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Comic and political provocateur W. Kamau Bell hosts this CNN original documentary series in which he travels to the far corners of America to explore race-based subcultures. Using humor to soften his experiences, Bell willingly subjects himself to awkward situations -- like attending a cross-burning, hate-mongering Ku Klux Klan session -- to demonstrate "the many diverse and colorful definitions of America," CNN says. Bell also visits a gated retirement community, experiences inner-city policing, spends time with spring break revelers, speaks to prison inmates, and travels to the Last Frontier.

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aired 77 days ago
The population of East Los Angeles is over 90 percent Latino; they are predicted to be the majority population of Americans by 2044; W. Kamau Bell speaks to many Latinos who are fighting prejudice and spreading the message of tolerance.
aired 77 days ago
The Appalachian region has a rich history and optimism, despite being one of the hardest-hit countries economically; W. Kamau Bell plans to mine.
aired 77 days ago
W. Kamau Bell unlocks some of the myths of Puerto Ricans; a journey from New York City to Puerto Rico itself.
aired 77 days ago
W. Kamau Bell goes to the heart of Chicago gang territory to explore the truth about violence in the city.
aired 77 days ago
W. Kamau Bell speaks to prisoners of the infamous San Quentin prison to hear their individual, real stories about life inside the prison and what it has turned them into.
aired 77 days ago
Despite their dwindling numbers over the decades, the notorious white supremacist group, the Klu Klux Klan, seek to reignite the flames of white power with a new message; W. Kamau Bell heads to the South to speak to KKK members.
aired 92 days ago
W. Kamau Bell meets Muslims in Michigan who are eager to explain that practitioners of Islam are not what people assume they are.
aired 92 days ago
Kamau goes to the Dakotas to bring light onto the indigenous people mistakenly called Native Americans.
aired 92 days ago
W. Kamau Bell enjoys an abundant cross-section of immigrants who come to this country from all over the world to make a better life.
aired 265 days ago
W. Kamau Bell visits San Francisco's Chinatown; what it means to be American while culturally connected to another country.
aired 266 days ago
W. Kamau Bell, a critic of gun laws in America, buys a 357 Magnum.
aired 315 days ago
Camden, New Jersey has a reputation as one of the country's most dangerous cities; W. Kamau Bell heads there to see if a newly implemented community policing program is helping the relationship between citizens and the police force.
aired 400 days ago
W. Kamau Bell visits the Inuit people of Barrow, Alaska, 320 miles north of the Arctic Circle, where this town, only accessible by plane, is fighting to hold on to its traditions as large companies seek to acquire their natural resources.
aired 400 days ago
W. Kamau Bell is off to speak to the people of Portland, Oregon where the result of a massive influx of hipsters appears to be gentrification; he inquires as to how this has affected the local neighborhoods.
aired 413 days ago
W. Kamau Bell talks to the retirees and college age spring breakers of Daytona, Florida to inquire what makes this part of the country so appealing to people from all walks of life.

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