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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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When Grief Doesn't Move In Stages

July 23rd, 2021


Radiolab producer Rachael Cusick talks together with her grandmother about their shared loss, and about their experiences with Elisabeth …

Doree Shafrir On The Out Of Control IVF Train

July 14th, 2021


I talk with the writer about going through fertility treatments in her late 30s, and why being "on the IVF train" made her get more comfortable …

When Indie Rockers Become Full-Time Caregivers

July 7th, 2021


When musician Johnny Solomon hit rock bottom, he turned to his mom for help. As his mom's health declines, he and his wife—and bandmate—move in …

A Teen Musician Is Ready For His Solo. His Mom Is Not.

June 23rd, 2021


Miguel Llapa's mother was told her son wouldn't live past age 2 because of a health condition. Now, he's going to college — and yearns …

"The Lying Stops Now": Your Hardest Conversations

June 16th, 2021


Talking with kids about death. Telling family that you've fallen in love with a man in prison. Breaking up with a longtime friend. Today: the hardest conversations you've ever had.

If you've got a hard conversation that …

Michelle Zauner's Joy Is Rooted In Vengeance

June 9th, 2021


The Japanese Breakfast musician talks about writing her memoir, Crying in H Mart, why she's moving on from making art about grief and loss, and what's bringing her joy these days.

Listen to Japanese Breakfast's latest …

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

June 2nd, 2021


In this guest hosted episode, the Oscar-winning actor interviews the Blindspotting co-creator about growing up a "knucklehead," finding a creative partner, and avoiding jealousy.

This episode was part of our 2019 …

Alison Bechdel On Menopause, Mortality and Punching Pennies

May 26th, 2021


The graphic novelist on hot flashes and self-loathing, loss and grief, and one painful punching bag. 

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A Former Pro Climber On Enduring Chronic Illness

May 19th, 2021


Former pro rock climber Mason Earle's career ended in 2018, when he was diagnosed with the chronic illness ME/CFS. He now spends most of his time in bed, and in a series of three phone calls, he reflects on his career …

Strictly, Entirely On The Fence About Having A Kid

May 12th, 2021


A self-described "fiery ball of ambition," Avery Trufelman of The Cut podcast wonders how she'll know whether or not she wants to have a kid.

Are you new to our show? Welcome! Make sure you subscribe in your podcast …

Where Noel and Anna's Hot Girl Summer Went Wrong

May 5th, 2021


I talk with my friend and colleague Noel King about getting comfortable with uncomfortable conversations in my personal life, and why she thinks my …

The 7 Hardest Conversations I've Ever Had On This Show

April 28th, 2021


Making a guest mad about money. Getting called out. Digging into my own beliefs about monogamy. These are the hardest conversations I've had here on the show, as a podcast host, parent and partner. 

Hear more of the …

When I Almost Died

April 21st, 2021


A few years ago, I asked you to share your near-death experiences. You told us about car accidents...plane crashes...illness...suicide. And, you told …

I Was In Debt. Then My Sister Offered Me $16,000.

April 14th, 2021


What happened when a 27-year-old listener deep in credit card debt asked their older sister for financial help. 

If you're struggling with consumer …

When Claudia Rankine Brought Up Race In Couples Counseling

April 7th, 2021


The poet reflects on growing up in largely white spaces in the Bronx during the 1970s, and how conversations about race with her husband have evolved …

A Friend In The Execution Room

March 24th, 2021


A man steps up to participate in an American process that he doesn’t agree with: the death penalty. Today, we bring you a story about duty, faith and humanity, from the new podcast The Experiment

This Friday is our …

Finding Blessings and Throwing Vases

March 17th, 2021


Donna Perry has experienced tremendous loss this last year. But as she told producer Yasmeen Khan, the year has also brought "blessings," and …

Masks On, Tops Off: Inside A Texas Strip Club

March 10th, 2021


Strip clubs are struggling with shutdowns, slow business and federal aid ineligibility. We hear from one Texas club's owner, and a dancer and customer there, about COVID's impact.

Send us your stories about asking for …

Ugh, Dating Right Now

March 3rd, 2021


Your stories about the struggles of dating right now, and a pep talk from dating expert and How To Not Die Alone author Logan Ury.

For more on Anna's upcoming book, "Let's Talk About Hard Things," listen to her …

I Was Your Father, Until I Wasn't

February 24th, 2021


A listener named Tony wrote to us about his deep love for his daughter, and what it was like to discover that he wasn't her biological father.

Your One Night Stand Stories

February 17th, 2021


Today, we're celebrating the very short-term romance: the one night stand. Those moments in life when someone appeared in a flash, you connected, and then you went your separate ways. 

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Getting Real About Getting Older, Live

February 10th, 2021


We opened the phones for a national radio call-in, to hear from you about life after 60 right now. 

We've been sharing stories from listeners and guests over 60 all month long. Check out our previous episodes featuring …

What The Border Taught Norma Elia Cantú About Being Free

February 3rd, 2021


The 74-year-old writer on growing up in Laredo, Texas, and the three family deaths that changed her. 

Our national live call-in show, Getting Real …

Beverly Glenn-Copeland's Gifts From The Universe

January 27th, 2021


The 76-year-old musician reflects on his complex relationship with his parents growing up, finding new audiences late in life, and why he loves …

Marlo Thomas Is Her Mother's Revenge

January 20th, 2021


Marlo Thomas thought marriage was "nothing that I wanted to be a part of" after watching her mother give up her singing career for her father's …

Just Ask Us: Your Stories About Life After 60

January 6th, 2021


We asked our listeners to get real about getting older. This is what you told us. 

Tune in and call in to our live show about aging next Wednesday, …

Death, Sex & 2020

December 28th, 2020


The Death, Sex & Money team looks back on a year none of us expected.

Want to revisit some of our favorite episodes this year? Check out our essential workers episode, our Financial Therapy conversation with Frenchie

All That 2020 Has Taken From Us

December 16th, 2020


"I guess 2020 just cost me hope."

Follow our show on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @deathsexmoney. Got a story to share? Email us any time at 

Stuck Apart, And Falling In Love

December 8th, 2020


51 years after they went to prom together, a couple reconnects and falls in love during the pandemic. But despite being 15 minutes apart, they're waiting to see each other in person.

Thanks to our friends at NPR's It's …

Living Alone and Liking It. Sometimes.

December 2nd, 2020


During a time when a lot of us are feeling isolated, we revisit your stories about living alone—with all its perks and drawbacks. 

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Miguel Gutierrez's Strongly Worded Emails About Art and Money

November 25th, 2020


The choreographer talks about losing income during the pandemic, the precarity of the performing arts field in general, and how getting sober helped …

I Killed Someone. Now I Study Police Violence.

November 18th, 2020


A former police officer talks about shooting someone, and how it led him to study why and how often police killings happen.

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51 Years Loving A Man Named Sissy

November 11th, 2020


We remember Sissy Goodwin, the Wyoming man who believed in and fought for gender independence.

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What’s Going On In Your Immigrant Family's Group Chat?

October 28th, 2020


Producer Afi Yellow-Duke hears from listeners from immigrant families about how they're talking with their relatives about identity, race, racism, …

Alice Wong On Ruckuses, Rage And Medicaid

October 21st, 2020


The disability rights activist talks with me about facing discrimination as a teenager, managing her finances, and planning for her and her parents' …

Audio We Love Fest: California Love

October 15th, 2020


Our weeklong audio celebration wraps up with a conversation between a mother and son about immigrating, building a home, and appreciating Los Angeles. 

Subscribe to California Love from LAist Studios wherever you get …

Audio We Love Fest: Constellation Prize

October 14th, 2020


Our weeklong festival continues with a story about isolation, faith, and community from producer Bianca Giaever and The Believer Magazine.

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Audio We Love Fest: Goodbye To All This

October 13th, 2020


We kick off our first ever Audio We Love Festival with a brand new show about loss, love and moving forward.

Subscribe to Goodbye To All This from the BBC World Service wherever you get your podcasts. Then tune in on …

Getting Real About Getting Older

October 7th, 2020


I don’t think that as a culture, we talk enough about getting older, and when we do, we don’t often do it well. It's time to have better …

Game Changer: A BMX Olympic Hopeful Looks To 2021

September 30th, 2020


Chelsea Wolfe has dedicated the last four years to becoming one of the first BMX freestyle riders at the Olympics. The games' postponement has made …

Game Changer: Whether To Play, And Protest, In The NFL

September 25th, 2020


"Once you're done with football, you're done with football."

Look out for more in our Game Changer series, about the ways athletes' lives and …

Game Changer: A Minor League Pitcher's Lost Season

September 23rd, 2020


2020 was supposed to be the year Mitch Horacek made his Major League Baseball debut. Instead, he ended up throwing baseballs into a net by himself, and learning to code.

Look out for more in our Game Changer series, …

How Maria Hinojosa Learned To Fluff Her Feathers

September 16th, 2020


The journalist talks about building up her confidence in the world of media, and reaching a breaking point in her marriage that led her to reevaluate her priorities.

This episode includes a description of a rape.

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A Broadway Actor Turned Stay-At-Home Dad

September 11th, 2020


Our listener Bill Army was acting on Broadway until March 12. Since then, he's been taking care of his two daughters—and bringing the world indoors to them—while his wife works in a Queens emergency room. 

Check out …

Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor On Racism, Insecurity and Negotiation

September 9th, 2020


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 …

Drop Off: A 24-Hour Daycare's Struggle To Stay Open

September 2nd, 2020


"I have to keep coming until we've exhausted everything, and we definitely have to shut the door."

Are you a new listener? Welcome! Check out our starter kit, which includes some of our favorite episodes of the show. It …

Books We Love: Inside The Bubble With Akwaeke Emezi

August 26th, 2020


Writer and artist Akwaeke Emezi talks with me about their childhood in Nigeria, their brief stint in veterinary school, and how, these days, they've …

"They Rely On Me": An Update From A USPS Mail Carrier

August 19th, 2020


As the USPS finds itself at the center of a political divide, we check in with a mail carrier who wrote to us earlier this year about being an …

This Senator Saved My Love Life

August 12th, 2020


A story about what Alan Simpson, an expert on the federal deficit, taught me about love—and how it changed everything.

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What Keeps Wendell Pierce Up At Night

August 5th, 2020


While spending the pandemic with his 95-year-old father in New Orleans, the actor is thinking hard about family and parenthood. 

Are you a new …

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. 

You can watch the video of this live conversation here

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." 

Follow our show on Twitter, Facebook and …

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."

Tune in this …

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.

Want more? Here …

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.

Looking for some TV recs? Here are five of my favorite High Maintenance episodes. I only …

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. 

You can …

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. 

We're looking for your …

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. 

Maria's new comedy special is called Weakness Is The Brand. Listen to This American Life 

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.

This episode was originally broadcast in …

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. 

Want to reflect on how race has …

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.

For more about Japanese American …

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. 

If you like this episode, check out this week's …

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.

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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. 

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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." 

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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, Revisited

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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