This Giant Beast That is the Global Economy

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This globe-spanning docuseries brings the smart, stylized storytelling of Adam McKay’s The Big Short to a quirky and compelling exploration of the global economy. In each episode, host Kal Penn - with the help of some celebrity friends - answers a burning question like: How can I launder a bag of dirty cash? How scared should I be of a rubber apocalypse? And is it easier for dicks to get rich?

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Episodes (8)

  1. 1. Money Laundering: A How To Guide
    February 22, 2019
    46min
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    How do you turn a suitcase full of dirty money into cash you can actually spend? To find out, Kal Penn travels across the globe -- along with a million bucks. In this step-by-step guide, Kal learns from former cops and former criminals about how to gain access to a worldwide underground money laundering system.
  2. 2. Are Rich People Dicks or Do Dicks Get Rich
    February 22, 2019
    39min
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    What is it about having a lot of money and a willingness to step over anyone to get more of it that seem to go together? Is there a correlation between “richness” and “dickness”? How about success in business and being a psychopath? Kal Penn meets some unapologetic one percenters - and travels to a country that has rigged the financial game in favor of its citizens.
  3. 3. The Rubber Episode
    February 22, 2019
    40min
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    What if planes couldn’t fly, or, more specifically, couldn’t land? What if trucks couldn’t transport food? This isn’t some lame sci-fi plot. Without rubber, the economy as we know it ceases to exist. Kal Penn traces the path of rubber -- from trees to tires to the tip of his p… uh... pencil... and uncovers a fundamental blind spot in the free market economy that is putting us all at risk.
  4. 4. A.I. is the future. Will it Keep us Around to Enjoy it?
    February 22, 2019
    41min
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    Kal Penn meets artificial intelligence face-to-interface, and gets an anus-puckering glimpse of how A.I. is learning -- on its own -- how to self-drive the global economy straight into the next industrial revolution. Could you tell if a robot is stealing your job, or even writing this episode description? The answer will definitely surprise you.
  5. 5. Counterfeiting Kills Economies ( And Helps Them Too)
    February 22, 2019
    45min
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    A counterfeit hundred dollar bill might ruin your weekend, but did you know it could also disrupt a nation’s economy? Kal Penn meets the folks in the fight against fakes, trying to save industries from the threat of bogus goods and even terrorism. But he also learns that a symbiotic relationship between copycats and creators might just be the thing that lets economies thrive in the first place.
  6. 6. The Death Episode
    February 22, 2019
    44min
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    Death is our final destination -- and a real money-maker! Kal Penn takes a deep dive into the death economy to learn the true value of a human life. Hitmen and judges, funeral directors and football fans all help Kal lay his burning questions to rest: How much should I spend on a coffin? How much sex should I have to maximize my return on dying? And where can I get a good taco in the afterlife?
  7. 7. Is Money Bullshit?
    February 22, 2019
    43min
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    It’s the age-old, existential question: What is money, really? Host Kal Penn navigates a modern return to the barter system, the political highs and lows of the gold standard and the “because I said so” logic of fiat currency. Kal also untangles the complexities of cryptocurrency and learns how to survive an economic apocalypse without getting eaten.
  8. 8. A Global Corruption Tour
    February 22, 2019
    41min
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    How are fancy handbag habits, broken bridges and the Hollywood red carpet connected to a looted economy? Kal Penn finds out as he uncovers the hidden world of bribery, extortion, nepotism and embezzlement. He meets brave individuals who’ve risked everything to stop corruption and learns how a country’s attempts to appear corruption-free are tied to mandatory toilet flushing.

Bonus (3)

  1. Bonus: X-Ray: Kal's Video Diary
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    February 26, 2019
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    Get a sneak peek at one of Kal's video diaries in the X-Ray experience for "This Giant Beast That is the Global Economy."
  2. Bonus: X-Ray: Interview with Brianna Mahon
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    February 26, 2019
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    Meet Brianna Mahon, a Moster Jam truck driver from Philadelphia. Check out additional interviews in the X-Ray experience during playback.
  3. Bonus: This Giant Beast That is the Global Economy Official Trailer
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    January 17, 2019
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    From the director of The Big Short and Vice and executive producer Will Ferrell comes an 8-part globe-spanning exploration of the most compelling topics impacting the global economy. Through the curious mind of host Kal Penn, see firsthand all the surprising ways the economy interconnects and impacts the lives of people all over the planet.

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Producers
Adam McKayWill FerrellEli HolzmanAaron SaidmanKevin MessickAliyah SilversteinAdam DavidsonAndy RobertsonErin Gamble
Season year
2019
Network
Amazon Studios
MPAA rating
TV-MA
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