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Rituals and customs accepted in one culture may be thought of as downright bizarre in another. "Taboo" delves into that dichotomy, taking viewers across cultural borders to explore traditional beliefs and deliberate lifestyle choices, ranging from body modification and gender decisions to nudity and spiritual quests that test the limits of the human body.

Latest episodes

aired 115 days ago
The lengths people will go to to change their looks.
aired 122 days ago
People who deal with death for occupational, cultural and sometimes questionable reasons.
aired 122 days ago
People in love with inmates serving time include a Texas inmate in solitary confinement who is married with the help of a radio host as the surrogate groom and a man serving life for murder who meets and marries a woman over the Internet.
aired 122 days ago
As people across the globe are getting heavier, beauty norms for some are changing; for others, the sight of fat is still taboo.
aired 129 days ago
What people can and can't eat may be nothing more than a question of mind over matter.
aired 129 days ago
Women who mutilate their bodies.
aired 129 days ago
Nontraditional weddings; a naked wedding in Jamaica; dog wedding; a young man kidnaps his bride.
aired 129 days ago
In one married couple, each partner has switched gender; one person self-refers as a hybrid -- neither male nor female.
aired 136 days ago
Many traditional cultures require boys to pass through initiations of pain and fear in order to become men.
aired 136 days ago
The hidden world of prostitution.
aired 136 days ago
Young men leap head-first from a 70-foot tower in a potentially deadly ritual; a girl tattoos her face before marriage as part of her transition to womanhood; a 70-year-old man participates in a bloodletting ceremony.
aired 143 days ago
Gender, sex and sexuality can be interpreted as cultural or genetic.
aired 143 days ago
Strange cuisines.
aired 143 days ago
Measuring people's worth by the ability to overcome the fight-or-flight instinct.
aired 143 days ago
Love and what attracts the opposite sex can differ from one society to another.
aired 234 days ago
The lives of those haunted by addiction include a young boy hooked on video games, a woman addicted to anonymous sex and a man addicted to shopping.
aired 241 days ago
People who dwell on the fringes of society.
aired 242 days ago
A man who began drinking at the age of 12 is now 27-years-old and cannot stop; he faces withdrawal symptoms and rehab proves to be his most difficult challenge.
aired 249 days ago
An Australian health therapist drinks his own urine; men and women in the Philippines sell their kidneys to wealthy foreigners; a woman in Papua New Guinea breast-feeds a pig.
aired 256 days ago
Every society contains people who live on the fringe, either by force or by choice, and must suffer the consequences.
aired 269 days ago
The sexual customs and age of consent varies in countries around the globe.

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