7.8
479 votes
Explained

Explained

Netflix 2018

This documentary series, made in partnership with Vox, explain some of the world's current trends, from politics, to science to pop culture.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Explained

Explained - S2E7

#1 - The Next Pandemic

8.35

Season 2 - Episode 7

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.

The episode was rated from 139 votes.

Explained - S1E19

#2 - The World's Water Crisis

8.18

Season 1 - Episode 19

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?

The episode was rated from 157 votes.

Explained - S2E8

#3 - The Future of Meat

8.10

Season 2 - Episode 8

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

The episode was rated from 124 votes.

Explained - S2E1

#4 - Cults

7.93

Season 2 - Episode 1

How do cults lure people in and exert control? Learn a cultโ€™s telltale signs, and how loneliness and life online makes indoctrination easier than ever.

The episode was rated from 141 votes.

Explained - S2E2

#5 - Billionaires

7.92

Season 2 - Episode 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.

The episode was rated from 126 votes.

#6 - Designer DNA
7.92
Season 1 - Episode 2

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

The episode was rated from 209 votes.
#7 - Why Women Are Paid Less
7.89
Season 1 - Episode 18

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

The episode was rated from 148 votes.
#8 - Coding
7.79
Season 2 - Episode 5

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?

The episode was rated from 118 votes.
#9 - The Racial Wealth Gap
7.73
Season 1 - Episode 1

Cory Booker and others discuss how slavery, housing discrimination and centuries of inequality have compounded to create a racial wealth gap.

The episode was rated from 226 votes.
#10 - Music
7.71
Season 1 - Episode 20

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.

The episode was rated from 154 votes.

Last updated: sep 16, 2021

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Explained is exactly what it looks, a bunch of 20 minutes mini-documentaries about a variety of topics. The docs are well paced, talk to a variety of interesting experts and concerned parties, and benefit from great graphics. The episodes are reminiscent of the videos Vox publishes on its own YouTube channel, they're meant for curious individuals to broaden their awareness of topics and issues in society, tech, finance, science, sports, politics, entertainment and more. Be aware that in 20 minutes, the content obviously stays pretty top level, so feel free to skip stuff you're already familiar with.

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