New comedy series shows 'the government really makes life in America possible'

ABC News' Trevor Ault speaks with Adam Conover on his new Netflix series, "The G Word" that takes a look at how the U.S. government impacts our everyday lives.
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THE THRONE, TAKES PLACE THE FIRST WEEK OF JUNE. >> IF YOU MIX COMEDY WITH CURIOSITY AND A WHOLE LOT OF CIVICS, TO GET THE G WORD WITH ADAM CONOVER. IT IS A NEW DOCUMENTARY STYLE SERIES THAT GIVES US AN INSIDE LOOK AT HOW THE U.S. GOVERNMENT IMPACTS OUR EVERYDAY LIVES. TAKE A LOOK. >> YOU FOLKS ARE SENDING MESSAGES TO THE SATELLITE TO CHECK ON AND ADJUST WHAT IT IS DOING, ET CETERA, AND YOU ARE COORDINATING THAT FROM HERE. >> EXACTLY. >> CAN I ASK YOU A PERSONAL QUESTION? HOW OLD ARE YOU? >> 20 YEARS OLD. >> WHEN I WAS 20 YEARS OLD I COULD NOT HAVE BEEN THROUGH THIS. >> THE SHOWS CREATOR, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, STAR, ADAM CONOVER. ADAM, WE APPRECIATE YOU BEING HERE. LET'S CUT RIGHT TO. IT GOVERNMENT, GOOD OR BAD? >> WE TRIED TO TAKE A MORE NUANCED VIEW THAN THAT. ON THE SHOW, WE INVESTIGATE ALL THE WAYS THE GOVERNMENT AFFECTS OUR LIVES. GOOD AND BAD. AND WHAT WE FOUND IS THAT THERE ARE A LOT OF SHOCKING WAYS OF THE GOVERNMENT REALLY MAKES LIFE IN AMERICA POSSIBLE. THE GOVERNMENT RUNS OUR GPS SYSTEM. THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTS EVERY SINGLE PIECE OF ME TO EAT. THE GOVERNMENT FLIES PLANES INTO HURRICANES TO FIGURE OUT WHERE THEY ARE GOING. BUT THERE IS ALSO A LOT OF AREAS WHERE THE GOVERNMENT IS NOT SERVING US, OR IS HURTING, OR EVEN KILLING PEOPLE IT SHOULD NOT BE. AND WE TALK ABOUT THOSE AS WELL ON THE SHOW. >> YOU KNOW, PEOPLE PROBABLY KNOW YOU FROM YOUR PREVIOUS SHOW, ADAM RUINS EVERYTHING. AND I KNOW THAT THAT IS TONGUE-IN-CHEEK. BUT YOU DEFINITELY TOOK DOWN A LOT OF TOPICS. AND I HEARD YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT THE SHOW A FEW TIMES, THAT YOUR AIM IS FOR IT TO BE ANTI CYNICAL. CAN YOU EXPLAIN ON THAT A LITTLE BIT MORE? >> LOOK, CYNICISM IS TAKING A DEEP NEGATIVE VIEW ON EVERYTHING. NOBODY COULD POSSIBLY BE DOING ANYTHING FOR GOOD REASONS. AND WHAT WE HAVE FOUND ON THE SHOW IS THAT IN REALITY, THEY ARE. MY FAVORITE PART OF THE SHOW IS THAT WE HAVE PIECES WHERE I'M AT THE WORKERS WHO ARE WORKING DAY TODAY WITH THE GOVERNMENT, MAKING OUR LIVES POSSIBLE. THEY COULD MAKE A LOT MORE MONEY WORKING FOR GOLDMAN SACHS. BUT THEY SHOW UP EVERY DAY. THAT JOB, THEY KNOW THAT IT SERVES AN IMPORTANT PURPOSE, AND THEY REALLY GIVE IT CRAP ABOUT THE MISSION, AND ABOUT KEEPING AMERICANS SAFE. THAT WAS INCREDIBLY INSPIRING CRITICISMS THAT WE HAVE FOR THE GOVERNMENT ON THE SHOW, THAT GAVE ME AN INCREDIBLY POSITIVE VIEW. >> IT IS INTERESTING, ADAM, BECAUSE PROBABLY THE SHOW THAT COMMITTEE AND THE GOVERNMENT IS- THE DAILY SHOW. I CAN REMEMBER JOHN STEWART SAYING THAT HE HAD BUTTED HEADS A LITTLE BIT WITH FORMER PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA OVER CYNICISM. THE FORMER PRESIDENT THOUGHT HE WAS A LITTLE BIT CYNICAL. PRESIDENT OBAMA IS PART OF THIS PROJECT HERE, AS WELL, RIGHT? >> YES, HE IS. EXECUTIVE PRODUCED THIS SHOW. BY MICHAEL LEWIS, THE FIFTH BOO- RISK UPON WHICH THE BOOK IS BASED. HE APPEARS ON THE SHOW AT THE BEGINNING IN ORDER FOR US TO SET THE TONE OF WHAT THE SHOW IS GOING TO BE. THE BEGINNING OF THE SHOW IS,- SAY ON THIS SHOW BECAUSE WHAT I- OTHERWISE IT IS GOING TO BE PROPAGANDA. HE SAYS YES, THAT IS TRUE, GO OFF AND MAKE THE SHOW YOU WANT TO MAKE. AND THAT IS TRUE, HIS SHOW.ENDENCE WHEN I MADE THE-L- STORIES THAT ARE NOT STORIESF- THAT FORMER PRESIDENT OBAMA WOULD HAVE CHOSEN TO TELL IF IT WERE HIM WRITING ALL OF THIS SCRIPT. >> WHAT WAS MORE DIFFICULT ABOUT THAT CONVERSATION? THAT HE IS A FORMER PRESIDENT, OR THAT HE WAS YOUR BOSS? >> HERE IS THE, THING I HAD TO, YOU, KNOW FORGET THE FACT THAT HE IS MY BOSS IN THAT CONTEXT. BECAUSE THE TRUTH IS, I CARVE OUT MY OWN ZONE OF CREATIVE FREEDOM, RIGHT? SO, LOOK, MY JOB AS A COMEDIAN TO POKE THE EYE OF THE BEAR, IS- AND SUPPORTED TELEVISION. CABLE- WE WOULD DO STORIES TELLING THE TRUTH ABOUT ADVERTISING SCAMS. AND I KNEW THAT WAS THE SAME THING THAT WE WOULD HAVE TO DO, ADDRESS IT HAD ON. HAVE TO- >> YOU MENTIONED THE SERIES WAS LOOSELY BASED OFF OF THE FIFTH RISK, BY MICHAEL LEWIS. I HAD IT RIGHT HERE, BECAUSE IT WAS RIGHT ON TOP OF THE PILE IN MY OFFICE. IT IS A GREAT BOOK BY ONE OF WHO IN HIS, BOOK DEFINITELYTERS- GETS ENTRENCHED IN THE MINUTIAE OF THE GOVERNMENT AND FINDS THESE INTERESTING DETAILS THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE DON'T THINK ABOUT. WHEN I JOINED ABC COMING FROM LOCAL NEWS, I STARTED OUT IN CAPITOL WHITE HOUSE A DIFFERENT LOCATIONS, AND THE THING THAT PROFOUND AND OBVIOUS IS THATOTH- TOP TO BOTTOM, IT IS JUST PEOPLE. ALL ACROSS THE BOARD. NO MATTER WHAT THE JOB IS, NO EVER MET WOULD DEAL WITH.I HAVE- IS THAT YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH THIS SHOW AS WELL? >> ABSOLUTELY. THAT IS IN FACT THE MESSAGE AT GOVERNMENT IS NOTHING BUT THE- PEOPLE ALL THE WAY DOWN. SO WHEN THE GOVERNMENT MAKES MISTAKES, IT IS BECAUSE THE SAME REASON THINGS DON'T WORK IN YOUR OFFICE, THAT IS THE GOVERNMENT.GS DON'T WORK IN THE- >> YOU COULD FIND THAT ON A WHOLE AND MORE EPISODES OF THE G WORD AVAILABLE TO STREAM RIGHT NOW ON NETFLIX.

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