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.
The Million Bazillion podcast makes learning about money fun for kids. Hosts Bridget Bodnar and Ryan Perez explore financial topics. The questions come from real kids. Perez and Bodnar analyze the research to provide an answer.
Perez is a TV writer. Bodnar is a senior producer for the public radio show Marketplace. They bring fun personalities to an often serious topic.
Million Bazillion began in 2020 with a big question in the first episode: “Where did money come from?” Perez and Bodnar explore bartering and the concept of money. They use examples like trading in the lunchroom, which kids understand. Their example shows why negotiating is a super important skill and how it works.
The podcast is a fun listen, and it's impactful. Topics like cryptocurrency can be hard for adults to learn, let alone to explain to kids. Yet, this podcast breaks it down into concepts everyone understands.
Episodes like “What Is a Credit Card and How Does it Work?” help younger listeners understand common areas of adult life. Younger listeners curious about the difference between a debit card and a credit card will find answers here. Million Bazillion is for kids, but it also helps grown-ups who need answers to money questions. It can help the entire family become smarter about money.