Origins: The Journey of Humankind

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Spark of Civilization

Travel back in time to explore moments that have made mankind modern. What were the greatest landmarks in the development of our species? And what can our past tell us about our future?
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S1, Ep2
13 Mar. 2017

Cheating Death

The human species is in an escalating arms race with superbugs and superviruses – living organisms that attack our bodies, adapt to our treatments, evolve and fight back. Though we’ve made incredible strides in medical science, we may have to look back to move forward. Can the lessons of the past help us defeat these modern-day plagues?
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S1, Ep3
20 Mar. 2017

The Power of Money

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In a society filled with human innovation, one invention stands out above them all: money. From a simple act of trade to today’s global economy, the meaning of money and what we value changes as civilization evolves. If modern money is a reflection of who we are, what does it say about us? Host Jason Silva takes us on a tour of commerce throughout history to find out.
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S1, Ep4
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This is the story of how our world came to be – how communication defined our species and created the modern age, giving voice to the boundless human imagination, connecting us globally and to the stars. Communication gives us self-expression and collective knowledge – but it can also subvert and corrupt, and even manipulate entire populations.
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S1, Ep5
3 Apr. 2017

Progress of War

Despite all our advances, humans keep inventing terrible new ways to kill each other. What if the same thing that gave us civilization also led to an unending cycle of violence? We learned to work together, and we learned to fight together. Much of our technology was created to fight wars. For all its evils, war is the origin of the modern world.
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S1, Ep6
9 Apr. 2017

Building the Future

The human race has moved from bone huts to skyscrapers. Today, we are seemingly everywhere … everywhere we want to be. Our walls and structures dominate the landscape. They don’t just protect us, they define us. They represent our dream of the modern world. “Shelter” is the story of how we shaped the world around us, and how that world shaped us back.
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S1, Ep7
10 Apr. 2017

Into the Unknown

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When it comes to the edge of the darkness, the bend in the horizon or the distant stars, humans can’t help ourselves: exploration is in our nature. We have climbed to the summits of the earth, peered into the depths of the oceans and planted our feet on the moon. Our primal curiosity has sparked new inventions and revealed the mysteries of the universe.
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S1, Ep8
17 Apr. 2017

The Road Ahead

Freedom of movement has given us freedom of mind. The flow of people and materials exposes us to new ideas, new ways of life and new understanding. This is the story of how transportation turned society inside out. How engines and animals powered the rise of civilization. And how the innovations that drive humanity forward made us modern.

The Soviet Story (2008)

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  • Lenin believed in the clash of classes, and this idea exists in most communist systems in history. The basic idea is to kill around 10% of the population upfront, based on class justification, but in reality, the people being persecuted are the ones objecting to the new communist system and those that are leaders in their fields.
  • This cleansing allowed for the communist system to recreate the society and economy afresh, the way oligarchs want, and also will scare the people keeping them in check.
  • Once any system is setup, the sole motive of the system is to continue to exist, and so the agenda of the communist govt. like any other form of govt. is to keep the masses fearful and docile and struggling for basic necessities so that they can never think of rebelling against the govt.
  • Also, have secret police to deal with the people who’re speaking against the govt. immediately, before it becomes a problem.
  • When Ukraine was looking to become independent in 1933, lenin cut off their food supply and starved 7 million people.
  • Those systems (like hitler’s national socialism or lenin’s communism)  which have the ideology of creating a “New Man” by definition don’t agree with Human nature as it is. They are at war with Human Nature. This is root of Totalitarianism.
  • Nazism is hence an Ideology based on False Biology and Communism is based on False Sociology. Both lead to millions dead (stavics in USSR and Jews in Germany).
  • Marx himself wrote about class clash being inevitable when socialism is first established, coz the transition to socialism will be natural for capitalist societies, whereas the other cultures who haven’t seen the problems of capitalism won’t be able to be lifted up to the ideas of socialism and hence won’t be revolutionary
  • Marxism was as much about equality in rewards as about equality in effort ie everyone pulling their weight and hence advocated the weeding out of the unfit and idle people ie killing off the parasites and leeches within society who were not contributing anything meaningful. Marxism was based on Work setting your free and being an honor.
  • Strictly speaking only USSR practiced true Marxist Socialism, exterminating only those people who were class enemies, whereas Hitler’s extermination of Jews on basis of religion was frowned upon by socialists.
  • Stalin even ordered the orphan children of the exterminated parents to be shot coz they were roaming the streets begging for food.
  • Hitler got the idea for holocaust directly from Stalin’s tactics in 1930s
  • Stalin signed the pact with Hitler in 1939 to not oppose him and instead divide Europe between USSR and Germany, coz Stalin wanted Hitler to first destroy and destabilize Europe and then Stalin with his Red Army would later fight Hitler and become the great liberator of Europe. But instead, Hitler later broke the pact in 41 and attached Russia, later spoiling Stalin’s plans.
  • In 1939 Germany and USSR attacked poland together and divided the country b/w themselves, under the justification of fighting Fascism in Poland
  • Moscow also labelled Finland Fascist and attacked it in 1939, but finland fought back and USSR lost half million troops.
  • Hitler on the other side of the Baltic Sea, had easily defeated and occupied Denmark, Belgium, Luxemberg and Holland.
  • Next for Hitler was Norway, which he defeated with help from USSR in form of Naval Base at Murmansk. Soviet also sent Resources and Food to Hitler while people were starving in their own country.
  • USSR even reached out to communist parties all across Europe to support Hitler. They made speaking against Nazism illegal in USSR and even warned US to not intervene. This is coz they knew that Hitler’s ideology was based on their own and any Hitler’s enemies would turn to become their enemies after Hitler was defeated.
  • In 1940, Hitler crushed France, while USSR defeated Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.
  • Britain was the only country left now.
  • USSR maintained it’s public image as being anti Hitler and anti Fascism and hence Jews seeked refuge there, but were captured and returned to Hitler’s Gestapo.
  • Coz USSR doesn’t own upto their secret pact with Hitler or any support to Hitler, all the carnage of WW2 is put on Hitler’s head, but in reality USSR’s acts were much worse.
  • WW2 left over 27 Million Soviet Citizens dead, but the Soviet Govt. which was a criminal entity was responsible for most of these killings
  • More than a million Soviet soldiers joined the Nazi side to escape from hellish Soviet tactics like removal  soviet tags from uniforms of it’s dead soldiers
  • Stalin did his hellish war crimes under the assumption that no one would judge the vanquisher of hitler in the future.
  • Even post the defeat of hitler in 1945, Stalin continued to use the concentration camps and in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, exiled civilian men of the families to Siberia so that russian men could take over their families and hence russians will be in majority, decreasing chance of future rebellion from these Baltic Nations.
  • Europe today is dependent on Russian Gas and Oil resources and hence doesn’t investigate USSRs real acts during and after WW2.
  • Only German Nazis were tried for their war crimes after the war and nothing more has been done ever since.
  • In fact, the existance of Marxist political parties in Eurpoean countries shows the support of some for the ideas that persecution of inferior nations isn’t a crime, coz it makes way for more advanced nations to build a better life and future.

The Untold History of the United States

fChapter 1: World War Two

S1, Ep1
12 Nov. 2012

Chapter 1: World War Two

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The Untold History of the United States examines World War II. It offers special attention to the Spanish Civil War, Roosevelt’s desire to enter the war on the side of the allies, the strategic Japanese decisions that lead up to Pearl Harbor Attack, and the often overlooked role that the Soviet Union had in winning the war.

Chapter 2: Roosevelt, Truman and Wallace

S1, Ep2
19 Nov. 2012

Chapter 2: Roosevelt, Truman and Wallace

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The Untold History of the United States examines the end of and the period immediately after World War II. It looks at Stalin’s efforts to seize control of Poland and Eastern Europe, Democratic party bosses efforts to drop Henry Wallace from the 1944 presidential ticket, and British efforts to maintain their colonial holdings after the war.

Chapter 3: The Bomb

S1, Ep3
26 Nov. 2012

Chapter 3: The Bomb

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This chapter examines the end of the II World War mainly the events leading to the drop of the atomic bombs and the surrender of Japan. Focuses on the Truman period of American history and the frequently forgotten Henry A. Wallace.

Chapter 4: The Cold War 1945-1950

S1, Ep4
3 Dec. 2012

Chapter 4: The Cold War 1945-1950

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Who started the Cold War? In a month-by-month analysis, the initial aggressors are less apparent. Yet, the relationship between the Soviets and the West are none-the-less solidified with Churchill’s Iron Curtain speech. The US enters the “Red Scare” and creates The House Un-American Activities Committee in an attempt to place the “right” ideology as a bedrock for US culture. The rise of Joseph McCarthy, with the aid of the FBI, turns into a near witch hunt for Communists in America.

Chapter 5: The 50s - Eisenhower, the Bomb & the Third World

S1, Ep5
10 Dec. 2012

Chapter 5: The 50s – Eisenhower, the Bomb & the Third World

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Documentary by Oliver Stone. E.5: Eisenhower and the CIA played a great part in the shaping of the world in the 1950’s;the development of the Cold war and the nerve-wrecking battle against communism, driven on by the U.S.

Chapter 6: JFK - To the Brink

S1, Ep6
17 Dec. 2012

Chapter 6: JFK – To the Brink

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Chapter 7: Johnson, Nixon & Vietnam: Reversal of Fortune

S1, Ep7
24 Dec. 2012

Chapter 7: Johnson, Nixon & Vietnam: Reversal of Fortune

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The hellish nature of the Vietnam War causes the American public to see the limits of modern military power, when faced with thick jungles and guerrilla style warfare. Richard Nixon’s administration shows it’s true methods and causes deep introspection in the American political atmosphere.

Chapter 8: Reagan, Gorbachev & Third World - Rise of the Right

S1, Ep8
31 Dec. 2012

Chapter 8: Reagan, Gorbachev & Third World – Rise of the Right

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With the replacement of Ronald Reagan after Carter, the relationship between Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan offers new attempts at peace as the Berlin wall crashes down. Fears surface as Iranian students occupy the US embassy in Tehran and the event turns into The Iran hostage crisis.

Chapter 9: Bush & Clinton - Squandered Peace and New World Order

S1, Ep9
7 Jan. 2013

Chapter 9: Bush & Clinton – Squandered Peace and New World Order

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The US invasion of Panama canal brings about a failed chance at peace after the end of the Cold War. How far is the George W. Bush administration willing to go to establish security? A new prospect of “endless war” in Iraq and Afghanistan causes a shift in America’s status with the world.

Chapter 10: Bush & Obama - Age of Terror

S1, Ep10
14 Jan. 2013

Chapter 10: Bush & Obama – Age of Terror

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S1, Ep11
15 Oct. 2013

Prologue: Chapter A – World War I, the Russian Revolution & Woodrow Wilson

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S1, Ep12
15 Oct. 2013

Prologue: Chapter B – 1920-1940, Franklin D.Roosevelt, Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin

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