Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Season 8
S08 E01Feb 15, 2021
Episode 210: The Next Pandemic Feb 15, 2021 Main story: What could cause the next pandemic, what we can do to avoid it, and why you shouldn’t kiss pigs; plus, Impeachment Part 2.
S08 E02Feb 22, 2021
Episode 211: Meatpacking Feb 22, 2021 Main story: Working conditions in the meatpacking industry; plus, the Texas power crisis in the wake of severe winter weather.
S08 E03Mar 1, 2021
Episode 212: Raids Mar 1, 2021 Main story: How few guardrails there are on the use of police raids; plus, New York governor Andrew Cuomo faces multiple scandals.
S08 E04Mar 8, 2021
Episode 213: Unemployment Mar 8, 2021 Main story: The many obstacles that impede access to unemployment benefits; plus, Fox News freaks out over Dr. Seuss.
S08 E05Mar 15, 2021
Episode 214: Tucker Carlson Mar 15, 2021 Main story: Where Tucker Carlson came from and why he's admired by white nationalists; plus, reaction to the Biden COVID-19 relief bill.
S08 E06Mar 22, 2021
Episode 215: Plastics Mar 22, 2021 Main story: How plastics are harming the planet, and why recycling isn’t the solution you think it is; plus, the Atlanta mass shootings and hate crimes against Asian-Americans.
S08 E07Apr 5, 2021
Episode 216: The National Debt Apr 5, 2021 Main story: How national debt works and why it might be more helpful than you'd think; plus, Giuliani freaks over Lil Nas X; Amazon's anti-union tactics; Peeps and Pepsi form an unholy alliance.
S08 E08Apr 12, 2021
Episode 217: Long-Term Care Apr 12, 2021 Main story: Why nursing homes and assisted living facilities need fixing; plus, the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program; Matt Gaetz and Venmo; R.I.P. Yahoo! Answers.
S08 E09Apr 19, 2021
Episode 218: Bankruptcy Apr 19, 2021 John Oliver details why people file for bankruptcy, how needlessly difficult the process can be, and the ways we can better serve people struggling with debt.
S08 E10May 3, 2021
Episode 219 May 3, 2021 John Oliver explains why some people don't want to get the Covid-19 vaccine and how they might be reassured.
S08 E11May 10, 2021
Episode 220 May 10, 2021 John Oliver discusses the importance of black hair, the ways it can be a target of discrimination, and some ideas to address that.
S08 E12May 17, 2021
Episode 221 May 17, 2021 Main Story: John Oliver takes a look at why “stand your ground” laws were created, who they protect, and, crucially, who they don’t. Plus, a look at the past week’s events in Israel.
S08 E13May 24, 2021
Episode 222 May 24, 2021 John Oliver explains why the integrity of local news is so important, how sponsored content could damage that integrity, and why the Venus Veil is so much more than a blanket. (It's not.)
S08 E14Jun 7, 2021
Episode 223 Jun 7, 2021 John Oliver discusses the large and diverse group of people who fall under the term "Asian American", the history of the model minority stereotype, and why our conversations on the subject need to be better-informed.
S08 E15Jun 14, 2021
Episode 224 Jun 14, 2021 John Oliver explains how the failure to air-condition prisons can cause both physical and mental health issues for incarcerated people, and why the solution is simpler than you might think. Plus, some truly unique local car dealership ads.
S08 E16Jun 21, 2021
Episode 225 Jun 21, 2021 John Oliver explains how PACE, a program meant to pay for environmentally-friendly home renovations, is fundamentally flawed and can put people at risk of losing their homes. Plus, why hosting summer Olympics in Tokyo this year is a bad idea and why dog shows are weird.
S08 E17Jun 28, 2021
Episode 226 Jun 28, 2021 Health Care Sharing Ministries, or HCSMs, advertise themselves as a more affordable, faith-based alternative to health insurance. But John Oliver explains some of the massive limitations these plans can have.
S08 E18Jul 26, 2021
Episode 227 Jul 26, 2021 John Oliver breaks down the long history of housing discrimination in the U.S., the damage it's done, and, crucially, what we can do about it.
S08 E19Aug 2, 2021
Episode 228 Aug 2, 2021 John Oliver explains how emergency medical services function in the U.S., why they can be so expensive, and what we can do to fix things.
S08 E20Aug 9, 2021
Episode 229 Aug 9, 2021 John Oliver explains how the Sackler family has been handling lawsuits related to the opioid crisis, how hard they've been fighting to defend their name, and why you should judge the situation for yourself.
S08 E21Aug 16, 2021
Episode 230 Aug 16, 2021 John Oliver discusses ransomware attacks, why they’re on the rise, and what can be done about them.
S08 E22Aug 23, 2021
Episode 231: Afghanistan Aug 23, 2021 John Oliver discusses the end of America's war with Afghanistan and the humanitarian crisis being left behind.
S08 E23Sep 13, 2021
Episode 232: Lukashenko Sep 13, 2021 John Oliver discusses the longtime leader of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, and the many reasons his country's citizens have not to like him.
S08 E23Sep 12, 2021
September 12, 2021: Belarus Sep 12, 2021 John Oliver hosts this comedy series that takes a satirical look at the week in news, politics and more.
S08 E24Sep 27, 2021
Episode 233: Voting Rights Sep 27, 2021 John Oliver discusses the current attacks on voting rights, who's behind them, and what we can do about it. Plus, John enters several paintings in the annual Duck Stamp contest.
S08 E25Oct 4, 2021
Episode 234: PFAS Oct 4, 2021 John Oliver discusses PFAS - a class of chemicals linked to an array of health issues - and why their widespread use isn't as magical as it may seem.
S08 E26Oct 11, 2021
Episode 235 Oct 11, 2021 John Oliver discusses how misinformation spreads among immigrant diaspora communities, how little some platforms have done to stop it, and, most importantly, how to have a very good morning.
S08 E27Oct 25, 2021
Episode 236 Oct 25, 2021 John Oliver discusses Taiwan's history of being governed by other countries, its fraught present-day relationship with China, and what its citizens would want their future to look like.
S08 E28Nov 1, 2021
Episode 237 Nov 1, 2021 With homelessness increasing nationwide, John Oliver takes a look at the way we discuss the unhoused, what policy failures are making the problem worse, and how we can help.
S08 E29Nov 8, 2021
Episode 238 Nov 8, 2021 John Oliver discusses the current state of the nation's power grid, why it needs fixing, and, of course, how fun the balloons are.
S08 E30Nov 15, 2021
Episode 239 Nov 15, 2021 John Oliver discusses the mechanics of union busting, why the companies who do it face so few consequences, and what it really means when your manager wants to talk to you about "your attendance."