Death, Sex& Money

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, money, family, work and making it all count while we're here.WNYC Studios is the producer of other leading podcasts including Freakonomics Radio, Note to Self, Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin and many others.

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http://www.wnyc.org/shows/deathsexmoney
Description
A podcast hosted by Anna Sale about the big questions and hard choices that are often left out of polite conversation. Email the show at deathsexmoney@wnyc.org.
Language
🇬🇧 English
last modified
2019-11-19 08:12
last episode published
2019-11-13 12:00
publication frequency
9.09 days
Contributors
WNYC Studios owner   author  
Explicit
false
Number of Episodes
223
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Categories
Society & Culture Health Self-Help Sexuality Arts

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13.11.2019

Who's Driving Your Uber?

I’ve learned a lot about the Bay Area from Uber drivers since I moved here a few years ago. Some of them are relatively new arrivals, like me, but others have watched the region change dramatically over the last few years. When I'm stuck in a car with ...
WNYC Studios author
6.11.2019

A Former Debt Collector's Unpaid Bills

When Angela first started working at a debt collection agency, she says she barely understood what her job was. "I was so completely awestruck that people didn't pay their bills," she told me. "I thought this was going to be really easy. Honestly, I do...
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30.10.2019

When Breast Cancer Pauses Life At 35

Kate Pickert was 35 years old when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. A longtime healthcare policy reporter, she understood a lot about medicine and the healthcare industry. But even with all that insight, Kate wasn't prepared for what the experienc...
WNYC Studios author
23.10.2019

Scattered: The Camp

About a year ago, we put out an episode that was actually a pilot of another show, by comedian Chris Garcia. It was his story about grieving his father's death from Alzheimer's, along with a conversation he had with fellow comedian Karen Kilgariff abou...
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16.10.2019

Saeed Jones Talks About Sex. And Death. And Money.

Saeed Jones' mother, Carol Sweet-Jones, died in 2011—six years after he came out to her over the phone from his college dorm room in Kentucky. They were close, but when Saeed walked into her hospital room the day after she had the heart attack that wou...
WNYC Studios author
2.10.2019

The Student Loan Nerd Helping Borrowers One Email At A Time

A few years ago, Betsy Mayotte stumbled upon the student loan subreddit—a section on Reddit where users ask each other questions about student loan debt. "I can't afford to pay. What should I do? I'm in default. What should I do? I'm trying to see if I...
WNYC Studios author
26.09.2019

Our Student Loan Secrets, Part 2

Nathan realized he couldn't pay his rent and his monthly student loan payments. Beth* collapsed in tears while doing yoga because she couldn't stop worrying about money. Jordan set a calendar reminder to force herself to finally make her first payment....
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25.09.2019

Our Student Loan Secrets, Part 1

It's something that I think about—in some way—every single day. When we asked you back in 2017 to tell us your stories about how student loans are impacting your life, we were overwhelmed by your responses. We heard about years of incremental payments ...
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18.09.2019

E. Jean Carroll: More Interesting, Not Damaged

When writer E. Jean Carroll first arrived in New York City in the early 1980s, she says she was "a nobody from nowhere." Even so, she headed straight for Elaine's, the legendary restaurant on the Upper East Side where writers, celebrities and other pow...
WNYC Studios author
11.09.2019

50 Years Married To A Man Named Sissy

Douglas, Wyoming, natives Vickie and Sissy Goodwin got married in 1968. It was around the time they started their lives together that Vickie learned of a secret Sissy had been harboring since childhood—a preference for feminine clothing and cross-dress...
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4.09.2019

Raphael Saadiq: Music Had To Be My Therapy

Raphael Saadiq's career took off as a member of the R&B trio Tony! Toni! Toné!—a group whose music taught me, a pre-teen at the time, a thing or two about romance and sexiness. He left that group in the mid-'90s, launching a successful solo career ...
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28.08.2019

My Stillbirth During Anna's Maternity Leave

Pregnancy loss happens a lot. Of women who know they’re pregnant, 10 to 15 percent will have a miscarriage before 20 weeks. After that point, pregnancy loss is called a stillbirth. One in 100 pregnancies ends that way. That's what happened to a listene...
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14.08.2019

How Are You "Surfing The Urge" To Drink?

In our episode featuring your stories about drinking, our listener Rachel told us about realizing she'd slipped into a nightly drinking habit—and trying to curb some of her desire to drink. "You have to kind of surf the urge," she explained. "Recognize...
WNYC Studios author
7.08.2019

Michael Arceneaux On Love, Liquid Courage And Letting Go

When writer Michael Arceneaux was in his early 20s, he went to a gay club for the first time—after years of being closeted and denying his sexuality. "I enter a space and I just look at everything and I just get so caught up in my head," he told me. "B...
WNYC Studios author
31.07.2019

Bottled Up: Your Stories About Drinking

It can sometimes feel like alcohol—whether you're drinking it or not—is an intrinsic element of navigating adulthood. After all, over 70 percent of American adults drink. We take drinking so much for granted that we often fail to really engage with the...
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24.07.2019

Rashema Melson's Weakest Yet Bravest Moments

In early May, we got an email from Rashema Melson. I'd first met her in 2015, in her dorm's common room at Georgetown University, where she was adjusting to life on campus after living in a Washington, D.C. homeless shelter in high school. Soon after w...
WNYC Studios author
17.07.2019

A Brother, A Sister, And Their Eating Disorders

Siblings Charlie* and Oscar* were always close growing up. But as they got older, there was one thing that they didn't talk together about: the way they eat.  Both Charlie and Oscar struggle with different types of eating disorders—Charlie has struggle...
WNYC Studios author
10.07.2019

When Work Changes, So Do We

Right after returning from six months of maternity leave, I sat down in the studio with Uma Kondabolu. Uma's been on the show before with her comedian son Hari, but this time I wanted to talk with her one-on-one about big transitions in our work lives....
WNYC Studios author
26.06.2019

Tayari Jones & Carrie Mae Weems: What's It Like Up There?

Carrie Mae Weems always knew she was going to be an artist, but she didn't know she wanted to be a photographer until she got her first camera in her late teens. It was a gift from a boyfriend who turned out to be "manipulative," but it launched her in...
WNYC Studios author
19.06.2019

Sarah Smarsh & Nick Smarsh: Are You Different Than Me?

As a journalist and author, Sarah Smarsh has built her career around examining socioeconomic class. In 2018, her book Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth became a New York Times bestseller and was a final...
WNYC Studios author
12.06.2019

Mahershala Ali & Rafael Casal: Envy Is A Hell Of A Drug

Today, Mahershala Ali is an Oscar-winning actor who lands leading roles in TV shows like True Detective and Hollywood blockbusters like Green Book. But he got his start as a poet-turned-rapper in the Bay Area, where he grew up.  Rafael Casal is another...
WNYC Studios author
5.06.2019

Alia Shawkat & Esther Perel: Life In Our 30s, And 60s

Actor Alia Shawkat just turned 30, and she's got some questions about what's coming around the corner in this decade. So this week, she talks with Belgian-born psychotherapist Esther Perel about what that period of time was like in her life—when she ha...
WNYC Studios author
22.05.2019

Tressie McMillan Cottom & Trevor Noah: Optimistic and Depressed

When Trevor Noah started hosting The Daily Show in 2016, he says he told his head writer early on that he might sometimes be late to work. "I'm suffering from depression and sometimes I do not see the purpose of getting out of my bed or living life," h...
WNYC Studios author
15.05.2019

Al Letson & Nikole Hannah-Jones: Sensitive, Not Scared

Journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones spends time in some pretty elite spaces—she's a staff writer at The New York Times Magazine, the recipient of a MacArthur "genius" grant, and a force to be reckoned with on Twitter. But, as she tells Al Letson (host of Re...
WNYC Studios author
8.05.2019

Jason Isbell & Will Welch: Somebody Needs Me

Singer-songwriter Jason Isbell and GQ editor-in-chief Will Welch met in 2004, at what Jason says was "the lowest point of my life." Since then, the two long-distance friends have seen each other through divorce, new marriages, career climbs, a cancer d...
WNYC Studios author
24.04.2019

Damon Young & Kiese Laymon: The "Good Dude" Closet

Writers Damon Young and Kiese Laymon both are on book tour, promoting their acclaimed memoirs. And while they've been friends via social media for years, they'd never met face to face before recording a conversation for Death, Sex & Money. The two ...
WNYC Studios author
17.04.2019

John Cameron Mitchell & Marilyn Maye: I Will Survive

When singer Marilyn Maye turned 90, she celebrated on stage in New York City in a performance residency she called "90 At Last." Now 91, the Kansas-based jazz and cabaret legend talks with actor and Hedwig and the Angry Inch creator John Cameron Mitche...
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10.04.2019

Lisa Ling & Awkwafina: Shut Up, Let Me Shine

Awkwafina grew up Nora Lum in Queens, and was raised by her father and grandmother after her mother died when she was four years old. Guest host Lisa Ling talks with Awkwafina about how she coped with that loss by developing a sense of humor early on, ...
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8.04.2019

The 2019 Maternity Leave Lineup

Having a Death, Sex & Money-style conversation isn't easy. It's long. It's intense. And it can get very awkward. In those moments when you might gloss over a sensitive topic, break the tension, and move on to the next question...you instead have to...
WNYC Studios author
27.03.2019

A Father and Daughter Talk About Layoffs

We asked for your stories about layoffs, and we heard from a lot of you—including a listener named Stephanie. She wrote in about her dad, Steve, who lost his job two years ago and has been looking for work ever since. She told us that they talk about w...
WNYC Studios author
20.03.2019

Daniel K. Isaac Is Opting For The Gray Area

Actor Daniel K. Isaac grew up as the only child of a single immigrant mother. She's a devout Christian—so the first time Daniel came out to her, it was to ask for her help to stop being gay. But in his late teens, after years spent voluntarily in conve...
WNYC Studios author
6.03.2019

José Andrés Googled ‘How To Be A Father’

When Chef José Andrés moved from Spain to the U.S. in 1991, tapas weren't yet a thing on this side of the Atlantic. José is credited with changing that. He opened his first restaurant in Washington, D.C. when he was just 23 years old, and today he has ...
WNYC Studios author
20.02.2019

When We Sent Our Son Away

We first met Diane Gill Morris three years ago, when her two sons, Kenny and Theo, were in their early teens. Both of them are autistic, and Diane worried about where they would end up living—and who would end up caring for them—when they became adults...
WNYC Studios author
19.02.2019

Autism Isn't What I Signed Up For

Diane Gill Morris was 25 when her first son, Kenny, was born. About 15 months later, she and her husband realized that he’d stopped talking. By the time Kenny was officially diagnosed with autism, Diane’s second son, Theo, was eight months old. Less th...
WNYC Studios author
6.02.2019

How Nikki Giovanni Finally Learned To Cry

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."  Anna Sale and Nikki Giovanni, live in The Greene Space in New Yo...
WNYC Studios author
23.01.2019

Let's Talk About Porn Again

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 s...
WNYC Studios author
18.01.2019

How Do You Bring Up Your STI?

This week, we put out an episode about sexually transmitted infections. A lot of people featured in the episode talked about what happened after they told a potential partner about their STI. But we heard from a listener who wants to hear what those di...
WNYC Studios author
16.01.2019

Sexually Transmitted Secrets

One in 8 Americans has genital herpes, and rates of gonorrhea, syphilis and chlamydia are all climbing. But when we asked our listeners to tell us their stories about having an STI, what we heard about was how alone you can feel when you have one.  Wan...
WNYC Studios author
14.01.2019

So Many Sex Ed Fails

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 a part of our month-long series call...
WNYC Studios author
9.01.2019

I Wanted To Be A "Good Girl"

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 int...
WNYC Studios author
19.12.2018

When A Banker Was Called To The Convent

Sister Josephine Garrett grew up Baptist and worked her way up the corporate ladder—eventually becoming a vice president at Bank of America, where she managed a few hundred employees. But after converting to Catholicism in her mid-20s, the idea of beco...
WNYC Studios author
5.12.2018

I Married A Dreamer During The Trump Presidency

Vanessa and Freddy had been dating for just a few months when she first brought up the idea of marriage, while they eating at their favorite taco place. "He just was silent, like he just looked at me, and then looked down at his food and kept eating," ...
WNYC Studios author
20.11.2018

Married, Paralyzed and Moving On

Two years ago, Hiroki Takeuchi was paralyzed from the waist down in a cycling accident. It was just weeks after he and his wife, Rachel Swidenbank, got married. When we first spoke in early 2017, Hiroki was still figuring out the basics of day-to-day l...
WNYC Studios author
8.11.2018

John Green Thinks Adulthood is Underrated

Author John Green is a master of connecting with young people. His YA novels, and the popular YouTube channel he runs with his younger brother Hank, have created massive communities of teenage fans all over the world. But when he was growing up in Orla...
WNYC Studios author
31.10.2018

Why Governor Jennifer Granholm Cut Her Hair

When Jennifer Granholm ran for Attorney General of Michigan in 1998, she had three young children at home — including a 10 month old baby. But that was not something she wanted voters to know about. "You didn't even really see my husband," Jennifer tol...
WNYC Studios author
30.10.2018

Tell Us Your Sex Ed Fails

A listener named Lauren emailed the Death, Sex & Money inbox recently with a request: Could we please talk more about blue balls? She explained that when she was a young woman, she had male partners tell her it was literally unsafe for them not to ...
WNYC Studios author
17.10.2018

When Fire Takes Everything: Rebuilding in Northern California

In the middle of the night on October 8th, 2017, Ed and Kathy Hamilton were woken up by banging on their front door. When they opened it, their neighbor was standing there, and behind her, the sky was glowing red. "It was just a scene from hell," Ed sa...
WNYC Studios author
3.10.2018

I Served 27 Years In Prison. Now, I'm Out On Parole.

"Sometimes I wake up, and I say, what if I wake up, and I'm in my bedroom? And I wake up and I always see the bars there. And I wonder [about] the day when I’m going to wake up and I’m not going to see the bars there." That's what Lawrence Bartley told...
WNYC Studios author
19.09.2018

Jane Fonda After Death and Divorce, Revisted

What do you think of when you think of Jane Fonda? The sexy space traveller from Barbarella? Vietnam War activist? Fitness goddess? Fonda has had quite the career. She’s also had three marriages — to a French director, an anti-war activist, and the bil...
WNYC Studios author
5.09.2018

Hot Dates: Last Summer Nights

A lot has changed over the course of the summer for the group of eight listeners whose dating lives we've been following in real-time—they've been through breakups, hookups, move-ins, friends that might become more than friends and awkward dates. For m...
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