Archives for February, 2012

I grew up with a stack of National Geographic magazines in our family library that I would spend hours going through.  I loved the pictures from the most exotic corners of the World and seeing animals that I could not make up in my dreams. When I was approached to do this project I was…

Nearly 72,000 votes came in, and the People’s Choice was loud and clear. National Geographic is pleased to announce that the 2012 People’s Choice Adventurers of the Year are Sano Babu Sunuwar and Lakpa Tsheri Sherpa. With no money, no sponsors, and borrowed gear, they packed up the only essentials they had of their own:…

From Krista Ference: Yumm! I love this episode because it’s all about food! We eat well and our grocery bills are proof! We eat a variety of different foods and a lot of organic fruits and vegetables! The fridge is stocked for Andrew full of his favourite things… he always has the same breakfast so…

We are the Ferences. Andrew is an inspiration! I know after following him during the course of these episodes, that you will be as fond of him as we are… hopefully not literally as fond! Krista (me), mom and wife… I don’t like describing myself!  Ava, our smart and adventurous 6 year old and Stella,…

Ultimate Factories: Heineken

Across the globe, more than 200 bottles of Heineken are opened every second of every day. The army of 1,600 master brewers at Heinekens flagship brewery in Zoeterwoude, Holland, must ensure that every sip of Heineken is absolutely perfect. We’ll see how the water is purified, mashed with malted barley, fermented with yeast, bottled, labeled…

You may recall Survivor Jane as one of the preppers who took part in our Doomsday Preppers Blog Carnival.  Today we’re thrilled to welcome her back to share her unique perspective on prepping.  Read on to learn more about this self-proclaimed girlie-girl turned survivor who now runs her own site on survival preparedness for women…

Twitter Round-Up: #AmericanWeed

American Weed was our 2nd most buzzed about new show premiere of the last 6 months, trailing only Doomsday Preppers. For a while last evening, our hashtag, #AmericanWeed was trending on Twitter. What did folks have to say about the show? Here’s a sampling  of some of the more interesting or amusing tweets that we…

American Weed: Marijuana Drama

By Megan Slattery- Field Associate Producer It’s 7AM and our crew is standing outside the doors of a massive warehouse in Denver. Bleary eyed but eager to get started, we wait to be let in through a series of three locked security doors. Kevon greets us but doesn’t seem to be tired at all. In…

Sex for Sale: American Escort

Type the words “the girlfriend experience” into your favorite search engine. Within seconds, you’ll find ads promising companionship by the hour. Much of the sex industry has moved online. Today, an entire workforce of women is just an internet connection and a phone call away. National Geographic’s Mariana van Zeller journeys to the heart of…

This week on National Geographic Channel, the end of the world took over as Doomsday Preppers set ratings records for NGC.  Our highest rated telecasts on a Tuesday night in the 11 year history of the network.  4 of the top 10 spots this week were Doomsday Preppers, we’ve been really excited about the conversation…

We’ve officially launched the first episode of our new (and the National Geographic Channels’ first!) web original series, Beyond the Puck. The web series features Andrew Ference, who is an eco-warrior, an ice hockey defenseman for the Bruins and a Stanley Cup Champion. It gives an inside look at one hockey player’s life and his…

Tonight is an all-new episode of Doomsday Preppers at 9P e/p. But it’s also Valentine’s Day. What better way to show your loved one you care than to prep for  survival in the event of a natural disaster or societal collapse? But what if the world as we know it really was coming to an…

For most, today is a day to celebrate love with flowers and chocolates. For others, it is a day celebrated in a less traditional manner. Say, with their car or the Berlin Wall. Others display their affection by way of polyamory, through wife swapping (or stealing), or even behind and between bars. So whether you’re showering…

In the third installment of Doomsday Preppers: Back to the Stone Age, we meet three preppers who have made big investments for a coming Doomsday. Phoenix dad Tim Ralston has built a business catering to the survival-minded set.  Colorado computer programmer Preston White says he has invested more than $40,000 into collecting over 11,000 seeds,…

Mark Twain once said, the Mississippi River is a “wonderful book with a new story to tell every day.” Well, Nat Geo WILD spent an entire year exploring the length of North America’s longest and greatest waterway in Wild Mississippi and we can tell you the man was NOT exaggerating. We gave a few of…

This week on National Geographic Channel, NGC saw significant growth against the Superbowl, up 17% from our ratings against last year’s broadcast.  Impressive for our channel since the Superbowl was the most viewed program in television history.  NGC did not quite crack that record, but we’re happy regardless.  Alaska State Troopers claimed the top 7…

Get ready for the premiere of the first U.S. documentary detailing the cruise ship disaster in a moment-by-moment account, told primarily through the eyes of those who experienced it. We will weave together in-depth stories from passengers and staff on board as well as Coast Guard rescuers with stunning home video (some never before seen…

Hope you all enjoyed the premiere of Doomsday Preppers! While you were closely watching the show, I was scouring the interwebs (more specifically the Twitter-webs) to see what people had to say during the two episodes that premiered last night. More than 5,000 viewers tweeted about the show last night and more than 1,000 of…

Last night’s premiere of Doomsday Preppers got you thinking your emergency preparedness plans are somewhat lacking? We thought it might. Our resident gourmet prepper Kellene Bishop has put together an introductory lesson to the word of prepping. And big thanks to Kellene for live-tweeting during her episode last night! She provided great insight and behind-the-scenes…

With tsunamis, earthquakes and financial concerns dominating the headlines over the past year, National Geographic Channel partnered with Kelton Research to conduct a survey gauging Americans’ preparedness levels and mind-set related to a potential “Doomsday” scenario. With the premiere of Doomsday Preppers tonight at 9 p.m., it seemed like an appropriate time to share the…

In anticipation of the premiere of Doomsday Preppers tomorrow night, we wanted to give bloggers in the prepping community an opportunity to share their thoughts – after all, they’re the real experts!  We sent each of the following bloggers a copy of the show – check out their reviews below to find out what they…

Welcome to the first installment of sharing what are the most watched programs on our networks with our viewers. You watch us, it seems only fair that you should know what are the most popular shows on the network.  I encourage you to ask any questions about these shows, about how these shows are determined…

The 2012 Groundhog Day results are in… Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow. So what does that mean for us? Well, besides six more weeks of winter it means that we are celebrating today with 20 hours of programming featuring another rodent. Paying homage to the 1993 classic Groundhog Dog where Bill Murray’s character relives Groundhog…

Calling all dog lovers, iPhone photographers, and cake bakers! Dog Whisperer is turning 150 on Saturday, February 11th (150 episodes that is)! To celebrate, Nat Geo WILD is hosting a photo contest on Instagram, the popular (and free) photo sharing iPhone app. Since it isn’t a celebration without cake, we’re inviting viewers to put on…