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TV-MA | Documentary, News, War & Politics, | 05 April 2013 (USA)
A documentary news series with a taboo-breaking team who deliver incredible news stories from around the world.
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EP1: Raised in the System
Apr 06, 2018
Emmy-nominated actor Michael Kenneth Williams embarks on a personal journey to expose the root of the American mass incarceration crisis: the juvenile justice system.
EP2: Battle for Jerusalem/A Face In The Crowd
Apr 13, 2018
A look at the aftermath of President Trump's announcement to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem and a report from China on advances in facial recognition technology.
EP3: A Revolution in Ruins/New Kids on the Blockchain
Apr 20, 2018
An inside look at how the Libyan revolution is failing and a front-row seat to the geopolitical tug of war over Internet 3.0.
EP4: The Parkland Effect
Apr 27, 2018
Gianna Toboni sees firsthand how some teachers are taking up arms to be the “good guy with a gun that stops a bad guy with a gun” and explores the deep divisions in America that make it seem nearly impossible to stop these mass shootings.
EP5: Massacre in Myanmar/The Blue Helmets
May 04, 2018
Gianna Toboni travels to the Myanmar-Bangladesh border to investigate what the future holds for the world's most persecuted minority; correspondent Aris Roussinos joins U.N. peacekeepers on a peacekeeping operation across the lawless Sahara desert.
EP6: Iran in Iraq/Dying on the Vine
May 11, 2018
Isobel Yeung travels to Iraq to see how Iran is exerting its growing influence over the war-torn country ahead of parliamentary elections. Gianna Toboni heads to the vineyards of Napa during historic wildfires and the wine laboratories of Bordeaux to explore the dangers facing viticulture, and what they mean for agriculture everywhere.
EP7: Russian Democracy/Global Gag Rule
May 18, 2018
Ben Ferguson speaks with Russian voters and politicians to understand how democracy works in their country. Gianna Tobini examines how President Trump's Global Gag Rule impacts women's health in Uganda.
EP8: Printing Tomorrow/Are We Alone?
Jun 01, 2018
Krishna Andavolu delves into the cutting-edge world of 3D-printing, meeting the scientists and entrepreneurs pushing the boundaries of manufacturing, material science, and even space exploration. Scientists are closer than ever to finding life beyond Earth so VICE sent Nuclear physicist Taylor Wilson to explore one of our civilization's most haunting questions: Are we alone?
EP9: No Choice But to Choose/Rebel Republic
Jun 08, 2018
Gianna Toboni goes to Michigan to see school choice in action and understand what the future of public education might look like. Ben Anderson reports on the crisis in the Central African Republic, where the government barely controls the capital city, and 75% of the country is in the hands of at least 14 armed groups.
EP10: The Cost of Living/Paradise Lost
Jun 15, 2018
Investigating if a more democratized medicinal future is possible in America; citizens of Puerto Rico struggle to rebuild in the wake of Hurricane Maria, one of the worst natural disasters in the territory's history.
EP11: Separated By Birth
Jun 22, 2018
Krishna Andavolu embeds with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to explore what it’s like to be an American kid growing up in the shadow of deportation.
EP12: The Big Fix/Silicon Valley of India
Jun 29, 2018
The state of America’s infrastructure; and India’s tech talents, who once emigrated to the U.S. for job opportunities but are now putting their entrepreneurial spirit and engineering skills to use at home.
EP13: A Kurdish State/Out of Space
Jul 06, 2018
In Iraqi Kurdistan, Vice's Ben Anderson met those involved in the fight from the frontline to the Kurd's former guerrilla president to ask why the group recently voted for independence and what hopes they have for achieving a state of their own. Nuclear physicist Taylor Wilson joined the Air Force Space Command to see how a growing military and commercial space presence threatens the ubiquitous satellites, which are essential to humanity's digital way of life.
EP14: Opioid Generation/Hindustan
Jul 13, 2018
Isobel Yeung examines a surge in West Virginia child welfare cases in light of the country's opioid epidemic. Krishna Andavolu travels across India to investigate the nation's increase in religious nationalism.
EP15: After the Fall
Jul 20, 2018
Isobel Yeung returns to Syria to tell the stories of those who were caught in the crossfire between the most feared terror group on Earth and the U.S.-backed coalition, whose collateral damage destroyed most of the city.
EP16: Waiting to Die/Women in War
Aug 03, 2018
Gianna Toboni reports on capital punishment in the U.S. and follows one death-row inmate on his path to the execution chamber; Isobel Yeung travels to Yemen to interview women who are finding surprising ways to rise above terrorism, civil war and famine, and transcend their traditional roles in the country's conservative society.
EP17: Trump's Trade War
Aug 10, 2018
Michael Moynihan examines President Trump's claim that trade wars are easy to win, and what effect his policies could have on the global economy and the number of U.S. jobs.
EP18: A New Leaf/Quantum Supremacy
Aug 17, 2018
Charlet Duboc visits remote towns in Colombia where coca farming is a way of life to examine the struggle to make the nation cocaine-free. Taylor Wilson talks to scientists about the race to build the first quantum computer.
EP19: Trans in Texas/Nicaragua Deja Vu
Aug 24, 2018
Gianna Toboni returns to Texas to see how the transgender community is fighting to win acceptance and protection. Vikram Gandhi travels to Nicaragua to meet the new revolutionaries seeking to oust President Daniel Ortega and find out what the future may hold.
EP20: American Piety/Terror in Congo
Sep 07, 2018
Gianna Toboni travels to America's Bible Belt to see how evangelicals are navigating today's volatile political environment. Ben Anderson reports on the Allied Democratic Forces and their actions inside the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
EP21: Engineering Earth
Sep 14, 2018
As greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise at unprecedented levels, scientists work to develop a backup plan to use technology to "geoengineer" the Earth's atmosphere and reduce the effects of climate change.
EP22: Brainhackers/Fall of Rio
Sep 21, 2018
Thomas Morton reports on advances in neurotechnology that could open up new avenues of human experience. Ben Anderson returns to Rio de Janeiro to check on social, economic and political conditions since Brazil hosted the 2016 Olympics and 2012 World Cup.
Sep 28, 2018
One year after the explosive allegations against Harvey Weinstein, the #MeToo movement has impacted everything from Supreme Court nominees and workplace culture to sex and dating. Isobel Yeung takes a searing, personal look at how we define consent, hold assailants accountable and start to move forward.
EP24: Voodoo Wrestling/Big Placebo
Oct 05, 2018
Dexter Thomas visits the Democratic Republic of the Congo to explore the sport of catch fétiche and the emergence of women as its new champions. Charlet Duboc reports on alternative medicine in the U.S. and the country's wellness obsession.
EP25: Death Inc./Bannon's World
Nov 09, 2018
Gianna Toboni travels to Mexico to investigate the roots of a spiraling murder rate and meets the people who refuse to be silenced. Michael Moynihan visits Sweden, Italy and Belgium to follow former Trump strategist Steve Bannon and witness the rise of Europe's right-wing populist movement.
EP26: The Road to Asylum/Lab Rat Nation
Nov 16, 2018
Krishna Andavolu reports from Central America and the southern U.S. border on the effects of Trump administration policies on thousands of asylum seekers. Vikram Gandhi interviews people who were paid by pharmaceutical companies to try drugs not yet approved by the FDA and report their side effects.
EP27: A Living Hell in Yemen/MDMA for PTSD
Nov 23, 2018
Ben Anderson returns to Yemen to witness the devastating effects of four years of war and indiscriminate bombing of civilians. Anderson investigates trials using MDMA-assisted therapy for veterans and first responders suffering from PTSD.
EP28: The War at Home/Putin's Crimea
Nov 30, 2018
Gianna Toboni reports on domestic violence in the U.S. and meets women working to fix the shortcomings of a legal system that often fails to protect them. Isobel Yeung investigates how Crimeans are faring under Russian control, and how Ukrainians are clinging to the hope of reunification.
EP29: Doom Boom/Unfair
Dec 07, 2018
Exploring the U.S.'s booming doomsday industry; the cultural bias towards lighter skin in India.
EP30: Back in the DPRK/California Burning
Dec 14, 2018
Revisiting the Korean peninsula in the wake of the new detente; the state of California's future in the wake of increasingly deadly fires.
EP1: Assad's Syria & Cost of Climate Change
Feb 24, 2017
“Assad's Syria” - Isobel Yeung travels through regime-controlled Syria to see how Assad prevailed and to find out what might happen next in his crippled country. “Cost of Climate Change” - In the face of a scientific consensus, and with the Trump administration ushering some climate deniers into the highest levels of government, Shane Smith follows the money to see the true economic stakes of decades of denial.
EP2: Trans Youth
Mar 03, 2017
Families and doctors are rewriting the rules as they decide when and how to start medical intervention before transgender youth hit puberty. Gianna Toboni explores this emotionally charged and rapidly evolving issue with trans youth and their parents in the midst of that intense process.
EP3: When the Earth Melts & The Displaced
Mar 10, 2017
“When the Earth Melts” - VICE Correspondent Ben Anderson travels across the Arctic to examine the devastating impact of thawing permafrost--and the astonishing solution that might keep it frozen. “Displaced” - VICE Correspondent Gianna Toboni follows the journey of refugees journeying across the Mediterranean Sea who have been left in limbo due to the tightening borders of an increasingly nationalist Europe.
EP4: Kings of Cannabis & Into the Darkness
Mar 17, 2017
"Kings of Cannabis" - VICE correspondent Hamilton Morris joins two hunters on an epic journey through the Democratic Republic of Congo in search of one of the rarest species of Cannabis, whose unique genetics could ultimately earn them millions of dollars. "Into the Darkness" - From an abandoned gold mine that lies a mile beneath the Black Hills of South Dakota, to the world's most powerful telescope nestled into the high deserts of Chile, nuclear physicist Taylor Wilson meets the scientists working to unlock the secrets of our Universe.
EP5: Black and Blue & Our Bionic Future
Mar 24, 2017
"Black and Blue" - VICE correspondent Cord Jefferson reports from St. Louis, one of America's most dangerous cities, to hear from activists and police officers alike about race and policing. "Our Bionic Future" - VICE's Wilbert L. Cooper travels to Zurich to see the first ever bionic Olympics and discovers a host of technologies that are expanding what it means to be human.
EP6: End of Amateurism
Mar 31, 2017
Toboni travels the college sports landscape, meeting with athletic directors, coaches, sports marketing minds and the players themselves to see the role money plays in amateur athletics today.
EP7: Life Under Sharia & Plastic Oceans
Apr 07, 2017
"Life Under Sharia" - VICE co-founder Suroosh Alvi travels to Aceh and across Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country, to experience Sharia up close and investigate its relationship to terrorism, as well as meet those who are fighting back against it. "Plastic Oceans" - VICE correspondent Isobel Yeung travels to the remote shores of Hawaii and the coast of the North Sea to see the extent of our plastic addiction and the surprisingly simple ways we can solve it.
EP8: Fast Food of Arabia & Nollywood
Apr 21, 2017
“Fast Food of Arabia” - Gianna Toboni travels to Kuwait, now one of the most obese countries on the planet, to witness the health effects on a country deep in the throes of an unlikely obsession with U.S. fast food. “Nollywood” - Thomas Morton explores the explosive productivity of Nigerian cinema, from DIY horror movies to big budget blockbusters, by becoming a Nollywood actor himself.
EP9: Medical Détente & Bananas
Apr 28, 2017
“Medical Détente” - VICE correspondent Gianna Toboni travels to Cuba to witness potential treatments and cures that flourished in the country's biotech industry despite the decades-long US embargo. “Bananas” - VICE heads to the heart of banana country in Latin American and the Philippines to see the devastating effects of the disease and to investigate what the loss of the banana would really mean besides a less colorful lunchbox.
EP10: Taliban Resurgence
May 05, 2017
Ben Anderson returns to the conflict he's covered for 10 years, re-uniting with several Afghans--an Army Major, a Policeman who dismantles IEDs and a family who were forced to fight to defend their home--for a shocking report that questions what America's longest war has actually accomplished.
EP11: Engineering Immortality & Robot Revolution
May 12, 2017
“Engineering Immortality” - Isobel Yeung meets the scientists and doctors leading the charge in genomics, pharmaceuticals, and stem cell research, which promises to revolutionize how our bodies age in the years to come. “Robot Revolution” - VICE explores how robotics and the computers that power them are poised for an extraordinary leap forward with the emergence of artificial intelligence, and how humanity can reconcile the huge risks and possibilities that will follow.
EP12: Women Behind Bars & The Business of Making Art
May 19, 2017
“Women Behind Bars” - VICE correspondent Isobel Yeung spends time in prisons and jails across the country, discovering what it means to be an American woman behind bars. “The Business of Making Art” - With Warhol's art now fetching tremendous sums in the booming modern art marketplace, Ben Anderson embarks on a journey through the art world with some of Warhol's master printers to explore not just the question "What is art?" but "What is a Warhol?"
EP13: Taking Back Iraq & Lost Generation
Jun 02, 2017
“Taking Back Iraq” - Aris Roussinos embedded with Iraqi forces on the road to Mosul as they began their assault on Islamic State's last stronghold in Iraq. "Lost Generation" - Isobel Yeung travels to Iraq to see what the future looks like through the eyes of the youth.
EP14: The Politics of Terror & End of the EU?
Jun 09, 2017
“The Politics of Terror” - VICE examines the rise of Europe’s far right, and the hyper-charged climate fueling nationalist ideologies across the continent. “End of the EU?” - Shane Smith travels to the home of former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi to discuss why the populist message resonates across the continent, how the left fails to grasp populist anger, and the need for a unified response to rebuild Syria.
EP15: Future of Firearms & Russia “Wins” Climate Change
Jun 16, 2017
“Future of Firearms” - With the political landscape fundamentally changed, the firearms industry, and gun rights advocates, are looking for new ways to expand upon their 2nd amendment rights and the bottom line -- with some surprising results. VICE takes a closer look at the future of firearms in America. “Russia 'Wins' Climate Change” - Climate change is causing catastrophic changes to our planet, but it may be an economic blessing for Russia. As the Arctic ice melts, petroleum and mineral resources are more accessible, shipping lanes are opening up and the frozen Siberian tundra could become arable. In fact, the Russian government and people seem to be welcoming the warming temperatures. And with America pulling out of the Paris Agreement, perhaps this is a glimpse into our own future.
EP16: Cyber Supremacy & Japan Rising
Jun 23, 2017
“Cyber Supremacy” - Ben Ferguson travels to Tel Aviv to find out how Israel is on its way to becoming the world's top cyber superpower. “Japan Rising” - VICE sends Gianna Toboni to Tokyo to see the consequences of Japan's rising nationalism.
EP17: Last Line of Defense & El Rostro
Jun 30, 2017
“Last Line of Defense” - With the Constitutional right to fair representation in a court of law in jeopardy, Cord Jefferson heads to one of the worst hit states to see how overworked and underpaid public defenders are coping with the broken legal system. “El Rostro” - VICE travels deep in the Peruvian Amazon to where multinational companies have been extracting lucrative natural resources to see how these activities are decimating the land. With the native Harakmbut people as his guide, Ben Anderson goes into the forest to explore sacred landmarks they hope will prevent companies from destroying the land for a profit.
EP18: Power to the President
Jul 14, 2017
Isobel Yeung travels to Turkey as the country heads to the polls in a nationwide referendum that grants Erdogan unprecedented power.
EP19: Crude Reality & Between Oil and Water
Jul 28, 2017
“Crude Reality” - VICE's Isobel Yeung explores how corruption at the top in South Sudan is threatening to tear the world's newest country apart. “Between Oil and Water” - VICE travelled to the Sacred Stone Camp in December and followed the story of efforts to block construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline over the subsequent months as the Trump Administration moved quickly to resume work on the pipeline, examining how resource extraction has affected Native American communities.
EP20: Autism Under the Lens
Aug 04, 2017
VICE’s Gianna Toboni explores the transformative work being done at the forefront of autism research, meets families trying out some of the newest treatments, and discovers a growing self-advocacy movement out of the autistic community that wants to refocus the science.
EP21: Show of Force & Return to Somalia
Aug 11, 2017
“Show of Force” - VICE travels to North Korea during the annual Day of the Sun celebrations as global tensions reached a fever pitch. As North Koreans celebrated the 105th birthday of their country's founder, Kim Il-sung, correspondent Charlet Duboc seeks to learn firsthand how its citizens are reacting to the escalating crisis. “Return to Somalia” - VICE correspondent Gianna Toboni heads to Mogadishu to witness the fight to save the country during an increase of al-Shabaab attacks.
EP22: Controlling the Narrative & Power to Congo
Aug 18, 2017
Filipino journalists risk their lives while reporting on the president's brutal war on drugs; journalist Carl Bernstein discusses press freedom; in spite of the deadly war, rangers fight to protect Congo's endangered species and natural resources.
EP23: Dawn of a Dictator
Aug 25, 2017
Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro makes moves toward turning the country from a democracy into a dictatorship, creating a growing opposition to his rule.
EP24: Dirty Oil & Rebuilding Our Reefs
Sep 08, 2017
Nigerian locals fight to get their government to allow them to profit from oil jobs and urban development; after losing 50 per cent of the world's coral reefs over the last 30 years, scientists work to keep the remaining reefs alive.
EP25: Dark Web & Future of Appalachia
Sep 15, 2017
A group of law enforcement agencies fights back against those using the Internet for child sex abuse and child pornography; the future of the economy in Appalachia, which revolves heavily around the coal industry.
EP26: Divide and Conquer & Crackdown in Honduras
Sep 22, 2017
Gianna Toboni reports from North Carolina to witness the effects of gerrymandered congressional districts and examine the future of America's representative democracy. Also: a look at violent crime in Honduras and how the government has approached gang activity.
EP27: Russian Hacking & Contagion
Sep 29, 2017
The hacker ecosystem in Russia continues to grow; examining how vulnerable humans are to a new pandemic and looking at options for staving it off.
EP28: 'Post-Truth' News & Microbiome
Oct 06, 2017
Isobel Yeung examines what's driving the media's battle over facts and the polarization of the U.S. public during the Trump era; Thomas Morton reports from the Central African Republic on the emerging field of microbiome science.
EP29: After ISIS & Cubs of the Caliphate
Oct 13, 2017
Season 5 concludes with a report from Iraq on the aftermath of the ferocious and costly fight to retake Mosul from ISIS. Also: Isobel Yeung meets Iraqi youth who trained under ISIS, but now face an uncertain future as they try to rebuild their lives.
EP1: Boko Haram & Unnatural Selection
Feb 05, 2016
Former Navy SEAL and new VICE correspondent Kaj Larsen travels to Nigeria to see what the cat-and-mouse game between the terrorist group Boko Haram and the Nigerian government means for the people caught in the middle of the fight. Isobel Yeung reports from Brazil, Scotland, China, and the United States on the technological advances that could reshape evolution as we know it.
EP2: Escape to Europe & Cycle of Terror
Feb 12, 2016
New VICE correspondent Ahmed Shihab-Eldin follows the Syrian refugee trail from the Syrian border to Europe, meeting Syrians determined to find a better life. Gianna Toboni travels to France and around the U.S. to see how the global reaction to the bloody ISIS attacks in Paris is affecting the fight against terrorism.
EP3: Right to Die
Feb 19, 2016
VICE explores the moral, political and personal questions raised by how and when we end our lives.
EP4: Beating Blindness & White Collar Weed
Feb 26, 2016
Isobel Yeung reports on the doctors and researchers who are making incredible strides in the fight against blindness. Hamilton Morris travels to California's infamous Emerald Triangle to meet struggling mom-and-pop growers, and visits with the investors and entrepreneurs eager to cash in on the next big consumer market--even if it could put the small guys out of business.
EP5: Meathooked & End of Water
Mar 04, 2016
Isobel Yeung travels to the feedlots, farms and slaughterhouses where our meat is made, to see the true costs of our burger habit. Vikram Gandhi reports from California's once-abundant farmland and the heart of Sao Paulo's reservoir system to assess the depths of the water shortage crisis, and what can be done to reverse it.
EP6: Return to Yemen & Church and States
Mar 11, 2016
Ben Anderson returns to Yemen, where he reported 'The Enemy of My Enemy' for VICE S2, to witness one of the worlds most bloody and underreported conflicts - the Yemen's Houthi rebels insurrection in Saudi Arabia. Gianna Toboni meets some of the families who are navigating the new landscape of legalized same-sex marriage, and hears from supporters of religious freedom laws, as VICE explores where the battle for equal rights heads from here.
EP7: Palestine Now & Viva Cuba Libre
Mar 25, 2016
Ahmed Shihab-Eldin reports from Bethlehem, Hebron, Ramallah and East Jerusalem to explore what life is like for young Palestinians in 2016. Shane Smith visits the 2015 Summit of the Americas to see the political thawing of relationships between Cuba and the United States, and then Havana, Cuba to speak to Cubans about how music and culture are helping bridge the divide between two former enemies.
EP8: Afghan Women's Rights & Floating Armories
Apr 08, 2016
With the Taliban gaining ground again, Isobel Yeung reports from Kabul on the fight for dignity and rights of women in Afghanistan. VICE co-founder Suroosh Alvi reports from a private military contractors' floating armories in the Gulf of Aden to take a closer look who's protecting global commerce today.
EP9: The Future of Energy
Apr 15, 2016
VICE founder Shane Smith takes an in-depth look at the future of how we make and use energy, and how we can meet growing demand as we cut carbon emissions.
EP10: Trump in Dubai & China in Africa
Apr 22, 2016
VICE Correspondent Ben Anderson investigates the 5 million migrant workers in The United Arab Emirates, many of whom are employed on a project bearing the name of a man who might be our next president, Donald Trump. VICE Correspondent Isobel Yeung heads to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya and South Africa to meet the characters behind the China-Africa business deals and explores what this increasingly prominent relationship could mean for the future of global politics.
EP11: The Deal & City of Lost Children
Apr 29, 2016
VICE founder Shane Smith travels to Tehran to gauge attitudes about America and see the reactor that started Iran's nuclear program, and meets with key dealmakers--and critics--in Washington, DC. VICE correspondent Thomas Morton reports from Kolkata, where entire tribes of homeless children run rampant along the tracks of Howrah Station.
EP12: The End of Polio & Collateral Damage
May 06, 2016
VICE's Ben Anderson travels to Karachi Pakistan to meet with the health workers putting their lives on the line to finally eradicate Polio. Kaj Larsen travels to Myanmar and Laos to see the devastating effects of unexploded ordnance and to meet the trained disposal teams working to clean up these weapons before they claim more lives.
EP13: State of Surveillance
May 27, 2016
To find out the government's real capabilities regarding digital surveillance, and whether any of us can truly protect our sensitive information, VICE founder Shane Smith heads to Moscow to meet the man who started the conversation, Edward Snowden.
EP14: Heroin Crisis & New Age of Nukes
Jun 03, 2016
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EP15: Flint Water Crisis & Libya on the Brink
Jun 10, 2016
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EP16: Die Trying
Jun 17, 2016
Battling ALS herself, VICE editor Angelina Fanous meets with patients and top researchers across the U.S. to find out what's being done to tackle this devastating disease and the regulatory hurdles faced by ALS patients and drugmakers alike.
EP17: Student Debt & Fecal Medicine
Jun 24, 2016
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EP18: The New $pace Race & Closing Gitmo
Jul 01, 2016
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EP1: Our Rising Oceans
Mar 06, 2015
A report on climate change that features a visit to Antarctica to observe melting glaciers and a report on rising sea levels in Bangladesh. Then an interview with Vice President Joe Biden.
EP2: To Serve and Protect & Coming to America
Mar 13, 2015
“To Serve and Protect” – Thomas Morton reports from Ferguson, Mo., in the aftermath of the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, and interviews journalist Radley Balko about the militarization of police in the U.S.. “Coming to America” – Suroosh Alvi visits El Salvador to observe the reasons behind mass migration north, and chronicles a journey through Central America on top of trains that leads to the U.S.
EP3: We The People & Countdown to Extinction
Mar 20, 2015
“We the People” – A recent study funded by the Department of Homeland Security listed domestic right-wing groups as two of the top three greatest terrorist threats in America. Host Gianna Toboni investigates these so-called patriots, training and taking up arms along the border. “Countdown to Extinction” – Correspondent Isobel Yeung visits the Mozambique Channel and the Gulf of Mexico to get an idea of how much we've overfished our oceans, and what we can now do to reverse that trend.
EP4: Lines in the Sand & Outsourcing Embryos
Mar 27, 2015
Drug trafficking in Africa. Indian women who are paid to carry babies for wealthy foreigners.
EP5: Synthetic Drug Revolution & Transsexuals of Iran
Apr 10, 2015
The future of recreational drugs. Sex-change surgeries in Iran.
EP6: The Post-Antibiotic World & Indonesia's Palm Bomb
Apr 17, 2015
The palm oil industry in Indonesia and the search for new antibiotics.
EP7: Sweet Home Alabama & Haitian Money Pit
Apr 24, 2015
Thomas Morton reports on the fallout from anti-immigration legislation in Alabama. Vikram Gandhi visits Haiti to examine what happened to billions of dollars in relief and reconstruction aid following the 2010 earthquake.
EP8: Egyptian Tomb Raiders & Rent a White Guy
May 01, 2015
Gianna Toboni investigates who's behind the looting of antiquities in the Middle East in the aftermath of the Arab Spring. Thomas Morton reports on the popularity of Western white males in China.
EP9: Savior Seeds & India's Water Crisis
May 08, 2015
The future of food and genetically modified organisms. India's shortage of clean water.
EP10: A Prayer for Uganda & Kidneyville
May 15, 2015
Anti-gay leaders teach intolerance to Uganda's youth. The illegal market for kidneys in Bangladesh.
EP11: Evolution of a Plague & Campus Coverup
Jun 05, 2015
An investigation of sexual assault on college campuses and why schools try to keep it off the record includes remarks by Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.). Also: a report on the Ebola outbreak in Africa.
EP12: Enemies at the Gates & Global Jihad
Jun 12, 2015
Suroosh Alvi travels to Saudi Arabia to see how America's staunchest Arab ally is defending itself - and how it may be fanning the flames of global militancy. Gianna Toboni travels to Europe to meet some of the young men drawn to ISIS's call, and visits with American Navy strike pilots working to roll back the Islamic State's gains.
EP13: Afghanistan After Us & La Haine
Jun 19, 2015
Ben Anderson returns to Helmand, the country'smost violent province, to investigate the security situation in Afghanistan as American involvement winds down. Vikram Gandhi goes to Paris to gauge the causes of the growing hate in the City of Lights.
EP14: Cold War 2.0
Jun 26, 2015
The increasingly strained relationship between Russia and NATO is examined in the Season 3 finale, which includes remarks by U.S. president Barack Obama and vice president Joe Biden.
EP1: The Afghan Money Pit & the Pacification of Rio
Mar 14, 2014
The U.S. has spent nearly $100 billion on reconstruction projects in Afghanistan, the most spent on any country in history. But John Sopko, special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction, has found that much of that money has been wasted and misused, and has even fallen into the hands of the Taliban. Shane Smith heads to Afghanistan for a tour of American taxpayer dollars gone down the drain. Rio de Janeiro is working hard to remedy its reputation as a drug and murder capital in time for the upcoming World Cup and Olympics. The Special Police Operations Battalion (BOPE) has been charged with pacifying the slums (favelas), but BOPE's military occupation of increasing numbers of favelas has been criticized as heavy-handed. Some corrupt members of the BOPE, together with ex-police, have formed militia gangs of their own and are controlling many favelas by sinister means, openly extorting, torturing, killing and making criminals disappear. Still, there are hundreds of favelas, untouched by pacification, that remain under the control of drug gangs who act with complete impunity. Ben Anderson looks behind the picturesque façade of Rio's marketing campaign to reveal the dark underbelly of the city.
EP2: Greenland Is Melting & Bonded Labor
Mar 21, 2014
Greenland recorded its highest temperatures ever in 2013. Though some say that's not cause for concern, the equivalent of three Chesapeake Bays'-worth of water melts off the island every year, affecting sea levels around the world. Shane Smith embarks on an expedition to Greenland with climate scientist Jason Box to discover the reasons for the melting, and how the resulting sea level rise will mean devastation sooner than expected. Millions of men, women and children work as bonded laborers in Pakistan's brick kilns. This abusive practice is facilitated by the devastating disenfranchisement of workers and by the pervasive corruption of the brick kiln industry and Pakistani law enforcement. Fazeelat Aslam goes to the brick kilns to see the conditions and learn how certain organizations are fighting back by rescuing the workers from this modern-day slavery.
EP3: American Scrap & Children of the Drones
Mar 28, 2014
David Choe examines the scrap metal trade in America and Suroosh Alvi explores the effects of drone strikes in Afghanistan.
EP4: A Syria of Their Own & White Gold
Apr 04, 2014
'A Syria of Their Own' - Thomas Morton goes to the frontline of the battle for a Kurdish state to follow the story of Syria's forgotten ethnic group, the Kurds. 'White Gold' - Rhino horn has been coveted in Eastern medicine for centuries. Vikram Gandhi traces the trade from Southern Africa to Vietnam to understand this illicit phenomenon which has been on the rise.
EP5: Terrorist University & Armageddon Now
Apr 11, 2014
'Terrorist University' - Dagestan is Russia's hotbed for Muslim extremism; Shane Smith heads there to follow in the footsteps of Boston Marathon Bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev who spent six months there. 'Armageddon Now' - Thomas Morton looks at the Israel-Palestinian conflict and the surprising Evangelical support for the Jewish State.
EP6: Rocky Mountain High & North Korean Defectors
Apr 25, 2014
Rocky Mountain High: Impact of legalized marijuana in Colorado; North Korean Defectors: The struggles of North Korean defectors relocating to South Korea.
EP7: The Pink Gang Rebellion & Genetic Passport
May 02, 2014
“The Pink Gang Rebellion” - The brutal details of a 2012 gang rape on a Delhi bus focused international attention on India’s rampant rape issue. Inept law enforcement, the social stigma associated with rape, and a patriarchal social structure have allowed sexual assaults to plague Indian women. Delhi’s police department has vowed to hire more female officers and set up a help desk, but these measures are hardly a solution. Rapes in Delhi doubled in 2013, and as bad as it is in Delhi, the Indian countryside is even worse. Instead of investigating rape cases, rural police officers often ignore victims and their families. But one woman, Sampat Pal, has galvanized a group of rural women into the Gulabi Gang, or Pink Gang, to combat the injustice of sexual assault. Gelareh Kiazand heads to rural Indian to investigate the issue and embed with this revolutionary gang. “Genetic Passport” - From 1949 to 1989, the Soviet Union, determined to prepare for nuclear warfare, detonated more than 450 nuclear bombs in an area of Kazakhstan known as the Semipalatinsk Test Site. For hundreds of thousands of Kazakhs, radiation not only surrounded them, but became part of their DNA. In an effort to curtail the birth of a new generation of deformed children, a Kazakh doctor recently tried to implement a mandatory “genetic passport” allowing people to know if their genes were damaged by radiation. Thomas Morton goes to Kazakhstan to learn more about this controversial initiative.
EP8: The Resource Curse & Deliver Us from Drought
May 09, 2014
As humanity’s appetite for energy grows exponentially, the extraction industry scrambles to the most remote regions on Earth to satisfy demand. In the undeveloped Melanesian country of Papua New Guinea, America’s Exxon Mobil has staked its claim to a $19 billion dollar liquid natural-gas project expected to start production in late 2014. Vikram Gandhi heads to Papua New Guinea to investigate. Over in Texas, Thomas Morton investigates the climate catastrophe, and discovers firsthand the local responses, which often involve reaching out for divine intervention.
EP9: Crude Awakening & The Enemy of My Enemy
May 16, 2014
Shane Smith heads to Louisiana to report on the lasting effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Then, Ben Anderson goes deep into Houthi-controlled territory to learn about the group that’s fighting, and beating, Al Qaeda in the east, Saudi Arabia in the north, and Yemen’s central government in the south.
EP10: Playing with Nuclear Fire & No Man Left Behind
May 23, 2014
Investigating the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan; veterans struggling with mental illness and addiction.
EP11: Heroin Warfare & The Coldest War
Jun 06, 2014
"Heroin Warfare" (correspondent: Suroosh Alvi) - Since the U.S. occupation of Afghanistan, heroin production in the region has skyrocketed, making the country the number-one producer by a large margin. Though Iran, Afghanistan's neighbor, is an ultraconservative country, Afghan heroin flowing across the border has actually caused Iran to have the worst heroin use problem in the world. Suroosh Alvi gets a rare look inside Iran to meet the suffering heroin addicts, and see how the country is coping with the illegal drug trade. "The Coldest War" (correspondent: David Choe) - With the polar ice caps shrinking due to global warming, new trade routes are being exposed, along with billions of dollars' worth of natural-resource reserves. This is prime real estate and the five nations bordering the Arctic are readying themselves to fight for it. David Choe heads north to witness NATO forces participating in the largest polar military exercise in history. The problem is that there's one non-NATO country that already considers itself rightful owner of the region: Russia. With Vladimir Putin's recent military annexation of Crimea, there's a definite possibility its aggressions will boil over, returning the international community to precarious Cold War footing.
EP12: Surveillance City & The Forgotten War
Jun 13, 2014
"Surveillance City" (correspondent: Vikram Gandhi) - Camden, New Jersey is one of the poorest and drug-ridden cities in the country, and its murder rate is 12 times the national average. In 2011, the city cut its police force almost in half, with nearly 80,000 residents regularly being policed by 12 cops at a time. The state stepped in to overhaul the department, introducing an experimental "Metro" security apparatus equipped with futuristic technologies like gunshot detecting, triangulation microphones, and automatic license-plate readers. As similar surveillance systems are implemented across the country, Vikram Gandhi goes to Camden to see how these tactics are working, how residents feel about their loss of privacy, and what the future of policing might be. "The Forgotten War" (correspondent: Ben Anderson) - A decade ago, the crisis in Darfur was a cause celebre. American politicians, activists, and celebrities took to the media to condemn Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir for his brutal genocide, and to send out a call for justice and aid his victims. Yet today, world attention has waned, despite the fact that President Bashir remains in power. People continue to die, and millions of refugees remain in overburdened camps filled with malnourished children. Without sufficient aid from the international community, Sudanese rebel groups are stepping in to fight for justice on their own terms. Ben Anderson goes to the refugee camps in Chad and Sudan to meet the victims the world has forgotten, and the rebels poised for civil war.
EP1: Assassination Nation/The Killer Kids of the Taliban
Apr 05, 2013
Assassination Nation: Political assassinations in the Philippines; The Killer Kids of the Taliban: Taliban-supported child suicide bombers in Afghanistan.
EP2: Escape from North Korea/World's Most Dangerous Border
Apr 12, 2013
Escape from North Korea: Desperate defectors flee North Korea; The World's Most Dangerous Border: Kashmir’s line of control – the world’s most dangerous place.
EP3: Gun School/Toxic Iraq
Apr 19, 2013
Gun School: Armed preparedness in a New Mexico school; Toxic Iraq: the human toll of post-war toxic waste in Iraq.
EP4: Chinese Cockblock/European Meltdown
Apr 26, 2013
Chinese Cockblock: The plight of desperate bachelors in China; European Meltdown: ultra-extreme reactions to the economic crisis in Europe.
EP5: Mormon Lost Boys/The Fat Farms of Mauritania/Mumbai Slumscraper
May 03, 2013
Mormon Lost Boys: Exiled sons of polygamists; The Fat Farms of Mauritania: fat farms for Mauritanian women; Mumbai Slumscraper: have and have-nots in Mumbai.
May 10, 2013
China's Ghost Towns: How China’s appetite for housing created huge ghost cities; Egypt On The Brink: the violent aftermath of Arab Spring in Egypt.
May 17, 2013
Tobaccoland: Tobacco obsession in Indonesia; Underground Heroin Clinic: treating heroin addiction with hallucinogens in Mexico.
EP8: Fighting Chances
May 31, 2013
Senegalese Laamb Wrestling: Laamb wrestling in Senegal; The World is Sinking: the rising tide of climate change.
EP9: Gangs & Oil
Jun 07, 2013
Chiraq: Failed state on the south side of Chicago; Nigeria's Oil Pirates: oil drilling in the Niger River Delta.
EP10: The Hermit Kingdom
Jun 14, 2013
Basketball Diplomacy: VICE makes history on a trip to North Korea to play hoops and meet with "supreme leader" Kim Jong-un.
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