Death, Sex & Money

Death, Sex & Money

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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


Financial Therapy: Why Did I Take That Risk?
May 27 • 28 min
Two years ago, Mathew* quit an executive job and struck out on his own to found an independent consulting firm. After months of bringing in “90% less than what [he] used to,” business was finally starting to pick up earlier this year—and then the pandemic…
Financial Therapy: What Is Our Savings For?
May 20 • 28 min
Before the pandemic, Dale ran an event space in Knoxville, Tennessee. After cancelling every booking this month—which was set to be their busiest ever—she finds herself wondering how to share the burden of her financial anxiety with her husband—and how to…
Financial Therapy: Meet Amanda Clayman
May 18 • 14 min
Many of our financial situations have changed drastically in the past two months. We’re calling on a financial therapist to help us sort through all of the emotions those shifts are bringing up. Listen out for our special series with Amanda Clayman,…
Madeleine Albright On Ambition and Obsoleteness
May 13 • 33 min
The former secretary of state reflects on how now, in her 80s, she’s re-experiencing a feeling she had in her 20s—after graduating from college and putting her career aside for family. We’re collecting your memories and stories about people you’ve lost to…
What Is A “Good Death” During A Pandemic?
May 8 • 4 min
A listener named Lindsay, who works as a nurse in an ICU, is struggling with the way her patients are dying from COVID-19. Have thoughts to share with Lindsay? Email us at deathsexmoney@wnyc.org.
Samantha Irby Is Prepared To Gracefully Bow Out
May 6 • 32 min
The bestselling writer reflects on her sense of pride, and why she’s got no problem going back to an hourly job ”the minute it feels like this is over.” Help us reach our fundraising goal! Support Death, Sex & Money by becoming a sustaining member today…
Student Loans And The Pandemic: Your Questions, Answered
Apr 27 • 25 min
A lot has changed in the student loan landscape since the pandemic hit. In this special collaboration with NPR’s Life Kit, student loan expert Betsy Mayotte answers your questions about who is covered under the CARES Act, how private loan borrowers can…
They Were Managing Their OCD. Then Came The Pandemic.
Apr 22 • 29 min
Listener Diane Davis and author John Green have spent years learning tools to manage their obsessive thoughts and fears of contamination. But COVID-19 is putting all of them to the test. Sign up for our newsletter today at deathsexmoney.org/newsletter.…
An Immunocompromised Love Story
Apr 15 • 32 min
We check in with Alana Duran, who has lupus and received a donor kidney several years ago from her new girlfriend at the time, Lori Interlicchio. What are you noticing about physical touch and intimacy right now? Whether you’re partnered or single, we…
A Weekend Homework Assignment From Tayari Jones
Apr 10 • 9 min
One of the things writer Tayari Jones has learned in isolation is mastering different forms of connection, from re-learning how to teach her college students over Zoom to sending money to friends in need. The simplest way she’s connecting? Greeting cards!…
Goodbye, John Prine
Apr 7 • 23 min
“I’m just a lucky guy,” John Prine told me in our 2018 interview. We will miss him.
“Nobody Comes Here To Hide”: Remembering Bill Withers
Apr 3 • 22 min
Songwriting icon Bill Withers died this week at 81 years old. Today, we revisit my conversation with him—from the very first episode of Death, Sex & Money.
“We Are The Glue”: Stories From Essential Workers
Apr 1 • 24 min
A few weeks back, we created a Pandemic Tool Kit for those of us who are staying home during the COVID-19 crisis. But we also wanted to hear from those of you who can’t stay home right now because your jobs have been deemed essential—about what’s on your…
A Surgical Nurse On Being Essential
Mar 30 • 5 min
We asked essential workers to write in about what they need, and what they’re thinking about. Here’s what one surgical nurse in Ohio told us. Not subscribed to our newsletter yet? Sign up at deathsexmoney.org/newsletter. And follow our show on Twitter,…
If You Can’t Isolate, What Do You Need?
Mar 27 • 2 min
If you’re an essential worker who isn’t able to stay home, we want to know what’s on your mind right now and what’s helping you. Record a voice memo and send it to deathsexmoney@wnyc.org. And if you are staying at home right now—we have an assignment for…
Confessions of a Nashville Power Couple
Mar 26 • 29 min
Jason Isbell was a restless guitarist. Amanda Shires was a fiddler who turned his life around. In 2014, they were a year into marriage, and discovering that sobriety and success come with new challenges. Want more? Here are a few other conversations from…
What Rockstars And Sober People Already Know About Quarantine
Mar 25 • 25 min
“It’s bringing me back to early recovery….I have to think about the things that keep me sober for right now, because we have no idea what tomorrow is going to look like.” Not subscribed to our newsletter yet? Sign up at deathsexmoney.org/newsletter. And…
We Made A Pandemic Tool Kit
Mar 20 • 1 min
This week, you’ve been helping us build a Pandemic Tool Kit. Now we want to see it in action! Pick something to do from the kit this weekend and send in your field reports from your activities of choice—pictures, voices memos, emails, whatever—to…
Ben Sinclair Is A Fan Of Endings
Mar 18 • 26 min
The High Maintenance star reflects on his childhood, what he’s learned from his divorce, and why he’s starting to smoke less weed. Looking for some TV recs? Here are five of my favorite High Maintenance episodes. I only picked from the last four seasons…
Alone Together: A COVID-19 Call-In
Mar 13 • 75 min
Anna and Kai Wright, host of WNYC’s The United States of Anxiety podcast, take your calls about how the coronavirus is impacting your life, your relationships, and your plans—and how you’re coping with it all. You can find coronavirus tips and resources…
Why You’re Not Having Sex
Mar 11 • 35 min
We asked you why you’re not having sex—right now, or ever. These are your stories. How is the coronavirus impacting your life? How is it changing the way you think about your relationship to other people? Anna is taking your live calls this Friday, March…
Sugar Babies Cost Me $8,000 And My Marriage
Mar 4 • 31 min
A listener talks about why he thought hiring sex workers could save his marriage⁠—while also knowing it could destroy it. We’re looking for your stories about climate change, and about what happens when you take a minute to slow down and force yourself to…
Maria Bamford Didn’t Wait For It To Be Perfect
Feb 26 • 29 min
The comedian talks with me about what mental illness has taught her about managing money and allowing herself to be loved. Maria’s new comedy special is called Weakness Is The Brand. Listen to This American Life episode 261 to hear more about the…
Cancer Changed Ken Jeong’s Comedy
Feb 19 • 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. This episode was originally broadcast in 2015. Sign up for our newsletter by…
No Slumping With Twyla Tharp
Feb 12 • 29 min
I talk with the dancer and choreographer about the low-budget beginning of her prolific career, and about dealing with new physical limitations while creating new works in her late 70s. Send a Death, Sex & Money Valentine! Find episodes to send to your…
Carmen Maria Machado Is Using The Word ‘Abusive’
Feb 5 • 32 min
The writer reflects on her first relationship with a woman, finding the words to talk about experiencing abuse, and the process of writing it all down in her memoir. Sign up for our newsletter by going to deathsexmoney.org/newsletter, and every Wednesday…
Who Are Your ‘Quick And Deep’ Friends?
Jan 29 • 13 min
A conversation with a psychologist about the importance of friends who cross racial lines—and those who don’t. Want to reflect on how race has factored into your friendships? Take our survey at deathsexmoney.org/friendship. Afterward, you can see how…
Ask Code Switch: What About Your Friends?
Jan 23 • 49 min
Your stories about race and friendship brought up a lot of questions. Our friends at NPR’s Code Switch podcast have some answers. And if you missed it, make sure you check out our episode right before this one, called “Between Friends: Your Stories About…
Between Friends: Your Stories About Race and Friendship
Jan 22 • 47 min
“Your white friend can just make one comment and it feels like a trap door has opened up from underneath,” one listener told us when we asked for stories about race and friendship. “And I’m thrust back into the realities of living in a racist America.”…
Inside Planned Parenthood
Jan 8 • 27 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. This episode was originally broadcast in 2016. Sign up for our…
Saeed Jones’s New Year’s Determinations
Jan 1 • 6 min
The writer reads an essay about his mom, and explains why she always made New Year’s “determinations” instead of “resolutions.” We want to hear YOUR determinations! Record a voice memo telling us what you “will” do in 2020, and send it to us at…
Death, Sex & Money’s 2019 Year End Spectacular
Dec 25, 2019 • 31 min
The team reflects together on the best Death, Sex & Money moments of 2019—things you heard on the show, and things you didn’t. Donate to Death, Sex & Money before the end of the year, and we’ll send you one of our fabulous Maternity Leave Lineup posters,…
Liz Phair’s Rebellious Streak Works For Her
Dec 18, 2019 • 27 min
The musician on her “run and gun” days in the early ’90s, and the two affairs that shaped her adult life. Sign up for our newsletter at deathsexmoney.org/newsletter, and every Wednesday we’ll send you podcast listening recommendations, listener letters…
The Children Of Heart Mountain
Dec 11, 2019 • 33 min
At an annual pilgrimage back to a former Japanese American incarceration site, we hear from people reliving complicated childhood memories, and descendants looking for answers. For more about Japanese American incarceration and the language we use to talk…
Cheating Happens
Dec 4, 2019 • 41 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. If you like this episode, check out this week’s episode of the Aria Code podcast, from…
Anne Lamott: Death Sucks, And It’s Holy
Nov 27, 2019 • 22 min
“Your life will be greatly enhanced by spending time with dying people,” Anne Lamott says. “Death is not the enemy. Snakes are.” Sign up for our newsletter at deathsexmoney.org/newsletter, and every Wednesday we’ll send you podcast listening…
Hasan Minhaj’s Honest Mistakes
Nov 20, 2019 • 31 min
Hasan Minhaj was drawn to comedy because of its “radical honesty.” But that hasn’t always translated well to his personal life. Don’t miss our weekly newsletter! Sign up at deathsexmoney.org/newsletter and we’ll send you weekly audio picks, behind the…
Who’s Driving Your Uber?
Nov 13, 2019 • 28 min
Domestic violence. The ripples of the financial crisis. A new immigrant’s dashed hopes. This is what we heard about two years ago after we asked, “Why’d you start driving for Uber?” Sign up for our newsletter at deathsexmoney.org/newsletter, and every…
A Former Debt Collector’s Unpaid Bills
Nov 6, 2019 • 31 min
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. We’re still collecting your stories about the moments where race became a…
When Breast Cancer Pauses Life At 35
Oct 30, 2019 • 30 min
After a breast cancer diagnosis at 35, author Kate Pickert reflects on maintaining normalcy during treatment, why she didn’t tell her daughter she was sick, and how she thinks about mortality now. Sign up for our newsletter at…
Scattered: The Camp
Oct 23, 2019 • 27 min
In comedian Chris Garcia’s new podcast, Scattered, 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. Subscribe to our newsletter at deathsexmoney.org/newsletter and…
Saeed Jones Talks About Sex. And Death. And Money.
Oct 16, 2019 • 32 min
The writer and poet traces the joy and shame of learning about sex, mourning his mother, and finally feeling financially comfortable. Subscribe to our newsletter at deathsexmoney.org/newsletter and we’ll send you weekly audio picks, behind the scenes…
The Student Loan Nerd Helping Borrowers One Email At A Time
Oct 2, 2019 • 29 min
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. Explore more than 4,000 of your stories about student loans, find out where you fit in…
Our Student Loan Secrets, Part 2
Sep 26, 2019 • 27 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 4,000 of your stories about student loans, find out…
Our Student Loan Secrets, Part 1
Sep 25, 2019 • 33 min
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. Explore more than 4,000 of your stories about student loans, find out where you fit in the student…
E. Jean Carroll: More Interesting, Not Damaged
Sep 18, 2019 • 31 min
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. Sign up for our newsletter at deathsexmoney.org/newsletter, and every Wednesday we’ll send you…
50 Years Married To A Man Named Sissy
Sep 11, 2019 • 32 min
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. Sign up for our newsletter at deathsexmoney.org/newsletter, and every…
Raphael Saadiq: Music Had To Be My Therapy
Sep 4, 2019 • 24 min
Musical icon Raphael Saadiq talks to us about using music to cope with loss, reflecting on love, and creating light in darkness. Listen to Anna’s Spotify playlist of her favorite Raphael Saadiq songs and collaborations here. Sign up for our newsletter at…
My Stillbirth During Anna’s Maternity Leave
Aug 28, 2019 • 29 min
We hear from you often about pregnancy loss, and the grief that accompanies it. Here is one listener’s story. And if you’ve been through pregnancy or infant loss, check out our collaborative spreadsheet. It’s a place where you can suggest the books,…
How Are You “Surfing The Urge” To Drink?
Aug 14, 2019 • 6 min
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. Sign up for our newsletter at deathsexmoney.org/newsletter, and every Wednesday we’ll send you podcast listening…
Michael Arceneaux On Love, Liquid Courage And Letting Go
Aug 7, 2019 • 24 min
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. In our last episode, we asked you about what you do when you’re trying to cut back on…
Bottled Up: Your Stories About Drinking
Jul 31, 2019 • 39 min
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. Here’s what you told us. If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol or…
Rashema Melson’s Weakest Yet Bravest Moments
Jul 24, 2019 • 26 min
Rashema Melson recently got her college degree. Leading up to graduation day, she cracked open the “time capsules” we recorded with her, right before she dropped out of Georgetown—and right before she came back. Sign up for our newsletter at…
A Brother, A Sister, And Their Eating Disorders
Jul 17, 2019 • 23 min
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. Sign up for our newsletter at deathsexmoney.org/newsletter, and every Wednesday we’ll send you podcast listening…
When Work Changes, So Do We
Jul 10, 2019 • 22 min
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. Are you new to Death, Sex & Money? Check out our starter kit of some of our…
Tayari Jones & Carrie Mae Weems: What’s It Like Up There?
Jun 26, 2019 • 25 min
In the final installment of our maternity leave lineup, bestselling author Tayari Jones sits down with artist Carrie Mae Weems to talk about independence, art, relationships, and one very fabulous white silk dress worn for a spur-of-the-moment wedding.…
Sarah Smarsh & Nick Smarsh: Are You Different Than Me?
Jun 19, 2019 • 20 min
The bestselling author and Kansan talks with her dad about what happens when you grow up believing the hard way is the best way, and then cross over into a different class. This episode is part of our 2019 Maternity Leave Lineup of guest hosted shows…
Mahershala Ali & Rafael Casal: Envy Is A Hell Of A Drug
Jun 12, 2019 • 25 min
The Oscar-winning actor interviews the co-creator of one of his favorite movies of 2018, Blindspotting, about his childhood as a “knucklehead” in the Bay Area, finding a creative partner, and avoiding jealousy. This episode is part of our 2019 Maternity…
Alia Shawkat & Esther Perel: Life In Our 30s, And 60s
Jun 5, 2019 • 26 min
The last time Alia Shawkat was on the show, she was offering advice about being in your 20s. Now she’s back, this time, getting advice about her 30s from therapist Esther Perel. This episode is part of our 2019 Maternity Leave Lineup of guest hosted shows…
Tressie McMillan Cottom & Trevor Noah: Optimistic and Depressed
May 22, 2019 • 25 min
The Daily Show host says he sometimes struggles to get out of bed. But he’s comfortable saying that with a smile. This episode is part of our 2019 Maternity Leave Lineup of guest hosted shows while our regular host, Anna Sale, is out on leave. Are you new…
Al Letson & Nikole Hannah-Jones: Sensitive, Not Scared
May 15, 2019 • 30 min
Journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones self-describes as “super sensitive.” But that’s not the same thing as being scared. This episode is part of our 2019 Maternity Leave Lineup of guest hosted shows while our regular host, Anna Sale, is out on leave. Are you…
Jason Isbell & Will Welch: Somebody Needs Me
May 8, 2019 • 30 min
The Nashville singer-songwriter and the editor-in-chief of GQ Magazine sit down together to talk about their close friendship, Will’s recent cancer diagnosis, expensive risk-taking, and their shared sobriety. This episode is part of our 2019 Maternity…
Damon Young & Kiese Laymon: The “Good Dude” Closet
Apr 24, 2019 • 27 min
The writers on why the label covers a multitude of sins. Don’t forget to subscribe to our weekly email newsletter! Every Wednesday we send out podcast listening recommendations, fascinating letters from our inbox and updates from the show. Sign up at…
John Cameron Mitchell & Marilyn Maye: I Will Survive
Apr 17, 2019 • 28 min
The actor and Hedwig and the Angry Inch creator talks with 91-year-old cabaret singing legend Marilyn Maye about love affairs, alcoholism and their hopes and fears about aging. Please give to our spring fundraising campaign and keep Death, Sex & Money…
Lisa Ling & Awkwafina: Shut Up, Let Me Shine
Apr 10, 2019 • 26 min
The Crazy Rich Asians actor talks with guest host Lisa Ling about how Bambi helped her process her mom’s death, and why she has no qualms about turning down offers to do high-paying panty liner commercials. The Death, Sex & Money community is a vibrant…
The 2019 Maternity Leave Lineup
Apr 8, 2019 • 2 min
For the next few months, some of our favorite past Death, Sex & Money guests—and some new folks, too—are taking a turn in the host chair and interviewing the people they’re most curious about. Among them: Journalist Lisa Ling talks with rapper and actor…
A Father and Daughter Talk About Layoffs
Mar 27, 2019 • 11 min
We asked for your stories about being laid off. A listener named Stephanie wrote in about her dad. Take our survey about losing a job by going to deathsexmoney.org/laidoff. And find advice from other listeners about how to handle a layoff by texting “LAID…
Daniel K. Isaac Is Opting For The Gray Area
Mar 20, 2019 • 26 min
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. Please give to support Death, Sex & Money. If we get 150 new supporters by April 30th, we’ll…
José Andrés Googled ‘How To Be A Father’
Mar 6, 2019 • 25 min
José Andrés is at the helm of more than a dozen restaurants and is famous for his humanitarian work. But when it comes to parenting, he says he’s often felt less than confident. Apply for our Summer 2019 internship in New York! Applications are due March…
When We Sent Our Son Away
Feb 20, 2019 • 22 min
Diane Gill Morris moved her whole family, including her two young adult sons who have autism, into a house she thought they’d live in forever. Then one of her sons had a violent outburst, throwing everything into question. Have you been laid off? Text…
Autism Isn’t What I Signed Up For
Feb 19, 2019 • 28 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.” Look out for an update from Diane tomorrow, about what’s happened since her…
How Nikki Giovanni Finally Learned To Cry
Feb 6, 2019 • 29 min
The legendary poet talks with host Anna Sale in front of a live audience about standing up to her father, surviving breast and lung cancer, and why she now cries “over any damn thing.” Have you ever been laid off? We want to hear about it—how you talked…
Let’s Talk About Porn Again
Jan 23, 2019 • 30 min
We’re revisiting our most-listened to episode ever, about porn. Your stories about secret hard drives, fantasy plot lines, illegal downloads, titillating Tumblr feeds, and giving porn up completely. We’re sharing this episode as part of our month-long…
How Do You Bring Up Your STI?
Jan 18, 2019 • 4 min
If you have an STI, we’ve got an assignment for you. Send your voice memos to deathsexmoney@wnyc.org.
Sexually Transmitted Secrets
Jan 16, 2019 • 25 min
STI rates are on the rise. But when we asked our listeners to tell us their stories about having an STI, what we heard about was how alone it makes you feel. This episode is part of our month-long series called Our Sex (Mis)Educations. Find the entire…
So Many Sex Ed Fails
Jan 14, 2019 • 7 min
You have a limited number of orgasms in life. Your penis will fall off if you get an infection. Kissing will get you pregnant. We asked you to share your ”sex ed fails”—and you all had a lot to say. This episode is part of our month-long series called Our…
I Wanted To Be A “Good Girl”
Jan 9, 2019 • 26 min
Andrea grew up attending an evangelical church in Texas, where she was taught to abstain from sex until marriage and keep herself sexually “pure.” That early sex education—and her decision to have premarital sex anyway—had long-lasting impact, well into…
When A Banker Was Called To The Convent
Dec 19, 2018 • 26 min
Sister Josephine Garrett grew up Baptist and worked her way up the corporate ladder—only to realize in her late 20s that she wanted to convert to Catholicism and become a nun. It’s the end of the year, and we need you — yes, YOU! — to keep Death, Sex &…
I Married A Dreamer During The Trump Presidency
Dec 5, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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…