Netflix Crime Wave

(Above: ‘Big Bird’ episode from new Netflix documentary series, ‘Rotten’)

Netflix this month will debut two documentary series focusing on criminality of a corporate, global kind: Rotten and Dirty Money

Rotten, debuting Friday, January 5, will “dive deep into the food production underworld to expose the corruption, waste and real dangers behind your everyday eating habits. In a world where huge global supply-chains are increasingly intertwined and consolidated, this series starts on your dinner plate… and follows the money to the shocking consequences—intended or not—of regulation, innovation and greed.”

Episodes will include:

“Lawyers, Guns and Honey” – “Honeygate” refers not to salacious kompromat but a major scam in the global honey business, one described as the “largest food fraud investigation and prosecution in history.”

“The Peanut Problem” – What accounts for the upsurge in people suffering food allergies? This entry looks at the “swelling body of science around this change, and the accountability of restaurateurs in caring for their most vulnerable customers.”

“Garlic Breath” – The odor is strong with this one.  “A lucrative and controversial commerce relationship between the US and China forms the backdrop for a David-and-Goliath tale of loyalty, betrayal and revenge on the American garlic scene.”

“Big Bird” –  Don’t watch this one over dinner. “From the lowliest hen to the richest magnate, the size and scale of chicken-growing has determined the fate of every player in this expansive food chain.”

“Milk Money” –  In order “to boost profits, some dairy farmers are switching to produce upscale organic milk, or even ‘raw’ unpasteurized milk, but it comes with the risk of pathogens which can sicken and even kill consumers.”

“Cod is Dead” – No good deed goes unpunished. “In the wake of overfishing in New England, the US government stepped in to regulate and save the fisheries.  The unintended result was a wave of consolidation that set the stage for massive criminal exploitation.”

Then on Friday, January 26, Netflix will debut Dirty Money, an investigative series that explores “the untold stories of scandal and corruption” in the business world. From Academy-Award-winning-director Alex Gibney, Dirty Money uses “first-hand accounts from perpetrators and their victims, combined with rarely-seen video footage,” to detail corporate corruption.

Episodes include:

“HARD NOx” – Alex Gibney directs this episode which “reveals shocking new details about VW’s corporate deceit, and exposes the unholy alliance between governments and automakers that allowed the automaker to put tens of thousands of lives at risk — all for the sake of a $500 part.”

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“The Confidence Man” – Described as “a rollicking profile of the rise and reign of Trump Inc.,” actor Fisher Stevens directs this episode which “lays out how Donald Trump’s business career transformed from epic failures into a consummate branding machine that propelled him into office.”

“Payday” – “Payday lenders made millions off small loans with undisclosed charges, inflated interest rates and incomprehensible rules.” Under the law, “is that a crime or just business”?

“Drug Short” – “Wall Street short-sellers expose a scam that regulators overlook: how Big Pharma gouges patients in need of life-saving drugs.”

“Cartel Bank” – “For decades, HSBC, one of the world’s largest banks, laundered hundreds of millions of dollars for Mexican drug cartels. Senator Elizabeth Warren, dogged journalists and prosecutors try to hold the bankers to account. But will they be judged “too big to jail?”

“The Maple Syrup Heist” – Maple syrup is big business in Canada. “When $20 million of syrup goes missing, the trail leads back to an epic battle between cartels and the little guy.”

For more information, visit Netflix.

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