Explained Season 1
Explained Season 1
First Air Date: May 23, 2018
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1x20 Music (September 19, 2018)
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.
1x19 The World's Water Crisis (September 12, 2018)
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?
1x18 Why Women Are Paid Less (September 05, 2018)
Hillary Clinton and Anne-Marie Slaughter discuss the cultural norms at the center of the worldwide gender pay gap, including the "motherhood penalty."
1x17 Political Correctness (August 29, 2018)
Political correctness can sometimes feel like a tug-of-war between inclusivity and free speech. Experts discuss the concepts behind the fraught term.
1x16 The Female Orgasm (August 22, 2018)
The female orgasm is more elusive when a man is involved. Discover the reasons why and how women are embracing hands on solutions.
1x15 Can We Live Forever ? (August 15, 2018)
Can we uncover the secrets to extending the human lifespan? Experts discuss how developments in science -- even the French lilac -- hold some clues.
1x14 Astrology (August 08, 2018)
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.
1x13 Tattoo (August 01, 2018)
They've been used to command respect, punish criminals and mark achievements. Tattooists speak about the origins of tattoo traditions and rituals.
1x12 Weed (July 25, 2018)
Marijuana experts discuss the rise of potent "sexually frustrated" cannabis plants, the quests for consistency in weed strains and the history of hemp.
1x11 Cricket (July 18, 2018)
Cricket experts look at how the confusing sport became so popular and discuss its evolution in becoming more accessible entertaining and profitable.
1x10 ! (July 11, 2018)
Do we overuse exclamation points!? Linguists and copy editors look at how the punctuation has adapted across history, literature and internet-speak.
1x09 Extraterrestrial Life (July 04, 2018)
Despite decades of searching, we have yet to discover extraterrestrial life. Scientists discuss the reasons, including: Are aliens just too snobby?
1x08 eSports (June 27, 2018)
Is fake violence a sport? Fans, shoutcasters, and eSports icons break down today's video games and the explosive popularity of competitive gaming.
1x07 The Stock Market (June 20, 2018)
Does the stock market accurately reflect the status of the economy? Finance specialists discuss market history, valuations and CEO incentives.
1x06 Why Diets Fail (June 13, 2018)
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.
1x05 Cryptocurrency (June 06, 2018)
Cryptocurrency has made people billionaires, but is digital cash the next revolution? Learn about this anonymous currency and how it's coveted.
1x04 K-Pop (May 30, 2018)
Elaborate music videos, adoring fans, killer choreography. Learn about the global music phenomenon from South Korea that goes beyond "Gangnam Style."
1x03 Monogamy (May 23, 2018)
What do biology, human history and the promiscuity of bonobos reveal about monogamy? Experts and everyday couples weigh in on shifting cultural norms.
1x02 Designer DNA (May 23, 2018)
Scientific feat or terrifying social experiment? Specialists in the field discuss the high stakes and ethical controversies of gene editing.
1x01 The Racial Wealth Gap (May 23, 2018)
Cory Booker and others discuss how slavery, housing discrimination and centuries of inequality have compounded to create a racial wealth gap.