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Why We Hate - Episode Guide

Season 1


Episode: 1x01 | Airdate: Oct 13, 2019

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Evolutionary anthropologist Brian Hare searches for the origins of hate in both the past and current day, exploring what causes humans to treat each other with cruelty and violence.


Episode: 1x02 | Airdate: Oct 20, 2019

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Cognitive scientist Laurie Santos examines tribalism, asking why love for one group can inspire hate for other groups -- in politics, sports and even warfare -- and how tribal thinking shapes perceptions.

Tools & Tactics

Episode: 1x03 | Airdate: Oct 27, 2019

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Journalist Jelani Cobb investigates how hate tools like propaganda, dehumanization, the internet, and symbols can incite, amplify and spread hatred.


Episode: 1x04 | Airdate: Oct 27, 2019

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An examination of what drives people to embrace hateful ideas; extremism expert Sasha Havlicek explores the factors that attract people to ideologies that fuel hate and violence -- from white nationalism to Islamic terrorism.

Crimes Against Humanity

Episode: 1x05 | Airdate: Nov 3, 2019

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What makes people take part in extremes of hate, including genocide and crimes against humanity; international criminal lawyer Patricia Viseur Sellers investigates the role of perpetrators as well as those who resist the power of hate.


Episode: 1x06 | Airdate: Nov 3, 2019

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How people can resist succumbing to their worst impulses and awaken the better angels of their nature; neuroscientist Emile Bruneau explores how people can use their capacity for critical thinking, brain plasticity and strategies to combat hate.


The Reckoning

Episode: S01 Special | Airdate: Jun 21, 2020

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Why We Hate: The Reckoning re-visits the complexities originally explored while highlighting current events of 2020.

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