Too Hot To Handle #361

March 18, 2016

This week we're talking about sex education: why we started teaching it in schools in the first place, how it's changed over the years, and what it might – or should – look like in the future. We'll speak with Jonathan Zimmerman, professor of education and history at New York University, about his new book "Too Hot to Handle: A Global History of Sex Education". And we'll speak with sex advice columnist, activist, and author Dan Savage about what sex education in schools should include and how advice columns, websites, youtube channels, podcasts, and other online sex education resources try to fill the gaps.


  • Jonathan Zimmerman
  • Dan Savage

Guest Bios

Jonathan Zimmerman

Jonathan Zimmerman is a professor of education and history at New York University. A former Peace Corps volunteer and high school teacher, Zimmerman is the author of Too Hot to Handle: A Global History of Sex Education (Princeton, 2015) and four other books. He is also a frequent oped contributor to the New York Times, the Washington Post, and other popular newspapers and magazines. In 2008, Zimmerman received NYU's Distinguished Teaching Award, its highest honor for teaching.

Dan Savage

Dan Savage is a writer, TV personality, and activist best known for his political and social commentary, as well as his honest approach to sex, love and relationships. His sex advice column, "Savage Love", is syndicated in newspapers and websites throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. He is the Editorial Director of The Stranger, Seattle's weekly alternative newspaper, and his writing has appeared in publications including The New York Times, GQ, Rolling Stone, The Onion, and on He is the author of several books, including his latest best-selling book "American Savage". In September 2010, he created a YouTube video with his husband to inspire hope for LGBT young people facing harassment. Today, the "It Gets Better Project" has become a global movement, inspiring more than 50,000 It Gets Better videos viewed over 50 million times.

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