THE BEST Last Week Tonight

LWT: Fashion

LWT: Fashion

Last Week Tonight looks at a well documented yet nigh unstoppable problem: clothing sweatshops. Major name brand companies still make cheap clothes using underpaid laborers working in dangerous conditions.

LWT: Doomsday Video

LWT: Doomsday Video

Last Week Tonight prepared a doomsday video that’s way better than the pathetic clip that CNN founder Ted Turner allegedly prepared. And why would anyone would bother to watch a video when all hell is breaking loose?

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LWT: Patents

LWT: Patents

(PG-13: Language) Last Week Tonight talks about patent trolls. These ghost companies buy patents – usually vague patents about software – but don’t actually make any products. Instead, they make money by suing businesses.

LWT: Edward Snowden on Passwords

LWT: Edward Snowden on Passwords

(PG-13: Language) In his interview with Last Week Tonight, Edward Snowden also talked about passwords. He recommends using passphrases. The right passphrase is harder to crack yet more memorable than a random string of characters.

LWT: The IRS

LWT: The IRS

(PG-13: Language) Last Week Tonight looks at the IRS. No one likes them, but you can’t live without them. The agency is far from perfect, but it’s trying to do its job amidst budget cuts and a rapidly declining workforce.

LWT Interviews Edward Snowden

LWT Interviews Edward Snowden

(PG-13: Language) “If we sacrifice our values because we’re afraid, [that means] we don’t care about those values very much.” Last Week Tonight talks to Edward Snowden and reminds us of the Patriot Act’s impending renewal.

LWT: April Fools’ Day

LWT: April Fools’ Day

(NSFW: Language) Last Week Tonight is on hiatus, but host John Oliver still dropped by the Internet to condemn one of its denizens’ favorite days, and to try to guilt you into forsaking April Fools as well. Boo.

LWT: Municipal Violations

LWT: Municipal Violations

(NSFW: Language) Last Week Tonight talks about the absurd interest rates and miscellaneous fees added to some municipal violation fines. Violators who are strapped for cash end up paying several times the original fine, or worse.

LWT: Exploited NCAA Athletes

LWT: Exploited NCAA Athletes

(NSFW: Language) Last Week Tonight points out how the NCAA, schools and coaches make millions off of collegiate sports, yet deny the same opportunity to the athletes. And if you think their “education” is compensation, you’d be wrong.

LWT: Daylight Saving Time

LWT: Daylight Saving Time

Last Week Tonight chimes in on the frustrating pseudoscientific tradition that has us springing forward and falling back. Germany started it in World War I to conserve coal, but whether or not it still saves energy in the modern era is dubious.

LWT: U.S. Territories

LWT: U.S. Territories

Last Week Tonight looks at the plight of the five permanently inhabited U.S. territories whose citizens are not given the same rights as those in the mainland because of an outdated and xenophobic Supreme Court decision.

LWT: Infrastructure

LWT: Infrastructure

(NSFW: Language) Last Week Tonight bemoans the state of America’s aging infrastructure. Even though many officials and experts agree that it’s an important concern, politicians are slow to address it because it’s not a “sexy” issue.

LWT: Elected Judges

LWT: Elected Judges

(NSFW: Languages) Last Week Tonight talks about the consequences of judiciary elections in the US. It’s just like political elections: at best you get horrible ads, and at worst you get candidates accepting money from questionable sources.

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LWT: Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue

LWT: Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue

Last Week Tonight is completely baffled at the continued and celebrated existence of Sports Illustrated’s annual swimsuit issue, at a time when you can have Google: Swimsuit – or less! – Edition for free 24/7.

LWT: Tobacco

LWT: Tobacco

(NSFW: Language) While some first world countries have successfully limited cigarette marketing, tobacco companies are delaying the same restrictions in poorer countries using legal loopholes and financial threats. #JeffWeCan

LWT: Marketing to Doctors

LWT: Marketing to Doctors

Last Week Tonight talks about the shady practices of drug companies, such as sales representatives that regularly bring food to doctors, making false claims about their drugs and paying doctors to act as their mouthpiece.

Last Week Tonight Season 2

Last Week Tonight Season 2

The dingo-calling, troll-shepherding and minifig haircut-having John Oliver and HBO’s satirical current events show return on Feb 8. Prepare to laugh and be righteously appalled as the world burns down around us.

LWT: New Year’s Eve

LWT: New Year’s Eve

John Oliver’s hilarious HBO news show may be on hiatus, but that doesn’t mean he can’t drop the occasional YouTube clip. Here, he teaches us why New Year’s Eve is the lamest of all of the holidays, and how to get out of participating.

LWT: Salmon Cannon

LWT: Salmon Cannon

HBO’s Last Week Tonight is kind of a big deal. Watch how many celebrities they got to join in on this childish segment about the salmon cannon, a device that sucks and shoots fish to help them make their way around dams.

LWT: The Lottery

LWT: The Lottery

(NSFW: Language) Last Week Tonight looks at lottery policies in the U.S. Its addictive nature aside, even if everyone gambled only occasionally the lottery would still be a scam because its proceeds are not allocated properly.

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LWT: Lowe’s vs. Home Depot

LWT: Lowe’s vs. Home Depot

(NSFW: Language) Last Week Tonight spotted Lowe’s new robotic assistant and pitched an ad for Home Depot that highlights the importance of a human assistant. Featuring Nick Offerman, H. Jon Benjamin and Sarah Baker.

LWT: US State Legislature

LWT: US State Legislature

(NSFW: Language) Last Week Tonight look at the circuses known as US state legislatures. Operating under obscurity, lack of oversight and corporate spoon feeding, many state lawmakers are wreaking havoc on their constituents.

LWT: Translators

LWT: Translators

(NSFW: Language) Last Week Tonight looks at the unnecessarily long immigration process of Iraqi and Afghan translators who worked with US military forces, despite them having risked their and their family’s lives for Americans.

LWT: Pumpkin Spice

LWT: Pumpkin Spice

We like pumpkin pie, but this artificial “pumpkin spice” crap that’s being put into everything these days has to be stopped. John Oliver couldn’t agree more. We’re also trying to figure out when we’ve ever eaten five pounds of pumpkin in a year.

LWT: Miss America Pageant

LWT: Miss America Pageant

(NSFW: Language) Last Week Tonight looks at the Miss America Organization, which awards scholarships to women on the condition that they parade around in swimsuits for several minutes and prove their intelligence in 20 seconds.

LWT: Scottish Independence

LWT: Scottish Independence

Last Week Tonight gives us a primer on the potentially historic decision that will be held this week. The Scottish are going to vote whether or not they want to break away from the United Kingdom. Violently British arguments follow.

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