15 'Last Week Tonight With John Oliver' Segments That Will Give You A Crash Course On Issues In America

15 'Last Week Tonight With John Oliver' Segments That Will Give You A Crash Course On Issues In America

There's nothing quite like a British man lecturing Americans on all the ways our coutnry is f*cked up.

"Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" is a part of my weekly ritual. Every Sunday night I watch LWT and laugh along with John Oliver's great graphics, dry jokes, and animal mascots.

If you haven't seen any LWT tonight episodes, I'm sorry for ruining your next 48 hours. It's going to be worth it.

Although all of LWT is great, here are 15 of the greatest segments:

1. Crisis pregnancy centers

Crisis pregnancy centers or CPS is something that I have not been exposed to personally. I live in Washington state and have access to women's clinics that do not have a biased tone. Outside of my state, CPCs are becoming more and more popular and we need to be aware of the impact they have on our country.

2. Cryptocurrencies

If you aren't a STEM student, you might not be aware of cryptocurrencies. Bitcoin is the most popular form of cryptocurrencies and one you may have heard of. John breaks down the basics of virtual currencies and why the average person should care.

3. Multilevel Marketing

This is probably my favorite episode of Last Week Tonight. We all have friends who sell an MLM product. I see a lot of It Works! on my news feed. If you are considering signing up for an MLM or buying product, I urge you to watch this episode to learn about how they work.

4. Marijuana

Marijuana is pretty popular and legal in Washington State. At this point, all of the states on the west coast have legalized weed. If you are behind the times or live in a part of the nation that does not hear about cannabis all of the time, check out this video.

5. Confederacy

John addresses the importance of removing Confederate monuments that were put up long after the civil war. Fun fact: 38% of Americans think that the civil war was about slavery.

6. NRA

This episode debuted after the Orlando shooting in the Pulse nightclub. It's almost haunting to hear how familiar this is to the recent school shootings in the US.

7. Forensic science

I grew up watching "NCIS" and "Criminal Minds." I've met lots of students who wanted to become professional forensic evidence. In this episode, John talks about the "CSI effect" and the unreliability of forensic evidence.

8. North Korea

I took a semester-long course on North Korea. After spending weeks learning about the history of the region, I think that it is important for folks to learn about the conflict.

9. Alex Jones


In one of John's most popular episodes, he addresses Alex Jones of infowars.com. You can learn more about the charismatic man behind Infowars in this episode.

10. Sinclair Broadcast Group

As a communication major, I found this episode incredibly fascinating. Everyone should remain skeptical of all of their news sources.

11. Vaccines

This is so important! Learning about vaccines is important because many Americans have lost sight of why we need to vaccinate ourselves.

12. Ivanka & Jared

The most powerful part of this episode is some of the hilarious misconceptions about Ivanka Trump. Is she a liberal? Does she agree with her father? Who knows.

13. Putin

Putin is not an American but is definitely a household name. As we near the mid-term elections, it is important to be aware of his impacts on the US.

14. Third Parties

While this segment is a little out of date, it is thoroughly hilarious and the episode of "Last week tonight" that got me hooked.

15. Puerto Rico

The state of Puerto Rico's debt and the current state of recovery post-hurricane Maria is very poor. Learn more about the issues Puerto Rico and America are facing in this episode.

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17 'Winnie The Pooh' Quotes To Remember When You're About To Have A Final Exam Panic Attack

"People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day."


Stressed AF about finals?

Let Pooh take the wheel:

1. "You're braver than you believe and stronger and smarter than you think." 

2. "Think it over, think it under." 

3. "Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day." 

4. "People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day." 

5. "It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like "What about lunch?"

6.  "Think, think, think." 

7. "The nicest thing about the rain is that it always stops. Eventually." 

8. "Could be worse. Not sure how, but it could be." 

9. "To the uneducated, an A is just three sticks." 

10. "Home is the comfiest place to be." 

11. "So perhaps the best thing to do is to stop writing introductions, and get on with the book." 

12. "I must go forward to where I have never been instead of backwards where I have." 

13. "One of the advantages of being disorganized is that one is always having surprising discoveries." 

14. "Life is a journey to be experienced, not a problem to be solved." 

15. "It never hurts to keep looking for sunshine." 

16. "Sometimes, if you stand on the bottom rail of a bridge and lean over to watch the river slipping slowly away beneath you, you will suddenly know everything there is to be known."

17. My spelling is Wobbly. It's good spelling but it Wobbles, and the letters get in the wrong places."

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5 Songs to Add to Your Playlist This Month

Spring into finals week (and the summer) by "cleaning up" your playlist


Here are some fun, fresh new tracks to check out as you finish out the rest of the school year and help you get out of your "music comfort zone!"

“Patience” by Tame Impala 

Genre: Electronic/Alternative

Tame Impala FINALLY released new music (!!), and this track is absolutely stunning. With frontrunner Kevin Parker staying on brand with the band's psychedelic, seemingly ethereal style, it sounds like a combination of 70s soft rock and waves of modern-day electronica, with Parker's voice drifting in and out in a kind of otherworldly, mellowed-out manner.

“Harmony Hall” by Vampire Weekend 

Genre: Alternative/Indie Pop

Vampire Weekend is also releasing an album, entitled "Father of the Bride", on May 3rd. From the looks of it, this track relates to the theme of marriage/weddings present in the album's title, and it is a fun, upbeat song that I have been listening to a lot in the morning as I'm getting ready for class! Ezra Koenig's voice is so unique and can cover a broad range, and I highly recommend listening to some of the band's other work as well ("Step" from their 2013 release "Modern Vampires of the City" is one of my all-time favorite songs!).

“Ready to Let Go” by Cage the Elephant 

Genre: Alternative/Alternative Rock

So many great artists are (finally) releasing new albums this year, and Cage the Elephant falls into this category. This track is an absolute banger and doesn't stray much from the band's style in that it includes a lot of loud guitar and dynamic vocals. Like Vampire Weekend, Cage the Elephant has been around since the early 2000s, and I highly recommend checking out some of their earlier work as well (big fan of their most recent album, actually!)

“Apple Orchard” by Beach House 

Genre: Indie/Electronic

Beach House is one of my favorite bands of all time, as I find a kind of an ethereal, beautiful sadness in the dreamy style of instrumentalist Alex Scally and lucid vocals of singer Victoria Legrand. This track is from their 2006 self-titled debut and is probably one of my favorite songs they've ever released. The lyrics are poetic and perfect for the post-finals enjoyment of spring weather, in that they preach relaxation and restfulness, and the song's electronic rhythms echo the essence of spring as well. If you like this song, then I highly recommend checking out the band's other albums as well (Depression Cherry is one of my favorite albums of all time).

“April Come She Will” by Simon & Garfunkel 

Genre: 60s Pop

No spring playlist is complete without a little Simon & Garfunkel! This song is a classic, its timeless, poetic lyrics capturing the epitome of the coming of spring and all its glory. In fact, I consider the entire album (entitled Sound of Silence) to be perfect for the pleasantness and feelings of renewal/natural revitalization associated with the coming months, so be sure to give it a listen if you haven't heard it before!

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