Money Is A Technological Fiction (The Invention of $$$)

Hey smart people, Joe here.How much money to do you have?Don’t worry, this isn’t a patreon thing… (but we’re on Patreon now)Anyway, seriously…count your gold.…or your silver, or your Benjamins, or maybe even your rai stones if we have any fans fromthe Pacific island of Yap.How much ya got?There’s a lot of ways to store…

Are Women Better With Money?

Today’s episode of Two Cents is all about the ladies.Oh.Should I go?No.You should listen.Okay ladies.Time for a little real talk.Women report feeling high or overwhelming levels of financial stress twice as oftenas men.Why is that?There are two major reasons:The first is compensation.The gender pay gap is real and it is nasty.In 1988, American women made…

5 Tips For A Better Side Hustle

These days, it seems like everyone is making money on the side.Your brother drives for Uber, your mother rents out your old room on AirBnB, your sistersells candles that smell like your grandma, and your grandma is running a quilting blog.Almost 44 million Americans are reported as having a “side hustle”.Most people start them for…

Should I Invest In Cannabis Stocks?

What do Snoop Dogg, Gwyneth Paltrow, and ex-Speaker of the House John Boehner all have in common?Besides their Spotify Discover Weekly playlists.They’re all major investors in a budding new industry – legalized cannabis production.Once a taboo topic, pot is going mainstream. A 2018 Pew Research Poll found that 62% ofAmericans believe marijuana should be legalized…

How Risky Is The Stock Market?

Thank you to Curiosity Stream for supporting PBS Digital Studios!Have you ever thought about investing in the stock market?Maybe you have a cousin or a co-worker who’s always talking about how their “portfolio”is doing, and you think “Maybe I should be doing that, too…”But then you do a little research and it sounds like this:[CACOPHONY…

Do Makers Propose a More Open Source Future? | Idea Channel | PBS Digital Studios

[ALARM SOUNDING] Come on. Warning. Copyright violation. God– Remain calm as authorities arrive. Here’s an idea. Everything would be better open source. Remain calm as authorities arrive. Copyright violation. Remain calm as authorities arrive. Here’s an idea. Copyright violation. Being a maker, constructing things from scratch, turning what one has into what one doesn’t, fearlessly…

What the Heck Is: The DOW?

What the heck is the DOW?For many people, “the DOW” is one of those terms that when you hear it on TV or readit in an article, your eyes glaze over and your mind wanders to something more relevantto your life, like whether you could fit 12 marshmallows in your mouth at once.But how do…

Should You Buy a House?

Thank you to ‘Brilliant’ for supporting PBS Digital Studios.When you hear the phrase, “The American Dream,” what picture comes to mind?For a long time, the classic version included a white picket fence, 2.5 children, and ofcourse, a house.The importance of home ownership is still embedded in American culture.7 in 10 adults say they want to…

Should You Buy Bitcoin?

In 2009, a mysterious person or persons who went under the name Satoshi Nakamoto wrotea piece of software that would become the foundation of a new kind of money: cryptocurrency.For a while, bitcoin and its brethren was just a hobby for computer programmers andmath nerds, but recently, it’s drawn the interest of investors, banks and…

What the Heck Is: A Mutual Fund

This is the Mutual Fund factory, where all the world’s mutual funds are produced.Fund elves wrap stardust, lemondrops and a nickel in a unicorn bladder, which is thendelivered via dragon-sled to brokerage firms, who sell them to customers.The customer buries the mutual fund in their backyard, and after 30 or 40 years, a moneytree starts…