- VICE – Season 1, Episode 1
Killer Kids"Assassination Nation" - In the Philippines, election season is more like hunting season. Rivals simply rub out their opponents instead of defeating them at the polls. In the 2010 election year alone, more than 100 people were killed due to political violence. VICE follows the cycle of violence in this gun-crazy island nation all the way from an underground factory where illicit weapons are made to the villages full of young men who can't wait to get their hands on them. "The Killer Kids of the Taliban" - In Afghanistan, senior members of the Taliban are now manipulating children and teenagers into carrying out their suicide bombings. They brainwash illiterate kids not well-versed in their own religion, and even fool them into believing they will survive the blast. VICE meets with young kids who were captured before they blew themselves and others up, as well as some of the victims of these tragic bombings.
- VICE – Season 1, Episode 2
Bad Borders"Escape from North Korea" - Thousands of North Koreans cross the border into China illegally every year. Living in perpetual fear of being discovered, with all odds against them, defectors still do everything they can to leave. If arrested in communist Laos, they may be sent back to North Korea to face prison camp or worse. The risks of escaping the North and heading to the South are so great that fewer than 25,000 North Koreans have ever made the journey successfully. VICE joins a South Korean pastor who has developed a modern-day underground railroad to move defectors from China to freedom and eventual citizenship in South Korea. "World's Most Dangerous Border" - The most dangerous place in the world is Kashmir's line of control, which partially occupies the Indian state and separates India from Pakistan. Observers in both India and Pakistan believe the decades-old conflict between the two nations could potentially lead to the end of the world as we know it. VICE travels across Pakistan to the contested line of control in Kashmir, pointing out how close a nuclear apocalypse is yet again.
- VICE – Season 1, Episode 3
Guns & Ammo"Gun School" (correspondent: Thomas Morton) - With an average of 83 people dying in gun-related violence every day in the U.S., the debate over firearms continues to heat up. VICE visits the New Life Baptist Church & Academy in Albuquerque, NM, where Pastor Larry Allen preaches guns and teaches guns. His school is fully armed with an ex-police security team, and his young students are taught gun drills and tactics to disarm attackers. "Toxic Iraq" (correspondent: Shane Smith) - After ravaging Iraq over the past decade, the U.S. is finally exiting the country, leaving behind a toxic cesspool of military waste. Since the assaults on Fallujah in 2004, the city has seen an astronomical rise in birth defects and abnormalities, which some have linked to the American military's suspected use of depleted-uranium rounds munitions during the war. We go back to Iraq--but this time, with a Geiger counter in hand.
- VICE – Season 1, Episode 4
Love & Rockets"Chinese Cockblock" (correspondent: Thomas Morton) - What happens when 50 million men can't get laid? China's one child policy, coupled with a longstanding cultural predilection for male babies, has created a market where marrying-age men outnumber women by the millions. The fabric of this social engineering has thrown old-fashioned courtship out the window and created a lucrative business catered to matchmaking. VICE travels across China to meet with bachelors searching for love, and talk to a professional matchmaker who explains the scope of the issue and tries to find a girlfriend for correspondent Thomas Morton. "European Meltdown" (correspondent: Shane Smith) - With their economy in the toilet and no jobs to be had, Europe's youth are taking to the streets to demand radical changes. There has been a rise in extremism on both ends of the spectrum, as people respond to economic precarity and political impotency. VICE heads to Greece and Spain, two of the countries hardest hit by the financial crisis, to see how the youth are responding.
- VICE – Season 1, Episode 5
Winners & Losers"Mormon Lost Boys" (correspondent: Thomas Morton) - In today's Fundamentalist Latter-Day Saints (FLDS) Church, many young men have been thrown out of their homes because of an edict allowing polygamist church elders to monopolize all the eligible young girls. These lost boys, few of whom have even an 8th-grade education, must adjust to a drastically different America than the one they grew up in. We travel to Colorado Springs to meet some of these young men and listen to their harrowing stories. "The Fat Farms of Mauritania" (correspondent: Thomas Morton) - Ironically, in one of the world's poorest countries, obesity is a sign of beauty and wealth. In the West African country of Mauritania, parents send their daughters to rural fattening camps, where they are force-fed over 15,000 calories a day in camel milk, figs, oiled breadcrumbs and couscous. VICE sends its skinniest correspondent to one of these camps to examine the impact of force-feeding on young women in a society that loves them so plump. "Mumbai Slumscraper" (correspondent: Shane Smith) - Nowhere in the world is the collision of caste and future more apparent than in Mumbai, where more than half its residents live in slums sprawled in the shadow of billion-dollar, single-family skyscrapers. VICE travels to Mumbai's Dharavi slum, where over a million people live in abject poverty while billion-dollar single-family skyscrapers are being built on top of them.
- VICE – Season 1, Episode 6
Corruption"China's Ghost Towns" (correspondent: Ryan Duffy) - Fifteen years ago, China changed its policy so people could buy their own homes. Real-estate investments boomed, and new cities began popping up each year, many inspired by western design and mimicking iconic locales like Paris and lower Manhattan. The problem is: people don't live here. One ghost city in Inner Mongolia, built to house one million people, is now an empty shell of unoccupied skyscrapers and abandoned construction sites. VICE checks out this and other urban failures to figure out how China's preoccupation with growing its GNP turned supply and demand into build now, sell later. "Egypt on the Brink" (correspondent: VICE founder Surooshi Alvi) - Over two years ago, Arab Spring climaxed in the overthrow of President Mubarek in Egypt. But for many Egyptians, the situation has actually gotten worse, as has the man who replaced Mubarek: Mohamed Morsi, elected under the radical Muslim Brotherhood banner. VICE visits the embattled streets of Cairo, where opposition to Morsi has resulted in renewed mass protests and violence in Tahrir Square. Among those we meet: members of the Black Bloc, youthful revolutionaries who disguise themselves with hoods and scarfs while vowing to oust Morsi and destroy the Muslim Brotherhood.
- VICE – Season 1, Episode 7
Addiction"Tobaccoland" (correspondent: Thomas Morton) - The dangers of smoking are no secret in the U.S., but in Indonesia, the tobacco industry is virtually unregulated. The result? Over two-thirds of all men are smokers, and it is commonplace for children as young as six to take up the habit. Tobacco is a $100 billion industry here, with TV and print ads everywhere. Investigating this phenomenon in Malang, VICE visits a clinic that promises cures to a plethora of modern ailments through tobacco and smoking - with our intrepid correspondent getting the full smoke-therapy treatment. "Underground Heroin Clinic" - Heroin is the most addictive drug on earth, and some people will do anything to kick the habit. Enter Ibogaine - a drug made out of the African iboga root, whose intense, hallucinogenic properties make it a Type-A felony drug. But many swear it's the most effective way to kick heroin addiction - especially when combined with a voodoo-type ritual that involves face paint and chanting. VICE follows the journey of a heroin addict who travels to Mexico, where Ibogaine is legal, to try to finally quit.
- VICE – Season 1, Episode 8
Fighting Chances"Senegalese Laamb Wrestling" (correspondent: Thomas Morton) - The most popular sport in the West African country of Senegal isn't soccer--it's laamb, combining Greco-Roman wrestling moves with eclectic pre-fight rituals and dances. Laamb's appeal has skyrocketed as the nation's economy has plunged (the average income for Senegalese workers is about $3 a day), and top stars are of the Michael Jordan magnitude. In a jarring contrast of color and size, VICE visits Bombardier, a laamb star who's a hero in his hometown of Mbao, to learn about the physical and spiritual sides of the sport--and to train for our intrepid correspondent's debut in the ring. "The World Is Sinking" (correspondent: Shane Smith) - The global sea level rose by 22 cms in the past 100 years--and is expected to rise even faster in the years to come. Naysayers who insist that global warming is just a mirage can look no further than Venice, where the famous St. Mark's Square is underwater a third of the year, or the Maldives, the island nation which is in jeopardy of sinking into the Indian Ocean. Shane Smith travels from Europe to the Maldives to New York (site of massive flooding caused by Hurricane Sandy) to measure what we might expect if climate change and rising sea levels continue unabated.
- VICE – Season 1, Episode 9
Gangs & Oil"Chiraq" (correspondent: Thomas Morton) - The lethal combination of gangs and guns has turned Chicago into a war zone. To see why the Windy City, now dubbed "Chiraq," had the country's highest homicide rate in 2012, VICE visits Chicago's most dangerous areas, where handguns are plentiful and the police and community leaders are fighting a losing battle against gang violence. In the neighborhood of Englewood, we patrol with police, visit with religious leaders, and hang out with members of gangs--soldiers in a turf war that has spread into new communities as projects are destroyed and residents are forced to move elsewhere. "Nigeria's Oil Pirates" (correspondent: Surooshi Alvi) - High unemployment, political corruption, and the unequal sharing of oil resources have turned today's Niger Delta into a hell on earth. Oil theft has become big business in Nigeria, costing oil companies more than $7 billion per year while polluting coastal farmlands and fisheries--and wrecking the lives and livelihoods of local residents. VICE travels to Africa's oil-producing region to meet with oil thieves who refine and sell oil in West Africa, and follows one farmer's attempt to sue a foreign oil company for poisoning his family's land.
- VICE – Season 1, Episode 10
The Hermit Kingdom"Basketball Diplomacy" (correspondent: Ryan Duffy) - U.S. relations with North Korea have been strained to the breaking point by the country's disturbing nuclear-weapons threats, backed by supreme leader Kim Jong-un's anti-American rhetoric. Fortunately, Kim shares one of his late father's passions: American basketball. With that in mind, and through official and backdoor channels, VICE organized an unlikely, highly publicized trip to North Korea, hoping to thaw out relations through some hoops diplomacy. With NBA great Dennis Rodman and a trio of exuberant Harlem Globetrotters in tow, VICE traveled to the capital of Pyongyang for a surreal tour of the city, a basketball clinic with under-18 players, an exhibition game witnessed by Kim and 10,000 adoring fans, and--most surprising--a first-ever meeting between the baby-faced leader and an American delegation.
- VICE – Season 2, Episode 1
The Afghan Money Pit & The Pacification of RioSeason Two Premiere. Afghan Money Pit (correspondent: Shane Smith) - The U.S. has spent nearly $100 billion on reconstruction projects in Afghanistan - the most spent on any country in our history. Yet John Sopko, the U.S.'s Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, has found that much of that money has been wasted and misused--or fallen into the hands of the Taliban. Shane Smith heads to Afghanistan and takes a tour of American money gone down the drain. The Pacification of Rio (correspondent: Ben Anderson) - Rio de Janeiro is working hard to remedy its drug and murder capital reputation in time for the upcoming World Cup and Olympics. The Special Police Operations Battalion, or BOPE, has been charged with pacifying the slums, but their violent military occupation of favelas has been criticized as heavy-handed, to say the least. 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 disappearing criminals. Still, there are hundreds of favelas the pacification forces have not been able to touch, controlled by drug gangs acting with impunity. Ben Anderson looks under the picturesque facade Rio's sports marketing wants you to see, to reveal the dark underbelly of the city.
- VICE – Season 2, Episode 2
Greenland Is Melting & Bonded Labor'Greenland Is Melting' (correspondent: Shane Smith) - Greenland recorded its highest temperatures ever in 2013. Nothing to worry about, some say--even though the equivalent of three Chesapeake Bays' worth of water is melting 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 investigate why Greenland is melting, and how the resulting sea level rise will mean devastation sooner than expected. 'Bonded Labor' (correspondent: Fazeelat Aslam) - Millions of men, women, and children are working as bonded laborers in Pakistan's brick kilns. This abuse is facilitated by the devastating disenfranchisement of workers, and by the pervasive corruption of the brick-kiln industry and law enforcement. Fazeelat Aslam goes to the brick kilns to see the conditions, and learns how certain organizations are fighting back by rescuing the workers from their modern slavery.
- VICE – Season 2, Episode 3
American Scrap & Children of the Drones'American Scrap' (correspondent: Davd Choe) - Cities like Detroit and Cleveland have found themselves at the forefront of a new phenomenon: scrapping. People left behind are literally ripping apart old school, houses, hospitals and factories for raw materials to hawk to local scrap yards for cash. Scrap metal is one of the U.S.' biggest exports, with billions of dollars' worth traveling to China every year, where it's invested into their infrastructure. The price for a pound of copper, for example, is about five times more than it was in 2002. David Choe looks into the life cycle of scrap metal, from the people who risk their lives to find it, to the yards that buy it, all the way to the Chinese traders who take it back home to build their economy. 'Children of Drones' (correspondent: Suroosh Alvi) - After a long and costly war in Afghanistan, American foreign policy has taken a drastically different approach to dealing with suspected Taliban insurgents. In place of the old 'boots on the ground' strategy, President Obama has increasingly relied on remote-controlled drone warfare, with operators stationed thousands of miles away who eliminate targets with the click of a button; their only interaction with the battlefield is through a screen. Drones are touted as a surgical weapon that keeps soldiers out of harms's way. But for the innocent victims, described as 'collateral damage,' drone strikes are hardly precise. Suroosh Alvi investigates the effects of drone strikes in Pakistan, where extremism and militancy are only growing in the wake of Obama's drone campaign.
- VICE – Season 2, Episode 4
A Syria of Their Own & White Gold"A Syria of Their Own" (correspondent: Thomas Morton) - The ongoing civil war in Syria has been covered extensively in the media. While the Free Syrian Army, Bashar Al-Assad's forces and the myriad of jihadi groups have dominated the headlines, one group, the Kurds, remains largely unmentioned. The Kurds are an ethnic group trying to carve out their own state in the four countries where its population lives: Turkey, Iran, Iraq, and Syria. While they've had some luck in gaining autonomy in Iraq, Kurds in the Western-most tip of Syria are using the chaos of the civil war to gain their own little statelet. Thomas Morton goes to the frontline of the battle for a Kurdish state to follow the story of Syria's forgotten ethnic group. "White Gold" (correspondent: Vikram Gandhi) - Believed to cure a spectrum of ailments from colds to cancers, rhino horn has been coveted in Eastern medicine for centuries. While demand curtailed in the wake of international efforts to curb the wildlife trade, recently there's been a severe resurgence in rhino poaching. Over the past seven years, killings have increased 5,000%. Pound for pound on the black market, rhino horn now goes for more than the price of gold and cocaine. Vikram Gandhi traces the trade from Southern Africa to Vietnam to understand this illicit phenomenon.
- VICE – Season 2, Episode 5
Terrorist University & Armageddon Now"Terrorist University" (correspondent: Shane Smith) - Dagestan is Russia's hotbed for Muslim extremism. It is in the throes of a cripplingly violent insurgency, and its jihadis are behind many high-profile terrorist plots around the world; in fact, alleged Boston Bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev spent six months there the year before he carried out his deadly attack. In order to understand why so much terrorism is coming out of Dagestan, and to see firsthand what Tamerlan learned during his time there, Shane Smith heads to Dagestan to follow in terrorists' footsteps. "Armageddon Now" (correspondent: Thomas Morton) - The Israel-Palestinian conflict is one of the most well-known and longest-standing conflicts in the world. Despite the fact that the United States publicly supports a two-state solution, it continues to be Israel's biggest ally. You'd think most of this support comes from a strong, wealthy Jewish lobby, and much of it does, but in terms of sheer numbers, the Evangelical Christians from the heart of the Bible Belt are Israel's strongest supporters. Thomas Morton uncovers the rationale behind Evangelical support for the Jewish State.
- VICE – Season 2, Episode 6
Rocky Mountain High & North Korean Defectors"Rocky Mountain High" (correspondent: David Choe) - On January 1, 2014, the legalization of marijuana in the U.S. became a reality when Colorado lifted its prohibition on recreational marijuana use.Now, cannabis vendors in the state can sell the drug from seed to smoke. While the experiment has ushered in a gold-rush mentality for local entrepreneurs, Mexican cartels are projected to lose billions of dollars in profits. Federal laws make it difficult for businesses to use banks, so trained security forces are being hired to protect weed profits. David Choe looks at the impact of this ever-growing trade on the local and national economy, as businessmen and lawmakers try to capitalize on legal weed.If the nation goes the way of Colorado, American commerce and lifestyle will change forever. "North Korean Defectors" (correspondent: Thomas Morton) - Last season, VICE followed the journeys of North Korean defectors who risked their lives daring to escape the Hermit Kingdom. This year, we see that their hardships haven't ended; instead of being welcomed with open arms in South Korea, defectors are now faced with deep suspicion and discrimination. Coming from a world of extreme poverty and strict military dictatorship, North Korean defectors now struggle to find jobs, make friends, and find homes. Over half are women, and many turn to prostitution to make ends meet. But in the face of largely negative perceptions, one TV show, "Now On My Way to Meet You," humanizes North Koreans in a humorous and appealing light. Vikram Gandhi follows the paths of the defectors and their new lives in the highly modernized South Korea.
- VICE – Season 2, Episode 7
The Pink Gang Rebellion & Genetic Passport"The Pink Gang Rebellion" (correspondent: Gelareh Kiazand) - 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 India to investigate the issue and embed with this revolutionary gang."Genetic Passport" (correspondent: Thomas Morton) - 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. Note: contains disturbing images.
- VICE – Season 2, Episode 8
The Resource Curse & Deliver Us from Drought"The Resource Curse" (correspondent: Vikram Gandhi) - 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 liquid natural-gas project expected to start production in late 2014. While some see Exxon's mammoth presence as the catalyst that will usher the underdeveloped country into the 21st Century, others predict the initiative could plunge its people into civil war. Vikram Gandhi heads to Papua New Guinea to investigate. "Deliver Us from Drought" (correspondent: Thomas Morton) - Over the past three years, Texas has experienced the worst drought in its recorded history - a calamity that devastated the state's agriculture industry and stripped it of thousands of jobs. 97% of the scientific community agrees that human activity has contributed to extreme weather patterns around the world. But many Texans--legislators, community leaders and citizens--don't attribute their drought to humans, and have taken few if any initiatives to limit the state's CO2 emissions, currently the highest in the country. Thomas Morton heads to Texas to witness the climate catastrophe, and discover firsthand the local responses, which often involve reaching out for divine intervention.
- VICE – Season 2, Episode 9
Crude Awakening & The Enemy of My Enemy"Crude Awakening" (correspondent: Shane Smith) - More than 200 million gallons of oil surged into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. To combat the worst environmental disaster in American history, BP and the Coast Guard dumped nearly 2 million gallons of a chemical dispersant called Corexit into the Gulf. But instead of helping clean up the spill, Corexit made things worse. The seafood industry is decimated, and clean-up workers have developed debilitating respiratory and central nervous-system problems, along with skin rashes. Scientific studies have proven that Corexit exposure kills cells in the human airway, and makes oil 52 times more toxic to the environment. Four years later, mass quantities of oil still wash ashore, and our government has done nothing to ban this dangerous chemical dispersant. Shane Smith heads to Louisiana to report on the lasting effects of the BP oil spill. "The Enemy of My Enemy" (correspondent: Ben Anderson) - Yemen, the fractured state in the Arabian peninsula, is at the top of the worry list for President Obama's national security team, and the rise of Al Qaeda there is only half the reason why. The Yemeni government, an American ally, has lost so much control over the years that many U.S. officials consider Yemen a failed state, declaring it the "next Afghanistan." The real trouble is a current threat posed by the little-known Houthi rebel movement in the north of the country - a grassroots army, allegedly funded by Iran, that has never granted access to any other Western film crew before. 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.
- VICE – Season 2, Episode 10
Playing with Nuclear Fire & No Man Left Behind"Playing with Nuclear Fire" (correspondent: Vikram Gandhi) -In March 2011, the Tohoku earthquake in Japan created a tsunami that killed some 16,000 people and caused an estimated $210 billion worth of damage. The tsunami crippled the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, resulting in massive emissions of radioactive materials, the likes of which hadn't been seen since Chernobyl in 1986. In the aftermath of the Japan disaster, the government and TEPCO, the plant's operator, withheld information about the extent of the damage, causing a culture of fear and mistrust. Three years later, citizens and the international community are left wondering if Japan really does have the situation under control, as the government is insisting, or if the danger is far greater than anyone is willing to admit. Vikram Gandhi goes to Japan to investigate what's really going on at ground zero of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. "No Man Left Behind" (correspondent: Ryan Duffy) - For many U.S. veterans returning from Iran and Afghanistan, the transition to civilian life is too often marred by mental illnesses including anxiety, depression, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It's estimated that over a quarter million vets from recent wars have sought treatment for PTSD, and 22 veterans a day take their own lives. Despite these statistics, veterans often face an uphill battle to get treatment, receiving inadequate attention and, most dangerously, overprescribed narcotics and other pharmaceuticals. Ryan Duffy meets veterans struggling with mental illness and addiction to find out how men and women who risked their lives on the battlefield are now falling through the cracks back at home.
- VICE – Season 2, Episode 11
Heroin Warfare & The Coldest War"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.
- VICE – Season 2, Episode 12
Surveillance City & The Forgotten War"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.
- VICE – Season 3, Episode 1
Our Rising OceansThe oceans are rising. With human use of hydrocarbons skyrocketing, waters around the globe are getting hotter, and now this warm sub-surface water is washing into Antarctica's massive western glaciers, causing them to retreat and break off. Antarctica holds 90% of the world's ice and 70% of its freshwater, so if even a small fraction of the ice sheet in Antarctica melts, the resulting sea level rise will completely remap the world as we know it--and it is already happening. In the last decade, some of the most significant glaciers here have tripled their melt rate. VICE founder Shane Smith travels to the bottom of the world to investigate the instability of the West Antarctic ice sheet and see firsthand how the continent is melting. VICE also follows the rising oceans to Bangladesh for a glimpse into the world's underwater future. From the UN Climate conference to the People's Climate March to the forces that deny the science of global climate change, this special extended report covers all sides of the issue and all corners of the globe, ending in a special interview with Vice President Joe Biden.
- VICE – Season 3, Episode 2
To Serve and Protect & Coming to America'To Serve and Protect'- The fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. last summer sparked a series of protests, which quickly spread throughout the country. As the situation came to light, so too did a fierce debate about the increasing militarization of the U.S. police force. Thomas Morton goes to Ferguson at the height of the protests to get an in-depth look at the situation on the ground. He then goes to Urban Shield in Oakland, Cal. and talks to expert Radley Balko to learn how U.S. SWAT teams and police are being trained and how they are getting military-grade equipment to police their communities.'Coming to America' - Over the last two years, there has been an influx of thousands of Central Americans immigrating to the United States, many of whom are fleeing rampant gang violence in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. Suroosh Alvi visits El Salvador to see the conditions that are motivating this mass migration north, and then travels from El Salvador through Mexico to see the perilous journey on top of a network of trains, called 'The Beast,' that many of these immigrants must take to get to the United States.
- VICE – Season 3, Episode 3
We the People & Countdown to ExtinctionWe 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. Nestled within our own borders, these citizens, many of whom are highly trained veterans, are on a mission to protect and defend the rights of the Constitution. After the election of President Obama, the number of these groups skyrocketed by over 800 percent-- reaching an all-time high in 2012 with over 1,300 groups. In an effort to understand this phenomenon better, VICE sent host Gianna Toboni to investigate these so-called patriots, training and taking up arms along the border.Countdown to Extinction - During the last six decades, the boom of industrial fishing has nearly wiped out the top level of the marine food chain, depleting about 90 percent of the world's large predatory fish. While big fishing operations continue to prosper as they go deeper into the ocean, small-scale coastal fishermen must seek out new fishing practices to survive. Some have even gone so far as to use dynamite on coral reefs to catch a few fish while wreaking havoc on the ecosystem. Oceans play a critical role in feeding the world's population, with three billion people depending on fish as a major protein source. How much damage has been done? VICE sent correspondent Isobel Yeung to 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.
- VICE – Season 3, Episode 4
Lines in the Sand & Outsourcing Embryos"Lines in the Sand"-Cocaine use in Europe has increased dramatically over the past decade, and new routes have evolved to supply the demand. Ben Anderson follows the cocaine highway from the streets of Venezuela, to drug smuggling boats in the Caribbean, to the ports of West Africa, and finally to desert territories controlled by Islamic extremists. By exploring the trafficking hot spots of South America and Africa, we find out who is profiting from Europe's cocaine habit."Outsourcing Embryos" - VICE looks at the boom in one of the world's newest billion-dollar industries: gestational surrogacy. The cost of surrogacy in the U.S. can be over $100,000, leading many prospective parents to look for affordable options in other countries. Gianna Toboni heads to India, where commercial surrogacy is legal, to investigate this growing industry. By exploring some of the country's 3,000 surrogacy clinics, watching doctors deliver surrogate babies, and following recruiters who find prospective surrogates in the slums, we see the true cost of outsourcing reproduction.
- VICE – Season 3, Episode 5
Synthetic Drug Revolution & Transsexuals of Iran"Synthetic Drug Revolution"- In the world of synthetic drugs, man-made chemical compounds are often engineered to skirt narcotics laws--and have become some of the most frequently abused substances in American high schools. The makers of these drugs race to keep ahead of law enforcement by making incremental changes in the compounds' molecular structure, even though the effects of those alterations can turn out to be dangerous. VICE correspondent Hamilton Morris tracks these chemicals back to the Chinese factories where many are made, and meets the godfather of modern synthetic drugs at his remote lab in New Zealand. "Transsexuals of Iran" -VICE follows the stories of homosexuals and transsexuals in Iran as they navigate a terrifying cultural landscape. When Ayatollah Khomeini came to power in 1979, he enforced strict Islamic custom that made homosexuality punishable by death. Surprisingly, though, the state treats transsexuals differently, allowing sexual reassignment surgery and in some cases even paying for it. But the fatwa allowing the surgery has a grim drawback: families, therapists, and the state see gender reassignment as a solution to the illness of homosexuality--not understanding the risks of forcing the long, life-changing process of a sex change on someone who wasn't born wanting it. Gay Iranians now face the agonizing choice of fleeing their communities or permanently changing who they are.
- VICE – Season 3, Episode 6
The Post-Antibiotic World & Indonesia's Palm Bomb'The Post-Antibiotic World'-We rely on antibiotics to treat everything from stomach bugs to skin rashes to bronchitis. In fact, we've been overusing them--and in doing so, a new crop of dangerous bacterial infections have surfaced that can't be treated by anything we can get at the pharmacy. The more we use antibiotics, the more we help these superbugs build up their resistance. It's an evolutionary battle, and the humans are losing. The projections are dire: according to some experts, antibiotic-resistant bacteria could kill 10 million people a year by 2050, surpassing cancer deaths. With their backs to the wall, scientists are now racing to find new natural sources of anti-bacterial compounds. VICE's Thomas Morton travels along as they search deep in the jungle, and deep underground, for the life-saving drugs we so desperately need.'Indonesia's Palm Bomb'-Palm oil is used in almost all of the foods we eat and most of our household products: everything from packaged bread and cookies to toothpaste and soap. Production of palm oil has surged as a cheap alternative to trans fats. But as demand grows, growers in Indonesia are pushing farther and farther onto rainforest land, torching the forests as they go. The mass-burning of Indonesian jungles poses a major threat to wildlife, indigenous populations, and our global climate. Ben Anderson goes to Indonesia to assess the realities of the palm oil boom up close.
- VICE – Season 3, Episode 7
Sweet Home Alabama & Haitian Money Pit'Sweet Home Alabama'-In 2011, the state of Alabama passed one of the harshest anti-immigrant laws in U.S. history. Based on the hardline policy known as 'self-deportation,' Alabama's HB-56 aimed to make life so miserable for illegal immigrants that they'd opt to leave the state on their own. The law granted police unprecedented powers to arrest, question and detain suspected illegal immigrants, and even criminalized citizens who provided undocumented workers with jobs, housing, or transportation. But if the climate of hostility it created may have forced thousands of immigrants to flee, it may also have done real damage to the state's economy.With illegal immigration roiling American communities and the upcoming presidential race, we sent Thomas Morton to Alabama to see what it would look like if undocumented workers just 'disappeared. 'Haitian Money Pit'- After a massive earthquake ravaged Haiti in 2010, killing more than 300,000 and leaving more than two million survivors homeless, the international community came together to provide nearly $10 billion in relief and reconstruction aid. But where did all that money go? And why are so many Haitians still living in abominable conditions in the very places that foreigners promised to rebuild? VICE's Vikram Gandhi goes to Port-au-Prince to follow the money trail, and see whether the billions of dollars in aid are actually changing lives for the better.
- VICE – Season 3, Episode 8
Egyptian Tomb Raiders & Rent a White Guy'Egyptian Tomb Raiders' - In the aftermath of the Arab Spring, countries in the Middle East have seen a surge in the looting of antiquities. In Egypt alone, an estimated $3 billion dollars' worth of artifacts has been plundered--all to feed the global demand for antiquities - especially in the United States. Correspondent Gianna Toboni goes to Egypt to meet some of the people behind the black-market trade - and those trying to preserve what's left of this priceless cultural heritage. 'Rent a White Guy' - Despite the fact that China is on track to dominate the world's economy, the country looks at the Western white male as a symbol of cultural cachet. Among China's growing upper class, nothing spells 'cool' like importing a European butler, or having a white businessman appear at your event. In fact, you can even rent a white guy by the hour or by the day. Thomas Morton heads to China to check out these unusual jobs, whose only requirement is that the applicant be white and male.
- VICE – Season 3, Episode 9
Savior Seeds & India's Water Crisis"Savior Seeds" - Genetically modified seeds have been planted around the world and hailed as a solution to global hunger. But these crops, called GMOs for 'genetically modified organisms,' have also sparked heated protest. Isobel Yeung traces the path of these super-crops from the headquarters of American agribusiness titan Monsanto to the soy fields of Paraguay, and visits the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, high in the Arctic, to see what's truly at stake when humans try to improve on nature. "India's Water Crisis" - India is the largest democracy on Earth--with an advanced economy, a highly educated population, and cutting-edge space and nuclear weapons programs. But like many countries around the world, India hasn't been able to provide adequate clean water and sanitation systems for its growing population. Open defecation is widespread, and about 80 percent of sewage in India's cities flows directly into vital waterways like the Ganges. Tania Rashid goes to India to see just how bad the problem is, and why water is such a pressing issue here and around the world.
- VICE – Season 3, Episode 10
A Prayer for Uganda & Kidneyville'A Prayer for Uganda' - Virulent homophobia is on the rise in Uganda. In 2014, the Ugandan president signed into law an anti-homosexuality bill, which went as far as mandating the death penalty for being gay. After an international outcry, the law was struck down, but a new version is in the works. Isobel Yeung travels to Uganda to meet some of the anti-gay leaders teaching intolerance to Uganda's youth, and uncovers disturbing ties between their message and the lessons that American fundamentalists have been pushing for years. 'Kidneyville' - There are more than 100,000 people in dire need of a kidney transplant in the U.S., and more than 4,000 could die this year while languishing on waiting lists. But for those willing to turn to the black market, a trip to the slums of Bangladesh might get them just about any organ they need. Vikram Gandhi goes to Dhaka to explore the thriving illegal market for kidneys, and to see why so many of the country's poor are willing to take such a drastic step for the cash they need.
- VICE – Season 3, Episode 11
Evolution of a Plague & Campus Cover-Up'Evolution of a Plague' Last year, the worst Ebola outbreak in human history swept through West Africa, killing more than 10,000 in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea. The disease spread so quickly in part because the international community was slow to respond, and also because these countries lacked the infrastructure, funding, and street-level awareness to combat the virus. Danny Gold goes to West Africa to see how people there have stepped up to control the outbreak, and to learn whether the world is prepared for the next major epidemic. 'Campus Cover-Up' Media reports of sexual assaults on U.S. campuses have risen dramatically over the last few years. More and more survivors and their allies are coming forward to denounce a pervasive culture of sexual violence they say is out of control. But the controversy around the sheer number and frequency of these attacks has overshadowed a companion problem: that universities are handling these cases in their own makeshift justice systems, behind closed doors. Gianna Toboni visits several campuses to gauge what's really going on, and why so few students feel that their safety is schools' real priority.
- VICE – Season 3, Episode 12
Enemies at the Gates & Global Jihad'Enemies at the Gates' - The Middle East is fracturing. Arab uprisings and military interventions across the region have caused civil wars and spawned terrorist groups. Stuck in the middle of it all is Saudi Arabia. Confronted by extremism on all sides, the desert kingdom is building massive fences at its borders with Iraq and Yemen to keep out terrorist organizations that it may have had a hand in creating. 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. 'Global Jihad' - In the summer of 2014, a group calling themselves the Islamic State, or ISIS, shocked the world by taking over large territories in Iraq and Syria, and committing headline-grabbing atrocities in the process. In the face of international condemnation, would-be fighters from Western countries flocked to join ISIS in their self-styled utopia. 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.
- VICE – Season 3, Episode 13
Afghanistan After Us & La Haine"Afghanistan After Us"- Last year, the U.S. began withdrawing combat troops from the longest war in our history: Afghanistan. But the war isn't ending just because we're leaving. This year, Afghan National Security Forces deaths and civilian casualties are both at record highs, and opium cultivation is at its highest since the war began. Ben Anderson returns to Helmand, the country'smost violent province, to investigate the security situation in Afghanistan as American involvement winds down."La Haine" - The horrific attack at the Paris offices of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in 2015 made headlines around the world - and underscored the deep religious and cultural tensions rocking France. Distrust is growing between Muslims living in Paris's depressed suburbs, and a Jewish community that feels increasingly under threat. Meanwhile, a far right-wing political party is making gains by opposing immigration and diversity. Vikram Gandhi goes to Paris to gauge the causes of the growing hate in the City of Lights.
- VICE – Season 3, Episode 14
Cold War 2.0Season Three Finale. For 45 years, America was locked in the Cold War with the Soviet Union, and fear of global nuclear annihilation was constant. The end of the Cold War in 1991 was supposed to usher in a new era of peace and cooperation, but it didn't last. Tensions between the U.S. and Russia have been simmering for years. And now, the conflict in Ukraine has pushed the relationship to the brink of full-blown crisis. In this expanded special report, VICE Founder Shane Smith meets Kremlin officials and American leaders to figure out what's really driving the new standoff between the powers, while correspondent Simon Ostrovsky reports from the front lines of the bloody war in Eastern Ukraine.
- VICE – Season 4, Episode 1
Boko Haram & Unnatural SelectionSeason Four Premiere. 'Boko Haram'- The terrorist group Boko Haram is responsible for thousands of deaths in Nigeria. Now, the government is determined to drive these militants from the country. But is the hunt for insurgents causing as much harm as it's preventing? Former Navy SEAL and new VICE correspondent Kaj Larsen travels to Nigeria to see what this cat-and-mouse game means for the people caught in the middle of the fight. 'Unnatural Selection' - For centuries, scientists have been working to change the genetic traits of plants and animals. Now, a new gene-editing method called CRISPR has made that process astonishingly simple--so simple that it could easily be used on humans. Isobel Yeung reports from Brazil, Scotland, China, and the United States on the technological advances that could reshape evolution as we know it.
- VICE – Season 4, Episode 2
Escape to Europe & Cycle of Terror'Escape to Europe' - With the war in Syria now in its fifth bloody year, half the country's population has been displaced, and four million have fled. Many are heading to the safety and relative prosperity of Europe, but getting there is a long, life-threatening journey. New VICE correspondent Ahmed Shihab-Eldin follows the refugee trail from the Syrian border to Europe, meeting Syrians determined to find a better life. 'Cycle of Terror' - The bloody ISIS attacks in Paris stunned the world. And as rumors circulated that one of the attackers may have posed as a Syrian migrant, politicians in Western countries, including the U.S., raced to declare their territory off-limits to refugees from countries like Syria and Iraq. Gianna Toboni travels to France and around the U.S. to see how the global reaction to the violence in Paris is affecting the fight against terrorism.
- VICE – Season 4, Episode 3
Right to DieWhen California enacted the End of Life Option Act amid fierce debate last October, the number of terminally ill Americans with the right to a doctor-assisted death effectively quadrupled. But in parts of Europe, euthanasia is also administered to people other than the terminally ill, including those with autism, depression and personality disorders. VICE explores the moral, political and personal questions raised by how and when we end our lives.
- VICE – Season 4, Episode 4
Beating Blindness & White Collar Weed'Beating Blindness' - Doctors and researchers are making incredible strides in the fight against blindness. New assistive technologies and advances in surgical techniques mean that many patients who've lost sight entirely can now regain visual perception, and the independence that comes with it--a process that can be as disorienting as it is freeing. Isobel Yeung reports from the front lines of this latest medical frontier. 'White Collar Weed' - Small-scale weed farmers have been fighting to legalize marijuana for generations--but the closer they get to ending the prohibition on pot, the closer they get to a new threat: corporate takeover of their way of life. VICE's 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.
- VICE – Season 4, Episode 5
Meathooked & End of Water'Meathooked'- The world is addicted to meat--in developing countries around the world, diets are starting to look more like ours, incorporating more and more beef and pork. Massive factory farms are springing up to supply that demand. But industrial meat operations produce more than just cheap T-bones; they also dish out enormous environmental harm. Isobel Yeung travels to the feedlots, farms and slaughterhouses where our meat is made, to see the true costs of our burger habit. 'End of Water' - Water is the single most vital resource we have--but it's also one of the most threatened. Around the world, from the American West to China, South Asia, and the Middle East, the water we need is simply disappearing. Vikram Gandhi reports from California's once-abundant farmland and the heart of Sao Paulo's reservoir system to assess the depths of the crisis, and what can be done to reverse it.
- VICE – Season 4, Episode 6
Return to Yemen & Church and States'Return to Yemen' - Last year, Yemen's Houthi rebels launched a massive military campaign that overthrew the Yemeni government and sent the Arabian Peninsula into turmoil. Now, Saudi Arabia--nervous about the insurrection near its southern border--is trying to push the Houthis back with a ruthless bombing campaign. 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. 'Church and States' - While many Americans cheered the Supreme Court's decision to legalize same-sex marriage, the fight for equality is far from over. In many American states, it is still legally acceptable to refuse services, housing or employment to people because they are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. Gianna Toboni meets some of the families who are navigating this new landscape, and hears from supporters of religious freedom laws, as VICE explores where the battle for equal rights heads from here.
- VICE – Season 4, Episode 7
Palestine Now & Viva Cuba Libre'Palestine Now'- The conflict between Israel and the Palestinian people has been locked in a cycle of violence for generations. But now, young people in the West Bank are growing so disillusioned with the status quo that they're turning their backs on their own government. Ahmed Shihab-Eldin reports from Bethlehem, Hebron, Ramallah and East Jerusalem to explore what life is like for young Palestinians in 2016. 'Viva Cuba Libre'- On March 21st, President Obama will become the first sitting American president to visit Cuba in 88 years. His trip is part of a campaign to prove that engagement with longtime adversaries is effective in renewing dialogue and promoting change. 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.
- VICE – Season 4, Episode 8
Afghan Women's Rights & Floating Armories"Afghan Women's Rights"- When the United States invaded Afghanistan, the liberation of Afghan women was used as a rallying cry to garner public support. Now, after nearly 15 years and hundreds of billions in taxpayer dollars spent, violence and oppression are still a fact of life for the country's women. With the Taliban gaining ground again, Isobel Yeung reports from Kabul on the fight for dignity and rights in Afghanistan."Floating Armories"- Who stops world trade from grinding to a standstill? In many cases it's private military contractors and their network of weapons storage ships afloat in lawless international waters. VICE co-founder Suroosh Alvi reports from one of these floating armories in the Gulf of Aden to take a closer look who's protecting global commerce today.
- VICE – Season 4, Episode 9
The Future of Energy"The Future of Energy"- At the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris last December, world leaders agreed that climate change is an urgent threat, cementing green energy production's place as a new frontier of innovation. 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.
- VICE – Season 4, Episode 10
Trump in Dubai & China in Africa'Trump in Dubai'- The United Arab Emirates, and Dubai in particular, are often described as paradise in the Middle East. But the 5 million migrant workers who live there, making up more than half the population, have an entirely different experience. They live in appalling conditions, and regularly end up with nothing, even after years of hard work - and now, as VICE Correspondent Ben Anderson investigates, many of them are employed on a project bearing the name of a man who might be our next president. 'China in Africa' - China is financing more infrastructure projects and selling more goods to Africa than any other trade partner in the world, with a large share of investments linked to the extraction of resources. VICE Correspondent Isobel Yeung heads to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya and South Africa to meet the characters behind the business deals and explores what this increasingly prominent China-Africa relationship could mean for the future of global politics.
- VICE – Season 4, Episode 11
The Deal & City of Lost Children'The Deal'- Since the hostage crisis in 1979, Iran and the United States have been bitter enemies. But last year, the US and major world powers reached an unprecedented agreement with Iran, lifting economic sanctions in exchange for Iran's agreement to limit its nuclear capabilities. 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. 'City of Lost Children'- Global wealth disparity has reached record levels in recent years. Now it's created pockets of unimaginable affluence and huge populations who are falling farther and farther behind. Nowhere is this more apparent than in India, where the most prominent victims of poverty and inequality are children. VICE correspondent Thomas Morton reports from Kolkata, where entire tribes of homeless children run rampant along the tracks of Howrah Station.
- VICE – Season 4, Episode 12
The End of Polio & Collateral Damage'The End of Polio'- Pakistan is the last battleground in the fight to eradicate polio: since the late 80s, new cases of the wild disease have dropped from hundreds of thousands per year to just hundreds. But in Pakistan's poorest areas, there is widespread distrust of vaccinators, and the Pakistani Taliban have openly condoned violence against them--especially after the CIA used a vaccinator to help track down Osama Bin Laden. VICE's Ben Anderson travels to Karachi to meet with the health workers putting their lives on the line to finally eradicate this disease.'Collateral Damage'- Land mines are deadly weapons of war that remain a threat for years after the fighting is over. But even as international pressure has helped limit the use of land mines, unexploded cluster munitions are still in use--and killing and maiming civilians every day. 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.
- VICE – Season 4, Episode 13
State of Surveillance"State of Surveillance"- When NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden leaked details of massive government surveillance programs in 2013, he ignited a raging debate over digital privacy and security. That debate came to a head this year, when Apple fought an FBI court order to access the iPhone of alleged San Bernardino Terrorist Syed Farook. Meanwhile, journalists and activists are under increasing attack from foreign agents. To find out the government's real capabilities, 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.
- VICE – Season 4, Episode 14
Heroin Crisis & New Age of Nukes'Heroin Crisis'- America is facing the worst drug epidemic this country has ever seen: more people are dying from overdoses than from car accidents - and at the center of it is an explosion in the use of heroin. Thomas Morton traces the causes and impacts of the crisis, from the poppy farms of Mexico to the hills of West Virginia, and investigates how users, first responders, and government officials are responding to the new reality of American drug use.'New Age of Nukes' - Twenty-five years after the end of the Cold War, America's vast nuclear arsenal is beginning to show its age, and the government has embarked on the largest nuclear modernization effort in our history, costing American taxpayers as much as $1 trillion. Kaj Larsen goes aboard a ballistic missile submarine and visits the facilities on the front line of our nuclear weapons program to see why the military wants to upgrade the nukes we have - and why that might be a dangerous idea.
- VICE – Season 4, Episode 15
Flint Water Crisis & Libya on the Brink"Flint Water Crisis" - The water crisis in Flint, Michigan horrified the nation: a once-thriving industrial city had fallen on such hard times that residents couldn't even trust the water from their own taps. But more shocking still were revelations that city and state officials knew about the problems with the water but failed to take action or warn the public. Ahmed Shihab-Eldin reports from Flint on the realities of life in a city poisoned by its own government. "Libya on the Brink" - When the Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi was killed during the revolution of 2011, it seemed like good news for democracy in the Muslim world. But in 2012, the American ambassador and three other Americans were killed in a bloody attack in Benghazi, and today, a split between government factions has ceded large portions of the country to ISIS fighters and other extremists. Simon Ostrovsky reports from the front lines as rival militias fight to save Libya as we know it.
- VICE – Season 4, Episode 16
Die TryingThe 2014 Ice Bucket Challenge raised millions of dollars for ALS, a fatal neurodegenerative disease, but while the social media wave gave new life to ALS research, there is still no viable treatment and access to experimental drugs is limited. 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.
- VICE – Season 4, Episode 17
Student Debt & Fecal Medicine"Student Debt" - Americans owe $1.3 trillion in student loans--second only to home mortgages. The rise in student loan borrowing is tied to skyrocketing tuition rates, which are up 226% since 1980. Gianna Toboni reports from America's college campuses to explore how a spigot of easy money from the federal government is jacking up the cost of higher education and even threatening our international competitiveness. "Fecal Medicine" - For years, medical science was powerless against one of the most of severe intestinal infections. But now a new treatment shows tremendous promise--if patients aren't too squeamish to try it. Fecal transplants use the stool from a healthy person to repopulate life-sustaining bacteria in the colon of the patient. This technique is so effective that researchers are testing its potential to treat disorders far beyond the digestive tract, pointing to breakthrough treatments for a broad range of the most stubborn diseases. Thomas Morton reports from the labs and lavatories where this medical revolution is taking place.
- VICE – Season 4, Episode 18
The New $pace Race & Closing Gitmo'The New $pace Race' - Decades after the Apollo missions, a new era of manned spaceflight is dawning--and this time, the destination is Mars. NASA and a growing community of private companies have set their sights on the Red Planet, and they're developing the technologies that will actually get us there. Thomas Morton reports on the preparations for humanity's next great adventure.'Closing Gitmo' - The American prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is one of the most controversial issues of the post-9/11 era. President Obama promised to close the facility, but months from the end of his presidency the facility remains open--and the reality of life there remains a mystery. Gianna Toboni meets with ex-detainees who survived Gitmo, and with the general who built it in the first place, to find out what really happens behind the camp's walls.
- VICE – Season 5, Episode 1
Assad's Syria & Cost of Climate ChangeSeason Five Premiere. "Assad's Syria" - After six years of civil war, Syria's longtime dictator Bashar al-Assad is now poised to re-take full control of his country. Backed by Russian forces and a relentless bombing campaign, Assad's army rolled into Aleppo in late 2016, toppling the rebel resistance. 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" - The first effects of climate change are being felt across the U.S., and projections show $40 Trillion in damage worldwide over the next five decades. As costs begin to mount, so do allegations that powerful interests in the oil and gas industry, like ExxonMobil, denied climate science and delayed corrective measures. Now, in the face of a scientific consensus, and with the Trump administration ushering some of these very same climate deniers into the highest levels of government, Shane Smith follows the money to see the true economic stakes of decades of denial.
- VICE – Season 5, Episode 2
Trans YouthAs the debate continues over which bathroom transgender people should use, a more complex question is emerging about how early the medical transition begins for trans kids. 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.
- VICE – Season 5, Episode 3
When the Earth Melts & The Displaced"When the Earth Melts" - With climate change warming the Arctic at an alarming rate, the frozen earth that covers almost a quarter of the Northern Hemisphere's landmass is beginning to thaw. There are more greenhouse gases trapped in these deep layers of permafrost than all human fossil fuel emissions released since 1850 combined. Now, that trapped carbon is escaping into the atmosphere. If this thaw continues unchecked, scientists warn we could awaken "a sleeping giant" of climate change. 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" - 2016 was the deadliest year yet for refugees making the dangerous journey across the Mediterranean Sea in the hopes of reaching Europe. And as borders tighten across an increasingly nationalist Europe, the prospects of building a new life are growing darker for the 180,000-plus refugees who arrived in Italy alone this past year. From an emerging underground railroad at the Italian border to the demolition of France's largest refugee settlement, VICE Correspondent Gianna Toboni follows the journey of these refugees left in limbo.
- VICE – Season 5, Episode 4
Kings of Cannabis & Into the Darkness"Kings of Cannabis" - The legal marijuana industry is set to surpass $20 billion globally by 2020. At the heart of this "green boom" are strain hunters, who search the Earth's far corners for never-before-mixed strains of marijuana known as "landraces." 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" - According to scientists, if you gathered up every physical thing we can see in Outer Space--our Earth, all the planets, all the stars--it would account for a mere 5% of the Universe's total mass. The rest, that other 95%, is known only as "Dark Matter" and "Dark Energy." Understanding these two forces is the biggest mystery in modern physics. 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.
- VICE – Season 5, Episode 5
Black and Blue & Our Bionic Future"Black and Blue" - Almost three years after Ferguson, tensions between the police and Black communities remain high. While African Americans are being targeted at unprecedented rates, 2016 saw a dramatic spike in the number of officers killed in ambush-style attacks. Recent attempts at reform have done little to save lives. Now, as the country grows further divided, some officers are speaking out to spark change in some of the 18,000 local police departments. 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" - A bionic revolution is brewing, as recent advancements in bioengineering have brought about scientific breakthroughs in rehabilitation for people with disabilities. The most cutting edge research is happening inside the human brain, where implanted technology allows people to communicate directly with computers, using their thoughts. 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.
- VICE – Season 5, Episode 6
End of Amateurism"End of Amateurism" - College athletics have seen explosive revenue growth in the last decade, fueled by media contracts and corporate sponsors. In order to enter this system, the NCAA requires players to forego profits, and are instead offers them scholarships and access to state-of-the-art facilities. But with college sports now a multi-billion dollar industry, the question now being asked in U.S. federal court remains whether that compensation is enough. Gianna 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.
- VICE – Season 5, Episode 7
Life Under Sharia & Plastic Oceans"Life Under Sharia" - In Aceh, Sharia rules all. In this Indonesian province, hardliners began enforcing Islamic law in the wake of the devastating 2004 tsunami that killed more than 200,000 people, telling the survivors that it was the wrath of God punishing them for their sins. Today, Sharia police roam the streets busting gamblers, drinkers, and adulterers, and sending them off to be publicly caned by "executioners." 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" - By 2050, it's estimated that there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. The millions of tons of plastic bottles, straws and bags we throw away every year are not only ruining pristine beaches -- they may be becoming a permanent part of our food chain. But one 22-year-old in the Netherlands claims he has the answer to cleaning up our oceans and rethinking the way we use plastic. 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.
- VICE – Season 5, Episode 8
Fast Food of Arabia & Nollywood"Fast Food of Arabia" - As Americans become increasingly health-conscious and junk food sales plateau in the States, fast-food companies are spreading to new global markets, expanding their revenue--and the waistlines of their customers. VICE correspondent 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" - Nigeria's film business is booming. Nollywood has quickly grown into a $3 billion industry and is now the second biggest Ollywood, by films put out, on the planet behind only Bollywood. Hollywood is third. VICE correspondent Thomas Morton explores the explosive productivity of Nigerian cinema, from DIY horror movies to big budget blockbusters, by becoming a Nollywood actor himself.
- VICE – Season 5, Episode 9
Medical Detente & Bananas!"Medical Detente" - Cuba's health system is one of the most efficient in the world. Despite the decades-long U.S. embargo, the country's biotech industry flourished, creating astonishing treatments for a number of diseases at costs not seen in the States. Now, with trade and travel restrictions loosening, millions of Americans may soon be able to gain access to these breakthrough medicines for cancer and diabetes. VICE correspondent Gianna Toboni travels to Cuba to see the potential treatments and cures in action. "Bananas" - There are thousands of types of bananas but Americans have eyes for only one kind--the very marketable yellow Cavendish, which accounts for 95% of global banana exports. But this multi-billion dollar industry is under threat. A fungus called Panama Disease is rapidly infecting portions of the world's Cavendish crops and could spell disaster for the monoculture-dependent worldwide banana trade. 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.
- VICE – Season 5, Episode 10
Taliban Resurgence"Taliban Resurgence" - The Taliban now control more territory than they have at any point since they were overthrown in 2001. Yet the war in Afghanistan barely gets mentioned today, even as civilian and security deaths continue to rise. 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.
- VICE – Season 5, Episode 11
Engineering Immortality & Robot Revolution"Engineering Immortality" - Human life expectancy has more than doubled over the past 150 years. Globally, the 85-and-over population is expected to increase 351% by the middle of this century. While the past growth was fed by advances in sanitation and now mundane medications like penicillin, we may now be about to take a giant leap forward. With looming breakthroughs in genomics, pharmaceuticals, and stem cell research, we are at the precipice of a second longevity explosion. Isobel Yeung meets the scientists and doctors leading this charge, which promises to revolutionize how our bodies age in the years to come. "Robot Revolution" - While hi-tech robots are already performing complex tasks for humans, the real test of this unfolding robot revolution will be creating robots intelligent enough to actually think for themselves. 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.
- VICE – Season 5, Episode 12
Women Behind Bars & The Business of Making Art"Women Behind Bars" - The number of women incarcerated in the United States has increased 700% since 1980, overwhelming prisons and jails originally designed with men in mind. The majority are nonviolent offenders and mothers, serving out their sentences in facilities often unprepared to address their most basic needs. VICE correspondent Isobel Yeung spends time in facilities across the country, discovering what it means to be an American woman behind bars. "The Business of Making Art" - Andy Warhol's work dramatically redefined our notion of 'art' and questioned the very idea of what it means for an artist "to make" 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?"
- VICE – Season 5, Episode 13
Taking Back Iraq & Lost Generation"Taking Back Iraq" - The city of Mosul has been central in the war to defeat Islamic State. In 2014, Iraqi troops surrendered Iraq's second largest city to Islamic State, who in turn declared an Islamic caliphate and used the city as a base for operations in the region. Last October, a U.S. supported coalition of Iraqi and Kurdish troops announced a long-awaited offensive to retake the city. 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" - Iraq has one of the youngest populations of any country in the world. The majority of people living there today have grown up in the shadow of the 2003 invasion, knowing nothing but war and chaos. With Islamic State seemingly on the verge of defeat in the country, the question of what happens next is far from certain. Isobel Yeung travels to Iraq to see what the future looks like through the eyes of the youth.
- VICE – Season 5, Episode 16
The Politics of Terror & End of the EU?"The Politics of Terror" - While Donald Trump's election in the U.S. came as a surprise to many, his victory is part of a global trend. In the wake of terror attacks and the migrant crisis, a new wave of populist candidates are cropping up across Europe, and the fate of the EU hangs in the balance. VICE examines the rise of Europe's far right - and the hyper-charged climate fueling nationalist ideologies across the continent. "End of the EU?" - Silvio Berlusconi was in many ways Europe's original populist, shaping the mold for today's right-wing European leaders. Shane Smith travels to the home of the former Italian Prime Minister to discuss why this message resonates across the continent, how the Left fails to grasp populist anger, and the need for a unified response to rebuild Syria.
- VICE – Season 5, Episode 17
Future of Firearms & Russia 'Wins' Climate Change"Future of Firearms" - The firearms industry experienced unprecedented growth in the last decade. Fear of government regulation drove much of that growth as President Obama repeatedly tried to pass gun control laws in the aftermath of numerous mass shootings. Now, with the political landscape fundamentally changed, the 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.
- VICE – Season 5, Episode 15
Cyber Supremacy & Japan Rising"Cyber Supremacy" - US intelligence agencies accuse Russia of hacking the 2016 presidential election, a trove of NSA documents posted to Wikileaks result in a global cyber attack, the confidential personal information of millions of private citizens circulate on the Dark Web. As independent and state-sponsored hackers wreak havoc, one nation -- Israel -- is revolutionizing its military and leading the way in cyber security. 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" - After World War II, Japan disbanded its military and adopted a policy of pacifism across its society, culture and constitution. But with China's increasing expansionism, North Korea's continued belligerence and a tide of nationalist sentiment sweeping the globe, a right-wing movement in Japan aims to revive and strengthen the country's military might for the first time in 70 years. VICE sends Gianna Toboni to Tokyo to see the consequences of Japan's rising nationalism.
- VICE – Season 5, Episode 14
Last Line of Defense & El Rostro"Last Line of Defense" (correspondent: Cord Jefferson) - Public Defenders are facing soaring caseloads, and flat-lining budgets, and with 80% of all criminal defendants in the US unable to afford a lawyer, the system is collapsing. 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" (correspondent: Ben Anderson) - Deep in the Peruvian Amazon, indigenous tribes are doing everything they can to save their home from exploitation. VICE travels 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.
- VICE – Season 5, Episode 18
Power to the PresidentWhen factions of the Turkish military attempted a coup on President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government, he reacted with a forceful crackdown. Over 100,000 people have been detained or dismissed, including civil servants, teachers and journalists. Isobel Yeung travels to Turkey as the country heads to the polls in a nationwide referendum that grants Erdogan unprecedented power.
- VICE – Season 5, Episode 19
Crude Reality & Between Oil and Water"Crude Reality" Six years after winning its independence, South Sudan is already on the brink of collapse. Despite its vast oil reserves and more than $10 Billion in aid from the United States, the country has been driven into famine and a devastating ethnic war. VICE's Isobel Yeung explores how corruption at the top is threatening to tear the world's newest country apart. "Between Oil and Water" Last year, thousands of Native Americans and environmental activists from across the country converged at Standing Rock in an effort to block construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline near the reservation. By winter, a lean-to encampment had grown into a massive protest site the size of a small town, and clashes between protestors and local police and corporate security flared into the nights. VICE travelled to the Sacred Stone Camp in December and followed the story 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.
- VICE – Season 5, Episode 20
Autism Under the Lens"Autism Under the Lens" (correspondent: Gianna Toboni) - The number of children diagnosed with autism has more than doubled in the last two decades. Today, 1 in 68 children will be diagnosed with the developmental condition. 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.
- VICE – Season 5, Episode 21
Show of Force & Return to Somalia"Day of the Sun" North Korea is locked in a dangerous game of brinksmanship. The isolated country has tested over a dozen ballistic missiles this year and continues to develop its nuclear weapons program. VICE traveled to the Hermit Kingdom 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 sought to learn firsthand how its citizens are reacting to the escalating crisis. "Return to Somalia" After more than 25 years of civil war, a large number of Somali diaspora, raised and educated in the West, are returning to rebuild their homeland. However, an increase of al-Shabaab attacks is threatening their hope and efforts for a peaceful Somalia. VICE correspondent Gianna Toboni heads to Mogadishu to witness the fight to save the country.
- VICE – Season 5, Episode 22
Controlling the Narrative & Power to Congo"Controlling the Narrative" Press freedom around the world has reached its lowest point in over a decade, with many authoritarian governments imprisoning journalists in a fight to control their countries' narratives. One of the deadliest places to be a journalist is the Philippines, where the new President has openly threatened the media and silenced his critics. VICE Correspondent Gianna Toboni heads to Manila to see the dangerous work of local journalists reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte's brutal war on drugs. Back in the U.S., legendary journalist Carl Bernstein discusses the state of our own media and the importance of a free press in holding the powerful accountable. "Power to Congo" The War in Congo is the deadliest since World War II, killing more than 5 million people. But throughout the conflict, a remarkable group of Rangers have remained, fighting to protect Congo's Gorillas and other wildlife and natural resources. In a stunning turnaround, these rangers are saving endangered species and Congo's bio-diverse forest, and are even transforming the local economy, cutting off revenue streams to the various rebel groups operating there. Ben Anderson trained and patrolled with the rangers over 10 years ago. He returned to see the remarkable progress they're making.
- VICE – Season 5, Episode 23
Dawn of a DictatorIn early 2017 Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced moves that would change the world's most oil-rich nation from a democracy into a dictatorship. This sparked a crisis, igniting long-standing anger over inequality, misrule, hunger and crime. VICE founder Suroosh Alvi and correspondent Ben Anderson travelled to Venezuela as Maduro seized Venezuela's political institutions with an alleged 'sham election' and violently suppressed the growing opposition to his rule.
- VICE – Season 5, Episode 24
Dirty Oil & Rebuilding Our Reefs"Dirty Oil" - Nigeria is Africa's largest oil producer, but the billions of dollars generated from that resource have not trickled down to the majority of the population. This disparity has led to rampant oil theft and large scale attacks on oil infrastructure by locals, who vow to continue this fight until the government allows them to profit through oil jobs and urban development. For a time, the government listened to this plea and paid these militants through an amnesty program which curbed the violence. But in 2016, a new administration terminated those contracts and suspended the payouts, leading to a violent resurgence of militancy and oil theft. VICE correspondent Gianna Toboni heads to the heart of Nigeria's oil production to witness firsthand the fight of the Niger Delta youth. "Rebuilding Our Reefs" - In the last 30 years the world has lost 50% of its coral reefs, and there's a consensus among marine biologists that climate change will continue to make things worse. Coral reefs are the foundation of some of the most productive ecosystems on earth--providing food, resources, and costal protection for more than 500 million people. If nothing is done to stop their deterioration, more than 90% of the world's reefs could be gone by 2050. Ben Anderson traveled across the world's oceans to see what a few small teams of scientists are doing to keep these vital structures alive.
- VICE – Season 5, Episode 25
Dark Web & Future of Appalachia"Dark Web" - Child sex abuse and child pornography have always been society's darkest secrets. And the internet's growth has only made things worse. The proliferation of explicit images, live-streaming of sex shows, and online chat rooms have enabled those with salacious intent to destroy the lives of children around the world. The tide of explicit material is overwhelming, but a group of law enforcements agencies and NGOs are fighting back. VICE embeds with the officers trying to shed light on the dark corners of the web. "Future of Appalachia" Nowhere in America can the coal industry's hurt be seen and felt more than in Appalachia. The region's economy revolves around coal, and more miners are losing their jobs each year. The controversial industry became a focal point of the 2016 election when President Trump made the return of coal jobs a central campaign promise. But the economics behind the suffering industry go beyond policy and regulations. VICE's Isobel Yeung goes to the heart of coal country to see what it will take to save Appalachia.
- VICE – Season 5, Episode 26
Divide and Conquer & Crackdown in Honduras"Divide and Conquer" - The maps that place voters together for statehouse and Congressional races are the building blocks of a representative democracy. But today, even though those maps are manipulated more than ever in favor of one political party, partisan gerrymandering is still technically legal. All of this could change though as the question of its constitutionality heads to the Supreme Court this fall. VICE's Gianna Toboni traveled to North Carolina to see the effects of gerrymandering on American democracy. "Crackdown in Honduras" - Created on the streets of Los Angeles in the 1980s, gangs like MS-13 and Barrio 18 were exported to Central America in a wave of deportations starting 20 years ago. Back in their home countries, these gang members found a power vacuum and only grew in strength. Without an effective judicial system, countries like Honduras struggled to deter crime or contain gang activities. But recently, the situation has begun to change and violent crimes has started to decrease. VICE visits the Honduran prison system and watches as the government tries to bring peace to the country.
- VICE – Season 5, Episode 27
Russian Hacking & Contagion"Russian Hacking" Since the 2016 election, hacking has become synonymous with one country: Russia. From the DNC, to global ransomware attacks, to attempts to penetrate U.S. nuclear plants, analysts have found Russian fingerprints on some of the biggest digital breaches in the world. While the US is scrambling to defend itself against these cybercrimes, the hacker ecosystem in Russia continues to grow. VICE travels to Moscow to find out why these hackers are so effective. "Contagion" The outbreak of an infectious disease sparks worldwide panic nearly every year. And as humans cluster themselves in denser cities and encroach closer to the wildlife harboring disease, the chances of a devastating global pandemic only intensifies. But scientists are finding that diligent surveillance of these threats could help keep the next nightmare disease at bay. VICE founder Suroosh Alvi went to Uganda to see how vulnerable humans are to a new pandemic and the options there are for staving it off.
- VICE – Season 5, Episode 28
Post-Truth News & Microbiome"Post-Truth News" - The U.S. is more divided across party lines than ever before in recent American history, and nowhere are these divisions more visible than in our media. With President Trump waging a war on mainstream news outlets and the rise of hyperpartisan sites spreading misinformation, trust in the traditional press has fallen to a record low of 32%. VICE Correspondent Isobel Yeung looks at what's driving the media's battle over facts and the polarization of the American public in the Trump era. "Microbiome" - Powerful antibiotics and widespread sanitation practices have expanded lifespans across the industrialized world. But they have also come at a cost. Our microbiomes, or the trillions of microbes collectively working in our bodies to help regulate our immune system and food digestion, have lost much of its health-promoting bacteria because of our modern lifestyles and sanitation practices. Scientists across the world are now looking to the planet's few remaining pre-industrialized societies to see what industrialized guts have lost--and in doing so, could fundamentally change the way scientists think about germs. Thomas Morton heads to the Central African Republic to see this emerging field of microbiome science.
- VICE – Season 5, Episode 29
After ISIS & Cubs of the CaliphateSeason Five Finale. "After ISIS" The fight to retake Mosul, the biggest city in ISIS' so-called caliphate, lasted over 10 months and was the biggest urban battle to take place since World War II. As civilians of Mosul endured the impossible choice of hiding in their homes or fleeing, running the risk of being killed by ISIS, the war raged on--bombarding homes and destroying everything in its path. With unparalleled access, VICE followed the Iraqi Army as they fought the terrorist group, room to room, house to house and street to street, often fighting for days on end and suffering horrendous casualties on a slow crawl to liberation. "Cubs of the Caliphate" - Now that most of Iraq has been liberated from ISIS control, the daunting task of what to do with civilians who lived under their brutal regime remains. Nowhere is this issue more complicated than in the case of children, particularly those who were recruited to fight with the Islamic State. VICE Correspondent Isobel Yeung meets the Iraqi youth who both lived and trained under ISIS as they try to rebuild their lives while facing an uncertain future.
- VICE – Season 6, Episode 1
Raised in the SystemSeason Six Premiere. In an episode that offers a frank and unflinching look at young people caught up in the criminal justice system, Michael Kenneth Williams explores why the country's mass incarceration problem cannot be fixed without first addressing the juvenile justice problem, and investigates solutions local communities are employing that are resulting in drastic drops in crime and incarceration.
- VICE – Season 6, Episode 2
Battle for Jerusalem & A Face In The Crowd"Battle for Jerusalem" On December 6th, 2017, President Trump declared that the United States would move its embassy to Jerusalem this year, upending decades of international diplomacy and inciting protests and violence across the Palestinian territories. VICE correspondent Gianna Toboni reports on the aftermath of Trump's announcement from the front lines, and speaks with leaders and civilians on all sides of the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict about the imminent consequences of the future move."A Face in the Crowd" As developments in facial recognition technology make rapid advances, Elle Reeve travels to China where companies and the government are rapidly deploying all manner of imaginable applications. VICE investigates the blurry legal boundaries surrounding this technology and the potential it has to change the very nature of policing itself, both in China and in the United States.
- VICE – Season 6, Episode 3
A Revolution in Ruins & New Kids on the Blockchain"A Revolution in Ruins" Libya is in chaos. Rival governments compete for power, human smuggling is rampant, and black markets thrive for everything from oil to hard currency. The international community is backing the Government of National Accord, which maintains a tenuous hold on the capital. But the government's survival depends on warring militias, many of whom are paid to police the smuggling they themselves are allegedly involved in. VICE looks at how the Libyan revolution is failing."New Kids on the Blockchain" Bitcoin's emergence as a global, digital currency has been as revolutionary as it has been erratic. And while fledgling investors obsess over every fluctuation in the cryptocurrency market, nation states are more interested in the underlying blockchain technology and its ability to revolutionize how business is done on the internet and beyond. VICE travels to Russia with Vitalik Buterin, inventor of the Ethereum blockchain, to get a front row seat to the geopolitical tug of war over Internet 3.0.
- VICE – Season 6, Episode 4
The Parkland EffectAs the young survivors of the Parkland, Florida school shooting make an impassioned plea for gun control, the NRA is pushing back with a narrative of their own: "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun." Gianna Toboni sees firsthand how some teachers are taking up arms to be that 'good guy' and explores the deep divisions in America that make stopping these mass shootings seem nearly impossible.
- VICE – Season 6, Episode 5
Massacre in Myanmar & The Blue Helmets"Massacre in Myanmar" Over half a million Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar have fled brutal ethnic violence carried out by their government. While unprecedented numbers of refugees have found safety across the border in Bangladesh, their fates are uncertain. The international community has been reluctant to take action against Myanmar, and plans are underway to return those who escaped. Gianna Toboni travels to the Myanmar-Bangladesh border to investigate what the future holds for the world's most persecuted minority. "The Blue Helmets" An exclusive look inside the UN's most dangerous active peacekeeping operation in the African country of Mali, VICE correspondent Aris Roussinos joins UN peacekeepers on their mission across the lawless Sahara desert as VICE co-founder Suroosh Alvi speaks with the Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres about what the future of peace looks like in today's world.
- VICE – Season 6, Episode 6
Iran in Iraq & Dying on the Vine"Iran in Iraq" Iran and Iraq fought one of the longest and bloodiest wars of the 20th century, which cost the lives of more than a million people and cemented the two countries' rivalry in the decades that followed. But after the Islamic State took over wide swaths of Iraq, it was Iran that came to Iraq's aid. Now, after the defeat of ISIS, VICE correspondent Isobel Yeung travels to Iraq to see how Iran is exerting its growing influence over the war-torn country ahead of parliamentary elections. "Dying on the Vine" From sinking cities to species extinction, the effects of climate change are expected to be disastrous. These shifting weather patterns will directly impact our food supply. One beloved crop, the grape, is already facing threats due to its extreme sensitivity and these changes threaten the grape's main byproduct: Wine. In the vineyards of Napa during historic wildfires and the wine laboratories of Bordeaux, Gianna Toboni explores the dangers facing viticulture, and what they mean for agriculture everywhere.
- VICE – Season 6, Episode 7
Russian Democracy & Global Gag Rule"Russian Democracy": Russia held its seventh democratic presidential election in March and, as expected, Vladimir Putin added another six years to his already long tenure. With Putin now Russia's longest-serving leader since Stalin, VICE sent Ben Ferguson to speak with voters, candidates and opposition figures barred from running in hopes of discovering how democracy works in Russia. "Global Gag Rule": Just three days after his inauguration, President Trump signed a memorandum reinstating what's known as the Global Gag Rule, which eliminates U.S. funding for any NGO providing abortion-related services. In the year since, the effects of this policy have rippled across Africa. Gianna Toboni investigates the impact on women's health in Uganda.
- VICE – Season 6, Episode 8
Printing Tomorrow & Are We Alone?"Printing Tomorrow" 3D printing innovations in recent years have fueled a sea change in how we fabricate everything from automobile parts to human bio-tissues. VICE's Krishna Andavolu explores the cutting edge research behind what's being called the next industrial revolution, meeting the scientists and entrepreneurs pushing the boundaries of manufacturing, material science and even space exploration. "Are We Alone?" Scientists are leaping exponentially closer to finding life beyond Earth. Missions to Mars and Saturn's moons are prime candidates for finding the first signs of life and NASA can now identify more than 3,500 planets outside our solar system, many with habitable temperatures. That number is quickly growing as space travel technology improves and probes head deeper into the galaxy. Nuclear physicist Taylor Wilson explores one of our civilization's most perplexing questions: Are we alone?
- VICE – Season 6, Episode 9
No Choice But to Choose & Rebel Republic"No Choice But to Choose" School choice is an education reform movement that promotes alternatives to traditional public schools in the form of charter schools and voucher programs. One of the biggest advocates for "choice" over the past two decades, Betsy DeVos, is now serving as President Trump's secretary of education. Gianna Toboni traveled to DeVos's home state of Michigan to see choice in action and to understand what the future of public education might look like. "Rebel Republic" Ben Anderson covers the rarely reported crisis in Central African Republic, a country whose government barely control the capital city, and where 75 percent of the country is in the hands of at least 14 armed groups. What was once a war between Christians and Muslims has now descended into a chaotic and brutal battle for the country's many natural resources, causing devastating harm to the country and its civilians.
- VICE – Season 6, Episode 10
The Cost of Living & Paradise Lost"The Cost of Living" Americans today spend more on pharmaceuticals per capita than anywhere else in the world, and more than one in five say they have trouble affording their prescription drugs. But alternative pathways to medicine exist. Hamilton Morris explores the world of clandestine chemists, DIY bio hackers, and grey markets to see if a more democratized medicinal future is indeed possible. "Paradise Lost" Five months after Hurricane Maria, one of the worst natural disasters in Puerto Rico's history, Isobel Yeung travels to the American territory and finds thousands of citizens struggling to rebuild amidst insufficient aid and a lack of basic services. Isobel explores the social and political ramifications of the Trump administration's lagging support in what many consider one of the world's last colonies.
- VICE – Season 6, Episode 11
Separated By Birth"Separated By Birth" There are more than four million U.S.-born children living in the United States who have at least one undocumented immigrant parent. As U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) widens its target for enforcement, more of these kids--U.S. citizens by birth--could see their families uprooted by the arrest, detention, and removal of their parents. VICE Correspondent Krishna Andavolu embeds with ICE and explores what it's like to be an American kid growing up in the shadow of deportation.
- VICE – Season 6, Episode 12
The Big Fix & Silicon Valley of India"The Big Fix" America's infrastructure is in desperate need of more than $4 trillion in upgrades and improvements. President Trump campaigned heavily on overhauling the country's crumbling infrastructure, and promised to invest big to fix it. VICE correspondent Thomas Morton explores the most vital bridges, tunnels and waterways in the US to see how much the situation has deteriorated and to find out if the Trump Administration's promise is being kept. "Silicon Valley of India" Traditionally, India's best and brightest tech talent have emigrated to the United States for lucrative job opportunities. But now they're putting their entrepreneurial spirit and engineering skills to use at home. VICE correspondent Krishna Andavolu heads to the city of Bangalore to explore what may indeed be the world's next Silicon Valley.
- VICE – Season 6, Episode 13
A Kurdish State & Out of Space''A Kurdish State'' The Kurds have played an instrumental role in the fight against ISIS in Iraq. Although the case for their independence is rarely made, the Kurds are the largest ethnic group in the world without a state of their own, and are one of the only peoples to suffer attempted genocide since the Holocaust. In Iraqi Kurdistan, Ben Anderson meets everyone from frontline fighters to their former guerrilla president, asking why the Kurds recently voted for independence and what hopes they have for achieving their own state. ''Out of Space'' More than half a million objects of man-made space junk currently orbit the Earth at speeds up to 17,500 miles per hour, and even the tiniest pieces could potentially destroy any of the 1,700 satellites circling the Earth. Nuclear physicist Taylor Wilson joins the Air Force Space Command to see how a growing military and commercial space presence threatens the ubiquitous satellites that are essential to humanity's digital way of life.
- VICE – Season 6, Episode 14
Opioid Generation & Hindustan"Opioid Generation" The U.S. is suffering from the highest rate of drug overdose deaths on record. Driving this public health crisis is the opioid epidemic, which claims more than 100 lives daily. But as politicians and public health officials grapple over solutions, another crisis is emerging. VICE's Isobel Yeung travels to West Virginia to investigate a surge in child welfare cases, as opioid-addicted parents fight to keep their families together. "Hindustan" In India, a wave of resurgent nationalism is transforming the nation. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his far-right political party, the BJP, have been accused of promoting policies which incite religious intolerance and violence. VICE correspondent Krishna Andavolu travels across the Hindu-majority nation to see how this cocktail of religious nationalism is affecting India's 240 million religious minorities, most of whom are Muslim.
- VICE – Season 6, Episode 15
After the FallThe fight for the future of Syria has turned the nation into a chessboard for competing world powers. But for civilians in the former ISIS capital city Raqqa, the ghosts of the past make the future hard to imagine. 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 US-backed coalition, whose collateral damage destroyed most of the city.
- VICE – Season 6, Episode 16
Waiting to Die & Women in War"Waiting to Die" America is the only industrialized, Western country still using capital punishment. While a majority of Americans support these executions, it's becoming difficult to actually carry them out. Major pharmaceutical manufacturers no longer want their drugs used in lethal injections, leaving many states scrambling. Now, as some states experiment with unconventional drug cocktails and others turn to more archaic methods, VICE's Gianna Toboni follows one death row inmate on his arduous path to the execution chamber. "Women in War" Yemen has been ripped apart by terrorism, civil war and famine, leading to the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. Women and girls are bearing the brunt of the crisis, and there has been a dramatic rise in reported incidents of gender-based violence. In this report, Isobel Yeung follows resilient Yemeni women, who are finding surprising ways to rise above conflict and their traditional roles in Yemen's conservative society.
- VICE – Season 6, Episode 17
Trump's Trade War''Trump's Trade War'' Donald Trump made bringing jobs back to America a central part of his campaign. Now, President Trump is trying to do just that, pushing stiff tariffs on imports and working to renegotiate trade deals. ''Trade wars are good, and easy to win,''' President Trump famously said, but some feel his actions may set off an international trade war that could decimate the global economy and actually cost more U.S. jobs. Michael Moynihan tracks the progression of this economic battle royale as it happens.
- VICE – Season 6, Episode 18
A New Leaf & Quantum Supremacy''A New Leaf'' The cultivation of coca, the main ingredient in cocaine, has nearly tripled over the past five years in Colombia. As part of the 2016 peace agreement between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the country has embarked on a unique experiment to try and end coca farming and production, but freeing Colombia from its cocaine problem is proving difficult. Charlet Duboc travels to the remote towns where coca farming is a way of life to examine the struggle for a cocaine-free Colombia. ''Quantum Supremacy'' Computer giants are racing to build the first quantum computer, a device with millions of times more processing strength than all the computers currently on Earth combined. This technology will harness the unusual laws of quantum mechanics to bring unimaginable advances in fields like materials science and medicine, but could also pose the greatest threat to cybersecurity yet. Taylor Wilson meets the scientists at the cutting edge of this new age of computing.
- VICE – Season 6, Episode 19
Trans in Texas & Nicaragua Deja Vu"Trans in Texas" Last year, VICE investigated the complicated lives of trans kids and their families as they navigate decisions over medical transitions and how best to support their children's identity. A year later, life for transgender Americans has become more uncertain as politicians dismantle key federal and state protections and introduce a slew of anti-LGBTQ bills. Gianna Toboni returns to Texas to see how the transgender community is fighting to win acceptance and protection. "Nicaragua Deja Vu" Once upon a time, Daniel Ortega helped lead a revolution in Nicaragua. Now, nearly four decades later, he's the president and a new revolution is coming for him. As people take to the streets seeking to oust Ortega, his police and paramilitary forces have responded by killing hundreds of protesters. Vikram Gandhi travels to Nicaragua to meet the new revolutionaries and find out what the future might hold for what was once one of the safest nations in Central America.
- VICE – Season 6, Episode 20
American Piety & Terror in Congo"American Piety" White evangelicals comprise a third of all Republican voters and are among the GOP's most organized voting blocs. But wide support for Donald Trump in 2016, against a backdrop of scandals, has brought heavy media scrutiny and now some faith leaders are striving to move evangelicalism away from political associations. Gianna Toboni travels to the Bible Belt to see how evangelicals are navigating today's volatile political environment. "Terror in Congo" Conflict in Eastern Congo has killed as many as six million people, more than any war since WWII. Yet this conflict remains among the most underreported crises in the world. Ben Anderson reports on the ADF (Allied Democratic Forces), one of the least known, but most violent groups in the world.
- VICE – Season 6, Episode 21
Engineering Earth"Engineering Earth" Greenhouse gas emissions are at unprecedented levels and still rising. As climate deniers and their allies in industry and government thwart conservationists' efforts, some scientists are working to develop a back-up plan: use technology to "geoengineer" the Earth's atmosphere and reduce the impacts of climate change. Shane Smith and Ben Anderson find out how this technology would work and how effective this radical, and potentially dangerous, plan could be.
- VICE – Season 6, Episode 22
Brainhackers & Fall of Rio"Brainhackers" Advancements in neurotechnology are blurring the line between biology and technology. An emerging push to implant electronic devices inside the human body and hardwire them to our brains may allow us not only to overcome a host of ailments but to open up new avenues of human experience. Thomas Morton gets an inside look at what might be the next evolutionary step for humankind. "Fall of Rio" Brazil hosted the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics in an effort to create wealth and improve safety and security for the nation's poor. But today the country is in a financial crisis, its government is consumed with a monumental corruption scandal and violence is rising as drug trafficking gangs fight for control. Ben Anderson returns to Rio to see what happened.
- VICE – Season 6, Episode 23
Consent"Consent" 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.
- VICE – Season 6, Episode 24
Voodoo Wrestling & Big Placebo"Voodoo Wrestling" Mystical voodoo rituals and professional wrestling converge in Catch Fetiche, a popular but polarizing sport in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Until recently it was an all-male sport, but women have been getting into the ring to fight, pushing the definition of gender roles in a country where violence against women is high. Dexter Thomas travels to Kinshasa to see the battles firsthand and meet the women wrestlers who are emerging as the sport's new champions. "Big Placebo" Americans spend billions of dollars every year on alternative medicine. While products like dietary supplements are nothing new, a wave of lucrative endorsements from celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow and "influencers" on social media have made "wellness" a booming industry. Charlet Duboc meets devotees and skeptics, to figure out just what's going on with the country's wellness obsession.
- VICE – Season 6, Episode 25
Death Inc. & Bannon's World"Death Inc." 2018 is on track to be Mexico's deadliest year on record with over 20,000 homicides so far. In a country where more than 90 percent of crimes go unsolved, searching for truth and justice can make you a target. Civilians, journalists and politicians have been intimidated, killed or have disappeared. We sent VICE correspondent Gianna Toboni to investigate the roots of this spiraling murder rate and meet the people who refuse to be silenced. "Bannon's World" When President Trump's former strategist, Steve Bannon, was ousted from his White House post, he didn't disappear. He went to Europe and is heading up new projects to support right-wing populist parties that are currently surging across the continent. We sent Michael Moynihan to Sweden, Italy, and Belgium to track Bannon and see the rise of Europe's right-wing populist movement firsthand.
- VICE – Season 6, Episode 26
The Road to Asylum & Lab Rat Nation"The Road to Asylum" Over the last year, the Trump administration has increased its efforts to crackdown on asylum in America. Citing widespread abuse and fraud in the system, the administration narrowed asylum protections for those fleeing domestic and gang violence, an action that disproportionately affects people fleeing Central America. VICE Correspondent Krishna Andavolu traveled to Central America and the US southern border to see how these new policy changes are impacting the fate of thousands of asylum seekers. "Lab Rat Nation" Pharmaceutical companies spend years seeking approval from the FDA to bring new drugs to market. During the first phase of clinical trials, drugs are tested on healthy human beings who are often paid thousands of dollars for trying unapproved drugs and reporting their side effects. Vikram Gandhi travels into the bizarre world of these human guinea pigs to get an inside look at the self-proclaimed "lab rats" who test our medicines.
- VICE – Season 6, Episode 27
A Living Hell & MDMA For PTSD"A Living Hell" After nearly four years of war in Yemen at least 10,000 civilians have been killed. Millions more have fled their homes and are now facing famine and disease. The situation is so dire that the UN has described it as the world's worst humanitarian disaster. The crisis, created in large part by US allies Saudi Arabia and the UAE, using US supplied weapons and planes, has turned Yemen into a living hell. Ben Anderson returns to Yemen, gets access to the various fighting groups waging war for the Saudi/Emirati led coalition, and sees the devastating effect the chaotic fighting and indiscriminate bombing is having on civilians. "MDMA For PTSD" PTSD affects millions of Americans, including 20 percent of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and up to 30 percent of first responders. Despite this, available treatment is limited, resulting in long term suffering and, in many cases, suicide. But a new set of trials using MDMA-assisted therapy has achieved remarkable results. VICE's Ben Anderson, who has been covering conflict for almost two decades and was diagnosed himself over a year ago, decided to try the treatment.
- VICE – Season 6, Episode 28
The War at Home & Putin's Crimea"The War at Home" On average, three women in the United States are killed each day by a current or former partner. With firearms greatly increasing the odds of homicide inside homes with reports of domestic violence, some states are making efforts to seize firearms from those with orders of protection against them. Meanwhile other states have passed legislation making it easier for those who file protection orders to carry a weapon without a license. We sent Gianna Toboni to meet the women working to fix the shortcomings of a legal system that often fails to protect women. "Putin's Crimea" In 2014, Russia seized the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea in one of the most brazen annexations of territory since World War II. Aside from economic sanctions, that land grab has largely been forgotten by the international community. More than four years on, Russia's grip on Crimea seems stronger than ever. Isobel Yeung investigates how Crimeans are really faring under Russian control, and how Ukrainians are clinging to the hope of reunification.
- VICE – Season 6, Episode 29
Doom Boom & Unfair"Doom Boom" Throughout human history, doomsayers--people predicting the end of the world--have lived largely on the fringes of society. Today, a doomsday industry is booming thanks to TV shows, movies, hyper-partisan politics and the news media. With the country's collective anxiety on the rise, even the nation's wealthiest people are jumping on board, spending millions of dollars on survival readiness in preparation for unknown calamities. We sent Thomas Morton to see how people across the country are planning to weather the coming storm. "Unfair" India is home to Bollywood, the world's most prolific movie industry. For those who dream of stardom, landing a leading role may depend on the color of your skin. India's preference for fair skin has given rise to a skin-lightening industry worth nearly $500 million dollars. Gianna Toboni heads to Mumbai to find out how this cultural bias is fueling the booming business of fairer skin.
- VICE – Season 6, Episode 30
Back in the DPRK & California Burning"Back in the DPRK" VICE Media founder Shane Smith has been traveling to North Korea for years, including during some of the most acrimonious periods in its history. Now, the country is on a charm offensive and appears to be slowly emerging from its isolation. In the wake of a series of inter-Korean summits and the first ever DPRK-US summit, Smith returns to the Korean peninsula to see how Seoul and Pyongyang are reacting to the new detente. "California Burning" California is experiencing its worst wildfire season in a decade, and November's Camp Fire was the deadliest, most destructive fire in state recorded history. While climate change is partially to blame, and its effects becoming more severe according to a new government report, there might be another culprit at play. Gianna Toboni travels to the scorched town of Paradise to learn how California can survive a future of deadlier fires.
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