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The VICE Guide to Right Now

The best of VICE, behind the scenes. On this podcast we highlight stories from across VICE platforms through the lens’ of reporters, guests and experts.

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Listen to Episode 1 of "Chapo," a New Podcast from VICE News

Listen to the first episode of "Chapo," a new podcast from VICE News. As Sinaloa cartel leader Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán goes on trial, VICE News explores his high-stakes case through the stories of people caught up in the drug war in the U.S. and Mexico.In this episode, called "The Fixer," VICE News travels to the Sinaloa cartel stronghold of Culiacán, where they meet a drug trafficker and see how cartel violence affects daily life. Listen to the full series on Spotify.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

25mins

5 Nov 2018

Rank #1

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The Kratom Controversy: 2.15.18

We dive into the controversy surrounding Kratom - an herbal supplement used as a pain reliever, and sometimes used to treat opioid withdrawal symptoms - which the FDA just called an opioid.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

13mins

15 Feb 2018

Rank #2

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The Wi-Fi Pineapple: 11.21.17

We look into how to protect yourself against a sophisticated, yet easy-to-execute form of hacking that uses a device called a Wi-Fi Pineapple.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

7mins

21 Nov 2017

Rank #3

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The Fyre Festival Scam Continues: 1.24.18

We take a closer look at the famously disastrous Fyre Festival, and how the scamming and scandal haven’t stopped.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

10mins

24 Jan 2018

Rank #4

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The World's Largest Biometric ID System Keeps Getting Hacked: 1.10.18

We look into the world’s largest biometric ID system - India’s Aadhaar - and how it keeps getting hacked, putting millions of people at risk.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

11mins

10 Jan 2018

Rank #5

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Black Mirror's Contraception Controversy: 1.4.18

The fourth season of Black Mirror hit Netflix last week and people were less than pleased with how the show portrayed emergency contraception, a form of birth control more commonly known as the morning-after pill or Plan B. In this episode, we're getting the facts straight.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

9mins

4 Jan 2018

Rank #6

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How Doctors Keep Jehovah’s Witnesses Alive Without Blood Transfusions: 1.19.18

We discuss the inventive ways doctors treat patients who, for religious reasons, refuse blood transfusions.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

7mins

19 Jan 2018

Rank #7

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Michael Pollan Talks Psychedelics

In this episode, we talk to award-winning journalist Michael Pollan about his new book How To Change Your Mind, which investigates the medical and scientific revolution taking place around psychedelic drugs. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

24mins

30 May 2018

Rank #8

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Philly's Planned Supervised Drug Injection Site: 1.29.18

We look at Philadelphia's plan to establish the first official supervised drug injection site in the U.S.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

11mins

29 Jan 2018

Rank #9

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Mindfulness Doesn’t Have to Be Whitewashed and Goal-Oriented

In this episode, we discuss mindfulness, and how it has been whitewashed in the US in a misguided effort to make it more accessible.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

12mins

6 Jul 2018

Rank #10

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AirPods Are a Tragedy

On this episode, we talk to Motherboard reporter Caroline Haskins about why AirPods are a social and environmental disaster. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

15mins

13 May 2019

Rank #11

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Noisey's Annual 100 Best Songs: 12.21.17

We have Noisey writer Lawrence Burney walk us through the site's 100 Best Songs of 2017 list.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

9mins

21 Dec 2017

Rank #12

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VICE Meets Comedy Sensation Hannibal Buress: 12.28.17

In this episode, we go into the archives to bring you one of our favorite VICE interviews.Hannibal Buress is an well respected stand-up comedian and actor who's known for his distinctly laid back, but sharply witted comedic style. While notorious for his joke that ignited the Bill Cosby scandal, Buress has had people laughing in roles on Broad City, The Eric and Andre Show, Daddy's Home, and countless stand-ups. On this episode, we chat with Hannibal Buress about success and selling out.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

6mins

28 Dec 2017

Rank #13

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This Man's Inmate Experiences Are Proof We Need the Prison Strike

In this episode, a formerly incarcerated writer, Michael Fischer, goes into how the prison system can break a person down, and why it's so inspiring to see inmates fighting back.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

22mins

5 Sep 2018

Rank #14

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A Brief History of Tomi Lahren’s Ongoing Faceplant with Hip-Hop: 2.5.18

We give you a brief history of the conservative commentator Tomi Lahren’s ongoing beef with hip-hop. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

12mins

5 Feb 2018

Rank #15

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The Dark Reality of Being a Brand Influencer

In this episode, we’re peeking behind the curtain to look at the darker aspects of being a brand influencer.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

21mins

8 Mar 2019

Rank #16

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The California Tribe Fighting for Federal Recognition: 1.23.18

In this episode, we're going a little deeper than usual into a story that is well worth our attention. We look at how the Nisenan tribe of the California Central Valley are fighting to regain recognition from the federal government.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

18mins

23 Jan 2018

Rank #17

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Unpacking Trump's Bizarre Press Conference with Putin

On this episode of The VICE Guide to Right Now, we talk with VICE politics editor Harry Cheadle about Trump’s strange and disturbing press conference with Vladimir Putin.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

9mins

18 Jul 2018

Rank #18

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Apps & Addiction: 11.8.17

We take a deep dive into a tech company trying to disrupt substance abuse with an app.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

8mins

8 Nov 2017

Rank #19

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Inside VICE's Russian Road Trip: 11.7.17

The Texas church shooting, the leaked ‘Paradise Papers,’ and we’ll hear from VICE Producer Allen Otto on his documentary series, “Russian Road Trip.”See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

9mins

7 Nov 2017

Rank #20