Winner of the 2014 Emmy(R) for Outstanding Informational Series or Special, HBO's 'VICE' kicks off its third season with 14 editions that tackle the most compelling and hard-hitting news stories from around the globe.
Winner of the 2014 Emmy(R) for Outstanding Informational Series or Special, HBO's 'VICE' kicks off its third season with 14 editions. Hosted by Shane Smith--journalist, entrepreneur, and co-founder of the taboo-breaking multimedia company VICE--the show tackles some of the most compelling news stories from around the globe, many of which go unreported by mainstream media outlets. In Season 3, VICE delves into hard-hitting stories from Antarctica, Russia, El Salvador, Mexico, Guatemala, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Egypt, Iraq, China, and more.
Our Rising Oceans
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The oceans are rising. With human use of hydrocarbons skyrocketing, waters around the globe are getting hotter, and now this warm sub-surface water is washing into Antarctica's massive western glaciers, causing them to retreat and break off. Antarctica holds 90% of the world's ice and 70% of its freshwater, so if even a small fraction of the ice sheet in Antarctica melts, the resulting sea level rise will completely remap the world as we know it--and it is already happening. In the last decade, some of the most significant glaciers here have tripled their melt rate. VICE founder Shane Smith travels to the bottom of the world to investigate the instability of the West Antarctic ice sheet and see firsthand how the continent is melting. VICE also follows the rising oceans to Bangladesh for a glimpse into the world's underwater future. From the UN Climate conference to the People's Climate March to the forces that deny the science of global climate change, this special extended report covers all sides of the issue and all corners of the globe, ending in a special interview with Vice President Joe Biden.
To Serve and Protect/Coming to America
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'To Serve and Protect'- The fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. last summer sparked a series of protests, which quickly spread throughout the country. As the situation came to light, so too did a fierce debate about the increasing militarization of the U.S. police force. Thomas Morton goes to Ferguson at the height of the protests to get an in-depth look at the situation on the ground. He then goes to Urban Shield in Oakland, Cal. and talks to expert Radley Balko to learn how U.S. SWAT teams and police are being trained and how they are getting military-grade equipment to police their communities.'Coming to America' - Over the last two years, there has been an influx of thousands of Central Americans immigrating to the United States, many of whom are fleeing rampant gang violence in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. Suroosh Alvi visits El Salvador to see the conditions that are motivating this mass migration north, and then travels from El Salvador through Mexico to see the perilous journey on top of a network of trains, called 'The Beast,' that many of these immigrants must take to get to the United States.
We the People/Countdown to Extinction
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'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. In an effort to understand this phenomenon better, VICE sent host Gianna Toboni to investigate these so-called patriots, training and taking up arms along the border. 'Countdown to Extinction' - During the last six decades, the boom of industrial fishing has nearly wiped out the top level of the marine food chain, depleting about 90 percent of the world's large predatory fish. VICE 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
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'Lines in the Sand' - Cocaine use in Europe has increased dramatically over the past decade, and new routes have evolved to supply the demand. Ben Anderson follows the cocaine highway from the streets of Venezuela, to drug smuggling boats in the Caribbean, to the ports of West Africa, and finally to desert territories controlled by Islamic extremists. 'Outsourcing Embryos' - VICE looks at the boom in one of the world's newest billion-dollar industries: gestational surrogacy. The cost of surrogacy in the U.S. can be over $100,000, leading many prospective parents to look for affordable options in other countries. Gianna Toboni heads to India, where commercial surrogacy is legal, to investigate this growing industry. By exploring some of the country's 3,000 surrogacy clinics, watching doctors deliver surrogate babies, and following recruiters who find prospective surrogates in the slums, we see the true cost of outsourcing reproduction.
Synthetic Drug Revolution/Transsexuals of Iran
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'Synthetic Drug Revolution' - In the world of synthetic drugs, man-made chemical compounds are often engineered to skirt narcotics laws--and have become some of the most frequently abused substances in American high schools. VICE correspondent Hamilton Morris tracks these chemicals back to the Chinese factories where many are made, and meets the godfather of modern synthetic drugs at his remote lab in New Zealand. 'Transsexuals of Iran' -VICE follows the stories of homosexuals and transsexuals in Iran as they navigate a terrifying cultural landscape. When Ayatollah Khomeini came to power in 1979, he enforced strict Islamic custom that made homosexuality punishable by death. Surprisingly, though, the state treats transsexuals differently, allowing sexual reassignment surgery and in some cases even paying for it. Gay Iranians now face the agonizing choice of fleeing their communities or permanently changing who they are.
The Post-Antibiotic World/Indonesia's Palm Bomb
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'The Post-Antibiotic World'-The more we use antibiotics, the more we help dangerous superbugs build up their resistance. It's an evolutionary battle, and the humans are losing. Thomas Morton travels along as they search deep in the jungle, and deep underground, for the life-saving drugs we so desperately need. 'Indonesia's Palm Bomb'-Palm oil is used in almost all of the foods we eat and most of our household products: everything from packaged bread and cookies to toothpaste and soap. But as demand grows, growers in Indonesia are pushing farther and farther onto rainforest land, torching the forests as they go. The mass-burning of Indonesian jungles poses a major threat to wildlife, indigenous populations, and our global climate. Ben Anderson goes to Indonesia to assess the realities of the palm oil boom up close.
Sweet Home Alabama/Haitian Money Pit
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'Sweet Home Alabama'-In 2011, the state of Alabama passed one of the harshest anti-immigrant laws in U.S. history. The law granted police unprecedented powers to arrest, question and detain suspected illegal immigrants, and even criminalized citizens who provided undocumented workers with jobs, housing, or transportation. With illegal immigration roiling American communities and the upcoming presidential race, we sent Thomas Morton to Alabama to see what it would look like if undocumented workers just 'disappeared. 'Haitian Money Pit'- After a massive earthquake ravaged Haiti in 2010, killing more than 300,000 and leaving more than two million survivors homeless, the international community came together to provide nearly $10 billion in relief and reconstruction aid. But where did all that money go? VICE's Vikram Gandhi goes to Port-au-Prince to follow the money trail, and see whether the billions of dollars in aid are actually changing lives for the better.
Egyptian Tomb Raiders/Rent a White Guy
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'Egyptian Tomb Raiders' - In the aftermath of the Arab Spring, countries in the Middle East have seen a surge in the looting of antiquities. In Egypt alone, an estimated $3 billion dollars' worth of artifacts has been plundered--all to feed the global demand for antiquities - especially in the United States. Correspondent Gianna Toboni goes to Egypt to meet some of the people behind the black-market trade - and those trying to preserve what's left of this priceless cultural heritage. 'Rent a White Guy' - Despite the fact that China is on track to dominate the world's economy, the country looks at the Western white male as a symbol of cultural cachet. Among China's growing upper class, nothing spells 'cool' like importing a European butler, or having a white businessman appear at your event. In fact, you can even rent a white guy by the hour or by the day. Thomas Morton heads to China to check out these unusual jobs, whose only requirement is that the applicant be white and male.
Savior Seeds/India's Water Crisis
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'Savior Seeds' - 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 from the headquarters of American agribusiness titan Monsanto to the soy fields of Paraguay, and visits the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, high in the Arctic, to see what's truly at stake when humans try to improve on nature. 'India's Water Crisis' - India is the largest democracy on Earth--with an advanced economy, a highly educated population, and cutting-edge space and nuclear weapons programs. But like many countries around the world, India hasn't been able to provide adequate clean water and sanitation systems for its growing population. Tania Rashid goes to India to see just how bad the problem is, and why water is such a pressing issue here and around the world.
A Prayer for Uganda/Kidneyville
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'A Prayer for Uganda' - Virulent homophobia is on the rise in Uganda. In 2014, the Ugandan president signed into law an anti-homosexuality bill, which went as far as mandating the death penalty for being gay. After an international outcry, the law was struck down, but a new version is in the works. Isobel Yeung travels to Uganda to meet some of the anti-gay leaders teaching intolerance to Uganda's youth, and uncovers disturbing ties between their message and the lessons that American fundamentalists have been pushing for years. 'Kidneyville' - There are more than 100,000 people in dire need of a kidney transplant in the U.S. But for those willing to turn to the black market, a trip to the slums of Bangladesh might get them just about any organ they need. Vikram Gandhi goes to Dhaka to explore the thriving illegal market for kidneys, and to see why so many of the country's poor are willing to take such a drastic step for the cash they need.
Evolution of a Plague/Campus Coverup
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'Evolution of a Plague'- Last year, the worst Ebola outbreak in human history swept through West Africa, killing more than 10,000 in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea. The disease spread so quickly in part because the international community was slow to respond, and also because these countries lacked the infrastructure, funding, and street-level awareness to combat the virus. Danny Gold goes to West Africa to see how people there have stepped up to control the outbreak, and to learn whether the world is prepared for the next major epidemic. 'Campus Coverup'- Media reports of sexual assaults on U.S. campuses have risen dramatically over the last few years. More and more survivors and their allies are coming forward to denounce a pervasive culture of sexual violence they say is out of control. But the controversy around the sheer number and frequency of these attacks has overshadowed a companion problem: that universities are handling these cases in their own makeshift justice systems, behind closed doors. Gianna Toboni visits several campuses to gauge what's really going on, and why so few students feel that their safety is schools' real priority.
Enemies at the Gates/Global Jihad
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'Enemies at the Gates' - The Middle East is fracturing. Arab uprisings and military interventions across the region have caused civil wars and spawned terrorist groups. Stuck in the middle of it all is Saudi Arabia. Confronted by extremism on all sides, the desert kingdom is building massive fences at its borders with Iraq and Yemen to keep out terrorist organizations that it may have had a hand in creating. Suroosh Alvi travels to Saudi Arabia to see how America's staunchest Arab ally is defending itself - and how it may be fanning the flames of global militancy. 'Global Jihad' - In the summer of 2014, a group calling themselves the Islamic State, or ISIS, shocked the world by taking over large territories in Iraq and Syria, and committing headline-grabbing atrocities in the process. In the face of international condemnation, would-be fighters from Western countries flocked to join ISIS in their self-styled utopia. Gianna Toboni travels to Europe to meet some of the young men drawn to ISIS's call, and visits with American Navy strike pilots working to roll back the Islamic State's gains.
Afghanistan After Us/La Haine
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'Afghanistan After Us'- Last year, the U.S. began withdrawing combat troops from the longest war in our history: Afghanistan. But the war isn't ending just because we're leaving. This year, Afghan National Security Forces deaths and civilian casualties are both at record highs, and opium cultivation is at its highest since the war began. Ben Anderson returns to Helmand, the country's most violent province, to investigate the security situation in Afghanistan as American involvement winds down. 'La Haine' - The horrific attack at the Paris offices of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in 2015 made headlines around the world--and underscored the deep religious and cultural tensions rocking France. Distrust is growing between Muslims living in Paris's depressed suburbs, and a Jewish community that feels increasingly under threat. Meanwhile, a far right-wing political party is making gains by opposing immigration and diversity. Vikram Gandhi goes to Paris to gauge the causes of the growing hate in the City of Lights.
Cold War 2.0
Season 3, Episode 14 TV-14 CC HD CC SD
Season Three Finale. For 45 years, America was locked in the Cold War with the Soviet Union, and fear of global nuclear annihilation was constant. The end of the Cold War in 1991 was supposed to usher in a new era of peace and cooperation, but it didn't last. Tensions between the U.S. and Russia have been simmering for years. And now, the conflict in Ukraine has pushed the relationship to the brink of full-blown crisis. In this expanded special report, 'VICE' Founder Shane Smith meets Kremlin officials and American leaders to figure out what's really driving the new standoff between the powers, while correspondent Simon Ostrovsky reports from the front lines of the bloody war in Eastern Ukraine.
Vice Season 3: Shane Smith Featurette
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'VICE' founder/correspondent Shane Smith previews Season 3 of the acclaimed HBO series.
Vice Season 3: Trailer
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A glimpse at the incredible stories coming in Season 3 of HBO's groundbreaking news series 'VICE.'
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