Vice March Episode Titles, Plots, Air Dates. HBO has released Vice: Season 2 episode titles, official plot synopses, and the air dates for the March 2014 episodes of its comedy-drama TV series. The Vice episodes discussed are episodes 11-13. The first of the March episodes premiered on March 14, 2014.
The official press release for Vice‘s March episodes:
Debut: FRIDAY, MARCH 14
Other HBO playdate: March 20 (midnight)
HBO2 playdate: March 19 (1:50 a.m.)
The U.S. has spent nearly $100 billion on reconstruction projects in Afghanistan, the most spent on any country in history. But John Sopko, special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction, has found that much of that money has been wasted and misused, and has even fallen into the hands of the Taliban. Shane Smith heads to Afghanistan for a tour of American taxpayer dollars gone down the drain.
Rio de Janeiro is working hard to remedy its reputation as a drug and murder capital in time for the upcoming World Cup and Olympics. The Special Police Operations Battalion (BOPE) has been charged with pacifying the slums (favelas), but BOPE’s military occupation of increasing numbers of favelas has been criticized as heavy-handed. Some corrupt members of the BOPE, together with ex-police, have formed militia gangs of their own and are controlling many favelas by sinister means, openly extorting, torturing, killing and making criminals disappear. Still, there are hundreds of favelas, untouched by pacification, that remain under the control of drug gangs who act with complete impunity. Ben Anderson looks behind the picturesque façade of Rio’s marketing campaign to reveal the dark underbelly of the city.
Debut: FRIDAY, MARCH 21 (11:00-11:30 p.m.)
Other HBO playdates: March 21 (12:30 a.m.), 22 (1:45 a.m.), 23 (10:30 p.m., 11:30 p.m.), 25 (11:00 p.m.) and 27 (midnight)
HBO2 playdates: March 22 (8:00 p.m.) and 26 (2:40 a.m.)
Greenland recorded its highest temperatures ever in 2013. Though some say that’s not cause for concern, the equivalent of three Chesapeake Bays’-worth of water melts off the island every year, affecting sea levels around the world. Shane Smith embarks on an expedition to Greenland with climate scientist Jason Box to discover the reasons for the melting, and how the resulting sea level rise will mean devastation sooner than expected.
Millions of men, women and children work as bonded laborers in Pakistan’s brick kilns. This abusive practice is facilitated by the devastating disenfranchisement of workers and by the pervasive corruption of the brick kiln industry and Pakistani law enforcement. Fazeelat Aslam goes to the brick kilns to see the conditions and learn how certain organizations are fighting back by rescuing the workers from this modern-day slavery.
Debut: FRIDAY, MARCH 28 (11:00-11:30 p.m.)
Other HBO playdates: March 28 (12:30 a.m.), 29 (3:45 a.m.) and 30 (10:30 p.m., 12:45 a.m.), and April 1 (11:30 p.m.) and 3 (midnight)
HBO2 playdates: March 29 (8:00 p.m.) and April 2 (1:30 a.m.)
Cities like Detroit and Cleveland are at the forefront of a new phenomenon: scrapping. People left behind are literally ripping apart old schools, houses, hospitals and factories for raw materials to hawk to local scrap yards for cash. Scrap metal is one of the U.S.’ biggest exports, with billions of dollars’ worth traveling to China every year, where it’s invested in their infrastructure. The price for a pound of copper, for example, is about five times more than it was in 2002. Correspondent David Choe looks at the life cycle of scrap metal, from the people who risk their lives to find it, to the yards that buy it, all the way to the Chinese traders who take it back home to build their economy.
After a long and costly war in Afghanistan, American foreign policy has taken a drastically different approach to dealing with suspected Taliban insurgents. In place of the old “boots on the ground” strategy, President Obama has increasingly relied on remote-controlled drone warfare, in which operators thousands of miles away eliminate targets with the click of a button; their only interaction with the battlefield is through a screen. Drones are touted as a surgical weapon that keeps soldiers out of harm’s way. But for innocent victims described as “collateral damage,” drone strikes are hardly precise. Correspondent Suroosh Alvi investigates the effects of drone strikes in Pakistan, where extremism and militancy are only growing in the wake of Obama’s drone campaign.
VICE is executive produced by Bill Maher, Shane Smith, Eddy Moretti and BJ Levin; consulting producer, Fareed Zakaria.
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