Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Season 5

Season 5

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Season 5

First Air Date: February 18, 2018

First Aired on    :   2018
Episodes    :   30 episodes



Episodes

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5x30 Authoritarianism (November 18, 2018)


John Oliver discusses the growing number of authoritarian leaders around the world, their common characteristics, and whether or not one of them is currently our president.


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5x29 Drain the Swamp (November 11, 2018)


Donald Trump promised to “drain the swamp.” But considering the culture of corruption inside of his administration, Washington is looking awfully...swampy.


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5x28 Family Separation (November 04, 2018)


John Oliver discusses the disturbing policy that separated migrant families detained at our southern border, and the disturbingly real chance that it could happen again.


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5x27 State Attorneys General (October 28, 2018)


State AGs have become major partisan players in national politics, so the races to elect them are worth your attention.


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5x26 Saudi Arabia (October 14, 2018)


Following the alarming disappearance of a Saudi journalist and political dissident, John Oliver examines America's uncomfortably comfortable relationship with Saudi Arabia.


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5x25 Brazilian Elections (October 07, 2018)


Brazil is about to elect a new president during a turbulent period of political corruption and economic uncertainty. John Oliver urges the people of Brazil not to figuratively fingerbang their democracy.


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5x24 Brett Kavanaugh (September 30, 2018)


John Oliver discusses the ongoing controversy surrounding Brett Kavanaugh, the sexual assault allegations against him, his Supreme Court nomination, and what that could all mean for the highest (mostly-dog) court in the land.


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5x23 Facebook (September 23, 2018)


Facebook’s global expansion has been linked to political turmoil overseas, so maybe their ads should focus less on how they “connect the world” and more on why connecting people isn’t always the best idea.


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5x22 Felony Disenfranchisement (September 09, 2018)


Many people with felony convictions are unfairly prohibited from voting, and the worst state for this — surprise — is Florida.


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5x21 Trade (August 19, 2018)


Donald Trump is waging a trade war that hurts a lot of American workers. Maybe he would understand that if our heavy-handed documentaries about the global trading system were more informative.


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5x20 Astroturfing (August 12, 2018)


Organizations can hire fake advocates who create the illusion of real support for their message. It’s a shady practice called astroturfing that can warp the public perception of anything...even astroturfing.


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5x19 Prosecutors (August 05, 2018)


John Oliver explains how prosecutors use, or in some cases misuse, their power within our criminal justice system and why it’s important to know whether or not your district attorney is a dog.


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5x18 Workplace Sexual Harassment (July 29, 2018)


With a national dialogue underway about sexual harassment in the workplace, John Oliver sits down with Anita Hill to discuss the recent response to a not-so-recent problem.


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5x17 Gene Editing (July 01, 2018)


Scientists are developing new ways to alter the genetic code of living organisms. John Oliver explores the risks, rewards, and wolf-related hazards of gene editing.


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5x16 Mexican Elections (June 24, 2018)


Mexico is on the verge of a major election. John Oliver discusses some things we should know about the races and one thing we should not know about Santa Claus.


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5x15 Xi Jinping (June 17, 2018)


Chinese president Xi Jinping is amassing an alarming amount of political power. If only his propaganda videos made the idea of unrestricted authority seem as troubling as the concept of singing children.


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5x14 Stupid Watergate II (June 10, 2018)


John Oliver explains how the president and his allies are going full O. J. in order to undermine the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election.


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5x13 Guardianship (June 03, 2018)


It’s alarmingly easy for a total stranger to gain total control over the life of a senior citizen. We enlisted a group of celebrities to offer a warning about predatory behavior...in a legal guardian or a hippo.


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5x12 Drug Rehabilitation Clinics (May 20, 2018)


Other segments: Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, proposed 2018 North Korea-United States summit


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5x11 Venezuela (May 13, 2018)


John Oliver discusses the devastating economic crisis in Venezuela and enlists the help of a large bird who bears a striking resemblance to Wilmer Valderrama.


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5x10 Rudy Giuliani (May 06, 2018)


Rudy Giuliani is new to Trump’s legal team, but not to public controversy. Last Week Tonight examines his turbulent record in the wake of his recent political upsets.


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5x09 Iran Deal (April 22, 2018)


Donald Trump could soon dismantle the agreement designed to curb the Iranian nuclear program. Our catheter cowboy will do his best to keep that from happening.


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5x08 Corporate Taxes (April 15, 2018)


Many of America’s largest corporations shift a surprising portion of their profits overseas to avoid paying taxes. Even more surprisingly, that’s a legal thing to do.


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5x07 Crisis Pregnancy Centers (April 08, 2018)


Crisis pregnancy centers deceptively steer woman away from abortion. They can be started way too easily by religious groups like, for instance, a late night talk show’s megachurch.


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5x06 Immigration Courts (April 01, 2018)


America’s dysfunctional immigration court system forces many children to appear in court alone. That’s as ridiculous in real life as it would be on a courtroom television show.


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5x05 Mike Pence (March 18, 2018)


John Oliver can't help but say nice things about the Vice President's rabbit, Marlon Bundo. Last Week Tonight even wrote a children's book about him.


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5x04 Cryptocurrencies (March 11, 2018)


Digital currencies are generating a lot of excitement. John Oliver enlists Keegan-Michael Key to get potential investors equally excited about the concept of caution.


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5x03 NRA TV (March 04, 2018)


The NRA's streaming lifestyle network aims to boost gun sales, often by using an ominous tone that would make just about anything sound terrifying...including muffins.


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5x02 Italian Election (February 25, 2018)


Italy is in the throes of a turbulent race to elect a new prime minister. John Oliver discusses the colorful contenders and introduces an equally ridiculous candidate.


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5x01 Trump vs. The World (February 18, 2018)


America's reputation is being damaged by its own president. John Oliver, several dinosaurs, and the NYC Gay Men's Chorus remind the world that our country is...complicated.




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