Listen: Kal Penn on Balancing Silly and Serious in Amazon’s Global-Economy Doc Series

  • Variety
Welcome to “TV Take,” Variety’s television podcast. In this week’s episode, Variety’s executive editor of TV, Daniel Holloway, talks with Kal Penn, the host of the documentary series “This Giant Beast That is the Global Economy,” which is currently available to stream on Amazon.

The series sees Penn travel around the world, meeting key players behind some of the most damaging and absurd movements in today’s economy.

Among the eclectic selection of people Penn sits down to interview are a money launderer for a cocaine cartel, the head of a gigantic rubber company, and a group of barnacle fishermen off the coast of Northern Spain. Penn says hosting a show with such scale required him to tread a fine balance between bringing his own “giant man-child” sense of humor, while also respecting the significance of the stories being told.

“These are deeply serious issues with serious
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