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.

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Anna Sale appears in the following:

India Walton: I Knew It Was Gonna Be Tough, But I Didn't Expect it to Get Nasty

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

In 2021, India Walton won, then lost, the Buffalo mayor’s race. She continues to work and grieve in her city. 

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Inside John Waters' Home (But Not Inside His Colon)

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

The delightful and rebellious writer-director welcomes us into his apartment to talk about money, family, friendships, and colonoscopies.

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How Clothes Help Us Find Our People and Ourselves

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Your stories about how your personal style has changed in the last few years, and the impact on not only what you wear, but how you see yourself and how you connect with others.

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Lucinda Williams Says Whatever the Hell She Wants

Wednesday, September 07, 2022

In her sixties, musician Lucinda Williams is more successful than ever. But with age has come a lot of loss.

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Big Freedia Bounces Back

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Big Freedia is a reality TV star and fixture in New Orleans' bounce scene. But days after Hurricane Katrina, she was sleeping on the street outside of the city's convention center.

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Finding Meaning After My Husband's Public Death

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

In 2018 David Buckel died by self-immolation to protest climate change. His husband Terry talks about respecting David's message while grieving him, and finding new joy in his own life. 

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Softening Expectations

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

And shifting focus.

Knock Knock, Who's There? Bob the Drag Queen

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

The stand-up comedian and drag star tells me about growing up around her mom’s queer club, bringing drag to small American towns, and all the people who pushed her to succeed.

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Little Pill, Big Pharma

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

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

What's Going On With Student Loans?

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

We took some of your burning student loan questions to our favorite expert on the topic, Betsy Mayotte, president of The Institute of Student Loan Advisors.

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Erectile Disappointment

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

When bodies don't do what we want or expect.

"This Isn't Just About Abortion": What the End of Roe Means to You

Wednesday, August 03, 2022

Your reactions to the end of Roe, plus, a conversation with Mississippi-based reproductive justice activist Laurie Bertram Roberts about how their work has—and hasn't—shifted.

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Bottled Up: Your Stories About Alcohol

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

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. 

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The Highs and Lows of Being a Starbucks Union Organizer

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

The Starbucks union is having a moment. We talked to three workers about the victories and the very real consequences of going up against a multi-billion dollar company.

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“No Call Goes Unanswered”: A Lifeline in Wyoming

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

As the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline becomes a 3-digit number, 988, I visit a call center in Wyoming, which had the highest suicide rate per capita in the US in 2020.

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The Very Hot Marriage of Niecy Nash and Jessica Betts

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Actress Niecy Nash and her wife, R&B singer-songwriter Jessica Betts, tell me about falling in love, learning to live together during the pandemic, and taking their relationship public.

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Cut Loose: Your Stories of Breaking Up

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

We asked for your breakup stories. You told us about being left, doing the leaving, and the times when you're not exactly sure what happened.

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'I'm Done Kissing Your Butt': From Manager to Labor Activist

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

When Mary Gundel spoke out about working conditions at Dollar General, she lost her job. She also gained TikTok fame, and became part of a national labor movement.

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How Harvey Fierstein's Bad Sex Led to Good Art

Wednesday, June 08, 2022

The acclaimed actor and playwright tells me about coming of age during the gay rights movement, why a rubber band signifies financial stability, and how he thinks he'll be remembered.

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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.

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