March 29, 2013 at 04:00 AM EDT

Vice may have started as an often raunchy magazine with articles titled ”Coke, Booze, and Bitches” and ”Shoplifting From American Apparel,” but the team behind the publication now wants to be known for rule-breaking TV news. Vice, an HBO docuseries debuting April 5, focuses on stories like suicide bombers in Afghanistan and a gun market in the Philippines. ”You’re going to see the more newsy side of Vice,” says brand cofounder Shane Smith about the series, which made headlines earlier this month by sending Dennis Rodman to North Korea, where he met leader Kim Jong-un. ”But we’re still going to have our absurd, crazy s—in there.” (The YouTube series The Vice Guide to Everything has featured trips to places like a Taliban hideout neighborhood in Pakistan.) The HBO show is just one of Vice‘s many offshoots, among them a record label, a video division with creative director Spike Jonze, and i-D, a British fashion magazine. Smith’s wish list for a possible season 2 of the HBO series includes trips to Syria, Somalia, and Nepal’s Kingdom of Mustang, because ”that’s another place they don’t want us to go.”

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