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 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:

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."


Hard Conversations Can Be the Best Conversations

Tuesday, May 04, 2021

How do you approach talking about hard subjects? Anna Sale can help.

The 7 Hardest Conversations I've Ever Had On This Show

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Making a guest mad about money. Getting called out. Digging into my own beliefs about monogamy. These are the hardest conversations I've had here, as a podcast host, parent and partner. 


When I Almost Died

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Your stories about life after near death. 


I Was In Debt. Then My Sister Offered Me $16,000.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

What happened when a 27-year-old listener deep in credit card debt asked their older sister for financial help. 


When Claudia Rankine Brought Up Race In Couples Counseling

Wednesday, April 07, 2021

The poet reflects on growing up in largely white spaces in the Bronx during the 1970s, and how conversations about race with her husband have evolved over 20 years together.


Chris Gethard on 'New Jersey Is The World' & 'Pick Up The Phone & Call' Day

Friday, March 26, 2021

Comedian, writer, and podcast host, Chris Gethard, joins us to discuss his new podcast project, "New Jersey Is The World," & celebrate "Pick Up The Phone & Call" day.

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'When Women Invented Television'

Friday, March 26, 2021

Author Jennifer Keishin Armstrong joins us to discuss her book, "When Women Invented Television: The Untold Story of the Female Powerhouses Who Pioneered the Way We Watch Today."


A New Kind of Sex-Ed

Friday, March 26, 2021

Authors Erika Moen & Mattew Nolan join us to discuss their book, "Let’s Talk About It: The Teen’s Guide to Sex, Relationships, and Being a Human," and take calls from listeners.

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