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.
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.
An inside look at how the Libyan revolution is failing and a front-row seat to the geopolitical tug of war over Internet 3.0.
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.
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.
"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.
"Russian Democracy": Russia held its seventh democratic presidential election in March and, as expected, Vladimir Putin added another six years to his already long tenure. With Putin now Russia's longest-serving leader since Stalin, VICE sent Ben Ferguson to speak with voters, candidates and opposition figures barred from running in hopes of discovering how democracy works in Russia. "Global Gag Rule": Just three days after his inauguration, President Trump signed a memorandum reinstating what's known as the Global Gag Rule, which eliminates U.S. funding for any NGO providing abortion-related services. In the year since, the effects of this policy have rippled across Africa. Gianna Toboni investigates the impact on women's health in Uganda.
Krishna Andavolu delves into the cutting-edge world of 3D-printing, meeting the scientists and entrepreneurs pushing the boundaries of manufacturing, material science, and even space exploration. Scientists are closer than ever to finding life beyond Earth so VICE sent Nuclear physicist Taylor Wilson to explore one of our civilization's most haunting questions: Are we alone?
Gianna Toboni travels to Betsy DeVos' home state of Michigan to investigate the charter school movement and understand what the future of public education might look like. Ben Anderson covers the rarely reported crisis in the Central African Republic, at least 14 rebel groups have seized control of 75% of the country and half the population rely on humanitarian aid for survival.
An exploration of how big pharmaceuticals are impacting Americans. A visit to Puerto Rico, where many residents are still reeling from the devastating impact of Hurricane Maria.
There are more than four million U.S.-born children living in the United States who have at least one undocumented immigrant parent. As U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) widens its target for enforcement, more of these kids - U.S. citizens by birth - could see their families uprooted by the arrest, detention, and removal of their parents. VICE Correspondent Krishna Andavolu embeds with ICE and explores what it's like to be an American kid growing up in the shadow of deportation.
America's infrastructure is in desperate need of more than trillion in upgrades and improvements, so Thomas Morton explores the crumbling bridges, tunnels, and waterways in the U.S. to see how much the situation has deteriorated and to find out if the Trump Administration's promise is being kept. Krishna Andavolu heads to the city of Bangalore to explore what may be the world's next Silicon Valley.
In Iraqi Kurdistan, Vice's Ben Anderson met those involved in the fight from the frontline to the Kurd's former guerrilla president to ask why the group recently voted for independence and what hopes they have for achieving a state of their own. Nuclear physicist Taylor Wilson joined the Air Force Space Command to see how a growing military and commercial space presence threatens the ubiquitous satellites, which are essential to humanity's digital way of life.
Isobel Yeung examines a surge in West Virginia child welfare cases in light of the country's opioid epidemic. Krishna Andavolu travels across India to investigate the nation's increase in religious nationalism.
Isobel Yeung returns to Syria to tell the stories of those who were caught in the crossfire between the most feared terror group on Earth and the U.S.-backed coalition, whose collateral damage destroyed most of the city.
"Waiting to Die" America is the only industrialized, Western country still using capital punishment. While a majority of Americans support these executions, it's becoming difficult to actually carry them out. Major pharmaceutical manufacturers no longer want their drugs used in lethal injections, leaving many states scrambling. Now, as some states experiment with unconventional drug cocktails and others turn to more archaic methods, VICE's Gianna Toboni follows one death row inmate on his arduous path to the execution chamber. "Women in War" Yemen has been ripped apart by terrorism, civil war and famine, leading to the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. Women and girls are bearing the brunt of the crisis, and there has been a dramatic rise in reported incidents of gender-based violence. In this report, Isobel Yeung follows resilient Yemeni women, who are finding surprising ways to rise above conflict and their traditional roles in Yemen's conservative society.
Donald Trump made bringing jobs back to America a central part of his campaign. Now, President Trump is trying to do just that, pushing stiff tariffs on imports and working to renegotiate trade deals. "Trade wars are good, and easy to win", President Trump famously said, but some feel his actions may set off an international trade war that could decimate the global economy and actually cost more U.S. jobs. Michael Moynihan tracks the progression of this economic battle royale as it happens.
"A New Leaf" The cultivation of coca, the main ingredient in cocaine, has nearly tripled over the past five years in Colombia. As part of the 2016 peace agreement between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the country has embarked on a unique experiment to try and end coca farming and production, but freeing Colombia from its cocaine problem is proving difficult. Charlet Duboc travels to the remote towns where coca farming is a way of life to examine the struggle for a cocaine-free Colombia. "Quantum Supremacy" Computer giants are racing to build the first quantum computer, a device with millions of times more processing strength than all the computers currently on Earth combined. This technology will harness the unusual laws of quantum mechanics to bring unimaginable advances in fields like materials science and medicine, but could also pose the greatest threat to cybersecurity yet. Taylor Wilson meets the scientists at the cutting edge of this new age of computing.
Gianna Toboni returns to Texas to see how the transgender community is fighting to win acceptance and protection. Vikram Gandhi travels to Nicaragua to meet the new revolutionaries there and find out what the future might hold for what was once one of the safest nations in Central America.
"American Piety" White evangelicals comprise a third of all Republican voters and are among the GOP's most organized voting blocs. But wide support for Donald Trump in 2016, against a backdrop of scandals, has brought heavy media scrutiny and now some faith leaders are striving to move evangelicalism away from political associations. Gianna Toboni travels to the Bible Belt to see how evangelicals are navigating today's volatile political environment. "Terror in Congo" Conflict in Eastern Congo has huged as many as six million people, more than any war since WWII. Yet this conflict remains among the most underreported crises in the world. Ben Anderson reports on the ADF (Allied Democratic Forces), one of the least known, but most unhappy groups in the world.
Greenhouse gas emissions are at unprecedented levels and still rising. As climate deniers and their allies in industry and government thwart conservationists' efforts, some scientists are working to develop a back-up plan: use technology to "geoengineer" the Earth's atmosphere and reduce the impacts of climate change. Shane Smith and Ben Anderson find out how this technology would work and how effective this radical, and potentially dangerous, plan could be.
Thomas Morton takes a look at an emerging push to implant electronic devices inside the human body, hardwire them to our brains, and allow us to not only overcome disadvantages or injury, but open up entirely new avenues of human experience. Ben Anderson visits Rio in the aftermath of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics to find Brazil in a financial crisis, its government consumed with a monumental corruption scandal and violence is rising again as drug trafficking gangs fight for control.
One year after the explosive allegations against Harvey Weinstein, the #MeToo movement has impacted everything from Supreme Court nominees and workplace culture to sex and dating. Isobel Yeung takes a searing, personal look at how we define consent, hold assailants accountable and start to move forward.
Dexter Thomas travels to the Democratic Republic of the Congo to meet the women taking part in the unique sport of Catch Fétiche, in which mystical voodoo rituals and professional wrestling converge. Charlet Duboc meets devotees and skeptics of America's billion dollar alternative medicine industry where lucrative celebrity endorsements and social media influencers have helped fuel a wellness obsession.
Gianna Toboni investigates Mexico's spiralling hugging rate where there have been over 20,000 huggings in 2018 so far, with over 90% of crimes going unsolved. Michael Moynihan visits Sweden, Italy and Belgium to track Steve Bannon as he aids the rise of right-wing populist parties in Europe.
Krishna Andavolu travels to Central America and the U.S. southern border to see how the Trump administration's narrowed asylum protections have impacted asylum seekers. Vikram Gandhi visits the bizarre world of human guinea pigs, who are often paid thousands of dollars to try unapproved drugs, to get an inside look at these self-proclaimed "lab rats".
Ben Anderson returns to Yemen to witness the devastating effects of four years of war and indiscriminate bombing of civilians. He also investigates trials using MDMA-assisted therapy for veterans and first responders suffering from PTSD.
Gianna Toboni investigates the role firearms play in domestic violence and meets the women working to fix the shortcomings of a legal system that often fails to protect them. Isobel Yeung visits Crimea, which was seized by Russia in 2014, to see how Crimeans are faring under Russian control, and how Ukrainians are clinging to the hope of reunification.
"Doom Boom": Throughout human history, doomsayers - people predicting the end of the world - have lived largely on the fringes of society. Today, however, the doomsday industry is thriving, thanks to TV shows, movies, hyperpartisan politics and the news media. With the country's collective anxiety on the rise, even the nation's wealthiest citizens are jumping on board, spending millions of dollars on survival readiness in preparation for unknown calamities. Thomas Morton sets out to see how people across the country are planning to weather the coming storm. "Unfair": India is home to Bollywood, the world's most prolific movie industry. For those who dream of stardom, landing a leading role may depend on skin color. India's preference for fair skin has given rise to a skin-lightening industry worth nearly 0 million. Gianna Toboni heads to Mumbai to find out how this cultural bias is fueling the booming business of fairer skin.