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

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!

Episode 9 Teaser  

We comin' for ya, finance bros.

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. Maddeningly, he's still managed to grow up into a well-adjusted, fiscally responsible adult. Mostly.

Episode 8 Teaser  

Why does "Freaks and Geeks" star Samm Levine always have so much cash in his pocket?

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 way for people (i.e. you, dear listener) to recognize how dire the situation is. 

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Episode 7 Teaser  

Filmmaker Lexi Alexander joins Gaby to detonate some truth bombs about sexism in Hollywood.

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 dreams. Molly reveals that while she always envisioned a prosperous life for herself, now that she has it, she's not actually sure she wants it.

Episode 6 Teaser  

Molly McAleer warily ventures into the "Bad With Money" studio.

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 doesn't have much use for you if you can't work. But what does "work" actually mean in America? 

Episode 5 Teaser  

This week, Autostraddle's Carrie Wade joins Gaby to talk about how money affects people with disabilities.

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