Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Season 2
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Season 2
First Air Date: February 08, 2015
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2x35 Refugees (November 22, 2015)
2x34 Daily Fantasy Sports (November 15, 2015)
John talks about the recent Paris attacks, China's Singles Day, the Koh-i-Noor diamond and Daily Fantasy Sports.
2x33 Prisoner Re-entry (November 08, 2015)
United Kingdom proposed online mass surveillance law, Veterans Day, Washington Redskin trademark, Prisoner Reentry. Interview with Bilal Chapman.
2x32 Elections (November 01, 2015)
2x31 Canada (October 18, 2015)
Canada is about to have a major election. John Oliver enlists Mike Myers, a beaver, and a moose to give voters some advice.
2x30 North Dakota (October 11, 2015)
North Dakota is known for being polite, but perhaps they’ve been a little too hospitable to oil companies.
2x29 Mental Health (October 04, 2015)
John Oliver explains how our national system of treating mental health works, or more often than not, how it doesn’t.
2x28 Migrants and Refugees (September 27, 2015)
Millions of migrants seeking asylum in Europe face hostility, racism, and red tape. John Oliver does one admittedly tiny thing for one of them.
2x27 Public Defenders (September 13, 2015)
The Miranda warning includes the right to a public defender. It doesn’t include the fact that public defenders are highly overworked and grossly underpaid.
2x26 LGBT Discrimination (August 23, 2015)
This year’s gay marriage ruling was a milestone, but LGBT discrimination is still surprisingly legal. John Oliver explains why we need a federal anti-discrimination law.
2x25 Televangelists (August 16, 2015)
U.S. tax law allows television preachers to get away with almost anything. We know this from personal experience.
2x24 Sex Education (August 09, 2015)
Sex education varies widely between school districts, leaving many teens without comprehensive information. We made a video that covers what some schools are too embarrassed to teach.
2x23 Washington D.C. Statehood (August 02, 2015)
Washington DC experiences taxation without representation. It's also missing from rhyming state songs. John Oliver and a group of singing children fix one of these problems.
2x22 Mandatory Minimum Sentencing Laws (July 26, 2015)
Mandatory minimums require fixed prison sentences for certain crimes. John Oliver explains why we treat some turkeys better than most low-level offenders.
2x21 Food Waste (July 19, 2015)
Producers, sellers, and consumers waste tons of food. John Oliver discusses the shocking amount of food we don’t eat.
2x20 Stadiums (July 12, 2015)
Cities spend massive amounts of public money on privately-owned stadiums. Cities issue tax-exempt municipal bonds that — wait, don’t fall asleep!
2x19 Transgender Rights (June 28, 2015)
This week’s gay rights victory was historic, but the transgender community still faces staggering challenges. John Oliver focuses on the “T” in “LGBT."
2x18 Online Harassment (June 21, 2015)
Online harassment is a major problem, but it’s rarely prosecuted. If only we’d been warned about this in the early days of the internet.
2x17 Torture (June 14, 2015)
The US Senate Torture Report revealed horrifying details of America's interrogation program. Helen Mirren will fill you in.
2x16 Bail (June 07, 2015)
John Oliver explains why America’s bail system is better for the reality tv industry than it is for the justice system.
2x15 FIFA II (May 31, 2015)
After the arrests of numerous top officials, John Oliver decided to give an update on the state of FIFA.
2x14 Chickens (May 17, 2015)
John Oliver explains how chicken farming can be unfair, punishing, and inhumane. And not just for the chickens!
2x13 Paid Family Leave (May 10, 2015)
Many American companies do not offer paid leave after the birth of a child, which means they probably shouldn’t run sappy Mother’s Day ads.
2x12 Standardized Testing (May 03, 2015)
American students face a ridiculous amount of testing. John Oliver explains how standardized tests impact school funding, the achievement gap, how often kids are expected to throw up.
2x11 Fashion (April 26, 2015)
Trendy clothes are cheaper than ever. That sounds great for the people who buy them, but it's horrible for the people who make them.
2x10 Patents (April 19, 2015)
For inventors, patents are an essential protection against theft. But when patent trolls abuse the system by stockpiling patents and threatening lawsuits, businesses are forced to shell out tons of money. CNN produced an actual doomsday video to broadcast when the world is ending and it’s incredibly dull. We've enlisted Martin Sheen to help make humanity’s final moments happier!
2x09 The IRS (April 12, 2015)
Nobody likes the IRS. But recent budget and staff cuts have made it increasingly difficult for the department to do its very important job. Don’t take our word for it. Ask Michael Bolton.
2x08 Government Surveillance (April 05, 2015)
There are very few government checks on what America’s sweeping surveillance programs are capable of doing. John Oliver sits down with Edward Snowden to discuss the NSA, the balance between privacy and security, and dick-pics.
2x07 Municipal Violations (March 22, 2015)
If you have money, committing a municipal violation may pose you a minor inconvenience. If you don’t, it can ruin your life. The New Hampshire legislature refused to make the red-tailed hawk the official raptor of their state...so we made it the official raptor of our show.
2x06 The NCAA (March 15, 2015)
The NCAA doesn’t pay athletes because they consider them amateurs. The NCAA considers them amateurs because they don’t get paid.
2x05 U.S. Territories (March 08, 2015)
A set of Supreme Court decisions made over 100 years ago has left U.S. territories without meaningful representation. That’s weird, right? Daylight saving time doesn’t actually benefit anyone. Strangely, it’s still a thing!
2x04 Infrastructure (March 01, 2015)
America's crumbling infrastructure: It's not a sexy problem, but it is a scary one.
2x03 Elected Judges (February 22, 2015)
The vast majority of US judges are elected, forcing many judges to pander to the electorate and accept campaign money in order to keep their jobs. This seems slightly troubling... The UK's Labour Party has painted a campaign van pink in an attempt to attract women voters. We are glad they didn't keep going with that strategy.
2x02 Tobacco (February 15, 2015)
Thanks to tobacco industry regulations and marketing restrictions in the US, smoking rates have dropped dramatically. John Oliver explains how tobacco companies are keeping their business strong overseas. We've noticed that the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue still exists but can’t quite figure out why.
2x01 Marketing to Doctors (February 08, 2015)
Pharmaceutical companies spend billions of dollars marketing drugs to doctors. We have a few issues with that. RadioShack has filed for bankruptcy. We've helped them create a farewell message. Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa.