Uganda’s Moonshine Epidemic

THOMAS MORTON: We’re in Uganda. Uganda’s had a pretty good spell the last 25 years– no major civil wars, a little bit of an Ebola outbreak every so often, including right now. And they’re the alcoholism capital of Africa. One favorite type of booze the locals make is called waragi. We’re going to go make some, drink some, and hopefully not go blind. In 2004, the World Health Organization released its global status report on alcohol and health, finding Uganda

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From the DMZ Into the Hermit Kingdom – Inside North Korea (Part 1/3)

[SPEAKING KOREAN] [KOREAN PATRIOTIC SONG] SHANE SMITH: Right after we launched VBS, people started saying, North Korea. Why don’t you go to North Korea? Why? Because nobody knows anything about North Korea. So we were fascinated by it. And we tried to get in for a year and a half, but couldn’t because North Korea doesn’t let anyone in. They do not want anyone to corrupt their 100% homogeneous society that is 100% percent ruled by one person, Kim Jong

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The Best Drip Ink in Graffiti: KRINK

CRAIG COSTELLO: I never studied painting. All my experience with putting paint on something came from graffiti. And the kind of graffiti I did was always really simple. As I started to paint in a studio, I would paint these letters and straight lines and everything. And I would try to make it perfect, and it just drove me insane. I grew up in New York. I’m from Queens, Forest Hills. And I grew up, I was a teenager in

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Interview with a Cannibal

[MUSIC PLAYING] ISSEI SAGAWA: [SPEAKING JAPANESE] MALE SPEAKER 1: [SPEAKING FRENCH] ISSEI SAGAWA: [SPEAKING JAPANESE] [OMINOUS MUSIC] [CLASSICAL MUSIC] ISSEI SAGAWA: [SPEAKING JAPANESE] [MUSIC – BEETHOVEN, “MOONLIGHT SONATA”] ISSEI SAGAWA: [SPEAKING JAPANESE] FEMALE SPEAKER 1: [SPEAKING JAPANESE] ISSEI SAGAWA: [SPEAKING JAPANESE] FEMALE SPEAKER 1: [SPEAKING JAPANESE] ISSEI SAGAWA: [SPEAKING JAPANESE] FEMALE SPEAKER 1: [SPEAKING JAPANESE] ISSEI SAGAWA: [SPEAKING JAPANESE] MALE SPEAKER 2: [SPEAKING JAPANESE] YURI SATONAKA: [SPEAKING JAPANESE] MALE SPEAKER 2: [SPEAKING JAPANESE] YURI SATONAKA: [SPEAKING JAPANESE] MALE SPEAKER 2:

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Leonard Knight and his Technicolor Mountain

LEONARD KNIGHT: It was called Technicolor Mountain, Mountain of Love, hundreds of different names. And people just decided to call it Salvation Mountain. I didn’t have a vision. When I came here, I wanted to put “God is love to the world” on a hot air balloon. And I spent 15 years in Nebraska and Vermont trying to make a hot air balloon, and the thing rotted out on me here and never got up. So I told God, I’m

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Krokodil: Russia’s Deadliest Drug (NSFW)

[MUSIC PLAYING] MALE SPEAKER 1: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] [SOVIET ANTHEM PLAYING] ALISON SEVERS: In 1979, the Soviet army entered Afghanistan, engaging in a brutal 10-year conflict which kick-started the Afghan opium trade. It was sold all over the world to help fund the fight against the Soviets, but the main customers of the opium were the Russians themselves. After the fall of the Soviet union in 1991, Russia’s heroin problem continued to grow. So much so, that in 2011, the country

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The Gun Markets of Pakistan

[GUNFIRE] SUROOSH ALVI: We’re here in Lahore, Pakistan, in the old city. I’m here visiting family. It’s been about three years since I was in the country. And in that time, the country has gone through insane amounts of change– truly full of deep contradictions. On the one hand, you’ve got this progressive side of the population. They’re organizing fashion weeks. They’re partying. And you’ve got this liberal media explosion happening in this country. And they’re operating uncensored by the

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Corruption, Cocaine and Murder in Trinidad

come on take a walk tournament let’s here go be scared so we’re here in East Port of Spain Trinidad and when people think of Trinidad usually they think of steel pan drums carnival celebrations and good times and turn it out self it’s a pretty rich country they’ve got plenty of oil and gas deposits and the GDP per capita here is eighteen thousand unfortunately over the past 15 years Trinidad sins murder rate go from about a hundred

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