National Geographic Specials

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A look into the world of animals, natural phenomenons and strange lands from around the world from the eyes of the infamous Nation Geographic Magazine.

Season 2009

1 Episodes

JFK Tapes 2009x01
To mark the anniversary of JFK's assassination hundreds of hours of news footage, radio reports, audio recordings and home movies have been released that captured history as it was chaotically unfolding. This unique eyewitness material was first stored by local news stations in Dallas/Fort Worth and then in the vault of The 6th Floor Museum, which is dedicated to helping others understand the day Kennedy was killed.
Nov 22 2009

Season 2008

2 Episodes

There is a sea more mysterious than all others combined. This is where history set sail and never made it to port - and now, centuries later, lies perfectly preserved in poison. The Black Sea is a treasure trove of sunken ships - lying frozen in time -- and marine archaeologists have barely scratched the surface of what might be uncovered beneath its lifeless waters. That is why world-renowned marine geologist Robert Ballard is revisiting this enigmatic sea. How is it possible that a 1,500-year-old shipwreck is in near perfect condition, looking as if it sank just yesterday? And what secrets does it hold?
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It was the grandest ocean liner ever built: its final resting place the most intriguing nautical mystery of the 20th century. In 1985, Dr. Robert Ballard stunned the world when he discovered the Titanic more than two miles down in the Atlantic. Few knew that when he found the great ship, Ballard was on a secret mission for the United States Navy. The Navy had sent Ballard, not to hunt Titanic, but to investigate two other deep-sea tragedies: top-secret American nuclear submarines lost in the Cold War's darkest days. Now, Dr. Ballard discloses the details of those missions, how he got the Navy to agree to let him search for Titanic and how his work examining two sunken subs - the Thresher and the Scorpion - gave him the crucial knowledge he needed to find the lost ship.
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Season 2006

1 Episodes

National Geographic Specials: Space Launch: Along For the Ride
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Season 1995

1 Episodes

For thousands of years, people have struggled to survive the devastating power of savage natural calamities. Now, witness spectacular scenes of cataclysmic destruction—and inspiring human courage—captured by the acclaimed filmmakers of National Geographic. See the city-shattering power of earthquakes in urban epicenters from San Francisco to Tokyo. Experience the moving human side of the story, from tales of heroism and tragedy to the dedicated scientists racing to understand and, ultimately, better predict the deadly forces of Natures Fury!
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Season 1988

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National Geographic explores a spectacularly beautiful and remote corner of northern Australia, where the Gandiu Aborigines have lived for 40,000 years. This may be their last generation, however, as young members leave the tribe for the modern world. In this moving and memorable portrait, travel to this distant land to see the elders as they try to pass on their lore. Explore the tribe's ancient myths and see the extraordinary wildlife featured in their sacred rock paintings. There is considerable footage of the exotic animals in Kakadu National Park, home to the tribe; the vicious salt-water crocodile, birds, and lizards are captured by the camera against the stunning backdrop of the park. Join National Geographic in taking what may be a last look at a vanishing culture.
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Season 3

4 Episodes

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Enter the Shaolin Temple and observe the monk's training session and learn why it takes more than just learning a few kicks and punches to become a shaolin master.
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With the help of state of the art special effects, this National Geographic documentary attempts to recreate what civilization looked like during the first 8,000 years that human beings lived on Earth.
Mar 04 2008

Season 1

82 Episodes

A simple thought took photojournalist Roger Horrocks halfway around the world to Costa Rica on a mission to find Chito, a man many referred to as the “crocodile shaman.” Many years ago, Chito nursed an injured crocodile, which he calls Pocho, back to health. Since then, the two formed an unthinkable bond. Touching the Dragon examines this astonishing relationship between the earth's most ancient predator and a unique man, one that defies the boundaries of the natural world.
Jul 19 2013
EXTREME is a visually stunning 45-minute journey into the soul of adventure featuring a cast of world champion athletes. Combining incredible extreme sport action with narration from the athletes and an eclectic, contemporary soundtrack, EXTREME explores the paradox of human nature: facing fear from the edge of life. The film takes viewers to the edge of outdoor adventure sports like never before; skiing and snowboarding perilous untouched mountain peaks; climbing vertical frozen waterfalls and red-rock spires; surfing some of the largest waves ever surfed and windsurfing gale force winds. This mesmerizing film is now available for the first time on DVD and in spectacular Blu-ray high definition.
Nov 18 2008
The world’s eminent blue whale scientists embark on a revolutionary mission. Supported by the National Geographic Society, the world’s eminent blue whale scientists embark on a revolutionary mission: they’ll find, identify and tag California blue whales, use the DNA samples to confirm the sex of individual whales, then rejoin the massive creatures’ stunning migration when they collect at a chimera known as the Costa Rica Dome. These experts have observed, firsthand, courtship behavior among the whales at the moving mass of krill and currents 500 miles off the coast of Costa Rica. Now they hope to find and record the Holy Grail of blue whale science… the breeding and calving grounds of the biggest mammals in the sea
Jan 06 2009
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The Serengeti, in northern Tanzania, teems with big predators. But none compare to the lion. The Serengeti sustains one of the biggest lion populations in Africa: approximately 3,500 lions in 300 prides. But this pride, residing in the central Serengeti, is an exception. 22 lions in all: they are a Super Pride. Few lion prides reach Super Pride status. This phenomenon requires the right conditions. Plentiful prey and strong pride males are key to its success. But keeping cubs alive to maturity is the Super Pride's ultimate goal. Sometimes the greatest threats to a lion cub's life come from other lions.
Jul 05 2008
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At 165 pounds, and allegedly made from the skins of 160 donkeys, the Codex Gigas is the world's largest and most mysterious medieval manuscript. Filled with satanic images and demonic spells, according to legend, the cursed text sprang from a doomed monk's pact with the Devil. Now, Nat Geo follows a team of scientists as they embark on an unprecedented quest to unravel the secrets behind the book's darkened pages. Using ultra-violet fluorescence imaging, handwriting analysis and a re-creation of the text, forensic document experts attempt to uncover the cryptic truth behind this ancient Devil's Bible.
Dec 14 2008
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The dark waters of the ocean turn bright and crystal clear as cameras reveal spectacular underwater landscapes, hidden structures and marine life around New Zealand and across the globe.
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We Built The Titanic is a five-part series which follows a charismatic team of experts as they recreate sections of history's most famous ship. Using 100 year-old methods they uncover the lives of those who built before them and reveal secrets about a ship that was once thought to be unsinkable.
Jul 29 2012
We Built The Titanic is a five-part series which follows a charismatic team of experts as they recreate sections of history's most famous ship. Using 100 year-old methods they uncover the lives of those who built before them and reveal secrets about a ship that was once thought to be unsinkable.
Jul 29 2012
We Built The Titanic is a five-part series which follows a charismatic team of experts as they recreate sections of history's most famous ship. Using 100 year-old methods they uncover the lives of those who built before them and reveal secrets about a ship that was once thought to be unsinkable.
Jul 29 2012
Hitler's Hidden City is a subterranean adventure under the streets of Berlin, following the work of a team of German archaeologists and historian exposing and exploring the last remaining structures of the Third Reich. We gain rare access to an underground city ordered and -- in part -- designed by Hitler himself, part of a vast network of over 1000 bunkers and many miles of tunnels, much of which has remained sealed since the war. Eyewitnesses and historians add colorful stories to cutting edge CGI that bring to life this network of bunkers, how they were built and how they were used in the dark days of the downfall of Berlin.
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Hitler's Stealth Fighter reveals Nazi Germany's top-secret development of radar-evading technology. In the final months of World War II a jet powered flying wing made its first test flight from a remote airfield deep inside Nazi Germany. Generations ahead of its time, the Horten 229 had been designed to be a lethal fighter-bomber and more importantly, virtually undetectable to Allied radar. Had Reimar and Walter Horten designed the world’s first stealth fighter? Hitler's Stealth Fighter goes behind the scenes with an elite group of aerospace engineers and stealth experts from Northrop Grumman as they build a full-scale model of the sinister bat wing fighter. Once complete, go where cameras have never been allowed as the stealth's Northrop team test the Nazi fighter’s capability at their remote Tejon Radar Range. After decades of debate and speculation the mystery of the Horten 229’s stealth capability is finally put to rest.
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Most cops patrol the streets in a regular squad car, but for some, keeping the peace requires a rather different beast. Street Racing: Zero Tolerance follows the high-octane home of a seriously high-stakes street racing sub-culture in Kent, Washington State, where you’re more likely to find the police force in a modified Dodge Challenger than a Black Maria. With illegal night-time races on the streets of this town reaching speeds of over 120mph, an elite task force of law enforcement officers is used to stop the would-be Lewis Hamiltons in their tracks – whatever it takes. It’s the ultimate game of cat and mouse, where one false turn could lead to tragedy. Fasten your seatbelts...
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Follow the young drivers and mechanics of Custom Performance Racing as they try to turn their struggling start-up custom shop into a success and make it in the world of legit drag racing.
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In Hiroshima: Nuclear Apocalypse you will learn how the first atomic bomb affected our world from two personal and distinctly different points of view; the moment-by-moment testimony from those who were hit hardest by that weapon - the survivors; and the written reports of the US governments scientists and military personnel who were dispatched to Hiroshima to analyse first-hand the power of this new weapon their country had dropped on a city and its people.
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This one hour program tells the story of a team of scientists who believe and intend to prove that the world's largest environmental disaster, the asteroid, is entirely possible. It shot from a hot white sky with absolutely no warning. On Friday, June 14, 2002, an asteroid the size of a football field made one of the closest ever recorded approaches to Earth. Traveling at more than 10km/second, it brushed past Earth completely unseen, at a distance of 120,000km, less than a third of the distance to the Moon. Had it hit the Earth it could have devastation on a scale similar to that of the asteroid impact in Tunguska, Siberia in 1908, when 2000 square km of forest were flattened in a matter of seconds. Had that chunk of space debris hit Moscow or Hong Kong instead, the loss of life would have been staggering. This one hour program tells the story of a multi-national team of scientists who believe and intend to prove that the world's largest environmental disaster is entirely possible.
Nov 24 2003
Hubble Space Telescope is awaiting one final shuttle servicing mission, but why is a telescope worth the risk? Hubble has made numerous discoveries, such as the birth of stars, the death of stars, the existence of black holes, the violence of a comet crash, charting Dark Matter clouds, and discovering 2/3rds of the Universe itself, in the form of mysterious Dark Energy. One day, the Hubble mission will end, and Hubble will burn up in the atmosphere. But a new telescope, the James Webb, will take its place among the stars.
Oct 05 2008
On a single day on a single street, with the DNA of just a couple of hundred random people, National Geographic Channel sets out to trace the ancestral footsteps of all humanity. Narrated by Kevin Bacon, The Human Family Tree travels to one of the most diverse corners of the world -- Queens, N.Y. -- to demonstrate how we all share common ancestors who embarked on very different journeys. Regardless of race, nationality or religion, all of us can trace our ancient origin back to the cradle of humanity, East Africa. What did our collective journey look like, and where did it take your specific ancestors? At what point in our past did we first cross paths with the supposed strangers living in our neighborhood? Now, in The Human Family Tree, the people of this quintessential American melting pot find out that their connections go much deeper than a common ZIP code.
Aug 30 2009
Hidden away in the shadow of the Himalayas, roam the last great herds of India’s giant grazers; one-horned rhinoceroses, wild buffalo and Asian elephants. Through the eyes of a newborn elephant calf, visit a land of unexpected contrasts and else variety.
May 12 2012
When five lion prides compete for scarce food, only the most cunning and capable will survive. In this remote African national park, nature is unforgiving to both predator and prey.
Apr 16 2012
It may seem like the stuff of horror movies and history books but, in the deepest jungles of Papua New Guinea, Cannibal Island shows that cannibalism is more than just a slice of gruesome folklore. Eager to separate fact from fiction, British writer and explorer, Piers Gibbon ventures into some of the remotest areas of this hugely diverse nation, where he comes face to face with an array of remarkable individuals. With no electricity or running water and a three day trek to the nearest telephone, the traditional tribal way of life has remained largely untouched - but the big question is, has cannibalism made it into the 21st century? In his search for an answer, Piers finds himself chatting with locals who are surprisingly candid about their cannibal past. With no apparent taboo over the issue, he is able to gather first-hand accounts of the killing and eating of fellow human beings suspected of being witches. Piers also encounters an ageing missionary who has lived among the villagers for nearly 40 years, and can recall a time when cannibalism was commonplace. But does it still go on today?
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Voices of 9/11 focuses on the audio calls received by New York City's 9-1-1 operators and dispatchers. Personal testimony and interviews tell the story of how these men and women did their jobs with a combination of training, instinct and grace, while contending with the conflicting accounts provided by well-meaning eyewitnesses and the frantic calls of those trapped in the Towers.
Sep 06 2011
Move over vampires, zombies are the newest pop culture phenomenon. Enter Haiti's mysterious world of voodoo magic where zombies have their roots, and uncover evidence of real-life zombification.
Oct 30 2010
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In conjunction with the July cover story of National Geographic Magazine, get a comprehensive look at Angkor and the new evidence: remains of outlying settlements, at least 74 additional temples and a vital, complex water system.
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They were sent to Mars on a 90-day mission, but almost five years later the rovers Spirit and Opportunity have traveled farther, seen more, and survived longer than anyone imagined possible, earning a place among the most prolific explorers in history
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The Earth might seem solid beneath our feet but five billion years ago there was no sign of the planet we call home. Instead there was only a new star and a cloud of dust in our solar system. Over millions of years, a series of violent changes led to the formation of our world and, eventually, the creation of life. In this photorealistic CGI epic, see how a boiling ball of rock transformed into the blue planet we know today. Explore every aspect of our world; learn how water first arrived on Earth, discover the vital role oxygen played as life forms began to evolve, and find out how land mammals evolved into dinosaurs and other giant beasts, before becoming extinct 65 million years ago. Cutting-edge imagery also reveals how humans first began to walk on two feet and looks into the future to see what may be in store for our home over the next five billion years.
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Despite being one of the world’s best-loved aquatic animals, very little is known for certain about the behaviour and biology of the Humpback whale. This special attempt to uncover the mysteries of the mammoth mammal. Cameras follow a team of researchers in Hawaii as they analyse the humpbacks’ haunting songs, dissecting their structure and discussing the theories behind their meaning. Plus, stunning, high-definition underwater photography takes you right into the whales’ world, providing a unique insight into the natural habitat and behaviour of this most elusive of creatures.
Sep 14 2008
The world watched in horror on March 11, 2011, as the fourth largest earthquake ever recorded crippled Japan and triggered a massive tsunami that swallowed entire communities, leaving an unprecedented catastrophe in its wake. All the while, amateur videographers, news crews, tourists and countless others were recording the sights and sounds of the unfolding chaos. From the producers of the critically acclaimed special Witness Katrina, NGC presents a powerful look at Japan's disaster.
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All about Vampyroteuthis Infernalis - the Vampire Squid, a "living fossill"
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Just prior to the end of WWII, the German military secretly undertook a massive push to design miracle weapons - colossal tanks, the world's first guided missiles and long-range bombers that could attack New York. Now, nearly 60 years later, a team of experts examine the original blueprints to determine if these so-called Wunderwaffen, or "wonder weapons," could have changed the outcome of the war. Read more: http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/episode/nazi-secret-weapons-4799/Overview#tab-Overview#ixzz0mbfT7ty9
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NGC delves into the tumultuous history of the atom bomb - filled with deception, twists and danger that even Hollywood couldn't make up. Culling from rarely seen archival footage and interviews with leading experts, we'll see how Soviet spies gathered top-secret information during WWII. Learn why China shared its nuclear weapons technology with other countries. Find out how Israel's nuclear weapons program was exposed by a disgruntled worker who leaked information before being kidnapped.
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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.
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Follow a pride of lions from Africa in Tanzania.
Apr 13 2007
Dare to confront one of the sea's most deadly monsters - the tsunami. Its freak waves can race undetected across an ocean at 600 miles per hour, crashing ashore like a bomb...and pushing massive walls of water that swallow cities whole. In the past century, tsunamis (literally "harbor waves") have taken the lives of 50,000 people - with almost no warning. And scientists tell us that another destructive tsunami - perhaps Pacific-wide - could strike at any time. Now, National Geographic Video lets you encounter these killers up close through heart-stopping footage and survivors' stories. You'll witness unimaginable devastation in Hawaii, California, and Japan...travel the Pacific Rim to track the underwater earthquakes that spawn tsunamis...and watch as residents of this seismically volatile region brace for the next KILLER WAVE.
Oct 01 1997
Dozens of ships and planes have vanished without a trace in the area of the Atlantic Ocean known as the Bermuda Triangle. But where do they go and what is causing them to disappear? We take to the skies and seas to test the theories that could explain the Triangles sinister reputation. We dive with a husband and wife detective team intent on unlocking the mystery of the Triangle and find ourselves on the trail of what could be an amazing underwater discovery. Read more: http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/episode/the-bermuda-triangle-4547/Overview12#tab-Overview#ixzz0mcyIBJZD
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The Koran has been called the most ideologically influential text in the world. Today, over a billion people are Muslim. Yet within this single community, there are profound differences in religious practice and belief, the status of women, attitudes to peace and violence, punishment and forgiveness. But if Islam is rooted in the Koran, and the Koran is the ultimate and changeless message of God, how are these differences possible? Enter the heart of the Muslim world and the lives of people, living according to their understanding of the Koran. The range of witnesses and experiences is extraordinary - from Ayatollahs and Grand Imams to simple farmers; from women in positions of power to women living in veiled seclusion; from those who speak of the Koran's uncompromising message of peace and tolerance to those who find justification in the text for violent conflict and suicide bombing. All speak frankly about their relationship with the Book which governs their lives, and through them, we gain clearer and clearer insights into this wonderfully complex, beautiful and often contradictory guide for humanity.
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National Geographic takes you on an exclusive tour inside Air Force One, part luxury hotel, part super-secret military command post. From its beginnings with President Roosevelt making a secret wartime flight in 1943, to the historic flight that returned President Kennedy's body to Washington after his assassination, to the closing months of the Clinton administration. Air Force One takes you through the history of the world's most powerful plane. Features exclusive interviews with President George W. Bush and former Presidents Bill Clinton, George H. W. Bush, and Jimmy Carter.
Jul 11 2001
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The documentary talks about the world of parasites, and how they survive in the world.
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Accompany Derek Joubert on an expedition in the Savuti region of Botswana. Joubert spends three years documenting the lives of three male lions, from their domination of new territory, the birth of cubs, to their struggles in the harsh African wild.
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Twelve of Africa's deadliest snakes are observed, including the continent's most lethal snake
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Never-before-seen footage, much of it filmed at night, takes you into the mysterious world of Botswana's lions and hyenas. Their intense, even vicious, clashes go beyond competition, almost as if the animals were nurturing a blood feud.
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Americans on Everest documents the journey undertaken by a small band of climbers in 1963 that marked the first time Americans successfully reached the summit of the world's tallest mountain. The film captures the incredible view from the top of Mount Everest.
Sep 10 1965