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Season 01, Episode 01 The Racial Wealth Gap

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May 23, 2018
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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.

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Season 01, Episode 02 Designer DNA

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May 23, 2018
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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.

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Season 01, Episode 03 Monogamy

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May 23, 2018
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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.

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Season 01, Episode 04 K-Pop

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May 30, 2018
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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."

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Season 01, Episode 05 Cryptocurrency

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Jun 6, 2018
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Cryptocurrency Jun 6, 2018 Cryptocurrency has made people billionaires, but is digital cash the next revolution? Learn about this anonymous currency and how it's coveted.

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Season 01, Episode 06 Why Diets Fail

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Jun 13, 2018
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Why Diets Fail Jun 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.

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Season 01, Episode 07 The Stock Market

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Jun 20, 2018
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The Stock Market Jun 20, 2018 Does the stock market accurately reflect the status of the economy? Finance specialists discuss market history, valuations and CEO incentives.

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Season 01, Episode 08 eSports

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Jun 27, 2018
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eSports Jun 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.

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Season 01, Episode 09 Extraterrestrial Life

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Jul 4, 2018
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Extraterrestrial Life Jul 4, 2018 Despite decades of searching, we have yet to discover extraterrestrial life. Scientists discuss the reasons, including: Are aliens just too snobby?

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Season 01, Episode 10 !

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Jul 11, 2018
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! Jul 11, 2018 Do we overuse exclamation points!? Linguists and copy editors look at how the punctuation has adapted across history, literature and internet-speak.

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Season 01, Episode 11 Cricket

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Jul 18, 2018
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Cricket Jul 18, 2018 Cricket experts look at how the confusing sport became so popular and discuss its evolution in becoming more accessible entertaining and profitable.

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Season 01, Episode 12 Weed

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Jul 25, 2018
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Weed Jul 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.

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Season 01, Episode 13 Tattoo

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Aug 1, 2018
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Tattoo Aug 1, 2018 They've been used to command respect, punish criminals and mark achievements. Tattooists speak about the origins of tattoo traditions and rituals.

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Season 01, Episode 14 Astrology

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Aug 8, 2018
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Astrology Aug 8, 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.

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Season 01, Episode 15 Can We Live Forever ?

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Aug 15, 2018
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Can We Live Forever ? Aug 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.

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Season 01, Episode 16 The Female Orgasm

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Aug 22, 2018
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The Female Orgasm Aug 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.

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Season 01, Episode 17 Political Correctness

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Aug 29, 2018
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Political Correctness Aug 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.

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Season 01, Episode 18 Why Women Are Paid Less

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Sep 5, 2018
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Why Women Are Paid Less Sep 5, 2018 Hillary Clinton and Anne-Marie Slaughter discuss the cultural norms at the center of the worldwide gender pay gap, including the "motherhood penalty."

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Season 01, Episode 19 The World's Water Crisis

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Sep 12, 2018
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The World's Water Crisis Sep 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?

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Season 01, Episode 20 Music

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Sep 19, 2018
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Music Sep 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.

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