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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.

  • Cory Booker and others discuss how slavery, housing discrimination and centuries of inequality have compounded to create a racial wealth gap.
  • Scientific feat or terrifying social experiment? Specialists in the field discuss the high stakes and ethical controversies of gene editing.
  • What do biology, human history and the promiscuity of bonobos reveal about monogamy? Experts and everyday couples weigh in on shifting cultural norms.
  • Elaborate music videos, adoring fans, killer choreography. Learn about the global music phenomenon from South Korea that goes beyond “Gangnam Style.”
  • Cryptocurrency has made people billionaires, but is digital cash the next revolution? Learn about this anonymous currency and how it's coveted.
  • 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.
  • Does the stock market accurately reflect the status of the economy? Finance specialists discuss market history, valuations and CEO incentives.
  • Is fake violence a sport? Fans, shoutcasters, and eSports icons break down today's video games and the explosive popularity of competitive gaming.
  • Despite decades of searching, we have yet to discover extraterrestrial life. Scientists discuss the reasons, including: Are aliens just too snobby?
  • Do we overuse exclamation points!? Linguists and copy editors look at how the punctuation has adapted across history, literature and internet-speak.
  • Cricket experts look at how the confusing sport became so popular and discuss its evolution in becoming more accessible entertaining and profitable.
  • Marijuana experts discuss the rise of potent “sexually frustrated” cannabis plants, the quests for consistency in weed strains and the history of hemp.
  • They've been used to command respect, punish criminals and mark achievements. Tattooists speak about the origins of tattoo traditions and rituals.
  • 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.
  • Can we uncover the secrets to extending the human lifespan? Experts discuss how developments in science – even the French lilac – hold some clues.
  • The female orgasm is more elusive when a man is involved. Discover the reasons why and how women are embracing hands on solutions.
  • Political correctness can sometimes feel like a tug-of-war between inclusivity and free speech. Experts discuss the concepts behind the fraught term.
  • Hillary Clinton and Anne-Marie Slaughter discuss the cultural norms at the center of the worldwide gender pay gap, including the “motherhood penalty.”
  • 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?
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • There are more billionaires than ever. But how does this vast accumulation of wealth affect the world? Mark Cuban and Bernie Sanders offer insights.
  • 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.
  • It began with bloomers. Then came spandex. Now we sport leggings and other activewear everywhere. How did comfy, casual clothing go mainstream?
  • 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?
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The planet's current rate of meat consumption is unprecedented – and becoming unsustainable. In the future, will meat alternatives be the answer?
  • 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?
  • 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.

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