Big History

Season 1
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Change the way you look at the past by answering history's biggest questions.

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Episodes (17)

  1. 1. The Superpower of Salt
    November 2, 2013
    22min
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    See how a simple molecule launched wars, built monuments, sparked revolutions, and underpins our civilization even now.
  2. 2. Horse Power Revolution
    November 2, 2013
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    The horse has been a revolutionary animal in unexpected ways. How did a changing planet turn the horse into man's best friend?
  3. 3. Gold Fever
    November 9, 2013
    22min
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    Why is mankind is gold crazy? There's a hard-wired reason we lust after it, and a microscopic explanation for why it shines.
  4. 4. Below Zero
    November 9, 2013
    22min
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    For thousands of years, cold controls the fate of our species by changing our bodies, our skin, and even the metals we use to fight our wars. Only by taking control of the cold do we learn to dominate the planet.
  5. 5. Megastructures
    November 16, 2013
    22min
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    Humans have engineered massive constructions for at least 5,000 years. But why? How do biology and human emotions affect our desire to build gigantic structures?
  6. 6. Defeating Gravity
    November 16, 2013
    22min
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    From the right kind of air to cosmic forces that keep us from tumbling into space, Earth offers the perfect environment in which to take flight.
  7. 7. World of Weapons
    November 23, 2013
    22min
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    Humans have small teeth and no claws or armor, so how do we project our power? Warfare has defined traditional history, but Big History digs deeper to reveal how it all began.
  8. 8. Brain Boost
    November 23, 2013
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    The molecule that gives your morning cup its kick is caffeine, the most popular drug in history. How did a plant poison became our drug of choice, and stimulate revolutions around the planet?
  9. 9. Mountain Machines
    November 30, 2013
    21min
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    They form boundaries, create natural defenses, and control our weather. Mountains make civilization possible, yet we were never designed to live in their extreme environments.
  10. 10. Pocket Time Machine
    November 30, 2013
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    How does the cellphone in your pocket link to the Big Bang, the evolution of human memory, and even the Titanic disaster? Big History reveals how cosmic forces conspired to give us the tool that has revolutionized the planet.
  11. 11. Decoded
    December 7, 2013
    22min
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    The code of life, DNA, is the operating system for all organisms, which spawned intelligent life like us who eventually created codes of our own. But is it possible that the universe itself runs on code?
  12. 12. Deadly Meteors
    December 7, 2013
    21min
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    Like celestial supply ships, meteors brought water, metal, and maybe even life to Earth. But just as they created everything we know, they will likely snuff it all out in a fiery burst of destruction.
  13. 13. The Sun
    December 14, 2013
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    The Sun is our master and creator, shaping our perception of time and, by extension, powering our lives. Big History sheds new light on our nearest star.
  14. 14. Rise of the Carnivores
    December 14, 2013
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    The human need for beef has driven history across the hemispheres, but how did we turn an ancient mega-beast into the cow we have today? Trace all the beef on earth back to a single prehistoric herd.
  15. 15. H2O
    December 21, 2013
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    Water is the miracle molecule, and mankind has used its perfect properties to revolutionize our lives. Explore how the science behind water is the driving force of our history.
  16. 16. Silver Supernova
    December 21, 2013
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    At critical moments in history, our second-place metal was the most important on Earth. How did this one metal save democracy and connect the world?
  17. 17. The Big History Of Everything
    December 28, 2013
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    Crisscross billions of years of time and space to see how everyone, and everything, is linked in one universal story, and how an epic series of improbable events connected in order to make life possible.

Bonus (1)

  1. Bonus: Big History Season 1 Sneak Peek
    October 20, 2013
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    Catch a FREE sneak peek of Big History, before it premieres on Saturday, November 2.

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