Bad With Money
Millennial funny-person Gaby Dunn has like noooo money, and in this podcast, she's startlingly frank about the financial Jenga tower that is her life: one missed payment or unpaid invoice, and the whole thing comes crashing down. In Dunn's case, it's not (or not only) her own carelessness that has seen her stay broke. Part of the problem is her laissez-faire parents, who have always been fatalistic about their cash flow. "You're my retirement plan," her mother says in Episode 1, meaning it. Then there's her employment history, a patchwork of low- and un- and late-paid freelance work. Throw in a dose of personal pride (she'd rather pawn her possessions than remind someone to pay her) and creative snobbery (there are times when she should have worked a day job, but didn't) and you have a recipe for a 28-year-old person with mainly lint-filled pockets. In the post-recession era, of course, she is far from alone.
This potentially grim material is delivered in delightfully un-grim fashion. Dunn's natural sunniness and directness, and her substantial comedic gifts, open us space to talk about everything else that is tangled in our thinking about personal finance. Her own experiences are set within a wider context of class and social anxieties as she speaks both to her loved ones and the experts in search of insight.
Gateway episodes: Episode 1: Jagged Little Bills (24 Aug 2016)