This TV series is about important issues in the world that are important to our society. Just some of the topics that are discussed include the environment (global warming, pollution, extinction, etc.), drugs, globalization (its impact, what it means for both sides, pros and cons), and even conflicts in the world (wars, tensions, current political issues, how people feel and react to them).

Monday 9:00 PM et/pt on Current TV
6 Seasons, 60 Episodes
April 9, 2006
Cast: Mariana van Zeller, Christof Putzel

Vanguard Full Episode Guide

  • Mariana van Zeller explores the fastest growing sport in America - Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). MMA is now a billion-dollar industry, watched by millions on national TV. But increasingly, amateurs are stepping onto the mat and drawing blood. Mariana meets male and female cage fighters to understand why they love this violent sport. And she spends time in a church run by "The Fight Pastor," who ministers a flock of young men who fight for Jesus.

  • Christof Putzel moves into Zuccotti Park to explore the Occupy Wall Street movement from the inside. Produced by Brent and Craig Renaud.

  • Vanguard's "Two Americas" takes a ground-level survey of the growing economic disparity in America, profiling a month in the lives of two families in very different income brackets.

  • Christof Putzel travels coast to coast to investigate the bizarre range of marijuana laws and enforcement in America. In California, legalized medical marijuana has led to something of a free for all and the Feds are cracking down. In Colorado, medical marijuana is protected by the state constitution and millionaire entrepreneurs have set up shop. In New York City, African-American men are arrested by the tens of thousands for low-level pot possession.

  • In "Under the Knife Abroad," "Vanguard" correspondent Adam Yamaguchi travels to India, Mexico and Barbados to investigate one industry flourishing in these tough economic times: medical tourism.

  • Vanguard correspondent Adam Yamaguchi examines the rising tide of Islamophobia on both sides of the Atlantic. Ten years after 9/11, the fear of future attacks has given birth to an aggressive new network of anti-Muslim alarmists.

  • Christof Putzel reports from Juarez, Mexico, where US guns are fueling deadly drug wars.

  • In this "Vanguard" sneak peek, a student participates in a very different kind of class reading -- from the Alcoholics Anonymous "Big Book."

  • In this exclusive behind-the-scenes video, "Vanguard" correspondent Mariana van Zeller talks about the making of "This (Illegal) American Life," including her own experience as an immigrant to the U.S.

  • In "Tiger Farms," Vanguard correspondent Adam Yamaguchi goes undercover to investigate China's lucrative black market for tigers and tiger parts, including the business of Asian zoos and breeding centers.

  • In this dispatch from the field, "Vanguard" correspondent Mariana van Zeller's pre-planned shoot was interrupted when a former student killed 11 people at a Rio de Janeiro school.

  • In this sneak peek at an upcoming episode of Vanguard, correspondent Mariana van Zeller follows a preacher into a Rio de Janeiro favela (slum), where he performs powerful rituals -- exorcisms -- in the midst of drug addicts.

  • In this scene from "Sex, Lies & Cigarettes," correspondent Christof Putzel goes to the island of Sumatra in Indonesia to find the infamous "Smoking Baby" -- Aldi

  • Correspondent Mariana van Zeller investigates how and why OxyContin has fueled a new heroin epidemic in and around Boston.

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