150 episodes

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 here.
WNYC Studios is a listener-supported producer of other leading podcasts including Radiolab, On the Media, The Experiment, The New Yorker Radio Hour and many others.

Death, Sex & Money WNYC Studios

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6 • 6.8K Ratings

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 here.
WNYC Studios is a listener-supported producer of other leading podcasts including Radiolab, On the Media, The Experiment, The New Yorker Radio Hour and many others.

    Fran Lebowitz’s Guide to Life (And Parties)

    Fran Lebowitz’s Guide to Life (And Parties)

    The writer shares her thoughts on talent versus luck, her vendetta against hiking, and how she’s made and kept friendships over the years in a live conversation at the Berkeley Repertory Theater.

    Did you know we have a weekly email newsletter for the Death, Sex & Money community? Every Wednesday we send out podcast listening recommendations, fascinating letters from our inbox, and updates from the show. Sign up at deathsexmoney.org/newsletter, and follow the show on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

    Got a story to share? Email us at deathsexmoney@wnyc.org.

    • 33 min
    Estrangement: We Were Close, Now I Don’t Know You

    Estrangement: We Were Close, Now I Don’t Know You

    In Death, Sex & Money’s new three-part series about estrangement, we talk to listeners about cutting family ties, leaving religion, and ending friendships. We also talk to listeners on the other side of estrangement, still desperately wishing for contact, and about what happens after the break. Hear more starting Wednesday, November 30th.

    • 59 sec
    Race and Friendship After 2020: An Update

    Race and Friendship After 2020: An Update

    “Some conversations I’m just not willing to engage in anymore.”

    Check out Matt’s photo series of other Korean adoptees, Where are you really from?. And Chrishana and Sarah talked about reading Big Friendship, Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman’s book – we recorded an episode with them in the summer of 2020. Plus, the Pandemic Toolkit we mentioned, full of activities and coping mechanisms for stress and isolation, still lives here.

    Did you know we have a weekly email newsletter for the Death, Sex & Money community? Every Wednesday we send out podcast listening recommendations, fascinating letters from our inbox, and updates from the show. Sign up at deathsexmoney.org/newsletter, and follow the show on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

    Got a story to share? Email us at deathsexmoney@wnyc.org.

    • 32 min
    Between Friends: Stories About Race and Friendship

    Between Friends: Stories About Race and Friendship

    "Friendship is our only social relationship that is purely voluntary. Someone can just walk away at any time." 

    Today, we're sharing your stories about how race, identity, and racism have impacted your friendships. And listen to the episode from our partners at the NPR podcast Code Switch, featuring expert advice on navigating those flashpoint moments around race—and explaining why it's so hard to make, and maintain, cross-racial friendships.

    Did you know we have a weekly email newsletter for the Death, Sex & Money community? Every Wednesday we send out podcast listening recommendations, fascinating letters from our inbox, and updates from the show. Sign up at deathsexmoney.org/newsletter, and follow the show on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

    Got a story to share? Email us at deathsexmoney@wnyc.org.

    • 46 min
    An Update from the Sex Worker Next Door

    An Update from the Sex Worker Next Door

    Emma was a single mom and supported her family with the income she made from sex work. The money was good. But she struggled with the secrecy, and the shame.

    Did you know we have a weekly email newsletter for the Death, Sex & Money community? Every Wednesday we send out podcast listening recommendations, fascinating letters from our inbox, and updates from the show. Sign up at deathsexmoney.org/newsletter, and follow the show on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

    Got a story to share? Email us at deathsexmoney@wnyc.org

    • 41 min
    Sandra Cisneros on Sex, Aging, and the Paranormal

    Sandra Cisneros on Sex, Aging, and the Paranormal

    Sandra Cisneros has picked “some real doozies” as lovers. But at 67, she says she’d rather write a new book of poetry than waste her time with men who aren’t on her level.

    Did you know we have a weekly email newsletter for the Death, Sex & Money community? Every Wednesday we send out podcast listening recommendations, fascinating letters from our inbox, and updates from the show. Sign up at deathsexmoney.org/newsletter, and follow the show on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

    Got a story to share? Email us at deathsexmoney@wnyc.org.

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
6.8K Ratings

6.8K Ratings

KoolioJulio ,

The patriarchy continues to shame women

I found it interesting that when Andrea confessed her “sin” to her boss that only she was held accountable by her church elders. What was her husband’s responsibility for having pre marital sex with his wife? Once again all the burden for remaining “pure” fell to the woman. And the woman alone was punished for it. Guilt and shame plagues girls in these closed environments.

lexflo394829043 ,

Bring back regular people!

I loved this podcast listening to people who were like myself but different. I don’t care to hear from celebrities. I want to know what someone’s life is like I pass on the street that is far different from mine. Should have unsubscribed awhile ago.

Jami3119 ,

Just change the name already..

This podcast has transformed so much over the last six years and it’s time for Anna to just release the DSM name and change the title to something that describes what the show actually is at this point: Random Interviews About Life w/ Anna’s Random Guests.

The show is officially boring and that’s disappointing considering how interesting it used to be. Instead of bringing some guy on the show that most of us never heard to talk about his mother or his colon or his career or whatever, why not just have an episode, for example, that talks about the death of a parent and then have everyday people share their experiences?

Why not go back to actually discussing certain topics and let people tell their stories?

I still hold out hope for a good 2016’ish DSM episode but I think I’m fooling myself. The podcast is too far gone.

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