Last Week Tonight with John Oliver is an American late-night talk and news satire television program. L.W.T draws its comedy and satire from recent news stories, political figures, media organizations, pop culture and often aspects of the show itself.
John Oliver Covers Ins and Outs of Retirement Plans: Saving for retirement means navigating a potential minefield of high fees and bad advice - Last Week Tonight is here to help.
John Oliver on “Brexiting” from the EU: There might be an innate British desire to diss Europe, but Last Week Tonight lays out exactly why it’s a mistake to leave the EU.
Main segment: 2016 Summer Olympics and doping in sports. Segments: Aftermath of the United Kingdom EU membership referendum.
John Oliver discusses last week's unsurprisingly surprising Republican convention. It was a four-day exercise in emphasizing feelings over facts.
John Oliver Talks DNC vs. RNC. 'Last Week Tonight' covers the Democratic convention and has choice words regarding the Republican presidential nominee.
Last Week Tonight on the Decline of Journalism. John Oliver has some bad news about the state of the industry that gives us our news.
John Oliver Takes Subprime Auto Lenders To Task: Keegan-Michael Key and Bob Balaban help show how auto lenders can steer vulnerable people into debt.
Charter schools are privately run, publicly funded, and irregularly regulated. John Oliver explores why they aren’t at all like pizzerias.
John Oliver on Scandals: the 2016 presidential race is teeming with raisins. Sorry…scandals.
John Oliver discusses the systems in place to investigate and hold police officers accountable for misconduct.
John Oliver examines the legal and moral issues surrounding the military prison at Guantánamo Bay.
John Oliver considers third party candidates seriously as potential presidents.
John Oliver discusses the extent and root of the nation’s epidemic of opioid addiction.
Public schools are increasingly divided by race and class. John Oliver discusses the troubling trend towards school resegregation.
Multilevel marketing companies claim to be legitimate businesses, but some seem awfully…pyramid shaped. John Oliver and Jaime Camil demonstrate how they work.
Donald Trump will be the next president of the United States. How did we get to this point? And what do we do now?
John Oliver Takes On Debt Buyers: Companies that purchase debt on the cheap will aggressively collect on it. 'Last Week Tonight’ took a hands-on approach to addressing this issue.
Last Week Tonight Tackles U.S. Primaries and Caucuses: The United States selection process for presidential nominees is convoluted — to say the least. Nevertheless, John Oliver reminds Americans that the "middle of the game" is the worst possible time to change the rules.
John Oliver on 911 Reliability: Things you never want to hear: there are no guarantees when you call 911. Emergency call centers are in desperate need of funding and new technology, so “no guarantees” is the unfortunate reality.
John Oliver on Sticking to the Facts: Media outlets often report new findings from scientific studies, but how many are true?
Puerto Rico is suffering a massive debt crisis. Lin-Manuel Miranda joins John Oliver to call for relief.
Lead poisoning is a national problem. If only lawmakers were as concerned as the puppets on Sesame Street.
Credit reports play a surprisingly large role in our lives, but even more surprising is how often they contain critical mistakes. John Oliver helps credit agencies see why this is a problem.
Lawmakers have to raise money to keep their jobs, but a surprising amount of their job now consists of raising money. John Oliver sits down with Congressman Steve Israel to discuss the costs of political spending.
Donald Drumpf wants to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. Is his plan feasible?
Strong encryption poses problems for law enforcement, is weakening it worth the risks it presents? It’s…complicated.
Special districts spend more public money than all city governments combined. That's odd considering most of us don't know they exist.
Our main story was about Donald Trump. We can't believe we're saying that either.
Abortion is theoretically legal, but some states make it practically inaccessible. And how is Hollywood whitewashing still a thing?
Donald Trump spreads a lot of false information thanks to his daily consumption of morning cable news. If only we could sneak some facts into the president’s media diet.
Vladimir Putin is known as a ruthless leader and master manipulator. John Oliver enlists a group of singing dancers to explain that to Donald Trump.
John Oliver Talks Health Care: Last Week Tonight explores why Congressional Republicans' proposed Obamacare replacement works like a thong.
John Oliver sits down with the Dalai Lama to discuss China, the conditions in Tibet, and horse milk.
The Republican health care bill could leave many Americans without affordable coverage. Last Week Tonight's catheter cowboy returns to morning cable news to explain that to Donald Trump.
Donald Trump's federal budget plan proposes large funding cuts with largely negative consequences. John Oliver examines the troubling priorities of the new administration.
Under federal law, even legal marijuana is illegal. John Oliver explains why conflicting drug laws pose serious problems.
Lawmakers often reshape voting districts to shift the balance of political power. That's unfair to voters, even those of us with questionable judgment.
2017 French presidential election, Sean Spicer Hitler–Assad controversy, Political positions of Donald Trump, and the 2017 Nangarhar airstrike.
Main Segment: Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner. Other segments: North Korean missile tests and the Turkish constitutional referendum.
Equal access to online information is once again under serious threat. John Oliver encourages internet commenters to voice their displeasure to the FCC by visiting www.gofccyourself.com and clicking "express" to file your comment.
Main segment: Dialysis and DaVita Other segments: Dismissal of James Comey, Bill English.
Main segment: Stupid Watergate Other segments: Donald Trump's disclosure of classified information to Russia, Comey memos, Transportation Security Administration.
Main Segment: U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Agreement Other Segments: June 2017 London attack, Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections
Main segment: 2017 United Kingdom general election and Brexit negotiations. Other segments: James Comey's testimony before Congress.
Main segment: Coal mining in the United States and Bob Murray. Other segments: American Health Care Act of 2017.
Main segment: Vaccine Safety. Other segments: Lawsuit over coal segment from Episode 105, possible existence of Trump-Comey recordings, Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017.
Main segment: Local news and Sinclair Broadcast Group. Other segments: Donald Trump's Twitter comments about Mika Brzezinski, Trump's travel ban, the Hall of Presidents wax museum in Gettysburg.
Main segment: Alex Jones and InfoWars. Other segments: Anthony Scaramucci, defeat of "skinny" Obamacare repeal.
Main segment: United States Border Patrol Other Segments: Presidency of Donald Trump, Stephen Miller
Main segment: North Korea–United States relations. Other Segments: Charlottesville attack
Main segment: Nuclear waste and waste management. Other segments: Departure of Steve Bannon.
Main segment: Presidential pardon of Joe Arpaio Other segments: Rescinding of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Scranton train
Main segment: Corporate Consolidation Other segments: Trump slams NFL players, Trains (Scranton)
Main segment: Forensic evidence. Other segments: Trump's tax reform proposal, aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.
Main Segment: Confederate monuments. Other Segments: Trump's response in Puerto Rico, Trump and Rex Tillerson's feud, Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandal.
John Oliver investigates the murky world of Daily Fantasy Sports and creates an advertisement to help explain the positives. In other news, the terrorist attacks in Paris shocked the world, Singles Day in China features some questionable celebrity endorsements, and India want their diamond back.
John Oliver starts a campaign to remove the penny from circulation and takes a look back at the highlights of the season with appearances from some of our favorite characters. The Paris attacks and their impact on refugee intake across the globe are also discussed.
John Oliver explains the hurdles for prisoner re-entry in the US with help from a real life ex-convict. In other news, the UK introduces new surveillance measures, US patriotism is an advertising gimmick, and the Washington Redskins defend their trademark.
John Oliver discusses the impact of the upcoming US elections on the status of Medicaid and tries to calm tensions in the East China Sea through Kenny G. In other news the peace talks in Syria feature no Syrians, the link between the Ukraine and Star Wars, and Andrew Lloyd Webber has some opinions on UK tax credits.
In order to help Canada with their upcoming election, John Oliver enlists Mike Myers, a beaver, and a moose to give some advice to voters. In other news the New Zealand Prime Minister admits to some interesting habits, Mexico isn't happy with it's president and a zoo in Denmark tries to educate visitors by butchering animals.
North Dakota's reputation for politeness has led to oil companies taking advantage so John Oliver offers the people of the 'legendary' state a solution. In other news the war in Syria rages on, FIFA is still rife with corruption and Toyota are asked to explain why ISIS has so many of their vehicles.
Cities spend massive amounts of public money on privately-owned stadiums. Cities issue tax-exempt municipal bonds that — wait, don’t fall asleep!
Producers, sellers, and consumers waste tons of food. John Oliver discusses the shocking amount of food we don’t eat.
Mandatory minimums require fixed prison sentences for certain crimes. John Oliver explains why we treat some turkeys better than most low-level offenders.
The European migrant crisis sees millions of refugees face hostility, racism, and red tape so John Oliver does something small for them. In other news Pope Francis visited the U.S., an interesting report on David Cameron and the Volkswagen emissions scandal.
John Oliver investigates the treatment of mental health in the US and discovers the system doesn't always work. In other news Russia gets involved in the bombing of Syria, the UN trains the leaders of the future and Jason Chaffetz is embarressed. John Oliver also launches a brand new app.
Pharmaceutical companies spend billions of dollars marketing drugs to doctors. We have a few issues with that. RadioShack has filed for bankruptcy. We've helped them create a farewell message. Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa.
Thanks to tobacco industry regulations and marketing restrictions in the US, smoking rates have dropped dramatically. John Oliver explains how tobacco companies are keeping their business strong overseas. We've noticed that the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue still exists but can’t quite figure out why.
The vast majority of US judges are elected, forcing many judges to pander to the electorate and accept campaign money in order to keep their jobs. This seems slightly troubling... The UK's Labour Party has painted a campaign van pink in an attempt to attract women voters. We are glad they didn't keep going with that strategy.
America's crumbling infrastructure: It's not a sexy problem, but it is a scary one.
A set of Supreme Court decisions made over 100 years ago has left U.S. territories without meaningful representation. That’s weird, right? Daylight saving time doesn’t actually benefit anyone. Strangely, it’s still a thing!
The NCAA doesn’t pay athletes because they consider them amateurs. The NCAA considers them amateurs because they don’t get paid.
If you have money, committing a municipal violation may pose you a minor inconvenience. If you don’t, it can ruin your life. The New Hampshire legislature refused to make the red-tailed hawk the official raptor of their state...so we made it the official raptor of our show.
There are very few government checks on what America’s sweeping surveillance programs are capable of doing. John Oliver sits down with Edward Snowden to discuss the NSA, the balance between privacy and security, and dick-pics.
Nobody likes the IRS. But recent budget and staff cuts have made it increasingly difficult for the department to do its very important job. Don’t take our word for it. Ask Michael Bolton.
For inventors, patents are an essential protection against theft. But when patent trolls abuse the system by stockpiling patents and threatening lawsuits, businesses are forced to shell out tons of money. CNN produced an actual doomsday video to broadcast when the world is ending and it’s incredibly dull. We've enlisted Martin Sheen to help make humanity’s final moments happier!
American students face a ridiculous amount of testing. John Oliver explains how standardized tests impact school funding, the achievement gap, how often kids are expected to throw up.
Many American companies do not offer paid leave after the birth of a child, which means they probably shouldn’t run sappy Mother’s Day ads.
After the arrests of numerous top officials, John Oliver decided to give an update on the state of FIFA.
John Oliver explains why America’s bail system is better for the reality tv industry than it is for the justice system.
The US Senate Torture Report revealed horrifying details of America's interrogation program. Helen Mirren will fill you in.
Online harassment is a major problem, but it’s rarely prosecuted. If only we’d been warned about this in the early days of the internet.
This week's gay rights victory was historic, but the transgender community still faces staggering challenges. John Oliver focuses on the “T” in “LGBT.”
Washington DC experiences taxation without representation. It's also missing from rhyming state songs. John Oliver and a group of singing children fix one of these problems.
Sex education varies widely between school districts, leaving many teens without comprehensive information. We made a video that covers what some schools are too embarrassed to teach.
U.S. tax law allows television preachers to get away with almost anything. We know this from personal experience.
This year’s gay marriage ruling was a milestone, but LGBT discrimination is still surprisingly legal. John Oliver explains why we need a federal anti-discrimination law.
The Miranda warning includes the right to a public defender. It doesn’t include the fact that public defenders are highly overworked and grossly underpaid.
Trendy clothes are cheaper than ever. That sounds great for the people who buy them, but it's horrible for the people who make them.