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          This enlightening series from Vox digs into a wide range of topics such as the rise of cryptocurrency, why diets fail, and the wild world of K-pop.
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          Watch Diamonds. Episode 10 of Season 2.

          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.

          Watch Beauty. Episode 9 of Season 2.

          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?

          Watch The Future of Meat. Episode 8 of Season 2.

          The planet's current rate of meat consumption is unprecedented -- and becoming unsustainable. In the future, will meat alternatives be the answer?

          Watch The Next Pandemic. Episode 7 of Season 2.

          In this episode from 2019, experts including Bill Gates discuss the history of pandemics, how they spread and what could be done to contain them.

          Watch Pirates. Episode 6 of Season 2.

          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.

          Watch Coding. Episode 5 of Season 2.

          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?

          Watch Athleisure. Episode 4 of Season 2.

          It began with bloomers. Then came spandex. Now we sport leggings and other activewear everywhere. How did comfy, casual clothing go mainstream?

          Watch Animal Intelligence. Episode 3 of Season 2.

          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.

          Watch Billionaires. Episode 2 of Season 2.

          There are more billionaires than ever. But how does this vast accumulation of wealth affect the world? Mark Cuban and Bernie Sanders offer insights.

          Watch Cults. Episode 1 of Season 2.

          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.

          Watch Music. Episode 20 of Season 1.

          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.

          Watch The World's Water Crisis. Episode 19 of Season 1.

          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?

          Watch Why Women Are Paid Less. Episode 18 of Season 1.

          Hillary Clinton and Anne-Marie Slaughter discuss the cultural norms at the center of the worldwide gender pay gap, including the "motherhood penalty."

          Watch Political Correctness. Episode 17 of Season 1.

          Political correctness can sometimes feel like a tug-of-war between inclusivity and free speech. Experts discuss the concepts behind the fraught term.

          Watch The Female Orgasm. Episode 16 of Season 1.

          The female orgasm is more elusive when a man is involved. Discover the reasons why -- and how women are embracing hands-on solutions.

          Watch Can We Live Forever?. Episode 15 of Season 1.

          Can we uncover the secrets to extending the human lifespan? Experts discuss how developments in science -- even the French lilac -- hold some clues.

          Watch Astrology. Episode 14 of Season 1.

          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.

          Watch Tattoo. Episode 13 of Season 1.

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

          Watch Weed. Episode 12 of Season 1.

          Marijuana experts discuss the rise of potent "sexually frustrated" cannabis plants, the quest for consistency in weed strains and the history of hemp.

          Watch Cricket. Episode 11 of Season 1.

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

          Watch !. Episode 10 of Season 1.

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

          Watch Extraterrestrial Life. Episode 9 of Season 1.

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

          Watch eSports. Episode 8 of Season 1.

          Is fake violence a sport? Fans, shoutcasters and eSports icons break down today's video games and the explosive popularity of competitive gaming.

          Watch The Stock Market. Episode 7 of Season 1.

          Does the stock market accurately reflect the status of the economy? Finance specialists discuss market history, valuations and CEO incentives.

          Watch Why Diets Fail. Episode 6 of Season 1.

          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.

          Watch Cryptocurrency. Episode 5 of Season 1.

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

          Watch K-Pop. Episode 4 of Season 1.

          Elaborate music videos, adoring fans, killer choreography. Learn about the global music phenomenon from South Korea that goes beyond "Gangnam Style."

          Watch Monogamy. Episode 3 of Season 1.

          What do biology, human history and the promiscuity of bonobos reveal about monogamy? Experts and everyday couples weigh in on shifting cultural norms.

          Watch Designer DNA. Episode 2 of Season 1.

          Scientific feat or terrifying social experiment? Specialists in the field discuss the high stakes and ethical controversies of gene editing.

          Watch The Racial Wealth Gap. Episode 1 of Season 1.

          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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