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Season 03, Episode 01 Sugar

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Jul 16, 2021
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Sugar Jul 16, 2021 Once crucial for survival, sugar now poses a health risk. Is there a way to satisfy our primeval craving for sweetness in a healthy, balanced way?

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Season 03, Episode 02 Royalty

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Jul 23, 2021
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Royalty Jul 23, 2021 How do monarchies survive when they no longer wield power? By presenting a royal fairy tale that may not reflect the reality of the past — or present.

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Season 03, Episode 03 Flags

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Jul 30, 2021
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Flags Jul 30, 2021 A flag can unite, divide and terrorize. Explore how a piece of cloth transformed into a powerful symbol of both love and hate, freedom and oppression.

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Season 03, Episode 04 Dogs

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Aug 6, 2021
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Dogs Aug 6, 2021 Who's a good dog? They all are! From puppy-dog eyes to feats of heroism, see how canines evolved into humankind's best friends and sources of pure love.

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Season 03, Episode 05 The End of Oil

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Aug 13, 2021
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The End of Oil Aug 13, 2021 Oil led to huge advancements - and vast inequities. As the planet warms, why is it so hard to turn away from fossil fuels, and can it be done in time?

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Season 03, Episode 06 Chess

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Aug 20, 2021
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Chess Aug 20, 2021 For centuries, chess has captured hearts and minds — and pawns — and it's more popular than ever. What makes this ever-changing board game so special?

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Season 03, Episode 07 Your Skin

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Aug 27, 2021
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Your Skin Aug 27, 2021 Don’t panic, but our skin plays host to trillions of bacteria, fungi, mites and other microscopic guests. Go beyond skin-deep with our largest organ.

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Season 03, Episode 08 Apologies

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Sep 3, 2021
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Apologies Sep 3, 2021 Apologizing is tough, and in this era of public mea culpas, forgiveness isn't guaranteed. What makes for a good apology, and why does it hold such power?

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Season 03, Episode 09 Hurricanes

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Sep 10, 2021
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Hurricanes Sep 10, 2021 As the planet warms, hurricanes could become even more dangerous and destructive.

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Season 03, Episode 10 Plastic Surgery

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Sep 17, 2021
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Plastic Surgery Sep 17, 2021 The Instagram face. A shapely posterior. Cosmetic surgery can make the latest beauty trends a reality. Explore its origins and effects, inside and out.

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Season 03, Episode 11 Dance Crazes

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Sep 24, 2021
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Dance Crazes Sep 24, 2021 From the waltz to voguing, dance crazes have connected people throughout history. But when a dance catches on, who gets the credit — and compensation?

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Season 03, Episode 12 Time

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Oct 1, 2021
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Time Oct 1, 2021 Time flies… sometimes. Its passage can seem to speed up and slow down. Why do we experience time the way we do, and how do we take back some control?

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Season 03, Episode 13 Country Music

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Oct 8, 2021
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Country Music Oct 8, 2021 Dirt roads. Pickup trucks. Hip-hop? As the borders around country music shift, who decides what defines the popular genre, and who gets to be a star?

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Season 03, Episode 14 Fairy Tales

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Oct 15, 2021
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Fairy Tales Oct 15, 2021 Fairy tales have survived thousands of years for a reason. Explore their far-flung history and how the stories speak to fundamental human concerns.

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