What is money, really? Kal Penn navigates a return to the barter system, the politics of the gold standard and the logic of fiat currency. He also untangles complexities of cryptocurrency and learns how to survive an economic apocalypse.


Lee Farber, David Laven

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Episode credited cast:
Kal Penn ... Himself - Host
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rachel Alig ... Bride
Jane Austin Jane Austin ... Herself
Rick Austin Rick Austin ... Himself
Gerald Avery Gerald Avery ... Best Man
Patrick Cavanaugh ... Waiter
Maggie Dewan-Smith ... Mother of the Bride
Jim Donnelly ... Father of the Bride
Jeremy Gardner Jeremy Gardner ... Himself
Austan Goolsbee ... Himself
James Howells James Howells ... Himself
Hanh Nguyen ... Bridesmaid
Ross Norman Ross Norman ... Himself
Sergio Palacio Martín Sergio Palacio Martín ... Himself (as Sergio Martin)
Jessica Park ... News Reel Woman


What IS money, really? We spend our lives trying to get it, but what has inspired such divine faith in a piece of paper? Is it intrinsically valuable or is it all a big lie? The secret behind money is the big mystery at the center of the global economy, and host Kal Penn is setting off to unravel currency itself. Kal meets Rick and Jane Austin, a couple of grandparents and preparedness experts who don't believe in money. So much so, they've made a decision to live without it. Rick and Jane believe that one day soon, an economic apocalypse will hit the planet creating a kill-or-be-killed society of cannibals. Their advice: If you don't want to get eaten by the flesh-eating hordes, you'd better grow your own food -- the only real currency. If surviving on homemade goat cheese is not your thing, then what about trying to live without money, but with other people? Kal visits a barter market in Spain to witness a cashless community in action, and has an economic misadventure with Melissa (...

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22 February 2019 (USA) See more »

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Martin's Tavern has been in Washington DC for over 85 years and has been part of some of the nation's most historical moments. During FDR's presidency, a lot of The New Deal was formulated inside Martin's Tavern, in a back room. In the restaurant, booths take the names of the famous patrons who frequented the Georgetown establishment. Senator John F. Kennedy asked Jacqueline Lee Bouvier to marry him in what is now known as "The Proposal Booth". Kal talks with Austan inside the Nixon booth. When Nixon was president, he would frequent Martin's Tavern, pick this particular booth and enjoy the meatloaf. See more »


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