The Afghan Money Pit & The Pacification of Rio
Season Two Premiere. 'Afghan Money Pit' - The U.S. has spent nearly $100 billion on reconstruction projects in Afghanistan, but much of that money has been wasted and misused--or fallen into the hands of the Taliban. 'The Pacification of Rio' - Rio de Janeiro's futile efforts to clean up corruption before the Olympics.
Greenland Is Melting & Bonded Labor
'Greenland Is Melting' - 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' - Millions of men, women, and children are working as bonded laborers in Pakistan's brick kilns.
American Scrap & Children of the Drones
'American Scrap' - 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' Suroosh Alvi investigates the effects of drone strikes in Pakistan, where extremism and militancy are growing as a result.
A Syria of Their Own & White Gold
'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.
Terrorist University & Armageddon Now
'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.
Rocky Mountain High & North Korean Defectors
'Rocky Mountain High' - The legalization of marijuana in the U.S. became a reality when Colorado lifted its prohibition on recreational marijuana use. David Choe looks at the impact of this ever-growing trade on the local and national economy. 'North Korean Defectors' - A look at the hardships faced by North Koreans defectors and their new lives in modernized South Korea.
The Pink Gang Rebellion & Genetic Passport
'The Pink Gang Rebellion' - The details of a 2012 gang rape on a Delhi bus focused attention on India's rampant rape issue. One woman, Sampat Pal, has galvanized a group to fight back. 'Genetic Passport' - In a radiation plagued former nuclear-testing site in Kazakhstan, a doctor has tried to implement a mandatory 'genetic passport.' Note: contains disturbing images.
The Resource Curse & Deliver Us from Drought
'The Resource Curse' - In Papua New Guinea, America's Exxon Mobil has staked its claim to a $19 billion liquid natural-gas project. 'Deliver Us from Drought' - Texas has experienced the worst drought in its recorded history, but while many feel human activity is a contributor, many Texans do not--and have taken few if any initiatives to limit the state's CO2 emissions.
Crude Awakening & The Enemy of My Enemy
'Crude Awakening'- Shane Smith heads to Louisiana to report on the lasting effects of the BP oil spill. 'The Enemy of My Enemy' - Yemen 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 real trouble is a little-known Houthi rebel movement in the north of the country.
Playing with Nuclear Fire & No Man Left Behind
'Playing with Nuclear Fire' - Three years after the Tohoku earthquake in Japan, citizens and the international community are left wondering if Japan really does have the situation under control. 'No Man Left Behind' - Ryan Duffy talks with veterans struggling with mental illness, addiction and PTSD who are often overprescribed narcotics and other pharmaceuticals.
Heroin Warfare & The Coldest War
'Heroin Warfare' Since the U.S. occupation of Afghanistan, heroin production has skyrocketed and led neighboring Iran into the worst heroin use problem in the world. 'The Coldest War' - 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, leading to a new Cold War.
Surveillance City & The Forgotten War
(Season Two Finale) 'Surveillance City' - Camden, New Jersey is one of the poorest and drug-ridden cities in the country, prompting the state to install an experimental 'Metro' security apparatus equipped with futuristic technologies. 'The Forgotten War' - Though the genocide in Darfur continues, media attention has waned and the rebels stand poised for civil war.
Our Rising Oceans
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. This extended report covers all sides of the issue and features an interview with Vice President Joe Biden.
To Serve and Protect/Coming to America
Thomas Morton goes to Ferguson, Mo--the scene of the Michael Brown shooting--for this look at how U.S. SWAT teams and police are being trained and how they are getting military-grade equipment to police their communities. Suroosh Alvi visits El Salvador to see the conditions that are motivating mass migration on top of a network of trains, called 'The Beast,' to get to the U.S.
We the People/Countdown to Extinction
VICE investigates the skyrocketing phenomenon of patriot groups in the U.S., training and taking up arms along the border. Plus, correspondent Isobel Yeung heads 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.
Lines in the Sand/Outsourcing Embryos
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. VICE looks at the boom in one of the world's newest billion-dollar industries: gestational surrogacy.
Synthetic Drug Revolution/Transsexuals of Iran
VICE correspondent Hamilton Morris meets the godfather of modern synthetic drugs at his remote lab in New Zealand in this look at the rise of these dangerous chemicals among young people in the U.S. Plus, VICE follows the stories of homosexuals and transsexuals in Iran as they navigate a terrifying cultural landscape.
The Post-Antibiotic World/Indonesia's Palm Bomb
The more we use antibiotics, the more we help dangerous superbugs build up their resistance. Thomas Morton travels along as they search deep in the jungle, and deep underground, for these life-saving drugs. With Palm oil demand exploding, growers in Indonesia are pushing farther and farther onto rainforest land, torching the forests as they go.
Sweet Home Alabama/Haitian Money Pit
In 2011, the state of Alabama passed one of the harshest anti-immigrant laws in U.S. history. Thomas Morton goes to Alabama to see what it would look like if undocumented workers just 'disappeared.' After a massive earthquake ravaged Haiti in 2010, the international community provided nearly $10 billion in aid. But where did all that money go?
Egyptian Tomb Raiders/Rent a White Guy
Correspondent Gianna Toboni goes to Egypt to meet some of the people behind the black-market trade of rare artifacts. Among China's growing upper class, nothing spells 'cool' like importing a European butler, or having a white businessman appear at your event. Thomas Morton heads to China to check out unusual jobs, whose only requirement is that the applicant be white and male.
Savior Seeds/India's Water Crisis
Genetically modified seeds have been planted around the world and hailed as a solution to global hunger. But these crops have also sparked heated protest. Isobel Yeung traces the path of these super-crops. Tania Rashid goes to India to investigate how the country hasn't been able to provide adequate clean water and sanitation systems for its growing population.
A Prayer for Uganda/Kidneyville
Virulent homophobia is on the rise in Uganda. Isobel Yeung travels there to meet some of the anti-gay leaders teaching intolerance to Uganda's youth. Vikram Gandhi goes to Dhaka, Bangladesh 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.
Evolution of a Plague/Campus Cover-Up
Tracing the worst Ebola outbreak in history; sexual assaults and cover-ups on American campuses.
Enemies at the Gates/Global Jihad
Saudi Arabia's role as both U.S. ally and terrorist spawning ground; the global appeal of ISIS.
Afghanistan After Us/La Haine
Ben Anderson returns to Helmand, Afghanistan's most violent province, to investigate the security situation in the country as American involvement winds down. With deep religious and cultural tensions rocking France, Vikram Gandhi goes to Paris to gauge the causes of the growing hate in the City of Lights.
Cold War 2.0
'VICE' Founder Shane Smith meets Kremlin officials and American leaders to figure out what's really driving the new standoff between Russia and the United States, while correspondent Simon Ostrovsky reports from the front lines of the bloody war in Eastern Ukraine.
Boko Haram/Unnatural Selection
Season Four Premiere. The fight against the terrorist group Boko Haram who are responsible for thousands of deaths in Nigeria. But is the hunt for insurgents causing as much harm as it's preventing? A new gene-editing method called CRISPR has made the process of gene-editing so astonishingly simple, it could reshape evolution as we know it.
Escape to Europe/Cycle of Terror
New VICE correspondent Ahmed Shihab-Eldin follows the refugee trail from Syria 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 violence in Paris is affecting the fight against terrorism.
Right to Die
When California enacted the End of Life Option Act, 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. VICE explores the moral, political and personal questions raised by how and when we end our lives.
Beating Blindness/White Collar Weed
Doctors and researchers are making incredible strides in the fight against blindness. 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.
Meathooked/End of Water
Massive factory farms are springing up to meet the world's meat demand. But they also dish out enormous environmental harm. Isobel Yeung travels to where our meat is made, to see the true costs of our burger habit; Water is the most vital resource we have--but it's also one of the most threatened. Vikram Gandhi reports from California and Sao Paulo on the depths of the crisis.
Return to Yemen/Church and States
Ben Anderson returns to Yemen, where Saudi Arabia continues a massive and ruthless bombing campaign against Yemen's Houthi rebels; While many cheered the Supreme Court's decision to legalize same-sex marriage, the fight for equality is far from over. Gianna Toboni meets families who are navigating this new landscape, and hears from supporters of religious freedom laws.
Palestine Now/Viva Cuba Libre
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 bridging the divide between two former enemies.
Afghan Women's Rights/Floating Armories
With the Taliban gaining ground again, Isobel Yeung reports from Kabul on the fight for dignity and rights for women in Afghanistan. VICE co-founder Suroosh Alvi reports from one of many floating armories--private military contractors and their network of weapons storage ships afloat in lawless international waters--to take a closer look who's protecting global commerce today.
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.
Trump in Dubai/China in Africa
Ben Anderson investigates the plight of migrant workers in Dubai--many of them employed on a project bearing the name of a man who might be our next president; China is financing more infrastructure projects and selling more goods to Africa than any other trade partner in the world. Isobel Yeung looks at this increasingly prominent business relationship.
The Deal/City of Lost Children
Last year, the US reached an unprecedented agreement with Iran, lifting economic sanctions in exchange for Iran's agreement to limit its nuclear capabilities. VICE founder Shane Smith looks at the deal from both sides. 'VICE correspondent Thomas Morton reports from Kolkata, India where entire tribes of homeless children run rampant along the tracks of Howrah Station.
The End of Polio/Collateral Damage
Pakistan is the last battleground in the fight to eradicate polio. Ben Anderson travels to Karachi to meet with the health workers putting their lives on the line to fight this disease. Land mines are deadly weapons of war that remain a threat for years after the fighting is over. Kaj Larsen travels to Myanmar and Laos to see the devastating effects of unexploded ordnance.
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. To find out the government's real capabilities, and whether any of us can truly protect our sensitive information, Shane Smith heads to Moscow to meet the man who started the conversation, Edward Snowden.
Heroin Crisis/New Age of Nukes
Thomas Morton traces the causes and impacts of the heroin crisis in the U.S., from the poppy farms of Mexico to the hills of West Virginia. 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.
Flint Water Crisis/Libya on the Brink
The water crisis in Flint, Michigan horrified the nation. Ahmed Shihab-Eldin reports from Flint on the realities of life in a city poisoned by its own government. Simon Ostrovsky reports from the front lines as rival militias fight to save Libya from the rise of ISIS.
The 2014 Ice Bucket Challenge raised millions for ALS, but 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.
Student Debt/Fecal Medicine
Americans owe $1.3 trillion in student loans. Gianna Toboni reports from America's college campuses to explore how the cost of higher education may be threatening our international competitiveness. Thomas Morton reports from the labs and lavatories where revolutionary 'fecal transplants' are taking place to fight one of the most of severe intestinal infections.
The New $pace Race/Closing Gitmo
A new era of manned spaceflight is dawning--and this time, the destination is Mars. Thomas Morton reports on the preparations for humanity's next great adventure. The American prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is one of the most controversial issues of the post-9/11 era. Gianna Toboni looks to find out what really happens behind the camp's walls.
Assad's Syria/Cost of Climate Change
Season Five Premiere. Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad is now poised to re-take full control of his country. Isobel Yeung travels there to see how Assad prevailed and to find out what might happen next. As the costs of climate change begin to mount and with climate deniers being ushered into the highest levels of government, Shane Smith looks at the true cost of denial.
As 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 issue.
When the Earth Melts/The Displaced
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. Gianna Toboni follows the dangerous journeys of refugees in Europe.
Kings of Cannabis/Into the Darkness
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. Nuclear physicist Taylor Wilson meets the scientists working to unlock the secrets of our Universe.
Black and Blue/Our Bionic Future
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.
End of Amateurism
With college sports 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.
Life Under Sharia/Plastic Oceans
VICE co-founder Suroosh Alvi travels to Aceh and across Indonesia to experience Sharia up close and investigate its relationship to terrorism, as well as meet those who are fighting back against it. Plus, Isobel Yeung travels to 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.
Fast Food of Arabia/Nollywood
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. Plus, Thomas Morton explores the explosive productivity of Nigerian cinema, from DIY horror movies to big budget blockbusters, by becoming a Nollywood actor himself.
Cuba's health system is one of the most efficient in the world. 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. Plus, VICE heads to Latin American and the Philippines to see the devastating effects of a fungus threatening the worldwide banana trade.
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 for a shocking report.
Engineering Immortality/Robot Revolution
Human life expectancy is 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. Plus, VICE explores how robotics and the computers that power them are poised for an extraordinary leap forward with the emergence of artificial intelligence.
Women Behind Bars/The Business of Making Art
The number of women incarcerated in America has increased 700% since 1980. Isobel Yeung spends time in facilities across the country, discovering what it means to be an American woman behind bars. Plus, Ben Anderson embarks on a journey through the art world with some of Andy Warhol's master printers to explore not just the question 'What is art?' but 'What is a Warhol?'
Taking Back Iraq/Lost Generation
Last October, a U.S. supported coalition of Iraqi and Kurdish troops announced a long-awaited offensive to retake the city of Mosul. Aris Roussinos embedded with Iraqi forces on the road to Mosul as they began their assault on Islamic State's last stronghold in Iraq. Plus, Isobel Yeung travels to Iraq to see what the future looks like through the eyes of the youth.
Last Line of Defense/El Rostro
With Public Defenders facing soaring caseloads and flat-lining budgets, Cord Jefferson investigates how overworked and underpaid public defenders are coping with the broken legal system. Plus, Ben Anderson heads deep into the Peruvian Amazon, where indigenous tribes are hoping sacred landmarks can to save their lands from exploitation.
Cyber Supremacy/Japan Rising
US intelligence agencies accuse Russia of hacking the 2016 presidential election, a Ben Ferguson travels to Tel Aviv to find out how Israel is on its way to becoming the world's top cyber superpower. Plus, a movement in Japan aims to revive and strengthen the country's military might for the first time in 70 years. Gianna Toboni heads to Tokyo to see the consequences.
The Politics of Terror/End of the EU?
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.
Future of Firearms/Russia 'Wins' Climate Change
The firearms industry and gun rights advocates are looking for new ways to expand upon their 2nd amendment rights and the bottom line--with surprising results. Plus, climate change may be an economic blessing for Russia--and with America pulling out of the Paris Agreement, perhaps this is a glimpse into our own future.
Power to the President
When 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.
Crude Reality/Between Oil and Water
Six years after winning its independence, South Sudan is already on the brink of collapse thanks to corruption at the top; plus, VICE takes a closer look at the massive Native American-led protests against construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Autism Under the Lens
The number of children diagnosed with autism 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 out of the autistic community that wants to refocus the science.
Show of Force/Return to Somalia
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 with their country. Plus, VICE correspondent Gianna Toboni heads to Mogadishu to witness the efforts to rebuild Somalia after years of civil war.
Controlling the Narrative/Power to Congo
Gianna Toboni heads to the Philippines to see the dangerous work of local journalists reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte's brutal war on drugs. Journalist Carl Bernstein discusses the state of our own media. Plus, Ben Anderson returns to the Congo to track a remarkable group of rangers protecting wildlife and natural resources.
Dawn of a Dictator
In 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. VICE's Suroosh Alvi and Ben Anderson went to Venezuela as Maduro seized Venezuela's political institutions with an alleged 'sham election' and violently suppressed the growing opposition to his rule.
Dirty Oil/Rebuilding Our Reefs
VICE correspondent Gianna Toboni heads to the heart of Nigeria's oil production to witness firsthand the fight of the Niger Delta youth. Plus, Ben Anderson travels across the world's oceans to see what a few small teams of scientists are doing to stop the rapid deterioration of the world's vital coral reefs.
Dark Web/Future of Appalachia
Child sex abuse and child pornography have always been society's darkest secrets. And the internet's growth has only made things worse. But a group of law enforcements agencies and NGOs are fighting back. Plus, VICE's Isobel Yeung goes to the heart of coal country to see what it will take to save Appalachia.
Divide and Conquer/Crackdown in Honduras
Gianna Toboni heads to North Carolina to see the effects of gerrymandering on American democracy. Plus: Gangs like MS-13 and Barrio 18 were exported to Central America in a wave of deportations starting 20 years ago that led to trouble; now, VICE visits the Honduran prison system and watches as the government tries to bring peace to the country.
Russian Hacking & Contagion
Since the 2016 election, hacking has become synonymous with one country: Russia. VICE travels to Moscow to find out why these hackers are so effective. Plus: The outbreak of an infectious disease sparks worldwide panic nearly every year. 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.
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. Plus: Thomas Morton heads to the Central African Republic to see this emerging field of microbiome science.
After ISIS/Cubs of the Caliphate
Season Five Finale. VICE followed the Iraqi Army as they fought ISIS in the brutal battle to retake Mosul, the biggest city in ISIS' so-called caliphate. Plus, 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.
Raised in the System
Season Six Premiere. 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. Watch Fridays at 7:30 PM ET.
Battle for Jerusalem/A Face In The Crowd
The effects of Trump's recent Jerusalem announcement on the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict; exploring the blurry legal boundaries surrounding facial recognition technology. Watch Fridays at 7:30 PM ET.
A Revolution in Ruins/New Kids on the Blockchain
Libya is in chaos. Rival governments compete for power, human smuggling is rampant, and black markets thrive for everything from oil to hard currency. VICE looks at how the Libyan revolution is failing; VICE travels to Russia with Vitalik Buterin, inventor of the Ethereum blockchain, to look at the geopolitical tug of war over Internet 3.0. Watch Fridays at 7:30 PM ET.
The Parkland Effect
As 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. Gianna Toboni sees firsthand how some teachers are taking up arms and explores the deep divisions in America that make stopping these mass shootings seem nearly impossible. Watch Fridays at 7:30 PM ET.
Massacre in Myanmar/The Blue Helmets
Gianna Toboni travels to the Myanmar-Bangladesh border to investigate what the future holds for the Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar; plus, an exclusive look inside the UN's most dangerous active peacekeeping operation in the African country of Mali. Watch Fridays at 7:30 PM ET.
Iran in Iraq/Dying on the Vine
Isobel Yeung travels to Iraq to see how Iran is exerting its growing influence over the war-torn country ahead of parliamentary elections. 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.Watch Fridays at 7:30 PM ET.
Russian Democracy/Global Gag Rule
In the wake of Putin's re-election, VICE sent Ben Ferguson to speak with voters, candidates and opposition figures barred from running in hopes of discovering how democracy works in Russia; a look at the ripple effect the Global Gag Rule has had on women's health in Uganda. Watch Fridays at 7:30 PM ET.
Printing Tomorrow/Are We Alone?
Recent 3D printing innovations have fueled a sea change in how we fabricate everything from car parts to human bio-tissues. Krishna Andavolu explores the cutting edge research behind what's being called the next industrial revolution. Plus, nuclear physicist Taylor Wilson explores one of civilization's most perplexing questions: Are we alone? Watch Fridays at 7:30 PM ET.
No Choice But to Choose/Rebel Republic
Delving into the education reform movement and its effect on the future of public education; an intimate look inside of Central African Republic's refugee crisis.
The Cost of Living/Paradise Lost
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; Plus, five months after Hurricane Maria, Isobel Yeung travels to Puerto Rico to explore the social and political ramifications of the Trump administration's lagging support.
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.
The Big Fix/Silicon Valley of India
America's infrastructure is in desperate need of more than $4 trillion in upgrades and improvements. Thomas Morton looks at the situation and the Trump Administration's promise to fix it. Plus, India's best and brightest tech talent are now putting their entrepreneurial spirit and engineering skills to use at home in what may indeed be the world's next Silicon Valley.
A Kurdish State/Out of Space
The escalating conflict between the Kurds, one of America's most dependable allies, and the Iraqi military; Exploring how a growing military and commercial presences increases the risk of collision in space.
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. Plus: In India, a wave of resurgent nationalism is transforming the nation. Krishna Andavolu travels across the Hindu-majority nation to see how religious nationalism is affecting India's 240 million religious minorities.
After the Fall
The 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 heads 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.
Waiting to Die/Women in War
America is the only industrialized, Western country still using capital punishment--and it's becoming difficult to actually carry them out. Gianna Toboni follows one death row inmate on his arduous path to the execution chamber. Plus, Isobel Yeung follows resilient Yemeni women who are pushing for real change in the wake of a vicious civil 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. 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.
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. ''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.
Trans in Texas/Nicaragua Deja Vu
"Trans in Texas" VICE's Gianna Toboni returns to Texas to see how the transgender community is fighting to win acceptance and protection. "Nicaragua Deja Vu" Vikram Gandhi travels to Nicaragua to meet the new revolutionaries there and find out what the future might hold for what was once one of the safest nations in Central America.
American Piety/Terror in Congo
"American Piety" 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. Ben Anderson reports on the ADF (Allied Democratic Forces), one of the least known, but most violent groups in the world.
Greenhouse gas emissions are at unprecedented levels and still rising. Some scientists are working to develop a plan to 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.
Brainhackers/Fall of Rio
"Brainhackers" Advancements in neurotechnology are blurring the line between biology and technology. Thomas Morton gets a 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 poor. But today the country is in a financial crisis.
"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.
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. Dexter Thomas travels to Kinshasa to see the battles firsthand. "Big Placebo" Charlet Duboc meets devotees and skeptics, to figure out just what's going on with America's wellness obsession.
Death Inc./Bannon's World
"Death Inc." 2018 is on track to be Mexico's deadliest year with over 20,000 homicides. Gianna Toboni investigates the roots of this spiraling murder rate and meet the people who refuse to be silenced. "Bannon's World" President Trump's former strategist, Steve Bannon has gone to Europe where he is heading up new projects supporting surging right-wing populist parties.
The Road to Asylum/Lab Rat Nation
"The Road to Asylum" Krishna Andavolu travels to Central America and the US southern border to see how the Trump administrations' new policy changes are impacting the fate of thousands of asylum seekers. "Lab Rat Nation" Vikram Gandhi looks into the bizarre world of human guinea pigs to get an inside look at the self-proclaimed "lab rats" who test our medicines.
A Living Hell/MDMA For PTSD
"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 war is having on civilians. "MDMA For PTSD" PTSD affects millions of Americans. VICE's Ben Anderson, who was diagnosed himself, decided to try the treatment.
The War at Home/Putin's Crimea
"The War at Home" With firearms greatly increasing the odds of homicide in homes with reports of domestic violence, Gianna Toboni talks to women working to fix the shortcomings of a system that often fails to protect women. "Putin's Crimea" Isobel Yeung investigates how Crimeans are faring under Russian control, and how Ukrainians are clinging to the hope of reunification.
"Doom Boom" Throughout history, people predicting the end of the world have lived largely on the fringes of society. Today, a doomsday industry is booming. Thomas Morton heads out to see how people are planning to weather the storm. "Unfair" Gianna Toboni heads to Mumbai, India to find out how a growing cultural bias in Bollywood is fueling a booming business of fairer skin.
Back in the DPRK & California Burning
"Back in the DPRK" VICE Media founder Shane Smith heads to North Korea which appears to be slowly emerging from its isolation. "California Burning" While climate change is partially to blame for California's forest fires, 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.