The podcast series was titled by Guy Clark , co-created by the trio Hasler, Barber and Clark . While Clark and Hasler attended Woodstock High School together, they had not been in contact for years until they reconnected at her birthday party last year. Clark asked her to host the show shortly afterwards. Barber didn't meet them until after responding to an ad on Craigslist last year.
The show features tongue-in-cheek humor while providing basics on sex topics such as masturbation, homosexuality and dating older men. They work on a very low budget. Episodes are filmed at Hasler's home in Waukesha, Wisconsin and Clark's mother's house in Woodstock, Illinois, although recent episodes have also been shot at Resolution Digital Studios in Chicago.
The episodes, written by the trio, range from three to five minutes long with occasional guest stars. Hasler usually performs as the sarcastic host or interviewer, while Barber plays various comedic parts, often interacting with herself as the other character. Clark has also appeared in small parts in various episodes.
The theme song is by Gordon Tebo (who also went to high school with Clark and Hasler) and Britney Barber holds the Midwest Teen Sex Show sign in the farm field.
Since June 6, 2007, there have been seventeen episodes. The show does not have a regular release schedule.
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"Fetishes" is the first episode to have a sponsor (Koldcast)
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In November 2007, more than 50,000 people were subscribing to the podcast through iTunes. By January 2008, that number was up to 60,000. By February, it was 70,000. Clark has stated the show averages 125,000 viewers an episode.
The show has had its share of controversy, particularly among sex-education teachers and therapists. While some praise it for tapping a hard-to-reach audience, others worry it's too racy for younger teens, and still others say the podcast focuses too much on humor and not enough on the facts kids need.
In "The Older Boyfriend" episode, when Hasler says, "If you're in junior high and you're dating someone who's out of high school, he's a pedophile. And pedophilia's a disease. Would you date someone with cancer? No." The sarcastic remark (which was meant to be taken as a joke) drew a large amount of angry responses on the program's Web site as well as emails. When the 'Morning Show' episode re-aired in January, complaints about the remark flared up again. More controversy came when they started selling a satirical t-shirt that stated "Homosexuality is a choice, like cancer." Reaction was so heated and split that the creators decided to discontinue the shirt after only a week.
The show's Web site has a disclaimer that "all advice given is simply opinion and should not be taken as fact."