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:

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. 


How Are You "Surfing The Urge" To Drink?

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

This month, we've been talking about drinking, and asking you what you do when the impulse to drink hits⁠—and you don't want to indulge. 


Michael Arceneaux On Love, Liquid Courage And Letting Go

Wednesday, August 07, 2019

The writer talks about how alcohol has helped him let go of his inhibitions and embrace his sexuality—after growing up in a house where drinking often led to violence.


Anna Sale: What Does Alcohol Mean to You?

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

How much and when do we drink?

Bottled Up: Your Stories About Drinking

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

We asked you about your relationships with alcohol—why you drink or don't, the strategies you use to manage your consumption, and what alcohol brings you besides a buzz. 

Rashema Melson's Weakest Yet Bravest Moments

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Leading up to her college graduation, Rashema Melson cracked open the "time capsules" we recorded with her, right before she dropped out of school—and right before she came back. 


A Brother, A Sister, And Their Eating Disorders

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Two siblings open up to each other about eating and mental health, and why it took them so long to be honest about it with each other. 


When Work Changes, So Do We

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

As I return from maternity leave, I'm thinking a lot about work and identity. So is Uma Kondabolu, who recently retired from the place where she worked for almost 30 years. 


Daniel K. Isaac Is Opting For The Gray Area

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

As a teen, Daniel K. Isaac fought his sexuality. But accepting that part of himself as an adult has meant finding new, complicated ways of relating to his mother.