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Big History is a television show that details moments in the past that had a huge impact on the world, but did so without a lot of notice. Meant to chance the way we look at our history, each episode looks at one subject in great detail and describes how an event, person or thing was interwoven into the fabric of the world. All areas of history are covered and include disciplines like astronomy, geology, biology, art and economics.

Once a subject or topic is introduced, its growth and influence over people, nature or government is introduced bit by bit until a global picture is presented for viewers to realize. No subject is too small or insignificant, because there are so many things, such as salt, gold and fleas, that have changed and shaped the course of history over thousands of generations.

In addition to explaining how each subject has changed history, Big History poses questions for the viewers to ponder, and then slowly reveals the answers. Usually these questions are not what they seem and the answers are a very unexpected and startling. Big History episodes sheds new light on our history and present state to best describe current situations.

Saturday 10:00 PM et/pt on H2
1 Season, 17 Episodes
November 2, 2013
History
7.4/10
Cast: Bryan Cranston, Jonathan Markley, Trevor Valle
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Big History Full Episode Guide

  • In the first season finale, links are made between seemingly random events throughout history.

  • How silver has influenced human civilization throughout history.

  • How water has influenced human civilization throughout history.

  • Human consumption of different meats throughout history.

  • How the sun has effected civilization.

  • Exploring how meteors affected Earth's formation - and how they could potentially destroy Earth.

  • Exploring codes, including DNA, language and binary.

  • 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.

  • They form natural boundaries, dictate how we spread around the planet, create natural defenses, and control our weather.

  • Exploring the evolution of warfare.

  • 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 your morning cup its kick: caffeine, the most popular drug in history.

  • Big History reveals how planet Earth is the perfect planet for flight.

  • Why do humans have the urge to build tall, and how do mega-structures on earth echo a basic principle embedded in the very structure of the universe?

  • Exploring the impact cold weather has had on civilization.

  • The impact gold has had on human history.

  • 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.

  • Did you know that the salt on your table is a key to unlocking the story of our planet and the cosmos?

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