Bad With Money With Gaby Dunn

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Gaby Dunn unapologetically examines the intersection of finances, feelings and the f*cking system. Each week NY Times best-selling author and comedian Gaby brings a social justice, feminist, and unabashedly radical point of view to conversations with top journalists, student loan experts, tax specialists, mutual aid organizers and other money disr…

Gaby Dunn unapologetically examines the intersection of finances, feelings and the f*cking system. Each week NY Times best-selling author and comedian Gaby brings a social justice, feminist, and unabashedly radical point of view to conversations with top journalists, student loan experts, tax specialists, mutual aid organizers and other money disrupters in their fields. Leave Gaby a voicemail at 844-474-4040 or write GabyIsBadWithMoney@gmail.com.

Episodes

JUN 16, 2021 The LGBTQ Economy: MV Lee Badgett
Happy Pride! In the finale of Season 7, Gaby talks to professor, economist and author Lee Badgett about the financial and economic case for LGBTQ equality, the harmful myths about queer people and money (and the choice to focus all research on white, cis, gay men), and about Gaby's own reticence to…
JUN 9, 2021 Happiness & Money: Dr. Laurie Santos
Dr. Laurie Santos joins Gaby to discuss NOT whether money buys happiness (it does!) but rather what science shows us we should also be focusing on for happiness, why the human brain is designed to be bad with money, and what happened when monkeys were taught to buy treats with currency. Also, the c…
JUN 2, 2021 Building Wealth: Hillary Hoffower
This week, Gaby and Hillary Hoffower, the Millennial wealth correspondent for Business Insider, talk about building and maintaining wealth, new rural home-buying, and the solitary leisure investment hobbies of the nostalgic rich. PS: It's the pogs and Tamagotchis for me. Then, during Dear Gaby, a l…
MAY 26, 2021 Tips from the Budgetnista: Tiffany Aliche
You all asked for it so Gaby finally relented. We talk finally budgeting with The Budgetnista Tiffany Aliche of the Brown Ambition podcast. How can you budget in a capitalist world? Tiffany shares her relatable stories of fucking up, budgeting in a tangible way, and what to prioritize. This is budg…
MAY 19, 2021 Financial Trauma: Chloe B. McKenzie
Wealth justice activist Chloe B. McKenzie joins Gaby to talk about Gen Z's mental and emotional health, financial trauma, and how to heal from long-term economic violence. Then, a listener gives a review that is a baffling journey from start to finish. If you like the show, leave a review and it mi…
MAY 12, 2021 WFH and Wages: Najah Farley
Gaby is joined this week by the brilliant and delightful Najah Farley of the National Employment Law Project to talk about working from home, essential workers, and fighting for a living wage. How has work changed for the better or worse since the pandemic started? What can you do to protect yourse…
MAY 5, 2021 Cancel Rent: Ana Diaz Casos
Ana Diaz Casos, president of Tenants and Workers United, joins Gaby to talk about housing as a human right, rent striking, the consequences of mass evictions, and how even resources and protections are hard to access. Then, we hear from a listener who felt prepped for the pandemic because of the po…
APR 28, 2021 Mutual Aid: Elle Moxely with Marsha P. Johnson Institute
Gaby and Elle Moxely***, the co-founder of the Marsha P. Johnson Institute, discuss mutual aid, how the Black transgender community responded so quickly to Covid, and the ways we can help remodel society into a less individualistic, more communally beneficial place. It was an honor to have her as m…
APR 21, 2021 Intro to Investing and Gamestop: Sara Glakas
Austin Women's Investment Group founder Sara Glakas joins us to get you started investing, explain the Gamestop phenomenon, and break down the stereotypes about who invests and who should be investing. Then, Gaby responds to a listener email about feeling privileged for not having suffered financia…
APR 14, 2021 Student Loans During Covid: Melisa Boutin
In this fascinating and informative episode, Gaby interviews Student Loan Answers author Melisa Boutin (yourmoneyworth.com) about how your student debt has been affected by the coronavirus and the information you need to not end up screwed out of cancellations. Melisa schools us all (especially Gab…
APR 7, 2021 Unwelcome Tax Surprises: Nerdwallet's Kimberly Palmer
American tax deadlines are coming up and so Gaby talks to Nerdwallet's tax expert Kimberly Palmer all about how to avoid unwelcome tax surprises, getting extensions, what laws changed during Covid, and the overwhelming contradictions of paying taxes. Kimberly talks about how to get organized, what …
MAR 31, 2021 Unemployment, Jobs: Lawyer Sarah Al Howes
Bad With Money is back!!! It's Season 7 and we have a lot to catch up on regarding Covid and money. This week Gaby dives into jobs with lawyer Sarah Al Howes. They talk about cancelling unemployment insurance taxes and the realities of employment during this unprecedented time. Plus, there's a new …
MAR 10, 2021 Season 7 Teaser: Long Term Crisis in COVID
Bad With Money is returning Wednesdays starting March 31st! Join Gaby as she dives into the pandemic and it's effect on jobs, unemployment, taxes, trauma and more. She will be joined by journalists, activists and lawyers like the one featured here. Be sure to listen and subscribe wherever you get y…
MAR 8, 2021 Season 7 Teaser: COVID and Money
Bad with Money returns March 31st and this time Gaby will be diving into jobs, unemployment, taxes, and everything that has changed since the pandemic. She is bringing you conversations with lawyers, student loan specialists, wealth justice activists and more. Be sure to listen and subscribe wherev…
JUL 21, 2020 COVID's Economic Devastation on Tribal Lands
Gaby speaks with Karen Diver, appointee of President Obama as the Special Assistant to the President for Native American Affairs. They discuss tribal economies, the impact of COVID-19 on businesses, how Native American nations have been handling the spread of the virus and the ways the federal gove…
JUL 14, 2020 Cancel All Student Debt w/ Seth Frotman
Why can’t we just cancel all student loan debt? The Department of Education could do it right now. But they don’t. Seth Frotman, the executive director of the Student Borrower Protection Center, comes on the show to talk about the 45 million Americans who get a student loan bill every month. Why wo…
JUL 7, 2020 How Reparations Could Work with Economist William Darity
Gaby speaks with economist William Darity. He breaks down why reparations for descendants of enslaved people absolutely needs to happen, how reparations would work in the U.S., how much money could begin to fix the generational wealth gap and who benefitted from the labor of enslaved people. Plus, …
JUN 30, 2020 Profiting Off Prisons with The Marshall Project’s Joe Neff
Gaby tackles her latest research obsession -- private prisons. Who is making a profit from locking people up? The Marshall Project’s Joe Neff joins the show to talk about the mistreatment of prisoners in the time of COVID-19, who makes money off federal, state and private prisons, the ways prisoner…
JUN 23, 2020 Making Your Donations Count with Chloe Cockburn
Everyone is donating. But where should we donate and how do we know what impact our money is having? Gaby talks to Open Philanthropy's program officer for criminal justice reform, Chloe Cockburn. It's her job to figure out the best places to put your money if you want to help with criminal justice …
JUN 16, 2020 Answering Your Financial Therapy Questions with Amanda Clayman
Gaby gathers listener emails, voicemails and questions about money during the COVID-19 pandemic. She invites financial therapist Amanda Clayman on to give advice about what to do about the stress of unemployment, loss of control, having more than your friends and family, and redirecting your long-t…
JUN 9, 2020 Defund the Police and The People’s Budget with Lexis-Olivier Ray
Can we decide what our cities spend money on? Should we defund the police? Gaby is joined by Lexis-Olivier Ray, a black journalist covering protests against police brutality in Los Angeles. He describes his most recent work, reporting on homelessness and the housing crisis’ tie to crime rates, fund…
JUN 2, 2020 Being Sold A Better You During COVID-19 with Amanda Montell
We’ve talked about buying a better you. But how are we being sold our health and wellness during “these trying times?” Gaby talks to linguist and author Amanda Montell about the capitalistic language shifting to sell people wellness and “immunity-boosting” products of varying levels of harm during …
MAY 26, 2020 Buying A Healthy Mind With Dr. Imani Walker
Can you buy better mental health? Gaby talks to psychiatrist Dr. Imani Walker, who works primarily with homeless patients and those who’ve been convicted of crimes, about mental illness in the time of COVID-19. What is it like to see patients now? What should mental health services cost when so man…
MAY 19, 2020 Buying Perfect Skin with Jackie Michele Johnson
Is it possible to buy perfect skin? And now, under quarantine, are we spending more on skin care products just to trick ourselves into an illusion of control? How has being forced to do beauty regimens at home changed how people are spending their money? Gaby talks to Natch Beaut podcaster and beau…
MAY 12, 2020 Giving A Damn with California Rep. Mark Takano (What Is The Govt. Doing For Us Now?)
Call your Congressperson. Seriously. Gaby wants to learn more about what the U.S. government is doing for us during the COVID-19 pandemic, so she calls up California Congressman Rep. Mark Takano on Zoom. They discuss how the community comes together to fill in the gaps in social safety nets, potent…
MAY 5, 2020 Buying Safety During A Pandemic with Olga Khazan
Gaby interviews reporter Olga Khazan, who wrote an article for The Atlantic about the increasingly visible class divide during the COVID-19 pandemic. What does it mean to be able to buy safety and when you do, who else are you putting at risk? As Khazan wrote, “the poor get socially close, so the r…
APR 28, 2020 Buying Your Health with Dr. Abdul El-Sayed
Can good health be bought? We flashback to when Coronavirus cases were newly emerging in the states. Gaby revisits an interview she did with public health expert Dr. Abdul El-Sayed about what compels us to invest in wellness trends and how much it actually costs to be healthy. (Spoiler alert: it’s …
APR 21, 2020 Buying Success with Jennifer Morton
Gaby reflects on the meaning of success in today’s uncertain world. We flash back to our early plans for the season, including an interview with associate philosophy professor Jennifer Morton. What does it mean to be successful? What are we willing to sacrifice? After the interview, Gaby shares how…
APR 13, 2020 The "Bettering" Power Of Money (New Season Coming April 22)
What is life right now? So many of us are overwhelmed and stressed about a future that’s feeling more and more uncertain. In season 6 of Bad with Money, Gaby Dunn explores how during a crisis, we get stuck in cycles of trying to buy our way into some semblance of personal control. But as it turns o…
FEB 25, 2020 Rocket To The Moon (Space And Its Economy)
Gaby makes a final decision. Is it time to uproot her life and build a new one outside the U.S.? But wait! There's one more destination we want to explore as we wrap season 5. How expensive would it be to live... ON THE MOON? First, Gaby talks to scientist and aerospace engineer Kathleen Howell, a …
FEB 18, 2020 I'm Outta Here! Wait. No. Maybe. Is It Worth The Cost? (Listener Experiences Abroad!)
After YEARS of only getting snippets of listeners’ stories on social media, Gaby finally calls up a few members of her Bad with Money family. Is it worth saving your money to move abroad? How much would you sacrifice to leave the U.S.? We hear experiences from three listeners: Madeline Christensen …
FEB 11, 2020 Let’s Move To Paris! (The Cost Of The City Of Love)
Gaby contemplates what it’s like to live in Paris, a place most tourists would call “romantic as heck.” Why is Paris such a hub for love and how much would it cost for Gaby to take her partner Mal Blum there on a date? First, Gaby talks to Chris O’Brien, a journalist living in France, who happens t…
FEB 4, 2020 Cost of Being LGBTQ or Black Abroad
What’s it like to travel and live outside the U.S. when you're at high risk for harassment? Gaby talks with queer travel writer Meg Ten Eyck about what should you invest in for safety and what information you need to know before you move or even visit a new country as someone that is queer, gender …
JAN 28, 2020 Gaby’s Escape Plan (Expats and Spain)
Gaby plots her escape plan by talking to Malte Zeeck, founder of InterNations and a German-born expert on expat communities, about the costs of moving abroad and how to find the right place for you. Then, she hears first-hand from Danielle Roberge, an American who moved to Spain and found that lowe…
JAN 21, 2020 Chinese Symbols of Wealth
Gaby explores the lack of money taboos in Chinese culture with TV writer Jessica Gao. Gao, who was born in China, explains the ways her mother shares every last detail of how much Jessica is making. Why are people so open about how much things cost, how much they’re earning and how much they LOVE m…
JAN 14, 2020 What If You Live Nowhere? #VanLife
What if the answer isn’t choosing where to live, but rather choosing to live nowhere? Gaby speaks to Rachel Wilson and Natalie Frizza, two members of Australia’s nomad community -- people who have chosen to live and raise kids in converted campers, vans and buses. Gaby explores what that daily life…
JAN 7, 2020 Faith & Money (Tibetan Buddhism and Hinduism)
Gaby invites a Tibetan Buddhist monk to be on his very first podcast! Gyaltsen Chopel discusses how Buddhism functions to deprioritize money altogether -- and his work as a caretaker who handles day-to-day expenses and donations made to a Buddhist temple in Los Angeles. It’s not the conversation yo…
DEC 31, 2019 Have A Lucky New Year!
In the Philippines, kids jump at midnight to get taller. In Romania, you should pay off all your debt to ensure good fortune in the New Year. Join Gaby as she digs into New Year’s Eve superstitions -- and money superstitions -- with Philippines based writer Katrina Escalona and Romanian studies lec…
DEC 24, 2019 Gifting Money: Why We Give And Get $$$
Did you get money as a gift this year? Bet you're not alone. In this episode, Gaby explores the deeper cultural significance behind gifting money during celebrations. First, she calls up her dad, Marc Dunn, to talk through some of their own family traditions. Like, why do the Jews give money in mul…
DEC 17, 2019 What Work Looks Like: The Netherlands Versus South Korea
Gaby explores work-life balance in The Netherlands, which has some of the world's shortest work hours, and in South Korea, which has some of the longest. First, she speaks with expat Jovi Paredes about the emphasis on vacation and mental health resources in The Netherlands. Then she talks with LA T…
DEC 10, 2019 Should I Hate Germany?
As the grandchild of a Holocaust survivor, Gaby explores her extremely complicated feelings about Germany. In order to take a modern look the country and consider whether she could live there today, she speaks to Berlin-based journalist Jill Petzinger about the German preference for paying in cash …
DEC 3, 2019 The Happiest Countries On Earth
Gaby explores the places that always top the “Happiest Countries on Earth” lists. First, she chats with writer and friend Kate Jones, a queer Vietnamese comedian who lives in Switzerland about the country’s pros (high salaries, social safety nets, beautiful scenery) and cons (racism, homophobia). T…
NOV 26, 2019 Why Are Only White Guys Obsessed With The Penny?
Before Gaby searches abroad for a new place to live, she first wants to understand the whys of currency. Specifically, the whys of an American coin she has a real problem with: The penny. Gaby deviates from her “no straight cis white men guests” rule to talk about hating the penny with New York Tim…
NOV 19, 2019 Bad with Money Goes International!
We’re back and this time, Bad With Money is going international! In season 5, we're breaking down what money means around the world! Meanwhile, Gaby seriously considers whether she wants to build a new life abroad. Would she be happier and less financially stressed living in another country? In thi…
NOV 12, 2019 Bonjour, Fellow Deadbeats!
Gaby is back! Season 5 of Bad with Money returns November 20. This time, we're looking at what money means in America and around the world. We'll get the real scoop from foreign correspondents and ordinary folks who've started their lives over in other countries. Anyone else ready to have their min…
JUL 30, 2019 How's Gaby Doing? (w/ Gaby Dunn's friends & family)
For the finale of Season 4, Gaby gets personal and explores the big changes of the last 3 years with help from her comedy partner Allison Raskin, her sister Cheyanne Dunn, her former producer Sam Dingman, and her parents Marc and Caryn. She gets their honest assessment of how she's doing...unpacks …
JUL 23, 2019 Student Loan Advice from NJ Secretary of Higher Ed Zakiya Smith Ellis
Gaby talks to education superstar Zakiya Smith Ellis, a millennial who's also the Secretary of Higher Education for New Jersey. They talk about how college debt has gotten so out of hand...making community college free... the tricky things universities do to make students feel like they're getting …
JUL 16, 2019 Generational Wealth & Latinx Money (w/ Ramona Ortega)
Gaby talks generational wealth and money management with Ramona Ortega, the founder of online money management tool "My Money My Future/ Mi Dinero Mi Futuro". They discuss specific money concerns of Latinx people, the difference between income and wealth, and facing money fears and taking action. T…
JUL 9, 2019 Women on 20's (w/Barbara Ortiz Howard)
Why aren't there any women on American paper money? Gaby talks to Barbara Ortiz Howard, the cofounder of the "Women on 20s" campaign, that successfully (or so we thought) lobbied the Treasury to replace slave trader Andrew Jackson with freedom fighter Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill. They discuss Tu…
JUL 2, 2019 Money in Concentration Camps (w/Santi Elijah Holley)
Gaby talks to journalist Santi Elijah Holley about his terrifying article in Topic Magazine, "The Hidden History of Holocaust Money." They discuss the little-known currency produced by the Nazi party for Jewish ghettos and death camps during WWII, how history echoes in the present day, and what it …
JUN 25, 2019 Living on $2 a Day (w/ Kathryn Edin)
Could you get by in the USA on $2 a day? Millions of people in the US are living that reality today. Gaby talks with Princeton University poverty researcher Kathryn Edin, co-author of $2 a Day: The Art of Living on Virtually Nothing in America. They discuss the end of cash welfare, debunking povert…
JUN 19, 2019 Death and Money (w/ Chanel Reynolds)
Gaby talks to GetYourShitTogether.org founder Chanel Reynolds about the two things that scare people the most - money and death. Chanel was widowed in 2009 and was totally unprepared for what came next. She talks to Gaby about planning for the unexpected, and why keeping your head in the sand isn't…
JUN 12, 2019 Medicare For All?! (w/Shefali Luthra)
This week Gaby explores the sickly U.S. health care system - the U.S., one of the only developed countries on the planet where you can easily go bankrupt from medical expenses! Democratic candidates for president are saying that it shouldn't be this way. Gaby talks to Kaiser Health News reporter Sh…
JUN 5, 2019 Gen Z in The Workplace (w/ Joy Shan)
Joy Shan of The California Sunday Magazine talks to Gaby about her reporting on Generation Z, one year after the oldest Gen Z's entered the workforce. Joy is a young millennial, but found that there really are differences between her and Gen Z when it comes to work. The job landscape is shifting - …
MAY 29, 2019 Broke Millennial Takes on Investing (w/ Erin Lowry)
Gaby wades into the scary waters of investing with the help of the "Broke Millennial" - aka Erin Lowry. She talks about how to take the first step with investing, breaks down some of the tricky terminology, explores how to stick to your principles when investing your money, and explains why languag…
MAY 22, 2019 High Rent, Low Wages, and Overtime (w/ Rep. Mark Takano)
Gaby brings on a US Congressman to try and bridge the gap between Congresspeople and The People. Representative Mark Takano is a Democrat from Southern California and he talks about his report on the skyrocketing cost of rent, how Wall Street firms are getting rich by becoming landlords of single f…
MAY 15, 2019 Let’s Join a Money Cult! (w/ Vicki Robin)
Vicki Robin is an OG financial guru and Gaby turns to her for financial and spiritual advice this week. How do you translate your life energy into money? How is your community a part of your financial wealth? Vicki's book "Your Money or Your Life" was a huge bestseller in the early 1990s, and was j…
MAY 8, 2019 The Credit Sharks Are Circling (w/ Marcus Garrett and Rich Jones)
Why is it so easy to get into debt, and so hard to get out? Gaby talks to Marcus Garrett and Rich Jones, hosts of the podcast Paychecks and Balances, about their experiences with both making money AND getting out of debt. Marcus tells the story of a $26,000 weekend spending spree that took him seve…
MAY 1, 2019 Scraping by on 600K (w/ Rachel Sherman)
Gaby fangirls hard for a sociology professor in this episode all about the lives of the The One Percent. Professor Rachel Sherman teaches at the New School for Social Research and talks all about her book "Uneasy Street: The Anxieties of Affluence," based on dozens of interviews with some of the we…
APR 24, 2019 Earning That Private Island (w/ Suze Orman)
Gaby faces off with fellow queer money lady Suze Orman, to learn about how Suze got her start and eventually became one of the most successful financial gurus of our time. They talk about the basics of saving, about financial abuse, and about the sportfishing Suze enjoys... on her own private islan…
APR 19, 2019 A Message From Your Fellow Deadbeat
Bad with Money Season 4 is almost back and it’s better than ever! We’re taking a deep dive into some big issues, with awesome guests including Suze Orman, Marcus Garrett and Rich Jones, Broke Millennial Erin Lowry, and so many more smart folks (and the occasional deadbeat!) Mark your calendars with…
DEC 27, 2018 Suze Orman Guests On Bad With Money (A Teaser For Season 4)
Bad With Money returns for season 4 in 2019. In the meantime, get the Bad With Money book on Jan 1 and come see the Bad With Money live shows in January. In this teaser, Gaby talks to legendary queer finance guru Suze Orman. She is freaking out.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/a…
JUL 17, 2018 Myths and Grossly Inaccurate Labels (aka "Millennials")
Gaby gets behind the snowflake, participation trophy bullshit and gets real about this generation. Kimberly Quick, senior policy associate at The Century Foundation breaks down the false labels that millennials get. You can read her piece about this topic here. Next, we get into the economic realit…
JUL 10, 2018 The High of the Buy (aka Shopping Addiction)
Gaby talks to a compulsive buyer to understand the real motivations for over-shopping. April Benson, one of the leading psychologists who helps compulsive buyers, introduces us to the emotional and psychological reasons for shopping. And to get a personal look at it, Avis Cardella, author of "Spent…
JUL 3, 2018 An Improbable Ray of Hope (aka Campaign Finance)
Gaby gets a primer on small dollar donors, and some practical advice for running for office. We hear a lot of conflicting information when it comes to the giant gobs of money that pay for politicians to campaign. So what's actually true? Josefa Velasquez, who reports on money and politics for Sludg…
JUN 26, 2018 Changing the Narrative (aka Economic Mobility)
Gaby takes a look at the stories we tell about poverty. Tanvi Misra, a writer at CityLab sets up the stark statistics that make up our economic mobility reality. Alana Semuels, a staff writer at The Atlantic takes a look at how those statistics play out in the South. Alissa Quart, executive editor …
JUN 19, 2018 This Thing We All Made Up Together (aka Cryptocurrency)
Gaby gets an existential perspective of cryptocurrency. Angela Walch, associate professor at St. Mary's University School of Law gives us a healthy dose of skepticism about cryptocurrency's potential to save the world. Laura Shin, cryptocurrency journalist and host of the podcasts Unchained and Unc…
JUN 12, 2018 Think Before You Open Your Mouth (aka the Food System)
Maybe you don't consider how your meal is contributing to oppression. But at Bad With Money, we're here to tell you, it might be! To learn more, we turned to some incredible guests: Malik Yakini is the executive director of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network, which aims to promote fo…
JUN 5, 2018 Cap & Pat (aka Legal Weed)
States across the U.S. are debating marijuana legalization, but thus far, the rollout of this has been confusing to say the least. So, to dig into that further, we have German Lopez, a senior reporter at Vox help us wade through. Next, Amanda Chicago Lewis a journalist who covers marijuana digs int…
MAY 29, 2018 Health is Wealth (aka Personal Finance Education)
This week, Gaby finds a financial literacy unicorn. Nan Morrison actually learned a lot about money from her parents, which is a luxury a lot of us don't have. Luckily, she's working to make financial literacy education better, as CEO and president of the Council for Economic Education. Next up, it…
MAY 22, 2018 The M-Word (aka Amazon)
Gaby starts out by second-guessing some of her recent Amazon Prime purchases - and then starts to question a whole lot more. This week, we investigate Amazon's chokehold on the American consumer experience, and whether we ought to be fighting harder to break free from its clutches. Featuring Stacy …
MAY 15, 2018 A Mysterious And Unknowable Force (aka the Stock Market)
Gaby takes her knowledge of what a stock is, and takes that a step further to learn how to get one. Buzzfeed breaking news reporter Amber Jamieson noticed her friends getting rich from stocks, so she decided to try her hand at it, and shares what she learns in a newsletter called Better Have My Mon…
MAY 8, 2018 It's Not Just a Few Feet Of Sea Level Rise (aka Climate Change is an Economic Issue)
Gaby revisits her roots, and goes deep on how climate change affects inequality in Florida. Jessica Moulite, a social media reporter and producer for Fusion explains how climate gentrification is affecting neighborhoods in Miami. Caroline Lewis, who is the founder of the CLEO Institute helps us und…
MAY 1, 2018 Just Give People Money (aka Universal Basic Income)
Gaby learns what the country might look like if we weren't constantly worried about making enough money. Our trusty teachers for this episode include: Lauren Smiley, a journalist who's covered Silicon Valley's feelings toward a universal basic income. Peter Frase, editor at Jacobin magazine, who gi…
APR 24, 2018 Buy Canadian Drugs! (aka Our Health Care System is Sick)
Gaby takes the pulse of our health care system, and the prognosis is grim. To help understand it all, we have Elisabeth Rosenthal, editor-in-chief of Kaiser Health News, and author of "An American Sickness: How Healthcare became Big Business and How You Can Take it Back." Then we hear from Maly Ly,…
APR 17, 2018 The Gender Pay Gap (aka Why There Aren't Any Female Elevator Operators)
Gaby explores the maddening and bizarre history of the gender pay gap - and discovers a startlingly simple potential solution. Featuring Claire Suddath (Bloomberg Businessweek), Andrea Johnson (National Women's Law Center Senior Counsel for State Policy), and Dane Atkinson (CEO of SumAll).Learn mor…
APR 10, 2018 Bullet-Speed Trains & Broken Stairwells (aka Structural Racism)
We're back, baybeeeee! In Season Three of Bad With Money, we'll be going even harder against the American financial system than we did in Season Two (so, uh...hope you enjoyed that?). And for our season premiere, we're jumping right into the deep end, and talking about that thing too many white peo…
APR 3, 2018 BONUS EPISODE: Live from PodCon with Dylan Marron
We're back with a bonus episode, and some special Bad With Money news. In December, Gaby taped a live episode of Bad With Money at PodCon, featuring Dylan Marron. Dylan is the host of Conversations with People Who Hate Me, the voice of Carlos on Welcome to Night Vale, and just an all-around genius.…
SEP 5, 2017 BONUS EPISODE: Live from A-Camp!
Gaby is joined by Autostraddle's Riese Bernard, Alex Vega, and Laneia Jones for a live taping of the show from A-Camp.Gaby and Allison's book tour starts TODAY - do you have your tickets yet?! Go to http://gabyandallison.com IMMEDIATELY.**NOTE: Riese Bernard wrote to us after we posted this episode…
AUG 15, 2017 BONUS EPISODE: Mara Wilson
Gaby sat down with actor and author Mara Wilson (Matilda, Mrs. Doubtfire, Welcome to Night Vale, Where Am I Now?) a few months ago for a wide-ranging conversation about success, commodification, class, and much, much more. We couldn't find a good spot for it in our first two seasons, so today we br…
JUN 6, 2017 Queering Money (aka God Forbid We Have To Think About Something)
In the season two finale, Gaby talks to a range of people from the parts of American financial culture the system would rather not think about: queer, black, gender non-conforming thinkers like Alaina Monts, former sex workers like Chris Zeishchegg (aka Danny Wylde), trans financial advisers like N…
MAY 30, 2017 What If You're F*cked? (aka No, Seriously - What Then?)
What happens if you find yourself in a situation where practical financial advice doesn't apply? This week, Gaby explores a variety of money quandaries without easy answers: long-term freelance work (with Manjula Martin), identity theft (with Kathryn McCauley), bipolar disorder (with Julie Fast), a…
MAY 23, 2017 Stone Cold Good Damn Reasons (aka Tips and Tricks)
Gaby attempts to balance practical financial advice with her growing sense that the entire financial system is irreparably busted. Along the way, Sarah Wilson (youtube.com/budgetgirl), Bobbi Rebell (author of "How to be a Financial Grownup"), and Jean Chatzky (The Today Show) provide some actual pr…
MAY 16, 2017 Jane Mayer's "Dark Money" (aka We're All Going to Die)
Gaby's in a panic after reading Jane Mayer's Dark Money - and you should be, too. Jane joins Gaby for a deep-dive into the sinister inner workings of political messaging and the billionaires who fund it - with catastrophic results for poor and marginalized people all across the country. Jane is a s…
MAY 9, 2017 There's No Magic (aka Retirement)
Gaby explores the conundrum of saving for retirement. So much of the rhetoric around retirement has to do with rewarding yourself for a life of hard work - but what if you can barely afford to live your life in the present? Why should you bother fixating on the future? Featuring Bola Sokunbi (cleve…
MAY 2, 2017 A Myth We Somehow Believe (aka Money and Politics)
Why does the idea of a businessman as president make so much sense to people? Especially when the actual president is a terrible businessman? Gaby explores the enduring myth of trickle-down prosperity - and learns some surprising facts about the religious tradition that seems to underpin a lot of D…
APR 25, 2017 Who Can Afford to Have Sex? (aka Babies)
Everybody loves babies - they're adorable, and if you're a comedian, they're the best audience you could ever hope for. But childbirth is also an emotional and financial minefield. Worse, American society has some warped ideas about who gets to make the choice about whether to have a baby in the fi…
APR 18, 2017 The Last Living Fantasy of the Modern World (aka Marriage)
Gaby tries to figure out why on earth people a) spend a fortune on weddings, and b) want to get married in the first place. Featuring Jasmine Lilly (Avowed podcast), Anne Chertoff (Anne Chertoff Media), Rebecca Eisenberg (Upworthy), and the one and only Caryn Grainer, our first member of the Bad Wi…
APR 11, 2017 Part of Living in a Country (aka Taxes), ft. Cecile Richards
Gaby tries to understand the social philosophies behind her tax return. Joined by Taxgirl (TM) Kelly Phillips Erb (Forbes), Laura Mandanas (Autostraddle.com), and Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards, she explores the way our tax code reflects our cultural values, for better or (surprise!) …
APR 4, 2017 Transactors and Revolvers (aka Credit Cards)
Gaby finds out how credit cards actually work, about ten years too late. Laura Adams (Money Girl podcast), Mandi Woodruff (MagnifyMoney.com, Brown Ambition podcast), and Lillian Karabaic (Oh My Dollar podcast) explain the deceptively simple concepts behind these devious plastic rectangles, as well …
MAR 28, 2017 A Weird, Messed-Up Game Show (aka Medical Bills)
Why is it so hard for us to conceive of health care as a basic human right? Gaby talks to victims of the relentlessly profit-driven American healthcare system - a father whose wife died early in their marriage, resulting in a million dollars worth of bills (Eric Ashley); a non-smoking, marathon-run…
MAR 21, 2017 Screaming Into A Jar (aka Student Loans)
Season 2 of "Bad With Money" kicks off with a deep-dive on student loans, which leaves Gaby more convinced than ever that it's time to start a socialist revolt. Featuring Kelly Peeler (NextGenVest), Eugenia Kim (Angry Alumni Association), and Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother, Liberal Arts).TW: ho…
JAN 31, 2017 A Light in the Fog
Gaby closes out the season with reflections on her journey thus far, and checks in with her parents and listeners about how the show has affected their lives.For more information on Mark Baumer, visit barefootacrossamerica.com.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices See omnys…
JAN 24, 2017 Banks Are Evil
Gaby is joined by Lisa Servon, author of The Unbanking of America, and Nicole Aschoff, managing editor of Jacobin magazine, for a frank discussion of the deeply twisted ways that banks - and capitalism in general - treat consumers. They explain the evil in painstaking detail, prompting Gaby to wond…
JAN 17, 2017 Real Artists Have Day Jobs
Sara Benincasa has battled depression, agoraphobia, and endless Internet haters en route to a career as a writer. It would all be exhausting enough on its own - except, of course, that Sara's had to claw her way to every dollar she's ever made, juggling a hilarious variety of side gigs to feed her …
JAN 10, 2017 Chris Rock is a White Dentist
Andrew Ti, host of the "Yo, Is This Racist?" podcast, joins Gaby to talk about the ways that money is part of a system which is, in fact, pretty racist. We often assume that earning lots of money helps to erase class distinctions - but as Andrew explains, it actually only makes things more complica…
JAN 4, 2017 Don't Let the Fear Steer
Ashley C. Ford tells the story of how she went from being a class anxiety basket case to being slightly less of a class anxiety basket case.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit meg…
DEC 27, 2016 When's the F*ckin' Door Gonna Open?!
Kevin Allison is the creator of RISK! and a former cast member of MTV's The State. Once The State went off the air, Kevin found himself adrift, broke, and hopeless in New York City at the tender age of 23. He found himself wandering the streets, literally shouting at the heavens, asking when, and h…
DEC 20, 2016 Put Up That Thing You Made
"Welcome to Night Vale" co-writers Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor have created a worldwide phenomenon with their oddball style of audio storytelling. "Night Vale" famously eschews advertising dollars in favor of making a direct appeal to its fans. Their message is simple: "If you love what we make,…
DEC 14, 2016 Death is F*cking Expensive
Eden Dranger and Steve Basilone are just like Gaby - comedians with poor life skills. As we've learned, that's not a great combination when it comes to money. For Eden and Steve, it was particularly bad when their parents died, leaving them in charge of closing out their estates - a process which t…
DEC 6, 2016 Monetizing the Patriarchy
Sydney Leathers was a student in a small town before she became infamous for sexting with former Congressman Anthony Weiner. Now, she proudly and unabashedly earns her living as a sex worker - and she's not interested in your judgement or your redemption narratives, thank you very much. Gaby talks …
NOV 29, 2016 The Fear-Based Economy
When Gaby left BuzzFeed, a lot of people were confused. Why would anyone leave a job that seemed like a dream-come-true for creatives? The reality, of course, was much more complicated. First, Gaby is joined by Bloomberg's Rebecca Greenfield, who explains that companies like BuzzFeed are often usin…
NOV 22, 2016 The Guilded Age of Content
Hank Green is a bonafide media mogul. He's been supporting himself as an artist on the Internet for nearly a decade. Among (many) other things, he's the co-founder of Vidcon, the annual gathering of tens of thousands of YouTubers and their fans. Now he's got something even bigger up his sleeve: the…
NOV 15, 2016 Get Rich or Die Vlogging
An audio essay in which Gaby explains the tortured plight of content creators on YouTube, featuring the voices of some of the medium's most original creators. Too often, Gaby reveals, artists who are simply trying to keep the bills paid are branded as sellouts. Left without much in the way of optio…
NOV 14, 2016 Episode 13 Teaser
YouTube content creators basically have two options: get rich or die vlogging.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
NOV 9, 2016 The New American Dream
Stephanie Beatriz grew up as an immigrant kid in Texas, and now she's on top of the world. She shares her surreal and inspiring story with Gaby, as America prepares to reckon with itself as a nation of immigrants following the presidential election. Plus: Why Oh Why host Andrea Silenzi on the depre…
NOV 8, 2016 Episode 12 Teaser
Stephanie Beatriz (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) joins Gaby to talk about growing up in Texas as an immigrant with risky creative dreams.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adc…
NOV 1, 2016 Goodbye Depression, Hello Pound Puppies
Gaby's comedy partner Allison Raskin makes a triumphant return to the podcast to talk about the psychological quandaries of "success," both real and imagined. Plus, Sara Schaefer shares her journey from profligate standup comedian to moderately successful standup comedian - and the peculiar role th…
OCT 31, 2016 Episode 11 Teaser
Sara Schaefer is sick of this ride.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
OCT 25, 2016 I'm the Prius
Comedians/wives of each other Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher are more than the funniest couple you're likely to meet - they're also a family business. For Rhea, that's meant giving up on the main way she's always defined herself: getting up and going to work every day. Instead, she keeps the hou…
OCT 24, 2016 Episode 10 Teaser
In which Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher talk about the challenges of treating their love as a small business.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
OCT 19, 2016 What Is A Stock?
Gaby gets some basic questions answered by feminist investing guru Sallie Krawcheck and Bloomberg reporter Rebecca Greenfield. In addition to what exactly a stock even is, Gaby discovers that there may be a solution to the gender wage gap that's been been available to women for a long time - we jus…
OCT 17, 2016 Episode 9 Teaser
We comin' for ya, finance bros.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
OCT 11, 2016 Exes Hold 'Em
"Freaks and Geeks" star Samm Levine enjoyed the sort of trajectory that performers everywhere fantasize about: he was cast on a sitcom as a teenager, and immediately started raking in thousands of dollars for his acting abilities. In fact, he's never had to rely on anything else to support himself.…
OCT 10, 2016 Episode 8 Teaser
Why does "Freaks and Geeks" star Samm Levine always have so much cash in his pocket? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
OCT 4, 2016 Difficult Bitch
Oscar nominee/tosser of truth bombs Lexi Alexander joins Gaby for a frank assessment of Hollywood's abysmal track record when it comes to jobs for women. The situation is decidedly bleak, but Lexi reminds Gaby that while speaking out about it may feel scary in the moment, ultimately it's the only w…
OCT 3, 2016 Episode 7 Teaser
Filmmaker Lexi Alexander joins Gaby to detonate some truth bombs about sexism in Hollywood. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
SEP 27, 2016 Charge It To The Game
HelloGiggles co-founder Molly McAleer tells Gaby about her lifelong identity as a hustler - and why it sometimes makes her crazy to be as good as she is at scraping together enough money to get by. Now that her website has sold for millions, she suddenly finds herself wealthy beyond her wildest dre…
SEP 26, 2016 Episode 6 Teaser
Molly McAleer warily ventures into the "Bad With Money" studio. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
SEP 20, 2016 So Close to Normal
Carrie Wade joins Gaby to talk about the warped economics of life as a person with a disability. From bizarre expectations to harsh financial disincentives masquerading as benefits, it can be very difficult to see yourself as a valued member of society when you're disabled - in part because society…
SEP 19, 2016 Episode 5 Teaser
This week, Autostraddle's Carrie Wade joins Gaby to talk about how money affects people with disabilities. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
SEP 13, 2016 Tokens For Your Tokens
Roxane Gay joins Gaby to discuss her journey towards creative self-worth, taking on the publishing patriarchy, troll-slaying, and t-shirt design. Roxane spent years working for little or no money on her passions - and she has no interest in apologizing for the fact that her talent costs big bucks t…
SEP 12, 2016 Episode 4 Teaser
Roxane Gay's on the show this week, with tips on t-shirt design, as well as other more important things. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
SEP 6, 2016 A Bag Full of Money and a Stun Gun
Another very personal episode featuring Garrett Werner, Gaby's boyfriend (and a comedian in his own right). He tells Gaby that he's never been as worried about her spending herself into oblivion as she thinks he is - in part because he was raised according to a prosperity-first philosophy that he u…
SEP 5, 2016 Episode 3 Teaser
This week, Gaby reluctantly admits that her boyfriend might have a point about her spending. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
AUG 30, 2016 Gaby Gets Her Head Examined (aka Plan Bay)
Gaby gets her head examined by financial psychologist Dr. Brad Klontz, who explains the phenomena of Rich Person Thinking and Poor Person Thinking. Guess which one Gaby tends to do? Plus: a confrontation with Gaby's sister Cheyanne, for whom Gaby has become an accidental enabler.Learn more about yo…
AUG 29, 2016 Episode 2 Teaser
This week, Gaby talks to a financial psychologist, who wants her to change the entire way she thinks about money. New episode drops on Wednesday! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
AUG 23, 2016 Jagged Little Bills
Gaby begins by interviewing the people who taught her how to be bad with money: her parents, one of whom is a recovering addict, and the other of whom is a lawyer with a heart of gold (a little TOO gold, perhaps). Gaby also talks to her best friend and comedy partner, Allison Raskin, who didn't exa…
AUG 22, 2016 Episode 1 Teaser
To kick off the show, Gaby tries to figure out how she got to be so bad with money. The answer turns out to be pretty simple: her parents are even worse than she is. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
AUG 16, 2016 Greetings Fellow Deadbeats
Introducing "Bad With Money With Gaby Dunn," a new show about the opposite of financial planning. Join writer, comedian, and actor Gaby Dunn for weekly conversations with fellow artists (as well as her parents, sister, and boyfriend) about the roiling existential crises that accompany finding, acqu…