Whether you want to be inspired, entertained, or just learn a thing or two about money, there are so many podcasts out there that deliver. Here are seven great shows that dive deep into the topic of personal finance without putting you to sleep.
1. OPEN ACCOUNT
In each episode, MTV correspondent—and host—SuChin Pak interviews a celebrity (from writers to sports stars to comedians) and explores their relationship with money. Pak has talked about spending habits with Portland Trail Blazers center Meyers Leonard. She’s interviewed SNL writer Paula Pell about the power of negotiating. And Pak often discusses her own history and relationship with money, too.
Reviewers have called it relatable and conversational, and it certainly is, but it’s also incredibly inspiring to hear success stories from people who have struggled with money—from not having enough of it to mismanaging it to figuring out how to earn more of it.
If you’re not already a money nerd, Stacking Benjamins may just turn you into one. It has a fun, down-to-earth format that makes even the most complex personal finance topics seem accessible. Guests include financial experts and authors, and the hosts themselves (Joe Saul-Sehy and the “Other Guy” or OG) have backgrounds in finance.
Not only will you learn a lot about everything from student debt to investing to Bitcoin, but you’ll also probably laugh a lot, too. The hour-long show has a great sense of humor, which goes a long way toward making a seemingly dull topic like personal finance seem approachable and—dare we say—fun.
This is a newly launched show from popular bloggers J. Money of Budgets are Sexy and Paula Pant of Afford Anything. J. Money established his site chronicling his own evolving relationship with money, and Pant’s passion seems to lie in building wealth and finding ways to increase income.
As a result, their podcast is focused on financial independence. As J. Money puts it:
So a lot of building wealth talk, investing tips, how to cut expenses, budgeting better, reaching financial freedom, entrepreneurship, and pretty much crafting a kick-ass lifestyle for yourself. The whole point of money at the end of the day, right?
In general, the show has an inspiring, motivational take on money, and both hosts like to keep things fun and lighthearted.
Along with her producers, host Lizzie O’Leary does an excellent job of turning complicated economic issues into easy-to-understand personal stories. The show often takes on heavy topics, like China’s economy and stock market uncertainty, and balances them with lighter subjects, like money lessons from Star Wars and interviews with celebrities about their own financial lessons.
The show is about an hour long, often includes interviews, and describes itself as “a conversational look at where the economy collides with real life.” You’ll learn quite a bit in an hour, and each episode usually includes a few different topics.
5. PLANET MONEY
An NPR production, Planet Money is more economics than personal finance, but it explores seemingly dry topics that are actually pretty fascinating. From exploring the custom of tipping to explaining how oil prices influence the world, the hosts are excellent at keeping the show engaging and easily digestible. Typically, the show only includes two hosts at a time, which falls in line with their elevator pitch:
Imagine you could call up a friend and say, ‘Meet me at the bar and tell me what's going on with the economy.’ Now imagine that's actually a fun evening. That's what we're going for at 'Planet Money'.
Each episode is only 15 to 20 minutes long and usually includes interviews, so they’re relatively quick bites of fascinating information.
6. SO MONEY
Money guru Farnoosh Torabi has an impressive roster of interviews, including Margaret Cho, Tim Ferriss, and Gretchen Rubin. Her show focuses on candid conversations about money. Guests discuss their own relationships with money as well as their financial philosophies and ideas for building wealth and increasing income.
The show is inspiring, informative, and entertaining. At just over half an hour, it’s also perfect for your commute.
Hosted by a self-proclaimed “money geek” and a “young guy with his own small business,” Listen Money Matters presents money topics in an actionable, easy-to-understand way. While the topics are pretty wide-ranging in subject matter—they cover everything from making money to dealing with finances in a relationship—each episode will leave you wanting to tackle one important part of your financial picture.
What’s more, the hosts are funny, and they’re learning about money right along with their listeners. Most episodes include interviews with experts who help break down the complicated stuff.