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Let’s Sing About Hard Things

Presented by Death, Sex & Money

Originally Aired: Friday, May 6, 2022


We are celebrating the paperback launch of Death, Sex & Money host Anna Sale’s book Let’s Talk About Hard Things with a karaoke singalong book party! You heard that right. The soundtrack will be our favorite songs about big feelings in hard times.

Anna’s book is about how to have conversations that don’t flinch from the uncomfortable or unresolved, and it’s also about why to do that – because these conversations fortify community and reduce isolation. What else creates community and reduces isolation? KARAOKE SINGALONGS. Especially when we sing together songs about heartbreak, loss, change, and getting through.

Come out to enjoy being together for one of Anna’s first in-person book events, along with some very special guests including Jeff Hiller of HBO’s “Somebody Somewhere” and humorist and co-host of the podcast Another Round with Heben and Tracy, Tracy Clayton. Lyrics will be projected to everyone in the crowd, so no need to get on stage to enjoy the whole experience – though if you’re game to perform, we want to know. Add your karaoke request here! (This event will not be livestreamed.)

Your ticket includes one free drink and some light snacks.  Books will be available for sale and Anna will be happy to sign your copy!

Please note: This event is set up party-style. Seating is limited and first-come first-served. Patrons who need seating accommodation can email us to arrange accessible/reserved seating at thegreenespace@wnyc.org.

Credit: Photo provided by guest.

Anna Sale is the creator and host of Death, Sex & Money, the podcast from WNYC Studios about “the things we think about a lot and need to talk about more.” After debuting at the top of the iTunes chart in 2014, Death, Sex & Money was named the #1 podcast of the year by New York Magazine in 2015. Anna won a Gracie for best podcast host in 2016 and the show won the 2018 Webby and 2021 Ambie for best interview show.

Before launching Death, Sex & Money, Anna covered politics for nearly a decade. She is the author of the book Let’s Talk About Hard Thingswhich The New Yorker wrote “shows us how supportive listening happens.” She grew up in West Virginia and now lives in Berkeley with her husband and two daughters.

Jeff Hiller plays Joel on HBO’s “Somebody Somewhere.” Jeff has performed in New York and LA for the last 20 years most often with the UCB Theatre, and with solo shows ‘Grief Bacon” and “The Designing Women Monologues” at Joe’s Pub at the Public Theatre. Other TV: “Nightcap”, “30 Rock”, “Community”, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”, “Broad City”, “Playing House”, and many others. Film: “Set It Up”, “Morning Glory”, “Greta”, “Ghost Town” and others. Theatre: Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson (Broadway, Public Theatre), Bright Colors, Bold PatternsSilence!, Heartbreak House, Lady, Be Good!, Hercules, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Midsummer Nights Dream at NYSF in Central Park. Before becoming an actor, Jeff was a social worker in Denver, Colorado.

Credit: Photo by Colby Blount

Tracy Clayton is a writer, humorist, podcaster, and social media expert born and raised in the West End of Louisville, Kentucky. Tracy is co-host of the award-winning podcast Another Round with Heben and Tracy. She is the host of several other shows, including Back Issue, Netflix’s Strong Black Legends, Sony’s My 90s Playlist, and season 2 of MailChimp’s Going Through It. 

Tracy has won several awards and accolades, including an Ambie Award and two Webby Awards, but among her proudest honor is being included on Beyonce’s list of black history makers in 2018. Aside from Beyonce, Tracy loves snacks, Tom Hanks, and her mama.

Credit: Photo provided by The Greene Space

Singer, rapper, and writer Dessa has made a career of bucking genres and defying expectations—her résumé as a musician includes performances at Lollapalooza and Glastonbury, co-compositions for 100-voice choir, performances with the Minnesota Orchestra, and top-200 entries on the Billboard charts. She contributed to the #1 album The Hamilton Mixtape and the RBG documentary; her track, “Congratulations,” has notched over 20 million streams.


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