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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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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.
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W. Kamau Bell heads to the U.S.-Mexico border to find out what life is like for the people who live there.
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The Appalachian region has a rich history and optimism, despite being one of the hardest-hit countries economically; W. Kamau Bell plans to mine.
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W. Kamau Bell visits the islands of Hawaii to talk to natives.
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W. Kamau Bell takes a trip up north to Canada to see if everything is truly as great as everyone says.
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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.
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W. Kamau Bell heads south to debunk some myths while also retracing his family roots with his father.
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W. Kamau Bell heads to historically black colleges and universities to answer the question on why these schools are important.
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W. Kamau Bell meets with people with physical disabilities.
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W. Kamau Bell visits the coast of South Carolina to meet the Gullah Geechee people.
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W. Kamau Bell unravels the stereotypes of one of the most misunderstood religions in America.
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W. Kamau Bell unlocks some of the myths of Puerto Ricans; a journey from New York City to Puerto Rico itself.
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W. Kamau Bell goes to the heart of Chicago gang territory to explore the truth about violence in the city.
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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.
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W. Kamau Bell meets Muslims in Michigan who are eager to explain that practitioners of Islam are not what people assume they are.
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Kamau goes to the Dakotas to bring light onto the indigenous people mistakenly called Native Americans.
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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.
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W. Kamau Bell visits San Francisco's Chinatown; what it means to be American while culturally connected to another country.
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W. Kamau Bell, a critic of gun laws in America, buys a 357 Magnum.
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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.
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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.

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