Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Season 8

Season 8

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Season 8

First Air Date: February 14, 2021

First Aired on    :   2021
Episodes    :   30 episodes



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Episodes

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8x30 Episode 239 (November 14, 2021)


John Oliver discusses the mechanics of union busting, why the companies who do it face so few consequences, and what it really means when your manager wants to talk to you about "your attendance."


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8x29 Episode 238 (November 07, 2021)


John Oliver discusses the current state of the nation's power grid, why it needs fixing, and, of course, how fun the balloons are.


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8x28 Episode 237 (October 31, 2021)


With homelessness increasing nationwide, John Oliver takes a look at the way we discuss the unhoused, what policy failures are making the problem worse, and how we can help.


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8x27 Episode 236 (October 24, 2021)


John Oliver discusses Taiwan's history of being governed by other countries, its fraught present-day relationship with China, and what its citizens would want their future to look like.


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8x26 Episode 235 (October 10, 2021)


John Oliver discusses how misinformation spreads among immigrant diaspora communities, how little some platforms have done to stop it, and, most importantly, how to have a very good morning.


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8x25 Episode 234: PFAS (October 03, 2021)


John Oliver discusses PFAS - a class of chemicals linked to an array of health issues - and why their widespread use isn't as magical as it may seem.


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8x24 Episode 233: Voting Rights (September 26, 2021)


John Oliver discusses the current attacks on voting rights, who's behind them, and what we can do about it. Plus, John enters several paintings in the annual Duck Stamp contest.


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8x23 Episode 232: Lukashenko (September 12, 2021)


John Oliver discusses the longtime leader of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, and the many reasons his country's citizens have not to like him.


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8x22 Episode 231: Afghanistan (August 22, 2021)


John Oliver discusses the end of America's war with Afghanistan and the humanitarian crisis being left behind.


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8x21 Episode 230 (August 15, 2021)


John Oliver discusses ransomware attacks, why they’re on the rise, and what can be done about them.


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8x20 Episode 229 (August 08, 2021)


John Oliver explains how the Sackler family has been handling lawsuits related to the opioid crisis, how hard they've been fighting to defend their name, and why you should judge the situation for yourself.


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8x19 Episode 228 (August 01, 2021)


John Oliver explains how emergency medical services function in the U.S., why they can be so expensive, and what we can do to fix things.


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8x18 Episode 227 (July 25, 2021)


John Oliver breaks down the long history of housing discrimination in the U.S., the damage it's done, and, crucially, what we can do about it.


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8x17 Episode 226 (June 27, 2021)


Health Care Sharing Ministries, or HCSMs, advertise themselves as a more affordable, faith-based alternative to health insurance. But John Oliver explains some of the massive limitations these plans can have.


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8x16 Episode 225: PACE (June 20, 2021)


John Oliver explains how PACE, a program meant to pay for environmentally-friendly home renovations, is fundamentally flawed and can put people at risk of losing their homes. Plus, why hosting summer Olympics in Tokyo this year is a bad idea and why dog shows are weird.


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8x15 Episode 224: Prison Heat (June 13, 2021)


John Oliver explains how the failure to air-condition prisons can cause both physical and mental health issues for incarcerated people, and why the solution is simpler than you might think. Plus, some truly unique local car dealership ads.


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8x14 Episode 223: Asian Americans (June 06, 2021)


John Oliver discusses the large and diverse group of people who fall under the term "Asian American", the history of the model minority stereotype, and why our conversations on the subject need to be better-informed.


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8x13 Episode 222: Sponcon (May 23, 2021)


John Oliver explains why the integrity of local news is so important, how sponsored content could damage that integrity, and why the Venus Veil is so much more than a blanket. (It's not.)


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8x12 Episode 221: Stand Your Ground (May 16, 2021)


Main Story: John Oliver takes a look at why “stand your ground” laws were created, who they protect, and, crucially, who they don’t. Plus, a look at the past week’s events in Israel.


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8x11 Episode 220: Hair (May 09, 2021)


John Oliver discusses the importance of black hair, the ways it can be a target of discrimination, and some ideas to address that.


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8x10 Episode 219: Vaccine (May 02, 2021)


John Oliver explains why some people don't want to get the Covid-19 vaccine and how they might be reassured.


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8x09 Episode 218: Bankruptcy (April 18, 2021)


John Oliver details why people file for bankruptcy, how needlessly difficult the process can be, and the ways we can better serve people struggling with debt.


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8x08 Episode 217: Long-Term Care (April 11, 2021)


Main story: Why nursing homes and assisted living facilities need fixing; plus, the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program; Matt Gaetz and Venmo; R.I.P. Yahoo! Answers.


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8x07 Episode 216: The National Debt (April 04, 2021)


Main story: How national debt works and why it might be more helpful than you'd think; plus, Giuliani freaks over Lil Nas X; Amazon's anti-union tactics; Peeps and Pepsi form an unholy alliance.


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8x06 Episode 215: Plastics (March 21, 2021)


Main story: How plastics are harming the planet, and why recycling isn’t the solution you think it is; plus, the Atlanta mass shootings and hate crimes against Asian-Americans.


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8x05 Episode 214: Tucker Carlson (March 14, 2021)


Main story: Where Tucker Carlson came from and why he's admired by white nationalists; plus, reaction to the Biden COVID-19 relief bill.


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8x04 Episode 213: Unemployment (March 07, 2021)


Main story: The many obstacles that impede access to unemployment benefits; plus, Fox News freaks out over Dr. Seuss.


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8x03 Episode 212: Raids (February 28, 2021)


Main story: How few guardrails there are on the use of police raids; plus, New York governor Andrew Cuomo faces multiple scandals.


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8x02 Episode 211: Meatpacking (February 21, 2021)


Main story: Working conditions in the meatpacking industry; plus, the Texas power crisis in the wake of severe winter weather.


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8x01 Episode 210: The Next Pandemic (February 14, 2021)


Main story: What could cause the next pandemic, what we can do to avoid it, and why you shouldn’t kiss pigs; plus, Impeachment Part 2.




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