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 Let's Talk About Hard Things (Simon & Schuster). She grew up in West Virginia and now lives in Berkeley with her husband and two daughters.


Anna Sale appears in the following:

Books We Love: Michael Arceneaux’s “I Don’t Want To Die Poor”

Friday, July 10, 2020

The writer joined me live on Zoom to talk student loan debt, luxury CBD drinks, and why he's not going to "pimp out [his] trauma."


What Money Can't Solve

Wednesday, July 08, 2020

A confession is tortured out of a suspect. He goes to prison. Thirty-three years later, he gets a check for what he endured. But forgiveness is not part of the bargain. 


Skin Hunger: Part 2

Wednesday, July 01, 2020

In this collaboration with the podcast Love + Radio, we hear from listeners whose relationships ended right before the pandemic—or because of it. 


Skin Hunger: Part 1

Monday, June 29, 2020

Along with the podcast Love + Radio, we've been asking you about how you're coping with a lack of physical touch in your lives due to the pandemic. This is what you told us. 


When Six Feet Isn't An Option

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Two stories on incarceration and coronavirus: an update from Lawrence Bartley, and a woman who wrote to him, worried about her incarcerated husband's safety.


An Essential Worker, Going Back In

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

A conversation with Sharron, a certified nursing assistant in Virginia, who we first met in our essential workers episode this spring.


I Love You, But There's This Money Thing...

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

From budgeting blue books to a $60,000 engagement ring: your stories about love and money.


"This Has Been A Long Time Coming."

Friday, June 05, 2020

We asked you what you needed to say in this moment of reckoning with police brutality, structural racism, and grief. Here's what you told us. 


What Do You Need To Say Right Now?

Monday, June 01, 2020

As we take in the anguish that's surfacing today, we want to hear from you.


Financial Therapy: Meet Amanda Clayman

Monday, May 18, 2020

Many of our financial situations have changed drastically in recent months. We're calling on a financial therapist to help us sort through the emotions those shifts are bringing up.


Madeleine Albright On Ambition and Obsoleteness

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

The former secretary of state reflects on re-experiencing a feeling now, in her 80s, that she had in her 20s—after graduating from college and putting her career aside for family.


What Is A "Good Death" During A Pandemic?

Friday, May 08, 2020

A listener named Lindsay, who works as a nurse in an ICU, is struggling with the way her patients are dying from COVID-19. 


Samantha Irby Is Prepared To Gracefully Bow Out

Wednesday, May 06, 2020

The bestselling writer on her sense of pride and why she's got no problem going back to an hourly job "the minute it feels like this is over."


Student Loans And The Pandemic: Your Questions, Answered

Monday, April 27, 2020

A lot has changed in the student loan landscape since the pandemic hit. Student loan expert Betsy Mayotte answers your questions about who's covered by the CARES Act and more. 


They Were Managing Their OCD. Then Came The Pandemic.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Listener Diane Davis and author John Green have spent years learning tools to manage their obsessive thoughts and fears of contamination. But COVID-19 is putting all of them to the test.


An Immunocompromised Love Story

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

We check in with Alana Duran, who has lupus and received a donor kidney several years ago from her new girlfriend at the time, Lori Interlicchio. 


A Weekend Homework Assignment From Tayari Jones

Friday, April 10, 2020

Inspiration from the writer for checking in with the people you love.


Goodbye, John Prine

Tuesday, April 07, 2020

"I'm just a lucky guy," John Prine told me in our 2018 interview. We will miss him. 


"Nobody Comes Here To Hide": Remembering Bill Withers

Friday, April 03, 2020

Songwriting icon Bill Withers died this week at 81 years old. Today, we revisit my conversation with him—from the very first episode of Death, Sex & Money.


"We Are The Glue": Stories From Essential Workers

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Dispatches from the essential workers who can't stay home.