Walking down the street with James Spann, the star weather forecaster and tornado expert for Birmingham’s ABC 33/40, is quite the experience. Despite changing TV watching patterns fueled by Netflix and Youtube, the meteorologist continues to get recognized left and right, by people young and old. And that makes sense. Alabama is known for its tornadoes, and James Spann’s coverage is widely thought to be some of the best tornado coverage in the U.S.

Spann also makes a point of visiting local schools to give talks to students about the weather. So, for some Alabamians, Spann fandom started in the first grade — and never stopped.

Still, despite Spann’s love of science and science communication, there’s one thing that he won’t talk about on the air: climate change.

“They hire me here to forecast the weather. They didn't hire me as a climatologist to discuss these things,” Spann told VICE News Tonight during a conversation in the ABC 33/40 studio.

But his refusal to talk about climate change goes beyond what he perceives as the limits of his job. “Natural variability in my opinion is still the primary driver — and all of a sudden you become a sinner.” In other words, Spann doesn’t think humans are the main cause of climate change.

He isn’t alone. A survey of around 2,000 American Meteorological Society members released last year revealed that 38 percent of meteorologists aren’t convinced that humans are the main cause of climate change.

That statistic may explain why in some parts of the country, it’s still novel to hear a TV meteorologist discuss climate change during a daily forecast — or even when talking about extreme weather events.

VICE News spent a day with James Spann, and interviewed Paul Gross, a TV meteorologist for NBC’s WDIV News 4 in Detroit who mentions global warming on the air regularly — and who doesn’t think local weather forecasters should shy away from the subject.

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This is the February 9, 2018, FULL EPISODE of VICE News Tonight on HBO.

3:20 VICE News breaks down some of expenditures on the Hill's budget deal and examines why this long-term boost in funding is helpful for agencies to function.

6:39 Although child marriage has long been an issue in the U.S., legislators are having a tough time tightening existing laws. VICE News meets with survivors and lawmakers in Florida, which could become the first state to ban child marriage, and their counterparts in California, where legislation was derailed.

12:30 There’s a history of defections at the Olympics, but never from North Korea. What’s unique about North Korean situation that keeps athletes from using the games as an opportunity?

16:00 Pashtuns are the ethnic majority in Afghanistan. But in neighboring Pakistan, they’re a minority ... and activists are speaking up, to say that they’re being badly mistreated.

18:35 MGMT describes the influence that the theme song from the cartoon David the Gnome had on their new single

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WASHINGTON — When George David Banks went to work in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in the White House complex Tuesday morning, he wasn’t thinking about his security clearance. He was thinking about the climate policy that he’d been shaping for the Trump administration since February of 2017.

By the end of the day, his email had been shut off and a member of the White House counsel’s office was explaining that his time in the administration had come to an end — because he had disclosed on a security form that he’d “smoked a little pot” between 2010 and 2013.

NBC reported well over 100 current White House staffers have been working under interim security clearances, and Banks was one of them. On Tuesday, he was told he couldn’t get permanent clearance because of past drug use, and so Banks, nearing 50, was fired. He said he was also encouraged to apply for another job in the Trump White House that doesn’t require security clearance.

His dismissal came as the White House attempts to vet the backgrounds of staffers in the wake of the scandal surrounding former Staff Secretary Rob Porter. Porter resigned last week after allegations surfaced that he’d physically abused two former wives. Banks decided to discuss his situation with VICE News because he doesn’t want anyone to associate the reason for his departure with Porters’.


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This segment originally aired February 8, 2018 FULL EPISODE of VICE News Tonight on HBO.

3:35 VICE News speaks with pastor Steve Berger about the National Prayer Breakfast and leading a congregation in the age of President Trump.

7:41 US coal markets experienced a small but unexpected revival in 2017. But, with domestic coal use still on the decline, it's clear that Trump's regulatory rollbacks weren't behind it

9:47 As the #MeToo movement continues to build in the United States, women in other countries are pushing for change in their cultures too. But in France, the movement’s critics have been almost as vocal as its supporters.

16:30 According to local reports, police in Israel will recommend that PM Netanyahu be indicted on corruption charges. VICE News looks at what happens next and what this could mean for the country.

19:45 How does art generated by algorithms stack up against human creativity? VICE News talks to famed art critic Jerry Saltz as he critiques AI-generated art.

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After more than 16 years of war, Afghan civilians live each day under constant threat, as U.S. forces and the Afghan government struggle to secure the country.

Despite hundreds of billions of dollars spent on the war since 2001, U.S. goals are far from within reach. Meanwhile, the Taliban has never been stronger, controlling more land than ever before and establishing footholds in nearly every province in Afghanistan.

READ: U.S. troops will face the deadliest Taliban yet

President Donald Trump has vowed to undo some of the terror group’s grip on the country and force it back to the negotiating table. But his new strategy, which centers on thousands of additional U.S. troops and an intensification of airstrikes, has only just begun to produce gains.

The Taliban, facing renewed pressure, have increased terror attacks on major cities, striking at the heart of Kabul recently, in a series of devastating attacks that left hundreds of civilians dead in the span of a week.

READ: Gruesome Kabul hotel attack shows ugly reality of Afghanistan’s endless war

VICE’s Ben Anderson travelled to Afghanistan in October 2016 as the Taliban were on the verge of retaking Helmand Province, once a crucial territory in the U.S. war. Reconnecting with families he’d visited years earlier, he saw just how little has been done to contain the Taliban’s influence across the country’s rural landscape, and the challenges that await Afghan and U.S. forces.

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When Trump White House aide Rob Porter was forced to resign after allegations he abused his two ex-wives last week, the story quickly ballooned into a scandal about who in the administration knew what when. There were all the makings of a classic DC cover up.

But there's more to the story, says Brian McKeon was a top official in the National Security Council office during the Obama administration. He says there are national security implications to the Porter story, too.

VICE News talked to McKeon Wednesday.

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It’s peak camel wrestling season in southwest Turkey, and cameleers in the region are traveling from town to town to have their camels compete in wrestling matches.

The Yoruk people, who are native to the region, have lived with camels for ages and consider them to be sacred. For generations, they’ve celebrated wrestling season, making a spectator sport out of their camels’ natural mating habits.

Camels are herd animals and it’s natural for the males to wrestle in order to establish dominance and mating rights.

This year, over 140 of Turkey’s elite wrestling camels competed at the 36th-annual camel wrestling competition in the town of Selçuk.

Typically held in the third week of January, the competition in Selçuk is generally known to be the most prestigious in the camel wrestling world - because it happens when camel’s are in peak heat, and generally attracts huge crowds from around the world, numbering in the tens’ of thousands.

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This is the February 7, 2018 FULL EPISODE of VICE News Tonight on HBO.

3:45 Russian and Syrian government forces have killed at least 136 civilians over the past 48 hours in Eastern Ghouta, a suburb of the capital Damascus, according to residents and monitoring groups.

6:25 After floods in 2007, officials in Jakarta discovered that the city is sinking into the ocean at incredibly fast rate. Now, in order to save the capital, the city must build new sea walls, clean-up the rivers, prevent developers from tapping into the aquifers below and force people to move from low lying areas. Hind Hassan traveled to Indonesia to see how Jakarta is coping with the problem.

11:29 Congress had no functional process for dealing with workplace misconduct… until this week.

15:49 Jordan Peterson is a controversial Canadian psychologist whose 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos is currently the second most pre-ordered book on Amazon. VICE News talks to the man who has become an alt-right icon for his free-speech campaigns and critiques of political correctness.

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In this week’s Music Critic rock star Andrew W.K. reviews songs: Rich Brian's, "See Me," Fall Out Boy, “Wilson (Expensive Mistakes),” Jay Som, “Pirouette,” and Django Django, “In Your Beat.”

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Valentine’s Day gives us an occasion to focus on the great loves of our life. For most of us, this means our significant others, family, and friends. But for President Donald Trump, this includes a long list of people, places, activities, and inanimate objects.

While many of Trump’s loves seem logical, there are also some more eyebrow-raising things receiving the president’s affections, such as “fighting with banks,” “open markets,” and “war.”

Watch the above video for a semi-comprehensive list of things the romancer-in-chief “loves.” Don’t worry, lonely hearts, you’re in there too (as long as you’re part of “everything”).


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The streets of New Orleans were packed Tuesday with people marking the culmination of Mardi Gras. Though it may be the country's best-known street party, it’s not the only Mardi Gras in the American south.

In Mobile, Alabama, the tradition is said to go back to 1703, brought by the French colonists who settled the city some fifteen years before they founded New Orleans. And for some people in Mobile, preparing for each year's celebration is a full-time job.

Patricia Halsell-Richardson, 69, produces so-called regalia — crafting the crowns, collars, and trains for the neighborhood royalty who reign over the city each year.

In Mobile, “kings” and “queens” are selected by historic clubs which nominate young leaders in their community for one-year positions as Mardi Gras royalty. VICE News Tonight joined Halsell-Richardson as she put the finishing touches on clothing she designed for the queen of Mobile’s African American residents group.

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The U.S. is in the midst of a record breaking flu season this year that is reaching levels as high as the 2009 H1N1 pandemic.

On a call with reporters last week, the CDC Acting Director Dr. Anne Schuchat painted a grim picture of what the rest of the flu season has in store— and there's no sign this season is slowing down yet.

Predicting what flu strains will be circulating each year and what should be included in the annual vaccine is highly a choreographed decision that involves year round monitoring of influenza viruses across the globe.

Dr. Kathryn Edwards has spent over thirty years studying influenza and is the chair of the FDA committee that selects the strains. She says a particularly severe strain of influenza A called H3N2 may be why more people are getting so sick this year.

“We also know that the severity of an influenza season can depend not only on the virus but also on how well the vaccine that we are giving people matches the strain that's circulating,” Edwards says.

There’s also evidence that the way the majority of vaccines are made, by growing the virus in chicken eggs, can cause changes in the H3N2 strain that ultimately weaken the vaccines effectiveness.

There are two types of non egg-based vaccines on the market and studies are underway to try and understand which work best. The jackpot though would be the development of a successful universal vaccine.

Calling it a universal vaccine is somewhat of a misnomer because researchers are skeptical that one shot will ever give lifelong protection against the flu but the idea is that a shot could be given at any time and offer years worth of protection against all flu strains including potential influenza pandemics. More than 30 candidates are in various stages of testing with a few already in the early stages of human trials.

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This is the February 6, 2018 FULL EPISODE of VICE News Tonight on HBO.

3:20 As Russia’s coming election nears, there is almost no question that Vladimir Putin will remain president. Even so, he faces opposition from two very different critics: one, anti-corruption leader Alexei Navalny, and the other Ksenia Sobchak, a socialite TV star.

8:41 The US released its nuclear posture review on Friday. It calls for strengthening and modernizing the overall nuclear command, control, and communications system -- in part meaning development of smaller (lower-yield), more flexible weapons as a firmer deterrent for nuclear rivals like Russia.

12:19 Felicia Smith, a Louisiana woman, was granted clemency on Obama's last day in office. VNT documents how her life has progressed since she was granted clemency under Obama and readjusted to life outside of prison under Trump.

19:01 In this week’s Music Critic rock star Andrew W.K. reviews new songs.

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A Palestinian teen who has been touted as a hero for the resistance against Israel’s occupation of the West Bank is in court in Israel today, facing charges of aggravated assault and incitement.

Ahed Tamimi, who has been in the custody of the Israeli military for the last two months, rose to fame after a video was streamed live on Facebook in December, showing her kicking and slapping two Israeli soldiers.

Posters of the teen have been put up around the West Bank. To some, the videos paint Tamimi as a modern day "Joan of Arc". Others have nicknamed her "Shirley Temper", a child cast in a role in Palestinian propaganda.

Tamimi’s protests have drawn attention before. At age 11, she was photographed shaking her fist at Israeli troops. A year later, she was filmed biting a soldier who was trying to detain her brother for throwing rocks.

It is unclear what led Tamimi to strike the Israeli soldier. Some members of her family say that Tamimi hit the soldier she believed had shot her cousin point blank in the head last December with a rubber-coated bullet. But her father says she didn’t have to be provoked.

Tamimi turned 17-years-old while she awaited trial. Her family celebrated in her absence and invited VICE News into their home to talk about what she represents.

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Nigeria's film industry in booming. Nollywood has quickly grown into a $3 billion dollar industry that is creating a new generation of Nigerian filmmakers.

Nollywood began with the 1992 dramatic thriller, “Living in Bondage.“ The film reveals a story about a man who is haunted by his wife’s ghost after sacrificing her to a cult.

The VHS masterpiece inspired an entire movement of DIY filmmaking in Nigeria, and these unique narratives that are authentic to Nigeria have made Nollywood highly popular across Africa and its diaspora audience.

Nollywood produces thousands of movies per year, most of them on shoestring budgets and made within days. These movies have a widespread reach and are entertaining audiences in rural and urban settings alike — from makeshift street barbershops and beauty salons to local cinemas and online streaming services like iROKOtv and even Netflix.

This shift to digital is re-defining the existing Nollywood model while creating a new generation of Nigerian filmmakers, who are making high-production value films for the big screen and digital streaming platforms.

VICE's Thomas Morton traveled to Nigeria to spotlight the world’s second largest film industry as he attempts to become a Nollywood actor himself.


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