Once-great American manufacturing cities like Detroit and Cleveland are full of rusting scrap metal. Tonight on <i>VICE</i> on HBO, David Choe meets the people who risk their lives to find scrap metal, visits the scrapyards that buy scrap, and follows...
As you know from reading this fine piece of journalism, once-great American manufacturing cities like Detroit and Cleveland are experiencing a cultural phenomenon: scrapping. People are literally ripping apart old schools, houses, hospitals, and factories and carting away their raw materials. In tonight's episode of VICE on HBO, artist and world traveler (and expert butt painter) David Choe investigates the life cycle of scrap metal, from the people who risk their lives to find it to the yards that buy it, all the way to the Chinese traders who take it back home to build their economy.
Then it's off to South Asia, where VICE co-founder Suroosh Alvi reports on the effects of drone strikes in Pakistan. Extremism and militancy in the country have been growing in the wake of Obama’s drone campaign, and it's not hard to see why. While the Obama administration touts drones as a surgical weapon that keeps American soldiers out of harm's way, for the innocent victims, a.k.a. the “collateral damage,” drone strikes are hardly precise.
You should watch the teaser for the episode, above, and then check out the show tonight at 11 PM. And if you've never seen our HBO show... Jesus, people, you don't have an excuse anymore: You can watch the entire first season right here for free. So get to it.