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Glossary: V
First Air Date: April 5th, 2013
Last Air Date: December 14th, 2018
Created By: Shane Smith
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Aired On: HBO
Episode Runtime: 30 minutes
Total Seasons: 6 Seasons
Total Episodes: 113 Episodes
Type: News
Status: Ended
Homepage: HBO - VICE

Last Updated: Thu, 29 Feb 2024 22:32:32 +0000

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A documentary news series with a taboo-breaking team who deliver incredible news stories from around the world.

Seasons and Episodes

Specials (25 Episodes)

1: What is VICE? (Extended) - Aired: 2013-03-25

No overview available.

2: Assassination Nation: Backyard Gunshop (Extended) - Aired: 2013-04-29

Vice correspondent Ryan Duffy visits an illegal backyard gun shop in Danao, Philippines, where an underground gunmaker teaches him just how guns in the Philippines get made.

3: World's Most Dangerous Border: Bajaur Raid (Extended) - Aired: 2013-04-19

While in Bajaur, Pakistan - considered the main refuge and supply-route for Taliban insurgents - Shane gets a first-hand look at what a raid operation with Bajaur Scouts looks like.

4: World's Most Dangerous Border: Pakistani Dress Up (Extended) - Aired: 2013-04-19

Before heading out to the Line of Control that divides India and Pakistan, Shane decides to buy the local garb -- shalwar kameez - to fit in.

5: Escape from North Korea: Hanawon Resettlement Center (Extended) - Aired: 2013-04-22

Before a defector can officially become a member of South Korean society, he or she must complete a program at the Hanawon Resettlement Center. Thomas sits down with the Director of Education to get a glimpse into the crash course that transforms defector into denizen.

6: European Meltdown: Germany's Far Right (Extended) - Aired: 2013-04-26

At a rally held by the National Democratic Party (NDP), the largest far right party in Germany, we see the NDP and their oppositionists face off.

7: European Meltdown: The New Face of French Nationalism (Extended) - Aired: 2013-04-26

Amidst the economic strain in France, the far right Front National has experienced a resurgence in popularity. Shane meets the new face of French nationalism and the successors of the Le Pen lineage, Marine Le Pen and Marion Marechal-Le Pen.

8: Mormon Lost Boys: Lorin's Story (Extended) - Aired: 2013-05-03

Lorin Holm, who has been excommunicated from the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints since 2011, invited us to his home to give us a first-hand look of the house he once shared with his three wives and 25 children.

9: China's Ghost Towns: Strolling the Thames (Extended) - Aired: 2013-05-10

Vice correspondent, Ryan Duffy takes a stroll with some tour guides through Thames Town in Songjiang, China and learns about the English 'Copy Cat City', its value, uses and the 'One City, Nine Towns' plan China has established for the outskirts of Shanghai.

10: Egypt on the Brink: Women Under Assault (Extended) - Aired: 2013-05-10

Vice Founder Suroosh Alvi meets with some local activists around Tahrir Square to learn about the horrible conditions Egyptian women have been put in while their country has been turned upside down.

11: Underground Heroin Clinic: Bwiti Naming Ceremony (Extended) - Aired: 2013-05-18

Vice Founder, Shane Smith heads to Harlem to meet up with Matt, a heroin user who recently kicked his habit through a ritual ceremony involving the psychedelic drug, ibogaine

12: Tobaccoland: Anti-Smoking Rally (Extended) - Aired: 2013-05-18

Vice Correspondent Thomas Morton attends an anti-tobacco Human Rights Day in Jakarta, Indonesia where he tries to kick his addiction.

13: The World is Sinking: Preventative Measures: (Extended) - Aired: 2013-06-07

Vice Founder, Shane Smith, explores global warming by talking to leading experts about what can be done to save the impending disasters that are caused by rising water levels around the world.

14: Senegalese Laamb Wrestling: Marabout Ritual (Extended) - Aired: 2013-06-07

Vice Correspondent Thomas Morton trains for an upcoming laamb wrestling match and meets a Senegalese shaman who bathes him in a series of potions to give him an edge over his opponent.

15: Chiraq: Global Gangsters (Extended) - Aired: 2013-06-14

Vice Correspondent Thomas Morton meets some young Chicago rappers to gauge the impact of street violence on their lives and music.

16: Nigeria's Oil Pirates: The Curse of Oil (Extended) - Aired: 2013-06-14

Vice Founder Suroosh Alvi hangs out with some Nigerian locals who explain how oil spills affect their community and land.

17: Basketball Diplomacy: Lunch with the North Korean Team (Extended) - Aired: 2013-06-14

After making basketball history playing alongside the North Korean National Team, Vice Correspondent, Ryan Duffy and the Harlem Globetrotters sit down for a meal with the North Korean players, sharing highlights from the game and reactions to the surprise appearance of the Grand Marshall, Kim Jong Un.

18: The Hosts Extended Featurette - Aired: 2014-02-18

No overview available.

19: VICE Special Report: Killing Cancer - Aired: 2015-02-27

An hour-long in-depth documentary that focuses on therapies that go far, far beyond chemo. We'll be taking a look at how doctors use HIV, measles, and genetically-engineered cold viruses to strengthen patients' immune systems and wipe out cancer cells without damaging their bodies the way chemo normally does.

20: VICE Special Report: Fixing The System - Aired: 2015-09-27

The special offers a panoramic perspective on crime and punishment, and will follow all the key characters in America’s sprawling justice system, including prisoners and their families, members of the judiciary, and community reformers.

21: VICE Special Report: Countdown to Zero - Aired: 2015-12-01

In honor of World AIDS day, Vice dives deep into the revolutionary breakthroughs happening in AIDS/HIV prevention and treatment.

22: VICE Special Report: Fighting ISIS - Aired: 2016-01-31

No overview available.

25: VICE Special Report: A House Divided - Aired: 2016-12-09

In first post-election look at the political climate that gave rise to Donald Trump, president Obama speaks to VICE’s Shane Smith about the fierce partisan fighting that dominated his presidency and divided the country.

30: VICE Special Report: A World in Disarray - Aired: 2017-07-21

In the decades following World War II, the United States led the way in shaping the world order. Since the end of the Cold War, old alliances have fractured and new rivalries have arisen, resulting in a world increasingly in disarray, where weak states threaten global stability just as much as strong ones do. VICE founder Suroosh Alvi and other VICE correspondents (Producers) examine the foreign policies that have shaped the modern world and meet people living through today's major conflicts in this exclusive HBO presentation that features interviews with Condoleezza Rice, Tony Blair, Samantha Power, Ash Carter and others.

31: Panic: The Untold Story of the 2008 Financial Crisis - Aired: 2018-12-10

A decade after the 2008 financial crisis, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, Henry Paulson, Ben Bernanke, Timothy Geithner and more speak out as they never have before.

Season 1 (10 Episodes)

1: Assassination Nation/The Killer Kids of the Taliban - Aired: 2013-04-05

Assassination Nation: Political assassinations in the Philippines; The Killer Kids of the Taliban: Taliban-supported child suicide bombers in Afghanistan.

2: Escape from North Korea/World's Most Dangerous Border - Aired: 2013-04-12

Escape from North Korea: Desperate defectors flee North Korea; The World's Most Dangerous Border: Kashmir’s line of control – the world’s most dangerous place.

3: Gun School/Toxic Iraq - Aired: 2013-04-19

Gun School: Armed preparedness in a New Mexico school; Toxic Iraq: the human toll of post-war toxic waste in Iraq.

4: Chinese Cockblock/European Meltdown - Aired: 2013-04-26

Chinese Cockblock: The plight of desperate bachelors in China; European Meltdown: ultra-extreme reactions to the economic crisis in Europe.

5: Mormon Lost Boys/The Fat Farms of Mauritania/Mumbai Slumscraper - Aired: 2013-05-03

Mormon Lost Boys: Exiled sons of polygamists; The Fat Farms of Mauritania: fat farms for Mauritanian women; Mumbai Slumscraper: have and have-nots in Mumbai.

6: Corruption - Aired: 2013-05-10

China's Ghost Towns: How China’s appetite for housing created huge ghost cities; Egypt On The Brink: the violent aftermath of Arab Spring in Egypt.

7: Addiction - Aired: 2013-05-17

Tobaccoland: Tobacco obsession in Indonesia; Underground Heroin Clinic: treating heroin addiction with hallucinogens in Mexico.

8: Fighting Chances - Aired: 2013-05-31

Senegalese Laamb Wrestling: Laamb wrestling in Senegal; The World is Sinking: the rising tide of climate change.

9: Gangs & Oil - Aired: 2013-06-07

Chiraq: Failed state on the south side of Chicago; Nigeria's Oil Pirates: oil drilling in the Niger River Delta.

10: The Hermit Kingdom - Aired: 2013-06-14

Basketball Diplomacy: VICE makes history on a trip to North Korea to play hoops and meet with "supreme leader" Kim Jong-un.

Season 2 (12 Episodes)

1: The Afghan Money Pit & the Pacification of Rio - Aired: 2014-03-14

The U.S. has spent nearly $100 billion on reconstruction projects in Afghanistan, the most spent on any country in history. But John Sopko, special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction, has found that much of that money has been wasted and misused, and has even fallen into the hands of the Taliban. Shane Smith heads to Afghanistan for a tour of American taxpayer dollars gone down the drain. Rio de Janeiro is working hard to remedy its reputation as a drug and murder capital in time for the upcoming World Cup and Olympics. The Special Police Operations Battalion (BOPE) has been charged with pacifying the slums (favelas), but BOPE's military occupation of increasing numbers of favelas has been criticized as heavy-handed. Some corrupt members of the BOPE, together with ex-police, have formed militia gangs of their own and are controlling many favelas by sinister means, openly extorting, torturing, killing and making criminals disappear. Still, there are hundreds of favelas, untouched by pacification, that remain under the control of drug gangs who act with complete impunity. Ben Anderson looks behind the picturesque façade of Rio's marketing campaign to reveal the dark underbelly of the city.

2: Greenland Is Melting & Bonded Labor - Aired: 2014-03-21

Greenland recorded its highest temperatures ever in 2013. Though some say that's not cause for concern, the equivalent of three Chesapeake Bays'-worth of water melts off the island every year, affecting sea levels around the world. Shane Smith embarks on an expedition to Greenland with climate scientist Jason Box to discover the reasons for the melting, and how the resulting sea level rise will mean devastation sooner than expected. Millions of men, women and children work as bonded laborers in Pakistan's brick kilns. This abusive practice is facilitated by the devastating disenfranchisement of workers and by the pervasive corruption of the brick kiln industry and Pakistani law enforcement. Fazeelat Aslam goes to the brick kilns to see the conditions and learn how certain organizations are fighting back by rescuing the workers from this modern-day slavery.

3: American Scrap & Children of the Drones - Aired: 2014-03-28

David Choe examines the scrap metal trade in America and Suroosh Alvi explores the effects of drone strikes in Afghanistan.

4: A Syria of Their Own & White Gold - Aired: 2014-04-04

'A Syria of Their Own' - Thomas Morton goes to the frontline of the battle for a Kurdish state to follow the story of Syria's forgotten ethnic group, the Kurds. 'White Gold' - Rhino horn has been coveted in Eastern medicine for centuries. Vikram Gandhi traces the trade from Southern Africa to Vietnam to understand this illicit phenomenon which has been on the rise.

5: Terrorist University & Armageddon Now - Aired: 2014-04-11

'Terrorist University' - Dagestan is Russia's hotbed for Muslim extremism; Shane Smith heads there to follow in the footsteps of Boston Marathon Bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev who spent six months there. 'Armageddon Now' - Thomas Morton looks at the Israel-Palestinian conflict and the surprising Evangelical support for the Jewish State.

6: Rocky Mountain High & North Korean Defectors - Aired: 2014-04-25

Rocky Mountain High: Impact of legalized marijuana in Colorado; North Korean Defectors: The struggles of North Korean defectors relocating to South Korea.

7: The Pink Gang Rebellion & Genetic Passport - Aired: 2014-05-02

“The Pink Gang Rebellion” - The brutal details of a 2012 gang rape on a Delhi bus focused international attention on India’s rampant rape issue. Inept law enforcement, the social stigma associated with rape, and a patriarchal social structure have allowed sexual assaults to plague Indian women. Delhi’s police department has vowed to hire more female officers and set up a help desk, but these measures are hardly a solution. Rapes in Delhi doubled in 2013, and as bad as it is in Delhi, the Indian countryside is even worse. Instead of investigating rape cases, rural police officers often ignore victims and their families. But one woman, Sampat Pal, has galvanized a group of rural women into the Gulabi Gang, or Pink Gang, to combat the injustice of sexual assault. Gelareh Kiazand heads to rural Indian to investigate the issue and embed with this revolutionary gang. “Genetic Passport” - From 1949 to 1989, the Soviet Union, determined to prepare for nuclear warfare, detonated more than 450 nuclear bombs in an area of Kazakhstan known as the Semipalatinsk Test Site. For hundreds of thousands of Kazakhs, radiation not only surrounded them, but became part of their DNA. In an effort to curtail the birth of a new generation of deformed children, a Kazakh doctor recently tried to implement a mandatory “genetic passport” allowing people to know if their genes were damaged by radiation. Thomas Morton goes to Kazakhstan to learn more about this controversial initiative.

8: The Resource Curse & Deliver Us from Drought - Aired: 2014-05-09

As humanity’s appetite for energy grows exponentially, the extraction industry scrambles to the most remote regions on Earth to satisfy demand. In the undeveloped Melanesian country of Papua New Guinea, America’s Exxon Mobil has staked its claim to a $19 billion dollar liquid natural-gas project expected to start production in late 2014. Vikram Gandhi heads to Papua New Guinea to investigate. Over in Texas, Thomas Morton investigates the climate catastrophe, and discovers firsthand the local responses, which often involve reaching out for divine intervention.

9: Crude Awakening & The Enemy of My Enemy - Aired: 2014-05-16

Shane Smith heads to Louisiana to report on the lasting effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Then, Ben Anderson goes deep into Houthi-controlled territory to learn about the group that’s fighting, and beating, Al Qaeda in the east, Saudi Arabia in the north, and Yemen’s central government in the south.

10: Playing with Nuclear Fire & No Man Left Behind - Aired: 2014-05-23

Investigating the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan; veterans struggling with mental illness and addiction.

11: Heroin Warfare & The Coldest War - Aired: 2014-06-06

"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.

12: Surveillance City & The Forgotten War - Aired: 2014-06-13

"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.

Season 3 (14 Episodes)

1: Our Rising Oceans - Aired: 2015-03-06

A report on climate change that features a visit to Antarctica to observe melting glaciers and a report on rising sea levels in Bangladesh. Then an interview with Vice President Joe Biden.

2: To Serve and Protect & Coming to America - Aired: 2015-03-13

“To Serve and Protect” – Thomas Morton reports from Ferguson, Mo., in the aftermath of the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, and interviews journalist Radley Balko about the militarization of police in the U.S.. “Coming to America” – Suroosh Alvi visits El Salvador to observe the reasons behind mass migration north, and chronicles a journey through Central America on top of trains that leads to the U.S.

3: We The People & Countdown to Extinction - Aired: 2015-03-20

“We the People” – A recent study funded by the Department of Homeland Security listed domestic right-wing groups as two of the top three greatest terrorist threats in America. Host Gianna Toboni investigates these so-called patriots, training and taking up arms along the border. “Countdown to Extinction” – Correspondent Isobel Yeung visits the Mozambique Channel and the Gulf of Mexico to get an idea of how much we've overfished our oceans, and what we can now do to reverse that trend.

4: Lines in the Sand & Outsourcing Embryos - Aired: 2015-03-27

Drug trafficking in Africa. Indian women who are paid to carry babies for wealthy foreigners.

5: Synthetic Drug Revolution & Transsexuals of Iran - Aired: 2015-04-10

The future of recreational drugs. Sex-change surgeries in Iran.

6: The Post-Antibiotic World & Indonesia's Palm Bomb - Aired: 2015-04-17

The palm oil industry in Indonesia and the search for new antibiotics.

7: Sweet Home Alabama & Haitian Money Pit - Aired: 2015-04-24

Thomas Morton reports on the fallout from anti-immigration legislation in Alabama. Vikram Gandhi visits Haiti to examine what happened to billions of dollars in relief and reconstruction aid following the 2010 earthquake.

8: Egyptian Tomb Raiders & Rent a White Guy - Aired: 2015-05-01

Gianna Toboni investigates who's behind the looting of antiquities in the Middle East in the aftermath of the Arab Spring. Thomas Morton reports on the popularity of Western white males in China.

9: Savior Seeds & India's Water Crisis - Aired: 2015-05-08

The future of food and genetically modified organisms. India's shortage of clean water.

10: A Prayer for Uganda & Kidneyville - Aired: 2015-05-15

Anti-gay leaders teach intolerance to Uganda's youth. The illegal market for kidneys in Bangladesh.

11: Evolution of a Plague & Campus Coverup - Aired: 2015-06-05

An investigation of sexual assault on college campuses and why schools try to keep it off the record includes remarks by Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.). Also: a report on the Ebola outbreak in Africa.

12: Enemies at the Gates & Global Jihad - Aired: 2015-06-12

Suroosh Alvi travels to Saudi Arabia to see how America's staunchest Arab ally is defending itself - and how it may be fanning the flames of global militancy. Gianna Toboni travels to Europe to meet some of the young men drawn to ISIS's call, and visits with American Navy strike pilots working to roll back the Islamic State's gains.

13: Afghanistan After Us & La Haine - Aired: 2015-06-19

Ben Anderson returns to Helmand, the country'smost violent province, to investigate the security situation in Afghanistan as American involvement winds down. Vikram Gandhi goes to Paris to gauge the causes of the growing hate in the City of Lights.

14: Cold War 2.0 - Aired: 2015-06-26

The increasingly strained relationship between Russia and NATO is examined in the Season 3 finale, which includes remarks by U.S. president Barack Obama and vice president Joe Biden.

Season 4 (18 Episodes)

1: Boko Haram & Unnatural Selection - Aired: 2016-02-05

Former Navy SEAL and new VICE correspondent Kaj Larsen travels to Nigeria to see what the cat-and-mouse game between the terrorist group Boko Haram and the Nigerian government means for the people caught in the middle of the fight. Isobel Yeung reports from Brazil, Scotland, China, and the United States on the technological advances that could reshape evolution as we know it.

2: Escape to Europe & Cycle of Terror - Aired: 2016-02-12

New VICE correspondent Ahmed Shihab-Eldin follows the Syrian refugee trail from the Syrian border to Europe, meeting Syrians determined to find a better life. Gianna Toboni travels to France and around the U.S. to see how the global reaction to the bloody ISIS attacks in Paris is affecting the fight against terrorism.

3: Right to Die - Aired: 2016-02-19

VICE explores the moral, political and personal questions raised by how and when we end our lives.

4: Beating Blindness & White Collar Weed - Aired: 2016-02-26

Isobel Yeung reports on the doctors and researchers who are making incredible strides in the fight against blindness. Hamilton Morris travels to California's infamous Emerald Triangle to meet struggling mom-and-pop growers, and visits with the investors and entrepreneurs eager to cash in on the next big consumer market--even if it could put the small guys out of business.

5: Meathooked & End of Water - Aired: 2016-03-04

Isobel Yeung travels to the feedlots, farms and slaughterhouses where our meat is made, to see the true costs of our burger habit. Vikram Gandhi reports from California's once-abundant farmland and the heart of Sao Paulo's reservoir system to assess the depths of the water shortage crisis, and what can be done to reverse it.

6: Return to Yemen & Church and States - Aired: 2016-03-11

Ben Anderson returns to Yemen, where he reported 'The Enemy of My Enemy' for VICE S2, to witness one of the worlds most bloody and underreported conflicts - the Yemen's Houthi rebels insurrection in Saudi Arabia. Gianna Toboni meets some of the families who are navigating the new landscape of legalized same-sex marriage, and hears from supporters of religious freedom laws, as VICE explores where the battle for equal rights heads from here.

7: Palestine Now & Viva Cuba Libre - Aired: 2016-03-25

Ahmed Shihab-Eldin reports from Bethlehem, Hebron, Ramallah and East Jerusalem to explore what life is like for young Palestinians in 2016. Shane Smith visits the 2015 Summit of the Americas to see the political thawing of relationships between Cuba and the United States, and then Havana, Cuba to speak to Cubans about how music and culture are helping bridge the divide between two former enemies.

8: Afghan Women's Rights & Floating Armories - Aired: 2016-04-08

With the Taliban gaining ground again, Isobel Yeung reports from Kabul on the fight for dignity and rights of women in Afghanistan. VICE co-founder Suroosh Alvi reports from a private military contractors' floating armories in the Gulf of Aden to take a closer look who's protecting global commerce today.

9: The Future of Energy - Aired: 2016-04-15

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.

10: Trump in Dubai & China in Africa - Aired: 2016-04-22

VICE Correspondent Ben Anderson investigates the 5 million migrant workers in The United Arab Emirates, many of whom are employed on a project bearing the name of a man who might be our next president, Donald Trump. VICE Correspondent Isobel Yeung heads to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya and South Africa to meet the characters behind the China-Africa business deals and explores what this increasingly prominent relationship could mean for the future of global politics.

11: The Deal & City of Lost Children - Aired: 2016-04-29

VICE founder Shane Smith travels to Tehran to gauge attitudes about America and see the reactor that started Iran's nuclear program, and meets with key dealmakers--and critics--in Washington, DC. VICE correspondent Thomas Morton reports from Kolkata, where entire tribes of homeless children run rampant along the tracks of Howrah Station.

12: The End of Polio & Collateral Damage - Aired: 2016-05-06

VICE's Ben Anderson travels to Karachi Pakistan to meet with the health workers putting their lives on the line to finally eradicate Polio. Kaj Larsen travels to Myanmar and Laos to see the devastating effects of unexploded ordnance and to meet the trained disposal teams working to clean up these weapons before they claim more lives.

13: State of Surveillance - Aired: 2016-05-27

To find out the government's real capabilities regarding digital surveillance, and whether any of us can truly protect our sensitive information, VICE founder Shane Smith heads to Moscow to meet the man who started the conversation, Edward Snowden.

14: Heroin Crisis & New Age of Nukes - Aired: 2016-06-03

'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.

15: Flint Water Crisis & Libya on the Brink - Aired: 2016-06-10

'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. 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. VICE 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. Today, a split between government factions has ceded large portions of the country to ISIS fighters and other extremists. VICE reports from the front lines as rival militias fight to save Libya as we know it.

16: Die Trying - Aired: 2016-06-17

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.

17: Student Debt & Fecal Medicine - Aired: 2016-06-24

'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. VICE 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 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. VICE reports from the labs and lavatories where this medical revolution is taking place.

18: The New $pace Race & Closing Gitmo - Aired: 2016-07-01

'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. VICE 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. VICE meets with ex-detainees who survived Gitmo, and the general who built it in the first place, to find out what really happens behind the camp's walls.

Season 5 (29 Episodes)

1: Assad's Syria & Cost of Climate Change - Aired: 2017-02-24

“Assad's Syria” - Isobel Yeung travels through regime-controlled Syria to see how Assad prevailed and to find out what might happen next in his crippled country. “Cost of Climate Change” - In the face of a scientific consensus, and with the Trump administration ushering some climate deniers into the highest levels of government, Shane Smith follows the money to see the true economic stakes of decades of denial.

2: Trans Youth - Aired: 2017-03-03

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.

3: When the Earth Melts & The Displaced - Aired: 2017-03-10

“When the Earth Melts” - VICE Correspondent Ben Anderson travels across the Arctic to examine the devastating impact of thawing permafrost--and the astonishing solution that might keep it frozen. “Displaced” - VICE Correspondent Gianna Toboni follows the journey of refugees journeying across the Mediterranean Sea who have been left in limbo due to the tightening borders of an increasingly nationalist Europe.

4: Kings of Cannabis & Into the Darkness - Aired: 2017-03-17

"Kings of Cannabis" - VICE correspondent Hamilton Morris joins two hunters on an epic journey through the Democratic Republic of Congo in search of one of the rarest species of Cannabis, whose unique genetics could ultimately earn them millions of dollars. "Into the Darkness" - From an abandoned gold mine that lies a mile beneath the Black Hills of South Dakota, to the world's most powerful telescope nestled into the high deserts of Chile, nuclear physicist Taylor Wilson meets the scientists working to unlock the secrets of our Universe.

5: Black and Blue & Our Bionic Future - Aired: 2017-03-24

"Black and Blue" - VICE correspondent Cord Jefferson reports from St. Louis, one of America's most dangerous cities, to hear from activists and police officers alike about race and policing. "Our Bionic Future" - VICE's Wilbert L. Cooper travels to Zurich to see the first ever bionic Olympics and discovers a host of technologies that are expanding what it means to be human.

6: End of Amateurism - Aired: 2017-03-31

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.

7: Life Under Sharia & Plastic Oceans - Aired: 2017-04-07

"Life Under Sharia" - VICE co-founder Suroosh Alvi travels to Aceh and across Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country, to experience Sharia up close and investigate its relationship to terrorism, as well as meet those who are fighting back against it. "Plastic Oceans" - VICE correspondent Isobel Yeung travels to the remote shores of Hawaii and the coast of the North Sea to see the extent of our plastic addiction and the surprisingly simple ways we can solve it.

8: Fast Food of Arabia & Nollywood - Aired: 2017-04-21

“Fast Food of Arabia” - Gianna Toboni travels to Kuwait, now one of the most obese countries on the planet, to witness the health effects on a country deep in the throes of an unlikely obsession with U.S. fast food. “Nollywood” - Thomas Morton explores the explosive productivity of Nigerian cinema, from DIY horror movies to big budget blockbusters, by becoming a Nollywood actor himself.

9: Medical Détente & Bananas - Aired: 2017-04-28

“Medical Détente” - VICE correspondent Gianna Toboni travels to Cuba to witness potential treatments and cures that flourished in the country's biotech industry despite the decades-long US embargo. “Bananas” - VICE heads to the heart of banana country in Latin American and the Philippines to see the devastating effects of the disease and to investigate what the loss of the banana would really mean besides a less colorful lunchbox.

10: Taliban Resurgence - Aired: 2017-05-05

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.

11: Engineering Immortality & Robot Revolution - Aired: 2017-05-12

“Engineering Immortality” - Isobel Yeung meets the scientists and doctors leading the charge in genomics, pharmaceuticals, and stem cell research, which promises to revolutionize how our bodies age in the years to come. “Robot Revolution” - VICE explores how robotics and the computers that power them are poised for an extraordinary leap forward with the emergence of artificial intelligence, and how humanity can reconcile the huge risks and possibilities that will follow.

12: Women Behind Bars & The Business of Making Art - Aired: 2017-05-19

“Women Behind Bars” - VICE correspondent Isobel Yeung spends time in prisons and jails across the country, discovering what it means to be an American woman behind bars. “The Business of Making Art” - With Warhol's art now fetching tremendous sums in the booming modern art marketplace, Ben Anderson embarks on a journey through the art world with some of Warhol's master printers to explore not just the question "What is art?" but "What is a Warhol?"

13: Taking Back Iraq & Lost Generation - Aired: 2017-06-02

“Taking Back Iraq” - Aris Roussinos embedded with Iraqi forces on the road to Mosul as they began their assault on Islamic State's last stronghold in Iraq. "Lost Generation" - Isobel Yeung travels to Iraq to see what the future looks like through the eyes of the youth.

14: The Politics of Terror & End of the EU? - Aired: 2017-06-09

“The Politics of Terror” - VICE examines the rise of Europe’s far right, and the hyper-charged climate fueling nationalist ideologies across the continent. “End of the EU?” - Shane Smith travels to the home of former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi to discuss why the populist message resonates across the continent, how the left fails to grasp populist anger, and the need for a unified response to rebuild Syria.

15: Future of Firearms & Russia “Wins” Climate Change - Aired: 2017-06-16

“Future of Firearms” - With the political landscape fundamentally changed, the firearms industry, and gun rights advocates, are looking for new ways to expand upon their 2nd amendment rights and the bottom line -- with some surprising results. VICE takes a closer look at the future of firearms in America. “Russia 'Wins' Climate Change” - Climate change is causing catastrophic changes to our planet, but it may be an economic blessing for Russia. As the Arctic ice melts, petroleum and mineral resources are more accessible, shipping lanes are opening up and the frozen Siberian tundra could become arable. In fact, the Russian government and people seem to be welcoming the warming temperatures. And with America pulling out of the Paris Agreement, perhaps this is a glimpse into our own future.

16: Cyber Supremacy & Japan Rising - Aired: 2017-06-23

“Cyber Supremacy” - Ben Ferguson travels to Tel Aviv to find out how Israel is on its way to becoming the world's top cyber superpower. “Japan Rising” - VICE sends Gianna Toboni to Tokyo to see the consequences of Japan's rising nationalism.

17: Last Line of Defense & El Rostro - Aired: 2017-06-30

“Last Line of Defense” - With the Constitutional right to fair representation in a court of law in jeopardy, Cord Jefferson heads to one of the worst hit states to see how overworked and underpaid public defenders are coping with the broken legal system. “El Rostro” - VICE travels deep in the Peruvian Amazon to where multinational companies have been extracting lucrative natural resources to see how these activities are decimating the land. With the native Harakmbut people as his guide, Ben Anderson goes into the forest to explore sacred landmarks they hope will prevent companies from destroying the land for a profit.

18: Power to the President - Aired: 2017-07-14

Isobel Yeung travels to Turkey as the country heads to the polls in a nationwide referendum that grants Erdogan unprecedented power.

19: Crude Reality & Between Oil and Water - Aired: 2017-07-28

“Crude Reality” - VICE's Isobel Yeung explores how corruption at the top in South Sudan is threatening to tear the world's newest country apart. “Between Oil and Water” - VICE travelled to the Sacred Stone Camp in December and followed the story of efforts to block construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline over the subsequent months as the Trump Administration moved quickly to resume work on the pipeline, examining how resource extraction has affected Native American communities.

20: Autism Under the Lens - Aired: 2017-08-04

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.

21: Show of Force & Return to Somalia - Aired: 2017-08-11

“Show of Force” - VICE travels to North Korea during the annual Day of the Sun celebrations as global tensions reached a fever pitch. As North Koreans celebrated the 105th birthday of their country's founder, Kim Il-sung, correspondent Charlet Duboc seeks to learn firsthand how its citizens are reacting to the escalating crisis. “Return to Somalia” - VICE correspondent Gianna Toboni heads to Mogadishu to witness the fight to save the country during an increase of al-Shabaab attacks.

22: Controlling the Narrative & Power to Congo - Aired: 2017-08-18

Filipino journalists risk their lives while reporting on the president's brutal war on drugs; journalist Carl Bernstein discusses press freedom; in spite of the deadly war, rangers fight to protect Congo's endangered species and natural resources.

23: Dawn of a Dictator - Aired: 2017-08-25

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro makes moves toward turning the country from a democracy into a dictatorship, creating a growing opposition to his rule.

24: Dirty Oil & Rebuilding Our Reefs - Aired: 2017-09-08

Nigerian locals fight to get their government to allow them to profit from oil jobs and urban development; after losing 50 per cent of the world's coral reefs over the last 30 years, scientists work to keep the remaining reefs alive.

25: Dark Web & Future of Appalachia - Aired: 2017-09-15

A group of law enforcement agencies fights back against those using the Internet for child sex abuse and child pornography; the future of the economy in Appalachia, which revolves heavily around the coal industry.

26: Divide and Conquer & Crackdown in Honduras - Aired: 2017-09-22

Gianna Toboni reports from North Carolina to witness the effects of gerrymandered congressional districts and examine the future of America's representative democracy. Also: a look at violent crime in Honduras and how the government has approached gang activity.

27: Russian Hacking & Contagion - Aired: 2017-09-29

The hacker ecosystem in Russia continues to grow; examining how vulnerable humans are to a new pandemic and looking at options for staving it off.

28: 'Post-Truth' News & Microbiome - Aired: 2017-10-06

Isobel Yeung examines what's driving the media's battle over facts and the polarization of the U.S. public during the Trump era; Thomas Morton reports from the Central African Republic on the emerging field of microbiome science.

29: After ISIS & Cubs of the Caliphate - Aired: 2017-10-13

Season 5 concludes with a report from Iraq on the aftermath of the ferocious and costly fight to retake Mosul from ISIS. Also: Isobel Yeung meets Iraqi youth who trained under ISIS, but now face an uncertain future as they try to rebuild their lives.

Season 6 (30 Episodes)

1: Raised in the System - Aired: 2018-04-06

Emmy-nominated actor Michael Kenneth Williams embarks on a personal journey to expose the root of the American mass incarceration crisis: the juvenile justice system.

2: Battle for Jerusalem/A Face In The Crowd - Aired: 2018-04-13

A look at the aftermath of President Trump's announcement to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem and a report from China on advances in facial recognition technology.

3: A Revolution in Ruins/New Kids on the Blockchain - Aired: 2018-04-20

An inside look at how the Libyan revolution is failing and a front-row seat to the geopolitical tug of war over Internet 3.0.

4: The Parkland Effect - Aired: 2018-04-27

Gianna Toboni sees firsthand how some teachers are taking up arms to be the “good guy with a gun that stops a bad guy with a gun” and explores the deep divisions in America that make it seem nearly impossible to stop these mass shootings.

5: Massacre in Myanmar/The Blue Helmets - Aired: 2018-05-04

Gianna Toboni travels to the Myanmar-Bangladesh border to investigate what the future holds for the world's most persecuted minority; correspondent Aris Roussinos joins U.N. peacekeepers on a peacekeeping operation across the lawless Sahara desert.

6: Iran in Iraq/Dying on the Vine - Aired: 2018-05-11

Isobel Yeung travels to Iraq to see how Iran is exerting its growing influence over the war-torn country ahead of parliamentary elections. Gianna Toboni heads to the vineyards of Napa during historic wildfires and the wine laboratories of Bordeaux to explore the dangers facing viticulture, and what they mean for agriculture everywhere.

7: Russian Democracy/Global Gag Rule - Aired: 2018-05-18

Ben Ferguson speaks with Russian voters and politicians to understand how democracy works in their country. Gianna Tobini examines how President Trump's Global Gag Rule impacts women's health in Uganda.

8: Printing Tomorrow/Are We Alone? - Aired: 2018-06-01

Krishna Andavolu delves into the cutting-edge world of 3D-printing, meeting the scientists and entrepreneurs pushing the boundaries of manufacturing, material science, and even space exploration. Scientists are closer than ever to finding life beyond Earth so VICE sent Nuclear physicist Taylor Wilson to explore one of our civilization's most haunting questions: Are we alone?

9: No Choice But to Choose/Rebel Republic - Aired: 2018-06-08

Gianna Toboni goes to Michigan to see school choice in action and understand what the future of public education might look like. Ben Anderson reports on the crisis in the Central African Republic, where the government barely controls the capital city, and 75% of the country is in the hands of at least 14 armed groups.

10: The Cost of Living/Paradise Lost - Aired: 2018-06-15

Investigating if a more democratized medicinal future is possible in America; citizens of Puerto Rico struggle to rebuild in the wake of Hurricane Maria, one of the worst natural disasters in the territory's history.

11: Separated By Birth - Aired: 2018-06-22

Krishna Andavolu embeds with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to explore what it’s like to be an American kid growing up in the shadow of deportation.

12: The Big Fix/Silicon Valley of India - Aired: 2018-06-29

The state of America’s infrastructure; and India’s tech talents, who once emigrated to the U.S. for job opportunities but are now putting their entrepreneurial spirit and engineering skills to use at home.

13: A Kurdish State/Out of Space - Aired: 2018-07-06

In Iraqi Kurdistan, Vice's Ben Anderson met those involved in the fight from the frontline to the Kurd's former guerrilla president to ask why the group recently voted for independence and what hopes they have for achieving a state of their own. Nuclear physicist Taylor Wilson joined the Air Force Space Command to see how a growing military and commercial space presence threatens the ubiquitous satellites, which are essential to humanity's digital way of life.

14: Opioid Generation/Hindustan - Aired: 2018-07-13

Isobel Yeung examines a surge in West Virginia child welfare cases in light of the country's opioid epidemic. Krishna Andavolu travels across India to investigate the nation's increase in religious nationalism.

15: After the Fall - Aired: 2018-07-20

Isobel Yeung returns to Syria to tell the stories of those who were caught in the crossfire between the most feared terror group on Earth and the U.S.-backed coalition, whose collateral damage destroyed most of the city.

16: Waiting to Die/Women in War - Aired: 2018-08-03

Gianna Toboni reports on capital punishment in the U.S. and follows one death-row inmate on his path to the execution chamber; Isobel Yeung travels to Yemen to interview women who are finding surprising ways to rise above terrorism, civil war and famine, and transcend their traditional roles in the country's conservative society.

17: Trump's Trade War - Aired: 2018-08-10

Michael Moynihan examines President Trump's claim that trade wars are easy to win, and what effect his policies could have on the global economy and the number of U.S. jobs.

18: A New Leaf/Quantum Supremacy - Aired: 2018-08-17

Charlet Duboc visits remote towns in Colombia where coca farming is a way of life to examine the struggle to make the nation cocaine-free. Taylor Wilson talks to scientists about the race to build the first quantum computer.

19: Trans in Texas/Nicaragua Deja Vu - Aired: 2018-08-24

Gianna Toboni returns to Texas to see how the transgender community is fighting to win acceptance and protection. Vikram Gandhi travels to Nicaragua to meet the new revolutionaries seeking to oust President Daniel Ortega and find out what the future may hold.

20: American Piety/Terror in Congo - Aired: 2018-09-07

Gianna Toboni travels to America's Bible Belt to see how evangelicals are navigating today's volatile political environment. Ben Anderson reports on the Allied Democratic Forces and their actions inside the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

21: Engineering Earth - Aired: 2018-09-14

As greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise at unprecedented levels, scientists work to develop a backup plan to use technology to "geoengineer" the Earth's atmosphere and reduce the effects of climate change.

22: Brainhackers/Fall of Rio - Aired: 2018-09-21

Thomas Morton reports on advances in neurotechnology that could open up new avenues of human experience. Ben Anderson returns to Rio de Janeiro to check on social, economic and political conditions since Brazil hosted the 2016 Olympics and 2012 World Cup.

23: Consent - Aired: 2018-09-28

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.

24: Voodoo Wrestling/Big Placebo - Aired: 2018-10-05

Dexter Thomas visits the Democratic Republic of the Congo to explore the sport of catch fétiche and the emergence of women as its new champions. Charlet Duboc reports on alternative medicine in the U.S. and the country's wellness obsession.

25: Death Inc./Bannon's World - Aired: 2018-11-09

Gianna Toboni travels to Mexico to investigate the roots of a spiraling murder rate and meets the people who refuse to be silenced. Michael Moynihan visits Sweden, Italy and Belgium to follow former Trump strategist Steve Bannon and witness the rise of Europe's right-wing populist movement.

26: The Road to Asylum/Lab Rat Nation - Aired: 2018-11-16

Krishna Andavolu reports from Central America and the southern U.S. border on the effects of Trump administration policies on thousands of asylum seekers. Vikram Gandhi interviews people who were paid by pharmaceutical companies to try drugs not yet approved by the FDA and report their side effects.

27: A Living Hell in Yemen/MDMA for PTSD - Aired: 2018-11-23

Ben Anderson returns to Yemen to witness the devastating effects of four years of war and indiscriminate bombing of civilians. Anderson investigates trials using MDMA-assisted therapy for veterans and first responders suffering from PTSD.

28: The War at Home/Putin's Crimea - Aired: 2018-11-30

Gianna Toboni reports on domestic violence in the U.S. and meets women working to fix the shortcomings of a legal system that often fails to protect them. Isobel Yeung investigates how Crimeans are faring under Russian control, and how Ukrainians are clinging to the hope of reunification.

29: Doom Boom/Unfair - Aired: 2018-12-07

Exploring the U.S.'s booming doomsday industry; the cultural bias towards lighter skin in India.

30: Back in the DPRK/California Burning - Aired: 2018-12-14

Revisiting the Korean peninsula in the wake of the new detente; the state of California's future in the wake of increasingly deadly fires.