How Looted Antiquities are Funding Terror

The ancient city of Palmyra was one of the most stunning archaeological sites in the Middle East before the start of the Syrian civil war. In May 2015, Islamic State fighters seized the city. The militants were in power for less than a year, but during their reign they transformed the ancient landscape into a…

Six Reasons to Remember President Ford

When it comes to American presidents, Gerald Ford—the 38th President of the United States, and the only one who was never elected to the office—generally doesn’t get much historical acclaim.  He occupied the Oval Office for only two-and-a-half years, from August 1974 to January 1977, and in many ways, perhaps, his brief tenure was overshadowed by the…

What Happened to Cody Roman Dial?

Lost in the jungle, abducted, or murdered? National Geographic launches a covert investigation into the disappearance of adventurer Cody Dial in riveting true-crime series, Missing Dial. When Cody Roman Dial, son of world-famous National Geographic explorer Roman Dial, embarked on his first solo expedition into the jungles of Costa Rica, he vanished without a trace.…

Photographer’s Mission to Change the Way You Think About Sharks

When National Geographic photographers go on assignment, it’s not just a job—it’s a mission. Covering stories that are as urgent as they are timeless, they travel to every corner of the globe to show us what we need to know now, and change how we think about the world. In this episode of Mission Critical, award-winning…

Where Did the Idea of Hell Come From?

What happens to bad guys when they die? Actor Danny Trejo is no stranger to villains, so he’s setting out to find the answer to this burning question. 70% of Americans have said they think hell is a real place, and Danny’s taking a journey into the afterlife to map out where the idea of…

Baby Bison Takes on Wolf and Wins

Written by America’s National Parks: Yellowstone filmmakers Alain Lusignan, Oliver Goetzl and Ivo Nörenberg Life in Yellowstone can be harsh and challenging, especially for bison calves. From the day they are born, they face constant danger from predators such as wolves and grizzly bears. But they also face other types of dangers from their environment.…

The Power of Miracles

Are miracles real? Are miracles the foundation of your faith or unlikely events on which our brains impose divine meaning? Are miracles important or essential to faith? Morgan Freeman takes on these questions on “The Power of Miracles,” the final episode of The Story of God with Morgan Freeman, airing Sunday May 8 at 9/8c.…

Recreating National Geographic’s Famous Sun Pillar Shot at Yellowstone Canyon

Written by America’s National Parks: Yellowstone filmmakers Alain Lusignan, Oliver Goetzl and Ivo Nörenberg One of the biggest challenges of wildlife filming is capturing spectacular animal behavior that only happens at certain times of the year, under particular conditions. Wildlife documentaries, though, are also about showcasing rare and spectacular events that occur in an animal’s…

Wicked Tuna’s Final Fishdown and Live Aftershow

After weeks of fishing filled with treacherous conditions, multi-day trips, sleepless nights and record-breaking catches, the North Atlantic bluefin season is coming to a close and the captains of National Geographic Channel’s hit series Wicked Tuna are in a fierce battle to the finish. Tempers flare and the pressure builds as captains and crews reach…

Facing the “Anti-Everest” on Explorer: Point of No Return

A team of elite climbers must confront their personal demons of grief, doubt, and fear on a 150-mile journey from the sweltering jungle of Myanmar to a remote peak at the edge of the world. At the tail end of the Himalaya, Hkakabo Razi is reported to be the highest mountain in Southeast Asia, but…