marching to the beat of her own drum


Radical Rhythm Podcast

with host, Dr. Toni Bear


We take a deep dive into the spirit, beauty and magic of women’s sexuality. Join Dr. Toni Bear and her guests as they tell stories of intrigue, heartbreak and possibility. A program for those of us that desire and do march to the beat of our own drum!



Episode 1:

Marching to the Beat of A Different Drum

Welcome to the Radical Rhythm Podcast! Vi Johnson is Dr. Toni Bear's guest and they talk about the podcast, women's sexuality, and the Carter-Johnson Leather Library and Collection in Evansville, Indiana. 

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Episode 2:

Women's Sexual Fantasies

What is your secret fantasy? Do you feel like you are odd or should be embarrassed?  A discussion of the top ten sexual fantasies that women report having. Why do some women experiment and others keep their thoughts exclusively in their heads? 

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Episode 3:


Episode 3 takes a look at the connection between 19th century French writers and composers with the ancient Greek Goddess. Toni interviews Vi Johnson once again. Tune in and share in the lessons we gleaned from the book.

Sunday, March 7, 2021

Episode 4:

Where in the World are the Feminists? 

Is feminism a radical idea in the 21st century? In response to a 2019 survey of more than 1,000 American women finding that only 29% of respondents identified as feminists, while another 69% did not, Dr. Toni Bear interviewed 30 feminists in the US & UK to find out why there are so few feminists today!

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Episode 5:

Changeling: Life Lessons from Susan Calvin

Interview with Susan Calvin about her new book, Changeling: The Unremarkable Story of My Remarkable Life, highlighting her transition from male to female in the 1980's. After watching an episode of Phil Donahue, Susan acquired the language and a pathway to live her life, as she always knew was her authentic self.

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Episode 6:

Lillian Harman: A Story of Free Love

This podcast is about the radical thinking and unconventional life of Lillian Harman. A series of personal letters are included in the Carter-Johnson Leather Library and Collection. Vi hopes to find the women, gender, and sexuality scholar who will share the contents of those letters with the world. 


Thursday, April 22, 2021

Episode 7:

Sacred Sexuality & the Story of the Snake

Toni gets personal this week and tells her story of sacred sexuality and transformation. Ironically, the story centers around her fear of snakes. Toni rarely shares her shamanistic training and energy work, but after receiving the gift of a cobra, it is time to share this story with her audience.

Friday, April 30, 2021

Episode 8:

Discovering a BIG Pressence & Voice in Swell City

Interview with Laarni Mulvey, "The Power Lady"! Laarni, power lifter & strength coach, encourages and leads women to honor themselves and build a powerful legacy for future generations. Her message is to champion women to let them know they are stronger than they think they are. 

Sunday, May 30, 2021

Episode 9:

Changing Lives and Promoting World Peace through Music

From Philadelphia to Umbria, Italy, rock n roll club owner, Karen Saillant, is changing lives, and her love of music has rippled into a worldwide peace movement. Karen & Toni discuss both sexism & agism in the music industry as well as Karen's world peace initiatives.


Thursday, June 10, 2021

Episode 10:

The Scandalous and Radical Life of the New Jersey Baroness, Monique Van Cleef


Episode 10 looks at a story that exploded across America—virtually nobody had ever imagined a bdsm lifestyle existed in the U.S. The house on Lake Street was given several nicknames by the media, but “House of Pain” is the one that stuck. 

Monday, June 21, 2021

Episode 11:

Hanky Panky: How One Hanky Changed My Life


Toni gets personal this week and tells her story of using the hanky code to find the love of her life. She also shares the history of the hanky code and the evolution of the color code. Check out this week's episode from Dr. Toni Bear, a woman who marches to the beat of a different drum!

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Episode 12:

Sex Transmutation: Tapping into Ancient Wisdom


Episode 12 features Dr. Toni's interview with Melanie McCool about sex transmutation, ancient wisdom, wealth, language, and dance. Melanie is a hypnotherapist specializing in working with entrepreneurs and changing lives! 


Saturday, July 10, 2021

Episode 13:

You are the Cake: the Delicious Intersection of Food & Sex


Toni interviews radical woman, Chef LeLe. Based out of Las Vegas, Chef Lele is known as the “praline queen,” “cake queen”, “cupcake queen” and shares her deep insights and wisdom of being a business owner in the chef industry, culinary arts educator with how-to tips for baking the world’s most beautiful cakes in this podcast.

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Episode 14:

The Four Cornerstones of the Modern Women's Leather Movement


Dr. Toni Bear interviews Vi Johnson, Founder and Senior Griot at the Carter-Johnson Leather Library and Collection, about her experiences with Jo Arnone, Gail Ruben, Pat Califia, and Dorothy Allison- the four cornerstones of the modern women's leather movement. 


Sunday, August 1, 2021

Episode 15:

Anti-AntiAging: Respecting and Celebrating the Elder Women in Our Lives


Episode 15 features Dr. Toni's interview with Barbie Liss about sex women's attitudes toward aging and beauty. Barbie works with women to heal shame and shift perspectives around aging, so we can reclaim the Voice, Value and Power of our Elders.


Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Episode 16: Soul Encounters: Moving Past Structural Barriers and Being in the Flow of Consciousness 


Toni interviews radical woman, Claudia Brall, about being in our own state of consciousness. Toni asks Claudia what being in flow means.  Claudia shares her own life story, societal expectations for women, and choosing a life path not highly accepted by many. 

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Episode 17:

Kinky Books: Vi Johnson Shares Some of Her Favorites


In today’s podcast, Vi Johnson, Director of the Carter Johnson Leather Library and Collection, shares some of her favorite kinky books! Dr. Toni Bear interviews Vi Johnson interviewed Vi at the Library in Evansville, Indiana.  


Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Episode 18:

Restorative Justice and Sexual Healing: An Interview with Marlee Liss


Marlee Liss describes what may be one of Canada’s first sexual assault cases to offer restorative justice instead of adjudication by the courts. She hopes speaking out will pave the way for others to consider restorative justice as one option for the process of healing from sexual trauma.

Friday, September 10, 2021

Episode 19:

Marlee Liss on Sexual Healing, Vibrancy, and Queerness 


Episode 19 is Part II of an ongoing interview with Marlee Liss. In Episode 18, Marlee described the restorative justice process used in her healing process from sexual assault. In this episode, Dr. Toni follows up with an interview centering on sexual identity and activism.  

Saturday, August 21, 2021

Episode 20:

The Good Fruit: A Discussion about Religion, Queerness, and Sex


Dr. Toni interviews Charlie, a graduate of theological school living in rural Texas, about her coming out experience. Charlie is co-host of the Don’t Mind The Mess Podcast. With friend Vivian, they engage with books and talk about faith, growth, and womanhood!  

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Episode 21:

Creating A Pleasure Dome: A Place for Authenticity, Freedom, and Empowerment


Dr. Toni ponders the magical city of Xanadu and the creation of a Pleasure Dome. Toni returns from a weekend celebration of kinky women to share with us the lessons learned about sexual freedom, authenticity, and empowerment. Would this be a women's Xanadu?

Saturday, November 13, 2021

Episode 22:

1970s New York City Kink Scene: Vi Johnson's Coming Out 


Dr. Toni interviews Vi Johnson about her coming out experience in 1970s New York City. Vi talks about finding other people in New York City like her partner Jill, and herself. Dr. Toni learns about the clubs, dungeons, and hot spots for kinky fun in New York City during the 1970s.   

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Episode 23:

Part II New York Kink Scene: Vi Johnson's Coming Out


The second part of Dr. Toni's Vi Johnson interview continues about her coming out experience in 1970s New York City. In this segment, Vi talks about the influence of gay men's Leather culture on the heterosexual scene and the AIDS epidemic.  

Saturday, December 18, 2021

Season Two!

Episode 24:

New Beginnings: Let's Start Season Two!


A unique episode with three call-in listeners sharing their favorite Season One Episodes followed by a brief introduction to Season Two!


Wednesday, February 9, 2022

"Where would you like a magic bridge to take you? To the past, or to a new,and vibrant future?"

-Toni Bear





More to Come