All the things your grandmother told you not to discuss in polite company — and I do mean your grandmother; my grandmother was never one for such conventions — get a forum on Anna Sale’s new WNYC podcast, “Death, Sex and Money.” The podcast promises to open up a conversation about “the Big Stuff: relationships, money, family, work and making it all count while we’re here.”
This week, Sale — a longtime public radio reporter — spoke with singer-songwriter Bill Withers (“Lean on Me” and “Ain’t No Sunshine” are among his hits) about admitting fear, asking for help and going on with his life in the aftermath of his father’s death. Here’s that conversation:
Sale also has an interview with a documentary producer, a neighbor of Mayor Bill de Blasio in Park Slope, Brooklyn, about the financial realities of being middle-class in New York City. And she talks sex with none other than Republican Sen. Alan Simpson, whom Sale credits with saving her relationship with her boyfriend.
It’s probably obvious that we at Modern Loss are all for opening up conversations about taboo topics. Less obvious, perhaps: We’re huge WNYC fans. Best of luck, Anna Sale.