PODCAST: Episode 37 – Wild Sex

In this week’s episode, Nadine speaks with author Dr. Carin Bondar about her book, “Wild Sex: The Science Behind Mating in the Animal Kingdom,” along with the sexual power dynamics in multiple species, and the science and sex habits of animals and human beings alike.

Dr. Carin Bondar received a PhD in population ecology from the University of British Columbia and has hosted a variety of online and television programs, working with Scientific American, PBS Digital Studios, and the Science Channel. Her independent web series about sex in the animal kingdom has over 60 million views and inspired a popular TED Talk. She lives in British Columbia, Canada.

In addition to her writing and hosting work, Bondar works with Taxon Expeditions (Leiden, Netherlands) to bring citizen scientists to remote ecosystems to discover new species.   When she is not working, Bondar loves to make glass art, bake, go on long hikes and spend time with her 4 children –  Shaeden, Loanna, Faro and Juna, her 3 dogs and her cat.

In Wild Sex, Dr. Carin Bondar takes readers on an enthralling tour of the animal kingdom as she explores the diverse world of sex in the wild. She looks at the evolution of sexual organs (and how they’ve shaped social hierarchies), tactics of seduction, and the mechanics of sex. She investigates a wide range of topics, from whether animals experience pleasure from sex to what happens when females hold the reproductive power. Along the way, she encounters razor-sharp penises, murderous carnal cannibals, and spontaneous chemical warfare in an epic battle between the sexes.

The resulting book is titillating, exhilarating, amusing, petrifying, alluring ― and absolutely guaranteed to make you think about sex in a whole new way.