27 episodes

Million Bazillion is a podcast from Marketplace that inspires families to talk about money. Described as “a godsend for anyone who knows a little kid with big questions about money,” by The New York Times, the podcast tackles questions from: “What is cryptocurrency?” to “How do I save money?” and “How does inflation work?” Hosts Ryan Perez and Bridget Bodnar take listeners on an awesome adventure to answer the awkward, complex and sometimes surprising money questions from real kids.

Million Bazillion is made possible in part by The Ranzetta Family Charitable Fund and Next Gen Personal Finance, supporting Marketplace’s work to make younger audiences smarter about the economy. This podcast is presented by Greenlight, the debit card and investing app for kids and teens.

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    • Kids & Family

Million Bazillion is a podcast from Marketplace that inspires families to talk about money. Described as “a godsend for anyone who knows a little kid with big questions about money,” by The New York Times, the podcast tackles questions from: “What is cryptocurrency?” to “How do I save money?” and “How does inflation work?” Hosts Ryan Perez and Bridget Bodnar take listeners on an awesome adventure to answer the awkward, complex and sometimes surprising money questions from real kids.

Million Bazillion is made possible in part by The Ranzetta Family Charitable Fund and Next Gen Personal Finance, supporting Marketplace’s work to make younger audiences smarter about the economy. This podcast is presented by Greenlight, the debit card and investing app for kids and teens.

    What is a credit card, and how does it work?

    What is a credit card, and how does it work?

    Bridget gets to know her new co-host, Ryan, who has a lot of fun ideas but doesn’t know much about money. They’ll work together on a question that quite a few listeners were wondering about: What are credit cards, besides little pieces of plastic with chips in them? Together, we’ll learn how grown-ups use credit cards and some potential pitfalls of swiping. Then things really get out of hand when the ghost pirates show up.

    For a special cartoon, discussion questions and tips for parents, check out our website!

    Take a second to let us know what you think of the show at marketplace.org/survey

     

    • 27 min
    Why is it so awkward to talk about money?

    Why is it so awkward to talk about money?

    Ryan and Bridget tackle one of their most challenging questions to date: Why is it so awkward to talk about money? Using a board game that comes to life and a catchy song, they’ll find an answer that’s better than “Because I said so” and give kids (and their parents) the tools they need to have helpful and positive conversations about money.

    For a special cartoon, discussion questions and tips for parents, check out our website!

    Take a second to let us know what you think of the show at marketplace.org/survey

    • 26 min
    What’s the deal with inflation?

    What’s the deal with inflation?

    This week, Ryan and Bridget hear from a kid who can see the future! Or, at least, a kid who knows our dollars will be able to buy less stuff as time goes on. It’s all because of inflation, something that seems to have the grown-ups concerned. After traveling back in time to stock up on snacks, the pair get a chance to try to control runaway inflation … but their ideas don’t quite go as planned.

    For a special cartoon, discussion questions and tips for parents, check out our website!

    Take a second to let us know what you think of the show at marketplace.org/survey

    • 26 min
    Why are so many toys made in China?

    Why are so many toys made in China?

    It’s a rainy day, the perfect time to answer a question from one listener who started looking at the bottom of his toys. A lot of them say “Made in China,” but why? Ryan Perez and Bridget Bodnar get some help from some familiar (but legally distinct!) toy friends to find the answer. Turns out there are some pretty interesting reasons why the stuff we buy — not just toys, but clothes and food too — sometimes come from far away places.

    For a special cartoon, discussion questions and tips for parents, check out our website!

    Take a second to let us know what you think of the show at marketplace.org/survey

    • 24 min
    How do big video platforms make money?

    How do big video platforms make money?

    A listener wants to know how the creators behind his favorite online videos get paid. It’s a surprisingly complicated question, and Ryan and Bridget have to go viral themselves to find out the answer. Accompanied by their new dog and a bunch of influencers, we’ll learn all about the wild economics of online videos. Put on your tap-dancing shoes, we’re making content!

    For a special cartoon, discussion questions and tips for parents, check out our website!

    Take a second to let us know what you think of the show at marketplace.org/survey

    • 27 min
    What do grown-ups do with all their money?

    What do grown-ups do with all their money?

    If you add up all the money a grown-up makes in their lifetime, it might sound like a lot! Surely they must have more to show for it. Where are the castles, the ponies, the fancy cars? In this episode, with the help of a magic necklace, we’ll do the numbers on the stuff grown-ups have to pay for every day. It’s not all pizza parties and ice cream sundaes!

    For a special cartoon, discussion questions and tips for parents, check out our website!

    Take a second to let us know what you think of the show at marketplace.org/survey

    • 25 min

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