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The Great Guest Takeover


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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.

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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 …

Chris Gethard & Tim Dillon

September 21st, 2016


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 …

Sonia Manzano & Justice Sonia Sotomayor

September 14th, 2016


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 …

Life Is a Mystery

August 24th, 2016


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 …

Your Death, Sex & Money Short Stories – Live!

August 17th, 2016


We asked for your favorite short stories about death, sex and money. Hear actors Sam Underwood and Kathleen Chalfant perform two of them. 

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Anna Chlumsky Catches the Worm

August 10th, 2016


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 …

Dating Was So Hard, Until It Wasn't

July 27th, 2016


Katie Heaney wrote a memoir about her lifelong single status. Then she realized she was looking for love in the wrong place. 

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We're Not Going To Have Karl Again

July 13th, 2016


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 …

Tituss Burgess Airs His Laundry

June 29th, 2016


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. 

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Inside Planned Parenthood

June 22nd, 2016


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 …

Danielle Brooks Is Ready to Talk About Sex

June 8th, 2016


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.

An Update from Susanne

June 1st, 2016


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.

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How Jeff Daniels Got Sober, Again

May 25th, 2016


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. 

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From Conversion Therapy to a Rainbow Yarmulke

May 11th, 2016


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

April 27th, 2016


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 …

When I Almost Died

April 20th, 2016


Your stories about life after near death. 

Dead People Don't Have Any Secrets

April 6th, 2016


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.

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Rosie, Sixto, Hari, Uma, Mahershala, Amatus, Lisa & Dan

March 23rd, 2016


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, …

After My Brother Avonte Disappeared

March 16th, 2016


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 …

Falling in Love... With Heroin

March 2nd, 2016


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.

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Michael Ian Black's Middle-Aged Angst

February 17th, 2016


Comedian Michael Ian Black has been steadily building his career since the '90s. But he says he's tired of not finding mainstream success. 

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February 10th, 2016


You've been sending us your anthems of change. Now, we want to see you rock out to them. 

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Lucinda Williams Says Whatever the Hell She Wants

February 3rd, 2016


At 63 years old, musician Lucinda Williams is more successful than ever. But with age has come a lot of loss.

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Why Jeb Corliss Jumps Off Cliffs

January 27th, 2016


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, …

Brooke Shields, Recovering Daughter

January 13th, 2016


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. 

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Living Alone, One Year Later

December 30th, 2015


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.

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