Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
Season 8

s08e01 / Episode 210: The Next Pandemic

15th Feb '21 - 4:00am
Episode 210: The Next Pandemic

Main story: What could cause the next pandemic, what we can do to avoid it, and why you shouldn't kiss pigs; plus, fallout from Trump's second impeachment trial.

1826 have watched this episode

s08e02 / Episode 211: Meatpacking

22nd Feb '21 - 4:00am
Episode 211: Meatpacking

Main story: Working conditions in the meatpacking industry; plus, the Texas power crisis in the wake of severe winter weather.

1719 have watched this episode

s08e03 / Episode 212: Raids

1st Mar '21 - 4:00am
Episode 212: Raids

Main story: How few guardrails there are on the use of police raids; plus, New York governor Andrew Cuomo faces multiple scandals.

1706 have watched this episode

s08e04 / Episode 213: Unemployment

8th Mar '21 - 4:00am
Episode 213: Unemployment

Main story: The many obstacles that impede access to unemployment benefits; plus, Fox News freaks out over Dr. Seuss; Texas lifts its mask mandate; Neil Cavuto really loves Adele.

1707 have watched this episode

s08e05 / Episode 214: Tucker Carlson

15th Mar '21 - 3:00am
Episode 214: Tucker Carlson

Main story: Where Tucker Carlson came from and why he's admired by white nationalists; plus, reaction to the Biden COVID-19 relief bill.

1682 have watched this episode

s08e06 / Episode 215: Plastics

22nd Mar '21 - 3:00am
Episode 215: Plastics

Main story: How plastics are harming the planet, and why recycling isn't the solution you think it is; plus, the Atlanta mass shootings and hate crimes against Asian-Americans.

1631 have watched this episode

s08e07 / Episode 216: The National Debt

5th Apr '21 - 3:00am
Episode 216: The National Debt

Main story: How national debt works and why it might be more helpful than you'd think; plus, Giuliani freaks over Lil Nas X; Amazon's anti-union tactics; Peeps and Pepsi form an unholy alliance.

1646 have watched this episode

s08e08 / Episode 217: Long-Term Care

12th Apr '21 - 3:00am
Episode 217: Long-Term Care

Main story: Why nursing homes and assisted living facilities need fixing; plus, the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program; Matt Gaetz and Venmo; R.I.P. Yahoo! Answers.

1596 have watched this episode

s08e09 / April 18, 2021: Bankruptcy

19th Apr '21 - 3:00am
April 18, 2021: Bankruptcy

John Oliver details why people file for bankruptcy, how needlessly difficult the process can be, and the ways we can better serve people struggling with debt.

1575 have watched this episode

s08e10 / May 2, 2021: Vaccine Misinformation

3rd May '21 - 3:00am
May 2, 2021: Vaccine Misinformation

Main story: Why some people don't want to get the COVID-19 vaccine; plus, when governments try to tweet; Dana Perino grew up on a ranch.

1570 have watched this episode

s08e11 / May 9, 2021: Hair

10th May '21 - 3:00am
May 9, 2021: Hair

Main story: The ways Black hair can be a target of discrimination; plus, the race for governor in California, and GOP voter suppression.

1539 have watched this episode

s08e12 / May 16, 2021: Stand Your Ground

17th May '21 - 3:00am
May 16, 2021: Stand Your Ground

Main Story: John Oliver takes a look at why "stand your ground" laws were created, who they protect, and, crucially, who they don't. Plus, a look at the past week's events in Israel.

1508 have watched this episode

s08e13 / May 23, 2021: Sponcon

24th May '21 - 3:00am
May 23, 2021: Sponcon

Main story: why the integrity of local news is so important; plus, how some red states are trying to overturn Roe v. Wade and why the Venus Veil is so much more than a blanket. (It's not.)

1471 have watched this episode

s08e14 / June 6, 2021: Asian Americans

7th Jun '21 - 3:00am
June 6, 2021: Asian Americans

John Oliver discusses the large and diverse group of people who fall under the term "Asian American", the history of the model minority stereotype, and why our conversations on the subject need to be better-informed.

1470 have watched this episode

s08e15 / June 13, 2021: Prison Heat

14th Jun '21 - 3:00am
June 13, 2021: Prison Heat

John Oliver explains how the failure to air-condition prisons can cause both physical and mental health issues for incarcerated people, and why the solution is simpler than you might think. Plus, some truly unique local car dealership ads.

1449 have watched this episode

s08e16 / June 20, 2021: PACE

21st Jun '21 - 3:00am
June 20, 2021: PACE

John Oliver explains how PACE, a program meant to pay for environmentally-friendly home renovations, is fundamentally flawed and can put people at risk of losing their homes. Plus, why hosting summer Olympics in Tokyo this year is a bad idea and why dog shows are weird.

1411 have watched this episode

s08e17 / June 27, 2021: Health Care Sharing Ministries

28th Jun '21 - 3:00am
June 27, 2021: Health Care Sharing Ministries

Health Care Sharing Ministries, or HCSMs, advertise themselves as a more affordable, faith-based alternative to health insurance. But John Oliver explains some of the massive limitations these plans can have.

1349 have watched this episode

s08e18 / July 25, 2021: Housing Discrimination

26th Jul '21 - 3:00am
July 25, 2021: Housing Discrimination

Main story: the long history of housing discrimination in the U.S., the damage it's done, and, crucially, what we can do about it; plus, John is headed back to the studio and makes a new friend along the way.

1327 have watched this episode

s08e19 / August 1, 2021: Emergency Medical Services

2nd Aug '21 - 3:00am
August 1, 2021: Emergency Medical Services

John Oliver explains how emergency medical services function in the U.S., why they can be so expensive, and what we can do to fix things.

1372 have watched this episode

s08e20 / August 8, 2021: Opioids III - The Sacklers

9th Aug '21 - 3:00am
August 8, 2021: Opioids III - The Sacklers

John Oliver explains how the Sackler family has been handling lawsuits related to the opioid crisis, how hard they've been fighting to defend their name, and why you should judge the situation for yourself.

1374 have watched this episode

s08e21 / August 15, 2021: Ransomware

16th Aug '21 - 3:00am
August 15, 2021: Ransomware

Main story: ransomware attacks, why they're on the rise, and what can be done about them; plus, the spread of the Delta variant.

1346 have watched this episode

s08e22 / Episode 231: Afghanistan

23rd Aug '21 - 3:00am
Episode 231: Afghanistan

Main story: the end of America's war with Afghanistan, and the humanitarian crisis being left behind; plus, why two attorneys are locked in a legal battle, and how they could come to a resolution outside of court.

1301 have watched this episode

s08e23 / Episode 232: Lukashenko

13th Sep '21 - 3:00am
Episode 232: Lukashenko

John Oliver discusses the longtime leader of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, and the many reasons his country's citizens have not to like him.

1289 have watched this episode

s08e24 / Episode 233: Voting Rights

27th Sep '21 - 3:00am
Episode 233: Voting Rights

Main Story: the current attacks on voting rights, who's behind them, and what we can do about it. Plus, how thousands of migrants were treated at the U.S. border last week, and why the Biden Administration needs to take a firmer stance on immigration reform; and a look at the federal duck stamp contest.

1177 have watched this episode

s08e25 / Episode 234: PFAS

4th Oct '21 - 3:00am
Episode 234: PFAS

John Oliver discusses PFAS - a class of chemicals linked to an array of health issues - and why their widespread use isn't as magical as it may seem.

1162 have watched this episode

s08e26 / October 10, 2021: Misinformation

11th Oct '21 - 3:00am
October 10, 2021: Misinformation

John Oliver discusses how misinformation spreads among immigrant diaspora communities, how little some platforms have done to stop it, and, most importantly, how to have a very good morning.

949 have watched this episode

s08e27 / October 24, 2021: Taiwan

25th Oct '21 - 3:00am
October 24, 2021: Taiwan

John Oliver discusses Taiwan's history of being governed by other countries, its fraught present-day relationship with China, and what its citizens would want their future to look like.

29 have watched this episode

s08e28 / October 31, 2021: Homelessness

1st Nov '21 - 3:00am
October 31, 2021: Homelessness

With homelessness increasing nationwide, John Oliver takes a look at the way we discuss the unhoused, what policy failures are making the problem worse, and how we can help.

13 have watched this episode

s08e29 / November 7, 2021: The Power Grid

8th Nov '21 - 4:00am
November 7, 2021: The Power Grid

John Oliver discusses the current state of the nation's power grid, why it needs fixing, and, of course, how fun the balloons are.

5 have watched this episode

s08e30 / November 14, 2021: Union Busting

15th Nov '21 - 4:00am
November 14, 2021: Union Busting

John Oliver discusses the mechanics of union busting, why the companies who do it face so few consequences, and what it really means when your manager wants to talk to you about "your attendance".

4 have watched this episode
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