May 292013

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One year ago, Sex Out Loud radio began with interviewing Dan Savage for the very first episode. Join me this Friday, May 31st at 5 pm PT / 8 pm ET for an hour revisiting that first show as well as some of my favorite moments from the past 50 episodes, including talking with Real Housewives of Atlanta Kandi Burruss, adult legend Nina Hartley, gender outlaw Kate Bornstein, sex start-up powerhouse Cindy Gallop, rockstar academic Jack Halberstam, and many more. With highlights and behind-the-scenes stories, I look back on a year of talking about sex out loud and then take us forward into season two of the show.

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I’m so thrilled to welcome the legendary Nina Hartley to the first 2013 episode of Sex Out Loud, this Friday, January 4th at 5 pm PT / 8 pm PT. We’ll talk about her long and varied career as well as her perspective on the new generation of sex-positive performer/activists and how social media provides her with opportunities to spread her message of knowledge and empowerment. She’ll discuss the recent launch of her fleshlight as well as her book, Nina Hartley’s Guide to Total Sex. This show is live and calls are welcome – we want to hear from all you Nina fans! Tell your stories of how you first came to her work and take advantage of this chance to ask a question on the great Nina Hartley.

Nina Hartley is a pioneering feminist worker, using her body in the service of promoting a sexually sane and literate society. She is thrilled to see a new generation of sex-positive performer/activists take its space and spread the good news about sex. For the past thirty years her rock-solid commitment to the importance of sexual autonomy has fueled Nina Hartley’s career in adult entertainment. As a performer, director, writer, educator, public speaker, and feminist thinker for all, no matter their orientation, she’s traveled the world to deliver her message. She believes that sexual freedom is a fundamental human right and welcomes the new social media opportunities for spreading her message of knowledge and empowerment to the widest number of people. She’s the author of, “Nina Hartley’s Guide to Total Sex,” from Avery Press. Putting to use her B.S. degree in nursing, she and her husband, I.S. Levine, have produced the million-selling sex-ed video series collectively known as “The Nina Hartley Guides,” from Adam & Eve, currently in its 38th episode. Still active in front of the camera, she and her husband live in Los Angeles.

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This Friday, October 26th on Sex Out Loud, Ernest Greene, legendary BDSM and fetish filmmaker and editor of Hustler’s Taboo Magazine, joins me in studio during my “Live in LA” series. Ernest will reveal how he went from a journalist and radio host to a porn director, and what role his bondage skills played in getting him there. Tristan will share her personal story of how she met Ernest (it involves an orgy) and they went on to collaborate on her first adult film as co-directors. He’ll discuss his love of all things kinky, what he thinks of Fifty Shades of Grey, and his marriage to renowned porn star Nina Hartley. Plus, he’ll talk about what inspired him to create a film trilogy based on a retelling of The Story of O, and the latest installment, The Truth About O, starring Bobbi Starr.

Ira S. Levine (aka Ernest Greene) has nearly forty year’s experience working in virtually every type of mass media, beginning with his first publication in Esquire at the age of fifteen in 1969. He was a nationally syndicated newspaper columnist for several years following, in addition to working as a reporter for The Rocky Mountain News in his hometown of Denver, Colorado. In the early days of talk radio there he was a regular show host on the local NBC affiliate KOA and frequent guest moderator on stations KTLK and KMYR. He went on to become executive Editor of Denver Magazine and popular culture critic for Denver’s PBS TV outlet KBPI.

After stints as a free-lance journalist in New York and San Francisco, Levine moved to London, England to work as a staff screenwriter for producer Dino DiLaurentiis before settling in Los Angeles to pursue his career as an independent screenwriter, during which he worked in development for Interscope, Inc. and The Walt Disney Company.
Between scripting projects, Levine continued to write for print, co-authoring Coming Attractions, the Making of an X-Rated Video with Dr. Robert Stoller (Yale University Press, 1989). His work has also been published in Rolling Stone, Details and Harpers. He shares co-author credit with his spouse, Nina Hartley on Nina Hartley’s Guide to Total Sex (2006), from Avery Press, a division of USA Penguin Group.
Since 1985, Levine has concentrated his efforts mainly in adult entertainment ventures, serving as Executive Editor of the best-selling adult magazine Hustler’s Taboo since 1999 and most recently as Chief Associate Editor for Hustler’s All-Sex issues.
Under the stage name Ernest Greene, he has participated in the production of adult video for two decades as a performer, writer, director and producer. His body of work comprises over five hundred titles, including AVN award winners Strictly for PleasureMask of InnocenceTristan Taormino’s Ultimate Guide to Anal Sex for Women and Jenna Loves Pain. With his wife, Nina Hartley, he has served as producer and director of the Nina Hartley’s Guide series of adult sex education programs for video market leader Adam&Eve Pictures. The series has sold over three quarters of a million videos to date and now comprises forty titles. His own erotic features for Adam&Eve, O – The Power of SubmissionSurrender of O and The Truth About O have thus far seen sales nearing 100,000 units, making them among the biggest selling X-rated feature titles in recent years.
Levine is particularly well known for his groundbreaking approach to the presentation of unconventional sexuality related to consensual domination and submission. He has been active in the BDSM community for nearly thirty years, conducting workshops and seminars and serving as an officer of community groups. His activism also extends to the world of adult video production, where he held the position of chairman of the board of directors of The Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation (AIM) for seven years and to his commentaries on the adult industry Blog for Pro-Porn Activism.