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 This American Life, Fresh Air, All Things Considered, Morning Edition, 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:

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. 


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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The Institutionals

Saturday, June 06, 2015

Death, Sex & Money's Anna Sale was joined by a group of podcast hosts who've found success with the backing of established brands.

2 Couples, 1 Poet, a Rock Band and a Dog

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

We gathered two married couples, one Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, a dog, a rock band, and a turquoise couch onstage for our first ever live show. Hear what went down. 

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Reasons Women Cheat

Thursday, May 28, 2015

After a recent New York Times article offered a genetic explanation for cheating, we heard from women about the actual experience of cheating, why they did it, and how it made them feel.

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Robert Earl Keen Quit Nashville and Stayed Married

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

After a dozen albums, Texas country musician Robert Earl Keen doesn't chase sex or booze like a younger rock star, but he does pay his band salaries with retirement benefits.

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Brooklyn Left Me Broke, But I Came Back

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Heidi Reinberg left New York after thirty years because she was priced out of her Brooklyn apartment. A year later, she's back in her old neighborhood, with a 25 year-old roommate.

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W. Kamau Bell Wonders How Much Is Enough

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

After his television show Totally Biased was cancelled, comedian W. Kamau Bell is balancing the work of rebuilding his career, earning enough money and being a dependable family man.  

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