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Using real stories told by real people, Melody Thomas leads a frank (but often entertaining) exploration of sex, sexuality and relationships.

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BANG! Season 3 Episode 6: Accentuate the Positive

April 14th, 2019


Sex positivity is the idea that all sex, provided it's healthy and explicitly consensual, is good. But what happens when a complicated theoretical idea like sex positivity gets packaged up for the mainstream? And which …

BANG! Season 3 Episode 5: Kinky Boots

April 8th, 2019


What you think of as kinky and what I think of as kinky might be two different things, but it generally means behaviours and fantasies outside of the sexual 'norm'. In this episode, Melody talks with a bunch of kinky …

BANG! Bonus Ep: Sex and Relationship Q&A on Nights

April 2nd, 2019


It's a BANG! takeover!
RNZ Nights host Bryan Crump is joined in the studio by Melody Thomas and father-daughter sex advice duo Nic and Lena Beets, to …

BANG! Live in Wellington

March 31st, 2019


Recorded at Bats Theatre in Wellington as part of the NZ Fringe Festival, this is BANG! Live. Featuring Tawa mum and sex toy expert Abby Lund, …

BANG! Season 3 Episode 4: Pretty Poly

March 24th, 2019


Ethical non monogamy is nothing new - but an increasing number of people are giving it a go. Research from the US reports that 4-5% of people …

BANG! Bonus Ep: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality

March 19th, 2019


In Sex At Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality, co-authors Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jetha take what they call the "standard …

BANG! Season 3 Episode 3: Let's Stay Together

March 18th, 2019


We all know how it goes - two people meet, they fall in love, they decide to get married and live happily ever after. We've heard different versions of this story so many times, many of us never stop to ask if it's what …

BANG! Season 3 Episode 2: Talk About It

March 10th, 2019


Research shows that putting a name to a feeling helps manage it. In this episode, three BANG! listeners talk about things they've struggled with and the steps they've taken to deal with them, plus father-daughter sex …

BANG! Season 3 Episode 1: All Bi Myself

March 3rd, 2019


Didn't you know? It's 20-bi-teen! What better time to get schooled on the ins and outs of bisexuality. In this ep, a couple from season 2 return to …

Bang Live in Christchurch

February 18th, 2019


Live from the Bread and Circus Festival in Christchurch, Melody Thomas puts your sex and relationship questions to father-daughter sex advice duo Nic and Lena beets, plus Gemma Syme talks about coming out in her …

Coming soon! BANG! Season 3

January 10th, 2019


Hurrah! BANG! returns for Season 3 on Monday March 4th.

Bonus BANG! MeToo, masculinity and domestic violence

July 18th, 2018


A previous episode of BANG! left a few loose ends so Melody Thomas pulls together a panel for a discussion of tricky topics.

BANG! Season 2 Episode 8: The LIVE Show

July 16th, 2018


In this very special episode of BANG! recorded in front of a live audience at The Basement Theatre, Melody Thomas and guests dispense advice, tell personal stories, recite erotic poems and have a few laughs along the …

BANG! Season 2 Episode 7: Speaking Out

July 9th, 2018


We hear three stories from people who have worked through shame or embarrassment towards "really wonderful sunshine" on the other side.

BANG! Season 2 Episode 5: FAQs

June 25th, 2018


How do lesbians have sex? What's it like to be asexual? Or polyamorous? And how can a disability affect your sex life? Melody Thomas seeks answers …

BANG! Season 2 Episode 4: Man O' Man

June 18th, 2018


'Toxic masculinity' is a phrase that gets thrown around a lot these days but a lot of guys seem not to like it... Maybe it's the 'toxic' part? In …

BANG! Season 2 Episode 3: All The Kids Are Going Bi

June 10th, 2018


In this episode, Melody speaks with a couple of people in heterosexual relationships whose attractions are nevertheless far from straightforward.

BANG! Season 2 Episode 2: Any Date With Me's a Blind Date

June 4th, 2018


In this episode, three people in their 30s and 40s talk about dating.

BANG! Season 2 Episode 6: Takātapui

June 2nd, 2018


Scholars and activists Ngahuia Te Awekotuku and Elizabeth Kerekere speak with Melody Thomas about what sex, sexuality and gender looked like in Te Ao …

Bonus Episode: BANG! x On The Rag

May 31st, 2018


Melody Thomas is joined by Alex Casey, Leonie Hayden and Michele A'Court from The Spinoff's On The Rag podcast for a boisterous chat about their "sexual awakenings".

BANG! Season 2 Episode 1: Like A Virgin

May 27th, 2018


Using real stories told by real people, Melody Thomas leads a frank (but often entertaining) exploration of sex, sexuality and relationships. In the …

BANG! Episode 7: Lust for Life

September 11th, 2017


In BANG! episode 7, Melody speaks to couples in their 60s and 70s about the different ways they choose to stay connected, Lesley Maskery discusses …

BANG! Episode 6: Fifty Shades of Grey

September 4th, 2017


In episode 6, Melody faces up to another awkward phone call, we learn about how intimacy is affected by life-threatening illness, visit an "adult …

BANG! Episode 5: Maybe, Baby

August 27th, 2017


In episode 5, we hear from parents about how kids affected their relationships, clinical psychologist and sex therapist Nic Beets highlights some of …

BANG! Episode 4: Love & Marriage

August 20th, 2017


In episode 4, we hear from couples about the ways sex and intimacy has changed over their years together, and Sex Therapy NZ's Helen Mounsey shares tips for couples wishing to stay connected.

BANG! Episode 3: Netflix and Chill

August 13th, 2017


In episode 3 a group of 20-somethings tell us what dating and hooking up looks like for them, plus Eleanor Butterworth on 'ethical sex', Hera Lindsay Bird reads a new poem, and Laura Borrowdale reviews a website …

BANG! Episode 2: Sex and Sensibility

August 6th, 2017


In episode two, we explore how teens deal with sex ed, relationships and the influence of pornography. Plus famous Kiwis travel back in time to deliver sex advice to their teen selves.

BANG! Episode 1: The Birds and The Bees

July 30th, 2017


Melody Thomas leads a frank and often-entertaining exploration into sex, sexuality and relationships - starting at the very beginning with 'The Birds and The Bees'. Featuring everyday kiwis reflecting on their …

Bang! Coming soon!

July 10th, 2017


Featuring real stories from real people about sex, sexuality and relationships, Melody Thomas leads a frank and often-entertaining exploration over 7-parts, into topics too often shrouded in shame and secrecy.

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