Bad With Money With Gaby Dunn

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Join TV writer, actor, and New York Times best-selling author Gaby Dunn (aka America's Deadbeat Sweetheart) for season three of Bad With Money. After two seasons of reckoning with her own financial identity, Gaby's ready to give the American financia...Show More

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Suze Orman Guests On Bad With Money (A Teaser For Season 4)

07:37 | Dec 27th, 2018

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.

Myths and Grossly Inaccurate Labels (aka "Millennials")

49:08 | Jul 18th, 2018

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 ...Show More

The High of the Buy (aka Shopping Addiction)

49:22 | Jul 11th, 2018

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 per...Show More

An Improbable Ray of Hope (aka Campaign Finance)

53:19 | Jul 4th, 2018

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 Velas...Show More

Changing the Narrative (aka Economic Mobility)

1:03:51 | Jun 27th, 2018

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 ...Show More

This Thing We All Made Up Together (aka Cryptocurrency)

51:28 | Jun 20th, 2018

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 jour...Show More

Think Before You Open Your Mouth (aka the Food System)

52:26 | Jun 13th, 2018

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 Communit...Show More

Cap & Pat (aka Legal Weed)

57:56 | Jun 6th, 2018

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...Show More

Health is Wealth (aka Personal Finance Education)

54:13 | May 30th, 2018

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 o...Show More

The M-Word (aka Amazon)

1:05:57 | May 23rd, 2018

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 ...Show More

A Mysterious And Unknowable Force (aka the Stock Market)

44:40 | May 16th, 2018

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...Show More

It's Not Just a Few Feet Of Sea Level Rise (aka Climate Change is an Economic Issue)

48:46 | May 9th, 2018

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 ...Show More

Just Give People Money (aka Universal Basic Income)

42:12 | May 2nd, 2018

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...Show More

Buy Canadian Drugs! (aka Our Health Care System is Sick)

50:18 | Apr 25th, 2018

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 ...Show More

The Gender Pay Gap (aka Why There Aren't Any Female Elevator Operators)

53:22 | Apr 18th, 2018

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 Pol...Show More

Bullet-Speed Trains & Broken Stairwells (aka Structural Racism)

45:02 | Apr 11th, 2018

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...Show More

BONUS EPISODE: Live from PodCon with Dylan Marron

1:02:56 | Apr 4th, 2018

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 Welc...Show More

BONUS EPISODE: Live from A-Camp!

1:28:38 | Sep 5th, 2017

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 IMMEDIATELY.**NOTE: Riese...Show More


1:05:46 | Aug 16th, 2017

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 spo...Show More

Queering Money (aka God Forbid We Have To Think About Something)

1:32:37 | Jun 7th, 2017

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 (...Show More

What If You're F*cked? (aka No, Seriously - What Then?)

1:26:04 | May 31st, 2017

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...Show More

Stone Cold Good Damn Reasons (aka Tips and Tricks)

1:01:13 | May 24th, 2017

Gaby attempts to balance practical financial advice with her growing sense that the entire financial system is irreparably busted. Along the way, Sarah Wilson (, Bobbi Rebell (author of "How to be a Financial Grownup"), and Jea...Show More

Jane Mayer's "Dark Money" (aka We're All Going to Die)

33:19 | May 17th, 2017

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 margin...Show More

There's No Magic (aka Retirement)

43:43 | May 10th, 2017

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 fixa...Show More

A Myth We Somehow Believe (aka Money and Politics)

52:40 | May 3rd, 2017

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 reli...Show More

Who Can Afford to Have Sex? (aka Babies)

47:07 | Apr 26th, 2017

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 ...Show More

The Last Living Fantasy of the Modern World (aka Marriage)

54:30 | Apr 19th, 2017

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 o...Show More

Part of Living in a Country (aka Taxes), ft. Cecile Richards

43:20 | Apr 12th, 2017

Gaby tries to understand the social philosophies behind her tax return. Joined by Taxgirl (TM) Kelly Phillips Erb (Forbes), Laura Mandanas (, and Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards, she explores the way our tax code reflect...Show More

Transactors and Revolvers (aka Credit Cards)

40:16 | Apr 5th, 2017

Gaby finds out how credit cards actually work, about ten years too late. Laura Adams (Money Girl podcast), Mandi Woodruff (, Brown Ambition podcast), and Lillian Karabaic (Oh My Dollar podcast) explain the deceptively simple concepts ...Show More

A Weird, Messed-Up Game Show (aka Medical Bills)

55:18 | Mar 29th, 2017

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...Show More

Screaming Into A Jar (aka Student Loans)

53:17 | Mar 22nd, 2017

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 Ra...Show More

A Light in the Fog

28:28 | Feb 1st, 2017

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

Banks Are Evil

41:41 | Jan 25th, 2017

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 e...Show More

Real Artists Have Day Jobs

37:17 | Jan 18th, 2017

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, juggl...Show More

Chris Rock is a White Dentist

34:11 | Jan 11th, 2017

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 expl...Show More

Don't Let the Fear Steer

36:04 | Jan 4th, 2017

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?!

34:01 | Dec 28th, 2016

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, lite...Show More

Put Up That Thing You Made

29:26 | Dec 21st, 2016

"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. Th...Show More

Death is F*cking Expensive

33:45 | Dec 14th, 2016

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...Show More

Monetizing the Patriarchy

30:19 | Dec 7th, 2016

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 redemp...Show More

The Fear-Based Economy

29:04 | Nov 30th, 2016

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 exp...Show More

The Guilded Age of Content

38:48 | Nov 23rd, 2016

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 ...Show More

Get Rich or Die Vlogging

21:38 | Nov 16th, 2016

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 a...Show More

Episode 13 Teaser

00:42 | Nov 14th, 2016

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

The New American Dream

44:48 | Nov 9th, 2016

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. ...Show More

Episode 12 Teaser

00:30 | Nov 8th, 2016

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

29:53 | Nov 2nd, 2016

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 succe...Show More

Episode 11 Teaser

00:30 | Oct 31st, 2016

Sara Schaefer is sick of this ride.

I'm the Prius

49:57 | Oct 26th, 2016

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 go...Show More

Episode 10 Teaser

00:55 | Oct 24th, 2016

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

What Is A Stock?

36:41 | Oct 19th, 2016

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...Show More

Episode 9 Teaser

00:43 | Oct 17th, 2016

We comin' for ya, finance bros.

Exes Hold 'Em

33:12 | Oct 12th, 2016

"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...Show More

Episode 8 Teaser

00:44 | Oct 10th, 2016

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

Difficult Bitch

42:34 | Oct 5th, 2016

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 fee...Show More

Episode 7 Teaser

00:45 | Oct 3rd, 2016

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

Charge It To The Game

34:05 | Sep 28th, 2016

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 sudd...Show More

Episode 6 Teaser

00:39 | Sep 26th, 2016

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

So Close to Normal

35:03 | Sep 21st, 2016

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 socie...Show More

Episode 5 Teaser

00:43 | Sep 19th, 2016

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

Tokens For Your Tokens

37:30 | Sep 14th, 2016

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 apologizi...Show More

Episode 4 Teaser

00:47 | Sep 12th, 2016

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

28:19 | Sep 7th, 2016

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 acc...Show More

Episode 3 Teaser

00:43 | Sep 5th, 2016

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

Gaby Gets Her Head Examined (aka Plan Bay)

38:04 | Aug 31st, 2016

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...Show More

Episode 2 Teaser

00:59 | Aug 29th, 2016

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

32:15 | Aug 24th, 2016

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 a...Show More

Episode 1 Teaser

00:41 | Aug 22nd, 2016

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

02:31 | Aug 16th, 2016

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 roilin...Show More