20 Best Podcasts About Economic Inequality of 2021

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Are you wanting to learn more about economic inequality? Well you’ve come to the right place. This is a curated list of the best economic inequality podcasts of 2021.

We have selected these podcasts for a variety of reasons, but they are all well worth a listen. We tried to select a variety of podcasts across the spectrum from hosts with a wide breadth of experience.

We are always keen to hear your feedback, if we have missed a podcast, Twitter us Pretty Progressive (Twitter) and we will check it out!

Best Economic Inequality Podcasts 2021

With thanks to ListenNotes, Crunchbase, SemRush and Ahrefs for providing the data to create and rank these podcasts.

Pitchfork Economics with Nick Hanauer

  • Publisher: Civic Ventures
  • Total Episodes: 170

Any society that allows itself to become radically unequal eventually collapses into an uprising or a police state—or both. Join venture capitalist Nick Hanauer and some of the world’s leading economic and political thinkers in an exploration of who gets what and why. Turns out, everything you learned about economics is wrong. And if we don’t do something about rising inequality, the pitchforks are coming.

The Economic History Podcast

  • Publisher: Seán Kenny
  • Total Episodes: 23

The Economic History podcast is a platform for sharing knowledge, ideas and new research with a general interest audience. Each fortnight, we meet leading academics in the field and discuss a range of topics, including pandemics, long run economic growth, gender issues, financial crises, inequality, sustainable development and a number of weird and fun economic experiments in history. There is no time like the past to help us understand the present.

GHOGH with Jamarlin Martin

  • Publisher: Nubai Ventures
  • Total Episodes: 74

The GHOGH podcast with Jamarlin Martin covers topics ranging from tech, politics, crypto, inequality, and economic empowerment. Jamarlin interviews leaders and influencers he finds interesting and they discuss the most relevant and timely topics of today with a fresh authenticity.

The Race and Wealth Podcast Network

  • Publisher: The Race & Wealth Team on how to close the racial wealth divide through art, media, policy, literacy, and action
  • Total Episodes: 90

The Race and Wealth Podcast Network is a collection of shows that explore personal finance, economic inequality and culture, the possibilities of a radically different future, fair housing, and one on one interviews with national experts, all centered on the racial wealth divide and the reality of deep and growing racial economic inequality. Listen to hear what is being done about the racial wealth divide and what you can do to help bridge the racial wealth divide in your life.

The Real Agenda Network

  • Publisher: The Real Agenda Network
  • Total Episodes: 181

The Real Agenda Network, podcasts for political change, offers a range of content which aims to inform, inspire and involve those who want a democratic, inclusive and fairer society that respects human rights and protects the planet. The focus is on fixing the fundamental problems of our time, primarily the extreme economic inequality and the unnecessary financial hardship suffered by millions everyday by developing a political agenda that moves us from here to prosperity. That’s The Real Agenda. www.realagenda.org

America Unchained

  • Publisher: America Unchained
  • Total Episodes: 24

America faces the greatest challenges our nation has ever confronted.  Extreme wealth inequality, a crippling health and economic crisis, a looming climate catastrophe, and untended wounds from our past keep our democracy in shackles.  Listen in with your hosts Richard Dien Winfield and Chris Tidwell in the pursuit of an America Unchained. 

Democracy in Danger

  • Publisher: UVA Media Lab
  • Total Episodes: 38

All over the world, liberal democracy is getting turned upside-down. Autocratic leaders are using populist appeals, the partisan media and the power of their offices to short-circuit deliberation and consensus. They flout the rule of law, unleash the police on their own people, suppress dissent and attack voting rights. So what can you do about it? Join hosts Will Hitchcock and Siva Vaidhyanathan on Democracy in Danger — a show that puts the illiberal turn in context. Each week Will and Siva, both University of Virginia professors, are joined by leading thinkers to discuss serious threats to government by the people: from the dark web and media disinformation, to climate change, economic inequality and violent extremism. Help them save democracy, and make it work better. New episodes post on Tuesdays. Subscribe to the show wherever you get your podcasts and tweet us your thoughts @DinDpodcast.

Less is Less

  • Publisher: Sabrina Newton
  • Total Episodes: 5

Less is Less is a biweekly deep dive into some of the many topics that have long divided societies across the world along social, political, and economic lines; and an invitation for us all to take a closer look at how inequality affects the communities we live in. Less is Less’ host Sabrina Newton is a budding political economist who has studied the intersection of politics and economics at Howard University, Oxford, and Johns Hopkins SAIS.


  • Publisher: Dynamics of Inequality Across the Lifecourse (DIAL)
  • Total Episodes: 23

The increasing gap between rich and poor, exacerbated by the recent financial and economic crises, is a key concern for us all. The DIAL Podcast helps us better understand the causes and consequences of those inequalities, providing new evidence and insights into the complex ways in which they play out over the lifecourse. In a series of accessible audio interviews focusing on research emerging from the NORFACE funded Dynamics of Inequality Across the Lifecourse (DIAL) programme, we talk to those with an interest in getting to grips with inequality and trying to create a fairer and more equal society for all. Series 1 of the podcast is co-edited and produced by DIAL scientific co-ordinator Elina Kilpi-Jakonen and former BBC journalist, Christine Garrington of Research Podcasts.

817 Podcast – Fort Worth’s Monday Morning Show

  • Publisher: Fort Worth’s Monday Morning Show
  • Total Episodes: 42

Do you love Fort Worth and care about what goes on in our amazing city? Well, welcome to the 817 Podcast a weekly Monday morning show hosted by two Fort Worthians who banter and dissect the biggest stories in local culture, politics, and business. EJ Carrion tech CEO and Jimmy Sweeney founder of the Grand Berry Theater will host a diverse guest list of local leaders that drive Fort Worth’s future. We believe Fort Worth can be a nationally known destination for innovation, creativity, and economic opportunity. However, the climate in the city today is polarizing between an evolving community that deals with historic Cowtown roots and a wave of progressive newcomers. What we do today and in the next decade is crucial to the future of the Funk. How we respond to political friction, wealth inequality, and social injustice in our communities can make or break our national reputation. Do we become Austin, Texas, or Jacksonville, Florida? Join us every week as we do our part to keep either from happening. Have a story you want us to highlight? DM us @817pod or text 817-318-6375

Think Like A Lady Podcast

  • Publisher: Afroze & Dua
  • Total Episodes: 23

Welcome to Think Like a Lady! A podcast that enlightens tough issues about a woman’s place in a dominantly man’s world. Our discussions intend to stimulate thought provoking perspectives that are rarely the narrative in mainstream think tanks. From how the age of severe economic inequality has undermined women in the workforce to navigating the intricacies of the early suffragette movements who denied women’s rights to women of color.Let’s face it. Women are awesome. We’re not here to talk about us being awesome as just some empty platitude. We have some staggering data to prove it. According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, as of 2019, there are now more women in medical school than men. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Education, women outpaced men in earning bachelor’s degrees by 1982, they earned more master’s degrees than men by 1987, and by 2006 they took up the majority of doctoral degrees conferred in the United States.Ok, but enough of us gloating. It seems that even though we’re just now beginning to dominate on so many frontiers, we’re still putting up with ridiculous challenges. From facing harassment in mosques, churches and other places of worship, and of course the workplace to the pink tax, Dua and Afroze talk about their own microcosmic experiences that lay bear on an intersection between their experiences as Muslim women who grew up with one foot in the west and the other foot in the east. Women have managed to conquer vast and numerous frontiers despite not being given the reigns to pioneer. It’s time we knocked men off of their high horse.

True Currency: About Feminist Economics

  • Publisher: The Alternative School of Economics & Gasworks
  • Total Episodes: 7

True Currency: About Feminist Economics is a six-part podcast hosted by artists Amy Feneck and Ruth Beale (The Alternative School of Economics), launching on 16 July, with a new episode released weekly. The outcome of an eight month residency, the podcast is produced in collaboration with Lucia Scazzocchio from Social Broadcasts, and presents detailed testimonials from academic researchers, policy experts, community leaders and activists; and explores financial inequality, feminism, intersectionality, labour exploitation, unpaid work, care, unionisation and reproductive labour. Over the six episodes Amy Feneck and Ruth Beale hear from several contributors, including the Director of UK Women’s Budget Group, Director of FLEX (Focus on Labour Exploitation), a campaigner for Sex Workers’ Union, a parent and NHS community nurse. The podcasts discuss financial inequalities and consider the issues migrant women face when campaigning for fair pay. They also look at unpaid work and care, and consider future re-imaginings for a feminist economy. The final episode focuses on how the Coronavirus pandemic has thrown light upon many of the issues discussed throughout the series. — EPISODES Released Thursday 16 July 2020. Episode 1: If Women Counted Released Thursday 23 July 2020. Episode 2: Worker Struggles, Part 1 – When Migrant Women Rise, We All Rise Released Thursday 30 July 2020. Episode 3: Worker Struggles, Part 2 – No Bad Whores, Just Bad Laws Released Thursday 6 August 2020. Episode 4: Suspended Time Released Thursday 13 August 2020. Episode 5: We are the True Currency Released Thursday 20 August 2020. Episode 6: The Economy is Still Happening — ABOUT Amy Feneck and Ruth Beale are the third artists to undertake the Gasworks Participation Artist in Residence programme, which supports London-based artists to develop work in collaboration with local community groups. The podcast series was developed between September 2019 and April 2020, through conversations with experts and workshops with community groups at the Henry Fawcett Children’s Centre and IRMO (Indoamerican Refugee and Migrant Organisation). These workshops encouraged conversations between women and parents who were interested in these ideas, and are actively involved in feminist economic projects. Commissioned by Gasworks, supported by The Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Arts Council England. Visit https://bit.ly/truecurrencysurvey to tell us what you think and for a chance to win one of three books featured in The Alternative School of Economics’ recent virtual reading groups. (Deadline for entry 30 August). — THANK YOU Thank you to Usma Ashraf, Lisa Baraitser, Kathrin Böhm, Lucia Granada, Ailie Rutherford, Shiri Shammy, Marion Sharples, Mary-Ann Stephenson, Thaira Mhearba and all at WBG, Adabeybi Candelo, Carmenza Sierra Lopez, Ana Cecilia Clavijo and all members of AMPLA, Javiera Sandoval, Jeannine Moros-Noujaim and all at IRMO, Jade, Ivy, Stacey Clare, Juno Mac, members and allies of the Sex Worker’s Union, Mozzaika, Balkiss, and those present at Women’s Strike and Sex Work Strike 8th March 2020, Flor Andrade Valencia, Jaquelin Saldaña, Isabel Cortez, Suzanne, Molly and all at UVW, Claire Summers, Ingrid, Maite, Emi, Fares, Sarah, Agneiska, Shanaz, Khudeja, K Rose R, Linh and Zara, the staff of the Henry Fawcett Children’s Centre, Lian Pitt, Concheater Thomas, Nadine Bennett; everyone who has attended any of the Feminist Economics Reading groups and the Evaluation Board Meetings, to Fari Bradley, Andrea Franke, Ross Jardine, Ben Prescott, and special thanks to Lucia Scazzocchio, and to Laura Hensser, Sheena Balkwill and all the Gasworks team.

The Plague

  • Publisher: L. M. Bogad
  • Total Episodes: 9

Welcome to The Plague, the podcast where we look, not just at the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but at our nation’s home-made plagues, plagues created by human socioeconomic systems, that make the coronavirus more virulent and dangerous. The coronavirus infects the human body, but what illnesses in our body politic make us more vulnerable to it? Economic inequality? Environmental devastation? Labor precarity? Alienation? We pick a different societal plague each week and talk with an expert about how that plague makes the coronavirus deadlier. We then move on to discuss “treatments” or even “cures” for that plague: what kinds of political or cultural action we can take to “cure” it. Since many of our guest experts are also artists, they are invited to share a creative work on the topic—a song, poem, monologue—of their own creation or choosing. Guests include poet and Friends of the Earth organizer Jeff Conant, Dr. Rupa Marya of the Do No Harm Coalition and the band Rupa and the April Fishes, performance artists Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens, theatre activist Aryeh Shell, affordable medicine activist Merith Basey, playwright and San Francisco Mime Troupe member Michael Gene Sullivan, and many more. Your host, L.M. Bogad, broadcasts from his “shelter in place” bunker, while himself conspiring in ongoing creative activist campaigns on these issues. The Plague Podcast: Created, Hosted, Edited by L.M. Bogad (www.lmbogad.com), professor of political performance at UC Davis, and author of the books Tactical Performance and Electoral Guerrila Theatre, and the play COINTELSHOW: A Patriot Act. Music by Jason Montero (https://m.soundcloud.com/jamoja) and Bogad’s Other Friend Named Jay. Logo by Bogad, with clip art from nicepng.com. For more information on L.M. Bogad’s books and performance work: www.lmbogad.com. L.M. Bogad is an author, performance artist, professor of political performance at U.C. Davis, and co-founder of the Clandestine Insurgent Rebel Clown Army. He has performed and led workshops in mischievous activist pranks internationally, most recently in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Latvia, at SFMOMA and other major museums, on a squatted military base in Barcelona, and in Cairo during the first phase of the Egyptian revolution. He was the “Art and Controversy” Fellow, and the Distinguished Lecturer on Performance and Politics, at Carnegie Mellon University, and the “Humanities and Political Conflict” Fellow at Arizona State University. His projects includes a historical role playing game called “Possible Pasts,” and performances which excavate and explore the memories of historical confrontations including the Haymarket Square Riot, the Pinochet coup, and the FBI’s COINTELPRO activities. His books are Electoral Guerilla Theatre: Radical Ridicule and Social Movements, Tactical Performance: The Theory and Practice of Serious Play, and COINTELSHOW: A Patriot Act and the forthcoming Perform/Inform/Transform: Works of Radical Memory for Times of Social Amnesia..


  • Publisher: Ehsan Zaffar
  • Total Episodes: 13

UnfairNation is a podcast that discusses our nation’s rising inequity and social, political and economic inequality. What it means for you and what you can do about it. Every other week we interview one person for 25 minutes to understand their lived experience with inequality. Thanks for tuning in!

The Equality Trust

  • Publisher: The Real Agenda Network
  • Total Episodes: 8

On Inequality Bites, we explore how we can make society more equal so that everyone can flourish. In each episode, Wanda Wyporska, Executive Director of The Equality Trust speaks to experts with learned and lived experience about the impact of socio-economic inequalities, and discusses solutions to overcome them.

The Hub for Important Ideas

  • Publisher: Stephen James and Ken Swain
  • Total Episodes: 31

The Hub for Important Ideas is a podcast about the serious issues of our time, hosted by cultural critics Stephen James and Ken Swain. They challenge conventional thinking about contemporary problems including Mental Health, Economic Inequality, the Environment, Bigotry, and War in intelligent conversations with thought leaders in various disciplines.   Drawing on the groundbreaking work of Ernest Becker, author of The Denial of Death, and the cutting-edge research of Terror Management Theory, this podcast  will  enable you to think through urgent issues.  

Capital Locast

  • Publisher: UN Capital Development Fund
  • Total Episodes: 18

The United Nations Capital Development Fund is a Centre of Excellence and Innovative Fund for Local Government Finance and Local Economic Development Finance. UNCDF and United Cities and Local Governments have joined in a coalition for a global financial ecosystem that works for cities and local governments. The climate emergency is real. The scale of the plastics problem is only just starting to be understood. Inequality and migration are increasing. Urbanization is unstoppable. The world’s response to these development challenges is Agenda 2030 and the 2015 Paris Agreement. But the development finance architecture is missing something. Local Governments are indispensable agents in solving these problems. Whilst national governments, civil society, and the private sector can achieve a lot, without a revolution in local government finance it will be impossible to build a sustainable liveable world. Our mission is to build the bridge to that future by leading the redesign of local government finance as an accelerator of global development. Capital LoCAST will be talking local, globally. In the first season of Capital LoCAST, experts and thought leaders will set out the economic analysis and the policy agenda for a financial ecosystem that works for cities and local governments.

“To the Best of My Ability”

  • Publisher: The National WWII Museum
  • Total Episodes: 20

Season 2 While the threat of global fascism was dead, the world in 1945 stood at a crossroads. For some, a freedom that they had never before experienced brought new opportunities, economic security, and stability. For others, the struggle was anything but over. Across eastern Europe, Stalin’s regime brought oppression, violence, and the ever-present eye of the secret police. Across Asia, the threat of Communism was real and growing. On the US Home Front, the stark reality of racial inequality was brought to the forefront as Black, Jewish, Asian, Latino, and other American minorities returned home after the war to find that they were being denied their basic rights when it came to buying homes, finding jobs, and getting a decent education. Season 1 In the midst of history’s greatest war, President Franklin D. Roosevelt suffers a hemorrhagic stroke and dies just 11 weeks into his fourth term. This 9-part series explores what happens in the wake of his death, pulling directly from the newly sworn-in President Harry S. Truman’s diaries, oral histories from the men and women who lived through it, and more. Join The National WWII Museum as we explore the tragedies, triumphs, and difficult choices made by one of history’s most unexpected leaders. Learn more on The National WWII Museum’s website at https://www.nationalww2museum.org/war/podcasts/best-my-ability-podcast

Re-envision Business

  • Publisher: UpEffect
  • Total Episodes: 6

Re-envision Business is a new podcast by UpEffect. The series will highlight the emerging need for responsible trade that uplifts communities frequently left behind. In each episode, we’ll invite innovators and thought leaders to deconstruct conventional systems perpetuating economic inequality and spotlight models that are re-envisioning business. Together we’ll unearth a blueprint for an economy redesign.This show is hosted by Sheeza Shah Kindly produced by Armaan Khendry and Rohan SinghalFollow UpEffect on Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn for updates on future episodes See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Encounters with COVID

  • Publisher: Kusini, a media intiative of SCIS
  • Total Episodes: 4

A three-part miniseries discussing the intersection between inequality and COVID-19 as well as attempt to explain the various ways to fund the proposed socio-economic package. This mini-series will be hosted by the activist Shaeera Kalla and includes interviews with individuals such as Michael Sachs (Wits Adjunct Professor, former Budget Office Treasury), Kirsten Pearson (Budget Justice Coalition), Lynford Dor (Casual Workers Advice Office), Ihsaan Bassier (PhD Candidate at University of Massachusetts, Amherst) and Dr Thabang Sefalafala (Wits Sociology). Music Credits: PART1: “Be Myself” by Nettson | “You’ll Be Okay” by Ryan Little | “Hard Times” by Fazed PART 3: “Device” by MorningLightMusic

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