kashian speaking of love at Melinda Hill's Romantic Encounters Show.

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