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Death, Sex & Money
Death, Sex & Money
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Anna Sale explores the big questions and hard choices that are often left out of polite conversation.

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Episodes

This Senator Saved My Love Life

In this special Valentine’s Day episode, Anna revisits a conversation she had with former Senator Al Simpson and his wife... more

14 Feb 2024 · 30 minutes
Life After Death: News About the Future of Death, Sex & Money!

Hear about the new life for Death, Sex & Money, with new episodes coming soon! In the meantime, subscribe to... more

11 Jan 2024 · 4 minutes
Four Interviews and a Funeral

When we heard that Death, Sex, & Money was coming to an end at WNYC, we decided there was only... more

27 Dec 2023 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
Your Inheritance Stories: When Death, Family and Money Mix

Over the past few months, we’ve been collecting your stories about inheritance, from those who have it and those who... more

20 Dec 2023 · 44 minutes
Meshell Ndegeocello Thinks Authenticity is Unsustainable

Meshell Ndegeocello has been a working musician since she was a teenager. She’s probably best known for her biggest hit... more

13 Dec 2023 · 37 minutes
Productive Discomfort: A Job Training Program for Single Moms That Centers Mental Health

Hannah is 34, has two kids, and lives in Casper, Wyoming, where she was born and raised. Hannah’s been working... more

06 Dec 2023 · 31 minutes
Maria Bamford on the Lucrative Nature of Oversharing

Maria Bamford is a comedian and actress who you may know from her standup specials, her Netflix show Lady Dynamite,... more

29 Nov 2023 · 41 minutes
Underdogs, Training Montages and Buzzer-Beaters: When Sports Movies Got You Through It

With their underdog-against-all-odds-redemption stories and epic training montages, sports movies can be the best source of support when we’re deep... more

22 Nov 2023 · 34 minutes
In Our Marriage, Psychosis Comes and Goes

When Giulia Lukach had her first manic episode, it seemed to come out of nowhere. She was in her late... more

15 Nov 2023 · 35 minutes
Raphael Saadiq: Music Was My Therapy. It Had To Be.

This fall, Tony! Toni! Toné! is on tour for the first time in twenty years. Raphael Saadiq's career took off... more

08 Nov 2023 · 28 minutes
An End of Life Doctor’s Shocking Loss

Dr. Bonnie Chen is no stranger to grief. The majority of her patients are facing a terminal illness and, as... more

01 Nov 2023 · 29 minutes
Married With No Kids and a Ranching Business with No Heirs

Albert and Sue Sommers met, fell in love and got married in their 40s. Albert is a rancher whose family... more

25 Oct 2023 · 38 minutes
Jonathan Goldstein, Heavy Weights, and What We Owe Old Friends

This week, we are very excited to introduce you all to one of our favorite podcasts: Heavyweight, hosted by Jonathan... more

18 Oct 2023 · 49 minutes
Feeling Lost or Stuck? Try Craigslist, says John Wilson.

The filmmaker behind HBO’s How To with John Wilson shares how his hobbies, like checking Craigslist ads obsessively, make him... more

11 Oct 2023 · 25 minutes
A New York City Mover Who Carries More Than Your Boxes

Over the past 20 years, Adonis Williams has moved thousands of people in and out of New York City. With... more

04 Oct 2023 · 32 minutes
Ellen Burstyn at 90 Today

Anna and Ellen Burstyn check in 9 years after they first spoke. Ellen talks about the relationships that make up... more

27 Sep 2023 · 20 minutes
Revisiting Ellen Burstyn at 81

We’re listening back to one of Anna’s favorite episodes, when actor Ellen Burstyn invited us into her apartment for a... more

20 Sep 2023 · 56 minutes
I Did Surrogacy For Money And Now I’m Starting Over

Anna follows up with Sarah Short, the mom who became a surrogate to pay off debt. They discuss her divorce,... more

13 Sep 2023 · 33 minutes
A Headline Stays Static Even As A Life Transforms

Lawrence Bartley was first on the show in 2014 while he was still in prison. In this new episode, he... more

06 Sep 2023 · 35 minutes
Why Ezra Klein Thinks “We're Living Through A Mistake”

The New York Times journalist talks about the difficulties of early parenthood, the lure of communal living, and why he... more

30 Aug 2023 · 43 minutes
A Trans Elder’s ‘Final Act’: Musician Beverly Glenn-Copeland

The 79-year-old musician tells Anna about coming into his gender identity, “being cared for” by his bandmates, and the joys–and... more

23 Aug 2023 · 35 minutes
Secrets, Turn-Ons, and Fantasies: Your Stories About Porn

We revisit our most popular episode, featuring your stories about secret hard drives, fantasy plot lines, illegal downloads, titillating Tumblr... more

09 Aug 2023 · 31 minutes
Bells and Bills: The Price You Paid For Your Wedding

In this episode we asked listeners if they were currently planning a wedding, and if money had become a sticking... more

02 Aug 2023 · 45 minutes
The Crude Reality of Debt from This is Uncomfortable

Kate Beaton was determined to work her way out of debt. But nothing could have prepared her for the experience... more

19 Jul 2023 · 46 minutes
Why Writer Brandon Taylor Likes Being “A Little Bit Lonely”

The author talks about arguing in high school English classes, learning to manage money, and his evolving relationship with the... more

12 Jul 2023 · 32 minutes
I Still Love My Dad, But I Don't Love Guns

Two years after Anna’s first conversation with a listener named Jack, she called him back for an update on his... more

05 Jul 2023 · 44 minutes
Can You Help Your Kid’s Anxiety By Changing Your Behavior?

Kids look to their parents to keep them safe and to show them how much risk they can handle, but... more

28 Jun 2023 · 36 minutes
‘It Just Denies Reality’: Abortion Access and the Law After Dobbs

Mississippi-based reproductive justice activist Laurie Bertram Roberts updates Anna on life after Dobbs. Plus, a story from the podcast More... more

14 Jun 2023 · 38 minutes
Ocean Vuong on Telling Lies, Building Family and Loving the Knicks

The acclaimed poet talks about falling in love with poetry in New York basements, caring for his brother, and mastering... more

07 Jun 2023 · 41 minutes
Hold On: Should I Tell My Boss I’m Depressed?

In the final episode of Hold On, a national call-in show about our mental health, Anna talks to organizational psychologist... more

27 May 2023 · 52 minutes
Hold On: When Shame Keeps You From Therapy

In this episode of Hold On, our live national call-in series about mental health, we asked listeners to call in... more

24 May 2023 · 50 minutes
Hold On: Let’s Talk About Psych Meds

1 in 5 American adults are taking medication to treat their mental health, that’s more than the number of people... more

20 May 2023 · 47 minutes
Hold On: My Diagnosis, My Self

Anna talks to psychology professor and researcher Dr. Craig Rodriguez-Seijas, about his work studying bias in mental health diagnostics, and takes... more

17 May 2023 · 51 minutes
Hold On: How to Support our Teens' Mental Health

Anna takes calls from teenagers, and people who love teenagers, about adolescent mental health, along with psychologist Dr. Lisa Damour. Find... more

13 May 2023 · 49 minutes
Hold On: How Therapists See the Mental Health Crisis

Anna takes calls from mental health professionals along with psychiatrist Dr. Kali Cyrus, and you offer your tips for accessing... more

10 May 2023 · 54 minutes
Leaving the Extreme Right, and a Marriage, Behind

Anna and Micah Loewinger, correspondent for On the Media, travel to Montana to talk to Tasha Adams about her decades-long marriage with Stewart... more

03 May 2023 · 56 minutes
The Voice of NYC's Subways Comes Out as Trans

Voiceover artist and journalist Bernie Wagenblast shares her journey to coming out as a trans woman. Listen to our episode with... more

26 Apr 2023 · 41 minutes
John Green on OCD, Writing, and Loving Middle-Age

The writer talks about longing to fall in love, his life with mental illness, and why  adulthood is underrated.  This episode... more

12 Apr 2023 · 31 minutes
The Movies That Taught Us What Sex Could Be

Your stories about the beloved – and complicated – movies you saw that taught you about sex. Did you know we... more

05 Apr 2023 · 31 minutes
Alice Wong On Medicaid, Rage, and “Good Care”

Anna first talked with disability rights activist Alice Wong in 2020 about self-advocacy, as well as how she manages money,... more

29 Mar 2023 · 49 minutes
Kate Bowler on Shame, Productivity, and Living with Chronic Pain

The professor and Everything Happens podcast host talks about growing up in a Mennonite community, living with chronic pain, and... more

22 Mar 2023 · 43 minutes
How to Face Your Fears With Steve-O, Laurel Braitman, and Rev. angel

We asked you to tell us about the fears in your life that are holding you back. In this episode,... more

15 Mar 2023 · 57 minutes
A Trans Parent’s Adoption Journey

Anna first talked with Liam and Marisa about their love story back in 2014. Nine years later, we hear about... more

08 Mar 2023 · 44 minutes
My Sex Life Became A Screenshot. Then I Lost My Job.

Erick Adame was a TV weatherman. Then someone sent pictures to his employer, his mother, and his boyfriend of him... more

01 Mar 2023 · 46 minutes
How to Say Goodbye to Your Pets

Your stories of loving—and losing—your beloved animal companions. Plus, an end-of-life veterinarian offers advice on knowing when to say goodbye. Some... more

22 Feb 2023 · 34 minutes
Your One Night Stand Stories, Revisited

Today, we're celebrating the very short-term romance: the one night stand. Those moments in life when someone appeared in a... more

15 Feb 2023 · 21 minutes
Gabrielle Union Completes Herself

The actor talks about having agency over her body, her relationships and her career, even as she lives with the... more

08 Feb 2023 · 39 minutes
Margo Price After Cheating and Drinking

The country musician talks candidly about loss—of a generational family farm and the death of her newborn—and coping with infidelity... more

01 Feb 2023 · 38 minutes
Your Estrangement Calls Answered Live

This week, we bring our estrangement series to an end with a live call-in show co-hosted by Anna Sale and WNYC’s Kai... more

25 Jan 2023 · 41 minutes
From Fan to Friend: The Unlikely Friendship Between Pico Iyer and Leonard Cohen

Pico Iyer, author of "The Half-Known Life," reflects on deliberately walking away from his dream job, his decades-long friendship with... more

18 Jan 2023 · 36 minutes
Why the Creators of "Everything Everywhere All At Once" Treat Their Partnership Like a Marriage

Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, known as Daniels, on their friendship, learning to play to their strengths, and making their... more

11 Jan 2023 · 41 minutes
Jenny Slate and Dean Fleischer-Camp Talk About Their Divorce, Anxiety, and Slowing Down

The co-creators of Marcel the Shell with Shoes On talk about collaborating while getting divorced, navigating grief, and finding joy... more

04 Jan 2023 · 38 minutes
Trevor Noah Talks Depression, Radical Honesty, and Braiding Hair

The former host of The Daily Show sometimes struggles to get out of bed. But he's comfortable saying that with... more

28 Dec 2022 · 27 minutes
Radiolab’s Lulu Miller Steals All Her Best Ideas From Her Kids

Anna talks with Terrestrials host and creator Lulu Miller about becoming a parent and being inspired by her kids’ curiosities. Plus,... more

21 Dec 2022 · 21 minutes
Estrangement’s Alternate Endings

In our last episode, we look at how estrangement changes shape over the course of a life: how it can... more

14 Dec 2022 · 38 minutes
Then I Blocked Them: How Estrangement Became Official

When we first asked for your stories on estrangement, we wondered if it was like a slow pulling away, or... more

07 Dec 2022 · 47 minutes
Estrangement Purgatory

Brian is on the fence. On the one hand, he no longer believes in the religion he was raised in,... more

30 Nov 2022 · 31 minutes
Fran Lebowitz’s Guide to Life (And Parties)

The writer shares her thoughts on talent versus luck, her vendetta against hiking, and how she’s made and kept friendships... more

23 Nov 2022 · 37 minutes
Estrangement: We Were Close, Now I Don’t Know You

In Death, Sex & Money’s new three-part series about estrangement, we talk to listeners about cutting family ties, leaving religion,... more

21 Nov 2022 · 1 minute
Race and Friendship After 2020: An Update

“Some conversations I’m just not willing to engage in anymore.” Check out Matt’s photo series of other Korean adoptees, Where are... more

16 Nov 2022 · 36 minutes
Between Friends: Stories About Race and Friendship

"Friendship is our only social relationship that is purely voluntary. Someone can just walk away at any time."  Today, we're sharing... more

09 Nov 2022 · 50 minutes
An Update from the Sex Worker Next Door

Emma was a single mom and supported her family with the income she made from sex work. The money was... more

02 Nov 2022 · 47 minutes
Sandra Cisneros on Sex, Aging, and the Paranormal

Sandra Cisneros has picked “some real doozies” as lovers. But at 67, she says she’d rather write a new book... more

26 Oct 2022 · 38 minutes
Singing in the Pain: Hrishikesh Hirway on his Mother, Grief and Creativity

Musician and “Song Exploder” host, Hrishikesh Hirway, remembers his mother, Kanta, who died in 2020, and the music that’s helped... more

19 Oct 2022 · 37 minutes
Conversations with My Dead Mother

Rachel Matlow’s mother refused to get the surgery that could have saved her. That often left her and Rachel trying... more

12 Oct 2022 · 38 minutes
I Wanted To Be A 'Good Girl'

Andrea grew up attending an evangelical church in Texas, where she was taught to abstain from sex until marriage and... more

05 Oct 2022 · 27 minutes
India Walton: I Knew It Was Gonna Be Tough, But I Didn't Expect it to Get Nasty

In 2021, India Walton won, then lost, the Buffalo mayor’s race. She continues to work and grieve in her city.  Did... more

28 Sep 2022 · 49 minutes
Inside John Waters' Home (But Not Inside His Colon)

The delightful and rebellious writer-director welcomes us into his apartment to talk about money, family, friendships, and colonoscopies.  Did you know... more

21 Sep 2022 · 36 minutes
How Clothes Help Us Find Our People and Ourselves

Your stories about how your personal style has changed in the last few years, and the impact on not only what... more

14 Sep 2022 · 35 minutes
Lucinda Williams Says Whatever the Hell She Wants

In her sixties, musician Lucinda Williams is more successful than ever. But with age has come a lot of loss. Did you... more

07 Sep 2022 · 30 minutes
Big Freedia Bounces Back

Big Freedia is a reality TV star and fixture on New Orleans' bounce scene. But days after Hurricane Katrina, she was sleeping on the street outside of the city's convention center. This episode... more

31 Aug 2022 · 30 minutes
Finding Meaning After My Husband's Public Death

In 2018, David Buckel died by self-immolation to protest climate change. His husband Terry talks about respecting David's message while grieving him, and... more

24 Aug 2022 · 39 minutes
Knock Knock, Who's There? Bob the Drag Queen

The stand-up comedian and drag star tells me about growing up around her mom’s queer club, bringing drag to small... more

17 Aug 2022 · 34 minutes
What's Going On With Student Loans?

We took some of your burning student loan questions to our favorite expert on the topic, Betsy Mayotte, president of The... more

10 Aug 2022 · 43 minutes
"This Isn't Just About Abortion": What the End of Roe Means to You

Your reactions to the end of Roe, plus, a conversation with Mississippi-based reproductive justice activist Laurie Bertram Roberts about how their work... more

03 Aug 2022 · 41 minutes
Bottled Up: Your Stories About Alcohol

We asked you about your relationships with alcohol—why you drink, or don't, the strategies you use to manage your consumption, and what alcohol... more

27 Jul 2022 · 45 minutes
The Highs and Lows of Being a Starbucks Union Organizer

The Starbucks union is having a moment. We talked to three workers in three different states about the victories and... more

20 Jul 2022 · 33 minutes
“No Call Goes Unanswered”: A Lifeline in Wyoming

As the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline becomes a 3-digit number, 988, I visit a call center in Wyoming, which had the highest suicide... more

13 Jul 2022 · 34 minutes
The Very Hot Marriage of Niecy Nash and Jessica Betts

Actress Niecy Nash and her wife, R&B singer-songwriter Jessica Betts, tell me about falling in love, learning to live together... more

29 Jun 2022 · 41 minutes
Cut Loose: Your Stories of Breaking Up

We asked for your stories about breakups. You told us about being left, doing the leaving, and the times when you're... more

22 Jun 2022 · 45 minutes
'I'm Done Kissing Your Butt': From Manager to Labor Activist

When Mary Gundel spoke out about working conditions at Dollar General, she lost her job. She also gained TikTok celebrity,... more

15 Jun 2022 · 38 minutes
How Harvey Fierstein's Bad Sex Led to Good Art

The acclaimed actor and playwright tells me about coming of age during the gay rights movement, why a rubber band... more

08 Jun 2022 · 31 minutes
What Our Teachers Are Carrying

Teachers across the country share their feelings about their profession, burnout, and how they're holding up at the end of another difficult pandemic... more

25 May 2022 · 35 minutes
Maria Hinojosa on Partying, Partnership, and Her New Pulitzer

In honor of her Pulitzer Prize in Audio Reporting, I revisit my conversation with journalist Maria Hinojosa about building up her... more

18 May 2022 · 32 minutes
How Much Climate Anxiety Helps?

I take a walk with Britt Wray who studies the mental health effects of climate change, and we talk about... more

11 May 2022 · 37 minutes
"There’s Never a Perfect Time to Say, 'I’m Blind'"

I talk with a listener named Fey about her deteriorating vision, how and when to disclose her disability, and she... more

04 May 2022 · 37 minutes
Anna Sale Introduces Dead End: A New Jersey Political Murder Mystery

Anna talks with her WNYC colleague Nancy Solomon about her new podcast, Dead End: A New Jersey Political Murder Mystery. New Jersey... more

29 Apr 2022 · 5 minutes
Siblinghood

After hearing from more than 200 listeners about their siblings, it's clear that the people we spend our childhoods with aren't the easiest... more

27 Apr 2022 · 44 minutes
Hard: Softening Expectations

"Sex is a much more copacetic and enjoyable experience when it is about the experience rather than results." This is the... more

13 Apr 2022 · 36 minutes
Hard: Little Pill, Big Pharma

How Welsh coal miners and a pants-dropping presentation eventually led to the invention of Viagra.  If you missed the first episode in our... more

06 Apr 2022 · 36 minutes
Hard: Erectile Disappointment

In the first episode of a three part series, we focus in on people’s intimate lives and relationships that have... more

30 Mar 2022 · 34 minutes
Why Lynn Nottage Cashed Out Her 401(k)

The acclaimed playwright tells me why she left theater for a few years, and how quitting her day job and making an investment in herself helped... more

16 Mar 2022 · 36 minutes
Affairs, Throuples, and Big Monogamy: Your Relationship Questions Answered

Struggling to make a decision about your relationship? Panelists Heather Havrilesky, George Civeris and Tuck Woodstock take on your questions about... more

09 Mar 2022 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
Inheriting Divorce

I talk with producer Ian Coss about the many divorces in his family, and how learning about them inspired his... more

23 Feb 2022 · 35 minutes
Where is Lisa Fischer's Backup?

You've heard Lisa Fischer singing backup vocals for everyone from the Rolling Stones to Beyoncé. But after decades of touring... more

16 Feb 2022 · 32 minutes
This Elvis Impersonator Does It For Love… And Money

Elvis impersonator Brendan Paul marries as many as 75 people a day in the Las Vegas wedding chapel he owns.... more

09 Feb 2022 · 33 minutes
André De Shields On Living With His Shadow

André De Shields shares his wisdom from 50 years on the stage, and 76 years on this earth. You can find... more

26 Jan 2022 · 39 minutes
Downsizing After Divorce

Jaimie Seaton got used to a lavish upper class lifestyle while married to her banker husband and living overseas. Then... more

19 Jan 2022 · 31 minutes
A New Year's Pep Talk From Robin Arzón

The author and popular Peloton instructor tells me about running through trauma, changing careers, and how motherhood has changed how... more

12 Jan 2022 · 36 minutes
Why I Steal

"I want it, so I take it." A serial shoplifter explains why she steals, and how—and we hear about what's happened... more

29 Dec 2021 · 38 minutes
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"I want it, so I take it." A serial shoplifter explains why she steals, and how—and we hear about what's happened in her... more