Anna Sale

Anna Sale is the creator and host of Death, Sex & Money, the podcast from WNYC Studios about “the things we think about a lot and need to talk about more.” After debuting at the top of the iTunes chart in 2014, Death, Sex & Money was named the #1 podcast of the year by New York Magazine in 2015. Anna won a Gracie for best podcast host in 2016 and the show won a 2018 Webby for best interview show.

Before launching Death, Sex & Money, Anna covered politics for nearly a decade. She has contributed to Fresh Air with Terry Gross and This American Life and is the author of the forthcoming book Go There: The Art of Talking about Hard Things (Simon and Schuster). She grew up in West Virginia and now lives in Berkeley with her husband and two daughters.


Anna Sale appears in the following:

Inside Planned Parenthood

Wednesday, January 08, 2020

What happens inside Planned Parenthood has long been at the center of a raging political debate in the U.S. But we don't often hear from the patients who rely on their clinics for care.


Saeed Jones's New Year's Determinations

Wednesday, January 01, 2020

The writer reads an essay about his mom, and explains why she always made New Year's "determinations" instead of "resolutions."


Death, Sex & Money's 2019 Year End Spectacular

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

The team reflects together on the best Death, Sex & Money moments of 2019—things you heard on the show, and things you didn't.


Liz Phair's Rebellious Streak Works For Her

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

The musician on her "run and gun" days in the early '90s, and the two affairs that shaped her adult life.


The Children Of Heart Mountain

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

At an annual pilgrimage back to a former Japanese American incarceration site, we hear from people reliving complicated childhood memories and descendants looking for answers.


Cheating Happens

Wednesday, December 04, 2019

There's the cliche: someone cheats, crockery is thrown, lawyers are called. But your stories about cheating are much more varied, with some unpredictable conclusions. 


Anne Lamott: Death Sucks, And It's Holy

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

"Your life will be greatly enhanced by spending time with dying people," Anne Lamott says. "Death is not the enemy. Snakes are." 


Hasan Minhaj's Honest Mistakes

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Hasan Minhaj was drawn to comedy because of its "radical honesty." But that hasn't always translated well to his personal life.


Who's Driving Your Uber?

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Domestic violence. The ripples of the financial crisis. A new immigrant's dashed hopes. This is what we heard about two years ago after we asked, "Why'd you start driving for Uber?"


A Former Debt Collector's Unpaid Bills

Wednesday, November 06, 2019

Angela worked in the collections industry for 15 years. Now, she's banned from the industry for life⁠—and is getting collection calls after falling behind on her own bills. 


When Breast Cancer Pauses Life At 35

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

After a breast cancer diagnosis at 35, author Kate Pickert reflects on maintaining normalcy during treatment, why she didn't tell her daughter, and how she thinks about mortality now.


Scattered: The Camp

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

In comedian Chris Garcia's new podcast, he sets out to uncover the truth about his dad, a man who survived Castro’s labor camps only to lose his way in search of the American dream. 


Saeed Jones Talks About Sex. And Death. And Money.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

The writer and poet traces the joy and shame of learning about sex, mourning his mother, and finally feeling financially comfortable.


The Student Loan Nerd Helping Borrowers One Email At A Time

Wednesday, October 02, 2019

Betsy Mayotte knows that the student loan system is overcomplicated⁠—she worked inside of it for 20 years. Now she's tackling borrowers' problems, one email at a time. 


Our Student Loan Secrets, Part 2

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Hundreds of you told us about feeling duped, overwhelmed, and ashamed of your student debt. But we also heard stories about how some of you took back control. Here's how you did it.


Our Student Loan Secrets, Part 1

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

More Americans are taking out more student loan debt and taking longer to pay it back. But we don't often talk about the impact that it has on our lives.


E. Jean Carroll: More Interesting, Not Damaged

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

At 75, E. Jean Carroll is calling out the men who've sexually assaulted her—including, she says, the president. But talk to a therapist about it? No thanks.

50 Years Married To A Man Named Sissy

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Vickie Goodwin tried to raise her husband's self esteem early in their marriage. But when he started cross dressing publicly, she struggled to accept that it was part of who he was. 


Raphael Saadiq: Music Had To Be My Therapy

Wednesday, September 04, 2019

Musical icon Raphael Saadiq talks to us about using music to cope with loss, reflecting on love, and creating light in darkness. 


My Stillbirth During Anna's Maternity Leave

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

We hear from you often about pregnancy loss, and the grief that accompanies it. Here is one listener's story.