May 4, 2021

How to Have Better Conversations About Hard Things

By ‘The Ezra Klein Show’

254 words

The journalist Anna Sale explains why we’re so bad at talking about death, sex and money — and how to get better.

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  1. Opinion: Listen to the ‘Ezra Klein Show’
  2. How to Get Better at Talking About Death, Sex and Money
  3. How to Have Better Conversations About Hard Things

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  The kinds of conversations Sale has on her show are hard to have in real life. So we rarely have them, even though our relationships and our society and even our politics desperately need them. Thankfully, Sale has written a new book, “Let’s Talk About Hard Things,” which distills the lessons she has learned over the years for the rest of us and offers wisdom for navigating the topics we too often shy away from: death, sex, money, family, identity.
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  We discuss how society has increasingly pushed the responsibility for having these hard conversations onto individuals, what it takes to be a good listener, the common mistakes people make when supporting grieving friends and family members, why it’s especially hard to communicate with our family members, whether it’s necessary to give up our righteousness to preserve our relationships, the social stigma against talking about money, how to navigate tricky discussions about race and gender, and the art of asking open questions.
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- (A full transcript of the episode will be available midday.)
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+ (A full transcript of the episode can be found here.)

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Headlines

  • How to Have Better Conversations About Hard Things
  • Opinion: Listen to the ‘Ezra Klein Show’
  • How to Get Better at Talking About Death, Sex and Money

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  • Books and Literature
  • Conversation
  • Death, Sex & Money (Radio Program)
  • Let's Talk About Hard Things (Book)
  • Podcasts
  • Sale, Anna