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Death, Sex & Money

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Anna Sale explores the big questions and hard choices that are often left out of polite conversation.

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Ellen Burstyn at 90 Today

September 27th, 2023


Anna and Ellen Burstyn check in 9 years after they first spoke. Ellen talks about the relationships that make up her life in this moment, her dog, and finding novelty in the everyday.

You can listen to the original …

Revisiting Ellen Burstyn at 81

September 20th, 2023


We’re listening back to one of Anna’s favorite episodes, when actor Ellen Burstyn invited us into her apartment for a sprawling interview about her past and present.  

In next week’s episode, you’ll hear a new …

I Did Surrogacy For Money And Now I’m Starting Over

September 13th, 2023


Anna follows up with Sarah Short, the mom who became a surrogate to pay off debt. They discuss her divorce, starting her own business, and why this …

A Headline Stays Static Even As A Life Transforms

September 6th, 2023


Lawrence Bartley was first on the show in 2014 while he was still in prison. In this new episode, he talks about becoming an award-winning journalist and the negative impact of a headline from our show. 

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Why Ezra Klein Thinks “We're Living Through A Mistake”

August 30th, 2023


The New York Times journalist talks about the difficulties of early parenthood, the lure of communal living, and why he loves Burning Man.

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A Trans Elder’s ‘Final Act’: Musician Beverly Glenn-Copeland

August 23rd, 2023


The 79-year-old musician tells Anna about coming into his gender identity, “being cared for” by his bandmates, and the joys–and pitfalls–of finding …

Secrets, Turn-Ons, and Fantasies: Your Stories About Porn

August 9th, 2023


We revisit our most popular episode, featuring your stories about secret hard drives, fantasy plot lines, illegal downloads, titillating Tumblr …

Bells and Bills: The Price You Paid For Your Wedding

August 2nd, 2023


In this episode we asked listeners if they were currently planning a wedding, and if money had become a sticking point. We heard from couples with vastly different ideas of what they wanted to spend, about opinionated …

The Crude Reality of Debt from This is Uncomfortable

July 19th, 2023


Kate Beaton was determined to work her way out of debt. But nothing could have prepared her for the experience of toiling in the Canadian oil sands.

Why Writer Brandon Taylor Likes Being “A Little Bit Lonely”

July 12th, 2023


The author talks about arguing in high school English classes, learning to manage money, and his evolving relationship with the Internet.

Did you …

I Still Love My Dad, But I Don't Love Guns

July 5th, 2023


Two years after Anna’s first conversation with a listener named Jack, she called him back for an update on his relationship with his dad, and his relationship to firearms.

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Can You Help Your Kid’s Anxiety By Changing Your Behavior?

June 28th, 2023


Kids look to their parents to keep them safe and to show them how much risk they can handle, but parents are often winging it as they walk that line. …

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