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This documentary series attempts to take an unconventional approach to journalism by covering topics in a particularly immersive and confrontational style. The series airs on HBO and is based on the work of the controversial Vice journalism website. It is executive-produced by provocateur Bill Maher.

Friday 11:00 PM et/pt on HBO
1 Season, 117 Episodes
April 5, 2013
Documentary & Biography, News
Cast: Shane Smith, Gianna Toboni, Thomas Morton, Ben Anderson
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Vice Full Episode Guide

  • Throughout human history, doomsayers - people predicting the end of the world - have lived largely on the fringes of society. Today, however, the doomsday industry is thriving, thanks to TV shows, movies, hyperpartisan politics and the news media. With the country's collective anxiety on the rise, even the nation's wealthiest citizens are jumping on board, spending millions of dollars on survival readiness in preparation for unknown calamities. Thomas Morton sets out to see how people across the country are planning to weather the coming storm.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • A look at how scientists are trying to use technology to "geoengineer" the Earth's atmosphere to reduce the effects of climate change.

  • 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.

  • [HBO] HD. How the transgender community in Texas is fighting for rights and protection; meeting the new revolutionaries in Nicaragua.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Isobel Yeung goes to West Virginia to investigate a surge in child-welfare cases as opioid-addicted parents fight to keep their families together; Krishna Andavolu reports from India on the effects of religious nationalism on the nation's religious minorities.

  • Ben Anderson reports from Iraqi Kurdistan on citizens' hopes for independence; Taylor Wilson joins the Air Force Space Command to see how a growing military and commercial space presence could be a threat to satellites that are essential to humanity's digital way of life.

  • [HBO] HD. An in-depth look at the future of America's infrastructure; Exploring Bangalore, the world's next Silicon Valley.

  • 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.

  • Hamilton Morris explores the world of clandestine chemists, DIY bio hackers and grey markets to see if a more democratized medicinal future is possible; Isobel Yeung reports from Puerto Rico on the U.S. territory's continued struggles months after the island was ravaged by Hurricane Maria.

  • 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.

  • [HBO] HD. Exploring the future of 3D printing; the latest ways scientists are attempting to answer the ultimate question: Are we alone?

  • Ben Ferguson goes to Russia to speak with voters, candidates and opposition figures prohibited from running to learn how the nation's democracy operates; Gianna Toboni investigates the impact of the Global Gag Rule, which eliminates funding for any NGO providing abortion-related services, on women's health in Uganda.

  • Isobel Yeung travels to Iraq to investigate how Iran is exerting its influence over the country ahead of parliamentary elections; Gianna Toboni explores the effects of climate change on grape cultivation from the vineyards of Napa, Cal., to the wine laboratories of Bordeaux, France.

  • Gianna Toboni reports from the Myanmar-Bangladesh border to investigate what the future holds for Rohingya Muslim refugees who have fled violence in Myanmar; Aris Roussinos goes to Mali to join UN peacekeepers in the lawless Sahara desert. Also: an interview with UN Secretary-General António Guterres.

  • A report on gun violence in the U.S. features interviews with teachers who agree that taking up arms to stop mass shootings is a viable solution.

  • A Revolution in Ruins & New Kids on the Blockchain

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

  • A quick look at the riveting stories you can expect from 'VICE' in Season 5.

  • "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.

  • [HBO] HD. A look at what's driving the media's battle over facts and the polarization in the Trump Era; the emerging field of microbiome science.

  • "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.

  • [HBO] HD. The effects of gerrymandering on American democracy; examining Honduran prison system reform as the government tries to bring peace.

  • 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 this suffering industry extend beyond policy and regulations. VICE's Isobel Yeung goes to the heart of coal country to see what it will take to save Appalachia.

  • [HBO] HD. An inside look at the rise of Venezuela's dictatorship and the growing opposition to President Nicolas Maduro's rule.

  • Press freedom around the world has reached its lowest point in more than 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. 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.

  • “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.

  • Today, one in 68 children will be diagnosed with the developmental condition autism, a number that has more than doubled in the last two decades. 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 in the autism community that wants to refocus the science.

  • 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. 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. In December, VICE traveled to the Sacred Stone Camp in North Dakota, following the story over subsequent months as the Trump administration moved quickly to resume work on the pipeline, and examining how resource extraction has affected Native American communities.

  • Tracking the run-up to Turkey's recent referendum that grants unprecedented power to the country's president.

  • "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 examines the rise of Europe's far right--and the hyper-charged climate fueling nationalist ideologies across the continent. Plus, Silvio Berlusconi was in many ways Europe's original populist. 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 more.

  • [HBO] HD. Israel's rise as a world leader in cybersecurity and the revolutionary impact of hacking on warfare; Japan's rising nationalism.

  • Cord Jefferson examines the U.S. judicial system and how public defenders struggle to do their jobs; Ben Anderson reports on the battle over natural resources in the Peruvian Amazon.

  • HD. The staggering surge of incarcerated women in America; journeying through the art to answer the question 'What is a Warhol?'

  • Looming breakthroughs in genomics, pharmaceuticals and stem cell research bring humanity to a second longevity explosion; robotics and the computers that power them are poised for a leap forward with the emergence of artificial intelligence.

  • 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 ten 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.

  • 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.

  • Gianna Toboni reports on the globalization of fast food and the expanding obesity epidemic worldwide; Thomas Morton explores the productive world of Nigerian cinema and even takes a turn in front of the camera.

  • VICE co-founder Suroosh Alvi travels to Aceh and across Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country and travels to the remote shores of Hawaii and the coast of the North Sea to see the extent of our plastic addiction.

  • College athletics have seen sky rocketing revenue growth in the last decade, fueled by media contracts and corporate sponsors. In order to enter this system, the NCAA demands that players refuse profits and in return receive scholarships and access to state-of-the-art facilities. But with college sports now a multi-billion-dollar industry, the question being asked in federal court remains whether that compensation is enough.

  • Almost three years after Ferguson, tensions between the police and Black communities remain high. VICE correspondent Cord Jefferson reports from St. Louis to hear from activists and police officers alike about race and policing. Also VICE heads to Zurich to see the first ever bionic Olympics and discovers a host of technologies that are expanding what it means to be human.

  • A pair of strain hunters scour the Democratic Republic of Congo searching for one of the rarest species of cannabis; nuclear physicist Taylor Wilson sits down with the scientists working to unlock the secrets of the Universe.

  • 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. If this thaw continues unchecked, scientists warn we could awaken "a sleeping giant" of climate change./ 2016 was the deadliest year yet for refugees journeying across the Mediterranean Sea in the hopes of reaching 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. VICE Correspondent Gianna Toboni follows the journey of these refugees left in limbo.

  • Families and doctors rewrite the rules as they decide the best time to start medical intervention before transgender youth hit puberty.

  • After six years of civil war, Bashar al-Assad, Syria's longtime dictator is ready to regain full control of his country; the economic stakes of denying climate change for decades.

  • A sneak peek of Season 5.

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