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.


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.

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 these days. 

Roxane is the author of "Bad Feminist," "An Untamed State," and many other books and articles. Tangling with her on Twitter is not recommended - she will destroy you. Following her on Twitter and appreciating her dope insights, on the other hand, is highly recommended - you should do that, right after you leave a review for "Bad With Money" in iTunes.

Episode 4 Teaser  

Roxane Gay's on the show this week, with tips on t-shirt design, as well as other more important things.

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 ultimately decided to leave behind. You may not think commodities traders with $80,000 salaries have dark nights of the soul - but Garrett did, and he's never been happier to leave anything behind. He'd prefer that Gaby stop lying to him, though.

*Also, classic Gaby: turns out Stanford ISN'T part of the Ivy League? Who knew?

Episode 3 Teaser  

This week, Gaby reluctantly admits that her boyfriend might have a point about her spending.

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.

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!

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 exactly rescue her from the road to financial ruin, but at least showed her that it doesn't have to be a one-way street.

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.

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, acquiring, and trying desperately to keep our money.

Music: "Wednesday," by Adrianna Krikl (

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