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.
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.