Best podcasts for work and money inspo
- Does money make you uncomfortable? This is Uncomfortable might be the show for your
- Planet Money is a long-running (and award-winning!) show from NPR about all things money
- “Queer Money Matters” by Nancy podcast covers the unique personal finance issues faced by the LGBTQ+ community
There are podcasts for anything imaginable — even work and money. It might not seem like a topic you’d want to listen to on your 45-plus-minute work commute, but we’ve compiled some podcasts that are just as exciting as those true crime ’casts you can’t get enough of. (Well, maybe almost as exciting.)
This is Uncomfortable
Hosted by Marketplace’s Reema Khrais, This is Uncomfortable podcast covers all the money-related things that make us, well, uncomfortable. “Reema Khrais digs in with stories about the unanticipated ways money affects relationships, shapes identities and often defines what it means to be an adult,” says the description for the ’cast.
Take some of this episode, for example: episode two, “Crying at Work.” I’ll level with you, dear Finance101 readers and trolls alike: I’m guilty of having a good cry in office bathrooms and I am not ashamed. Khrais asks some of her colleagues about “the best places” to cry at the Marketplace office and asks an old boss about crying in front of him.
Cringeworthy? Sort of. Khrais has a way of normalizing the things we find embarrassing when it comes to work and money.
Death, Sex & Money
Like This is Uncomfortable, Death, Sex & Money also covers topics “often left out of polite conversation.” Namely, death, sex, and money. Host Anna Sale has interviewed a slew of individuals your average Joe probably has never met, such as a funeral home worker, a transgender prison guard, and a sex worker.
Some of the podcast’s most significant money-related series are “Our Student Loan Secrets” and “Opportunity Costs.” The former notes that those that have taken out school loans are often embarrassed about the impact it’s had on their lives. “Opportunity Costs” tells stories about class differences. Classism is alive and well in the U.S., people.
The Broad Experience
British-born Ashley Milne-Tyte started the program when she was studying at CUNY’s Entrepreneurial Journalism program. (Full disclosure: Milne-Tyte was my professor in J-school.)
The Broad Experience podcast dives into the complex and painful issues that women often face in the workplace. There are episodes on negotiating tactics (when it comes to salaries and other work-related things), sexual harassment, being a professional woman without kids, and the difficulty of delegating.
Some of the episodes might hit a little too close to home for working women. For example, “Episode 148: So Many Incompetent Leaders,” “Episode 145: Working through Menopause,” and “Episode 125: Saying No to Office Housework.” (Clean your own damn mugs!)
This is the Peabody Award-winning podcast and radio show from NPR. Started in 2008, Planet Money bills itself as “the economy explained.” A promising title, especially for the economy-illiterate.
Planet Money tackles timely topics relating to all things economy. For example, July 24th’s episode questions whether or not a “wealth tax” (like the one presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren suggests) would fix inequality. July 12th’s episode asks if we should even bother recycling — many cities pick up your recyclables but don’t actually recycle them … (Say what?!)
For a Bad Time, Call…
There are a lot of things that can tick off women in the workplace: sexist co-workers, being talked over during meetings, incompetent male bosses — you name it! Fortunately, there’s a place where women can vent all those frustrations: For a Bad Time, Call…’s 24/7 hotline “voice-rage-box.” Just call 669-BAD-TIME to leave a rage-filled message anytime.
For a Bad Time, Call…’s producers take the best of these voicemails and put them together to create a hate-filled episode. The messages are indeed full of fury. “In Ep. 21: Dramatic, Moody, and Unreliable,” one woman rants about negative feedback she’s gotten about being open about her disability. Namely that it’s “ruining her career.” Another woman says of her male co-worker that wouldn’t get out of her way: “I don’t know you, I don’t like you!”
If you’re looking for more of a straightforward advice pod, Paula Pant is your gal. In Afford Anything episodes, Pant answers listeners’ burning money questions, interviews finance-savvy guests, and instructs listeners on how to live a fruitful life. In particular, Pant tells us about passive income outside the 9-to-5 cubicle life.
According to an interview with Money.com, Paula Pant and her husband worked their way up from renting a triplex apartment, sharing a kitchen and bathroom with roommates, to owning eight properties of their own. How’d they do it? Living frugally, for one.
On her podcast, Pant talks about practical money issues, like how to get on track for retirement, but also more unique topics. For example, there’s an episode in which she interviews “Nomadic Matt,” a former hospital worker who now travels for a living.
Whatever your interests, there might be an episode you can learn from.
Nancy: ”Queer Money Matters”
Hosts Tobin Low and Kathy Tu remind us that the U.S. economy is built for cisgender (those identifying with the gender they’re assigned at birth), heterosexual people. “Whether it’s finding a job, getting married, having kids, accessing healthcare or retiring there are ways in which queer folks are disadvantaged, financially speaking,” says the description of the “Queer Money Matters” series on the Nancy podcast website.
A six-part series, Low and Tu explore the difficulties that queer people have with all things finance-related, e.g., getting married, having kids, discrimination in the workplace, medical coverage, and more. After listening to this series, it’s clear that these are things cishet people might take for granted.
Safe For Work
Let’s face it — we spend way more time with our co-workers than we do with our friends and family. Safe For Work hosts Liz Dolan and Rico Gagliano are here to help worker bees make the best of their work environments. “While your office may be crazy, you don’t have to be,” says the description on the podcast’s website.
Helpful episodes are “Introverts, You’ve Got This! Navigating The Social Work Scene,” “The Secret to Managing Your Remote Team,” and “Too Eager? How To Keep Your Cool In An Interview.” (Yes, there is such a thing as being too eager!)
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