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John Oliver Explains Everything That's Wrong With Standardized Testing

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 05.04.2015 | Comedy

There's one issue that has united parents, teachers and students alike in anger and outrage: standardized testing. As those tests have become an i...

Watch John Oliver Take On The World Of Fast Fashion

The Huffington Post | Katla McGlynn | Posted 04.27.2015 | Comedy

Something tells us American Eagle wouldn't sell too many cargo shorts as "Bangladeshi Swamphen." On Sunday night's "Last Week Tonight," John Oliver...

5 Things You Didn't Know About 'Last Week Tonight'

The Huffington Post | Todd Van Luling | Posted 04.23.2015 | Entertainment

John Oliver turns 38 today and so to celebrate here are a few things you didn't know about "Last Week Tonight."

11 John Oliver Quotes That Make The Truth Easier To Swallow

The Huffington Post | Katla McGlynn & Andy McDonald | Posted 04.23.2015 | Comedy

Watching John Oliver is like having a really good brunch. It happens on Sundays and afterwards, if you do it right, you feel both culturally satisfied...

Don't Watch This Video Unless The World Is Ending

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 04.20.2015 | Comedy

If the end of the world is coming, you don't want to see a military band playing "Nearer, My God, to Thee" as CNN reportedly has planned. No, if D...

Maureen Ryan

Peabody Awards Go To 'Last Week Tonight,' 'Jane the Virgin,' 'The Americans' And Others

HuffingtonPost.com | Maureen Ryan | Posted 04.16.2015 | Entertainment

“Jane the Virgin,” “The Americans,” “Inside Amy Schumer” and “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” were among the entertainment program...

Infrastructure 2: Congress and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Roads

Joshua L. Schank, Ph.D. | Posted 04.14.2015 | Politics
Joshua L. Schank, Ph.D.

Some people see infrastructure as about as exciting as watching paint dry. We here at the Eno Center for Transportation, a national transportation policy think tank, eat reports on infrastructure for breakfast. And we know that our infrastructure needs much more than a new coat of paint.

John Oliver & Michael Bolton Serenade The IRS

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 04.13.2015 | Comedy

Why does everyone hate the IRS? On HBO's "Last Week Tonight," host John Oliver said it's because the agency combines two of the things we hate most: "...

Snowden Explains How The Government Can Get Your 'Dick Pic'

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 04.07.2015 | Politics

Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden sat down for an interview with comedian John Oliver nearly two years after he leaked classified documents about U...

Take John Oliver's April Fools' Day Pledge

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 03.30.2015 | Comedy

John Oliver wants to bring back the true meaning of April 1st — and it's got nothing to do with pulling an April Fools' Day prank or hoax. It's ...

John Oliver Explains How America's Infrastructure Is Like A Lego Set

The Huffington Post | Katla McGlynn | Posted 03.02.2015 | Comedy

If you weren't aware that U.S. roads, bridges and dams are in serious state of disrepair, allow John Oliver to put it plainly: "We aren't just flirtin...

Watch John Oliver's Tobacco Industry Takedown

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | Posted 02.18.2015 | Comedy

Jeff we can! On Sunday night's "Last Week Tonight," John Oliver walked us through the vast and complicated legal activity of the tobacco industry, ...

Here's What RadioShack REALLY Wants To Say To You

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 02.09.2015 | Comedy

John Oliver is back from his break, just in time to say farewell to RadioShack on his HBO show, "Last Week Tonight." The company filed for bankrup...

John Oliver Auditioned For 'Fifty Shades Of Grey,' With Handcuffs

The Huffington Post | Erin Whitney | Posted 01.26.2015 | Entertainment

"Professional swear word-sayer" John Oliver may not return to lambaste the news until next month, but he took to YouTube on Sunday to admit something ...

John Oliver Is Coming Back And He's Not Going To Change A Thing

The Huffington Post | Katla McGlynn | Posted 01.09.2015 | Comedy

He may have changed the late night game when he first premiered "Last Week Tonight," but in Season 2, John Oliver isn't about to mess with success. ...

The Best TV Shows Of 2014

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 12.19.2014 | Entertainment

It's been a wonderful year for television, with shows like "Transparent," "The Comeback" and "Orange Is The New Black" delivering top-tier writing, ac...

The Year's Best Show Isn't A Prestige Drama Or Netflix Original

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 12.08.2014 | Entertainment

Over the past year, the following things happened on television, each wonderful in its own right. Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson amplified ou...

John Oliver Calls Out America's Weirdest Thanksgiving Tradition

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | Posted 11.24.2014 | Comedy

So goes one turkey, so should they all. In a "Last Week Tonight" Web exclusive, John Oliver revealed his true feelings on the tradition of presiden...

The Epic Illinois Treasurer's Race Finally Comes to a Close

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 01.19.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

With the count of absentee and provisional ballots the lead switched from Republican Tom Cross by a few hundred votes to Democrat Michael Frerichs by a few thousand votes in a day. Cross condeded to Frerichs Wednesday.

The Illinois Treasurer's Race Could Become the Closest in State History

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 01.12.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

For pre-1998 elections, the only way to compare closeness in statewide elections -- state constitutional offices and U.S. Senate -- is to sift through paper records.

John Oliver's 14 Greatest Takedowns On 'Last Week Tonight'

The Huffington Post | Christine Dalton | Posted 11.11.2014 | Comedy

When Oliver took up his post at HBO, we had high expectations. The previous summer he manned "The Daily Show" desk with ease and seemed more than pois...

Watch John Oliver Shoot Fish Out Of A Cannon At Celebrities

The Huffington Post | Catherine Taibi | Posted 11.10.2014 | Media

John Oliver closed out "Last Week Tonight" with a bang on Sunday -- literally -- by creating his very own "Salmon Cannon" that launches fish at pretty...

John Oliver Breaks Open The Biggest Lie About Lotteries

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 11.10.2014 | Comedy

Anyone who's ever bought a lottery ticket needs to see John Oliver's explanation of how it all works. First, there are the remote odds of winning,...

Jane Goodall Shows John Oliver How To Eat A Banana Chimp-Style

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 11.03.2014 | Science

Having worked with chimps for over 50 years, Jane Goodall is more than comfortable hanging out with primates -- and it turns out she can hold her own ...

John Oliver Uncovers The Real 'Shadow Government'

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 11.03.2014 | Comedy

While most of the focus of Tuesday's midterm election is on control of the U.S. Senate, John Oliver is looking at the places where most laws are reall...