Bad With Money With Gaby Dunn

By Gaby Dunn

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 Jul 30, 2020
The rapid leftward progression of Gaby's politics as she learns more about American financial systems is a lesson for us all

 May 7, 2020

 Feb 19, 2020

 Feb 10, 2020
The progression from early episodes to later is really interesting. Always looking forward to the next episode.

 Feb 9, 2020
Love the opportunity to hear different perspectives about financial well being for all!


Feelings, finance, and the f*cking system. Comedian and New York Times best-selling author Gaby Dunn (aka America’s Deadbeat Sweetheart) unapologetically examines the intersection of finances and social justice. Every week, Gaby brings a queer, feminist, unabashedly radical point of view to conversations with journalists, politicians, activists, and fellow deadbeats.

Episode Date
S6E15: What The Hell Happened In 2020? w/ Planet Money’s Stacey Vanek Smith
So. What the hell happened to us in 2020? For the finale of season 6, Gaby asks this very question to Stacey Vanek Smith, co-host of The Indicator from Planet Money. How does spending show the story of an era? What can the economy say about the times we’re living in? And what indicators give us hope for the future? Thank you for sticking with us through this tumultuous season -- from our initial theme to COVID-19’s impact to the rise in racial justice activism and protests. 2020 has been an unprecedented year and as such, so has season 6. This show has been a wild ride. See you soon for season 7, deadbeats!
Jul 29, 2020
COVID's Economic Devastation on Tribal Lands
Gaby speaks with Karin 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 government has failed the tribes during this pandemic and beyond. Content Warning: Discussion of racism
Jul 22, 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 won't the federal government just take this financial burden off its people? Plus, how the government has completely bungled helping those with student loans during a global pandemic. We absolutely can cancel all student loan debt. And we should.
Jul 15, 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, addressing assumptions and racist fears about reparations and what would need to change politically for reparations to happen.
Jul 08, 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 prisoners are nickeled and dimed for everything (from soap to slippers to shoes), and the ways we can better rehabilitate people who have committed crimes.     Read more about the criminal justice system at
Jul 01, 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 reform, ending bail, electing politicians and District Attorneys that share your progressive values, ending mass incarceration and tons of other worthwhile causes. Aside from donating money, we'll also discuss other ways to effectively get involved with activism at a local level.     Resources:   Chloe's Twitter Thread of Recommended Places To DonateA Criminal Justice Expert’s Guide To Donating Effectively Right Now
Jun 24, 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-term money plans now that the world is totally different. Clayman, host of Financial Therapy with Amanda Clayman, and Gaby respond to your voicemails and emails and try to provide context for the structural, systemic and emotional changes that need to happen in the U.S.
Jun 17, 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, funding and police brutality. Gaby and Lexis-Olivier also break down the People’s Budget LA, which seeks to defund the LAPD and redirect funds towards housing, parks, libraries, crisis management, mental health services and other proactive rather than reactive community safety measures.
Jun 10, 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 the coronavirus pandemic. What scams should we be looking out for? Is it possible to buy total safety from COVID-19? Why are we so desperate to believe the language of advertising? And, like in every episode of this season, we ask: Are we all just trying to buy control?
Jun 03, 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 many more people are suffering from depression, anxiety and PTSD? And what are we realizing as a country are the basic necessities for at-risk populations to thrive today? Especially now that those same problems are affecting the wealthy and privileged. Content Warning: Discussion of mental health and domestic violence
May 27, 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 beauty expert Jackie Michele Johnson about aligning your self-care budget with your ethics, if it’s possible to buy “perfect” skin and how during a very scary and uncertain time, something as simple as skin care can provide ritual, control and comfort.    Listen to the Natch Beaut podcast
May 20, 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, potential upcoming legislation for those suffering financially and how to show you give a damn during a worldwide economic crisis. (Content Warning: Suicide Mention)
May 13, 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 rich can socially distance.” Plus, will the possible eventual revolution result in fairer wages and better social safety nets, as it has at other points in history? Or will it just allow middle-aged white women to get haircuts? Gaby is… cautiously optimistic.
May 06, 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 prohibitive as hell.) And later, how are health scams working in the midst of COVID-19? 
Apr 29, 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 her perspective on money has changed since so many lives were upended by the Coronavirus pandemic. 
Apr 22, 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 out, being safe, healthy, generous, clean, attractive and happy is really freakin’ expensive -- especially when you have no idea what’s about to happen next in the world. Through interviews before and after the global pandemic and economic crisis, Gaby tries to make sense of the “bettering” power of money when we are at our most isolated, anxious and emotionally vulnerable.
Apr 13, 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 total badass who works with NASA, about the achievements and restrictions of living, working and colonizing the moon and in the space between the Earth and the moon. Then, she speaks with The Verge’s senior science reporter Loren Grush about space capitalism. Finally, Gaby nerds out with friend and sci-fi writer Garrick Bernard about Star Trek’s lack of currency and a future where knowledge replaces money. This is the final frontier for Bad With Money season 5. Stick around until the end of the episode for news about season 6!

Feb 26, 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 from Texas, Madison Walsh from Kansas and Gabriela Marrero from Pennsylvania. 


Madeline has her mind set on fleeing to Europe, Madison refuses to settle anywhere, bouncing from country to country and Gabriela moved abroad, but returned to America with a powerful sense that she needed to be present to help change her country for the better. Bad with Money family… Let's chat! Gaby needs your advice!

Feb 19, 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 to share a name with her ex-boyfriend. (Yikes!) And then she lays out a date night plan for her beloved Mal. Would they like to visit or even live with Gaby in France? Happy Valentine’s Day, deadbeats!

Feb 12, 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 non-conforming or another member of the LGBTQ community. Plus, find out why countries should be marketing to LGBTQ tourists. Then, we talk to Timothy Anderson, a black teacher from Tennessee, who moved to Japan and regularly finds himself sticking out like a sore thumb. What’s it like to live in a country where you’re one of very few black people? CONTENT WARNINGS: homophobia, racism and sexism

Feb 05, 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 lower salaries were a fair trade off for better work-life balance and social safety nets. What are the biggest factors to consider before moving abroad? How much might it cost and what steps do you need to take? Let’s find out!

Jan 29, 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 money in Chinese culture? Then, Gaby welcomes back Andrew Ti, friend of the podcast and "Yo! Is This Racist?" co-host, to talk about the differences between Chinese and Chinese-American wealth displays. Happy Chinese New Year, everyone! Here, have a red envelope of cash!

Jan 22, 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 looks like, the cost of living and who tends to be able to experience that lifestyle. (Hint: White people, mostly.) Then, she talks to Melody Warnick, author of This Is Where You Belong: Finding Home Wherever You Are about the concept of “home.” Trigger Warning: Brief misophonia around 31 minutes in. (Sorry! It’s short!)


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Jan 15, 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 you’d expect from a monk! Then, Gaby calls India to speak to assistant professor of Hindu Studies, Dheepa Sundaram, about how Hindu culture views community, money, technology and wealth.

Jan 08, 2020
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 lecturer Julieta Paulesc. Come on, it can’t hurt to be a little superstitious in 2020! We need all the luck we can get!

Jan 01, 2020
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 multiples of 18? Then, she speaks with Kole Ade Odutola, a Nigerian-born professor at the University of Florida, about the economy of affection, spraying money on a bride and groom during weddings and how to understand your own value when leaving your home country.

Dec 25, 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 Times Seoul correspondent Victoria Kim about the persistant boss-employee hierarchy and emphasis on constant work in South Korea.



This episode is all about work, work, work, work, work, work.

Dec 18, 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 and distaste for debt. Then she chats with American expat Dana Newman about coming to terms with Germany’s dark past. And finally, Gaby listens to an old conversation with her late grandmother about her experiences in Nazi-occupied Europe.


TW: anti-semitism, Holocaust and allusion to sexual assault


This episode is sponsored by State Farm ( and Worthy (

Dec 11, 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). Then, Gaby calls up Helsinki Bloomberg News Bureau Chief Kati Pohjanpalo to talk about money and modesty in Finland, the Finnish perception of America and why Finland is the happiest country on Earth.


This episode is sponsored by State Farm ( and Worthy (

Dec 04, 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 Times reporter Binyamin Appelbaum. Then, she gets into the general inaccessibility of American money with blind filmmaker James Rath. When it comes to cost and to disability, U.S. dollars and coins need a serious update.


This episode is sponsored by State Farm ( and Worthy (

Nov 27, 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 this premiere episode, we dig into the meaning of money in the U.S. with sociologist Dr. Viviana Zelizer and some of Gaby's American friends. Then, we hear voicemails from international listeners and chat with a fan from the U.K. about her perceptions of America. Do all Americans just want to be rich?!


This episode is sponsored by Policygenius (

Nov 20, 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 mind blown?

Nov 13, 2019
How's Gaby Doing? (w/ Gaby Dunn's friends & family)
Jul 31, 2019
Student Loan Advice from NJ Secretary of Higher Ed Zakiya Smith Ellis
Jul 24, 2019
Generational Wealth & Latinx Money (w/ Ramona Ortega)
Jul 17, 2019
Women on 20's (w/Barbara Ortiz Howard)
Jul 10, 2019
Money in Concentration Camps (w/Santi Elijah Holley)
Jul 03, 2019
Living on $2 a Day (w/ Kathryn Edin)
Jun 26, 2019
Death and Money (w/ Chanel Reynolds)
Jun 19, 2019
Medicare For All?! (w/Shefali Luthra)
Jun 12, 2019
Gen Z in The Workplace (w/ Joy Shan)
Jun 05, 2019
Broke Millennial Takes on Investing (w/ Erin Lowry)
May 29, 2019
High Rent, Low Wages, and Overtime (w/ Rep. Mark Takano)
May 22, 2019
Let’s Join a Money Cult! (w/ Vicki Robin)
May 15, 2019
The Credit Sharks Are Circling (w/ Marcus Garrett and Rich Jones)
May 08, 2019
Scraping by on 600K (w/ Rachel Sherman)
May 01, 2019
Earning That Private Island (w/ Suze Orman)
Apr 24, 2019
A Message From Your Fellow Deadbeat
Apr 19, 2019
Suze Orman Guests On Bad With Money (A Teaser For Season 4)
Dec 27, 2018
Myths and Grossly Inaccurate Labels (aka "Millennials")
Jul 18, 2018
The High of the Buy (aka Shopping Addiction)
Jul 11, 2018
An Improbable Ray of Hope (aka Campaign Finance)
Jul 04, 2018
Changing the Narrative (aka Economic Mobility)
Jun 27, 2018
This Thing We All Made Up Together (aka Cryptocurrency)
Jun 20, 2018
Think Before You Open Your Mouth (aka the Food System)
Jun 13, 2018
Cap & Pat (aka Legal Weed)
Jun 06, 2018
Health is Wealth (aka Personal Finance Education)
May 30, 2018
The M-Word (aka Amazon)
May 23, 2018
A Mysterious And Unknowable Force (aka the Stock Market)
May 16, 2018
It's Not Just a Few Feet Of Sea Level Rise (aka Climate Change is an Economic Issue)
May 09, 2018
Just Give People Money (aka Universal Basic Income)
May 02, 2018
Buy Canadian Drugs! (aka Our Health Care System is Sick)
Apr 25, 2018
The Gender Pay Gap (aka Why There Aren't Any Female Elevator Operators)
Apr 18, 2018
Bullet-Speed Trains & Broken Stairwells (aka Structural Racism)
Apr 11, 2018
BONUS EPISODE: Live from PodCon with Dylan Marron
Apr 04, 2018
BONUS EPISODE: Live from A-Camp!
Sep 05, 2017
Aug 16, 2017
Queering Money (aka God Forbid We Have To Think About Something)
Jun 07, 2017
What If You're F*cked? (aka No, Seriously - What Then?)
May 31, 2017
Stone Cold Good Damn Reasons (aka Tips and Tricks)
May 24, 2017
Jane Mayer's "Dark Money" (aka We're All Going to Die)
May 17, 2017
There's No Magic (aka Retirement)
May 10, 2017
A Myth We Somehow Believe (aka Money and Politics)
May 03, 2017
Who Can Afford to Have Sex? (aka Babies)
Apr 26, 2017
The Last Living Fantasy of the Modern World (aka Marriage)
Apr 19, 2017
Part of Living in a Country (aka Taxes), ft. Cecile Richards
Apr 12, 2017
Transactors and Revolvers (aka Credit Cards)
Apr 05, 2017
A Weird, Messed-Up Game Show (aka Medical Bills)
Mar 29, 2017
Screaming Into A Jar (aka Student Loans)
Mar 22, 2017
A Light in the Fog
Feb 01, 2017
Banks Are Evil
Jan 25, 2017
Real Artists Have Day Jobs
Jan 18, 2017
Chris Rock is a White Dentist
Jan 11, 2017
Don't Let the Fear Steer
Jan 04, 2017
When's the F*ckin' Door Gonna Open?!
Dec 28, 2016
Put Up That Thing You Made
Dec 21, 2016
Death is F*cking Expensive
Dec 14, 2016
Monetizing the Patriarchy
Dec 07, 2016
The Fear-Based Economy
Nov 30, 2016
The Guilded Age of Content
Nov 23, 2016
Get Rich or Die Vlogging
Nov 16, 2016
Episode 13 Teaser
Nov 14, 2016
The New American Dream
Nov 09, 2016
Episode 12 Teaser
Nov 08, 2016
Goodbye Depression, Hello Pound Puppies
Nov 02, 2016
Episode 11 Teaser
Oct 31, 2016
I'm the Prius
Oct 26, 2016
Episode 10 Teaser
Oct 24, 2016
What Is A Stock?
Oct 19, 2016
Episode 9 Teaser
Oct 17, 2016
Exes Hold 'Em
Oct 12, 2016
S1Episode 8 Teaser
Oct 10, 2016
S1E7: Difficult Bitch
Oct 05, 2016
S1Episode 7 Teaser
Oct 03, 2016
S1E6: Charge It To The Game
Sep 28, 2016
S1Episode 6 Teaser
Sep 26, 2016
S1E5: So Close to Normal
Sep 21, 2016
S1Episode 5 Teaser
Sep 19, 2016
S1E4: Tokens For Your Tokens
Sep 14, 2016
S1Episode 4 Teaser
Sep 12, 2016
S1E3: A Bag Full of Money and a Stun Gun
Sep 07, 2016
S1Episode 3 Teaser
Sep 05, 2016
S1E2: Gaby Gets Her Head Examined (aka Plan Bay)
Aug 31, 2016
S1Episode 2 Teaser
Aug 29, 2016
S1E1: Jagged Little Bills
Aug 24, 2016
S1Episode 1 Teaser
Aug 22, 2016
S1Greetings Fellow Deadbeats
Aug 16, 2016