Death, Sex & Money

Death, Sex & Money

  • Death, Sex & Money
  • A biweekly podcast about the big questions and hard choices that are often left out of polite conver...


James McBride Resets

When you hear that someone’s a best-selling, award-winning author, what do you imagine their life is like? A big house with a BMW in the driveway? James McBride, author of the smash hit The Color of Water and The Good Lord Bird, had all that for a while. But, living like a celebrity distracted him from the sort of work he wanted to do.  McBride doe...

November 18, 2014 | 26 min

A Funeral Director’s Dead Reckoning

Caleb Wilde jokes that he's damned to be a funeral director for the rest of his life. But there's some truth there. He's a sixth-generation funeral director in the small town of Parkesburg, Pennsylvania. He's been doing this for over ten years. In a community with an aging population, this is a stable means of supporting his family.  This wasn't Ca...

November 4, 2014 | 27 min

How Ellen Burstyn Learned About Survival

When Burstyn was 18, she got on a Greyhound bus going from Detroit to Dallas. She had 50 cents in her pocket and a hunch that she could find work as a model. The actress and director, known for her roles in Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, The Exorcist, and Requiem For a Dream, says she’d never do that now. But back then, she didn’t doubt herself. ...

October 21, 2014 | 53 min

My Father's Secret Life

Whitney Joiner was 13 when her father Joe told her he was HIV-positive. He said he hoped to see her graduate from high school. Five months later, he was dead. It  rural Kentucky in 1992, Whitney and her family thought it was best to keep quiet.   Whitney never learned how her father contracted the disease. After his funeral, her mother heard from a...

October 7, 2014 | 25 min

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