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Explained

Explained
  • Rating: 8.00
  • Year of issue: 2018
  • Genres: Documentary
  • Countries: United States
  • Duration: 20 minutes

This documentary series, made in partnership with Vox, explain some of the world's current trends, from politics, to science to pop culture.

  • 1. The Racial Wealth Gap
    Cory Booker and others discuss how slavery, housing discrimination and centuries of inequality have compounded to create a racial wealth gap.
  • 2. Designer DNA
    Scientific feat or terrifying social experiment? Specialists in the field discuss the high stakes and ethical controversies of gene editing.
  • 3. Monogamy
    What do biology, human history and the promiscuity of bonobos reveal about monogamy? Experts and everyday couples weigh in on shifting cultural norms.
  • 4. K-Pop
    Elaborate music videos, adoring fans, killer choreography. Learn about the global music phenomenon from South Korea that goes beyond “Gangnam Style.”
  • 5. Cryptocurrency
    Cryptocurrency has made people billionaires, but is digital cash the next revolution? Learn about this anonymous currency and how it's coveted.
  • 6. Why Diets Fail
    Atkins. Paleo. Keto. Do any work in the long term? Experts look at marketing, food environments and genes to explain why diets are often unsuccessful.
  • 7. The Stock Market
    Does the stock market accurately reflect the status of the economy? Finance specialists discuss market history, valuations and CEO incentives.
  • 8. eSports
    Is fake violence a sport? Fans, shoutcasters, and eSports icons break down today's video games and the explosive popularity of competitive gaming.
  • 9. Extraterrestrial Life
    Despite decades of searching, we have yet to discover extraterrestrial life. Scientists discuss the reasons, including: Are aliens just too snobby?
  • 10. !
    Do we overuse exclamation points!? Linguists and copy editors look at how the punctuation has adapted across history, literature and internet-speak.
  • 11. Cricket
    Cricket experts look at how the confusing sport became so popular and discuss its evolution in becoming more accessible entertaining and profitable.
  • 12. Weed
    Marijuana experts discuss the rise of potent “sexually frustrated” cannabis plants, the quests for consistency in weed strains and the history of hemp.
  • 13. Tattoo
    They've been used to command respect, punish criminals and mark achievements. Tattooists speak about the origins of tattoo traditions and rituals.
  • 14. Astrology
    Do zodiac signs prescribe your fate? Or do horoscopes' accuracy lie in the placebo effect? Take a look at the science, history and lure of astrology.
  • 15. Can We Live Forever ?
    Can we uncover the secrets to extending the human lifespan? Experts discuss how developments in science – even the French lilac – hold some clues.
  • 16. The Female Orgasm
    The female orgasm is more elusive when a man is involved. Discover the reasons why and how women are embracing hands on solutions.
  • 17. Political Correctness
    Political correctness can sometimes feel like a tug-of-war between inclusivity and free speech. Experts discuss the concepts behind the fraught term.
  • 18. Why Women Are Paid Less
    Hillary Clinton and Anne-Marie Slaughter discuss the cultural norms at the center of the worldwide gender pay gap, including the “motherhood penalty.”
  • 19. The World's Water Crisis
    The global water crisis is at an inflection point. How do we price our most valuable resource, while also ensuring access to it as a human right?
  • 20. Music
    When does sound become music? Why are humans so uniquely able to master musicality? Researchers talk rhythm, octaves and the magic of song and dance.
  • 1. Cults
    How do cults lure people in and exert control? Learn a cult’s telltale signs, and how loneliness and life online makes indoctrination easier than ever.
  • 2. Billionaires
    There are more billionaires than ever. But how does this vast accumulation of wealth affect the world? Mark Cuban and Bernie Sanders offer insights.
  • 3. Animal Intelligence
    What goes on inside an animal's mind? Figuring out how they think and feel might just be the key to understanding our own place in the world.
  • 4. Athleisure
    It began with bloomers. Then came spandex. Now we sport leggings and other activewear everywhere. How did comfy, casual clothing go mainstream?
  • 5. Coding
    Computer code now controls how we live. But how did these programming languages evolve? And how can they be used to build a new and better world?
  • 6. Pirates
    In pop culture, pirates are often depicted as booty-looting rogues, but their history is far more complicated. See how they became enemies of humanity.
  • 7. The Next Pandemic
    If you're not worried about a looming global pandemic, you probably should be. Are we prepared for an outbreak? Bill Gates and other experts weigh in.
  • 8. The Future of Meat
    The planet's current rate of meat consumption is unprecedented – and becoming unsustainable. In the future, will meat alternatives be the answer?
  • 9. Beauty
    Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but what exactly makes things such as art and architecture aesthetically pleasing, and why do we like looking?
  • 10. Diamonds
    A diamond is forever. But why is that? Dig into how these mined pieces of carbon became both a status symbol and a sparkly sign of everlasting love.
  • 1. Episode 1
    Once crucial for survival, sugar now poses a health risk. Is there a way to satisfy our primeval craving for sweetness in a healthy, balanced way?
  • 2. Royalty
    How do monarchies survive when they no longer wield power? By presenting a royal fairy tale that may not reflect the reality of the past — or present.
  • 3. Flags
    A flag can unite, divide and terrorize. Explore how a piece of cloth transformed into a powerful symbol of both love and hate, freedom and oppression.

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