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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, ...Show More

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Manhood, Now

42:14 | Jun 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 conversation about being a man, and we...Show More

Tayari Jones on Frills and Freedom

25:21 | May 16th, 2018

The bestselling author of An American Marriage talks about writing her own rules for adulthood. Subscribe to our weekly email newsletter, if you haven't already. Every Wednesday we send out podcast listening recommendations, fascinating letters from ...Show More

Sharing DNA, and Nothing Else

23:05 | Feb 28th, 2018

Amy took a mail-in DNA test to find out more about her genealogy...and learned more than she bargained for. Help us build the Death, Sex & Money starter kit! Go to deathsexmoney.org/starterkit and tell us your favorite episodes of the show. We'll ent...Show More

I Wanted To Be A "Good Girl"

26:45 | Jan 9th

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 anyway—had long-lasting impact, well i...Show More

Hot Dates: Romance Right Now

24:37 | 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.  Subscribe to our weekly email newsletter, if you haven't already. Every Wednesday we send out podcast listening recommendations, fasc...Show More

When 'Daddy Dates' Pay The Bills

25:21 | Apr 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 think of her as a sex worker. Subscribe to our weekly email newsletter, if you haven't already. Ever...Show More

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

22:48 | Feb 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 website! See what your fellow li...Show More

Suicide Prevention Resources

0:00 | Feb 7th, 2018

Struggling with thoughts of suicide, or trying to help a loved one you're worried about can be difficult—and finding help can feel overwhelming, especially when you're already stressed. Here are a list of resources that you may find useful (if you ar...Show More

After Suicides, a Texas Veterinary Community Opens Up

32:05 | Feb 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 about someone who might be, plea...Show More

Opportunity Costs: Money and Class in America

0:00 | Jan 17th, 2018

In partnership with    From January 22-26, Death, Sex & Money is partnering with BuzzFeed News to share conversations and essays about class and money—and the ways they manifest in our day to day lives and in our relationships with each other.     ...Show More

All Your Workplace Rage

10:46 | Jan 3rd, 2018

Get ready to get mad. Stay in the loop and subscribe to our weekly email newsletter. Every Wednesday we'll send you our favorites from the audio world, fascinating letters from our inbox and updates from the show. Sign up at deathsexmoney.org/newslet...Show More

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

25:51 | Dec 20th, 2017

I talk with a friend about her life after heroin addiction. Stay in the loop and subscribe to our weekly email newsletter. Every Wednesday we'll send you our favorites from the audio world, fascinating letters from our inbox and updates from the show...Show More

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

23:21 | Dec 13th, 2017

How witnessing heroin overdoses every day is affecting one paramedic in Charleston, West Virginia.  Stay in the loop and subscribe to our weekly email newsletter. Every Wednesday we'll send you our favorites from the audio world, fascinating letters ...Show More

Why I Steal

22:42 | Sep 27th, 2017

"I want it, so I take it." A serial shoplifter explains why she does it, and how—and the conflicted feelings she has about her daughter following a similar path.  Are you in Los Angeles? We want to see you at our live show next week! Tickets and info...Show More

Our Student Loan Questions Live: Part Two

55:45 | Sep 14th, 2017

Need help with the debt you already have? Balancing loan payments with the rest of your life expenses? We tackle your questions in part two of our call-in specials about student debt. Subscribe to our weekly email newsletter and we'll send you great ...Show More

Our Student Loan Questions Live: Part One

56:21 | Sep 13th, 2017

Is loan forgiveness a safe bet? When is college not a good investment? Is bankruptcy an option? Part one of our live call-in specials about student loan debt. Get your questions ready for our second night of live student loans call-ins TONIGHT (Wedne...Show More

Our Student Loan Secrets, Part 2

28:27 | Jun 29th, 2017

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 control. Here's how you did it. Explore more than 1,000 of your stories about student loans, find ou...Show More

Our Student Loan Secrets, Part 1

33:17 | Jun 28th, 2017

More Americans are taking out more student loan debt and taking longer to pay it back. But we're not talking about the impact that it has on our lives. Until now.  Explore more than 1,000 of your stories about student loans, find out where you fit in...Show More

'Precious' Paid Off Gabourey Sidibe's Gym Membership Debt

27:23 | May 17th, 2017

The actor's first movie role didn't give her total financial security, but it did help her pay off one important bill.   Subscribe to our weekly newsletter! We'll send you audio picks, letters from our inbox and updates from the show. Sign up at deat...Show More

I Was Your Father, Until I Wasn't

28:15 | Mar 15th, 2017

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. Like our show? Leave us a review on iTunes! Plus, follow us on Twitter @deathsexmoney and Facebook at faceb...Show More

How Nikki Giovanni Finally Learned To Cry

29:04 | Feb 6th

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 want to hear about it—how you ta...Show More

Let's Talk About Porn Again

30:16 | Jan 23rd

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 episode as part of our month-lon...Show More

How Do You Bring Up Your STI?

04:50 | Jan 18th

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

Sexually Transmitted Secrets

25:38 | Jan 16th

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 (Mis)Educations. Find the enti...Show More

More About STIs

0:00 | Jan 16th

For a lot of us, the last time we learned anything about STIs was during a high school sex ed class—when we may or may not have been paying close attention. So we've compiled some reading recommendations for those of you who are curious to learn more...Show More

So Many Sex Ed Fails

07:47 | Jan 14th

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 part of our month-long series call...Show More

Our Sex (Mis)Educations

0:00 | Jan 8th

We learn about sex from a lot of different sources—parents, friends, classes in school, pop culture, and even pornography. But as adults, many of us have had the experience of realizing that a lot of what we’ve learned did more harm than good. "I fee...Show More

When A Banker Was Called To The Convent

26:15 | Dec 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 Catholicism and become a nun.  It's the end of the year, and we need you — yes, YOU! — to keep Death, Se...Show More

I Married A Dreamer During The Trump Presidency

24:29 | Dec 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. Your year-end donation of $75 combined with the support of other listeners will really help us plan for th...Show More

Married, Paralyzed and Moving On

22:11 | Nov 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.  Subscribe to our weekly email newsletter! Every Wednesday we send out podcast lis...Show More

John Green Thinks Adulthood is Underrated

27:45 | Nov 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 all-consuming. Subscribe to our weekly email newsletter! Every Wednesday we send out podcast listening...Show More

Why Governor Jennifer Granholm Cut Her Hair

27:38 | Oct 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 that her hair needed to be short. The Death, Sex & Money eye mask is here! Sign on to become a sustai...Show More

Tell Us Your Sex Ed Fails

02:14 | Oct 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 deathsexmoney@wnyc.org. And we're working with the BBC on this project, so we'd especially love to hear from our listene...Show More

When Fire Takes Everything: Rebuilding in Northern California

25:12 | Oct 17th, 2018

Two stories of recovery after loss.  The Death, Sex & Money eye mask is here! Sign on to become a sustaining member of the show at $8 a month, and we'll send you your very own DSM gel eye mask...perfect for popping on when you're ready to listen to a...Show More

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

29:05 | Oct 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. Listen to my past interviews with Lawrence and Ronnine here and here. Subscribe to our weekly email newsl...Show More

Jane Fonda After Death and Divorce, Revisted

33:19 | Sep 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.  Get your tickets for our live event in New York City on October 1st with poet Nikki Giovanni: h...Show More

Hot Dates: Last Summer Nights

26:29 | Sep 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 listen to the entire series at deathsexmoney.org/hotdates. And we know that sometimes, being single can be...Show More

Nick Offerman Can Take Directions

24:20 | Aug 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 for your stories about sexually transmitted infections. Send us a voice memo or email, to deathsexmon...Show More

Alzheimer's and the World's Saddest Comedy Club

36:58 | Aug 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. WNYC Studios wants to know what you think abo...Show More

Hot Dates: From One Hot Dater to Another

10:36 | Aug 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 shares a big update. Subscribe to our weekly email newsletter! Every Wednesday we send out podcast listen...Show More

Tig Notaro Isn't a Blob Anymore

25:35 | Jul 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. Find the playlist of listener-generated episodes we love here.  Subscribe to our weekly email newsletter, if you haven't alrea...Show More

Hot Dates: Open to Open Relationships

14:25 | Jul 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, we're following a group of listeners as they date in real time around the country. We're calling thi...Show More

Manhood, Now: Live

51:16 | Jul 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, articles and podcasts that have helpe...Show More

A Wife Interviews Her Husband About Manhood, Now

10:15 | Jul 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 could share it with you. This conversation is part of our look at masculinity today. Find all of our cove...Show More

Manhood Now: What You're Reading

0:00 | Jul 11th, 2018

We've been thinking a lot about what's changing for men, and we wanted to know about other resources that have helped our listeners think about gender. Here's what you recommended to us: BOOKS  Share book reviews and ratings with D...Show More

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

08:49 | Jul 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 summer, we're following a group of listeners as they date in real time around the country. We're calling t...Show More

How to Be a Man With Bill Withers, Revisited

24:59 | Jul 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. Subscribe to our weekly email newsletter, if you haven't already. Eve...Show More

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

06:45 | Jun 27th, 2018

Miracle decided to try a dating app, and got a blast from the past. Subscribe to our weekly email newsletter, if you haven't already. Every Wednesday we send out podcast listening recommendations, fascinating letters from our inbox and updates from t...Show More

Hot Dates: Help from an OKCupid Guru

08:27 | Jun 14th, 2018

Louis is at his wit's end with dating apps...so we called in reinforcements. Plus, some musings from Ceci. All summer, we're following a group of listeners as they date in real time around the country. We're calling this series Hot Dates—if you misse...Show More

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

05:45 | Jun 8th, 2018

One of our summer daters has had some big changes in his love life already. Subscribe to our weekly email newsletter, if you haven't already. Every Wednesday we send out podcast listening recommendations, fascinating letters from our inbox and update...Show More

John Prine Wanted to Be Normal

25:08 | Jun 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." Subscribe to our weekly email newsletter, if you haven't already. Every Wednesday we send out podcast listening recommendations, f...Show More

Your Student Loan Updates

24:20 | 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. Subscribe to our weekly email newsletter, if you haven't already. Every Wednesday we send o...Show More

A Son, A Mother, and Two Gun Crimes

27:16 | Apr 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 involving a gun. Subscribe to our weekly email newsletter, if you haven't already. Every Wednesday we send...Show More

Death Sex & Money's Starter Kit

0:00 | Mar 26th, 2018

Death Sex & Money began back in 2014, which means we have a lot of episodes for you to enjoy. But that also means there’s a lot to sift through, if you’re new to the show. So we asked our listeners about some of their must-listen Death, Sex & Money e...Show More

15 Years Later, An Iraq Veteran Looks Back

23:50 | Mar 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 him going forward. Death, Sex & Money is talking about masculinity! If you identify as a man, we want...Show More

From Indie Rockers to Full-Time Caregivers

28:11 | Mar 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 moved in with her to reciprocate.  Subscribe to our weekly email newsletter, if you haven't already. Eve...Show More

Opportunity Costs: I Never Felt Inferior

22:28 | Jan 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: Money and Class in A...Show More

Opportunity Costs: More Is Not More

24:44 | Jan 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 week we're bringing you five conv...Show More

Opportunity Costs: The Class Slide After Divorce

26:04 | Jan 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: Money and Class in Ame...Show More

Opportunity Costs: An Education or Nothing

0:00 | Jan 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 five conversations about the mome...Show More

Opportunity Costs: Friendship and Fertility

0:00 | Jan 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 uncomfortable—when they both struggled to get pregnant.  This episode is part of our series Opportunity Costs: M...Show More

Next Week: Opportunity Costs

02:03 | Jan 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.   Don't miss the launch of Opportunity Costs! Subscribe to our weekly email newsletter and every Wednesday we'll send you show updates ...Show More

If You're Being Harassed At Work

0:00 | Jan 3rd, 2018

If you've been harassed or bullied on the job and are wondering what you can do about it, knowing where to start can be hard. Here are some resources you might find useful: The Time's Up Legal Defense Fund is a new initiative that offers subsidized ...Show More

Pull Quote: Plunging In

02:21 | Jan 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 sign up for the entire first batch of Pull Quote episodes. Chip in $30 or more to support our work at...Show More

Your Workplace Rage, And Mine

09:04 | Dec 6th, 2017

Reconsidering what we put up with. Send us your 30-second voice memos about what you wish you could tell your younger self about dealing with harassment and bullying at work: deathsexmoney@wnyc.org. Stay in the loop and subscribe to our weekly email ...Show More

Gabrielle Union Is Fed Up

37:29 | Nov 29th, 2017

A conversation about reclaiming your body after sexual assault. Send us your stories about the times you've been most aware of your class and how class differences have impacted your relationships. Send voice memos and emails to class@deathsexmoney.o...Show More

Finding Love, And A Kidney, On Tinder

28:00 | Nov 22nd, 2017

When "It's a match!" takes on a whole new meaning.  Are you in the same social class as your parents? Take our poll by texting "class" to 70101. And keep sending in your stories about the times you've been most aware of your class and how class diffe...Show More

What Lisa Ling Regrets

29:50 | Nov 8th, 2017

Journalist Lisa Ling has been reporting on TV since she was 16. But she says telling other people's stories has always been a lot easier than sharing her own. Send us your stories about class. We want to hear about the times you've been most aware of...Show More

A Bitcoin Mogul Goes Broke

27:10 | Nov 1st, 2017

Charlie Shrem made a fortune on cryptocurrency, lost it all, and spent a year in prison for a federal crime—all before turning 30.  Support Death, Sex & Money today by becoming a sustaining member at $8/month and we'll send you our first-ever Death, ...Show More

Why She Steals: Your Reactions

12:44 | Oct 18th, 2017

A few weeks ago, we interviewed a woman who shoplifts. Now, we talk with you about your reactions to her story. Support Death, Sex & Money today by becoming a sustaining member at $8/month and we'll send you our first-ever Death, Sex & Money mug. Go ...Show More

Life in Our 20s: Advice from Niecy Nash, Alia Shawkat & Terri Coleman

1:02:19 | Oct 11th, 2017

Live from the Werk It Women's Podcast Festival at the Ace Hotel in downtown LA, we talk all about getting through your 20s with actors Alia Shawkat and Niecy Nash. Plus, a story from Terri Coleman about how Jose Cuervo taught her an important lesson ...Show More

Ellen Burstyn's Lessons on Survival

55:29 | Oct 4th, 2017

Ellen Burstyn has won countless acting awards, but says she is proudest of raising her son. We talk about learning how to mother, leaving an abusive marriage and confronting death. Want to celebrate your next Ellen Burstyn-inspired "should-less day" ...Show More

Tracy Clayton's 2017 So Far: Therapy, Forts and Auto Bill Pay

21:51 | Sep 6th, 2017

We check in with the Another Round co-host about her long list of New Year's Resolutions, and why she says she's in "a much different place today" than she was at the top of the year. Get your questions ready for our LIVE student loans call-in episod...Show More

As Harvey Hits, Looking Back at New Orleans

23:45 | Aug 30th, 2017

The latest storm to hit the Gulf Coast has us thinking back to the people we met two years ago, for the series we put together around the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.  In our newsletter this week, we compiled a list of local and national or...Show More

How to Help After Harvey

0:00 | Aug 29th, 2017

Want to help? Give money, not stuff, to aid disaster relief and long-term rebuilding in communities affected by Harvey. Here are some places to start: All Hands Volunteers Coastal Bend Disaster Recovery Group Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Har...Show More

Katie Couric on Death and Dishonesty

25:42 | Aug 23rd, 2017

Katie Couric lost her husband to cancer in 1998. After 16 years of single parenthood, she remarried. But, she says, she still regrets the way she said goodbye the first time around. If you're in your 20s, we want to hear about your life dilemmas. Rec...Show More

When Grief Looks Like A Shrugging Emoticon

26:50 | Aug 16th, 2017

Rachel Ward's husband, Steve, died unexpectedly when she was in her early 30s. Afterward, she says in some ways she re-experienced adolescence—while feeling older than ever.  Want to suggest a podcast episode for our Welcome to Adulthood playlist? Go...Show More

The Cookie That Ended Jeff Garlin's Sobriety

22:16 | Aug 2nd, 2017

Jeff Garlin says the key to marriage, comedy, parenting and dealing with his food addiction is to be present. That doesn't mean it's always easy.  Want to suggest a podcast episode for our Welcome to Adulthood playlist? Go here: deathsexmoney.org/adu...Show More

Bonus! Anna Talks Interviewing with Jesse Thorn

1:19:34 | Jul 26th, 2017

Bullseye host Jesse Thorn's latest project has him interviewing interviewers about...interviewing. Go behind the scenes of Death, Sex & Money as Anna talks about how she gets good tape.  Do you subscribe to our weekly newsletter? You SHOULD! We'll se...Show More

My Husband Killed Someone. Now He Might Get Out.

21:07 | Jul 19th, 2017

Ronnine Bartley married her husband Lawrence while he was in prison. They had two kids and dreamed about a life together on the outside. Now, Lawrence has a chance at parole. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter for audio picks, letters from our inbox ...Show More

I Killed Someone. Now I Have Three Kids: Updated

40:50 | Jul 12th, 2017

We met Lawrence Bartley inside Sing Sing prison in 2014. Now, almost three years later, he's up for parole for the first time in his 27 years behind bars.  Subscribe to our weekly newsletter for audio picks, letters from our inbox and updates from th...Show More

Our Student Loan Secrets: Resources

0:00 | Jun 21st, 2017

Struggling with your student loan debt? It can be hard to find answers. We've compiled some free resources that can help you manage your debt, whether you're a recent grad, a parent of a student, or someone who's had loans for awhile. Got other sugge...Show More

Our Student Loan Secrets: Graham's Story

02:06 | Jun 21st, 2017

Graham avoided student loan debt by not going to college. Instead, he pursued a career as an artist, specializing in woodworking and metal casting. But 12 years after leaving high school, he says the stigma of not having a degree has limited his care...Show More

Our Student Loan Secrets: Patrick's Story

02:49 | Jun 21st, 2017

Patrick is 56 and lives in New York City. When he graduated from physical therapy school in 1999 with $60,000 in student loan debt, he says he thought he "was going to be able to pay all this off in a snap." But he quickly realized that the interest ...Show More

Our Student Loan Secrets: Elliot's Story

01:23 | Jun 21st, 2017

Elliot's in her 20s, and decided to go to law school soon after getting her bachelor's degree—in part to delay her undergraduate student loan payments. "It's definitely counterintuitive to take out more debt because you can't handle the debt you alre...Show More

Our Student Loan Secrets: Nathan's Story

01:36 | Jun 21st, 2017

Nathan, a physical therapist, has about $200,000 in student loans. He found a creative way to pay down his debt: instead of paying rent, he lives in his van with his girlfriend and their three dogs. "I couldn't imagine paying back my loans in any rea...Show More

Our Student Loan Secrets: Emily's Story

02:05 | Jun 21st, 2017

Emily has more than $80,000 in debt. She's 36 and says she doesn't use the degree that saddled her with student loans. She believes that her early financial decision-making changed the course of her and her husband's lives. "I was told that I need a ...Show More

Our Student Loan Secrets: Rose's Story

01:15 | Jun 21st, 2017

Rose is $100,000 in student loan debt. She avoided paying her student loans for years, but says she can't run from her loan servicer any longer. To pay back her loans, she's taken a higher-paying job with more responsibility, which makes it harder fo...Show More

Our Student Loan Secrets: Maureen's Story

01:44 | Jun 21st, 2017

Maureen decided to stay at home with her kids after she received her master's degree because her husband's career took him overseas. Now, at the age of 45, she owes much more in student loans than she did when she got her degree. "My payment is curre...Show More

Our Student Loan Secrets: Callie's Story

01:53 | Jun 21st, 2017

Callie went into $150,000 of student loan debt to pay for her master's degree, and then decided to pursue her Ph.D. She was recently diagnosed with cancer and now worries her loans will plague her, and her husband, in the future. She says, "Student d...Show More

Our Student Loan Secrets: Brandy's Story

01:47 | Jun 21st, 2017

At the age of 32, Brandy has $168,000 in student loan debt and pays $1,000 a month on her loans. She says feels fooled by the American dream. "My biggest dream now is just paying off debt," she says, "though the thought of that makes me want to cry."...Show More

Our Student Loan Secrets: Liz's Story

02:16 | Jun 21st, 2017

While growing up in Mississippi, Liz often dreamed of moving somewhere new as an adult. Now in her 20s, Liz's $70,000 in student loan debt is keeping her in her home state. She says she regrets going to a private college rather than taking advantage ...Show More

Our Student Loan Secrets: Jason's Story

01:18 | Jun 21st, 2017

Jason has more than $200,000 in student loan debt from law school. Recently, he decided to move away from New York City to save money and pay down his loans. "After 37 years on the island of Manhattan, I'm going to leave," he told us. "It just seems ...Show More

Our Student Loan Secrets: Diane's Story

00:56 | Jun 21st, 2017

"I'm not sure my daughter understands the scale of the Parent PLUS loans we took on to put her through college," Diane told us. Although she says she's glad that she and her husband were able to help their daughter pay her her education, Diane says t...Show More

Our Student Loan Secrets: Chris's Story

01:19 | Jun 21st, 2017

Chris is an engineer in his 30s. He left college with two degrees, no debt, and enough money to buy a car. He says his friends never talked much about their loans, and he only recently realized how different his experience was from most. "Should I fe...Show More

Our Student Loan Secrets: Molly's Story

02:02 | Jun 21st, 2017

At 34, Molly has $40,000 in debt. Her student loans have affected the way she thinks about her future. She says, "I always thought that if I really applied myself, and I got really good grades and worked hard and was a nice person, that I would have ...Show More

Our Student Loan Secrets: Audrey's Story

01:26 | Jun 21st, 2017

Audrey's in her 20s and recently received a graduate degree. She has more than $40,000 in debt, and says she constantly worries about her finances and the opportunities she's missing out on because of her student loans. "I just want this obligation t...Show More

Our Student Loan Secrets: Dana's Story

00:59 | Jun 21st, 2017

Dana’s 29 and recently finished paying off her $40,000 in student loan debt. As she neared the end of her repayment, she moved in with her boyfriend and they started saving up for a wedding and a house. "The student loan is its own phase now," she to...Show More

Our Student Loan Secrets: Teri's Story

02:00 | Jun 21st, 2017

Teri is 43 years old and has $40,000 in student loan debt. She's raising two kids and put off paying down her debt for years, but she hopes to start budgeting for it soon. "There was always something else to pay for that was more important, or that c...Show More

Coming Soon: Our Student Loan Secrets

02:53 | Jun 21st, 2017

More Americans are taking out more debt to pay for higher education, but we often don’t feel comfortable talking about our student loans. We want to show you that you’re not alone. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter for audio picks, letters from our ...Show More

Who's Driving Your Uber?

26:27 | Jun 7th, 2017

Domestic violence. Grave plot sales. The ripples of the financial crisis. A new immigrant's dashed hopes. This is what we heard about after we asked, "Why'd you start driving for Uber?" Become a member today by donating just $7 a month to support Dea...Show More

Hari Kondabolu and His Mom Answer Your Life Questions

40:25 | May 24th, 2017

The comedian and his mom give advice on pursuing career-life balance, dealing with racist friends and figuring out the best time to DTR (Define The Relationship). Subscribe to our weekly newsletter! We'll send you audio picks, letters from our inbox ...Show More

Kevin Bacon Shows Us His Cash

32:59 | May 12th, 2017

The actor opens up about money, sex at 58, and working on Jill Soloway's newest TV series, I Love Dick.  Sign up for our weekly newsletter! deathsexmoney.org/newsletter. Follow the show on Twitter @deathsexmoney and Facebook at facebook.com/deathsexm...Show More

Two Wheelchairs and A Baby

25:56 | May 3rd, 2017

The idea of having children was just fantasy "pillow talk" for Nikki Villavicencio and Darrell Paulsen. Then, a positive pregnancy test proved otherwise.  Thanks to journalist Kathryn Joyce and Cosmopolitan.com for collaborating with us on this story...Show More

Newlywed and Paralyzed

30:08 | Apr 26th, 2017

Three weeks after Rachel Swidenbank and Hiroki Takeuchi got married, an accident changed everything.  Stay in touch! Sign up for Death, Sex & Money's weekly newsletter here: deathsexmoney.org/newsletter. Follow the show on Twitter @deathsexmoney and ...Show More

Alec Baldwin Talks Money, Family, Fame and Cocaine

43:22 | Apr 12th, 2017

The actor and comedian goes deep on death, sex and money in his new memoir, Nevertheless.  Death, Sex & Money has a weekly newsletter! And we think you'll really like it. Sign up here: deathsexmoney.org/newsletter. Follow the show on Twitter @deathse...Show More

An Update From the Sex Worker Next Door

09:28 | Apr 12th, 2017

I first talked with a woman we're calling Emma almost two years ago, after she sent me an email. At the time, she was supporting her family as a sex worker, and wanted to share her story about how she got into sensual massage and why she didn't feel ...Show More

Pleased to Meet You, Nancy

16:32 | Apr 10th, 2017

Meet Nancy—a new podcast from WNYC Studios that's all about exploring identity, finding community, and having frank conversations about the LGBTQ experience today. Find out more at nancypodcast.org.  Death, Sex & Money has a weekly newsletter! And we...Show More

Why Rashema Melson Left Georgetown

12:31 | Apr 5th, 2017

When we met Rashema Melson during her sophomore year at Georgetown University, she was tired of people calling her "the homeless valedictorian." A lot's changed in her life since then. We have a weekly newsletter! And we think you'll really like it. ...Show More

A Prison Guard In Transition

26:38 | Mar 29th, 2017

Mandi Hauwert thought coming out as a transgender woman while working as a guard at California's San Quentin State Prison would be "insane." She did it anyway.  Subscribe to the Death, Sex & Money newsletter! This week, we feature your advice for a f...Show More

Live from the Internet: Jason Isbell, Amanda Shires & You

1:01:44 | Mar 8th, 2017

Breakups, addiction, death, and music—married musicians Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires join Anna to answer all your questions live from Nashville. Follow the show on Twitter @deathsexmoney and Facebook at facebook.com/deathsexmoney. Sign up for the D...Show More

Cristela Alonzo's Lower Classy Comedy

25:25 | Feb 22nd, 2017

Comedian Cristela Alonzo was raised by a single mom in an abandoned diner with no power or water in South Texas, but she says she can comfortably fill up a Target shopping cart these days. Don't forget about our "10 Things I Hate About You" remote vi...Show More

Cut Loose: Your Breakup Stories

41:49 | Feb 15th, 2017

We asked for your stories about breakups. You told us about being left, doing the leaving, and the times when you're not exactly sure what happened.  We're also building a Breakup Survival Kit together. Add your tips here. Follow the show on Twitter ...Show More

The NFL Made Me Rich. Now I Watch It... Sometimes.

40:46 | Feb 1st, 2017

Two and a half years ago, former NFL cornerback Domonique Foxworth told me about leaving football behind. Now, it's a part of his life again—in a way he didn't see coming.  Follow the show on Twitter @deathsexmoney and Facebook at facebook.com/deaths...Show More

Mahershala Ali on Faith, Love and Success

19:18 | Jan 24th, 2017

Mahershala Ali just earned his first Oscar nomination for his role in the movie "Moonlight." Ten months ago, he and his wife Amatus told us how they balance their marriage, faith and careers. Follow the show on Twitter @deathsexmoney and Facebook at ...Show More

I Had Babies To Pay For My Baby

30:16 | Jan 18th, 2017

At 19, Sarah Short gave birth to her first child—and ended up thousands of dollars in debt. A few years later she carried twins as a surrogate to pay off the bills from her first birth. Follow the show on Twitter @deathsexmoney and Facebook at facebo...Show More

Tracy Clayton Is Speaking Things Into Existence

27:31 | Jan 11th, 2017

The Another Round podcast host has a long list of goals that she wants to accomplish in 2017—and she wants her almost 100,000 Twitter followers to hold her accountable. Follow the show on Twitter @deathsexmoney and Facebook at facebook.com/deathsexmo...Show More

A Son and His Mom Laugh Through Darkness

30:47 | Dec 28th, 2016

Bex Montz and his mom Katie Ryan laugh a lot together, even when they're talking about depression, suicide, and the sudden death of Bex's dad.  Death, Sex & Money counts on listener donations. Donate before the end of 2016 and the Tow Foundation will...Show More

My Awkward Money Talk With Sallie Krawcheck

28:15 | Dec 21st, 2016

Former bank executive Sallie Krawcheck says she's comfortable talking about other people's money. But when it comes to her own money—that's a different story.  Death, Sex & Money counts on listener donations. Donate before the end of the year and the...Show More

Let's Talk About Porn

31:05 | Dec 7th, 2016

Your stories about secret hard drives, fantasy plot lines, illegal downloads, titillating Tumblr feeds, and giving porn up completely. Death, Sex & Money counts on listener donations. Give just $60 and we’ll send you not one, but two DSM tote bags! D...Show More

Other Americans

58:48 | Nov 23rd, 2016

Since the election, we've asked you one question: What do you wish Americans understood about you, but don't? Hear Anna talk live with listeners about their responses. Follow the show on Twitter @deathsexmoney and Facebook at facebook.com/deathsexmon...Show More

What Money Can't Solve

30:14 | Nov 17th, 2016

A confession is tortured out of a suspect. He goes to prison. Thirty-three years later, he gets a check for what he endured. But forgiveness is not part of the bargain.  Follow the show on Twitter @deathsexmoney and Facebook at facebook.com/deathsexm...Show More

If You're Not ____, Then Never Mind

24:14 | Nov 4th, 2016

Actor Amy Landecker has developed some rules over the years, about what she wants in a boyfriend, when she'll do nudity on camera and why she'll never drink alcohol again. Follow the show on Twitter @deathsexmoney and Facebook at facebook.com/deathse...Show More