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ILYSM Ep. 37: How BedPost Confessions’ co-creator is keeping things sex-positive

Miranda Wylie (aka Mia Martina) is the co-creator of BedPost Confessions, a sex-positive storytelling show that started in Austin in 2010 and has now expanded to Oregon, Colorado, and indigenous communities in Canada. Ahead of two sure-to-be-packed BedPost Confession nights at the North Door next week, we talked with the Miranda in the latest episode of “I Love You So Much: The Austin360 Podcast.”

In conversation with co-host Tolly Moseley, she explained how the event evolved to feature storytellers telling their own, personal tales about sex, sexuality, gender and identity with anonymous audience confessions that are also read from the stage. Miranda is now launching a new podcast, “Seen with Miranda,” where she interviews guests on the way others see them, the way they see themselves and the distance between.

Austinites who are new to the city might not know the history of Clarksville, the high-end neighborhood west of downtown that began as a freedman community after the Civil War. Despite civic pressure to remove the African American residents in the district, including the city’s notorious 1928 master plan, many remained until the 1970s and 1980s, even after the city denied them access to utilities and refused to pave roads.

Stephanie Lang is a fifth generation Austinite who curated a photo exhibit at UT's Warfield Center called "Seen and Unseen: A Sunday Afternoon in Clarksville," which uses found objects and family portraits to tell the history of one of Austin's first freedman communities. The exhibit is on display until June 1 and is free and open to the public. (Addie Broyles) / American-Statesman (Addie Broyles)

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You have to look carefully in Clarksville today to understand this history, which is why Stephanie Lang, a program director at UT’s Warfield Center, commissioned a photo exhibit called “Seen & Unseen: A Sunday Afternoon in Clarksville” that will be on display at UT’s Warfield Center through June 1. Lang, a fifth generation Austinite, chatted with Addie about the found objects and people featured in the photos and several upcoming walking tours of this historic district.

Eric Webb joined Omar and Tolly to talk about a study that recently found suggests that regular concert attendance will boost your lifespan, and the three co-hosts swapped recommendations in A Toast. Omar gave a shout out to Nothing Bundt Cakes, a cake shop with three Austin locations that specializes in those retro molded cakes. Addie plugged Half Price Books, the Dallas-based used bookstore chain with more than 120 locations, including at least half a dozen in Austin. Tolly recommended Crux Climbing Center, the South Austin rock climbing and bouldering gym .

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