Archives for June, 2012

Considering the amount of ground covered in each 1-hour Chasing UFOs episode, it isn’t always possible to present the science of each investigation in a comprehensive way.  So, for those who wish to learn more about the science behind Chasing UFOs, read on! Reverse-Engineered Triangles As lore imparts it, there’s more to the triangular craft…

Considering the amount of ground covered in each one-hour Chasing UFOs episode, it isn’t always possible to present the science of each investigation in a comprehensive way.  So, for those who wish to learn more about the science behind Chasing UFOs, read on!

Tonight’s premiere of Chasing UFOs has the blogosphere buzzing – and it’s no wonder. Between questions of which presidential candidate is better equipped to handle an alien invasion (Obama apparently), Ryder’s plan to feed Chuck Norris to hostile aliens, Miss Universe’s challenge to potential alien beauty queens and our impending Wow! Reply, there’s plenty to…

The team travels to the central California town of Fresno where frightened residents say they are being watched after they recorded a strange craft patrolling the skies. Trying to find an explanation for what these people saw, Ryder, Ben and James hear rumors of a secret military base that people suspect may be housing these…

In the series premiere of Chasing UFOs, Ryder, Ben and James saddle up for an investigation into a close encounter of the Texas kind. Following reports of an enormous object that was spotted by dozens of people across two Texas towns, the team sets out to find an explanation. But while searching for the truth,…

Stephen Colbert has submitted his message that we’ll send to outer space as part of the Wow! Reply, and he wants the aliens to know one main thing: humans are not delicious (actually, he says we’re quite gamy). He also covers probes, the nearby Crab Nebula, and the movie Prometheus. Know what you want to…

The following is written by ex-Amish community leader Mose Gingerich who’s featured on the new series Amish: Out of Order: When I look back now over the span of the time it took to film the entire series of Amish: Out of Order, and I realize exactly how much went into making this show a…

In this week’s episode, Taboo looks at the sometimes questionable and even dangerous effects that alcohol can have on some individual’s lives. The way people interact with booze has much to do with culture as well as individual behavior. Alcohol consumption is met with different expectations and limitations from country to country. Most countries however,…

So what message would the Chasing UFOs team send to the aliens as part of the Wow! Reply? Find out. Looks like James simply wants to them to reveal themselves so his family and friends stop thinking he’s so crazy: And Ryder just wants to apologize on behalf of all the tweets that might mention…

23 year-old Iraqi soldier Latif Yahia is fighting in the Iran-Iraq War when he was summoned to the Republican Palace. There, Saddam Hussein’s eldest son Uday demands that Latif becomes his body double. Latif is a near-exact physical match for the evil son, virtually his twin.  He doesn’t want the role, but Uday has him…

“The Believer” If “The X-Files” fictional character Fox Mulder were real, he’d undoubtedly be documentarian James Fox. For nearly 20 years, Fox traveled across the world in pursuit of the truth regarding UFOs. He directed and produced three films on the subject and in 2007 orchestrated an event, with help from journalist Leslie Kean (Coalition…

“The Skeptic” To assess the validity of strange lights in the sky, reports of unusual animal mutilations or unknown objects found at an alleged alien spaceship crash site, Chasing UFOs had to look no farther than Ben McGee.  A space-minded geoscientist, Ben is engaged in the development of xenoarchaeology – a speculative form of archaeology…

“The Skeliever” Lara Croft.  Amelia Earhart. Dana Scully. Whether in fiction or nonfiction, there are few hard-hitting, tough-as-nails females as fearless as Erin Ryder, or Ryder, as she prefers to be called. Her unique perspective, competitive nature and determination to undercover the truth have taken her around the globe to research claims of the strange…

Written by Cherisse Corbin, Co-Executive Producer When Claudia told us that she was ready to try something different and was tired of doing her normal cooking and cleaning on the colony, I thought OK – what does she have up her sleeve?  When she said she wanted to try men’s work we were excited about…

Guest post from Executive Producer Jon Kroll Of the comedic tone we took in editing Big Baboon House, one of the biggest creative decisions we faced was: should the baboons “speak”? Ultimately, we determined that since we were making every effort to develop the baboons as archetypical reality show characters, it would help to add…

The Science of Self-Mutilation

Self-mutilation, often referred to as self-injurious behavior or SIB, is the act of deliberately harming your own body, such as cutting or burning yourself. SIB is not meant as a suicide attempt, but often seems to be a way to cope with emotional pain, intense anger and frustration. In this week’s episode of Taboo: Strange…

Thirty-five years ago, we received a signal from space. It came to be known as the Wow! Signal. It remains unexplained. Many people believe the Wow! Signal could have been a short one-time message from another intelligence. If it was a message, isn’t about time we sent a reply? To coincide with the 35th anniversary…

The Autism Spectrum

Autism Spectrum Disorder is becoming increasingly common in the United States, but it is still often misunderstood. In this week’s episode of Taboo: Strange Behaviors, Larry Bissonnette and Tracy Thresher live with Autism and must manage life in a world that finds their behavior bizarre. Working together they are trying to help others who share…

You’ve met Casey, you’ve met Cynthia – now say hello to…. Cole Rise.  Cole has spent the better half of his life taking pleasure behind the lens; stalking cows and lying in the grass to capture the landscape. You may have seen his work in a few magazines, art blogs, CD covers and the like.…

The tiny South American nation of Guyana has one of the highest levels of biodiversity in the world. Also known as the “land of many waters,” Guyana possesses a bountiful assemblage of mammals, and nearly 4,000 species of plant growing exclusively within its lush rain forests (70% of which are in pristine condition). The nation…

Our photo contest has come to a close and our judges, Cynthia Drescher, Cole Rise and Casey Anderson are hard at work choosing a winner – a daunting task to be sure!  You already know Casey – over the next couple of days we’ll be sharing more about the other two folks who are pouring…

A small town in South Africa is overrun by a troop of rambunctious baboons, so Nat Geo WILD has undertaken a simian social experiment of a lifetime to understand their behavior. We’ve built a house designed to study the baboons so we can learn how to keep them out of homes and coexist peacefully with…

Written by Big Baboon House development director Jaco Botha. Directing Big Baboon House was one of the most extraordinary experiences of my life. At certain stages it was tough – extremely tough for a variety of reasons, but the crew kept on working with a lot of passion and commitment and eventually, I believe, we…

If you tuned in to Reini Weigel’s nightmarish story on Locked Up Abroad: Colombian Kidnap, I’m sure you have questions. We checked in with Reini to get answers and see what life is like for her today and here’s what she had to say: What intrigued you so much about “the Lost City” in Columbia…

If you just tuned in to Erez Eltawil’s nightmarish story on Locked Up Abroad: Colombian Kidnap, I’m sure you have questions. We checked in with Erez to get answers and see what life is like for him today and here’s what he had to say: What was the original draw to Colombia for you? I…