If you’re somehow unaware of the cultural obsession with podcasts, you’re seriously missing out. Plain and simple: Podcasts are an excellent way to learn about money. While there are a number of personal finance podcasts out there, many of us lack the higher-level financial literacy to truly benefit.
But these seven are incredibly accessible — well-produced, excellently researched, full of big personality, and on heavy rotation with the DailyWorth staff.
1. To understand the economy, listen to Planet Money.
Planet Money’s simple tagline, “The economy explained,” isn’t kidding: The show has all the education of a college course without any of the pretension. Imagine your most patient and interesting friend simply chatting with you about the economy in an accessible and engaging way, and you will have conjured Planet Money. Born out of This American Life, Planet Money is a must-listen for anyone who wants to know what’s going on in the world without first obtaining a degree in economics.
Start with: The Case Against Patents
2. To see how a business is built, listen to Start Up.
If you’re already a fan of podcast all-stars Planet Money or This American Life, Start Up is for you. Hosted by Alex Blumberg, Start Up traces the first stages of a company (it focuses on a media company in its first season) from initial conception to gaining investors, setting up an office, and trying to turn a profit in sometimes cringe-worthy detail. Now in its second season, Start Up covers a new company, a dating app run by two young women looking to change the online dating game.
Start with: #1: How Not to Pitch a Billionaire
3. For female-focused, no-fuss information about the business of being a grown-up, try Stuff Mom Never Told You.
Stuff Mom Never Told You is true to its name — hosts Cristen Conger and Caroline Ervin cover a wide range of nitty-gritty information about how to be an adult. While their content isn’t 100 percent money-focused, their shows about working women, the socialization that holds women back, and the education gap between men and women when it comes to finance are clear and compelling.
Start with: Are Women Less Financially Literate Than Men?