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This is Uncomfortable: Stories about how people use or abuse their money--and what they've learned

The Premise (from Apple Podcasts): ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

This is a show about life and how money messes with it. Each week, Reema Khrais digs in with stories about the unanticipated ways money affects relationships, shapes identities and often defines what it means to be an adult. Presented by Marketplace.⠀⠀⠀⠀

Series or standalone:


Begin listening to:

Any episode




Reporter Reema Khrais

Sound/production quality:

Very good

Rating/age suitability:

Most appealing to adults. Some episodes have language disclaimer.

Approximate length of episodes:

30 minutes

Curricular ties:

These could work in a financial literacy curriculum after students have gotten the basic concepts. The episodes explain the why of finances rather than the how.

Similar recommended pods:

An Arm and a Leg; Hush Money; Borrowed Future

Podcast Librarian’s Review:

We’re all friends here, so let me tell you a secret: I’m not a person who manages money all that well. Happily, this podcast serves as a reminder that there are lots of people who don’t always make the smartest money moves. I’ve tried to listen to some financial pods before, but unlike Money Girl or the NPR Life Kit: Money (both great pods, BTW), TIU isn’t trying to give financial advice. It doesn’t judge. It is simply people telling stories about how money has affected their relationships or the way in which they view the world. One episode talks about the financial hardships that can result from the pressure to fit into the middle class. Another guest talks about how her father betrayed her trust by spending money that was supposed to be reserved for her college education. There are so many complicated emotions around money that these stories always strike me as fascinating and relatable (well, not so much the situations but definitely the people making the financial decisions). With most episodes around 15-20 minutes, this is an easy listen that will make you think more about the role of money in our lives. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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