Anna Sale

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American Icons: The Scarlet Letter

Friday, May 16, 2014

Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel about forbidden love among the Puritans captured our admiration for independence — and our craving for scandal. How much has changed in the 150 years since?  

Bonus Track: Tom Perrotta on Nathaniel Hawthorne's influence 

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Bill Withers On Being A Man; Animator Ralph Bakshi; Owen Pallett Plays Live

Thursday, May 15, 2014

In this episode: Anna Sale, the host of WNYC's new podcast Death, Sex & Money, joins Soundcheck to discuss her recent conversation with Grammy Award-winning singer Bill Withers, including Bill's thoughts on the Kardashians, his creative process and more.

Then: Animator Ralph Bakshi famously earned the first “X” rating for his 1971 debut feature, Fritz The Cat. Since then, his raunchy, unlikely takes on race, sex, religion, war, and, of course, rock ’n’ roll have made him a celebrated figure in the world of animation. Bakshi reflects on his career, why he dedicated a whole film to the history of American pop music, and a current retrospective of his work at BAM Cinema.

And: Violinist Owen Pallett started his career recording music under the name Final Fantasy; these days, Pallett releases albums under his own name – and has become a key contributor to the band Arcade Fire. Hear Pallett perform music from his newest album, In Conflict, live in the Soundcheck studio.


Preview: Confessions of a Nashville Power Couple

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

In this preview of next week's episode, musicians Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires get real about what it takes to hold their marriage together on the road. 

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This Senator Saved My Love Life

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

My boyfriend Arthur and I broke up. Then Alan Simpson intervened. And what this expert on the federal deficit taught me about love changed everything.

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Brooklyn Left Me Broke and Tired

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Heidi Reinberg lives six doors down from the mayor, on a Brooklyn block where everyone looks out for each other. Now, after 18 years in her dream apartment, she’s getting priced out. 

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How to Be a Man With Bill Withers

Monday, May 05, 2014

Admit you’re scared. Don’t make excuses. Be interesting. The Grammy-winning songwriter and singer talks candidly about a life lived with intention and the beauty of the perfect rhyme.

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Wealth Gap, Gulp, and Governor Ann Richards

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Anna Sale fills in for Leonard Lopate. On today’s show: Mary Roach joins the Leonard Lopate Show Book Club to talk about her book Gulp! Thomas Piketty talks about crunching 200 years’ worth of economic data to look ahead at how wealth will be distributed in the 21st century. Cecile Richards talks about her late mother, former Texas Governor Ann Richards. James Moll discusses his documentary “Farmland,” about the lives of young farmers and ranchers. And we’ll find out why there isn’t a male contraceptive pill.

Anna Sale Guest Hosts; Selling Guns on Reddit; Isabella Rossellini on "Green Porno"; Muslim in America; Word Maven

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Anna Sale fills in for Leonard Lopate. On today’s show: reporter Mark Follman explains how  the popular online forum Reddit has become a gun marketplace. Isabella Rossellini talks about adapting her Sundance Channel series, “Green Porno,” for the stage. One woman shares her story of growing up as a Muslim in America. Plus, our word maven Patricia T. O’Conner takes your calls and questions about the intricacies of the English language.

What Does West Virginia Have to Do to Get Your Attention?

Monday, January 13, 2014

“Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee.” What a story. I was hooked, and I devoured updates as they trickled out on social media last Thursday.

That's how I noticed a small mention that my hometown in West Virginia had lost its drinking water.

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How You Helped Us Solve a $3 Million Mystery

Monday, December 09, 2013

An investigative commission dangled juicy clues about the identity of a Brooklyn nonprofit it claimed has been steered millions in taxpayer funds by state lawmakers. Now the mystery has been solved - though many questions remain about what taxpayers have gotten for their money.

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Selfie Named Word of the Year by Oxford Dictionaries

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Selfie has been named by Oxford Dictionaries as the 2013 Word of the Year. Though selfies have gotten a bad rap as the crowning achievement of a narcissistic self-absorbed, self-obsessed youth culture, writer Casey Cep says young people today didn't actually invent the selfie—today’s cropped, filtered and instantly shared selfies in fact stem from a long, rich tradition of self-portraiture. Before we dismiss the selfie, she argues we should consider all that it has to offer.

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The Unfinished Work of the Gettysburg Address

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The Gettysburg Address is one of the most famous speeches in our nation's history. But looking back on the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, we must ask if the nation is living up to the ideals set forth by Abraham Lincoln. Are we a union? Or just as troubled and divided as a nation at war? Drew Gilpin Faust, president of Harvard University, historian and author of "This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War," explains what unfinished work remains 150 years after the Gettysburg Address.

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Learning About Life from"Time of Death"

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

"Time of Death" is a new Showtime series that follows eight people as they succumb to terminal diseases, making visible the most painful moments of the dying as they confront the last months, days, and minutes of their lives. But creator and co-executive producer Miggi Hood says each episode is as much about life as it is about death. Hood joins The Takeaway to discuss how the series was conceived.


Bombs Leave Dozens Dead at Embassy in Beirut

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Dozens are reported dead in a double bombing outside the Iranian Embassy in the Lebanese capital of Beirut. Right now it is thought that Iran is being targeted for its support of the Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah. Reports suggest one of the blasts was caused by a suicide bomber and the other by a car bomb. Joining The Takeaway to explain is Anne Barnard, Beirut Bureau Chief for our partner The New York Times.


Senator Angus King Urges Capitol Hill to Come Together

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

On Capitol Hill, Democrats and Republicans are struggling to find common ground over the budget, NSA revelations, and the Affordable Care Act. But Angus King, an Independent Senator from Maine, is trying to heal the breach by taking the middle road in partisan battles. Senator King joins The Takeaway to weigh in on how Congress should come together on the budget battle, NSA revelations, and the Affordable Care Act.

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Midwest Storms Leave Behind Path of Destruction

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

A powerful storm system of tornadoes, heavy winds, and rain tore through 12 states across the Midwest on Sunday, leaving at least eight people dead. Illinois Governor Pat Quinn declared a state of disaster in several counties, and hundreds of thousands are still without power. Rescue workers are now assessing the full damage of the storm, which destroyed hundreds of homes and businesses. Joining us from Peoria Public radio is Alex Rusciano. He gives us an update on the recovery efforts underway.


The Future of Pharmacies & Lethal Injections in Missouri

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The State of Missouri has a controversial new protocol for executions, put in place only last month, and about to be put into practice for the first time this week. It is now illegal for the state to name the manufacturer, supplier, or compounding pharmacy who is selling the execution drug to the state. Political reporter Chris McDaniel has been covering the controversy for St. Louis Public Radio. He joins The Takeaway to discuss the latest developments surrounding the death penalty in Missouri.

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This Week in Politics: But Wait — What Kind of Mayor Will de Blasio Be?

Saturday, November 09, 2013

There was broad consensus among New Yorkers that Bill de Blasio was the best choice on Tuesday's ballot. He got 73 percent of the vote and won among every major demographic group. But now that the election is over, what do we actually know about how he will govern? WNYC Metro Editor Andrea Bernstein and reporters Brigid Bergin and Anna Sale review what we know — and the potential wild cards.


What Elections in New Jersey & Virginia Say About National Politics

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Around the country, voters headed back to the polls yesterday to cast ballots in mayor and gubernatorial contests and to vote on a host of ballot initiatives. Anna Sale, a reporter for WNYC, has been covering races in New York City and neighboring New Jersey. Todd Zwillich, Takeaway Washington Correspondent has been following the Virginia gubernatorial race.


Today In Politics: De Blasio's Big Win Means a Big Mandate

Wednesday, November 06, 2013


Bill de Blasio romped last night, winning the vast majority of election precincts, no matter which racial group was dominant.