Death, Sex & Money

Death, Sex & Money

www.wnycstudios.org/shows/deathsexmoney
Death, Sex & Money is a podcast about the big questions and hard choices that are often left out of polite conversation. Host Anna Sale talks to celebrities you’ve heard of—and to regular people you haven’t—about the Big Stuff: relationships, mone
I Married A Dreamer During The Trump Presidency
Dec 5 • 24 min
Vanessa never thought much about the immigration process until she fell in love with Freddy, whose legal status in the U.S. is now in jeopardy. Your year-end donation of $75 combined with the support of other listeners will really help us plan for the…
Married, Paralyzed and Moving On
Nov 20 • 22 min
A couple reflects on the big strides they’ve made together since a cycling accident left one of them paralyzed two years ago—and on the things they still need to face. Subscribe to our weekly email newsletter! Every Wednesday we send out podcast listening…
John Green Thinks Adulthood is Underrated
Nov 8 • 27 min
YA author John Green has built his career on his ability to connect with young fans—but in his own lowest moments, the isolation he’s felt has been all-consuming. Subscribe to our weekly email newsletter! Every Wednesday we send out podcast listening…
Why Governor Jennifer Granholm Cut Her Hair
Oct 31 • 27 min
When former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm ran for office, she was told not to remind voters that she’d be the first woman to hold the office — and that her hair needed to be short. The Death, Sex & Money eye mask is here! Sign on to become a sustaining…
Tell Us Your Sex Ed Fails
Oct 30 • 2 min
What did you learn about sex that you wish you hadn’t? Send a voice memo about how sex ed failures played out in your own life to deathsexmoney@wnyc.org. And we’re working with the BBC on this project, so we’d especially love to hear from our listeners in…
When Fire Takes Everything: Rebuilding in Northern California
Oct 17 • 25 min
Two stories of recovery after loss. The Death, Sex & Money eye mask is here! Sign on to become a sustaining member of the show at $8 a month, and we’ll send you your very own DSM gel eye mask…perfect for popping on when you’re ready to listen to a…
I Served 27 Years In Prison. Now, I’m Out On Parole.
Oct 3 • 29 min
Lawrence Bartley was released on parole this spring. Now, he and his wife Ronnine are building an everyday life for their family on the outside. Listen to my past interviews with Lawrence and Ronnine here and here. Subscribe to our weekly email…
Jane Fonda After Death and Divorce, Revisted
Sep 19 • 33 min
For one of our earliest episodes, I spoke with Jane Fonda about living her life in the public eye. This week, we’re bringing you that conversation again. Get your tickets for our live event in New York City on October 1st with poet Nikki Giovanni:…
Hot Dates: Last Summer Nights
Sep 5 • 26 min
We’ve been following eight listeners as they’ve dated this summer—this week, we do a final check-in as the warm weather winds down. Go back and listen to the entire series at deathsexmoney.org/hotdates. And we know that sometimes, being single can be more…
Nick Offerman Can Take Directions
Aug 22 • 24 min
Nick Offerman is famous for playing the most macho man on TV, but in real life, he says he has “all the colors inside.” This week, we’re also asking for your stories about sexually transmitted infections. Send us a voice memo or email, to…
Alzheimer’s and the World’s Saddest Comedy Club
Aug 8 • 36 min
Comedian Chris Garcia lost his dad to Alzheimer’s last year. Now, he’s turning his grief into conversations with other comedians for a new project from WNYC studios—and we’re bringing you an early listen. WNYC Studios wants to know what you think about…
Hot Dates: From One Hot Dater to Another
Aug 2 • 10 min
Ceci and Miracle talk about what’s happened since Miracle ran into one of her Bumble matches making out with her middle school teacher, and Ceci shares a big update. Subscribe to our weekly email newsletter! Every Wednesday we send out podcast listening…
Tig Notaro Isn’t a Blob Anymore
Jul 25 • 25 min
In the six years since Tig Notaro’s famous comedy set about her cancer diagnosis and her mother’s death, a lot has changed. Find the playlist of listener-generated episodes we love here. Subscribe to our weekly email newsletter, if you haven’t already.…
Hot Dates: Open to Open Relationships
Jul 23 • 14 min
Since we first talked, Jessie emailed to confess something about her dating life that she didn’t tell me before. Plus, June’s off Tinder! All summer, we’re following a group of listeners as they date in real time around the country. We’re calling this…
Manhood, Now: Live
Jul 12 • 51 min
This week, we continued our conversation about being a man today with a live national special, featuring CNN’s W. Kamau Bell and your calls. For more of our stories about manhood today, including a list of books, articles and podcasts that have helped our…
A Wife Interviews Her Husband About Manhood, Now
Jul 11 • 10 min
Earlier this week, we got a voice memo in our inbox, from a husband and wife inspired to talk about masculinity together. So we asked them if we could share it with you. This conversation is part of our look at masculinity today. Find all of our coverage,…
Hot Dates: “I’m Supposed to Be Certain”
Jul 9 • 8 min
The first time we talked to Dan, he was wrestling with how to navigate consent in the #MeToo era. This week, he and I dig a little deeper. All summer, we’re following a group of listeners as they date in real time around the country. We’re calling this…
How to Be a Man With Bill Withers, Revisited
Jul 4 • 24 min
We revisit our episode with the Grammy-winning songwriter and singer on his 80th birthday, for a conversation about a life lived with intention and the beauty of the perfect rhyme. Subscribe to our weekly email newsletter, if you haven’t already. Every…
Hot Dates: A Middle School Teacher Walks Into A Bar…
Jun 27 • 6 min
Miracle decided to try a dating app, and got a blast from the past. Subscribe to our weekly email newsletter, if you haven’t already. Every Wednesday we send out podcast listening recommendations, fascinating letters from our inbox and updates from the…
Manhood, Now
Jun 20 • 42 min
“You kind of learn what you’re supposed to do. But nobody tells you anything.” A conversation about what it means to be a man today, in partnership with FiveThirtyEight and SurveyMonkey. We’re just starting this conversation about being a man, and we want…
Hot Dates: Help from an OKCupid Guru
Jun 14 • 8 min
Louis is at his wit’s end with dating apps…so we called in reinforcements. Plus, some musings from Ceci. All summer, we’re following a group of listeners as they date in real time around the country. We’re calling this series Hot Dates—if you missed the…
Hot Dates: Do As I Say, Not As I Do
Jun 8 • 5 min
One of our summer daters has had some big changes in his love life already. Subscribe to our weekly email newsletter, if you haven’t already. Every Wednesday we send out podcast listening recommendations, fascinating letters from our inbox and updates…
John Prine Wanted to Be Normal
Jun 6 • 25 min
John Prine has been in the music business for 47 years, and at this point, he’s fine being a self-proclaimed “oddball.” Subscribe to our weekly email newsletter, if you haven’t already. Every Wednesday we send out podcast listening recommendations,…
Hot Dates: Romance Right Now
May 30 • 24 min
Dating in 2018 can be frustrating. But a lot of you are doing it anyway…and some of you are letting us listen in. Subscribe to our weekly email newsletter, if you haven’t already. Every Wednesday we send out podcast listening recommendations, fascinating…
Tayari Jones on Frills and Freedom
May 16 • 25 min
The bestselling author of An American Marriage talks about writing her own rules for adulthood. Subscribe to our weekly email newsletter, if you haven’t already. Every Wednesday we send out podcast listening recommendations, fascinating letters from our…
Your Student Loan Updates
May 2 • 24 min
Thousands paid off. Cuts to the beauty budget. A foster daughter. Our listeners share what’s happened since appearing in our student loans episodes last year. Subscribe to our weekly email newsletter, if you haven’t already. Every Wednesday we send out…
When ‘Daddy Dates’ Pay The Bills
Apr 18 • 25 min
A 22-year-old who calls herself a “professional sugar baby” explains why she goes on dates with much older men for money—and why the men don’t always think of her as a sex worker. Subscribe to our weekly email newsletter, if you haven’t already. Every…
A Son, A Mother, and Two Gun Crimes
Apr 4 • 27 min
Dwayne Betts committed a carjacking when he was 16 years old. For his mom, Gloria Hill, it was just the first in a series of events in her life involving a gun. Subscribe to our weekly email newsletter, if you haven’t already. Every Wednesday we send out…
15 Years Later, An Iraq Veteran Looks Back
Mar 21 • 23 min
Thom Tran was grazed by a bullet four days into his deployment in Iraq in 2003. He’s spent the last 15 years figuring out what that moment means for him going forward. Death, Sex & Money is talking about masculinity! If you identify as a man, we want to…
From Indie Rockers to Full-Time Caregivers
Mar 14 • 28 min
When musician Johnny Solomon hit rock bottom, he turned to his mom for help. Now, as his mom’s health declines, he and his wife—and bandmate—have moved in with her to reciprocate. Subscribe to our weekly email newsletter, if you haven’t already. Every…
Sharing DNA, and Nothing Else
Feb 28 • 23 min
Amy took a mail-in DNA test to find out more about her genealogy…and learned more than she bargained for. Help us build the Death, Sex & Money starter kit! Go to deathsexmoney.org/starterkit and tell us your favorite episodes of the show. We’ll enter you…
Lena Waithe Says Have a Dream… and a Sponsor
Feb 21 • 22 min
The actor and writer is having a big year—but it took a lot of work, patience, and some financial help from her mom to get here. Check out the newest addition to our Opportunity Costs series: our class pride and shame website! See what your fellow…
After Suicides, a Texas Veterinary Community Opens Up
Feb 7 • 32 min
Veterinary medicine has a suicide rate that’s one of the highest in the healthcare profession. For the veterinary community in Dallas, those statistics hit home last year. If you’re considering suicide, or are worried about someone who might be, please…
Opportunity Costs: I Never Felt Inferior
Jan 26 • 22 min
Ernie Major self-identifies as ”socially lower middle class, economically a bit better than that.” But he also says status has never been something he paid much attention to. This episode is part of our series Opportunity Costs: Money and Class in…
Opportunity Costs: More Is Not More
Jan 25 • 24 min
For a father and son whose family is in the 1%, having resources that “exceed their wants” brings its own set of challenges. This episode is part of our series Opportunity Costs: Money and Class in America. All this week we’re bringing you five…
Opportunity Costs: The Class Slide After Divorce
Jan 24 • 26 min
Jaimie Seaton got used to an upper class lifestyle while married to her banker husband and living overseas. Then she got divorced, and her financial picture totally changed. This episode is part of our series Opportunity Costs: Money and Class in America.…
Opportunity Costs: An Education or Nothing
Jan 23
Ramal Johnson has a “middle class mentality,” a working class paycheck, and upper class aspirations. This episode is part of our series Opportunity Costs: Money and Class in America. All this week we’re bringing you five conversations about the moments in…
Opportunity Costs: Friendship and Fertility
Jan 22
Best friends Cat and Christine met in college and have stayed close in the years since. But their class differences became very clear—and uncomfortable—when they both struggled to get pregnant. This episode is part of our series Opportunity Costs: Money…
Preview: Opportunity Costs
Jan 17 • 2 min
From January 22-26, we’re sharing your stories about your class status, and when you’ve felt it most in your life. Don’t miss the launch of Opportunity Costs! Subscribe to our weekly email newsletter and every Wednesday we’ll send you show updates as well…
All Your Workplace Rage
Jan 3 • 10 min
Get ready to get mad. Stay in the loop and subscribe to our weekly email newsletter. Every Wednesday we’ll send you our favorites from the audio world, fascinating letters from our inbox and updates from the show. Sign up at deathsexmoney.org/newsletter.…
Pull Quote: Plunging In
Jan 1 • 2 min
As we begin 2018 together, we’re sharing our first mini-episode of Pull Quote, our latest podcast experiment, with all of you. It’s not too late to sign up for the entire first batch of Pull Quote episodes. Chip in $30 or more to support our work at…
I Felt Like The Story Had To Change: Life After Heroin
Dec 20, 2017 • 25 min
I talk with a friend about her life after heroin addiction. Stay in the loop and subscribe to our weekly email newsletter. Every Wednesday we’ll send you our favorites from the audio world, fascinating letters from our inbox and updates from the show.…
I Can’t Fix It: A First Responder and Heroin
Dec 13, 2017 • 23 min
How witnessing heroin overdoses every day is affecting one paramedic in Charleston, West Virginia. Stay in the loop and subscribe to our weekly email newsletter. Every Wednesday we’ll send you our favorites from the audio world, fascinating letters from…
Your Workplace Rage, And Mine
Dec 6, 2017 • 9 min
Reconsidering what we put up with. Send us your 30-second voice memos about what you wish you could tell your younger self about dealing with harassment and bullying at work: deathsexmoney@wnyc.org. Stay in the loop and subscribe to our weekly email…
Gabrielle Union Is Fed Up
Nov 29, 2017 • 37 min
A conversation about reclaiming your body after sexual assault. Send us your stories about the times you’ve been most aware of your class and how class differences have impacted your relationships. Send voice memos and emails to class@deathsexmoney.org…
Finding Love, And A Kidney, On Tinder
Nov 22, 2017 • 28 min
When “It’s a match!” takes on a whole new meaning. Are you in the same social class as your parents? Take our poll by texting “class” to 70101. And keep sending in your stories about the times you’ve been most aware of your class and how class differences…
What Lisa Ling Regrets
Nov 8, 2017 • 29 min
Journalist Lisa Ling has been reporting on TV since she was 16. But she says telling other people’s stories has always been a lot easier than sharing her own. Send us your stories about class. We want to hear about the times you’ve been most aware of it…
A Bitcoin Mogul Goes Broke
Nov 1, 2017 • 27 min
Charlie Shrem made a fortune on cryptocurrency, lost it all, and spent a year in prison for a federal crime—all before turning 30. Support Death, Sex & Money today by becoming a sustaining member at $8/month and we’ll send you our first-ever Death, Sex &…
Why She Steals: Your Reactions
Oct 18, 2017 • 12 min
A few weeks ago, we interviewed a woman who shoplifts. Now, we talk with you about your reactions to her story. Support Death, Sex & Money today by becoming a sustaining member at $8/month and we’ll send you our first-ever Death, Sex & Money mug. Go to…
Life in Our 20s: Advice from Niecy Nash, Alia Shawkat & Terri Coleman
Oct 11, 2017 • 62 min
Live from the Werk It Women’s Podcast Festival at the Ace Hotel in downtown LA, we talk all about getting through your 20s with actors Alia Shawkat and Niecy Nash. Plus, a story from Terri Coleman about how Jose Cuervo taught her an important lesson in…
Ellen Burstyn’s Lessons on Survival
Oct 4, 2017 • 55 min
Ellen Burstyn has won countless acting awards, but says she is proudest of raising her son. We talk about learning how to mother, leaving an abusive marriage and confronting death. Want to celebrate your next Ellen Burstyn-inspired “should-less day” in…
Why I Steal
Sep 27, 2017 • 22 min
“I want it, so I take it.” A serial shoplifter explains why she does it, and how—and the conflicted feelings she has about her daughter following a similar path. Are you in Los Angeles? We want to see you at our live show next week! Tickets and info here.…
Our Student Loan Questions Live: Part Two
Sep 14, 2017 • 55 min
Need help with the debt you already have? Balancing loan payments with the rest of your life expenses? We tackle your questions in part two of our call-in specials about student debt. Subscribe to our weekly email newsletter and we’ll send you great audio…
Our Student Loan Questions Live: Part One
Sep 13, 2017 • 56 min
Is loan forgiveness a safe bet? When is college not a good investment? Is bankruptcy an option? Part one of our live call-in specials about student loan debt. Get your questions ready for our second night of live student loans call-ins TONIGHT (Wednesday,…
Tracy Clayton’s 2017 So Far: Therapy, Forts and Auto Bill Pay
Sep 6, 2017 • 21 min
We check in with the Another Round co-host about her long list of New Year’s Resolutions, and why she says she’s in ”a much different place today” than she was at the top of the year. Get your questions ready for our LIVE student loans call-in episodes…
As Harvey Hits, Looking Back at New Orleans
Aug 30, 2017 • 23 min
The latest storm to hit the Gulf Coast has us thinking back to the people we met two years ago, for the series we put together around the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. In our newsletter this week, we compiled a list of local and national…
Katie Couric on Death and Dishonesty
Aug 23, 2017 • 25 min
Katie Couric lost her husband to cancer in 1998. After 16 years of single parenthood, she remarried. But, she says, she still regrets the way she said goodbye the first time around. If you’re in your 20s, we want to hear about your life dilemmas. Record a…
When Grief Looks Like ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Aug 16, 2017 • 26 min
Rachel Ward’s husband, Steve, died unexpectedly when she was in her early 30s. Afterward, she says in some ways she re-experienced adolescence—while feeling older than ever. Want to suggest a podcast episode for our Welcome to Adulthood playlist? Go here:…
The Cookie That Ended Jeff Garlin’s Sobriety
Aug 2, 2017 • 22 min
Jeff Garlin says the key to marriage, comedy, parenting and dealing with his food addiction is to be present. That doesn’t mean it’s always easy. Want to suggest a podcast episode for our Welcome to Adulthood playlist? Go here:…
Bonus! Anna Talks Interviewing with Jesse Thorn
Jul 26, 2017 • 79 min
Bullseye host Jesse Thorn’s latest project has him interviewing interviewers about…interviewing. Go behind the scenes of Death, Sex & Money as Anna talks about how she gets good tape. Do you subscribe to our weekly newsletter? You SHOULD! We’ll send you…
My Husband Killed Someone. Now He Might Get Out.
Jul 19, 2017 • 21 min
Ronnine Bartley married her husband Lawrence while he was in prison. They had two kids and dreamed about a life together on the outside. Now, Lawrence has a chance at parole. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter for audio picks, letters from our inbox and…
I Killed Someone. Now I Have Three Kids: Updated
Jul 12, 2017 • 40 min
We met Lawrence Bartley inside Sing Sing prison in 2014. Now, almost three years later, he’s up for parole for the first time in his 27 years behind bars. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter for audio picks, letters from our inbox and updates from the…
Our Student Loan Secrets, Part 2
Jun 29, 2017 • 28 min
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. Explore more than 1,000 of your stories about student loans, find out…
Our Student Loan Secrets, Part 1
Jun 28, 2017 • 33 min
More Americans are taking out more student loan debt and taking longer to pay it back. But we’re not talking about the impact that it has on our lives. Until now. Explore more than 1,000 of your stories about student loans, find out where you fit in the…
Coming Soon: Our Student Loan Secrets
Jun 21, 2017 • 2 min
More Americans are taking out more debt to pay for higher education, but we often don’t feel comfortable talking about our student loans. We want to show you that you’re not alone. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter for audio picks, letters from our inbox…
Who’s Driving Your Uber?
Jun 7, 2017 • 26 min
Domestic violence. Grave plot sales. The ripples of the financial crisis. A new immigrant’s dashed hopes. This is what we heard about after we asked, “Why’d you start driving for Uber?” Become a member today by donating just $7 a month to support Death,…
Hari Kondabolu and His Mom Answer Your Life Questions
May 24, 2017 • 40 min
The comedian and his mom give advice on pursuing career-life balance, dealing with racist friends and figuring out the best time to DTR (Define The Relationship). Subscribe to our weekly newsletter! We’ll send you audio picks, letters from our inbox and…
‘Precious’ Paid Off Gabourey Sidibe’s Crunch Gym Debt
May 17, 2017 • 27 min
The actor’s first movie role didn’t give her total financial security, but it did help her pay off one important bill. Become a monthly sustaining member of Death, Sex & Money. Sign up now. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter! We’ll send you audio picks,…
Kevin Bacon Shows Us His Cash
May 12, 2017 • 32 min
The actor opens up about money, sex at 58, and working on Jill Soloway’s newest TV series, I Love Dick. Become a monthly sustaining member of Death, Sex & Money. Sign up now. Sign up for our weekly newsletter! deathsexmoney.org/newsletter. Follow the show…
Two Wheelchairs and A Baby
May 3, 2017 • 25 min
The idea of having children was just fantasy “pillow talk” for Nikki Villavicencio and Darrell Paulsen. Then, a positive pregnancy test proved otherwise. Thanks to journalist Kathryn Joyce and Cosmopolitan.com for collaborating with us on this story.…
Newlywed and Paralyzed
Apr 26, 2017 • 30 min
Three weeks after Rachel Swidenbank and Hiroki Takeuchi got married, an accident changed everything. Become a monthly sustaining member of Death, Sex & Money. Sign up now. Stay in touch! Sign up for Death, Sex & Money’s weekly newsletter here:…
Alec Baldwin Talks Money, Family, Fame and Cocaine
Apr 12, 2017 • 43 min
The actor and comedian goes deep on death, sex and money in his new memoir, Nevertheless. Become a monthly sustaining member of Death, Sex & Money. Sign up now. Death, Sex & Money has a weekly newsletter! And we think you’ll really like it. Sign up here:…
Pleased to Meet You, Nancy
Apr 10, 2017 • 16 min
Meet Nancy—a new podcast from WNYC Studios that’s all about exploring identity, finding community, and having frank conversations about the LGBTQ experience today. Find out more at nancypodcast.org. Support Death, Sex & Money by becoming a monthly…
Why Rashema Melson Left Georgetown
Apr 5, 2017 • 12 min
When we met Rashema Melson during her sophomore year at Georgetown University, she was tired of people calling her “the homeless valedictorian.” A lot’s changed in her life since then. Support Death, Sex & Money by becoming a monthly sustaining member.…
A Prison Guard In Transition
Mar 29, 2017 • 26 min
Mandi Hauwert thought coming out as a transgender woman while working as a guard at California’s San Quentin State Prison would be “insane.” She did it anyway. Support Death, Sex & Money by becoming a monthly sustaining member. Sign up now. Subscribe to…
I Was Your Father, Until I Wasn’t
Mar 15, 2017 • 28 min
A listener named Tony wrote to us about his deep love for his daughter, and what it was like to discover that he wasn’t her biological father. Support Death, Sex & Money by becoming a monthly sustaining member. Sign up now. Like our show? Leave us a…
Live from the Internet: Jason Isbell, Amanda Shires & You
Mar 8, 2017 • 61 min
Breakups, addiction, death, and music—married musicians Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires join Anna to answer all your questions live from Nashville. Support Death, Sex & Money by becoming a monthly sustaining member. Sign up now. Follow the show on Twitter…
Cristela Alonzo’s Lower Classy Comedy
Feb 22, 2017 • 25 min
Comedian Cristela Alonzo was raised by a single mom in an abandoned diner with no power or water in South Texas, but she says she can comfortably fill up a Target shopping cart these days. Don’t forget about our “10 Things I Hate About You” remote viewing…
Cut Loose: Your Breakup Stories
Feb 15, 2017 • 41 min
We asked for your stories about breakups. You told us about being left, doing the leaving, and the times when you’re not exactly sure what happened. We’re also building a Breakup Survival Kit together. Add your tips here. Support Death, Sex & Money by…
The NFL Made Me Rich. Now I Watch It… Sometimes.
Feb 1, 2017 • 40 min
Two and a half years ago, former NFL cornerback Domonique Foxworth told me about leaving football behind. Now, it’s a part of his life again—in a way he didn’t see coming. Support Death, Sex & Money by becoming a monthly sustaining member. Sign up now.…
Mahershala Ali on Faith, Love and Success
Jan 24, 2017 • 19 min
Mahershala Ali just earned his first Oscar nomination for his role in the movie “Moonlight.” Ten months ago, he and his wife Amatus told us how they balance their marriage, faith and careers. Support Death, Sex & Money by becoming a monthly sustaining…
I Had Babies To Pay For My Baby
Jan 18, 2017 • 30 min
At 19, Sarah Short gave birth to her first child—and ended up thousands of dollars in debt. A few years later she carried twins as a surrogate to pay off the bills from her first birth. Support Death, Sex & Money by becoming a monthly sustaining member.…
Tracy Clayton Is Speaking Things Into Existence
Jan 11, 2017 • 27 min
The Another Round podcast host has a long list of goals that she wants to accomplish in 2017—and she wants her almost 100,000 Twitter followers to hold her accountable. Support Death, Sex & Money by becoming a monthly sustaining member. Sign up now.…
A Son and His Mom Laugh Through Darkness
Dec 28, 2016 • 30 min
Bex Montz and his mom Katie Ryan laugh a lot together, even when they’re talking about depression, suicide, and the sudden death of Bex’s dad. Support Death, Sex & Money by becoming a monthly sustaining member. Sign up now. Follow the show on Twitter…
My Awkward Money Talk With Sallie Krawcheck
Dec 21, 2016 • 28 min
Former bank executive Sallie Krawcheck says she’s comfortable talking about other people’s money. But when it comes to her own money—that’s a different story. Support Death, Sex & Money by becoming a monthly sustaining member. Sign up now. Follow the show…
Let’s Talk About Porn
Dec 7, 2016 • 31 min
Your stories about secret hard drives, fantasy plot lines, illegal downloads, titillating Tumblr feeds, and giving porn up completely. Support Death, Sex & Money by becoming a monthly sustaining member. Sign up now. Follow the show on Twitter…
Other Americans
Nov 23, 2016 • 58 min
Since the election, we’ve asked you one question: What do you wish Americans understood about you, but don’t? Hear Anna talk live with listeners about their responses. Support Death, Sex & Money by becoming a monthly sustaining member. Sign up now. Follow…
What Money Can’t Solve
Nov 17, 2016 • 30 min
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. Support Death, Sex & Money by becoming a monthly sustaining member. Sign up now.…
If You’re Not ____, Then Never Mind
Nov 4, 2016 • 24 min
Actor Amy Landecker has developed some rules over the years, about what she wants in a boyfriend, when she’ll do nudity on camera and why she’ll never drink alcohol again. Support Death, Sex & Money by becoming a monthly sustaining member. Sign up now.…
I Was More Angry At God
Oct 26, 2016 • 26 min
Jane Chung always prayed that God would protect her father. When he was murdered in 2014, Jane dropped everything to support her family, and struggled with the idea that God had abandoned her. Support Death, Sex & Money by becoming a monthly sustaining…
Ellen Burstyn & Gloria Steinem
Oct 5, 2016 • 35 min
The journalist and feminist icon sits down with guest host Ellen Burstyn to talk about having the chutzpah to strike out on her own as a young woman, and her love of life at 82. Support Death, Sex & Money by becoming a monthly sustaining member. Sign up…
Diane Gill Morris & Officer Robert Zink
Sep 28, 2016 • 33 min
A mother of two black autistic sons talks with a veteran cop—and father of two autistic boys of his own—about her fear that her sons could be harmed by police. Support Death, Sex & Money by becoming a monthly sustaining member. Sign up now. Follow the…
Chris Gethard & Tim Dillon
Sep 21, 2016 • 32 min
Comedian Tim Dillon did his first line of cocaine at 12, sold subprime mortgages before the recession, and came out of the closet six years ago. Guest host Chris Gethard has a lot of ground to cover… Support Death, Sex & Money by becoming a monthly…
Sonia Manzano & Justice Sonia Sotomayor
Sep 14, 2016 • 37 min
Longtime Sesame Street actor Sonia Manzano and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor talk about leaving their childhood homes in the Bronx, facing their insecurities, and coming to understand the power of the written word. This episode is part of our…
The Great Guest Takeover
Sep 7, 2016 • 8 min
Four former Death, Sex & Money guests—Ellen Burstyn, Chris Gethard, Sonia Manzano and Diane Gill Morris—take over the host chair and help us wrap up Anna’s maternity leave. Support Death, Sex & Money by becoming a monthly sustaining member. Sign up now.…
Life Is a Mystery
Aug 24, 2016 • 13 min
When we talked with her this spring, Elizabeth Caplice described her life to us as “one big near death experience.” She died on July 12, after more than two years of cancer treatment. This is more of her story. Support Death, Sex & Money by becoming a…
Your Death, Sex & Money Short Stories – Live!
Aug 17, 2016 • 44 min
We asked for your favorite short stories about death, sex and money. Hear actors Sam Underwood and Kathleen Chalfant perform two of them. Support Death, Sex & Money by becoming a monthly sustaining member. Sign up now. Follow the show on Twitter…
Anna Chlumsky Catches the Worm
Aug 10, 2016 • 24 min
Anna Chlumsky left life as an actor behind until a psychic tapped her on the shoulder one day. Then she had to learn how to balance her renewed career with marriage and parenthood. Support Death, Sex & Money by becoming a monthly sustaining member. Sign…
Dating Was So Hard, Until It Wasn’t
Jul 27, 2016 • 22 min
Katie Heaney wrote a memoir about her lifelong single status. Then she realized she was looking for love in the wrong place. Support Death, Sex & Money by becoming a monthly sustaining member. Sign up now. Follow the show on Twitter @deathsexmoney and…
We’re Not Going To Have Karl Again
Jul 13, 2016 • 24 min
Amber Scorah and Lee Towndrow’s first child, Karl, died unexpectedly when he was three months old. As they grieved, they also decided to have another baby. Support Death, Sex & Money by becoming a monthly sustaining member. Sign up now. Follow the show on…
Tituss Burgess Airs His Laundry
Jun 29, 2016 • 23 min
The “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” actor takes us on a journey through his childhood in Georgia, and talks about what his relationship with his mother looks like today. Support Death, Sex & Money by becoming a monthly sustaining member. Sign up now.
Inside Planned Parenthood
Jun 22, 2016 • 28 min
What happens inside Planned Parenthood has long been at the center of a raging political debate in the U.S. But we don’t often hear from the patients who rely on their clinics for care. Support Death, Sex & Money by becoming a monthly sustaining member.…
Danielle Brooks Is Ready to Talk About Sex
Jun 8, 2016 • 25 min
Danielle Brooks grew up in a religious household in South Carolina. But at 26, the actor says she’s found new freedom to talk about her body and sex. Support Death, Sex & Money by becoming a monthly sustaining member. Sign up now.
An Update from Susanne
Jun 1, 2016 • 7 min
We met Susanne and Mike almost 10 years into their recovery from heroin addiction. But disturbing criminal charges against Mike forced Susanne to take a hard look at their relationship. Support Death, Sex & Money by becoming a monthly sustaining member.…
How Jeff Daniels Got Sober, Again
May 25, 2016 • 24 min
Jeff Daniels describes turning 50 as “a speed bump at 80 miles per hour.” His career got its second wind—and the Michigan-based actor abandoned more than a decade of sobriety. Support Death, Sex & Money by becoming a monthly sustaining member. Sign up now.
From Conversion Therapy to a Rainbow Yarmulke
May 11, 2016 • 24 min
Chaim Levin and Benjy Unger desperately fought their attraction to other men by signing up for gay conversion therapy. They rejected the therapy together, but saved their friendship.
Diane Guerrero on Debt and Deportation
Apr 27, 2016 • 27 min
Orange is the New Black’s Diane Guerrero has been on her own since she was 14, when her parents were deported. What followed were years of financial and emotional struggle. Support Death, Sex & Money by becoming a monthly sustaining member. Sign up now.
When I Almost Died
Apr 20, 2016 • 33 min
Your stories about life after near death.
Dead People Don’t Have Any Secrets
Apr 6, 2016 • 29 min
Amanda’s husband Sam had a lot of secrets, most of which she discovered after his death. That made grieving, and moving on, a lot more complicated. Support Death, Sex & Money by becoming a monthly sustaining member. Sign up now.
Rosie, Sixto, Hari, Uma, Mahershala, Amatus, Lisa & Dan
Mar 23, 2016 • 74 min
During times of big change, family often keeps us grounded. Meet the people who played that role for Rosie Perez, Hari Kondabolu and Mahershala Ali, from our live show in Brooklyn. Support Death, Sex & Money by becoming a monthly sustaining member. Sign…
After My Brother Avonte Disappeared
Mar 16, 2016 • 23 min
Danny Oquendo put his life on hold when his half brother, Avonte, disappeared from his New York City school in 2013. Three years later, his life is dramatically different. Support Death, Sex & Money by becoming a monthly sustaining member. Sign up now.
Falling in Love… With Heroin
Mar 2, 2016 • 29 min
Susanne and Mike met and fell in love with each other…and heroin. They stuck together through addiction and recovery, but things haven’t fallen into place the way they had hoped. Support Death, Sex & Money by becoming a monthly sustaining member. Sign up…
Michael Ian Black’s Middle-Aged Angst
Feb 17, 2016 • 25 min
Comedian Michael Ian Black has been steadily building his career since the ’90s. But he says he’s tired of not finding mainstream success. Support Death, Sex & Money by becoming a monthly sustaining member. Sign up now.
DANCE BREAK!
Feb 10, 2016 • 4 min
You’ve been sending us your anthems of change. Now, we want to see you rock out to them. Support Death, Sex & Money by becoming a monthly sustaining member. Sign up now.
Lucinda Williams Says Whatever the Hell She Wants
Feb 3, 2016 • 29 min
At 63 years old, musician Lucinda Williams is more successful than ever. But with age has come a lot of loss. Support Death, Sex & Money by becoming a monthly sustaining member. Sign up now.
Why Jeb Corliss Jumps Off Cliffs
Jan 27, 2016 • 25 min
Jeb Corliss is a BASE jumper and wingsuit flier who’s learned to very carefully control his emotions. It’s made him fearless and, he says, “impossible to be in a relationship with.” Support Death, Sex & Money by becoming a monthly sustaining member. Sign…
Brooke Shields, Recovering Daughter
Jan 13, 2016 • 30 min
Brooke Shields’ two longest relationships have been with her career and with her mother. But she says she needed one to end for the other to thrive. Support Death, Sex & Money by becoming a monthly sustaining member. Sign up now.
Living Alone, One Year Later
Dec 30, 2015 • 27 min
Living alone has its perks: no one to tell you what to eat, how to decorate, or when to go to bed. But there’s also no one to split the bills with. Support Death, Sex & Money by becoming a monthly sustaining member. Sign up now.
Stop Calling Me ‘The Homeless Valedictorian’
Dec 18, 2015 • 22 min
Last year, Rashema Melson became known as “the homeless valedictorian” with a full ride to Georgetown. Now a sophomore, she’s tired of that label and is questioning where she belongs. Support Death, Sex & Money by becoming a monthly sustaining member.…
Autism Isn’t What I Signed Up For
Dec 9, 2015 • 26 min
When we posted an article on Facebook about deciding to have children, Diane Gill Morris told us, ”If someone had told me this is what it’d be like, I never would have had kids.” Support Death, Sex & Money by becoming a monthly sustaining member. Sign up…
Holland Taylor Steps Off Her Island
Nov 25, 2015 • 23 min
Actress Holland Taylor built a reputation by playing self-assured characters who keep others at a distance. But at 72, she’s finally ready to take a chance on love. Support Death, Sex & Money by becoming a monthly sustaining member. Sign up now.
Why You’re Not Having Sex
Nov 18, 2015 • 28 min
We asked you why you’re not having sex—right now, or ever. These are your stories. Support Death, Sex & Money by becoming a monthly sustaining member. Sign up now.
Kevin Powell Doesn’t Fight Anymore
Nov 4, 2015 • 28 min
In this episode taped before a live audience in New York, writer and original Real World cast member Kevin Powell talks about confronting the anger and violent impulses in his past. Support Death, Sex & Money by becoming a monthly sustaining member. Sign…
All in the Family of Norman Lear
Oct 28, 2015 • 25 min
The 93-year-old writer and producer behind shows like The Jeffersons and All in the Family talks about his childhood and how it shaped the way he’s raised his own six kids. Support Death, Sex & Money by becoming a monthly sustaining member. Sign up now.
The Power of Yesi Ortiz
Oct 21, 2015 • 24 min
On the air, Yesi Ortiz is a warm, flirty host for a popular L.A. hip hop station. Off the air, she’s a single mother of six adopted kids. Managing both roles is a more than a challenge. Support Death, Sex & Money by becoming a monthly sustaining member.…
An Astronaut’s Husband, Left Behind
Oct 7, 2015 • 27 min
Dr. Jonathan Clark lost his wife, astronaut Laurel Clark, in the 2003 Columbia space shuttle explosion. As he grieved, he also learned how to be a single parent to their son. Support Death, Sex & Money by becoming a monthly sustaining member. Sign up now.
The Sex Worker Next Door
Sep 23, 2015 • 34 min
Emma’s a single mom and supports her family with the income she makes from sex work. The money’s good. But she struggles with the secrecy, and the shame. Support Death, Sex & Money by becoming a monthly sustaining member. Sign up now.
From Chaos to Sesame Street
Sep 9, 2015 • 22 min
For 44 years, Sonia Manzano explained letters, numbers, and life to kids on Sesame Street. But her own childhood left her with a lot of questions that lingered into adulthood. Support Death, Sex & Money by becoming a monthly sustaining member. Sign up now.
In New Orleans: How to Get Elected Coroner
Aug 21, 2015 • 22 min
Dr. Jeffrey Rouse is the Orleans Parish coroner—a job he describes as the “interface between law and medicine.” A decade ago, he was preparing for a life in academia, not public office. Support Death, Sex & Money by becoming a monthly sustaining member.…
In New Orleans: A Doctor’s Adopted Home
Aug 20, 2015 • 22 min
Dr. Kiersta Kurtz-Burke spent Hurricane Katrina inside New Orleans’ Charity Hospital. Now that she’s got two kids, she keeps her gas tank full in case they need to evacuate. Support Death, Sex & Money by becoming a monthly sustaining member. Sign up now.
In New Orleans: Big Freedia Bounces Back
Aug 19, 2015 • 25 min
Big Freedia is a reality TV star and fixture on New Orleans’ bounce scene. But days after Hurricane Katrina, she was sleeping on the street outside of the city’s convention center. Support Death, Sex & Money by becoming a monthly sustaining member. Sign…
In New Orleans: Becoming the Demo Diva
Aug 18, 2015 • 17 min
Simone Bruni started her career in hospitality, and dreamed of eventually being a stay-at-home mom. But when Katrina hit, she was 32 and single. So she started a demolition company. Support Death, Sex & Money by becoming a monthly sustaining member. Sign…
In New Orleans: From Raising Hell to Raising Kids
Aug 17, 2015 • 25 min
When Katrina hit, Terri Coleman was a troublemaker—burning cars and getting stoned. She recalls, “The storm allow[ed] my weird adolescent destruction to be socially acceptable.” Support Death, Sex & Money by becoming a monthly sustaining member. Sign up…
Life as a Wife
Aug 12, 2015 • 15 min
Cindy Chupack came into her second marriage with a house on the beach and an Emmy. Her husband came in with a lot of debt. Support Death, Sex & Money by becoming a monthly sustaining member. Sign up now.
Joy Williams’ Public Breakup and Private Grief
Jul 29, 2015 • 20 min
As her Grammy-winning duo The Civil Wars was publicly falling apart, Joy Williams was privately dealing with a rocky patch in her marriage, a new baby and her father’s cancer diagnosis. Support Death, Sex & Money by becoming a monthly sustaining member.…
A Funeral Director’s Life After Burnout
Jul 15, 2015 • 34 min
We check in with Caleb Wilde, the sixth-generation Pennsylvania funeral director who told me about his struggle with depression last year. Support Death, Sex & Money by becoming a monthly sustaining member. Sign up now.
Siblinghood
Jul 1, 2015 • 40 min
After hearing from more than 200 listeners about their siblings, it’s clear that the people we spend our childhoods with aren’t the easiest ones to act like adults toward. Support Death, Sex & Money by becoming a monthly sustaining member. Sign up now.
A Dirty Cop Comes Clean
Jun 17, 2015 • 26 min
Ken Eurell became a cop for the steady paycheck. Then, he figured out how to make money by stealing from crime scenes, taking payoffs from drug dealers, and selling cocaine. Support Death, Sex & Money by becoming a monthly sustaining member. Sign up now.
2 Couples, 1 Poet, a Rock Band and a Dog
Jun 3, 2015 • 73 min
We gathered two married couples, one Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, a dog, a rock band, and a turquoise couch onstage for our first ever live show. Hear what went down. Support Death, Sex & Money by becoming a monthly sustaining member. Sign up now.
Robert Earl Keen Quit Nashville and Stayed Married
May 20, 2015 • 26 min
After a dozen albums, Texas country musician Robert Earl Keen doesn’t chase sex or booze like a younger rock star, but he does pay his band salaries with retirement benefits. Support Death, Sex & Money by becoming a monthly sustaining member. Sign up now.
Brooklyn Left Me Broke, But I Came Back
May 6, 2015 • 21 min
Heidi Reinberg left New York after thirty years because she was priced out of her Brooklyn apartment. A year later, she’s back in her old neighborhood, with a 25 year-old roommate. Support Death, Sex & Money by becoming a monthly sustaining member. Sign…
W. Kamau Bell Wonders How Much Is Enough
Apr 22, 2015 • 21 min
After his television show Totally Biased was cancelled, comedian W. Kamau Bell is balancing the work of rebuilding his career, earning enough money and being a dependable family man. Support Death, Sex & Money by becoming a monthly sustaining member. Sign…
Hedwig, Older and a Little Less Angry
Apr 15, 2015 • 25 min
John Cameron Mitchell created Hedwig and the Angry Inch when he in his 30s. Now he’s playing the title role on Broadway, and says aging and loss have given the show new meaning. Support Death, Sex & Money by becoming a monthly sustaining member. Sign up…
In Sickness and In Mental Health
Apr 8, 2015 • 26 min
Giulia Lukach was three years into her marriage when she began experiencing symptoms of bipolar disorder. She and her husband talk about how her illness has reshaped their marriage. Support Death, Sex & Money by becoming a monthly sustaining member. Sign…
Cancer Changed Ken Jeong’s Comedy
Mar 25, 2015 • 23 min
After years of working as a physician, Ken Jeong quit to pursue acting. Then his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer, and he found himself needing to think like a doctor again. Support Death, Sex & Money by becoming a monthly sustaining member. Sign up…
Where is Lisa Fischer’s Backup?
Mar 11, 2015 • 24 min
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. Support Death, Sex & Money by becoming a monthly sustaining member.…
Cheating Happens.
Feb 25, 2015 • 42 min
There’s the cliche: someone cheats, crockery is thrown, lawyers are called. But your stories about cheating were much more varied, with some unpredictable conclusions. Support Death, Sex & Money by becoming a monthly sustaining member. Sign up now.
Real Love: A Valentine’s Special from Death, Sex & Money
Feb 14, 2015 • 51 min
Sometimes love fits neatly on a card. Sometimes, it spills over into rehab, divorce, or a call from a former Wyoming senator. Support Death, Sex & Money by becoming a monthly sustaining member. Sign up now.
Songs in the Key of Strife
Feb 11, 2015 • 22 min
Teddy and Kami Thompson followed in the footsteps of their musical parents, Richard and Linda Thompson. But they remember their childhood and its lessons about family very differently. Support Death, Sex & Money by becoming a monthly sustaining member.…
Margaret Cho’s Sex Education
Jan 28, 2015 • 22 min
Comedian Margaret Cho frequently jokes about her wild sexual adventures. But now she says she wants something less X-rated and more like a middle school romance. Support Death, Sex & Money by becoming a monthly sustaining member. Sign up now.
Desiree Akhavan’s Breakthrough Breakup
Jan 14, 2015 • 25 min
Akhavan’s debut feature film, Appropriate Behavior, mines the details of her own life—particularly the most uncomfortable moments. It also earned her a spot on this season of Girls. Support Death, Sex & Money by becoming a monthly sustaining member. Sign…
Living Alone and Liking It. Sometimes.
Dec 31, 2014 • 24 min
Living alone has its perks: no one to tell you what to eat, how to decorate, or when to go to bed. But there’s also no one to split the bills with. Support Death, Sex & Money by becoming a monthly sustaining member. Sign up now.
I Killed Someone. Now I Have 3 Kids.
Dec 17, 2014 • 35 min
Lawrence Bartley has been in prison for 23 years on a murder charge. Now, he’s wondering what he’ll say to the parole board—and to his sons, who are still too young to know of his past. Support Death, Sex & Money by becoming a monthly sustaining member.…
College Sweethearts: Transformed
Dec 3, 2014 • 24 min
Liam and Marisa fell in love as college students. Then, Liam began his gender transition. Here, they speak candidly about staying committed through serious change. Support Death, Sex & Money by becoming a monthly sustaining member. Sign up now.
James McBride Resets
Nov 19, 2014 • 26 min
The best-selling author of The Color of Water lived large, and he lost his creative focus. Now, he drives a pickup and teaches music in Brooklyn, and he’s happier than he’s ever been. Support Death, Sex & Money by becoming a monthly sustaining member.…
A Funeral Director’s Dead Reckoning
Nov 5, 2014 • 27 min
Caleb Wilde, a sixth-generation funeral director, will bury many of his friends and family in his small town. In a culture so unable to talk about death, he tweets to feel less alone. Support Death, Sex & Money by becoming a monthly sustaining member.…
Ellen Burstyn’s Lessons on Survival
Oct 22, 2014 • 53 min
Burstyn has countless acting awards, but she says she is proudest of her son. Talking at home, she describes learning how to mother, leaving an abusive marriage and confronting death. Support Death, Sex & Money by becoming a monthly sustaining member.…
My Father’s Secret Life
Oct 8, 2014 • 25 min
Whitney Joiner’s father told her he was HIV-positive in 1992. When she asked if he was gay, he said no. Now, she’s looking for answers about the father she never knew. Support Death, Sex & Money by becoming a monthly sustaining member. Sign up now.
The NFL Made Me Rich. I Won’t Watch It Now.
Sep 24, 2014 • 32 min
Domonique Foxworth can’t stand to see players getting knocked unconscious. In this candid interview, he explains how his need for relevance and security took him from the NFL to Harvard. Support Death, Sex & Money by becoming a monthly sustaining member.…