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  • Premiered: 
    May 23, 2018
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  • Network: Netflix
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Type: Live Action
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Plot Synopsis

Produced by Vox Entertainment, this weekly short-form series explores a wide range of global topics and take on the big "why" questions that animate our age. Each 20-minute episode pulls a different subject from the zeitgeist -- from politics to science to pop culture, and give the bigger picture story -- featuring interviews with some of the most authoritative experts in their respective fields. On Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 3:01am ET/12:01am PT, Netflix released the first three episodes of EXPLAINED:

"The Racial Wealth Gap": Cory Booker and others discuss how slavery, housing discrimination and centuries of inequality have compounded to create a racial wealth gap.

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

"Monogamy": What do biology, human history and the promiscuity of bonobos reveal about monogamy? Experts and everyday couples weigh in on shifting cultural norms.
Netflix released Season 2 of EXPLAINED on Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 3:01am ET/12:01am PT, releasing the first episode. The season opener, "Cults," reveals a cult's telltale signs, and how loneliness and life online makes indoctrination easier than ever. Subsequent episodes focus on the billionaire boom, athleisure as fashion, and more.

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Vox Media (aka Vox Entertainment)