THE BEST Last Week Tonight

LWT: Medicaid Gap

LWT: Medicaid Gap

(PG-13: Language) Last Week Tonight singles out US gubernatorial candidates who oppose Medicaid expansion in their states, despite their poor constituents’ dire need of it. The irony? At least one of them has received government aid for his ailing business.

LWT: Canadian Election

LWT: Canadian Election

(PG-13: Language) Last Week Tonight indulges in the dying tradition of gossiping about one’s neighbor. On the eve of the Canadian federal election, LWT takes a look at the candidates for prime minister and urges Canadians to stop supporting the incumbent Stephen Harper.

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LWT: North Dakota

LWT: North Dakota

(PG-13: Language) Last Week Tonight looks at how oil companies have abused North Dakota’s “friendly business climate” by washing their hands clean of accidents and paying off politicians so they’ll only pay small fines for violations.

LWT: Mental Health

LWT: Mental Health

With mental health being used to divert discussion from gun control in the United States, Last Week Tonight looks at the country’s – and perhaps the world’s –  miserable treatment of the mentally ill.

LWT: Migrants and Refugees

LWT: Migrants and Refugees

Last Week Tonight takes a break from pooping on the United States to poop on some European countries. And Fox News. While the Syrian refugee crisis is not without cost to host countries, that is no excuse for racism and discrimination. You can help.

LWT: Back to School

LWT: Back to School

(PG-13 Language) John Oliver takes a break from taking a break to give incoming American high school students an irreverent rundown of the things that they’ll be taught. And the ones that are actually worth learning about.

LWT: Made-up Historical Facts

LWT: Made-up Historical Facts

(PG-13) Last Week Tonight‘s John Oliver loves lying about history so much that he will release the book that he also lied about in a previous episode. Here’s a sample of lies from the book. So… will the show return or not?

LWT: LGBT Discrimination

LWT: LGBT Discrimination

(PG-13 Language) Despite the increasing acceptance for LGBT people in the U.S., Last Week Tonight reminds us that gender-based prejudice – and thus stupidity – is still prevalent and needs to be addressed.

LWT: Televangelists

LWT: Televangelists

(PG-13 Language) Last Week Tonight talks about how easy it is for televangelists in the US to commit fraud and keep their ill-gotten wealth. To prove the point, John Oliver went full reverend.

LWT: Sex Education

LWT: Sex Education

(PG-13) Last Week Tonight looks at the sorry state of sex education in the United States. Many schools get lessons and speakers with sexist and archaic perspectives, so at 17:51, the show presents a much better alternative.

LWT: Washington DC

LWT: Washington DC

Last Week Tonight looks at the unfortunate situation of the US capital. The District is bizarro Vatican; because Congress wants to avoid giving the city a seat at the Senate, it ends up denying the locals a say on how their home is run.

LWT: Mandatory Minimums

LWT: Mandatory Minimums

A look at the extremely unfair fixed prison sentences in the US. While many states are reworking these sentences, the reforms are currently not retroactive, even for those who’ve been handed decades for low level crimes.

LWT: Food Waste

LWT: Food Waste

(PG-13 Language) Last Week Tonight used clips from Just Eat It to dive into the US’ mind blowing food waste. Americans throw away the equivalent of 20 lb. of food per person per month, while tens of millions in their country go hungry.

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LWT: Stadiums

LWT: Stadiums

Last Week Tonight explains that in the United States, teams are allowed to spend millions of dollars of taxpayer’s money for their stadiums. But studies have shown that those barely have any financial benefit for locals.

LWT: Transgender Rights

LWT: Transgender Rights

(PG-13 Language) “Official rules can end up legitimizing prejudice.” Last Week Tonight looks at the struggles of transgender people, such as dealing with ignorance and the lack of support from the government.

LWT: Online Harassment

LWT: Online Harassment

(PG-13 Language) Last Week Tonight and Slowpoke Spiderhands John Oliver remind us that online harassment can have real and grave effects on its victims. Worse, today’s laws and law enforcers are ill-equipped to handle the issue.

LWT: John Oliver vs. Jack Warner

LWT: John Oliver vs. Jack Warner

(PG-13 Language) Former FIFA VP Jack Warner got annoyed that Last Week Tonight made fun of his ad. He made his feelings known in yet another TV ad, this time with a (weak) personal insult on John Oliver. And now we have this.

LWT: Torture

LWT: Torture

(PG-13 Language) Last Week Tonight looks at the United States’ half-hearted stance on the use of violence in interrogation. The show cites the US Senate’s investigation on CIA’s torture tactics, which are as brutal as they are useless.

LWT on Trinidad & Tobago TV

LWT on Trinidad & Tobago TV

The indicted former FIFA VP Jack Warner bought TV airtime in his home country to play hero, threatening to release evidence of FIFA’s corruption. Last Week Tonight did the same and talked to Trinidadian viewers with this segment.

LWT: A Disgusting Promise Fulfilled

LWT: A Disgusting Promise Fulfilled

Shady FIFA President Sepp Blatter resigned on 6/2/15 – a day after John Oliver pledged to consume the products of US FIFA sponsors if they helped oust Blatter. Coincidence? John doesn’t know, but he’s a man of his word.

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LWT: Bail

LWT: Bail

(PG-13 Language) John Oliver looks at the arguably unconstitutional U.S. bail system, where courts often set bail amounts that defendants can’t afford. This leads to harmless people going to jail or turning to sketchy bail bondsmen.

LWT: FIFA II

LWT: FIFA II

(PG-13 Language) Last Week Tonight returns to look at the indictment and arrest of some of FIFA’s top officials on charges of corruption. Sadly, the organization will live on unless its sponsors pull their funding.

LWT’s Lost Graphics

LWT’s Lost Graphics

(PG-13 Language) Last Week Tonight took a brief break, but if you’re used to having John Oliver depress and horrify you every Monday, here’s the host with some of the images that they made for the show but were ultimately shelved.

LWT: Chicken Farmers

LWT: Chicken Farmers

(PG-13: Language) It’s long been known that chicken companies have disturbing practices for growing chickens. But Last Week Tonight reminds us that the contract farmers that grow these chickens are being abused as well.

LWT: Paid Family Leave

LWT: Paid Family Leave

(PG-13: Language) Last Week Tonight looks at parental leaves in the United States. Or the lack thereof: the US is one of only four countries in the world that don’t have paid leaves for employees to care for their newborn babies.

LWT: Standardized Testing

LWT: Standardized Testing

Last Week Tonight looks at standardized tests in the US. What should be an objective system often appears to be inaccurate, convoluted and unfair to both students and teachers. If they even make sense at all.

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