From the same ‘what the fuck are the CIA up to now?’ school of thought as the episode of Top Chef starring Leon Panetta comes Pawn Stars: Rick Goes to CIA. In this month’s subscriber-only podcast we analyse and interpret an episode of reality TV show Pawn Stars that was partly filmed at CIA headquarters. I outline how the show is – overall – an example of cultural capitalism that accidentally highlights some of the myths and failings of the capitalist system, before moving onto the question of how on earth this show became PR for the CIA. Focusing in on the themes of trust and authority I lampoon the nonsensical storyline while we take a serious look at the covert messaging implanted in this episode.
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