Each Monday night, Current’s signature series delves into some of the hot button issues of the day. This season’s seven hour-long, thought-provoking installments will explore global and domestic topics including Islamophobia on both sides of the Atlantic in the wake of the tenth anniversary of 9/11; the flooding of guns across the Mexican border, which is fueling mass murders carried out by the drug cartels; the rise in the number of Americans traveling abroad in search of affordable medical procedures; the increasing disparity between economic classes in America; the marked difference in marijuana laws in New York and California; and an inside look at modern blood sport and the world of mixed martial arts.
Over the past five seasons, “Vanguard’s” fearless correspondents Adam Yamaguchi, Christof Putzel and Mariana van Zeller have traveled to the corners of the globe to cover subjects ranging from the 2010 Sports Emmy-nominated segment, Soccer’s Lost Boys, which told the story human trafficking of African boys; to the role of Big Tobacco in targeting the young generation in the Third World; to embedding themselves with undercover agents as they work to dismantle drug cartel operations. Their passion and dedication to understanding the world around them and sharing it with viewers has led to multiple awards, accolades and critical acclaim.
Commenting on this new season, Current TV’s EVP of programming, Shelley Lewis, said: “Vanguard is a powerful storytelling tool that puts a vivid, human face on the issues our audience hears about, but almost never sees. Adam, Christof and Marianna are deeply committed to finding and telling the truth of each story wherever it may take them. With our correspondents embedded with their subjects for as long as it takes to get the story, viewers will experience a first-hand point of view behind the headlines unlike anything they’ll see elsewhere.”
Season Six Episodes Include:
“’Arming the Mexican Cartels’”
Premiering Monday, October 31 at 9PM ET
Christof Putzel examines how American guns are flooding across the Mexican border helping to fuel that country’s deadly cartel wars which continue to spiral out of control.
Premiering Monday, November 7 at 9PM ET
From New York to London, Adam Yamaguchi looks at the rising tide of Islamophobia on both sides of the Atlantic. Ten years after 9/11, the fear of future attacks paired with the growing number of Muslims across Europe and America has given birth to an aggressive new network of anti-Muslim alarmists.
“Under the Knife Abroad”
Premiering Monday, November 14 at 9PM ET
During these tough economic times, there is one industry that continues to flourish: medical tourism. Adam Yamaguchi travels to India, Mexico and Barbados, where more and more Americans are being forced to seek medical care, often times for life or death procedures, because they can’t afford the medical procedures here at home. Is healthcare America’s next industry to be outsourced to foreign lands?
“The War on Weed”
Premiering Monday, November 28 at 9PM ET
Los Angeles vs. New York: Christof Putzel takes a look at how America’s two biggest cities are taking a very different approach to weed. It’s high times in LA (and California) where laws have been dramatically relaxed in recent years. In contrast, New York is seeing more and more of its citizens arrested for low-level pot offenses, disproportionately affecting minorities.
Additional episodes airing in December include“Two Americas” and “Mixed Martial Arts America.”
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