China's 'one child' policy, coupled with a longstanding cultural predilection for male babies, has created a market where marrying-age men outnumber women by the millions. It has created a lucrative business catered to matchmaking. Thomas Morton travels across China to meet with bachelors searching for love and talks to a professional matchmaker who explains the scope of the issue. Meanwhile, with their economy in the toilet and no jobs to be had, Europe's youth are taking to the streets to demand radical changes, and people are responding to economic precarity and political impotency.
Thomas Morton meets a gun-crazy pastor who teaches his young students gun drills and tactics to disarm attackers. Shane Smith travels to Fallujah, Iraq, where a rise in birth defects has been linked to the American military's suspected use of depleted-uranium munitions during the war.
To see why the windy city, now dubbed 'Chiraq', had the country's highest homicide rate in 2012, VICE visits Chicago's most dangerous areas where handguns are plentiful and the police and community leaders are fighting a losing battle against gang violence. VICE then travels to Africa's oil-producing region to meet with oil thieves who refine and sell oil in West Africa, and follow one farmer's attempt to sue a foreign oil company for poisoning his family's land.
VICE heads to Papua New Guinea, where America's Exxon Mobil has staked a claim to a US$19 billion dollar liquid natural gas project. Then VICE goes to Texas, in the midst of the state's worst drought in recorded history. While many feel that humans are to blame for the climate change, a lot of Texans do not and they have taken few, if any, initiatives to limit the state's CO2 emissions.