Big History

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The Superpower of Salt
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We all know that mankind can't live without air, food and water…the same is true of salt. The salt on your table is a key to unlocking the story of our planet and the cosmos. Big History .. show full overview
Horse Power Revolution
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The horse has been a revolutionary animal in unexpected ways. It has changed how we speak, what we wear, and sets the hidden limit for the size of our most massive empires. It's a story .. show full overview
Gold Fever
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This episode asks why mankind is gold crazy, and discovers there's a hard-wired reason we lust after it, and a microscopic explanation for why it shines. We reveal how the science behind .. show full overview
Below Zero
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Reveals how cold has the power to turn men into Barbarians, spark history's longest running war, and create the concept of race. After the heat of the Big Bang, cold creates the Universe .. show full overview
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From the Great Pyramid at Giza to the towering skyscrapers of today, why do people have the urge to build tall structures, and how do these megastructures reflect a basic principle embedded in the very structure of the universe?
Defeating Gravity
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Flight takes more than wings. We need the right kind of air, the perfect materials cooked up over billions of years, and cosmic forces that are just right for us to leave the ground .. show full overview
Brain Boost
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Behind that cup of coffee or tea is a global story that goes back to the collision that created the Moon and the evolution of plant and animal life. The key is the molecule that gives .. show full overview
World of Weapons
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Humans have small teeth and no claws or armour, so how do we project our power? Warfare has defined traditional history, but Big History digs deeper to reveal how it all began. We see .. show full overview
Mountain Machines
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They form natural boundaries, dictate how we spread around the planet, create natural defenses, and control our weather. From the World War that began with a gunshot in the Balkans to .. show full overview
Pocket Time Machine
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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 .. show full overview
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Secret codes run the world. 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–language that .. show full overview
Deadly Meteors
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Impacts from space have created our planet and just about everything in it. Like celestial supply ships, they brought in water, metal, and maybe even life. They made our moon and .. show full overview
The Sun
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The Sun is our master and creator. It gives us our perception of time, controls our reality, and powers our lives. Big History sheds new light on our nearest star, revealing that ancient .. show full overview
Rise of the Carnivores
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Eating meat made us human…by giving us bigger brains, better tools, and spoken language. The human need for beef has driven history across the hemispheres, but how did we turn an ancient .. show full overview
Silver Supernova
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At critical moments in history, our second place metal was the most important metal on Earth. Big History reveals how silver's place in our minds was determined by the heat of exploding .. show full overview
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Water is the miracle molecule, and mankind has used its perfect properties to revolutionize our lives. It was our first superhighway, the lifeblood of civilization, and gives us 90% of .. show full overview
The Big History of Everything
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This 2-hour special crisscrosses billions of years of time and space to show how everyone, and everything, is linked in one universal story. It weaves together science and history to .. show full overview