The Brian Lehrer Show

Is New York City Handing Out Weak Condoms?

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Mayoral candidate Christine Quinn has questioned the quality of the free condoms handed out by New York City -- she says she's heard complaints that they are weak, and too small for many users (the condoms only come in one size). At last night's Republican debate, John Catsimatidis said that “I think we should buy the strongest condoms that we can get.” Sexual health writer and expert Martha Kempner discusses how condom quality can vary, and fact-checks the candidates claims.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Context and a T.V. Show: Unsafe Sex on "Girls"

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The depiction of unprotected sex on HBO's "Girls" has been criticized for sending the wrong message about how twenty-somethings should think about sex and risk. June Thomas, culture critic for Slate, and a sexual health expert talk about that message and how it compares to real life concerns about sexually transmitted disease and public health.

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