Death, Sex And Money With Anna Sale

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What stands out about WNYC’s podcast Death, Sex, and Money are the guests. The program has featured its share of celebrities — Dan Savage, Margaret Cho, and Ellen Burstyn to name a few. But, most of the time, the interviewees are not famous. They aren’t newsmakers. They aren’t politicians or PhDs. They haven’t just published a book. Nothing they’ve said has gone viral. They’re just… well, I never know quite how to say it, but, they’re ‘regular people’ living their lives out of the spotlight. And that’s refreshing. So refreshing.

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And then there’s the tone of the program. Death, Sex, and Money is a “safe place,” as Anna Sale, the host of the show put it. Guests are remarkably candid about “the big questions and hard choices that are often left out of polite conversation,” to quote WNYC’s description of the show. So candid, in fact, that you can’t help but look at your radio (or phone) and think “Did they just say that? On mic?!”

How Anna’s approach to interviewing creates that “safe space” and such an ear-catching program is the topic of this edition of HowSound. We chatted for a couple of hours at a public event sponsored by Rob Boynton, the Director of NYU’s Literary Reportage concentration.

I didn’t have time to include the audience questions in this episode so we’ve collected most of them here. Anna answers a range of really good questions on everything from diversity in public media to “When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up?”

When you’re finished listening, you’ll want to subscribe to Death, Sex, and Money, I’m sure.

Questions from the Audience

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Listen to “Anna’s thoughts on a podcast about race and sex”
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Listen to “How do you structure a show?”
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  • Jon Tjhia

    7.11.15

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    Rob, you’re still the greatest. Just wanted to leave a note of appreciation for all the great conversations you host and bring to us!

  • Rob Rosenthal

    7.11.15

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    Thanks, Jon!

  • Anne Kapoor

    10.23.16

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    Hi. Well just to say that I have enjoyed listening to your podcasts for the past year and in particular this summer. I had spent from April – September travelling up and down from London to Liverpool to visit my mother who was very ill and I have to say the programme subjects hit a variety of emotions all of them had such tremendous content and were presented in such a calm manner. So a big thank you to all of you for keeping me entertained through some very difficult times. Unfortunately Mum passed in early September, I now have a few weeks backlog to catch up on but will continue to be an avid supporter of your great programmes.

  • Rob Rosenthal

    10.24.16

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    Hi Anne — Thanks for your kind words and for listening! — r

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