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Podcast Extra: A Brief History of Polyamory in America

Benjamin Bombard

Polyamory is having a bit of a moment right now. We wanted to learn more about the history of having more than one romantic partner.

The scholar Christopher Gleason told us that something like 4% or 5% of Americans are giving polyamory a try. But the practice isn’t new, and its recent history may be surprising. He says polyamory in this country is a product of sexual dissent. Christopher Gleason’s new book is called “American Poly,” and he joined us to talk about it.


Christopher Gleason. He lectures on American history at Georgia State University. His book is called “American Poly: A History” [Oxford University Press | Amazon].

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