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At the SSV Podcast, we have a few simple missions: first, to tell our stories, to each other, and to the world. Second, to help straight spouses heal. We do this by interviewing guests with varying expertise and wisdom to share. And finally, to encourage discussion and insight. We do this by featuring guests with diverse perspectives and experiences relating to mixed orientation relationships.

While it is not our goal to be controversial, we don’t shy away from controversy either. Sometimes we feature guests with unorthodox ideas, or contentious topics that give rise to strong opinions. We believe in letting straights make up their own minds about these guests, topics and ideas. We know some people will appreciate these discussions, and some will not. We know some listeners will object to certain episodes, and other listeners will appreciate those very same episodes.

We have always understood that not every straight spouse will like or be helped by every episode, but we have always hoped that every straight spouse will find help and validation in most episodes, even if there are a few they dislike or disagree with.

Not every straight spouse experience is the same, and therefore not every straight spouse will be helped in the same way or by the same resources. That’s why we strive for a diversity of perspectives and topics.

We make several feedback options available for all listeners: listeners can comment on the original episode posts on our SSN Facebook page, and they can comment directly on the episode on our website. All comments are moderated for respectfulness, but discussion and feedback are welcome. In addition, we have the podcast@straightspouse.org email address for more direct feedback.

Apr 1, 2020

Have you ever been told to just “get over it already?” Today on the show, grief counselor and thanatologist Claudia Coenen talks to us about complex grief (grief that is clouded by ambiguous circumstances and takes longer to resolve) and disenfranchised grief (when our grief is publicly minimized or...


Mar 15, 2020

Today on the show, marriage and sex therapist Dr. Joe Kort discusses whether or not straight men can want gay sex, a controversial position among straight spouses. When a wife discovers her husband’s gay porn, explicit chats with other men, of evidence of infidelity, she rightfully asks if her husband is actually...


Mar 3, 2020

Today on the show, expert and researcher Dr. Amy Baker discusses parental alienation, what it is, what it isn’t, who it affects, and how it affects them. She lists some of the 17 behaviors that taken together constitute parental alienation so we can identify it early. She gives us tips and strategies for parenting...


Feb 15, 2020

In today’s episode, guest Jeannie Burnett talks about realizing her husband of 25 years is asexual. For years Jeannie tried to find answers to her sexless marriage. Sex was “mechanical and cold,” she says. “I tried to fix myself all those years, and nothing worked.” After an emotional breakdown and the...


Feb 1, 2020

Guest Emma Bryn’s childhood was overshadowed by her father’s gender transition. By age 12, she had developed a severe eating disorder to cope. “For me, it was like my father had died,” she says. To acknowledge that loss would cast a negative shadow over her father’s transition, so her grief wasn’t permitted....