Season 06, Episode 07 – “Russian Democracy & Global Gag Rule”
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.
Season 06, Episode 06 – “Iran in Iraq & Dying on the Vine”
“Iran in Iraq” Iran and Iraq fought one of the longest and bloodiest wars of the 20th century, which cost the lives of more than a million people and cemented the two countries’ rivalry in the decades that followed. But after the Islamic State took over wide swaths of Iraq, it was Iran that came to Iraq’s aid. Now, after the defeat of ISIS, VICE correspondent Isobel Yeung travels to Iraq to see how Iran is exerting its growing influence over the war-torn country ahead of parliamentary elections.
“Dying on the Vine” From sinking cities to species extinction, the effects of climate change are expected to be disastrous. These shifting weather patterns will directly impact our food supply. One beloved crop, the grape, is already facing threats due to its extreme sensitivity and these changes threaten the grape’s main byproduct: Wine. 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.
Season 06, Episode 05 – “Massacre in Myanmar & The Blue Helmets”
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.
Season 06, Episode 04 – “The Parkland Effect”
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.
Season 06, Episode 03
“A Revolution in Ruins” 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.
“New Kids on the Blockchain” Bitcoin’s emergence as a global, digital currency has been as revolutionary as it has been erratic. And while fledgling investors obsess over every fluctuation in the cryptocurrency market, nation states are more interested in the underlying blockchain technology and its ability to revolutionize how business is done on the internet and beyond. VICE travels to Russia with Vitalik Buterin, inventor of the Ethereum blockchain, to get a front row seat to the geopolitical tug of war over Internet 3.0.
Season 06, Episode 02 – “Battle for Jerusalem & A Face In The Crowd”
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.
Season 06, Episode 01 – “Raised in the System”
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.
Season 05, Episode 29
“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.
Season 05, Episode 28
“Post-Truth News” – The U.S. is more divided across party lines than ever before in recent American history, and nowhere are these divisions more visible than in our media. With President Trump waging a war on mainstream news outlets and the rise of hyperpartisan sites spreading misinformation, 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.
“Microbiome” – Powerful antibiotics and widespread sanitation practices have expanded lifespans across the industrialized world. But they have also come at a cost. Our microbiomes, or the trillions of microbes collectively working in our bodies to help regulate our immune system and food digestion, have lost much of its health-promoting bacteria because of our modern lifestyles and sanitation practices. Scientists across the world are now looking to the planet’s few remaining pre-industrialized societies to see what industrialized guts have lost–and in doing so, could fundamentally change the way scientists think about germs. Thomas Morton heads to the Central African Republic to see this emerging field of microbiome science.
Season 05, Episode 27 – “Russian Hacking & Contagion”
“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.