Inside America’s For-Profit Bail System

The US is the only first-world country that commercializes bail. The for-profit industry rakes in more than $2 billion annually in revenue. Most criminal defendants can’t pay the full bail amount and must either stay in jail or pay a 10 percent fee to secure a bond, which they won’t …

Vice: Synthetic Drugs / Transsexuals of Iran

In the course of one week in last spring, more than 100 teenagers in Dallas overdosed on a drug called K2. In August, the governor of New Hampshire declared a state of emergency because of 44 overdoses linked to the bubblegum flavor of a drug called “Smacked.” This is the …

Vice: Lines in the Sand / Outsourcing Embryos

Cocaine use in Europe has increased dramatically over the past decade and new routes have evolved to supply the demand. Ben Anderson follows the cocaine highway from the streets of Venezuela, to drug smuggling boats in the Caribbean, to the ports of West Africa, and finally to desert territories controlled …

Vice: Countdown to Extinction / We the People

A recent study funded by the Department of Homeland Security found that law enforcement considers domestic right wing groups as two of the top three greatest terrorist threats to America. Nestled within our own borders, these citizens, many of whom are highly trained veterans, are on a mission to protect …

Vice: To Serve & Protect / Coming to America

The fatal shooting of Michael Brown in the summer of 2014 sparked a series of protests in Ferguson, Missouri which quickly spread across the country. The strength of the law enforcement response in Ferguson to these protests set off a fierce debate about the increasing militarization of the American police …

Vice: Our Rising Oceans

Our oceans are rising. With human use of hydrocarbons skyrocketing, waters around the globe are getting hotter and, now, this warm sub-surface water is washing into Antarctica’s massive western glaciers causing the glaciers to retreat and break off. Antarctica holds 90% of the world’s ice and 70% of its freshwater, …

Rob Ford’s Sobriety Coach: Inside the Manic Life & Work of Bob Marier

While Alcoholics Anonymous is the most well-known method of recovery for addicts, unconventional recovery coaches like Bob Marier have split from the pack to work inside of a non-religious, non-Anonymous, much more controversial space. Marier is most famous for his work helping the former crack-smoking and heavy-drinking mayor of Toronto, …

Inside the Superhuman World of the Iceman

Wim Hof first caught the attention of scientists when he proved he was able to use meditation to stay submerged in ice for 1 hour and 53 minutes without his core body temperature changing. Since then, he’s climbed Mount Everest in his shorts, resisted altitude sickness, completed a marathon in …

Vice: Surveillance City / The Forgotten War

In the finale of our second season, we go to Camden, New Jersey—one of the poorest and most drug-ridden cities in the country. In an attempt to curb the spread of crime, the state of New Jersey has installed an experimental security apparatus equipped with futuristic technologies. Then we investigate …

Vice: Playing with Nuclear Fire / No Man Left Behind

Three years after the Tohoku earthquake in Japan, citizens and the international community are left wondering if Japan really does have the situation in Fukushima under control. Then, Ryan Duffy talks with veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan who are struggling with mental illness, addiction, and PTSD—often over-prescribed narcotics and other …