This episode explores how China's GNP fixation has turned supply and demand into build now, sell later. Then, discover how the situation has worsened for post-Arab Spring Egypt.
VICE interviews outcasts of the Fundamentalist Latter-Day Saints Church, explores fattening camps in rural Mauritania, and visits the single-family skyscrapers and slums of Mumbai.
John Kennedy Jr has it all: wealth, looks, an easy charm. More than any Kennedy of his generation, he seems to wear the crown lightly - George Clooney with a political pedigree. But while he appears carefree and light-hearted in public, he always works from a carefully-written script - one that was started virtually the moment he was born. No matter how he might try to deviate from it, in the end, he cannot escape the role that destiny and America have chosen for him to play.
While on a magical technological journey, Adam shows that smartphones are not the society killers you might believe they've become. He also illustrates how American cable service providers are cartels making us pay big bucks for the worst net speed in the world, and that most social media and 'free' sites are actually extremely costly - just not how you think.
The Kennedy's have gone from America's most admired (even martyred) family to "presumed guilty". A series of high-profile Kennedy criminal cases guarantee America will rush to judgement. These cases reveal the double-edged sword of fame and privilege. Justice may be blind, but these cases reveal how the very name Kennedy can be either a 'get out of jail free card' or a target for vendettas.
Adam and Emily talk about jail rehabilitation, solitary confinement, and corporations that make money from prison inmates.
Adam weeds through the myths of marijuana, exposes the blunt truth about the War on Drugs, and explains how prescription pills are the true gateway drug.
Evicted from his apartment and blacklisted by every landlord in the city, Adam exposes the housing market, revealing that buying a home is a terrible investment, and unregulated housing share programs like Air BNB hurt city dwellers and open up hosts to massive liabilities. Adam then goes on to "ruin" homelessness programs, exploring why most of what we do to help those without homes doesn't get them any closer to having a roof over their heads. (S.1 Ep.19) (Class. tba)
Behind every Kingdom there is a fortune. The Kennedy's may be America's most public family but when the subject turns to money their silence is deafening. Sorting out the facts from the myths, here's how the Kennedy's become one of America's wealthiest families, how they keep it and how that fortune fuels a dynasty.
Adam Conover employs a combination of comedy, history and science to dispel widespread misconceptions about everything we take for granted. In this episode, Adam ruins Christmas.
Adam embarks on a journey to illustrate that an expensive border wall wouldn't keep out the majority of immigrants who enter legally and overstay their visas. He then explores how the relatively recent militarisation of the border has created an illegal immigrant problem where there wasn't one before, racist mass deportations have historically led to disaster, and immigration courts are a huge mess that are broken from top to bottom.
Fault Lines investigates the legacy of flawed forensics, and how it continues to affect many lives today.
No family knows what a powerful image can do better than the Kennedy's. They created a carefully crafted image that helped catapult them to the forefront of American politics and into the hearts of the America people. From fashion statements to Presidential mannerisms, here is how the Kennedy's redefine 'the Image' of power and set new standards for the rich and powerful.
All the nutritious goodness of an episode of The Checkout jam-packed into a handy snack-sized package.
Becoming President isn't just a matter of what you show America, but what you hide as well. Once inside the White House, the truth behind the Kennedy mystique requires extensive cover-ups that threaten to undo the family forever. When confronted with political peril - from mob connections to sexual encounters with possible spies - Bobby Kennedy writes a virtual magician's handbook on how cover-ups are done.
Adam explores how purebred dogs are genetic monsters created by bored Victorians, domestic cats are hugely overpopulated, lethal killing machines that threaten other animals, and that wild animal trophy hunting can actually help endangered species in the long run.
This is a look into the events that laid the foundation for Australia in the 21st Century. Between 1919 and 1939 Australia turned from a rural backwater of the British Empire to a South East Asian nation. Award-winning journalist and author Chris Masters investigates the tumultuous 1920s and 30s and tells the story of parents, grandparents and great-grandparents who survived crisis after crisis and laid the groundwork for the nation we know today. In Australian mythology nationhood was forged in the slaughter of Gallipoli in 1915. But in The Years That Made Us, Chris Masters introduces a very different proposition. Far from bringing the nation together, the First World War tore the country apart and threatened to destroy the Federation dream. The Great Depression wrecked a struggling recovery and just when light appeared on the horizon the gates of hell reopened with the Second World War. The 21 years between the First and Second World Wars saw the world change faster than at any other time in history. The eruption of Communism and Fascism and the Great Depression were the big picture backdrops to extraordinary changes in culture and technology. The changes brought about in the vast desert continent were unique. In a personal journey that takes in big-picture history and his own family's story, Chris explores the idea that Australia's response to the tumultuous 21 years was unlike that of any other country.
Adam and Emily go on a shopping spree of knowledge, where he illustrates that malls were created as tax loopholes for greedy developers and are now crumbling under their own weight, outlet stores are a scam selling purpose-made, low quality merchandise, nutrient supplements are often dangerously unregulated concoctions of garbage ingredients, and that nearly all eyeglasses are made by one manufacturer that hugely inflates prices thanks to their monopoly on the industry.
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