United Stats of America
Stayin' AliveAired on May 08, 2012
Would you believe that deer are deadlier than snakes? It’s true. Turns out deer are the deadliest animal in America. In this episode we look at what kills us and why and we’re on the hunt for our number one killer. What is most likely to kill us? The answer is so surprising it just might kill you.
Moving OnAired on May 15, 2012
Would you believe that in a nation with 3.5 million square miles of territory, 99 percent of us are crowded into only 8 percent of the land! How did that happen? This episode looks at where we live and why. We chart the influence of seven inventions that moved us out, up, down and out.
Size MattersAired on May 22, 2012
The series kicks off with a look at the changing size and shape of the Average American. When our country was born, America was the tallest country in the world, and we held onto that title until the 1950s. Today, we’ve plummeted to number nine in the world rankings. But we are, however, distinguishing ourselves in a different way: in the past 100 years, America’s average waistline grew from a size 26 to a size 34…and we are now among the fattest people in the world. When and why did we stop getting taller and start getting wider.
Time FliesAired on Jun 05, 2012
Where oh where does the time go? Would you believe that today we are spending nine years and nine months of our lives on the sofa, five years on the Internet, and only three months of our lives having sex? This episode investigates our free time; where it goes and how to make more of it.
Money TalksAired on Jun 12, 2012
Would you believe that today the average American Male makes four times what we made a hundred years ago? It’s true. And yet we’d swear that money has never been tighter. Take a look at who earns what, who’s better off, how that’s changed, and what it buys us all?
Livin' LargeAired on Jun 19, 2012
Would you believe that if we all lived like Manhattanites the world population could fit into the state of Texas? But we’re actually doing the opposite. In the 1950s, the first suburban homes were a cozy 750 square feet. Today, they’ve ballooned to more than 2,500 square feet. But somehow we’re still running out of space. One third of Americans hoard so much “stuff” that they can’t even fit their cars into their garage, and the combined acreage of storage units in America is larger than the state of Pennsylvania. How does the size of our homes and the stuff we fill them with change the landscape of our country?