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Season 2

Sep 26, 2019

Season 2 of Explained was released on September 26 and consists of 10 episodes.

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1: Cults
Sep 26, 2019
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.
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2: Billionaires
Oct 3, 2019
There are more billionaires than ever. But how does this vast accumulation of wealth affect the world? Mark Cuban and Bernie Sanders offer insights.
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3: Animal Intelligence
Oct 10, 2019
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.
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4: Athleisure
Oct 17, 2019
It began with bloomers. Then came spandex. Now we sport leggings and other activewear everywhere. How did comfy, casual clothing go mainstream?
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5: Coding
Oct 24, 2019
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?
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6: Pirates
Oct 31, 2019
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.
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7: The Next Pandemic
Nov 7, 2019
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.
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8: The Future of Meat
Nov 14, 2019
The planet's current rate of meat consumption is unprecedented -- and becoming unsustainable. In the future, will meat alternatives be the answer?
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9: Beauty
Nov 21, 2019
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?
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10: Diamonds
Nov 28, 2019
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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