Sullivan County, TN is known as the birthplace of country music and the home of NASCAR’s Bristol Motor Speedway races. 70 miles east, Ashe County, NC is best known for its Christmas trees, where tens of thousands of trees grow on hillsides and make their way to living rooms across the nation every winter. Both…

It’s in energy drinks and dietary supplements. People take it to stimulate their immune system, lose weight and even cure erectile dysfunction. And while it is cultivated en masse on large, specialized farms, most harvesters would rather scour a mountaintop to find increasingly scarce quantities of it. Ginseng is a strange crop. Widely sought-after for…

For centuries dating back to native Cherokee tribes, people have lived off the fertile land of the Smoky Mountains. As time rolled on and American society became technology based, local mountain men continued to follow the call of the wild carrying on the traditions of their ancestors. The mountains are teeming with valuable goods ranging…

Building ponds is a wild job that requires the combined expertise of construction, landscaping, and biology. Boss, Greg Wittstock, scientist, Ed Beaulieu, and foreman, Brian Helfrich, are the Pond Stars. The team travels the United States creating working ecosystems that add beauty and bring wildlife into backyards and public areas all across America. On this…

Follow the men and women of the Army, Navy, Drug Enforcement Administration, Coast Guard and other forces through the chaos of battle with real-life, first-person footage. It’s their vision, their words, their war. We’ll see them ready to face whatever hell awaits around every corner — screeching bullets from enemy fire, drug dealers’ knives and…

Hawaii can make a person feel small in the best way possible. Whether standing on the edge of a massive cliff overlooking a blue ocean or staring into the belly of a volcano, Hawaii is a place like no other and it would be difficult to think of it as anything but paradise. There’s a…

Vietnam. The Cold War. Desert Storm. The Iraq War. The Afghan War. This weekend, National Geographic Channel gathers 11 active and retired U.S. Army generals for American War Generals, a first-of-its-kind look back at a half century of America’s military battles told by the men that led them. The film, premiering Sunday, September 14 at…

With more than a third of the Carolina bluefin tuna quota already filled, everyone in the fleet feels the pressure to fish at every opportunity. So when an Atlantic Ocean winter storm system whips up rough seas and ice in the local harbor, it forces northern and southern captains to take huge risks to fish…

The Pols Go Dutch

This week, the Pols go Dutch when a special visitor comes to town – Charles’ uncle Jan is visiting from the Netherlands! Uncle Jan doesn’t speak English and Charles promised to be fluent in Dutch when he arrives. With only a few days to spare, Charles is cramming in his lessons, but it may already…

The locals refer to the Congo as “the river that swallows all rivers.” And as the deepest and second largest river on Earth, the Congo is home to some extraordinary species. The Congo rises as a brook in the north of Zambia, which provides a stage for one of the world’s largest migrations of mammals.…