The BEST Episodes of History 101
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Apr 1, 2021
Infographics and archival footage deliver bite-size history lessons on scientific breakthroughs, social movements and world-changing discoveries.
#1 - Genetics
Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired May 22, 2020
DNA analysis has given us the tools to map disease, solve crimes and more. But in our rush to decode DNA, are we leaping before we look?
#2 - Plastics
Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired May 22, 2020
Plastics have transformed how we live, but progress comes at a high price: 7.8 billion tons of waste. Are plastics a miracle or a catastrophe?
#3 - Nuclear Power
Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired May 22, 2020
Over 10% of the world's electricity comes from nuclear power. But with radioactive waste and the threat of nuclear meltdown, are we playing with fire?
#4 - AIDS
Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired May 22, 2020
Nearly 40 million people are living with HIV. After decades of research and activism, how far have we come in finding a cure and battling the stigma?
#5 - The Rise of China
Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired May 22, 2020
In the 21st century, China has become a global economic powerhouse. Why was the rest of the world so slow to notice its rise to the top?
#6 - The Space Race
Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired May 22, 2020
Fifteen international agencies spend $62 billion every year on space travel. What's fueling our costly — and dangerous — drive to explore the universe?
#7 - Robots
Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired May 22, 2020
We share the planet with an estimated 9 million robots, from self-driving cars to surgical arms. Could they one day completely replace humans?
#8 - Feminism
Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired May 22, 2020
Feminism has ushered in sweeping changes to society, securing rights for women around the world. How much further do we have to go?
#9 - Oil and the Middle East
Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired May 22, 2020
Oil has brought great wealth to the Middle East and ignited major wars. Is it a blessing or a curse for the region, as well as the rest of the world?
#10 - Fast Food
Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired May 22, 2020
Cheap, quick and tasty, fast food became a culinary craze in the 1950s. But has our quest for convenience created an irreversible health crisis?