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

Death, Sex & Money Slate Podcasts

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 346 Ratings

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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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    My Eating Disorder Turned Into an Obsession With Money

    My Eating Disorder Turned Into an Obsession With Money

    Vivian’s eating disorder started in college. She meticulously tracked calories and the number on the scale. Once she graduated she became less rigid with food, but her fixation with numbers took a new form: budgeting and saving money. In this episode, Anna talks to Vivian about her long and complicated relationship to mental math, how tracking calories and paychecks has helped distract her from painful loss, and how she’s managing with her money anxieties now as she plans a wedding and prenup.
    Want to hear more about relationships and money? Check out an episode we made all about wedding costs last summer. And if you heard last week’s episode about a mobile health care clinic in rural Virginia, we have an important update from local reporting on the high levels of executive pay at the Health Wagon, which just prompted the Virginia legislature to cancel $800,000 of line item funding for the nonprofit. It's a developing story we'll be following.
    Podcast production by Zoe Azulay 
    Death, Sex & Money is now produced by Slate! To support us and our colleagues, please sign up for our membership program, Slate Plus! Members get ad-free podcasts, bonus content on lots of Slate shows, and full access to all the articles on Slate.com. Sign up today at slate.com/dsmplus.
    And if you’re new to the show, welcome. We’re so glad you’re here. Find us and follow us on Instagram and you can find Anna’s newsletter at annasale.substack.com. Our new email address, where you can reach us with voice memos, pep talks, questions, critiques, is deathsexmoney@slate.com.
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    • 44 min
    'Tom' Felt So Alone Not Being Able To Drive. We Made An Introduction.

    'Tom' Felt So Alone Not Being Able To Drive. We Made An Introduction.

    We first heard from a listener we’re calling Tom in an episode about life transitions. He told us he had recently gotten his driving license revoked because of a health condition, and felt stranded at home and abandoned by friends. In this episode, we called Tom back to learn more about his life and circumstances, and also to put him in conversation with Anna Zivarts, author of the new book, When Driving is Not An Option: Steering Away from Car Dependency. Together they talk about how not being able to drive impacts your routine, relationships, and self-worth.

    Podcast production by Zoe Azulay

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    Filling the Health Care Gap (and Filling Lips!) in Appalachia

    Filling the Health Care Gap (and Filling Lips!) in Appalachia

    Nurse practitioners Teresa Owens Tyson and Paula Hill-Collins have saved countless lives in rural Appalachia. They operate a mobile clinic called The Health Wagon that brings much-needed care to people who wouldn’t otherwise get it. Teresa and Paula have also been friends since they were 14 years old. They finish each other's sentences, crack jokes, and support each other through difficult times. 
    This week, Teresa and Paula join DSM to talk about their important work, their rock-solid friendship, and their exciting new side gig where they administer beauty treatments like botox and fillers. 
    We also hear from filmmaker Ramin Bahrani, an Academy Award-nominated filmmaker who made a documentary about healthcare in the rural south called If Dreams Were Lightning: Rural Healthcare Crisis.  
    Death, Sex & Money is now produced by Slate! To support us and our colleagues, please sign up for our membership program, Slate Plus! Members get ad-free podcasts, bonus content on lots of Slate shows, and full access to all the articles on Slate.com. Sign up today at slate.com/dsmplus.
    And if you’re new to the show, welcome. We’re so glad you’re here. Find us and follow us on Instagram and you can find Anna’s newsletter at annasale.substack.com. Our new email address, where you can reach us with voice memos, pep talks, questions, critiques, is deathsexmoney@slate.com.
    Podcast production by Cameron Drews.
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    • 42 min
    You’re at a Crossroads. We’re Here to Help.

    You’re at a Crossroads. We’re Here to Help.

    To make this episode we asked you, our listeners, if you had any questions about a big life transition you were preparing for where you needed some advice. 
    We received a collection of questions that really trace the full life cycle of adulthood. We heard from those of you just starting out, wondering about new careers and family structures. We heard from those of you in midlife encountering destabilizing shake-ups in your routine, like a divorce, or a sudden disability. And we heard from you at the end of your working lives, wondering when to retire, and also about how to find purpose when life is no longer organized around a 9-5. 
    To offer advice, we convened a panel of Slate writers and thinkers, Slate writer Mark Joseph Stern, What Next TBD host Lizzie O'Leary, and Working co-host Ronald Young Jr.
    Death, Sex & Money is now produced by Slate! To support us and our colleagues, please sign up for our membership program, Slate Plus! Members get ad-free podcasts, bonus content on lots of Slate shows, and full access to all the articles on Slate.com. Sign up today at slate.com/dsmplus.
    And if you’re new to the show, welcome. We’re so glad you’re here. Find us and follow us on Instagram and you can find Anna’s newsletter at annasale.substack.com. Our new email address, where you can reach us with voice memos, pep talks, questions, critiques, is deathsexmoney@slate.com.
    Podcast production by Zoe Azulay
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    • 1 hr 13 min
    A Tarot Reader Explains Why Intuition is So Tricky

    A Tarot Reader Explains Why Intuition is So Tricky

    Earlier this year, when the future of Death, Sex & Money was up in the air, Anna Sale consulted Rebecca Auman, a tarot reader and self-described witch based in North Carolina. Anna felt lost, but Rebecca encouraged her to relax and to pay close attention to what her body and mind were telling her about that moment. 
    Afterwards, Anna wondered how Rebecca became so good at reading people–and at helping them to navigate tough situations. When the two of them spoke a second time, Rebecca revealed that her ability to help other people doesn’t always translate to an ability to help herself. In this episode, the two of them talk about how hard it is to trust our own intuition…and to even recognize it in the first place. 
    Death, Sex & Money is now produced by Slate! To support us and our colleagues, please sign up for our membership program, Slate Plus! Members get ad-free podcasts, bonus content on lots of Slate shows, and full access to all the articles on Slate.com. Sign up today at slate.com/dsmplus.
    And if you’re new to the show, welcome. We’re so glad you’re here. Find us and follow us on Instagram and you can find Anna’s newsletter at annasale.substack.com. Our new email address, where you can reach us with voice memos, pep talks, questions, critiques, is deathsexmoney@slate.com.
    Podcast production by Cameron Drews.
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    • 42 min
    A Sociopath's Guide to Death, Sex, and Money

    A Sociopath's Guide to Death, Sex, and Money

    Patric Gagne says being a sociopath is like having an emotional learning disability. In this episode, she talks about the good and the bad of having limited access to shame and guilt, how she overcame violent compulsions, and becoming a wife and mother. 
    Death, Sex & Money is now produced by Slate! To support us and our colleagues, please sign up for our membership program, Slate Plus! Members get ad-free podcasts, bonus content on lots of Slate shows, and full access to all the articles on Slate.com. Sign up today at slate.com/dsmplus.
    And if you’re new to the show, welcome. We’re so glad you’re here. Find us and follow us on Instagram and you can find Anna’s newsletter at annasale.substack.com. Our new email address, where you can reach us with voice memos, pep talks, questions, critiques, is deathsexmoney@slate.com.
    Podcast production by Zoe Azulay.
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    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
346 Ratings

346 Ratings

Jenstar1979 ,

I’ve lost count of how many people I’ve recommended this to

This is one of my favourite podcasts of all time. I just love that it’s not small talk and I just love Anna’s ability to listen and connect with guests - and I love her laugh. Thank you so so much to the whole team for all your work in making such a soul-nourishing podcast.

Genevieve J Anderson ,

Such a range of guests!

D,S&M has been a staple of my podcast list for the past 10 years. It has been so important to me when I have felt at my most isolated living in rural Australia. It has helped me feel connected to the world & helped me through some very difficult times. Anna has given such a range of people a voice in the world. It is done with care and compassion, but never shying away from the topics we have such a hard time talking about. Anna is such a calm and warm voice, and is such a reassuring presence. Such an important podcast at a time when our society can feel so divided.

Jess_192 ,

A great use of my time

I look forward to these episodes every time they drop. Insightful, interesting topics that invite so much reflection. Listening is an excellent use of my time.

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