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 the 2018 Webby and 2021 Ambie for best interview show.

Before launching Death, Sex & Money, Anna covered politics for nearly a decade. She is the author of the book Let's Talk About Hard Things, which The New Yorker wrote "shows us how supportive listening happens." She grew up in West Virginia and now lives in Berkeley with her husband and two daughters.


Anna Sale appears in the following:

Dead People Don't Have Any Secrets

Wednesday, October 06, 2021

Amanda's husband Sam had a lot of secrets, most of which she discovered after his death. That made grieving, and moving on, a lot more complicated.


Your Infertility Stories Have Many Different Endings

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

What happens when you hit speed bumps on the road to having kids? Today, your stories of IVF, IUI, adoption, choosing to not have kids and managing your expectations through it all. 


"You Should Be Carrying This. Not Me."

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Last year, a listener named Chloe had an unusual opportunity: to get on a Zoom call with the man who she says sexually assaulted her 10 years ago. 


When A Banker Became A Nun

Wednesday, September 08, 2021

Sister Josephine Garrett grew up Baptist and worked her way up the corporate ladder—only to realize in her late 20s that she wanted to convert to Catholicism and become a nun. 


Get Lit Re-Read: Anna Sale

Friday, September 03, 2021

We air highlights from our June Get Lit with All Of It virtual book club event with Death, Sex & Money host Anna Sale. 


Decision Fatigue Is Real. We Called For Backup.

Wednesday, September 01, 2021

Panelists Tayari Jones, John Paul Brammer, and Tara Ilsley share advice for listeners struggling with decision fatigue and weighing big moves, going back to school, caretaking, and more.


Financial Therapy: Struggling To Trust Again

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

In their second session with financial therapist Amanda Clayman, a couple we're calling Cora and Garrett talk about their financial strengths and weaknesses, and the wall between them. 


Financial Therapy: A Secret Gambling Addiction

Wednesday, August 04, 2021

In the first of three sessions, a couple we're calling Cora and Garrett talk with therapist Amanda Clayman about the events that led to a breakdown of financial trust between them.


When Grief Doesn't Move In Stages

Friday, July 23, 2021

Radiolab producer Rachael Cusick talks together with her grandmother about their shared loss, and about their experiences with Elisabeth Kübler-Ross's five stages of grief. 


Doree Shafrir On The Out Of Control IVF Train

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

I talk with the writer about going through fertility treatments in her late 30s, and why being "on the IVF train" made her get more comfortable with situations out of her control. 


When Indie Rockers Become Full-Time Caregivers

Wednesday, July 07, 2021

When musician Johnny Solomon hit rock bottom, he turned to his mom for help. As his mom's health declines, he and his wife—and bandmate—move in with her to reciprocate. 


Get Lit: Anna Sale, 'Let's Talk About Hard Things'

Monday, June 28, 2021

We air highlights from our June Get Lit with All Of It virtual book club event with Death, Sex & Money host Anna Sale. 


A Teen Musician Is Ready For His Solo. His Mom Is Not.

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Miguel Llapa's mother was told her son wouldn't live past age 2 because of a health condition. Now, he's going to college — and yearns for independence on his own terms. 


"The Lying Stops Now": Your Hardest Conversations

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Talking with your kids about a death. Telling family that you've fallen in love with a man who's in prison. Breaking up with a friend. Today: the hardest conversations you've ever had.


Get Lit Preview: Anna Sale

Wednesday, June 09, 2021

Anna Sale joins us for a preview conversation about her new book, Let’s Talk About Hard Things.


Michelle Zauner's Joy Is Rooted In Vengeance

Wednesday, June 09, 2021

The Japanese Breakfast musician talks about writing her memoir, Crying in H Mart, why she's moving on from making art about grief and loss, and what's bringing her joy these days.


Alison Bechdel On Menopause, Mortality and Punching Pennies

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

The graphic novelist on hot flashes, loss and grief, and one painful punching bag. 


A Former Pro Climber On Enduring Chronic Illness

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Mason Earle's rock climbing career ended in 2018, when he was diagnosed with a chronic illness. In three conversations, he told me how his life changed and why he doesn't miss climbing.


Strictly, Entirely On The Fence About Having A Kid

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

A self-described "fiery ball of ambition," Avery Trufelman of The Cut podcast wonders how she'll know whether or not she wants to have a kid.


Where Noel and Anna's Hot Girl Summer Went Wrong

Wednesday, May 05, 2021

I talk with my friend and colleague Noel King about getting comfortable with uncomfortable conversations in my personal life, and why she thinks my brain is a "little bit different."