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A new play at the JCC CenterStage Theatre explores the life and work of Dr. Ruth Westheimer. The radio and television sex therapist has helped change the way America talks about sexual health.

We’re joined by members of the production and local sex therapists who discuss sex education, sexual medicine, and more. In studio:

Talking to your kids about sex -- does it work? Does it lead to them delaying the first time, or doing it safely? A new wide-ranging analysis finds the answer is yes -- in some cases.

We take a look at which parent tends to have more success, and which gender of child is more likely to listen. And we discuss when parents and schools ought to be bringing up sex. After all, in the Netherlands, the process begins in kindergarten! Our guests:

  • Shellie Yussman, M.D., M.P.H., associate professor of adolescent medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Kim Urbach, N.P., assistant professor at the University of Rochester School of Nursing, and director of health centers at East High School and Frederick Douglass Campus

Longtime critics of abstinence-only education have been celebrating two prominent headlines this week. First there was the story of abstinence advocate Bristol Palin getting pregnant for a second time. Then there was the news out of Colorado that subsidized long-acting contraception for low-income women appears to have had a strong impact on the rate of unplanned pregnancies. Advocates for abstinence-based approaches still claim success, and they're still winning government funding. So, what works? What do the numbers say? What should our tax dollars support? Our guests:

  • Suzanne Stack, life issues coordinator for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester
  • Thomas Lickona, a developmental psychologist and a SUNY Cortland professor who wrote a book titled Sex, Love and You
  • Dr. Katherine Greenberg, assistant professor of adolescent medicine at UR Medicine's Golisano Children's Hospital
  • Kim Urbach, director of the Health Center at East High School