Release Date: May 2018
10. Can We Live Forever?
Season 1, Episode 15
Explained examines whether human beings will be able to live forever. It begins by looking at life expectancy throughout history and how it is getting longer. It examines whether there is something about aging that leads to our death and whether that processes could be stopped.
Season 2, Episode 5
Explained looks at how computer code now controls how we live. It looks at how computer code is pervasive in how it effects our lives. It looks at the development of machine code first in the textile industry and later binary code in early mechanical computers. It also discusses computer logic, algorithms, computer languages, personal computing, and machine learning.
Season 1, Episode 12
Marijuana experts discuss the rise of potent “sexually frustrated” cannabis plants, the quest for consistency in weed strains and the history of hemp.
7. The World’s Water Crisis
Season 1, Episode 19
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?
Season 2, Episode 1
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.
5. Animal Intelligence
Season 2, Episode 3
Explained looks at animal intelligence and examines what goes on in the animal mind and what that says about human intelligence. It looks at early efforts to teach animals sign language and later theories that focused on behaviorism. It, then, discusses animal neurology and the hallmarks of intelligence: social intelligence, tool-use, future planning, culture, and self-awareness.
4. The Next Pandemic
Season 2, Episode 7
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.
Season 2, Episode 2
Explained looks at the recent growth in the number of billionaires in the world. With much of the world’s wealth in the hands of so few people, what impact does that have on society? It looks at the first billionaires who were the products of the gilded age and discusses how most billionaires make their money.
2. Designer DNA
Season 1, Episode 2
Scientific feat or terrifying social experiment? Specialists in the field discuss the high stakes and ethical controversies of gene editing.
1. The Future of Meat
Season 2, Episode 8
The planet’s current rate of meat consumption is unprecedented — and becoming unsustainable. In the future, will meat alternatives be the answer?