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Season 02, Episode 01 Cults

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Sep 26, 2019
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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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Season 02, Episode 02 Billionaires

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Oct 3, 2019
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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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Season 02, Episode 03 Animal Intelligence

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Oct 10, 2019
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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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Season 02, Episode 04 Athleisure

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Oct 17, 2019
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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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Season 02, Episode 05 Coding

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Oct 24, 2019
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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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Season 02, Episode 06 Pirates

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Oct 31, 2019
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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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Season 02, Episode 07 The Next Pandemic

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Nov 7, 2019
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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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Season 02, Episode 08 The Future of Meat

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Nov 14, 2019
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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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Season 02, Episode 09 Beauty

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Nov 21, 2019
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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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Season 02, Episode 10 Diamonds

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Nov 28, 2019
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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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Season 02, Episode 11 Episode 11

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Episode 11

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