Archives for June, 2011

Tonight, Brigene Young will be tweeting live along with the premiere of her episode of Locked Up Abroad: Heroin Sting. Follow @LockedUpAbroad on Twitter at 10 p.m. EST to watch and chat live with Brigene. In the meantime, check out some our most pressing questions… and get ready to ask your own tonight. But first,…

Most of us never give the gold on our finger a second thought. When we look at it we may remember our wedding day, our honeymoon, or where we went on our first date. Most of us don’t look at our wedding ring and think: Buried Treasure, Fallen Empires, Teeth. Gold has a special place…

    “This ain’t no party / this ain’t no disco / this ain’t no foolin’ around,” as David Bryne of the Talking Heads once reminded us in the song “Life During Wartime.”  And indeed, when you’re getting ready for what you believe to be the impending demise of civilization and perhaps the planet itself,…

Columbian and U.S. antidrug agents are busy these days trying to combat a new weapon in the cartels’ arsenals: private navies of small, custom-built submarines that utilize increasingly sophisticated technology to avoid detection as they transport mountains of cocaine. When drug-runners first turned to submarines more than a decade ago, their craft were crude and…

Tonight, Jeremy Khinoo will be tweeting live along with the premiere of his episode of Locked Up Abroad: Mexico Money Machine. In the meantime, check out some our most pressing questions… and get ready to ask your own tonight. What was your first year out of prison like?My first year out of prison went pretty…

What would it take to rebuild one of the most iconic structures of the 20th century — the 50,000-ton Titanic? Tonight on Rebuilding the Titanic, we will find out when four modern-day metalworkers and engineers employ the same techniques and materials used a century ago to actually rebuild massive, full-scale parts of the ship by…

Search for Giant Squid

Despite being the largest invertebrate on our planet, giant squid remain a mystery. The species lives far too deep for divers to study. But body parts – and whole carcasses – have washed up on shore. Adult giant squid are so mammoth, they can have basketball-sized eyeballs. The biggest one ever found was 59 feet in…

Back in the mid-1990s, a post-apocalyptic sci fi movie called Waterworld, envisioned a dystopia in which the polar ice caps had completely melted and most of the Earth’s land was thousands of feet under water. A mutant drifter, the Mariner (portrayed by Kevin Costner) roamed the oceans in a boat, looking for a mythical place called…

Is there a cheaper and more efficient way to put humans, equipment and materials into space than by using powerful rocket engines?  Since the beginning of space flight in the late 1950s, we’ve relied upon thrust to enable satellites and manned vehicles to reach space. Escape velocity is the physics term for achieving enough kinetic energy…

Tonight, David Scott will be tweeting live along with the premiere of his episode of Locked Up Abroad: Forbidden Love. In the meantime, check out our most pressing questions… and get ready to ask your own tonight.How long were you in hiding at Cynthia’s cousin’s house?  About four or five months. It seemed like years…

The $100,000 Voyage

The price of a first-class cabin on the Titanic was $4,350, which would be $97,000 in today’s dollars. That’s vastly more expensive than the $3,795 that it would cost to book a luxury suite on one of the few remaining transatlantic liner voyages today. But remember that traveling on the Titanic’s maiden voyage was much…

1: Specialize. Pick something to look for that you enjoy, because you’re most likely to be knowledgeable about it. Everybody knows something about something, whether it’s music or sports, or even a particular kind of wood, such as oak. I like rock’n’roll, so when I go to the flea market, I look for albums, autographs,…

The great white shark is often thought of as the ultimate ocean predator, a mindless, untouchable killing machine at the top of the food chain.  Because of an incident that occurred just off San Francisco, we now know that it’s much more complicated than that.  Great whites are in fact prey for a much larger…

By: Stefan Wiesen, Director of Photography Shooting for “3,000 Foot Bridge” presented some major challenges to me. First and foremost, it was rainy and cold. Everybody who has the sunny postcard pictures of nice Mediterranean beaches and sun-flooded romantic cityscapes in mind, be reminded: the North Italian winter can be miserable. I had been in…

By: Carolyn Wells, Assistant Producer ‘Witness Disaster’ ‘Witness Disaster’ was a very different challenge to most documentaries I have worked on. Instead of trying to find the best things that we could go out and film we had to find out what had already been filmed by other people! The project therefore started with myself…