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Magical Thinking and Pregnancy, and Texas’ Health-Care Crisis

On this episode of Reality Cast, I talk with Lori Frohwirth of the Guttmacher Institute about research on magical thinking and pregnancy. In another segment, I discuss the major abortion court decision in Texas, and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) makes a weird anti-science, anti-choice speech.

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Maryville Rape Case, Girl Scout Hate, and ‘How to Lose Your Virginity’

This week on Reality Cast, I talk to Therese Shechter about her film, How to Lose Your Virginity. In another segment, I discuss a new case in Maryville, Missouri, which sheds more light on what we’re talking about when we talk about rape, and I look at why anti-choicers are threatened by the Girl Scouts.

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Values Voters, and Jezebels

Anna Holmes and Kate Harding chat about the new Book of Jezebel. The rest of the episode is all about the Values Voter Summit, an annual gathering of the Christian right that gives you a good idea what conservatives are saying about reproductive rights these days.

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Shutdown Sexism, and What Virginia’s Election Means for the Nation

On this episode of Reality Cast, I talk to a documentary filmmaker who is trying to capture what happens when women tell abortion stories. Just because the government shutdown is big news doesn’t mean sexism is on the backburner, and the governor’s race in Virginia encapsulates an electoral trend that’s not going away.

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Texas’ Anti-Abortion Law Challenged, and Refuting More Obamacare Misinformation

On this episode of Reality Cast, I discuss the lawsuit to block the new Texas anti-abortion law, and a lawyer from the Center for Reproductive Rights helps us understand what’s going on there. In another segment, I look at many of the lies out there about the Affordable Care Act.

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The Birth Control Pill Debate, Obamacare, and the Government Shutdown Showdown

On this episode of Reality Cast, I interview Lindsay Beyerstein about the genuinely empirical question: Is “the pill” dangerous? In another segment, I discuss the health insurance exchanges, and the battle over Obamacare is reaching a fever pitch.

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New Mexico’s Abortion Wars, and Anti-Obamacare Sentiment Gets Ugly

I interview Feminste blogger Jill Filipovic about the increasing hostilities over abortion in New Mexico. Plus, I have two segments on conservative efforts to keep people from getting health care as the dawn of the Affordable Care Act fast approaches.

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California’s Pro-Choice Bill, Teen Births, and Anti-Choicers at It Again in New Mexico

On this episode of Reality Cast, Dr. Tracy Weitz talks about a new bill designed to expand access to safe abortion services in California. In another segment, I discuss how anti-choicers are upsetting people in New Mexico, and I have some good news about teen pregnancy.

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Sex Education Is Improving, Causing Right Wing to Panic

On this episode of Reality Cast, I discuss how sex education in some states has improved, and the right wing’s response to those changes. In another segment, I chat with Stephanie Zvan, associate president of Minnesota Atheists, about the fight to end sexual harassment in the atheist/skeptic movement.

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Obamacare Myths, and More Unfair Attacks on Single Mothers

On this episode of Reality Cast, Tara Culp-Ressler explains some of the myths about the Affordable Care Act and why you shouldn’t believe them. Meanwhile, Fox News is trying to argue that gender ratings in insurance are good, and conservatives are on the rampage against single mothers again.

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