Season 06, Episode 24 – “Voodoo Wrestling & Big Placebo”
“Voodoo Wrestling”: Mystical voodoo rituals and professional wrestling converge in Catch Fétiche, a popular, polarizing sport in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Until recently it was an all-male pursuit, but women have been getting into the ring lately, pushing the definition of gender roles in a country where violence against women is high. Dexter Thomas travels to Kinshasa to see the battles firsthand and meet the women who are emerging as the sport’s new champions. “Big Placebo”: Americans spend billions of dollars every year on alternative medicine. While products such as dietary supplements are nothing new, a wave of lucrative endorsements from celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow and influencers on social media have made wellness a booming industry. Charlet Duboc meets devotees and skeptics to figure out what’s going on with the country’s wellness obsession.
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Consent – 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.
Brainhackers & Fall of Rio – 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.
Season 06, Episode 21 – “Engineering Earth”
“Engineering Earth” 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.
Season 06, Episode 20 – “American Piety & Terror in Congo”
“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 killed 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 violent groups in the world.
Season 06, Episode 19 – “Trans in Texas & Nicaragua Déjá Vu”
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 seeking to oust President Daniel Ortega and find out what the future may hold.
Season 06, Episode 16 – “Waiting to Die & Women in War”
Gianna Toboni reports on capital punishment in the U.S. and follows one death-row inmate on his path to the execution chamber; Isobel Yeung travels to Yemen to interview women who are finding surprising ways to rise above terrorism, civil war and famine, and transcend their traditional roles in the country’s conservative society.