National Geographic Explorer

Continuing Sunday / 8:00pm National Geographic (US) US 60 min.
Now in its third decade, National Geographic Explorer travels around the world exploring topical news stories. Hosted by Lisa Ling, Explorer visits locations with unique events and fascinating stories.

Season 2019

7 Episodes

Phil Keoghan helps tag bears in Maine. Correspondents investigate the Nasca lines in Peru, Viking giants in Iceland and the future of farming.
Feb 11 2019
Phil Keoghan goes inside Nascar. Correspondents investigate a human sacrifice site, DNA testing and new probiotics.
Feb 11 2019
Phil Keoghan tries an ancient martial art in India. Correspondents investigate deadly tornadoes, reporters at risk in Cambodia and talking whales.
Feb 04 2019
Phil Keoghan tags lions in Zambia. Correspondents explore manmade earthquakes, chocolate, designer dogs and Cory Booker.
Jan 28 2019
This episode explores an invasive species, rehab facilities, tracking whales, and wolves.
Jan 28 2019
Phil Keoghan helps tag whale sharks. Correspondents investigate super recognizers, life in Fukushima and heart disease in mummies.
Jan 14 2019
Human Towers 2019x01
Castellers, also known as human towers; grizzly bears; security for marijuana businesses; the color blue.
Jan 07 2019

Season 2018

6 Episodes

Phil Keoghan explores a mysterious river in Peru. Our correspondents investigate a sonic attack, sensory substitution and the secrets of snowflakes.
Dec 17 2018
Space Race 2018x05
Phil Keoghan visits a state-of-the-art observatory. Correspondents investigate Flat Earthers, human hibernation and meteorite trading.
Dec 10 2018
Phil Keoghan experiences a unique border ceremony. Correspondents investigate deadly crocodiles, Red Notices and communication amongst trees.
Dec 03 2018
Hawaiians living off the food grid. Research into acute peanut allergies. Cultural significance of samurai swords. The bald eagle’s story of survival.
Nov 26 2018
Host Phil Keoghan digs for dinosaurs. Correspondents examine a global drop in male fertility, embed with a smuggler in Gaza and dig into miracle dirt.
Nov 19 2018
Phil Keoghan visits a volcano, light changes lives in Tanzania, horse cloning impacts disease and Americans prep for a nuclear attack.
Nov 12 2018

Season 2017

18 Episodes

In this Nat Geo Explorer Special; we follow world leading experts on a quest to unlock the mysteries surrounding the Tomb of Christ. At the heart of the story a team of leading scientists use the latest scientific techniques to restore the edicule housing the tomb. Scientific tests indicate the remnants of the tomb dates to 4th century - a discovery that could revolutionise what we know about the tomb of Christ.
Dec 10 2017
An interview with Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr.
Jun 26 2017
A study of why some Afghan parents are dressing their girls as boys; and a profile of snowboarder Shaun White.
Jun 19 2017
An investigation of the world's growing illegal-fish trade.
Jun 12 2017
A New Normal 2017x14
Host Ted Danson discovers a town in Belgium with a radical approach to mental health. Plus, see why NASA’s newest “star” is a world-famous chef.
Jun 05 2017
Explorer investigates conflict gold in eastern Congo; host Ted Danson interviews Chelsea Clinton on The Clinton Foundation’s humanitarian efforts.
May 29 2017
Join host Jeff Goldblum as Explorer travels to India to investigate that nation’s laws against homosexuality. Plus, author Stephen Dubner.
May 22 2017
Join host Jeff Goldblum as Explorer takes you around the globe for an in-depth look at Big Pharma, prescription drugs and the opioid epidemic.
May 15 2017
In Japan, secretive companies known as "night movers" offers people an escape from shame. Explorer correspondent Bryan Christy travels to Japan to investigate. Plus Host Jeff Goldblum interviews fellow actor Sam Rockwell. Also a team of scientists dive beneath the Antarctic sea ice to study how the global increase in carbon dioxide levels is affecting life in the world's oceans. Tim Samueals takes a trip to Mexico and takes a look at the hottest Peppers.
May 08 2017
Lawless 2017x09
A dramatic look at Mexico’s violent war on drugs, an investigation into Oklahoma’s disappearing cattle, plus actor and activist Mandy Patinkin.
May 01 2017
A booming mobile-home market; Japan’s plan to increase population growth; an Iraqi grandmother fighting ISIS.
Apr 24 2017
Secret War 2017x07
The U.S. dropped more than 2 million tons of bombs on Laos from 1964 to 1973 during the Vietnam War. That's equal to a planeload every 8 minutes for 9 years. How does a country recover? New hope for Vietnam War survivors; Neil deGrasse Tyson and Ron Howard; high-tech self-improvement.
Apr 17 2017
Holy Rock 2017x06
Explorer heads to Jerusalem for an exclusive look at the opening of what is believed to be Jesus’ tomb. Plus, world-famous chef Tom Colicchio.
Apr 10 2017
Iceland’s gene pool could unlock the cure to diseases like Alzheimer’s; Ryan Duffy investigates the rhino horn black market; Dan Rather hosts.
Apr 03 2017
A look at El Salvador's strict reproductive laws; Scott Pelley discusses the state of the media.
Mar 27 2017
Dalai Lama 2017x03
National Geographic interviews His Holiness the Dalai Lama; Nick Schifrin hosts an in-studio discussion on the intersection of science and religion.
Mar 20 2017
Explorer investigates the U.S. terrorist watch list, host Aasif Mandvi interviews Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman and outsourcing to India is examined.
Mar 13 2017
A report on the Philippines' controversial war on drugs; an interview with Ted Koppel; and the history of "grillz."
Mar 06 2017

Season 2016

14 Episodes

Episode 6 2016x14
Explorer takes you to Jerusalem where a religious ritual is more like a rave, plus Dr. Deepak Chopra admits why even he loses his cool sometimes.
Dec 19 2016
Episode 5 2016x13
A town in Italy is revived by refugees. Trophy hunting and conservation struggle to coexist in Africa. Polar bears are the Arctic's biggest earners
Dec 12 2016
Episode 4 2016x12
EXPLORER investigates Russian gender camps and Uganda’s Hollywood and blows up a bus for science. David Banner, Chris Kluwe and Gavin Mcinnes debate the meaning of manhood.
Dec 05 2016
Episode 3 2016x11
EXPLORER, hosted by Richard Bacon, tells stories of surveillance and features interviews with James Woosley, former CIA director and Lara Logan of CBS’s “60 Minutes”.
Nov 28 2016
Episode 2 2016x10
EXPLORER returns in new format. Correspondents investigate racial profiling, the $80 billion prison industry and more. Michael Moore is guest panelist
Nov 21 2016
Episode 1 2016x09
EXPLORER, hosted by Richard Bacon, tells stories of death and features interviews with comedian Larry Willmore and environmental activist Erin Brockovich.
Nov 14 2016
Examining how a modern-day Theodore Roosevelt might change the outlook for the U.S.
Oct 21 2016
Exploitation threatens to destroy Africa’s oldest national park, Virunga, home to some of the world’s most incredible creatures.
Jun 26 2016
Explorer investigates an illicit pipeline of ancient Syrian treasures that have been plundered by Islamic State militants and sold in private markets.
Jun 05 2016
A team of elite climbers confront their grief, doubt and fear on a 150-mile journey from Myanmar to a remote peak at the edge of the world.
May 01 2016
From Indonesians who mummify their dead, to Tibetans who chop up corpses and feed them to vultures, explore the world's unusual death rituals.
Apr 03 2016
Today, ISIS controls over a third of Iraq. The Kurds and their underdog army defend their home against the world’s most feared and ruthless threat.
Mar 06 2016
The human eye is an impressive organ, but animal eyes are far more powerful than ours and are crucial for survival in the wild.
Feb 14 2016
More than half the world lives in urban environments, but some people are reaching back to the land and carving out lives in the wilderness.
Jan 10 2016

Season 2015

4 Episodes

From a small community in Alabama to thousands of people gathering in Mexico, Mary draws millions of people to shrines and sustains religious tourism. This is a journey into the heart of modern-day Mary devotion around the world.
Dec 13 2015
Bill Nye experiences the five stages of climate change grief – from denial to acceptance – and along the way, he’ll explore what’s gone wrong with our planet and how we can start to turn things around.
Nov 01 2015
Exploring Mosquita, the largest untouched rainforest in Central America where legends swirl of a white city buried inland.
Oct 04 2015
Investigative journalist Bryan Christy is setting out on a groundbreaking mission to expose how the ivory trade funds some of Africa’s most notorious militias and terrorist groups. Working with one of the world’s top taxidermists, he conceals a sophisticated GPS tracker inside an incredibly realistic faux ivory tusk and drops it in the heart of ivory poaching country and monitors its movements to track down the kingpins of the ivory trade.
Aug 30 2015

Season 2014

3 Episodes

On March 26, 2012, James Cameron made a record-breaking solo dive to the Earth’s deepest point, successfully piloting a submarine nearly seven miles (11 kilometers) to the bottom of the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean. This documentary chronicles the filmmaker and avid explorer’s groundbreaking diving expeditions in his custom “Deepsea Challenger” submarine.
Nov 26 2014
Anaconda - the mere mention of its name brings images of an awesome and terrifying killer snake! For Dr. Jesus Rivas and his wife, Dr Sarah Corey, anacondas represent a challenge as they try to unravel the mysteries surrounding these massive reptiles. Like most snakes, anacondas have suffered greatly from exaggeration and scary folklore. Pound for pound, the South American anaconda is the world’s largest snake. But its reputation as a killer is wrapped in myth and legend.
Nov 07 2014
The Green Berets are part of an elite division of the U.S. Army Special Forces. In a remote outpost in south-central Afghanistan known as Firebase Cobra, a group of Americans stand in the breach between the rule of law and the rule of terror. They are Green Berets, part of an elite division of the U.S. Army Special Forces, charged with protecting local civilians from the wrath of the Taliban. These elite soldiers navigate an unforgiving landscape, never certain from one minute to the next if they will make it back to the base alive. For this film, the Pentagon waived their 48-hour limitation on embedded media and allowed the National Geographic Channel to chronicle the lives of these war-hardened Americans for ten days. But their window will be tragically cut short by the costliest IED (improvised explosive device) explosion so far in the war in Afghanistan—killing two soldiers, wounding five others and injuring the NGC crew. The program provides a rare, up-close look at the sacrifices, challenges and deadly risks that American soldiers face on the front lines every day. The film is narrated by producer and director Steven Hoggard, who offers an intimate firsthand account of life on the base and under attack, including his own injuries from the deadly blast. The film also documents daily life for these soldiers, including the mundane passing of time inside the base; the danger-filled missions to surrounding villages; and even a historic gathering of tribal leaders seeking assistance against the Taliban who invaded their homes.
Sep 15 2014

Season 2013

3 Episodes

The Man Who Swims with Crocodiles Documentary following Chito, a Costa Rican fisherman who is one of the only men ever known to tame a crocodile with people travelling from all over the country to marvel at their bond. He nursed the animal back to health after discovering him blinded by the bullet of a hunter over 20 years ago. Feeling strongly compelled to investigate these legends first hand, Roger Horrocks visits a Costa Rican shaman, “Chito” that swims with a giant croc and even rides on the back of the ancient reptile. This and many other stories confirms Roger’s belief that these giant crocodiles have the ability of showing emotion and creating connections with human beings, an otherwise impossible notion in the crocodile’s long history.
Feb 14 2013
Dragons were once thought to be just as real as wolves, boars or deer. Now, go inside some of the greatest battles between man and dragon in Western folklore and explore the many influences that came together to create the sum of all medieval fears.
This programme follows an international team of Egyptologists as they investigate his burial. Their painstaking detective work reveals his burial was a rush job. Reuse and recycling was the order of the day as powerful people competed to claim the young Pharaoh’s vacant throne.

Season 2012

10 Episodes

An ancient murder mystery plays out like an episode of C.S.I. When human bones are found hidden under the floor of an old army barracks, a homicide detective is called in to examine the evidence. Preliminary observations indicate the victim may have been bound and killed with blunt force trauma to the skull. The culprit must be found and brought to justice. But there is one key problem: The victim died nearly 1,800 years ago.
On May 22, 2011, an EF-5 tornado struck Joplin, Missouri, a city of 50,000 in the southwest corner of the state. Packing winds of more than 200 miles an hour, the tornado tore through the center of the city, tearing off two floors of the city's main hospital, demolishing churches and businesses, and rendering whole neighborhoods unrecognizable. More than 150 people lost their lives in the storm, and the devastation to the city was enormous.
Documenting the development of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Cal., and the November 26, 2011, launch of the craft, which is scheduled to land on the Red Planet in August 2012.
Aug 11 2012
The world's oldest profession is now a thriving black market economy, with an underground workforce that's just an Internet connection and a phone call away. National Geographic's Mariana van Zeller journeys to the heart of the American escort industry and uncovers the gritty reality behind the supply and demand of high-end sex work.
Feb 22 2012
Navigating a sea of lies and manipulation, animal rights activist Chris DeRose works with informants to bring both rural and inner city dog fighters to justice.
Jun 24 2012
Could one of Leonardo da Vinci's lost works of art be hidden between a wall of an ornate building and another masterpiece? It's a captivating theory that has had one prominent scientist chasing a legend for more than 30 years. This is the exclusive behind-the-scenes story of the hunt for a priceless masterpiece that could lead to one of the greatest discoveries the art world has ever known. This one hour program deals with the confirmation of the discovery of a lost work from Leonardo DaVinci.
Mar 18 2012
The Inside story of the most audacious heist in NASA’s history – how an intern stole Moon rocks from the Johnson Space Center.
Mar 03 2012
BASE jumper Dean Potter has set his sights on Mount Bute - a 9,000-foot granite launch pad along the British Columbia coastline.. But first, he has to prepare his body and develop a new wing suit.
Feb 12 2012
The world’s largest emerald is unearthed in Brazil in 2001, sparking an epic tale of deceit, obsession, and folly.
Jan 29 2012
aka: Colombias Gold War With the price of gold soaring to historic highs, Colombia is in the throws of a gold rush unlike anything it has seen in years. Across dense jungle and the rural countryside, wildcat miners are tearing up huge swaths of land in a frenzied search for the precious metal. But even more worrying for authorities is that this gold may be fueling a new chapter in the civil conflict that has defined Colombia for the last five decades. Navigating the ever-shifting front lines, National Geographic correspondent Mariana van Zeller examines how left wing guerrillas, criminal organizations and international mining companies are all staking their claim to Colombia's gold.
Jan 15 2012

Season 2011

15 Episodes

Deep inside the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, newly discovered artifacts, photographs and journals tell the story of 350 American GIs who were held as prisoners of war in one of Hitler's most secretive slave labor camps, known as Berga. There, the soldiers lived and died alongside European Jews—many becoming grim statistics in Hitler's Final Solution. But miraculously, their will to survive and even to fight back at the Nazis remained strong. Now, 60 years later, these survivors from Berga have come forward to tell an unforgettable story of dogged survival, heroism and unparalleled courage.
Dec 18 2011
CNN Correspondent Peter Bergen travels to Afghanistan to interview key players and reveals never-before-told facts that tell the real story of Bin Laden's final moments.
Nov 30 2011
Nov 27 2011
Nov 23 2011
Join a team of pioneering investigators as they bring the eyewitness films of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy to life, and expose the hidden secrets of the crime of the century.
Nov 20 2011
Stormageddon 2011x10
Historic snows and bitter cold across North America. Massive floods in Australia and Pakistan. Deadly mudslides in Brazil. Epic drought and wildfires in Russia. 2010 was one of the most destructive years in history. Now, Explorer presents the dramatic images of this catastrophic weather year — and introduces the people who risked their lives to capture them on film.
May 29 2011
Explorer takes an evocative look at Tokyo's infamous organized crime syndicate known as the yakuza. We'll go inside this secretive underworld to meet the real yakuza, and the law enforcement officers responsible for tracking them down. Incredible personal stories and candid interviews reveal a corrupt organization with its own code of honor and ethics. Insiders recall haunting stories of severed pinkies and physical sacrifices.
May 10 2011
The discovery of a human skull in the depths of Lake Superior begins a story that will take historian and author Brendon Baillod across two Great Lakes and a century of history. It takes him and a team of elite technical divers more than 20 miles off Milwaukee where they discover the wreck of one of Lake Michigan's lost queens. It takes them to the remote waters of Lake Superior where they risk their lives to determine the identity of yet another lost ship. And it takes us into the forgotten life of a brave and stubborn woman who lived, and died, on these wild waters. Whether her presence cursed these lost ships, or a more earthly explanation can be found, the Great Lakes reputation as a graveyard for mariners stands firm.
May 10 2011
Megapiranha 2011x07
Piranhas - the stuff of nightmares and legends. Theyre infamous for how fast they can devour prey, and are known to attack in groups of up to 100. Now, a team of scientists is heading to the Amazon to investigate a piranha mystery of immense proportions. A fossil of a giant jaw fragment has been identified as an ancient piranha, but with a terrifying twist: the tooth belonged to a fish seven times the size of existing piranha species.
May 03 2011
A 9/11 survivor, an astronaut and a blue hole diver - all survived dramatically different traumatic events only to tell strikingly similar stories: each felt a mysterious presence that guided them to safety in their time of greatest peril. But what were these strange presences? Can they be explained? The devout call them guardian angels or divine encounters - others encounter a kind stranger. Could they have been angels? Phantoms? Or were their minds just playing tricks on them? EXPLORER delves deep inside this phenomenon to break down the barrier between science and the supernatural. When faced with life and death, the brain flips an "angel switch," and help arrives-at least for some. Dubbed the "Third Man Factor," hundreds have reported this mysterious phenomenon - and now, science is taking a closer look, zeroing in on the location and the mechanism in the brain they believe may be responsible for these visions.
Apr 26 2011
For the first time, the Catholic Church will allow scientific experts and historians to openly test the veracity of the remains of reported saints. NGC has exclusive access to the forensic investigation. Deep in the crypt below the Cathedral of Reggio Emilia lie a set of bones believed to be those of two ancient saints, Chrysanthus and Daria. For more than 1,500 years they've been hidden away ... until now.
Apr 19 2011
It may have been one of the most cataclysmic geologic events of the last 60 million years, which shaped America as we know it today. The narrow, 400-mile-long Isthmus of Panama, once buried below the sea, rose up and connected North and South America. This new land bridge unleashed an astonishing animal encounter: Prehistoric predators and prey each unique to their worlds came face-to-face for the first time.
Feb 14 2011
Imagine the implications if we could regenerate damaged, aging or diseased body parts grown from our own cells custom made, and genetically indistinguishable from our own. Could it eliminate the death sentence for profound birth defects, the need for prosthetics and any shortage of transplant organs? EXPLORER delves into the science of tissue engineering and shows how scientists are beginning to harness the body's natural powers to grow skin, muscle, body parts and vital organs, even hearts
Feb 07 2011
Cannibalism has long been considered a dark chapter in man's history. Yet we think of it only as isolated occurrences. Now a Neolithic burial pit in Germany, found filled with expertly butchered human remains, challenges those assumptions. Archaeologists have never seen anything like it the deeper they dig, the more bizarre the scene becomes. EXPLORER joins an international team of experts as they reopen the earth to understand the violent events as they played out seven thousand years ago
Jan 24 2011
Its everyone's worst nightmare. Kidnapped in a foreign country. Held indefinitely in horrific conditions, at the mercy of political forces and the will of extremists. Now, on the 20th anniversary of his release, Explorer goes inside this shadow world with America's most iconic hostage - journalist Terry Anderson - who was held for nearly 7 years in Lebanon by radical Muslims. Anderson's fellow hostages, his family and the man who risked everything to free him take us inside one of the most harrowing experiences imaginable.
Jan 17 2011

Season 2010

17 Episodes

Many, like ex-punk rocker and special Explorer correspondent Henry Rollins, have struggled with feelings of aggression their entire lives, and NGC is on a mission to figure out why. Scientists are investigating a single gene -- dubbed the warrior gene -- that has been associated with violent behavior, raising the disturbing possibility that some people are Born to Rage. Henry tests this theory on a colorful crew: outlaw bikers, mixed martial arts fighters, monks and former gang members.
Dec 14 2010
America's Doomsday plan. It's the government's ultimate playbook, with a strategy for even the darkest hours - developed when Cold War tensions were high, but never used until 9/11. We'll fly an E4-B - the president's command, control and communications center for times of national catastrophe; go inside the secret bunker used by government officials on September 11; and witness how the luxurious Greenbrier Resort became a critical, top secret congressional bunker.
Nov 08 2010
Animal domestication was a major prerequisite for human civilization to evolve. How did such an important and dramatic shift from wild to tame happen? In the past few years, science has begun to reveal the genetic code that made it all possible. DNA and archaeological evidence are now painting a very different picture of human / animal history. Domestication means altering the size, shape, and behavior of animals through long-term selective breeding. Not all animals can be domesticated however. Why did the horse accept mans control but not the zebra? The answer may lie somewhere in the DNA, and pinpointing the exact gene is the next step in discovering what makes one animal afraid and another curious. It may even suggest that some great apes, and perhaps even humans are actually self-domesticated.
Oct 23 2010
Nat Geo embarks on an expedition to Papua New Guinea to understand human mummification. Our goal is to find a well-preserved mummy to gain clues into this incredible form of mummification in the tropics. Nat Geo cameras travel to Koke, a native village with an ancient mummy tradition, to learn about their process of mummification and assist with the restoration of an aging mummy. We'll trek through caves, villages and mountains to uncover the secrets of the ancient tradition.
Oct 16 2010
With streaks of orange, red and black oil creating havoc in Gulf waters, NGC cameras are on the front lines with the individuals tasked with fighting the growing disaster. Gaining extended access to the Coast Guard and command center teams leading the cleanup, Explorer follows the first two months after the spill, tracking cleanup efforts from sea, land and air.
Sep 28 2010
Virulent disease claims millions of lives. New scientific advances increase the potential for them to be used as bioweapons. Join NGC as we explore the dangers surrounding bioterrorism and what every nations leaders need to know.
Aug 31 2010
Explorer follows a soccer team in Tanzania, a group that consists mostly of people with albinism, in their first ever league season in the Tanzanian 3rd Division. Over the last year, more than 40 albinos have been murdered in Tanzania, some as young as six months old. Many more have been attacked with machetes, their limbs cut off while alive. Their body parts are used by witchdoctors in potions and remedies as they are believed to bring wealth and success in business.
Aug 24 2010
Explorer tells the second-by-second story of a moment that changed the world forever: the dropping of the atomic bomb on August 6, 1945. Through the eyes of those in the air and on the ground, including the last interview with the weapons test officer who armed the bomb, we'll experience the events as they unfolded that tragic day.
Aug 17 2010
With unprecedented access to undercover footage, Explorer reveals the inner workings of a sting operation designed to bring down one of the world's most prolific and untouchable criminals, international arms dealer Monzer al-Kassar. Through the eyes of Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents and their undercover informants, we'll see how an elite team risked their lives to catch Kassar in the act of selling deadly weapons illegally.
Aug 10 2010
Three months after the devastating oil rig explosion in the Gulf, get an up-close look at those left behind to battle the spreading oil. Stories from frontline men and women who share a fierce commitment to solving this unprecedented national crisis at any personal cost including. Each hoping for an answer to the question: When will this end?
Jul 07 2010
What do future presidents need to know about existential dangers this country could face? Explorer investigates the science behind the dangers of a high-altitude electromagnetic pulse, or HEMP. Picture an instantaneous deathblow to the vital engines that power our society, delivered by a nuclear weapon designed not to kill humans but to attack electronics. What could happen if an electromagnetic pulse surged to earth, crippling every aspect of modern society's infrastructure?
May 15 2010
Talibanistan 2010x06
Eight years after 9/11, the Taliban remains a formidable enemy, maintaining a shadow government that straddles Afghanistan and Pakistan in an area dubbed Talibanistan. Explorer takes you inside the forbidden zone, to provide first-person coverage of the fight on the ground and the skies above this vast, rugged region and the challenges NATO and Pakistani forces face
May 08 2010
All of us have an occasional night when we can't fall asleep, but for people with fatal familial insomnia, or FFI, it's the beginning of the end. An extremely rare genetic disease passed down through generations, FFI's primary symptom is sleeplessness - but with a fatal twist. Victims are dead within months. To understand FFI, Explorer delves into the science of sleep - the most elusive biological function we have - to find out why we need sleep and what happens to us when we don't get it.
Apr 27 2010
Europa - an icy moon of Jupiter 485 million miles away from Earth - may be our best hope for finding alien life in our solar system. Everywhere we find water on Earth, we find life. What does this mean for the search for life beyond Earth? Scientists believe that on Europa there is a liquid ocean buried beneath its icy crust . To find out if this alien ocean holds life, well need to get there, penetrate the ice shell, and navigate in an alien sea. In this episode of Explorer, well plunge headlong into the challenges of discovery on an alien world. Well meet the scientists, adventurers, and engineers who are determined to launch a mission to Europa - and follow them through the challenges, frustrations, and triumphs that come with planning a distant mission to an alien world. Through high-end CGI and quests to the edge of our planet, well go on a journey to and alien moon called Europa. To answer the basic question: Are we alone in the universe?
Apr 20 2010
Today, more than 80,000 Americans are in solitary confinement. Explorer looks at the science of solitary and discovers what it means to be absolutely alone. We go inside Colorado State Penitentiary (CSP) and witness prisoners on the edge and the guards who watch over them. Then, we look at experiments on whether isolation dramatically alters behavior and ongoing new research on how solitary actually could cause long-term mental problems like paranoia, disorientation and delirium.
Apr 11 2010
What could we do if we had evidence terrorists were close to acquiring nuclear weapons, or even making their own? How would we defend ourselves from a blast with fireballs hotter than the sun? Race from motorcade to helicopter to confidential meeting, as scientists and intelligence experts brief viewers on the hard facts about the world's most lethal weapons - and the unbreakable physical laws that govern them.
Mar 01 2010
In January 2009 it was a patch of lawless Afghan desert, riddled with Taliban fighters. Today, Camp Leatherneck is home to more than 10,000 troops. Go inside the epicenter of the war in Afghanistan and meet the men and women who work in and pass through the camp. Learn what daily life is like for the people who find themselves in this place. How violence, boredom, excessive heat, separation from family and cultural differences affect the mind-set of the warriors.
Jan 31 2010

Season 2009

19 Episodes

Narco State 2009x19
Follow the police as they investigate the latest drug-related kidnapping, uncover marijuana and ambush suspects at a ransom drop-off.
Dec 13 2009
Joseph Mengele, the escaped Nazi war criminal and SS physician, known as the Angel of Death, spent years doing bizarre medical experiments on twins at Auschwitz working to determine if twins held the key to building a blond-haired, blue-eyed master race for Adolf Hitler. Now a historian says he has evidence that Mengele's attempts may not have ended at Auschwitz, and that his obsession to engineer an Aryan master race continued, and that succeeded while he was on the run in South America. Deep in the Brazilian outback in a tiny town among the 80 households in a one-square-mile area are reportedly some 38 pairs of twins. Blond, blue-eyed twins. Bizarre and inexplicable, could they be the product of Mengele's machinations? Now, with exclusive access, EXPLORER goes inside the investigation; From the secret agents who trailed him, to the scientists now uncovering the facts behind the fantastical phenomenon, no stone is left unturned.
Nov 24 2009
Explorer travels back 66 million years to break down the chain of events that led to the extinction of the dinosaurs and changed the world forever. Visit a high-tech NASA lab where scientists use new technology to recreate the force of the blast and reveal the likely cascade of effects of the catastrophic impact.
Nov 17 2009
The 2006 Oscar-nominated action thriller "Blood Diamond" put the issue of conflict diamonds into the public eye. Now, NGC takes an in-depth look at these international symbols of wealth and their connection to terrorism and crime. We'll talk to a diamond dealer who discusses the dark world of diamond smuggling and the alleged 9/11 connection between al Qaeda and the Belgium diamond sector, worth billions a year.
Nov 10 2009
Inside LSD 2009x15
Could LSD be the next drug in your doctor's arsenal? New experiments have a few researchers believing that this "trippy" drug could become a pharmaceutical of the future. Outlawed in 1970, the street drug developed a reputation as the dangerous toy of the counterculture, capable of inspiring either moments of genius or a descent into madness. Now science is taking a fresh look into this psychedelic world, including the first human LSD trials in more than 35 years
Nov 03 2009
Over the period of about a year, seven human feet in sneakers washed ashore in British Columbia and Washington State. Theories of serial killers, plane crashes, and tsunami victims became tabloid fodder. With all the twists and turns of a crime-scene thriller, Explorer sets out to solve this macabre foot mystery.
Oct 27 2009
They are living giants; one of the Earth's largest and oldest trees. Some tower more than 350 feet high, taller than the Statue of Liberty; some may have been seedlings when Jesus was born. Yet these natural legends still shroud centuries-old secrets. In a major National Geographic cross-platform event, which includes the October 2009 cover story for the magazine, we'll reveal the little-explored environment of the redwoods using high-tech aerial laser surveys and breathtaking imagery.
Sep 29 2009
Chimpanzees. They're our closest genetic relatives, with DNA over 98% the same as ours. Chimpanzees can learn from those around them in ways many other animals can't -- and when they're captive, they become even more human-like. But is a new form of chimp evolving in captivity?
Sep 22 2009
The gender of a newborn child is not always clearly male or female. For parents of gender variant children, the decisions they face have lifelong and sometimes horribly conflicting consequences. We'll investigate the science behind gender, how doctors and parents approach these decisions, and explore traditional and controversial therapies. Then, meet Alaniz, a Desert Storm veteran who found out from an MRI that he had two ovaries and a uterus.
Sep 15 2009
In most places death has no schedule, but in Huntsville, Texas, an average of 16 people per year are scheduled to be executed by lethal injection. Inside Death Row interviews three inmates as their dates of execution draw near, and follows the stories of their families and loved ones as they deal with death firsthand. This story is not one of guilt or innocence; it is about how the State of Texas carries out the death penalty as well as the men and women whom, by choice or circumstance, become players in the act of executing another human being. Lastly, it explores how the residents of Huntsville feel towards living in a town that is ground zero for capital punishment in the United States.
Jun 12 2009
An exploration team and scientists make an attempt to map out a large cave system which runs beneath the South Pacific's Easter Island.
Jun 09 2009
They are perfectly preserved child mummies unearthed on top of a volcano in northwest Argentina. As young as 6 years old, these three children were chosen to die as an Incan sacrifice to their gods.
Jun 02 2009
The naval base at Guantanamo Bay secured a place in the annals of history when the first wave of detainees from Americas War on Terror men dubbed the worst of the worst arrived in 2002. A symbol of freedom protected or freedom tragically betrayed, the controversies of Guantanamo embody the thorny issues of America's fight against an enemy that wears no uniform, has no address and will declare no armistice, and an administrations battle to keep prisoners beyond the reach of due process in American courts. The goings-on inside the wire encircling this highly classified camp have been a closely held government secret until now. For the first time, National Geographic exclusively captures day-to-day life in the most famous prison in the world exploring the ongoing daily struggle between the guard force of dedicated young military personnel and the equally dedicated detainees, many of whom are still in legal limbo after being held years.
Apr 05 2009
A full-grown T. rex could grow to 40 feet long and 12,000 pounds, but scientists believe that, at birth, these dinosaurs were the size of a mere household cat. Very little information is known about the T. rex's youth. Now, Explorer takes viewers on an epic journey into this bold high-tech animatronic initiative, digging deep into the fossil record for the tiniest of clues to re-create the worlds most accurate, fully skinned, mechanical replica of a walking juvenile T. rex.
Mar 10 2009
Blue whales are the largest creatures to ever inhabit the earth - yet despite their size, we know little about them. A team of scientists set out on an expedition to unlock the secrets of the blue whale and investigate why they are dying. AKA: Blue Whale Odyssey (UK)
Mar 03 2009
In the cloud forests of Peru are the remains a lost civilization and an ancient legend of mass murder. For hundreds of years, anthropologists have been hunting for who or what killed these people. Now well analyze the evidence and test theories to dig up the truth.
Feb 24 2009
Join a team of adventurers and scientists deep in the heart of the African Congo who are searching for an elusive man-sized predator that locals believe to be a cursed relative of the piranha, but may hold the key to evolutionary science.
Feb 10 2009
Scattered across the island of Sicily, beneath picturesque churches, are thousands of mummified bodies. And most mysterious of all is one of the last to be enshrined: shes known as the sleeping beauty Rosalia Lombardo-- a child barely two years old when she died nearly a century ago, somehow her corpse remains flawlessly preserved. Now, for the first time, a scientific team of mummy hunters is on the case, unearthing hundreds of Sicilys miraculous dead, exploring how this baffling culture of mummification could operate within the Catholic Church itself, and finally, revealing the secret formula behind Rosalias perfect preservation.
Feb 03 2009
Explorer investigates a provocative new theory that suggests that all life - including humans - is descended from viruses. To many people, viruses are simply agents for disease, but new evidence suggests viruses may possess far greater power.
Jan 13 2009

Season 2008

16 Episodes

We are the most heavily armed society in the world; nearly 80 million Americans own guns. Explore the gun culture in America, from a police officer to a young mother.
Dec 09 2008
Over the centuries, explorers traded tales of a lost civilization amid the dense Amazonian rainforest. Scientists dismissed the legends as exaggerations, believing that the rainforest could not sustain such a huge population -- until now. A new generation of explorers armed with 21st-century technology has uncovered remarkable evidence that could reinvent our understanding of the Amazon and the indigenous peoples who lived there.
Nov 20 2008
Lisa Ling takes a look at the marijuana industry as she examines the different aspects by interviewing a grower, scientist, and members of law enforcement. Also included is the validity of medical marijuana.
Oct 02 2008
Gold's appeal and value span time and cultures, but there is a little-known secret to the story of gold. Most of the gold mined throughout history remains in circulation today -- even the gold closest to your heart may have dark origins. From the Amazon jungle to the markets of Dubai, NGC examines the underbelly of the modern gold trade with a treasure hunter and an illegal miner to expose its volatile history.
Sep 25 2008
In order for the Congo to receive vital supplies, brave men and women known as bush pilots must risk life and limb to transport cargo to this remote region of the world. Landing strips are often little more than pitted dirt roads, local militia is known to fire on them and water buffalo may block the runway, so what drives them to do it? In this episode of Explorer, we'll meet some bush pilots, hear their harrowing accounts and witness firsthand the challenges they face in the Congo.
Sep 16 2008
This National Geographic documentary explores the physical and psychological changes experienced by the human body in the moments before and after death. When does a person really die, and what happens at that precise second when life ends? While the subject both frightens and fascinates, understanding both the science of death and the ways in which our bodies hold it off are key to understanding the complete cycle of human life.
Sep 02 2008
Did Romanov Princess Anasatasia survive a Bolshevik firing squad, or did she and her brother Crown Prince Alexis perish with their father, Tsar Nicholas II, before a Bolshevik firing squad in 1918?
Jul 22 2008
National Geographic Explorer investigates the execution-style murder of six mountain gorillas in Virunga National Park. Their search reveals corruption and how Virunga has become one of the most dangerous places on earth
Jul 01 2008
More than 600 million cats claim residence in households across six continents. The latest in scientific evidence reveals how the cat set off on a journey to conquer the world.
Jun 10 2008
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Jun 04 2008
While excavating for the deepest submerged tunnel in the world, engineers uncovered a hidden past. Now engineers are on a three billion dollar collision course with archaeologists in the battle of the century.
Jun 03 2008
Sharks have thrived in the oceans for over 350 million years, but around 20 million years ago a new species emerged in the fossil records in a form unlike ever seen before... the Hammerhead Shark. Why did this bizarre looking creature evolve was it a need for greater maneuverability, a need for a more advanced sensory system or was it a genetic mistake? And how has the Hammerhead continued to survive? Scientific evidence suggests that Hammerheads seek out distant destinations but what prompts them to travel these great lengths? How do they navigate? Do they possess an internal compass? Do they possess a map? Dr. Pete Klimley is seeking to answer these questions and discover how Hammerheads live and survive across the turbulent seas by mapping their underwater movements. In a world threatened by over fishing and declining populations the Hammerhead Highway may be the key to understanding and ensuring the Hammerheads survival.
Apr 08 2008
Entombed in a glacier in the Alps for more than 5,000 years, the Iceman is the oldest mummy ever discovered. Scientists now know he was murdered in cold blood, but why? In 2007, National Geographic sponsored a series of new CT scans that revealed three potential motives. Was the Iceman assassinated, a victim of clan warfare or part of a ritual murder? Forensic clues surrounding his death continue to illuminate the origins of conflict and violence in the Copper Age.
Apr 01 2008
The world is addicted to oil. But now the easy pockets of oil are gone and the race is on to find new sources. Nowhere is the battle more intense than in Alaska - source of nearly 15% of America's domestic production, and home to the nation's largest wildlife preserve, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, where companies are pushing to drill. EXPLORER travels back millions of years to see how oil was created, and looks to the future to ask how far we'll go to find every last barrel and at what cost.
Mar 12 2008
Leading researchers in psychology, biology and anthropology reveal this powerful male hormone's fascinating influence on strength, status, success, and even commitment.
Feb 13 2008
Using cutting-edge functional magnetic resonance imaging techniques, scientists attempt to isolate the mechanics of moral judgment by mapping patterns in neurological processes. Could neuron activity in the brain really give rise to good or evil?
Jan 09 2008

Season 2007

17 Episodes

Christian residents are caught in the crosshairs of a growing Islamic fundamentalism and the entrenched Israeli fortress that surrounds the birthplace of Jesus
Dec 09 2007
Light is shed on ancient human migrations as 3000-year-old mummies with European features are unearthed in a remote Chinese desert.
Dec 02 2007
Vipers have been evolving their way to the top of the reptile heap for millions of years. Their venom is lethal and they can strike with precision in complete darkness. Now, some vipers may be evolving into even deadlier forms. Did humans help?
Nov 21 2007
Follow the global black market in body parts, from transplant surgeries in America to eager "donors" in India to China where executed prisoners' bodies are coveted.
Nov 11 2007
Heroin is one of the most addictive drugs on earth. Stronger, purer and easier to get than ever before, heroin is attracting a whole new breed of addict. Dangerously pure, the newest forms of heroin can be snorted or smoked, rather than injected, attracting millions of new mainstream users. Explorer investigates how the war in Afghanistan has inadvertently unleashed a deluge of heroin, enticing users from Kabul to Europe to America's heartland.
Oct 23 2007
What caused the sudden mass extinction of mammoths 13,000 years ago? Clues point to the biggest cosmic impact humans have ever witnessed.
Oct 07 2007
Did you know babies can learn languages and even grasp math? Explore the remarkable plasticity of a baby's brain and see how early experiences influence human development.
Sep 19 2007
Ultimate Crocodile: Saltwater crocodiles are one of the most successful predators the world has ever seen. They out-lasted the dinosaurs with a 200 million year-old biological design, perfectly engineered for the modern world. The "saltie" has the most powerful jaws since T-rex, a complex heart and brain, and unexpected intelligence.
Sep 12 2007
With 400 breeds and counting, the dog is more varied in size and behavior than any other species. Follow man's evolutionary manipulation of dogs' appearance and talents, and see how nature and man have partnered to create new and specialized breeds
Aug 15 2007
It has no bones, blood or brains, but the jellyfish has survived in our oceans for more than 500 million years. Now, its numbers are exploding. Why?
Aug 08 2007
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NGC takes you inside the perilous world of one of America's most elite law enforcement agencies, offering a rare glimpse of their investigative strategies and techniques in action. Find out how the G-men always get their man.
Jun 13 2007
What really happens when 30 million volts of electricity charges through your body and you survive being struck by lightning? Now, meet survivors who live to tell their tale of being hit by a force that is faster than a speeding bullet and five times hotter than the sun as Explorer unravels the science behind one of nature's most mysterious phenomena. Using revolutionary brain imaging technology and 3-D CGI, NGC travels inside the human body along the path of a lightning bolt.
Apr 11 2007
The Aryan Brotherhood is a secretive criminal gang that began inside California's maximum-security penitentiaries and expanded rapidly into dozens of state and federal prisons across the nation. Outwardly a white power group, its real interest is in controlling drug and extortion rackets. Now, Explorer unveils this underworld society and comes face-to-face with some of the gang's most infamous members, including a former Aryan Brotherhood leader who, by his own count, has killed 22 men
Mar 04 2007
Volcanologists make a stunning discovery when they dive into one of the largest, yet most mysterious, natural calamities in human history: the eruption of Santorini
Feb 28 2007
Cross into North Korea, one of the world's most secretive nations, for a rare glimpse of the country and its absolute dictator Kim Jong II.
Feb 27 2007
The world's first MRI scan of a great white shark reveals the extreme engineering and hunting abilities of one of nature's most perfect predators.
Feb 19 2007
For up to $600 a day, private security contractors in Iraq's war zone risk their lives to protect VIPs and transport critical supplies. See how these mercenaries survive in the "kill zone."
Jan 21 2007

Season 2006

18 Episodes

More than 1,500 years ago, ancient writings were buried that offered alternative narratives about Jesus of Nazareth. There were many of these alternative gospels that rendered very different versions of the story and were considered scandalous and deemed heretical. Rediscovered within the last century, these texts offer more questions than answers. Secret Lives of Jesus examines these mysterious lost stories of Christ, exploring the fundamental questions surrounding the texts.
Dec 17 2006
Climb aboard the newly overhauled U.S.S. Eisenhower, one of the U.S. Navy's most advanced "super carriers." The "Ike" is poised to deploy for the first time in four years, but her 6,000 crew must prove they and their aircraft are battle ready.
Dec 13 2006
They breed as much as 5 times more often than European honeybees. A single swarm can deploy an attack force of 80,000 stingers. Their armies of suicide bombers can chase an intruder for a quarter of a mile, and bring down a creature as large as a horse. Cruising at up to 20 miles per hour, killer bees have already overrun vast regions of South and Central America and pushed farther north than many scientists thought possible. Now, they threaten to invade the southern U.S., heading for both coasts of the country. Can scientists, beekeepers and exterminators stop the invading hordes before it's too late?
Dec 06 2006
Methamphetamine is one of the hardest drugs to quit. Its abuse is ravaging rural communities and cities alike. NGC correspondent Lisa Ling goes inside this global epidemic to find out what makes meth so addictive and destructive.
Oct 18 2006
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With three-inch canines and claws like switchblades, big cats are capable of taking down fleet-footed antelope or two-ton elephants. From Africa to India, you'll discover the ultimate engineering and ambush tactics of lions, tigers and leopards.
Sep 20 2006
The hippo can weigh 8,000 pounds, outrun a sprinter, and shares a common ancestor with the whale. Explore the science behind this 15-million-year-old marvel.
Sep 13 2006
What if a mega-earthquake hits Los Angeles? The scenarios are unthinkable: more than 18,000 dead, $250 billion in property damage, 100,000 tons of debris. NGC simulates a 7.7 quake that many scientists feel is overdue.
Sep 06 2006
The polar bear, brown bear, and black bear each can weigh more than 1,000 pounds, outrun an Olympic sprinter, and take out prey with a single swipe of the paw. Deconstruct these bioengineering marvels to learn the secrets of maximum bears.
Aug 30 2006
The photo shows a six-foot alligator half inside a dead 13-foot Burmese python. How could a snake overpower one of Florida's largest and most terrifying native carnivores?
Aug 16 2006
They solve murders, catch spies, and prevent terrorist attacks. They are one of the most revered law enforcement agencies on the planet, and one of the least understood until now. Go behind-the-scenes with the federal agents of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS). With re-enactments, on-location footage and interviews with agents, re-examine the agency's most challenging case - the bombing of the USS Cole - and see how the NCIS is staying one step ahead of the terrorists.
May 30 2006
Super Sub 2006x08
Part sub killer. Part terrorist hunter. Part spy. It's among the deepest and longest running nuclear attack submarines ever built. The Navy has kept its secrets under lock and key. Until now. Explorer travels the globe to bring viewers the story of the newest, most advanced member of the U.S. nuclear-powered submarine force, the USS Texas
Jun 20 2006
Elephants are usually docile herbivores, but authorities say wild elephant attacks are increasing. Why? The Pittsburgh Zoo's "Elephant Whisperer" Willie Theison brings uncanny insight into their complex minds. In West Bengal, India, he teams up with a courageous "Elephant Squad" in a dangerous mission to relocate problem populations farther away from human beings. In Sri Lanka, Theison and local wildlife officials track down an elusive problem elephant that has been attacking villagers.
Jun 13 2006
A great American city drowns in a slow-motion disaster. Eyewitness accounts and never-before-seen footage deconstruct the disaster, revealing how 250 billion gallons of water flooded the Big Easy and destroyed more than 150,000 homes. Follow the water from first strike to total deluge and discover the real story behind New Orleans' catastrophe. The most destructive disaster in U.S. history wasn't Hurricane Katrina. It was the chain of events that followed.
May 30 2006
May 31 2006
Deep in the heart of Texas, a fearsome invader maims animals and attacks people. Could a bizarre experiment hold the key to stopping it?
May 09 2006
Surveillance is everywhere today. We introduce the new surveillance society and show how cutting edge technologies are being developed to identify, monitor and track both people and things. It is a world where each technology seems to bring advantages - to make us safer or our lives more convenient - but at what cost?
Apr 19 2006
You've seen the graffiti, the tattoos, the headlines documenting their brutality. What is driving the rapid spread of the ultra-violent gang MS-13? NGC takes you inside this burgeoning criminal enterprise now terrorizing 33 states and six countries.
Jan 31 2006
Super Snake 2006x01
At more than 30 feet long, today's giant snakes are as big as they've ever been. But how big can giant snakes grow?
Jan 06 2006

Season 2005

17 Episodes

Join Lisa Ling as she explores the complex and emotional issues surrounding China's one-child policy.
Jun 26 2004
Dec 31 2004
Of all the world creatures, nothing is larger....
Dec 31 2004
The latest "super choppers" are one of an advanced breed of machines - built to fly fast and silently to places helicopters could never go before, even to the reaches of inner space. One such "super chopper," known as EH101, has been touted as a breakthrough technological achievement. New designs like the EH101 will also be much more impervious to attack, with Kevlar and other advanced composite materials strengthening the body - while keeping it lightweight. Using live action, re-creations, amazing archival footage and advanced CGI, we marvel at the creation of today's "super choppers" - extraordinary multi-purpose helicopters for the twenty-first century.
Dec 11 2005
What caused the sudden demise of the Maya in Central America 2,000 years ago? Human skeletons discovered in a cistern may hold the key to one of the greatest mysteries of the ancient world.
Nov 27 2005
You're starving - and under attack by hostile neighbors. Spies have infiltrated your town, half your family is sick with some deadly disease and rumor has it that your neighbor just ate his wife for lunch. Welcome to America, 1607-where evidence suggests that this nightmare could have been the settlers' reality. It's a story of bubonic plague, starvation, espionage and cannibalism - and the founding of North America's first successful English colony. In 1606, a handful of English adventurers set sail across the Atlantic, expecting a paradise teeming with gold and riches. Instead, they discovered a living hell. Now, nearly 400 years later, the latest discoveries explore the story of Jamestown - as you've never seen it before. Exclusive access to forensics and archaeology will take us inside the graves, revealing shocking new evidence of starvation and disease, secret plots and Spanish spies. Dramatic recreations bring to life one of the darkest chapters in U.S. history. And in an unprecedented act, the Church of England will open its vaults, allowing National Geographic to dig up the remains of a 17th century woman whose bones hold clues to the disastrous venture known as Jamestown and its founding father, an unsung hero of American history called Bartholomew Gosnold. Like many mysteries, we begin with the bodies: a burial ground containing the remains of more than 70 people, some haphazardly arranged. It looks like whoever buried these people hardly had the time or energy to do so properly. Who were they? What happened? The burial site is just steps from the remains of Jamestown Fort, where archaeologists and forensic specialists are toiling to uncover the secrets of America's first successful colony. Stylized recreations and CGI will transport us back four centuries to reveal the hopeful beginnings of a colony made famous by fanciful tales of romance between Captain John Smith and Pocahontas. A colonist's diary claims at least one person, out of desperation, turned to murder and cannibalism. Could it really have been that bad-?
Nov 20 2005
The pyramids of Americas were built more than 2,000 years ago by a people who vanished long ago. Little is known about these builders and the purpose of the pyramids has been a mystery until now. Were they temples to the gods or sacrificial altars?
Oct 23 2005
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NGC takes a forensic look at the chain of events leading up to some of the world's most fatal structural disasters, including the worst structural failure to take place in the U.S. prior to 9/11
Sep 25 2005
Where did we all come from? Could we all be descendants of Adam? And if he existed, who was he, where did he live and what did he look like? It is a mystery that intrigues us all and questions like these have been asked time and time again, but nobody has got close to the answer - until now. Spencer Wells, a leading geneticist and National Geographic explorer-in-residence, is setting out on a quest to discover if there was an "Adam" from whom all humans are descended. Wells uses the latest in DNA testing technology to take us on an extraordinary journey across the globe as he traces humanity's family tree. As we travel through humanity's genetic past we'll encounter longstanding mysteries which today's DNA tools can finally solve. They'll yield new truths about historical figures like Genghis Kahn and Thomas Jefferson. The primary tool that helps this quest for one common ancestor is the Y-chromosome, which ties fathers to sons, passing down through family lines more or less unchanged. As Spencer Wells follows the Y-chromosomes backwards through the generations the branches of man's family tree begin to coalesce into a single trunk, pointing to a single Adam. In Africa we finally end up at a point where all branches of humanity's family tree coalesce into just one root. Wells theorizes that this must be Adam - a man who lived around 60,000 years ago. And, astonishingly, Wells believes, this man's Y chromosome is shared by every man in the world. But now that we have found him, what did he look like and how did he live? This new program sets out to find the answers.
Jun 16 2005
This special gives a harrowing look at a planet experiencing more destructive natural disasters with each passing year. Join tsunami scientist Jose Borrero of the University of Southern California on his trip to visit Banda Aceh with a National Geographic film team, barely one week after the December 26, 2004, tsunami. From visiting areas affected by the stunning 2004 tsunami in southeast Asia, to investigating the massive fault threatening Istanbul, "Violent Earth" gets to the bottom of some key questions. Is Earth getting more dangerous? What can we do to protect ourselves? Where and when will the next mega disaster strike?
Jun 05 2005
Lisa Ling gets rare access to California Sacramento State Prison where one-third of the inmates are serving life sentences, and violence, rape, and gang warfare are part of everyday life behind bars.
Apr 10 2005
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Summer 2004. Stories are circulating in the swamps of southern Georgia, USA about a huge and terrifying wild boar lurking in the woods. Local resident Chris Griffin encounters the animal and kills it. After taking a photograph, he buries the hog. Within weeks, stories of 'Hogzilla' rocket around the world via the Internet. Chris' 12-foot-long, 1000-pound wild hog becomes international news. But was this giant pig a hoax, or was it real? In 'Hogzilla', National Geographic Television & Film travels across the globe looking at the evolution and behavior of hogs and their interaction with humans. In the UK, the recent demand for wild boar meat has lead to increased hog production for food. The escape of some of these hogs from a farm in the UK however, has apparently led to a rebirth of the species in the wild. In Berlin, wild boars are invading people's homes. In China, hog farmers are feeding hogs with the aim of increasing their size as much as possible, creating their own 'Hogzillas'. Back in Georgia, hog experts dig up Chris Griffin's giant hog in a bid to discover its secrets. In the process, they create some interesting theories about how Hogzilla came to be and conclude that this monster may have been a product of man's own doing.
Mar 20 2005
In an extraordinary discovery that made front page headlines around the world, scientists uncovered evidence of a race of "hobbit-sized" prehistoric species on a remote Indonesian island. A full-grown adult would have been as tall as an average three-year-old child today. Most amazing of all, researchers believe this ancient race lived at the same time as modern humans, sharing the earth for at least 80,000 years. "Explorer - Tiny Humans: The Hobbits of Flores" delivers the world's first in-depth documentary of this groundbreaking find that could to rewrite the textbooks.
Mar 13 2005
Target: Saddam Hussein's Baghdad. Mission: unleash a bombardment so massive that it destroys the enemy's will, yet kills as few people as possible. Using spectacular exclusive imagery and CGI, National Geographic Television & Film investigates the planning and execution of Shock and Awe, putting it into historical perspective and looking to the future of warfare. Inside Shock and Awe will deconstruct the bombing campaign that launched Operation Iraqi Freedom. In the most intense bombardment in history, 800 missiles were launched in two days - more than twice as many as were dropped during the six weeks of Gulf War I. Yet the bombing was carried out with surgical precision, minimizing "collateral damage". Amazingly, there has been no detailed inside look at what happened during those 48 hours in March 2003. We'll get an inside view of the technology that allows overwhelming firepower to be accurately targeted, and investigate how exotic missiles, like the thermobaric "bunker busters," work. At the same time, we'll put the Shock and Awe campaign into the context of history's most dramatic bombardments - from the catapults and trebuchets of the Romans, to the firebombing of Dresden. And we'll provide a unique, exclusive look at what was going on in Baghdad during a bombardment that was designed to destroy peoples' wills, while saving their lives. This controversial campaign was part of a new approach to war, based on the latest technology and a modern-day concern for human life. NGT&F was in the middle of this awesome watershed in the history of warfare, and now has the insight and access to provide a comprehensive investigation into the planning, execution and outcome of this amazing military feat.
Feb 20 2005
A story on witchcraft in Mexico City. Anthropologist Anthony Zavaleta and healer Alberto Salinas inspect hill where they find several objects buried in order to cast spells and hex others.
Feb 13 2005
When four hurricanes hit Florida in 2004, NGC deploys an army of film crews into the vortex of these monster storms. Their amazing footage reveals what's happening inside a hurricane's super-destructive eye wall.
Jan 30 2005
Killer Cats 2005x01
Some of the most graceful hunters on land are wired to kill. Stalking, jumping, pouncing or running, lone hunters or team players, big cats are highly specialized, each with its own mode of attack.
Jan 23 2005

Season 2004

13 Episodes

Female suicide bombers have struck around the world, including Sri Lanka, Russia and the Middle East. Their motives are complex and not altogether understood. Explorer's Lisa Ling travels to Russia and the Middle East to try to understand the actions of these women, as well as the conditions that might have fostered them.
Dec 13 2004
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He is one of the ocean's most fearsome predators, probably responsible for more attacks on humans than any other shark. Capable of striking incomparable terror, the tiger shark remains a complex enigma that science is just beginning to unveil. In the warm waters of Hawaii, we will encounter the animal behind the mythical monster. In Shark Bay, Western Australia, we'll discover the tiger shark as undisputed lord and master of a primeval; multifaceted ecosystem virtually untouched by man's presence.
Jun 19 2004
Rogue man-eating crocodiles plague a remote fishing village.
Jun 13 2004
Roar: One Man's Pride tells the story of filmmaker Tim Liversedge as he sets out to make the program of his dreams - 'Roar' - a Large Format/IMAX film that documents the amazing wildlife in Southern Botswana, where the lush mosaic of the Okavango Delta gives way to the unforgiving plains of the Kalahari. He first came to this part of the world as a boy. Now, 40 years later, he returns with his wife, taking extraordinary personal risks in order to produce this giant screen spectacle. Focusing on an old lion king, his two wives and their domain surrounding a rare waterhole, Liversedge braves fierce heat and blinding dust storms - and the animals he loves - to bring us some of the most stunning wildlife images ever seen.
Apr 23 2004
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Nature's poisons possess awesome powers. National Geographic's POISON! re-lives the spine-chilling experiences of people who have survived near-death encounters with some of nature's deadliest toxins - and discovers how modern medical technology is turning the tables to use poisons in the fight against disease. Using sophisticated animation and photography, POISON! reveals the secrets of attack and explores the human body during crisis, including nervous system dysfunction, anaphylactic shock, severe swelling, and tissue destruction. Poisons are among nature's most ancient weapons. And yet, more and more, they hold keys to our survival.
Mar 28 2004
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Mar 22 2004
An alien invader runs rampant through the borderlands of South East Arizona, devouring anything that crosses its path and wiping out entire populations of local residents. In its relentless pursuit of prey it will eat its own kind to satisfy its hunger. This is not a monster, but the North American Bullfrog, which is a voracious carnivore with an insatiable appetite. It was introduced to the regions west of the Rocky Mountains in the early 1900's. Today, with few natural enemies the bullfrog has begun to overtake its fragile ecosystem. This is contributing to the decline of native species of wildlife in Arizona, which includes the Leopard frog and the rare Mexican Garter Snake. Efforts to contain this animal have yet to stop it. FEARSOME FROGS joins herpetologist Cecil Schwalbe on the frontlines of the struggle to protect Arizona's native wildlife and reveals the bullfrog's hunting prowess that threatens the survival of its riparian neighbors.
Mar 21 2004
ELEPHANT POWER travels deep into the heart of forbidden Burma to document, for the first time, the lives of wild Asian elephants. Some 10,000 elephants, nearly one-third of all Asian elephants, survive in the forests of Burma, but little is known about these animals. Even today, much of the scientific literature still cites observations made centuries ago, at a time when Asian elephants numbered hundreds of thousands. This film will follow a single herd over the course of a year. Along the way, we learn how the elephants face daily peril from farmers and a logging industry dependent on elephant labor to harvest Burma's remaining forests.
Mar 13 2004
Islands of the Vampire Birds is the story of how a tiny finch made its way to a barren group of islands in the Pacific and over millions of years, evolved into one of the most fascinating groups of birds on earth. Darwin's Finches live in the harsh andunforgiving Galapagos Islands 600 miles off the coast of South America. Though normally dry, the islands experience periods of torrential rains in El Nino years. Frequent volcanic eruptions combine with the fierce tropical sun and a constantly changing
Feb 23 2004
A secret world rich in wildlife is hidden away inside an ancient volcanic crater in Kenya's rift valley. Mighty geysers of steaming water, boiled underground by highly sulphuric volcanic activity, gush to the surface of the valley floor. The poisonous, highly alkaline water flows from the geysers into a lake called 'Bogaria', which stretches the length of the ancient caldera. This is one of the most hostile lakes in the world. Two million flamingos live around these caustic waters, while a penetratingly hot equatorial sun beats overhead. Predators abound on the shores of the poisonous lake, tempted by an abundance of prey. Unlikely predators partake: hungry baboons and opportunistic marabou storks ravage the birds. Our story follows a family of African fish eagles, which specializes in feeding on flamingo flesh at this staggeringly beautiful, yet utterly savage, 'Gate of Hell'.
Feb 22 2004
Africa is a continent that conjures up images of bold predators: Lions, cheetahs, hyenas, and jackals. Now National Geographic sets those four-legged giants aside in search of the twelve deadliest snakes in Africa, including the continent's most lethal serpent. We will come face to face with these amazing creatures, and meet both those who revere them and some of the victims of their often-deadly defenses. What characteristics will crown one snake as Africa's most dangerous? It is sure to have a combinati
Feb 09 2004
King Rattler 2004x02
Get up close to the legendary eastern diamondback rattlesnake, the largest and most dangerous snake in North America. Find out where it lives, how it hunts and what to do if you encounter one.
Feb 08 2004
Jan 31 2004

Season 2003

5 Episodes

Joyce Poole fell in love with wild Africa when she was only seven years old. As a scientist working in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro, she made discoveries that changed the way we look at elephants. Joyce confirmed that African male elephants go into a state of musth, a period of heightened sexuality and aggressiveness, and she was on the forefront of the discovery that elephants communicate with sounds below the level of human hearing. But her journey with elephants has gone beyond science to the world of politics and controversy. After 14 years in the field, Joyce took charge of elephant management for Kenya Wildlife Service and faced the heartbreaking decision of whether to kill some of her beloved elephants in order to save the rest. National Geographic Television charts the touching story of a woman who is COMING OF AGE WITH ELEPHANTS.
Dec 21 2003
National Geographic follows in the footsteps of a pioneering pack of red wolves reintroduced to the wilds of North Carolina - the Milltail Pack. Because so little is known about the red wolf in the wild, the species was virtually exterminated before anyone thought to study it. We will observe, along with wildlife biologists, wolf behavior that has never been seen before. But this is as much a human story as a natural history program. It is a harrowing, sometimes heartbreaking and ultimately triumphant tale of unsung heroes who have refused to give up on a great doomed canine and whose legacy reverberates in today's attempts to save predators the world over. AKA Red Wolves at the Crossroads AKA Wolf Pack
Nov 19 2003
Following a pride of lions in Kenya's Nakuru National Park.
Nov 09 2003
Ultimate Crocodile: Saltwater crocodiles are one of the most successful predators the world has ever seen. They out-lasted the dinosaurs with a 200 million year-old biological design, perfectly engineered for the modern world. The "saltie" has the most powerful jaws since T-rex, a complex heart and brain, and unexpected intelligence.
Oct 19 2003
Delivering an unparalleled look at the cheetah's circle, Explorer follows a mother and her cubs' struggle to survive AKA Killer Cats of the Kalahari
Oct 12 2003

Season 2002

11 Episodes

A visit to an animal sanctuary in Tanzania.
The story of Robert Ballard's search for PT-109, which was commanded by John F. Kennedy in World War II, and sunk by the Japanese on Aug. 2, 1943.
Nov 24 2002
A look into why owls are ideal nocturnal birds of prey.
Nov 17 2002
t's springtime in Japan and in this ethereal landscape of radiance and renewal; a monster awakens from its winter slumber. The Giant Japanese Hornet is the largest hornet in the world and is a fearsome combination of power, aggression and homicidal prowess. The venom of this gargantuan insect dissolves bone and tissue and its tremendous mandibles are capable of killing up to 40 victims per minute. National Geographic joins Dr. Masato Ono in his fascinating, and sometimes dangerous, quest to unlock the mysteries of the Giant Hornet and uncover the key to wasp society.
Oct 27 2002
Explorer examines four submarine disasters: Russia's Kursk, the USS Squalus, Soviet K-19, and the USS Thresher.
Jul 28 2002
National Geographic Explorer takes a look at the peregrine falcon.
Jul 21 2002
A naturalist and filmmaker follows the life of a male leopard for 18 months as it strives to survive in South Africa's Mala Mala Game Reserve.
Jun 30 2002
The fascinating journey to find the mysterious "Afghan Girl" whose haunting gaze captivated the world in a NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC magazine cover.
Mar 15 2002
National Geographic Explorer goes to the Gobi desert in China to reveal the desert's secrets.
Jan 27 2002
Jan 20 2002

Season 2001

2 Episodes

A filmmaker spends two years filming lions in the wild at Etosha National Park in Namibia, Africa.
May 01 2001
A look at the background for Tolkien's mythology, hence the movie's mythology.
Dec 23 2001

Season 2000

7 Episodes

Wild Babies 2000x06
There are only about 300 remaining Siberian Tigers in the wild, restricted to a section of far Eastern Russia, near the coast. Wildlife biologists risk life and limb to track the tiger and research its movements and habits. They sedate the animals so the tigers can be measured and collared. One Russian scientist is shown raising two tigers which he found orphaned as cubs. He keeps the tigers in a cage, then allows the beasts into a fenced forest-like enclosure. The efforts of these scientists are in contrast to those of poachers, who kill the tigers for their pelts, as well as for body parts to be marketed in traditional Chinese medicine.
Apr 05 1997
Seal Secrets 2000x03
Giant Pandas 2000x01

Season 1999

5 Episodes

The Secret Life of Cats takes a whimsical but tough look at the darker side of our feline companions and their impact on wildlife throughout the world. From the county parks of Miami to the outback of Australia, domestic cats and their feral cousins are stalking some creatures to the brink of extinction. In the time it takes to watch this film, cats in the US alone will catch as many as 100,000 small mammals and more than 300,000 birds. "It's 9pm. Do you know where your kitty is?"
Jun 01 1999
Few biological wonders can rival those in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef for spectacular beauty, and few filmmakers can rival National Geographic’s lush photography. The giant colonial organism, though endangered by pollution and other threats, still spawns once each year in a gorgeous frenzy of new growth. It’s a fertile time for all of the creatures dwelling in and around the reef structure, and the National Geographic cameras capture barracuda, bright damselfish, giant marine worms, and many other lovely and fascinating neighbours.
Jul 09 1999
National Geographic follows underwater explorer Bob Ballard as he searches for the aircraft carrier sunk during the Battle of Midway.
Apr 14 1999
Kelp supports many species off California's Channel Islands.
Oct 03 1999

Season 1998

3 Episodes

This program deals with Wildlife Cinematographers, and the "passion" they have for their work. It shows National Geographic cinematographers at work, clips of their sequences, and interviews. We (George D. Dodge & Kathleen M. Dodge) were one of the husband and wife teams they featured.
Apr 28 1998
In 1922, American paleontologist Roy Chapman Andrews led an archaeological expedition into Mongolia's Gobi Desert and uncovered one of the richest dinosaur graveyards in the world. Political conflicts forced him to leave before he had even scratched the surface of the treasure below. In 1997, two paleontologists from the American Museum of Natural History were finally allowed to return, retracing Chapman's steps and unearthing some groundbreaking finds of their own. With spectacular on-location filming, archival footage from Chapman's expedition and impressive computer animation, it's an amazing journey back in time to a lost world where ancient giants once roamed.
May 13 1998
Danger in Yellowstone for a young outcast coyote! When a young coyote is cast out by his pack, he must learn to survive in a wilderness both beautiful and treacherous...Yellowstone National Park. As Cain the coyote's journey unfolds, he'll encounter a large cast of wildlife characters in what has been called America's own Serengeti. Set against the natural beauty of Yellowstone's changing seasons, from the steamy geysers in winter to the raging fires of summer, Cain's yearlong adventure of hardship and triumph will culminate in a final life-or-death confrontation with his original pack. In this remarkable film from National Geographic, you'll experience nature as never before in YELLOWSTONE: REALM OF THE COYOTE.
Aug 19 1998

Season 1997

3 Episodes

Tiger's Eye 1997x04
Photographing wild tigers inside Bandhavgarh National Park in central India.
Apr 29 1997
While London was a swamp, and Paris, a fishing village, Istanbul, then known as Constantinople, reigned for a thousand years as the world's richest city. At the crossroads of Europe and Asia, it amassed more gold than both continents combined, and safeguarded Christendom's most sacred relics, including the True Cross and heads of the Apostles. The largest walls ever created protected Istanbul's treasures from endless waves of invaders. Immerse yourself in the city that has endured more warfare than any other place on Earth: Istanbul. The world's oldest city, which spans the continents of Europe and Asia, holds many stories of intrigue. Spies, invaders and some of history's most diabolical minds plotted to seize Istanbul, and with it, rule the world.
May 25 1997
In the tropical Africa, there is a stunning beauty which is arm with its teeth.....

Season 1995

3 Episodes

Chimpanzees, so like us.....
Sep 06 1995
Stalk the Arctic ice with the fiercest predator, the polar bear, as it prowls one of the most forbidding places on the planet: a hidden kingdom of magnificent creatures. Armed with a keen sense of smell and backed up by 1,700 pounds, fur and fangs, the polar bear stands alone at the top of the food chain. Yet many other hunters manage to survive in and around harsh Arctic waters from the savvy arctic fox to the massive, whiskered walrus. And when the spring comes to the Artic, there is an extraordinary explosion of life - rarely seen anywhere else on earth. Returning to the fridged waters come some of the world's most unusual beasts, the ghostly white Bulaga Whale, the endangered bowhead whale, the Narwal with its 23-foot tusk. And hidden beneath the violent, shifting ice lies a secret world of strange creatures that patrol dark sea floors on the carcasses of the dead... and each other. The Arctic ice is revealed as a place of danger and drama as animals are stranded on frozen waters, trapped between moving sheets of ice, and caught in the struggle to survive. Brave the worst that nature has to offer.
May 15 1995
A puffing steam train climbs into the Himalaya, a rolling rumble echoes over the holy waters of the Ganges, an astonishing five million commuters rush daily through the Bombay Victoria Terminus - join National Geographic as we journey on one of the world's largest railways. Since 1853, India's railway has been a unifying force. Not only did it physically link distant regions, it also connected the myriad of castes, languages, and religions that comprise India. It's a rich history, riding the sumptuous Palace on Wheels through Rajasthan or the "toy train" to Darjiing, but sadly, the age of steam is dying. At the Black Beauty contest, the beloved steam engines are admired for the last time. From the driver in the steaming locomotive to the station master in the sleepy village, from the family traveling to a wedding to the commuters in the large cities, this great institution reflects the country itself. Many are the faces, and varied are the stories, on THE GREAT INDIAN RAILWAY. - Written by Jeanne Rawlings (Writer)
Feb 19 1995

Season 1994

2 Episodes

In December 1990, bush pilot Tom Claytor set off on a quest that will ultimately take him to all seven continents. Flying a small, classic bush plane, Claytor is working his way around the globe by taking on odd and dangerous challenges which only highly skilled, and experienced bush pilots can perform. From scanning the vast wilds of Zimbabwe for an injured rhino and tracking elephants in Botswana, to wandering through the relics of diamond mining ghost towns in Namibia and exploring the thundering Victoria Falls, National Geographic invites you to share in the remarkable experiences of the FLIGHT OVER AFRICA.
Feb 02 1994

Season 1993

7 Episodes

This National Geographic documentary examines the numerous species of aquatic life that use the oceans' currents to travel the globe. Cameras follow several of these underwater highways, showing sea turtles, portuguese men-of-war, giant squid and the hundreds of other creatures as they chase and prey on each other.
Aug 01 1993
Dec 26 1993
Profile of Philippe Petit, the world's greatest high wire artist.
Dec 19 1993
Oct 03 1993
Explorer follows Bob Ballard and veterans from both America and Japan as they search for ships that were sunk during the Battle of Guadalcanal.
May 23 1993
Jan 03 1993

Season 1992

3 Episodes


Season 1991

1 Episodes

Short documentary explores U.S. Military activities in the Mojave Desert.

Season 1989

1 Episodes

'Sink the Bismarck!'' was the cry as British forces searched the Atlantic for the German navy's most powerful vessel. The pursuit ended on May 27, 1941, in a battle that plunged the Bismarck into waters nearly three miles deep, taking with it more than 2,000 lives. Almost half a century later, explorer and scientist Dr. Robert Ballard, who discovered the sunken Titanic, searched the Atlantic for the infamous Bismarck. On June 8, 1989, he located the sunken ship, 600 miles off the coast of France. National Geographic looks back at the first, and last, mission of the Bismarck and talks with survivors of the notorious World War II battle. Then, in its climatic chapter, the story reveals exclusive footage of this remarkable undersea exploration.
Jul 08 1989

Season 1985

1 Episodes

Apr 07 1985