PBS-The Ascent of Money –

First aired after the financial crisis of 2008 –

The Ascent of Money Episode 1: From Bullion to Bubbles
In the first episode of the four-hour series THE ASCENT OF MONEY, economist and historian Niall Ferguson documents the roots of money and finance in the conquest of the Americas, from the Incan empire to the Louisiana territory.

The Ascent of Money Episode 2: Bonds of War
Niall Ferguson on John Law and his Louisiana territory Ponzi scheme; bond markets support warfare in Europe; globalization accelerates with the economic invasion of the Far East.

The Ascent of Money Episode 3: Risky Business
In “Risky Business,” episode three of the four-part THE ASCENT OF MONEY, economist and historian Niall Ferguson examines the roots of the insurance industry in Europe; how disasters like Hurricane Katrina expose problems in risk management; how countries like Japan and Chile manage risk for their citizens; and the great rewards that can be accumulated through risk with hedge funds.

The Ascent of Money Episode 4: Planet Finance
In the final episode of four-part THE ASCENT OF MONEY series, Niall Ferguson chronicles the spread of good — and bad — financial practices across the globe, the meteoric rise of the American real estate market, and the consequences of the subprime mortgage fiasco.