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Does money make you happy?

Crazy Money with Paul Ollinger

Release Date: 06/09/2020

Guy Raz on building How I Built This  show art Guy Raz on building How I Built This

Crazy Money with Paul Ollinger

Guy Raz is the host and co-creator of the smash NPR program, How I Built This and author of a new book by the same name. On the show, Guy provides entrepreneurs a platform to share their company’s origin stories and the trials and tribulations involved in getting their companies off the ground. In the new book, Guy goes deeper, reflecting on all he’s learned about what makes founders click.

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Net fulfillment v. Net worth (with Bill Perkins) show art Net fulfillment v. Net worth (with Bill Perkins)

Crazy Money with Paul Ollinger

Would you consider yourself a success if you died with $1 million? How about $10 million? Well, what if you died with $0.00?

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Affluence, Insolvency, and Alcohol (with Kirkland Hamill) show art Affluence, Insolvency, and Alcohol (with Kirkland Hamill)

Crazy Money with Paul Ollinger

Kirkland Hamill’s grandfather was very rich. His mother and father raised him and his brothers in grand fashion until Grandpa's death exposed major cracks in the family fortune. When his dad left his mom, she took Kirkland and his brothers to Bermuda where they attended a prestigious school, but never knew how they were going to pay for groceries.

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Happiness is Making a Living with Your Hands (with Ken Rusk) show art Happiness is Making a Living with Your Hands (with Ken Rusk)

Crazy Money with Paul Ollinger

Ken Rusk has made a very good living by working with his hands. A true-life, self-described “ditch-digger,” Ken is an entrepreneur who has over 200 people working on his team. In his new book, Blue Collar Cash: Love Your Work, Secure Your Future, and Find Happiness for Life, Ken advocates an alternative career path to anyone who doesn’t believe “college + white collar job” is the route for them.

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More Choice Makes Us More Miserable (with Barry Schwartz) show art More Choice Makes Us More Miserable (with Barry Schwartz)

Crazy Money with Paul Ollinger

Barry Schwartz is the author of several books, including Why We Work and The Paradox of Choice. I spoke to Barry about his findings in these two important books.

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In memory of Paul’s dad (William Ollinger) show art In memory of Paul’s dad (William Ollinger)

Crazy Money with Paul Ollinger

My dad died peacefully at his home last Friday. He left this world with a clear conscience while napping in his favorite recliner and surrounded by loved ones. He was 93 years old.

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Bill Collector turned Money Coach to Millions (with Chris Hogan) show art Bill Collector turned Money Coach to Millions (with Chris Hogan)

Crazy Money with Paul Ollinger

Chris Hogan is a retirement planning expert and popular financial media personality. A former college football player who once worked as a bill collector, Chris has seen the pain economic mismanagement can wreak on a family. Since 2005, he has worked with personal finance legend, Dave Ramsey to fulfill his goal of helping people achieve financial autonomy. Chris has helped millions not just understand retirement, investing and building wealth, but to put in place plans to achieve their goals.

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The Economics of Comedy (with Kyle Kinane) show art The Economics of Comedy (with Kyle Kinane)

Crazy Money with Paul Ollinger

One of the things artists have to learn to do is manage their money and to structure their lives so that they’re doing the kind of work they WANT to do instead of doing work they HAVE to do just to pay the bills. Kyle Kinane shares insights into his comedy career and spending habits that have kept him solvent during the quarantine. While many artists are scrambling to earn while clubs are closed, Kyle maintains his creative freedom and sense of calm, partially because he never bought a Porsche.

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Are our markets really free? (With Denise Hearn) show art Are our markets really free? (With Denise Hearn)

Crazy Money with Paul Ollinger

Are you an airline that dominates all the flights at a particular airport? Are you a global beer conglomerate that controls half the beer brands on the planet? Or, are you a gloomy corporate type that owns half the funeral parlors in America? If so, then YOU might be an oligopolist.

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The Wisdom of Frugality (with Emrys Westacott) show art The Wisdom of Frugality (with Emrys Westacott)

Crazy Money with Paul Ollinger

A fun (and sometimes funny) conversation about frugality? Heck yes, friends, because this is Crazy Money!

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  • Why are some millionaires miserable while many in poverty are happy? 
  • Does a rapidly-improving economy always lead to more well-being?
  • How does optimism affect our economic futures?

These are some of the big questions Carol Graham has tackled in decades of extensive research into the economics of happiness. A Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and Professor at the University of Maryland's School of Public Policy, Carol’s books include Happiness around the World: The Paradox of Happy Peasants and Miserable Millionaires and The Pursuit of Happiness: An Economy of Well-Being, both of which have been published in several languages.

The economic factors that lead to happiness are often not what we humans believe them to be. Carol has spent her career challenging assumptions about how hope, uncertainty, optimism, inequality, and rapidly developing economies contribute to well-being. Her results, which are often counter-intuitive, are a great reminder of what we should keep in mind when trying to optimize both our personal happiness and that of the societies in which we live (hint: the two are connected).

Carol earned her A.B. at Princeton, an M.A. at Johns Hopkins and a Ph.D. at Oxford. (In other words, she’s real smart.)

Learn more about Carol on the Brookings Institution website.

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For books by Dr. Graham and other authors who have appeared on the show, shop the Crazy Money list on Bookshop.org. (CM gets a small commission.)

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