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:

What Our Teachers Are Carrying

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Teachers across the country share their feelings about their profession, burnout, and how they're holding up at the end of another difficult pandemic school year.


Maria Hinojosa on Partying, Partnership, and Her New Pulitzer

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

After her Pulitzer Prize win, I catch up with Maria Hinojosa and revisit our talk on harnessing confidence at work, and the point in her marriage that made her reevaluate her priorities.


How Much Climate Anxiety Helps?

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

I take a walk with Britt Wray who studies the mental health effects of climate change; we talk about how she overcame debilitating climate dread without turning away from the crisis. 


"There’s Never a Perfect Time to Say, 'I’m Blind'"

Wednesday, May 04, 2022

I talk with a listener named Fey about her deteriorating vision, how and when to disclose her disability, and she gets a pep talk from EDM singer Lachi.



Wednesday, April 27, 2022

You were children together; it can be hard to act like adults together.


Hard: Softening Expectations

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

"Sex is a much more copacetic and enjoyable experience when it is about the experience rather than results."


Hard: Little Pill, Big Pharma

Wednesday, April 06, 2022

How Welsh coal miners and a pants-dropping presentation led to a little blue pill that made billions.


Hard: Erectile Disappointment

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

In the first episode of a three part series, we hear stories about when bodies don't do what we want or expect during sex—and how that impacts our relationships.


Why Lynn Nottage Cashed Out Her 401(k)

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

The acclaimed playwright tells me why she left theater for a few years, and how quitting her day job and making an investment in herself helped her return. 


Affairs, Throuples, and Big Monogamy: Your Relationship Questions Answered

Wednesday, March 09, 2022

Struggling to make a decision about your relationship? Our "semi-qualified" panelists take on your questions about everything from infidelity to gender transitions to getting married.


Inheriting Divorce

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

I talk with producer Ian Coss about the many divorces in his family, and how learning about them inspired his podcast Forever is a Long Time.


Where is Lisa Fischer's Backup?

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

You've heard Lisa Fischer singing backup vocals for everyone from the Rolling Stones to Beyoncé. But after decades of touring with rock stars, Fischer lives in a far more humble reality.


This Elvis Impersonator Does It For Love… And Money

Wednesday, February 09, 2022

We talk with a Las Vegas Elvis impersonator about weddings, aging, celebrity culture and The King himself. 


André De Shields On Living With His Shadow

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

André De Shields shares his wisdom from 50 years on the stage, and 76 years on this earth.


Downsizing After Divorce

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Jaimie Seaton got used to a lavish upper class lifestyle while married to her banker husband and living overseas. Then she got divorced, and her financial picture totally changed.


A New Year's Pep Talk From Robin Arzón

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

The author and popular Peloton instructor tells me about running through trauma, changing careers, and how motherhood has changed how she values her time.


Why I Steal

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

"I want it, so I take it." A serial shoplifter explains why she steals, and how—and we hear about what's happened in her life since we first talked four years ago. 


A Season to Savor

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

I share some of the advice, tools, movies, and TV shows that I savored in 2021.


The Weight Of Love

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

"I thought all the time about, am I going to be the first fat person that this person's ever had sex with? And a lot of the times I think I was." 


Why Alan Cumming Doesn't Do Drama

Wednesday, December 01, 2021

The Scottish actor and I talk about body image, celebrating aging, why he isn't in a monogamous marriage, and the joys of taking ecstasy.