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VIDEO: John Oliver on How to Revise Your New Year’s Resolutions Once You Fail to Keep Them

“Deep down we all know that the key to a successful resolution is not hard work and dedication,” explains the “Last Week Tonight” host. “It’s managing disappointment.”

Posted on Jan 4, 2016 READ MORE



2015 in Review: The Best Ear to the Ground Posts of the Year

As the countdown to the new year begins, we take a look at 2015’s most popular stories.

Posted on Dec 31, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: John Oliver on the Art of Regifting

Now that Christmas is over, here’s some funny advice from the “Last Week Tonight” host about what to do with the gifts you don’t need or want.

Posted on Dec 28, 2015 READ MORE


2015 in Review: The Best of Truthdig’s A/V Booth Posts

From comedic clips about Edward Snowden and Donald Trump to illuminating interviews featuring Robert Scheer, Noam Chomsky, Chris Hedges and Jimmy Carter, here are Truthdig readers’ favorite audiovisual posts from 2015.

Posted on Dec 27, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: John Oliver Advocates for Ridding Our Pockets and Our Country of Pennies

In this year’s last episode of “Last Week Tonight,” the HBO host takes on a cause he feels is incredibly achievable—a small change, if you will.

Posted on Nov 23, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: John Oliver Explains Why We Seriously Don’t Need to Make U.S. Refugee Vetting Any Harder

All this anti-refugee talk in America has inspired HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” host to give another impassioned speech about refugees, just in time for Thanksgiving, the commemoration of the only time in American history when “the fear of refugees wiping everyone out did actually come true.”

Posted on Nov 23, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEOS: Late-Night Show Hosts Respond to Paris Attacks: ‘An Attack on Humanity Itself’

Comedians Trevor Noah, Stephen Colbert and John Oliver all took time during their late-night shows over the past few days to briefly talk about the Paris attacks that have left the world shaken.

Posted on Nov 17, 2015 READ MORE



VIDEO: John Oliver Exposes the Shady Dealings of Daily Fantasy Sports Websites

Daily fantasy sports companies keep trying to pretend that their sites don’t peddle gambling, but the “Last Week Tonight” host disagrees—hilariously.

Posted on Nov 16, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: John Oliver Walks Us Through the Painful Obstacles Ex-Prisoners Face When Re-Entering Society

The “Last Week Tonight” host explains how 50 percent of ex-prisoners end up back in jail thanks to challenges legislators have placed—inhumanely, some would argue—in their way.

Posted on Nov 9, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: John Oliver on How Upcoming State Elections Could Spell Disaster for Thousands Uninsured

HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” host explains why Tuesday’s state elections could put the lives of half a million people at risk (and, in one case, affect the fate of the pangolin).

Posted on Nov 2, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: John Oliver Tries to Make Americans Care About Canadian Politics

The “Last Week Tonight” host realizes that many Americans are uninterested in the election taking place in Canada on Monday, so he gave us a plethora of important (and some of them funny) reasons to pay attention to what our northern neighbor is up to.

Posted on Oct 19, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: John Oliver Urges Us to Wake Up to How Big Oil Is Killing People and Destroying North Dakota

In another informative and funny segment of “Last Week Tonight,” John Oliver explores what has happened to North Dakota since the start of its oil boom.

Posted on Oct 12, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: John Oliver Dares Politicians to Actually Do Something About Mental Health

“If we’re going to constantly use mentally ill people to dodge conversations about gun control,” comedian John Oliver said angrily on Sunday’s episode of “Last Week Tonight,” “then the very least we owe them is a fucking plan.”

Posted on Oct 5, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: John Oliver Explains Why Taking In Syrian Refugees Will Actually Make Europe a Better Place

Citing important economic and social examples of how countries in Europe would benefit from opening their doors to refugees who’ve risked their lives to escape Syria, the “Last Week Tonight” host makes a compelling case about how to address the current crisis. Oliver also makes a young refugee’s dream come true, with the help of a couple of soap stars.

Posted on Sep 28, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: John Oliver Explains Why We’re All ‘F**ked’ Thanks to Our Broken Public Defender System

The “Last Week Tonight” host reveals some harrowing truths about the state of our public defender system and rewrites the Miranda rights to reflect these facts.

Posted on Sep 14, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: John Oliver Welcomes Students Back to School by Telling Them All the Things They Won’t Learn

HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” is on hiatus, but that hasn’t stopped John Oliver from releasing two funny Web exclusives that focus on history and education.

Posted on Sep 7, 2015 READ MORE



Remember John Oliver’s Investigation of Televangelists? The IRS May Have Gotten the Message

Who knew political comedy could make such an impact?

Posted on Aug 25, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: John Oliver Stumps for Federal Equal Rights Law; Outs Candidates for Anti-LGBT Stance

On Sunday’s “Last Week Tonight” show, John Oliver took on LGBT discrimination, pointing out that 31 states still do not have anti-discrimination laws in place and saying this makes it “surprisingly easy for people to be fired, evicted or refused service just because they are gay.”

Posted on Aug 24, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: John Oliver Exposes Dark Underbelly of Televangelism

The “Last Week Tonight” host investigates corrupt televangelists raking in millions of dollars in tax-exempt donations every year.

Posted on Aug 17, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: John Oliver Makes the Star-Studded Sex Ed Video You’ll All Wish You’d Seen as Teens

Sexual education is extremely important, and yet a lack of standardization means that schoolchildren all over the country receive very different information, some of which is false and a lot of which includes shaming kids (mainly girls) who have had or want to have sex.

Posted on Aug 10, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: John Oliver and a Group of Children Explain in Song How Congress Constantly Screws D.C.

The fact that Washington, D.C., lacks full representational voting rights in Congress is not only absurd, it’s extremely dangerous and detrimental to the well-being of our capital city’s inhabitants, as HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” host pointed out in a fabulous segment Sunday night.

Posted on Aug 3, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: John Oliver: Mandatory Minimum Prison Sentences Are a Relic of Reagan-Era Drug Paranoia

The “Last Week Tonight” host makes the compelling case for not only getting rid of mandatory minimum prison sentences for drug offenses, but for passing legislation that would allow existing prisoners to apply to have their sentences reduced retroactively.

Posted on Jul 27, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: John Oliver: We Waste a Third of Our Food While American Families Go Hungry

The “Last Week Tonight” host lists the moral, environmental and, yes, even financial reasons why, as a country, the U.S. needs to stop wasting so much food.

Posted on Jul 20, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: John Oliver Reveals How Billionaire Sports Owners Use Your Tax Money to Build Absurd Stadiums

Many Americans have no idea that the ostentatious swimming pools and aquariums featured in some sports stadiums (not to mention the stadiums themselves) were constructed using public funds.

Posted on Jul 13, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: John Oliver Tries to Explain 15 Subjects in One Minute, but Falls Short on the TPP

In lieu of his customary 15-minute segment on one subject, the “Last Week Tonight” host put out a Web exclusive containing short “dives” into several topics. But when he got to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a few seconds just wasn’t enough.

Posted on Jul 6, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: John Oliver: Get on the Right Side of History and Support Transgender Rights

“We know how this thing ends,” explains the “Last Week Tonight” host. “If you take the anti-civil rights side, and deny people access to something they’re entitled to, history is not going to be kind to you.”

Posted on Jun 29, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEOS: John Oliver and Jon Stewart on the Confederate Flag in South Carolina

“The first time the Confederate flag was ‘used in a racist way’ was the exact second they finished sewing the very first one,” comedian John Oliver notes.

Posted on Jun 23, 2015 READ MORE


John Oliver: If You Don’t Think Online Harassment’s a Big Deal, Congratulations on Your White Penis

After listing several examples of how the Internet is being used to ruin some people’s lives (especially women’s), HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” host advocates for a shift in the way we think about the now seemingly ubiquitous Web.

Posted on Jun 22, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Edward Snowden Teaches John Oliver How to Create Strong Passwords, Because His Are ‘a Joke’

Most of us have seen the memorable “Last Week Tonight” interview with Edward Snowden that aired in spring, but here’s a clip you may have missed about the importance of making better passwords than the “embarrassingly bad” ones most of us have.

Posted on Jun 17, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: John Oliver: ‘Torture Is Medieval, Brutal and Beneath Us,’ So Let’s Make It Illegal

In anticipation of this week’s vote on a proposed law against torture, drafted by Sens. John McCain and Dianne Feinstein, HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” host gave an impassioned monologue on the Senate Committee Report on Torture.

Posted on Jun 15, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: John Oliver: ‘Bail Has Become a Way to Lock Up the Poor Regardless of Guilt’

HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” host explains how the discrimination ingrained in America’s bail system leads the poor to plead guilty to crimes they didn’t even commit.

Posted on Jun 8, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: John Oliver Comes Down Hard on FIFA Again—and It’s Glorious

Although HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” host delivered a scathing critique of the soccer organization last year, he decided to give it another shot Sunday after last week’s arrest of several FIFA officials. 

Posted on Jun 1, 2015 READ MORE



Thank You, Edward Snowden: An End to General Warrants as So-Called Patriot Act Expires

The U.S. government behemoth dedicated to spying on us all in contravention of the Constitution will likely be only slightly inconvenienced by the expiration of the misnamed “Patriot Act,” forced by Sen. Rand Paul late Sunday night. But at least a few baby steps back toward democracy will be taken as a result.

Posted on Jun 1, 2015 READ MORE



FIFA Officials Indicted on 47 Counts of Corruption Dating Back to 1991

The case the U.S. Department of Justice is bringing against nine FIFA officials and five sports business executives “spans at least two generations of soccer officials who, as alleged, have abused their positions of trust to acquire millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks,” said U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

Posted on May 27, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: John Oliver on the Terrible Mistreatment of Not Just Chickens but Also Chicken Farmers

“How can the people who make the meat we eat the most barely be making a living?” asks HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” host.

Posted on May 18, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: John Oliver’s Message on Mother’s Day: If We Really Love Our Moms, They Should Get Paid Leave

This Mother’s Day HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” host reminded us that the only other country that doesn’t provide women with paid maternity leave is Papua New Guinea.

Posted on May 11, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: John Oliver: How Standardized Tests Enrich Companies, Sicken Students and Get Teachers Fired

The “Last Week Tonight” host dedicated the longest section of his HBO show Sunday to discussing the one thing teachers, students and parents all despise: standardized testing.

Posted on May 4, 2015 READ MORE


John Oliver: Trendy Clothes Are So Cheap We Don’t Care About the Exploited People Who Make Them

“Fast-fashion” retailers H&M, Zara and Forever 21 have exploited desperately impoverished people around the world to make trendy clothing “cheaper than ever, and cheap clothing is trendier than ever,” says John Oliver, host of HBO’s “Last Week Tonight.”

Posted on Apr 27, 2015 READ MORE


John Oliver on the Patent Trolls Threatening to ‘Sue the Living Shit Out of People’

Patents, or “legally binding dibs,” as HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” host calls them, play an important part in most businesses. But so-called patent trolls are using them to make money in dubious ways.

Posted on Apr 20, 2015 READ MORE


John Oliver Attempts the Near Impossible: to Make Americans Sympathize With the IRS

Tax season is upon us, and with it the usual grumblings about the Internal Revenue Service. But HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” host, joined by singer Michael Bolton, may make you think twice this year before you curse the IRS.

Posted on Apr 13, 2015 READ MORE


John Oliver Flew to Russia to Interview Edward Snowden for One of the Best Clips You’ll See All Year

John Oliver recently discovered, much to his dismay, that many Americans still don’t know who Edward Snowden is or what he did. So the “Last Week Tonight” host did what any good political comedian would: He took a trip to Moscow to talk to the whistleblower.

Posted on Apr 6, 2015 READ MORE


John Oliver Gives Several Good Reasons to Do Away With April Fools’ Day Pranks

HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” host released a Web exclusive Monday about the upcoming pseudo-holiday many of us are dreading.

Posted on Mar 30, 2015 READ MORE


John Oliver on How the ‘Poor Get Hurt the Worst’ by Traffic Tickets

In one of his most impassioned monologues to date, the “Last Week Tonight” host demands that municipal violations stop being used as a means to feed off our most vulnerable citizens.

Posted on Mar 23, 2015 READ MORE


Comedian John Oliver on How the NCAA Takes Advantage of Student Athletes to Make Billions

Just in time for March Madness, the “Last Week Tonight” host reveals just how much bullshit the National Collegiate Athletic Association makes student athletes go through. The organization exercises enormous control over their lives—and rakes in billions from corporate sponsors—without paying the athletes a penny.

Posted on Mar 17, 2015 READ MORE


Comedian John Oliver on the Americans Who Still Don’t Even Have the Right to Vote

Inhabitants of U.S. territories, like Guam, Puerto Rico and American Samoa, still don’t have voting rights, and surprisingly these aren’t the only rights some of them are denied.

Posted on Mar 9, 2015 READ MORE


‘Last Week Tonight’ Explains Why Daylight Saving Is Just Plain Stupid

On Sunday, the HBO show dedicated its “How is this still a thing?” segment to daylight saving. Let’s just say it’ll have you questioning (and laughing about) the outdated practice as you mourn your lack of sleep.

Posted on Mar 9, 2015 READ MORE


John Oliver Recruits Stars to Make Infrastructure ‘Sexy’ in Hopes You’ll Give a Damn

The “Last Week Tonight” host knows maintaining “roads, bridges, dams, levees ... basically anything that can be destroyed in an action movie” isn’t exactly the most exciting topic, but it sure is important.

Posted on Mar 3, 2015 READ MORE



Victory in D.C.: FCC Votes in Favor of New Net Neutrality Rules (Video)

Score one for net neutrality advocates, and strike one for big telecom and cable companies—not to mention a good many Republicans.

Posted on Feb 26, 2015 READ MORE


What John Oliver Thinks About the U.K. Labour Party’s Patronizing Pink Bus

Why a political party in the United Kingdom thought it wise to paint a bus pink to attract female voters is hard to understand. But at least it gave the “Last Week Tonight” host material for a humorous segment about “the Barbie bus.”

Posted on Feb 26, 2015 READ MORE



‘Daily Show’ Duo Samantha Bee and Jason Jones Make a Play for Their Own Hit Show

Those hoping that either or both members of “Daily Show” husband-and-wife team Jason Jones and Samantha Bee would play key roles in filling outgoing power anchor Jon Stewart’s seat can strike those two promising names off the list of potential replacements—they’re going to be otherwise occupied.

Posted on Feb 25, 2015 READ MORE


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