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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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Kamau visits Salt Lake City to explore the growing LGBTQ community living in the epicenter of the Mormon faith.
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Kamau visits Philadelphia and Chester, Pa., to learn about the toxic man-made disasters that have polluted these communities for generations.
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Kamau visits Milwaukee, the most segregated city in America, to better understand why living as a black person in America can be so challenging.
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Kamau takes a look at Washington, D.C., through the eyes of residents who show him the vibrant culture that is distinct from the politics that surround it.
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Kamau visits Jackson, Miss., to explore the divisive world of reproductive rights and reproductive justice, including abortion, sex education and women's health.
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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 meets Muslims in Michigan who are eager to explain that practitioners of Islam are not what people assume they are.
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W. Kamau Bell visits the islands of Hawaii to talk to natives.
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Kamau meets members of the Hmong community brought to America after the Laotian Civil War forced their expulsion, and learns the multigenerational stories of loss, perseverance and hope that make up their American journey.
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While in and around Seattle, Kamau takes a look at different forms of activism that white people are using to combat America's history of white supremacy and the rise of extreme right-wing groups across the country.
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Kamau visits Dallas, the home of the megachurch, to find out what is creating the new face of Christianity today in a city where church and state are far from separate.
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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 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 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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