Bad With Money With Gaby Dunn

Bad With Money With Gaby Dunn

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You know those money podcasts where financial experts teach you practical steps for maximizing your income? "Bad With Money" is the opposite of that. Gaby Dunn is anything but a financial expert. A self-described "bridge-burning livewire," she's always viewed money as an endless existential crisis - and she has a sneaking suspicion you do, too. So much of our identity and self-worth is caught up in how much money we have (or don't have), how hard it is to get it, and even harder to keep it. Money makes us freak out, cry, and do wildly inappropriate things. So how come nobody ever talks about it? Join Gaby for conversations with comedians, artists, musicians, actors, her parents, a financial psychologist, her boyfriend, and many others about the ways that money makes us feel confused, hopeless, and terrified. This is a safe space to admit that you have no idea what you're doing either.

Episodes

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.

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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 wonder if it's time to don a tinfoil hat and move to a commune.

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 addiction to putting words on the page.

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 complicated.

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.

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 how, he was going to find another job. This week, Kevin's harrowing story of how money literally pushed him to the brink.

Trigger warning: suicide and eating disorders.

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, you should feel good about paying for it." 

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 turns out to be as complicated financially as it is emotionally. 

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 to her about the wild twists in her personal story - and also gets some advice on sex work, just in case this whole podcast thing doesn't work out. Plus: the return of Gaby's sister Cheyanne.

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 using perks to mask troubling employment practices. Then, Brittany Ashley, who was fired by BuzzFeed under controversial circumstances last summer, sits down with Gaby to try to make sense of how it all went so wrong. 

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 Internet Creators Guild, which aims to band artists together to push back against the ripoffs, scams, and abusive business practices that so many of them face. Plus: economist Jodi Beggs explains why YouTubers would be wise to look to more traditional business models to keep themselves afloat.

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 options or support, many artists are beginning to view the situation as hopeless.

This is an audio version of a piece Gaby originally published at Fusion in December of 2015, with editing by Nona Willis Aronowitz. 

Episode 13 Teaser  

YouTube content creators basically have two options: get rich or die vlogging.

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 depressing economics of breakups.

Episode 12 Teaser  

Stephanie Beatriz (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) joins Gaby to talk about growing up in Texas as an immigrant with risky creative dreams.

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 that stuffed animals have played in her quest.

Episode 11 Teaser  

Sara Schaefer is sick of this ride.

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 house, walks the dog, and keeps her wife sane, while Cameron tours relentlessly, maintaining a steady flow of cash to ensure that there's a house to keep and a dog to walk. But now, with their TV show "Take My Wife" premiering on Seeso, everything is about to change - and they're hoping they can evolve together, the way they always have. But that's anything but a sure thing.

Episode 10 Teaser  

In which Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher talk about the challenges of treating their love as a small business.

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 just couldn't see it through the toxic haze of finance bro-jargon. Until now!

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