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Popcorn Finance: The quickest financial advice and my favorite host voice ever

The Premise (from Apple Podcasts):

An award winning short form podcast discussing finance in about the time it takes to make a bag of popcorn.

Series or standalone:


Begin listening to:

Any episode


Very quick bites (get it?!) of money info


Chris Browning, whose voice is God's gift to podcasting (See below for more swooning)

Sound/production quality:

Very good

Rating/age suitability:

All, but is your kid really into money advice?

Approximate length of episodes:

10 minutes or less

Curricular ties:

Probably not in classrooms, but this could be a good intro to money topics for young adults

Similar recommended pods:

This is Awkward, Millenial Money

Podcast Librarian’s Review:

Host Chris Browning realizes that most people can't stomach much more than a few minutes of financial literacy talk (and by most people, I mean me), so he made a podcast that teaches you about money in the time it takes to microwave a bag of popcorn. Genius concept and genius branding--complete with on-theme sound effects. The show is more than 3 years old, so Chris has covered it all in this time. He boils it down to the absolute basics you need to know about that financial topic and gets it over and done with so you can move on with your day (but still feel good that you know slightly more about money management).

If you read my review of This is Awkward, which Chris co-hosts with Allison Baggerly, then you already know that I'm a little bit obsessed with his voice. It's smooth, deep, and almost Barry White-ish. I asked him recently if he's done voiceover work, and he said no--but I think he could do really well as an audiobook narrator/voiceover actor, in addition to podcasting. (Count on me to give unsolicited career advice!) In podcast groups, you often see the question, "Who has the best podcast voice?" and it usually elicits responses like Phoebe Judge (undeniable), but Chris is right up there at the top for me. In TIA, Allison once said that Chris's voice is like "buttah" which is so perfect to go with the theme of Popcorn Finance. On top of that, though, Chris is legitimately the nicest guy. We've interacted through IG messages before, and he always sends voice messages, which is amazing to receive from your podcast voice crush. (By the way, he's happily married, and I'm trying--and probably failing--to make this as un-creepy as possible.) Chris is humble, funny, and just a great guy, which is why when I have a few minutes free to think about improving my financial life, I turn to Popcorn Finance!

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