Air Date: Friday, October 05, 2018
Time Slot: 7:30 PM-8:00 PM EST on HBO
Episode Title: (#107/624) "Voodoo Wrestling / Big Placebo"
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Show #107 (season 6, show 24)

Debut: FRIDAY, OCT. 5 (7:30-8:00 p.m. ET/PT)

"Voodoo Wrestling": Mystical voodoo rituals and professional wrestling converge in Catch Fétiche, a popular, polarizing sport in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Until recently it was an all-male pursuit, but women have been getting into the ring lately, pushing the definition of gender roles in a country where violence against women is high. Dexter Thomas travels to Kinshasa to see the battles firsthand and meet the women who are emerging as the sport's new champions.

"Big Placebo": Americans spend billions of dollars every year on alternative medicine. While products such as dietary supplements are nothing new, a wave of lucrative endorsements from celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow and influencers on social media have made wellness a booming industry. Charlet Duboc meets devotees and skeptics to figure out what's going on with the country's wellness obsession.

VICE goes on hiatus after this week's show, and returns with new editions starting Nov. 9.

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