The right podcast can transform your commute, workout, or even your chore-time at home. You can hear from leading experts, keep up on the news, or just have a good laugh. Plus, they’re usually free.
Whether you want to learn how to make extra money, the economics behind MoviePass, or where you should invest your savings, the following seven money podcasts do a great job of combining informative content with an entertaining presentation.
NPR’s Planet Money podcast has a fun, storytelling approach to economic- and money-related issues. Topics generally don’t focus on personal finance but may touch on questions or issues that can affect your money, such as fake reviews online, the potential impact of a trade war, and the history of duty-free shops. The same team also creates a short, daily podcast, The Indicator, which gives context to the terms and numbers that are in the news.
The Motley Fool is primarily an investment-focused organization and the Motley Fool Answers podcast does occasionally dive into stocks, bonds, retirement accounts, and other investment topics. However, hosts Alison Southwick and Robert Brokamp bring in guests and take on a variety of personal finance topics, like teaching children about money or paying for college. Once a month, there’s also a mailbag episode where they answer questions from listeners.
The Stacking Benjamins podcast takes a light and comedic approach to personal finance. Co-hosts Joe Saul-Sehy and the Other Guy (“OG”), often accompanied by guests, discuss important money topics, news, and tools while keeping listeners engaged.
Farnoosh Torabi, a financial correspondent and speaker, created the popular So Money podcast to have candid personal finance discussions. She mixes things up with Q&A episodes, where she answers money-related questions and guest appearances by successful entrepreneurs and authors who discuss their relationship with money and share business tips.
Radical Personal Finance host Joshua Sheats is a financial advisor who holds multiple certifications and a graduate degree in financial planning. However, he’s able to find the fine line between complexity and easy-to-understand explanations as he gets deep into comprehensive financial planning topics. It’s comprehensive because the podcast explores lifestyle topics (sometimes “radical” ones) in addition to more traditional personal finance issues.
If you’re not especially interested in economics and traditional personal finance topics, but want to learn how to make extra money, check out the Side Hustle Show. Guests share how they started and make money with interesting side hustles, such as renting out inflatable bounce houses or creating online courses. Some have been so successful they’ve gone on to turn their side hustle into a full-time business.
If you’re interested in learning more about financial independence — the point when your savings, investments, and passive income can support your lifestyle — the ChooseFI podcast is a good place to start. Even if you don’t have that goal in mind, the episodes could help you make the most of your money as you learn about booking reward travel, making money online, and tips for cutting expenses.
Louis DeNicola is a freelance personal finance writer and credit enthusiast. You can find him on Twitter @is_lou.