Episode 20: School Dances


In this episode of The Oral History Podcast, we discuss school dances, now and then.  Do you have some terrible and/or delicious memories of school dances you’d like to share, or some books that deal with high school dances in a way you like? Tell us what you think on our Facebook page or via email (feedback AT theoralhistorypodcast DOT com).


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Our Current Reads


The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund


A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living by Meik Wiking



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high school dance

San Augustine, Texas. High school students dancing at the Spanish Club banquet; credit here

Recommended Reads (listed in the order in which they were discussed)

Prom by Laurie Halse Anderson

Pointe by Brandy Colbert

Freefall by Mindi Scott

Not That Kind of Girl by Siobhan Vivian

Belle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross

What We Left Behind by Robin Talley

NEW FEATURE: Teen Librarian Toolbox Recommendation Corner, featuring Karen Jensen

Backlash by Sarah Darer Littman

Pretty Amy by Lisa Burstein

The Last Boy & Girl in the World by Siobhan Vivian



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“Okay, let me explain what the deal is with this excellent podcast…”


Carrie Mesrobian and Christa Desir are two good friends who happen to be YA authors interested in discussing sex. The idea for The Oral History Podcast came out of their daily dog-walking conversations when they realized that others might be as interested in this topic as they were. Each podcast focuses on a topic of sexuality in the lives of teens. Previous podcasts have included discussions about masturbation, first kisses, cheating, illicit relationships, oral sex, and “girl talk” to name a few. Frank, engaging, and filthy, these two podcasters will leave you laughing, blushing, or ready to start writing sex scenes in your novel in an authentic and excellent way.

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