Death, Sex & Money

Every Wednesday, we'll let you know what we're working on, as well as what we're reading and listening to. And we'll share some of the stories and questions that we've been getting from you. Check out past newsletters here.


06/06/2017Defiantly staring down neo-Nazis, unwanted family portraits and a photographer searching for his subject years later - Josie Long presents new short documentaries inspired by images. (Photo credit: Nathan Edwards/News Corp Australia) Woman in the Photo Produced by Andrea Rangecroft Resistance Featuring Tess Asplund Produced by Andrea Rangecroft Family Portrait Featuring Chimene Suleyman and Recep Süleyman Şehitoğlu Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4.
Also this week: Short Cuts with Josie Long tells the story of a photograph...of a photograph...that brought together two strangers both affected by 9/11.
06/01/2017We offer you a truly mind-blowing alternative explanation for how an emotion gets made. And we do it through a bizarre lawsuit, in which a child dies in a car accident, and the child's parents get sued by the man driving the other car.
The show about the invisible things around us is back, this time with a "concept album." In Invisibilia's Emotions Part One, the show looks at how emotions work—how your brain turns what you experience into what you feel, and how that varies from one person to another. They do it through the lens of a car crash, examining the emotional responses of two separate survivors of the same deadly collision.
05/22/2017Three people grapple with the question, “Are we alone?”
Are we alone in this world? That's the question at the heart of a recent episode of This American Life. In Act 2, Ira Glass looks at how lonely marriage can be. He speaks with therapist Esther Perel, and we get to listen in on a real couples therapy session with a husband and wife who are trying to save their marriage after infidelity.
05/26/2017 The Dave Ramsey Show is real talk from America's trusted voice on life and money.
Another podcast where relationship issues come up a lot? The Dave Ramsey Show. Several of you have mentioned the personal finance radio host—and devout Christian—in your emails about debt. Check out this episode to hear him take calls from a man who worries his wife has a spending addiction; a son who wants to get his mother's affairs in order after her terminal cancer diagnosis; and a couple who just paid off their medical school student loans.
05/18/2017This week, Phia wonders what kind of person falls for phishing attacks. Is it only insanely gullible luddites, or can smart, tech savvy people get phished, too? To find out, she conducts an experiment on her poor, unsuspecting coworkers. Follow Daniel Boteanu on twitter 
And if you're looking for something a little more lighthearted, but still slightly devious, listen to the latest Reply All. Producer Phia Bennin attempts to phish her co-workers with scam emails...and finds out who will take the bait.
05/07/2017 David and Dominique have something in common. Special thanks to Krishna Stone at Gay Men's Health Crisis, an HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and advocacy organization in New York. Episode scoring by Jeremy Bloom. Follow Nancy on Facebook and Twitter and sign up for our newsletter at Nancy is a production of WNYC Studios.
I was sitting at my old desk in New York when David Gebel, a coworker and one of the nicest guys at WNYC, approached Katie and I to tell us he wanted to share something about "death and sex." It turns out he wanted to tell us about being a guest on WNYC's Nancy podcast, talking about HIV and losing his partner during the height of the AIDS crisis. He realized he'd never talked to young gay men about AIDS, so that's what he did in the episode. It's a really beautiful conversation.
05/12/2017This week on StartUp we’re listening in as executive coach Jerry Colonna sits down with Diana Lovett, the founder of a socially responsible chocolate company called Cissé Cocoa. In the episode, they tackle something that many founders struggle with—how to balance entrepreneurship and parenthood. 
Another podcast episode that hit me particularly hard this week? The latest Startup, in which an entrepreneur—who's also a mom—wades through her guilt about working too much during a counseling session...and we get to listen in.
04/24/2017 Sheryl Sandberg is synonymous with Facebook, and Silicon Valley success, and she’s the voice of "Lean In." She joins us, frank and vulnerable, together with the psychologist Adam Grant. His friendship — and his research on resilience — helped her survive the shocking death of her husband while on vacation. They share what they’ve learned about planting deep resilience in ourselves and our children, and even reclaiming joy. There is so much learning here, on facing the unimaginable when it arrives in our lives and being more practically caring towards the losses woven into lives all around us.
Plus, Facebook exec and Lean In author Sheryl Sandberg speaks with the CBC about how grieving her husband shook her self-confidence at work and at home, and about how she now talks with others going through loss.
04/29/2017We hear from a Latino city councilman who was there when it all went down, a Korean-American who worked at her family's gas station in Compton and a prominent black pastor who gave a memorable sermon to his South LA congregation. Oh, and we tag in our play cousins Mandalit Del Barco and David Greene for this one.
Riots? Unrest? Uprising? This week, NPR’s Code Switch goes to Los Angeles to talk with several locals, including a Latino city councilman, a Korean-American gas station attendant and a black pastor, about how they label the event that began 25 years ago after four cops were acquitted in the beating of Rodney King.
03/22/2017Following the blazes and looking up at the clouds. Interview with Rahawa Haile, author of the essay "How Black Books Lit My Way Along the Appalachian Trail" on Buzzfeed.
French journalist Raphaël Krafft talks with Reveal about weighing the ethical costs and benefits of helping two Sudanese refugees cross into his country by way of the Alps.
03/11/2017In 2015, French radio reporter Raphael Krafft was covering the refugee crisis. On the border with Italy, he met desperate families turned away by his country.   Then one family asked Krafft for his help crossing the border. As a journalist, he was supposed to be objective, but that was getting harder to do. So … Continue reading The smuggler
And we enjoyed writer and hiker Rahawa Haile's conversation with the She Explores podcast, about being one of the few black women to trek the Appalachian Trail—which she did (along with a backpack of great books) in 2016.
04/16/2017 Prince Harry speaks to the Telegraph’s Bryony Gordon for the first episode of her new podcast, Mad World, where she interviews guests about their mental health experiences. The half-hour conversation provides listeners with a candid insight into the inner-most thoughts of a modern young royal.
Prince Harry opens up about grieving his mother two decades after her death in the first episode of Mad World, Bryony Gordon's new podcast about mental health and stigma.
04/09/2017 Come out. Repeat. Record. Follow Nancy on Facebook and Twitter and sign up for our newsletter at Nancy is a production of WNYC Studios. Theme music by Alex Overington. Scoring by Jeremy Bloom with additional music by Broke For Free ("Hella" and "Add And"), UltraCat ("Disco High"), Wake ("Nick Beat"), Little Glass Men ("Kelp Grooves"), and Co.fee ("Calabash").
Earlier this week, we put out a special bonus in the Death, Sex & Money podcast feed—a story from WNYC Studios' brand new show, Nancy! In their very first episode, co-host Kathy Tu talks with her mom about being gay—a conversation they've had a few times before, but has never seemed to stick. "I don't want to talk about it," Kathy's mom tells her, in Mandarin. "I think this is my fault. I gave birth to you this way, isn't that my fault?" Subscribe to Nancy's feed to hear more real, and sometimes messy, stories about the LGBTQ experience today.
03/30/2017Once Joe Stone learned how to use his paralyzed body, he immediately set an audacious goal: he would race in an Ironman triathlon—despite the fact that no quadriplegic athlete had ever attempted the event. And after that? Well, Joe decided he could go much, much bigger.
I was in awe of & inspired by Joe Stone's determination
03/23/2017On April 16, 2015, police officer Jesse Kidder encountered a murder suspect named Michael Wilcox in a suburb outside of Cincinnati, Ohio. What happened next was caught on video and surprised a lot of people, including police. And the incident tells us a lot about how these videos have changed us. Follow us on Twitter @nprembedded, follow Kelly McEvers @kellymcevers, and producer Tom Dreisbach @TomDreisbach. Email us at
"You know, we pray for everybody–even the bad guys." Police officer Vicky Coburn, along with her husband and fellow officer, Buddy Coburn, talks with Embedded host Kelly McEvers about an encounter with a suspect that turned violent—but didn't end in gunfire. "I think a lot of it has to do with the media and the portrayal of police officers shooting people," Buddy says. In the final episode of a series on police videos, a look at the so-called "Ferguson effect," and how public police videos are changing us.