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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, money, family, work and making it all count while we're h… read more

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Rent Is Due Tomorrow

July 31st, 2020


Today is July 31st—which means that for many people, rent is due tomorrow. But we know from watching recent data that a lot of people won't be able …

Books We Love: A Big Conversation About "Big Friendship"

July 29th, 2020


Authors, podcasters and longtime friends Ann Friedman and Aminatou Sow on friendship therapists, awkward spa weekends and why the word "bestie" just doesn't cut it. 

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How Bobby Berk Became A Boss

July 22nd, 2020


"I failed a lot, you know, I made a lot of wrong decisions. I just, I never let my failures end it." 

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A Widow’s Guide To Grieving

July 15th, 2020


"My therapist told me that it was okay to be mad at him for dying, whether or not it's rational. Because nothing about this is logical or makes …

Books We Love: Michael Arceneaux’s “I Don’t Want To Die Poor”

July 10th, 2020


The writer joined me live on Zoom to talk student loan debt, luxury CBD drinks, and why he's not going to "pimp out [his] trauma."

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What Money Can't Solve

July 8th, 2020


A confession is tortured out of a suspect. He goes to prison. Back in 2016, he got a check for what he endured. But forgiveness is not part of the …

Skin Hunger: Part 2

July 1st, 2020


In this collaboration with the podcast Love + Radio, we hear from listeners whose relationships ended right before the pandemic—or because of it. 

Skin Hunger: Part 1

June 29th, 2020


Along with the podcast Love + Radio, we've been asking you about how you're coping with a lack of physical touch in your lives due to the pandemic. …

When Six Feet Isn't An Option

June 24th, 2020


Two stories on incarceration and coronavirus: an update from Lawrence Bartley, whose time sheltering in place has him reflecting on his time in prison, and a woman who wrote to him, worried about her incarcerated …

An Essential Worker, Going Back In

June 17th, 2020


A conversation with Sharron, a certified nursing assistant in Virginia, who we first met in our essential workers episode this spring.

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I Love You, But There's This Money Thing...

June 10th, 2020


From budgeting blue books to a $60,000 engagement ring: your stories about love and money.

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"This Has Been A Long Time Coming."

June 5th, 2020


We asked you what you needed to say in this moment of reckoning with police brutality, structural racism, and grief. Here's what you told us. 

We …

Financial Therapy: How Much Should I Help My Family?

June 3rd, 2020


"It's difficult to sometimes separate myself from being the one that always has to have it together."

This episode is part of a special Financial …

What Do You Need To Say Right Now?

June 1st, 2020


What do you need to say right now?

As we take in the anguish that's surfacing today—about the fact that COVID19 is disproportionately impacting …

Financial Therapy: Why Did I Take That Risk?

May 27th, 2020


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 …

Financial Therapy: What Is Our Savings For?

May 20th, 2020


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 …

Financial Therapy: Meet Amanda Clayman

May 18th, 2020


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 …

Madeleine Albright On Ambition and Obsoleteness

May 13th, 2020


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 …

What Is A "Good Death" During A Pandemic?

May 8th, 2020


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

Samantha Irby Is Prepared To Gracefully Bow Out

May 6th, 2020


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."

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Student Loans And The Pandemic: Your Questions, Answered

April 27th, 2020


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 …

They Were Managing Their OCD. Then Came The Pandemic.

April 22nd, 2020


Listener Diane Davis and author John Green have spent years learning tools to manage their obsessive thoughts and fears of contamination. But …

An Immunocompromised Love Story

April 15th, 2020


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 …

A Weekend Homework Assignment From Tayari Jones

April 10th, 2020


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 …

Goodbye, John Prine

April 7th, 2020


"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

April 3rd, 2020


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 …

"We Are The Glue": Stories From Essential Workers

April 1st, 2020


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 …

A Surgical Nurse On Being Essential

March 30th, 2020


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 …

If You Can't Isolate, What Do You Need?

March 27th, 2020


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 And if you are staying at home …

Confessions of a Nashville Power Couple

March 26th, 2020


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.

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What Rockstars And Sober People Already Know About Quarantine

March 25th, 2020


"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." 

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We Made A Pandemic Tool Kit

March 20th, 2020


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 …

Ben Sinclair Is A Fan Of Endings

March 18th, 2020


The High Maintenance star reflects on his childhood, what he's learned from his divorce, and why he's starting to smoke less weed.

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Alone Together: A COVID-19 Call-In

March 13th, 2020


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. 

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Why You're Not Having Sex

March 11th, 2020


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 …

Sugar Babies Cost Me $8,000 And My Marriage

March 4th, 2020


A listener talks about why he thought hiring sex workers could save his marriage⁠—while also knowing it could destroy it. 

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Maria Bamford Didn't Wait For It To Be Perfect

February 26th, 2020


The comedian talks with me about what mental illness has taught her about managing money and allowing herself to be loved. 

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Cancer Changed Ken Jeong's Comedy

February 19th, 2020


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.

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No Slumping With Twyla Tharp

February 12th, 2020


I talk with the dancer and choreographer about the low-budget beginning of her prolific career, and about dealing with new physical limitations while …

Carmen Maria Machado Is Using The Word 'Abusive'

February 5th, 2020


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.

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Who Are Your 'Quick And Deep' Friends?

January 29th, 2020


A conversation with a psychologist about the importance of friends who cross racial lines—and those who don't. 

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Ask Code Switch: What About Your Friends?

January 23rd, 2020


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 Race and Friendship

January 22nd, 2020


"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 …

Inside Planned Parenthood

January 8th, 2020


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 …

Saeed Jones's New Year's Determinations

January 1st, 2020


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 …

Death, Sex & Money's 2019 Year End Spectacular

December 25th, 2019


The team reflects together on the best Death, Sex & Money moments of 2019—things you heard on the show, and things you didn't.

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Liz Phair's Rebellious Streak Works For Her

December 18th, 2019


The musician on her "run and gun" days in the early '90s, and the two affairs that shaped her adult life.

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The Children Of Heart Mountain

December 11th, 2019


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.

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Cheating Happens

December 4th, 2019


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. 

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Anne Lamott: Death Sucks, And It's Holy

November 27th, 2019


"Your life will be greatly enhanced by spending time with dying people," Anne Lamott says. "Death is not the enemy. Snakes are." 

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Hasan Minhaj's Honest Mistakes

November 20th, 2019


Hasan Minhaj was drawn to comedy because of its "radical honesty." But that hasn't always translated well to his personal life. 

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Who's Driving Your Uber?

November 13th, 2019


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, …

A Former Debt Collector's Unpaid Bills

November 6th, 2019


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 …

When Breast Cancer Pauses Life At 35

October 30th, 2019


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.

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Scattered: The Camp

October 23rd, 2019


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. 

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

October 16th, 2019


The writer and poet traces the joy and shame of learning about sex, mourning his mother, and finally feeling financially comfortable.

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The Student Loan Nerd Helping Borrowers One Email At A Time

October 2nd, 2019


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 …

Our Student Loan Secrets, Part 2

September 26th, 2019


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 …

Our Student Loan Secrets, Part 1

September 25th, 2019


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, …

E. Jean Carroll: More Interesting, Not Damaged

September 18th, 2019


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 …

50 Years Married To A Man Named Sissy

September 11th, 2019


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. 

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Raphael Saadiq: Music Had To Be My Therapy

September 4th, 2019


Musical icon Raphael Saadiq talks to us about using music to cope with loss, reflecting on love, and creating light in darkness. 

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My Stillbirth During Anna's Maternity Leave

August 28th, 2019


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 …

How Are You "Surfing The Urge" To Drink?

August 14th, 2019


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. 

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Michael Arceneaux On Love, Liquid Courage And Letting Go

August 7th, 2019


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 …

Bottled Up: Your Stories About Drinking

July 31st, 2019


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 …

Rashema Melson's Weakest Yet Bravest Moments

July 24th, 2019


Rashema Melson recently got her college degree. Leading up to graduation day, she cracked open the "time capsules" we recorded with her, right before …

A Brother, A Sister, And Their Eating Disorders

July 17th, 2019


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. 

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When Work Changes, So Do We

July 10th, 2019


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 …

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

June 26th, 2019


In the final installment of our maternity leave lineup, bestselling author Tayari Jones sits down with artist Carrie Mae Weems to talk about …

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

June 19th, 2019


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 …

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

June 12th, 2019


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 …

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

June 5th, 2019


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 …

Tressie McMillan Cottom & Trevor Noah: Optimistic and Depressed

May 22nd, 2019


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 …

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

May 15th, 2019


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 …

Jason Isbell & Will Welch: Somebody Needs Me

May 8th, 2019


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 …

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

April 24th, 2019


The writers on why the label covers a multitude of sins.

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John Cameron Mitchell & Marilyn Maye: I Will Survive

April 17th, 2019


The actor and Hedwig and the Angry Inch creator talks with 91-year-old cabaret singing legend Marilyn Maye about love affairs, alcoholism and …

Lisa Ling & Awkwafina: Shut Up, Let Me Shine

April 10th, 2019


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, …

The 2019 Maternity Leave Lineup

April 8th, 2019


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 …

A Father and Daughter Talk About Layoffs

March 27th, 2019


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 And find advice from other listeners about …

Daniel K. Isaac Is Opting For The Gray Area

March 20th, 2019


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 …

José Andrés Googled ‘How To Be A Father’

March 6th, 2019


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. 

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When We Sent Our Son Away

February 20th, 2019


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 …

Autism Isn't What I Signed Up For

February 19th, 2019


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, …

How Nikki Giovanni Finally Learned To Cry

February 6th, 2019


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 …

Let's Talk About Porn Again

January 23rd, 2019


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 …

How Do You Bring Up Your STI?

January 18th, 2019


If you have an STI, we've got an assignment for you. Send your voice memos to

Sexually Transmitted Secrets

January 16th, 2019


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 …

So Many Sex Ed Fails

January 14th, 2019


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 …

I Wanted To Be A "Good Girl"

January 9th, 2019


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 …

When A Banker Was Called To The Convent

December 19th, 2018


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 …

I Married A Dreamer During The Trump Presidency

December 5th, 2018


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.

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Married, Paralyzed and Moving On

November 20th, 2018


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. 

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John Green Thinks Adulthood is Underrated

November 8th, 2018


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 …

Why Governor Jennifer Granholm Cut Her Hair

October 31st, 2018


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 …

Tell Us Your Sex Ed Fails

October 30th, 2018


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 And we're working with the BBC on this project, so we'd …

When Fire Takes Everything: Rebuilding in Northern California

October 17th, 2018


Two stories of recovery after loss. 

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

October 3rd, 2018


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.

Jane Fonda After Death and Divorce, Revisted

September 19th, 2018


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. 

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Hot Dates: Last Summer Nights

September 5th, 2018


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 …

Nick Offerman Can Take Directions

August 22nd, 2018


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 …

Alzheimer's and the World's Saddest Comedy Club

August 8th, 2018


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.


Hot Dates: From One Hot Dater to Another

August 2nd, 2018


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 …

Tig Notaro Isn't a Blob Anymore

July 25th, 2018


In the six years since Tig Notaro's famous comedy set about her cancer diagnosis and her mother's death, a lot has changed.

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Hot Dates: Open to Open Relationships

July 23rd, 2018


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, …

Manhood, Now: Live

July 12th, 2018


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, …

A Wife Interviews Her Husband About Manhood, Now

July 11th, 2018


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 …

Hot Dates: "I'm Supposed to Be Certain"

July 9th, 2018


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 …

How to Be a Man With Bill Withers, Revisited

July 4th, 2018


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.

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Hot Dates: A Middle School Teacher Walks Into A Bar...

June 27th, 2018


Miracle decided to try a dating app, and got a blast from the past.

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Manhood, Now

June 20th, 2018


"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 …

Hot Dates: Help from an OKCupid Guru

June 14th, 2018


Louis is at his wit's end with dating we called in reinforcements. Plus, some musings from Ceci.

All summer, we're following a group of …

Hot Dates: Do As I Say, Not As I Do

June 8th, 2018


One of our summer daters has had some big changes in his love life already.

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John Prine Wanted to Be Normal

June 6th, 2018


John Prine has been in the music business for 47 years, and at this point, he's fine being a self-proclaimed "oddball."

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Hot Dates: Romance Right Now

May 30th, 2018


Dating in 2018 can be frustrating. But a lot of you are doing it anyway...and some of you are letting us listen in. 

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Tayari Jones on Frills and Freedom

May 16th, 2018


The bestselling author of An American Marriage talks about writing her own rules for adulthood.

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Your Student Loan Updates

May 2nd, 2018


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.

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When 'Daddy Dates' Pay The Bills

April 18th, 2018


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 …

A Son, A Mother, and Two Gun Crimes

April 4th, 2018


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 …

15 Years Later, An Iraq Veteran Looks Back

March 21st, 2018


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 …

From Indie Rockers to Full-Time Caregivers

March 14th, 2018


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 …

Sharing DNA, and Nothing Else

February 28th, 2018


Amy took a mail-in DNA test to find out more about her genealogy...and learned more than she bargained for.

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Lena Waithe Says Have a Dream... and a Sponsor

February 21st, 2018


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 …

After Suicides, a Texas Veterinary Community Opens Up

February 7th, 2018


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 …

Opportunity Costs: I Never Felt Inferior

January 26th, 2018


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: More Is Not More

January 25th, 2018


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 …

Opportunity Costs: The Class Slide After Divorce

January 24th, 2018


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: An Education or Nothing

January 23rd, 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 …

Opportunity Costs: Friendship and Fertility

January 22nd, 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 …

Preview: Opportunity Costs

January 17th, 2018


From January 22-26, we're sharing your stories about your class status, and when you've felt it most in your life.  

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All Your Workplace Rage

January 3rd, 2018


Get ready to get mad.

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Pull Quote: Plunging In

January 1st, 2018


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 …

I Felt Like The Story Had To Change: Life After Heroin

December 20th, 2017


I talk with a friend about her life after heroin addiction.

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I Can't Fix It: A First Responder and Heroin

December 13th, 2017


How witnessing heroin overdoses every day is affecting one paramedic in Charleston, West Virginia. 

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Your Workplace Rage, And Mine

December 6th, 2017


Reconsidering what we put up with.

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