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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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Mark Duplass on Making Money, Mental Health and Midlife

Mark Duplass’s first big dream came true when he was 28: a movie he wrote and directed with his brother,... more

18 Jun 2024 · 53 minutes
My Shy Bladder

Christopher Zara didn’t finish high school, and can sometimes feel like an outsider working in a field where it’s more... more

11 Jun 2024 · 44 minutes
I Was Afraid of Losing Myself to Motherhood. I Found Myself Instead.

Elissa Strauss always knew she wanted to be a mother, but she also knew she didn’t want motherhood to take... more

04 Jun 2024 · 47 minutes
Why You’re Not Having Sex

The dating app Bumble recently declared in advertisements that “a vow of celibacy is not the answer.” The ad campaign,... more

28 May 2024 · 36 minutes
After the Interview, Our Guest Had Some Questions

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24 May 2024 · 3 minutes
The Night Magic Mushrooms and Jam Bands Helped Me Walk Again

Before going on a kite-skiing trip to the Chilean mountains, Jim Harris and his longtime girlfriend broke up. She wanted... more

21 May 2024 · 48 minutes
My Eating Disorder Turned Into an Obsession With Money

Vivian’s eating disorder started in college. She meticulously tracked calories and the number on the scale. Once she graduated she... more

14 May 2024 · 44 minutes
Tom' Felt So Alone Not Being Able To Drive. We Made An Introduction.

We first heard from a listener we’re calling Tom in an episode about life transitions. He told us he had... more

10 May 2024 · 4 minutes
Filling the Health Care Gap (and Filling Lips!) in Appalachia

Nurse practitioners Teresa Owens Tyson and Paula Hill-Collins have saved countless lives in rural Appalachia. They operate a mobile clinic... more

07 May 2024 · 42 minutes
You’re at a Crossroads. We’re Here to Help.

To make this episode we asked you, our listeners, if you had any questions about a big life transition you... more

30 Apr 2024 · 1 hour, 13 minutes
A Tarot Reader Explains Why Intuition is So Tricky

Earlier this year, when the future of Death, Sex & Money was up in the air, Anna Sale consulted Rebecca... more

23 Apr 2024 · 42 minutes
A Sociopath's Guide to Death, Sex, and Money

Patric Gagne says being a sociopath is like having an emotional learning disability. In this episode, she talks about the... more

16 Apr 2024 · 47 minutes
From Indie Rockers to Full-Time Caregivers

When musician Johnny Solomon hit rock bottom, he turned to his mom for help. Then, as his mother’s health declined,... more

09 Apr 2024 · 35 minutes
I Was In Debt. Then My Sister Offered Me $16,000.

In 2021, we talked to a listener that we’re calling Tessa, who found themselves in $19,000 worth of credit card... more

02 Apr 2024 · 46 minutes
The Very Hot Marriage of Niecy Nash and Jessica Betts

This week, we’re revisiting our conversation with (now Emmy-winning) actor Niecy Nash and her wife, singer-songwriter Jessica Betts. They discuss... more

26 Mar 2024 · 40 minutes
A Former Pro Climber On Enduring Chronic Illness

This week, we get an update from Mason Earle, a former professional rock climber who we spoke to back in... more

19 Mar 2024 · 1 hour,
Who’s Driving Your Uber?

This week, we’re revisiting an episode about the transitional lives of Uber drivers. Anna and then-producer Katie Bishop hitched multiple... more

12 Mar 2024 · 32 minutes
Four Interviews and a Revival

To mark the return of Death, Sex & Money, we’re presenting a live celebration of new beginnings, featuring interviews with... more

05 Mar 2024 · 1 hour, 12 minutes
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
Death, Sex & Money
A Trans Parent’s Adoption Journey
Death, Sex & Money

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