Anna Sale

Anna Sale is the host and managing editor of Death, Sex & MoneyWNYC’s interview show about the big questions and hard choices that are often left out of polite conversation. In its first year, Death, Sex & Money topped a Buzzfeed list of “New Podcasts That Will Make You a Better Human,” iTunes named the show one of the best new podcasts of 2014, and Fast Company dubbed Anna  “the Queen of the Awkward Pause.”

Before developing Death, Sex & Money, Anna covered politics for years, including the 2013 New York City mayoral race, the 2012 presidential campaign, and the statehouse beat in Connecticut and West Virginia. She has contributed to Fresh Air with Terry Gross, This American Life, NPR News, Marketplace, Studio 360, PBS Newshour, and Slate. 

A West Virginia native, Anna graduated from Stanford University with a degree in history. She's on twitter @annasale.


Anna Sale appears in the following:

Holland Taylor Steps Off Her Island

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Actress Holland Taylor built a reputation by playing self-assured characters who keep others at a distance. But in her personal life, she says she's ready to take a chance on love. 


Why You're Not Having Sex

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

We asked you why you're not having sex—right now, or ever. These are your stories. 

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Kevin Powell Doesn't Fight Anymore

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

In this episode taped before a live audience in New York, writer and original Real World cast member Kevin Powell talks about confronting the anger and violent impulses in his past. 

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All in the Family of Norman Lear

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

The 93-year-old writer and producer behind shows like The Jeffersons and All in the Family talks about his childhood and how it shaped the way he's raised his own six kids.


The Power of Yesi Ortiz

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

On the air, Yesi Ortiz is a warm, flirty host for a popular L.A. hip hop station. Off the air, she's a single mother of six adopted kids. Managing both roles is a more than a challenge.

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An Astronaut’s Husband, Left Behind

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Dr. Jonathan Clark lost his wife, astronaut Laurel Clark, in the 2003 Columbia space shuttle explosion. As he grieved, he also learned how to be a single parent to their son. 

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The Sex Worker Next Door

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Emma's a single mom and supports her family with the income she makes from sex work. The money's good. But she struggles with the secrecy, and the shame.

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From Chaos to Sesame Street

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

For 44 years, Sonia Manzano explained letters, numbers, and life to kids on Sesame Street. Her own childhood left her with a lot of questions that lingered into adulthood.

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Five Stories, Ten Years After Katrina

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Ten years after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, Anna Sale of WNYC's Death, Sex & Money speaks to five people who were there during the storm and have returned to rebuild.

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In New Orleans: How to Get Elected Coroner

Friday, August 21, 2015

Dr. Jeffrey Rouse is the Orleans Parish coroner—a job he describes as the “interface between law and medicine.” A decade ago, he was preparing for a life in academia, not public office. 

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In New Orleans: A Doctor's Adopted Home

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Dr. Kiersta Kurtz-Burke spent Hurricane Katrina inside New Orleans’ Charity Hospital. Now that she's got two kids, she keeps her gas tank full in case they need to evacuate.

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In New Orleans: Big Freedia Bounces Back

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

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

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In New Orleans: Becoming the Demo Diva

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Simone Bruni started her career in hospitality, and dreamed of eventually being a stay-at-home mom. But when Katrina hit, she was 32 and single. So she started a demolition company. 

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In New Orleans: From Raising Hell to Raising Kids

Monday, August 17, 2015

When Katrina hit, Terri Coleman was a troublemaker—burning cars and getting stoned. She recalls, “The storm allow[ed] my weird adolescent destruction to be socially acceptable.”

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Life as a Wife

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Cindy Chupack came into her second marriage with a house on the beach and an Emmy. Her husband came in with a lot of debt. Getting comfortable with that wasn't easy.

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Joy Williams' Public Breakup and Private Grief

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

As her Grammy-winning duo The Civil Wars was falling apart, Joy Williams was privately dealing with a rocky patch in her marriage, a new baby and her father's cancer diagnosis.

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A Funeral Director's Life After Burnout

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

We check in with Caleb Wilde, the sixth-generation Pennsylvania funeral director who told me about his struggle with depression last year. 

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Wednesday, July 01, 2015

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 ones to act like adults toward.

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A Dirty Cop Comes Clean

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Ken Eurell became a cop for the steady paycheck. Then, he figured out how to make money by stealing from crime scenes, taking payoffs from drug dealers, and selling cocaine. 

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So You Wanna Host a Podcast, Part 1

Saturday, June 06, 2015

Here's what you do: First, get a job. Then, pitch a show. Finally, prepare to work overtime.