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Through 12 surprising influences, H2 holds the key to unlock our secret history. Each door is revealed through the technological leaps that transform our world, everyday foods that change the course of civilization and forces of nature that have shaped human evolution as we know it. As every tool, innovation and thought unfolds from wheels to robots, cave paintings to the Internet and Stonehenge to soaring skyscrapers, Mankind Decoded deconstructs the Mankind series, exposing how each element unites us and affects our world.
|1||HDClosed CaptioningVideoLust for Luxury||When ordinary people desire the luxuries of the rich, ingenuity and innovation come together to take history in a new direction. From the obsession with silk to the fall of Constantinople, the discovery of the Americas to the launch of the Industrial Revolution, our desire for luxury has shaped our history and evolution.||21:59||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|2||HDClosed CaptioningVideoArms Race||About 10,000 years ago we discover farming. But when crops fail, early farming communities face a new threat. War. It's the birth of the arms race.||21:44||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|3||HDClosed CaptioningVideoConnecting the World||The world is linked like never before. Modern transport and communications have resulted in a world that is wealthier, healthier, more mobile and better informed than ever before. But throughout history new trade routes have proved to be double-edged swords, opening the way to wealth as well as terrible dangers--among them revolutionary ideas and terrifying pandemics.||21:24||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|4||HDClosed CaptioningVideoViolent Planet||Over millions of years mankind has evolved from a puny, vulnerable creature to become a dominant force on the planet. Occasionally the planet bites back--with terrifying consequences that have shaped our evolution.||21:34||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|5||HDClosed CaptioningVideoEat It, Drink It, Smoke It||Man uses plants to feed, heal and clothe himself, to build his world and even to alter how he feels. The use of plants like corn, tobacco and cotton become such an important part of our lives that they play a central role in our evolution, and lead to everything from War to Prohibition.||21:26||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|6||HDClosed CaptioningVideoRise of the Machines||Tools and machines have allowed us to overcome our physical limitations, and become the most successful species on Earth. But tools are also transforming what it means to be human.||21:15||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|7||HDClosed CaptioningVideoMan And Metals||Five thousand years ago man first throws a handful of rocks into a campfire and stumbles upon a discovery that changes the world: Metal. Copper, Tin and Bronze empower the ancient world and allow empires to expand, armed with sharp, hard-wearing weapons.||22:00||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|8||HDClosed CaptioningVideoFire, Coal, And Oil||Early man rubbed two sticks together and created fire. We learn to cook our food, saving vital energy. As a result, our brains expand--making us the most intelligent species on the planet. Armed with fire, we experiment by heating minerals to make stronger tools allowing us to fight wars and build civilizations. But burning wood destroys our landscape, so Mankind exploits a new energy--oil.||21:59||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|9||HDClosed CaptioningVideoMan And Beast||15,000 years ago man and the wolf form a partnership that shapes the future of Mankind. With the help of man's new best friend we domesticate more animals, sowing the first seeds of farming and civilization.||21:34||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|10||HDClosed CaptioningVideoInformation Is Power||Communication is the vital ingredient in the building of civilization. The ability to share complicated ideas allowed early man to hunt, farm and build communities. And the creation of things like a 22-letter alphabet and the printing press allow Mankind to further expand, leading to the proliferation of new ideas and revolution.||21:42||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|11||HDClosed CaptioningVideoBuilding Earth||Mankind is a building species. Inspired by the divine, we create monuments to its power (Stonehenge, the Great Pyramid). New challenges create new sciences, and when the Romans mixed volcanic ash with water they created a new super-material: concrete. Today, we shape the surface of the earth to facilitate our needs.||21:45||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|12||HDClosed CaptioningVideoNeed For Speed||No prizes for second place! In this episode we learn how being the fastest enabled empires to be born and capitalism to thrive.||21:57||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|101||HDVideoSneak Peek||From the creation of our planet billions of years ago to the emergence of humans, H2 dives deeper into the Mankind journey with Mankind Decoded, a thrilling companion series to Mankind The Story of All of Us. Download an extended preview of Mankind Decoded now before it premieres on H2, Saturday, January 26.||5:03||Free||View in iTunes|
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Good But Not Great
The early episodes are strongest. After episode 4, there are noticeable pacing issues and the narration gets a bit ham-fisted. There's only so many times you can hear the phrase, "…would change the history of mankind!!!"