In my one-way relationship/fantasy world with podcasts where I do all the taking (listening) and don’t have to give anything back, Anna Sale is my dream girlfriend and we get a drink together once every three or four weeks. In my dreams we talk about death, sex and money: the pretty and the ugly, the hopes and disappointments, and the past, present and future. She would suggest we meet for tapas and I would agree not really knowing what that meant but pathetically pretending I’m as cool as she is. Her charisma would be infectious and I would feel enriched by knowing her and having these intimate discussions about things most people are too “polite” to discuss.
I am no doubt one of many who wish to truly befriend Sale, and just call her “Anna.” The chances of this happening in real life are nil, so I’ll have to settle for listening to her epitome of cool magic through my headphones.
Death, Sex & Money is a show about those three topics, and a little more. Sale typically interviews a guest, could be a celebrity or maybe a friend or colleague, or just a caller, someone like you or me who just has a story to tell. Some of the topics on recent shows include the aftermath of a wife’s untimely death, a public breakup between two band mates, a dirty cop who embezzled money, the life of a sex worker, and an entire episode about siblings. Sale will provide updates from time to time and seems very engaged with her listeners, reading their emails or playing their voice mail clips.
The discussion is about topics that people don’t usually feel comfortable discussing, and Sale is the perfect host for it. She is thoughtful, kind, and challenging to her guests, and asks the things you want to ask. Much like The Longest Shortest Time, simply having this dialogue provides validation for the listener. The guests are extremely honest and I credit Sale with being able to bring that out of them.
Sale does have the benefit of being part of the WNYC programming network, which ensures high quality and some pretty interesting guests. I hope Death, Sex & Money stays with WNYC for the long haul, because I want to keep learning more and getting passive validation to minimize my own insecurities.
What do you think of this podcast? Leave a comment below and let’s discuss!
Audible Feast Ratings
Educational Value (4 / 5)
Pop Culture Value (4 / 5)
Host Listen-ability (5 / 5)
See above, my entire review. LOVE Anna Sale.
Flow & Production Value (4 / 5)
Interrupted by annoying ads, like many radio station sponsored programs.
Humor (4 / 5)
Investigation (4 / 5)
Storytelling (5 / 5)
Makes Me a Better Person (5 / 5)
Bonus Stars: ★
This time the bonus star, which is not even needed because this podcast is hands down a 5-star show, is for the newsletter that Sale sends out when a new episode is posted. Not only are there links and teasers for the show, there are links to other cool shows – love this.
Overall Audible Feast Rating: (5 / 5)
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