Archives for July, 2012

Journey to the Land of the Gliders in ‘Snakes That Fly’

Hundreds of feet in the air, in the midst of the verdant canopy of the Malaysian rainforest, is a world unto itself. The rules that preside on the ground do not govern up here. Animals have adapted to a life virtually free from terra firma. It is home to the gliders: animals that travel through…

Learning About South African Traditional Medicine on ‘Freaks and Creeps’

Written by Rachel Scherr, Associate Producer of Freaks and Creeps My whole career I’ve loved working on host-driven animal shows.  So when I got the call asking if I’d have any interest to work on a host-driven show about the world’s weirdest animals, I was immediately intrigued.  They sent me Lucy’s blog and then I…

American Gypsies: Sex, Lies and Audiotape

On this episode of American Gypsies, Bobby, Nicky, Jack and Eric visit an underground Gypsy gambling ring to help Nicky make some quick money after falling on rough times. Upon arriving, however, they encounter Tommy Gigolo, a Gypsy from a rival family whose grudge against the Johns family goes back generations. Over a game of…

Locked Up Abroad Where Are They Now?: Tom Hanway

If you tuned in to Tom Hanway’s heart-pounding story on Locked Up Abroad: Chilean Prison Break, I’m sure you have questions. We checked in with Tom to get answers and see what life is like for him today and here’s what he had to say: Did you ever figure out why Steve turned you in?…

Freaks & Creeps: South Africa’s Freaky Five

Typically South Africa is known for the Big Five: lions, leopards, buffalo, elephants and rhinos. But not for Lucy Cooke, advocate and avenger for the lesser-known and unloved animals of the world. Lucy’s on a hunt for the more enigmatic Freaky Five: Cape vultures, sungazer girdled lizards, golden-brown baboon tarantulas, ground pangolins, and chacma baboons.…

Meet the Hutterites: Barnburners

In the final episode of the season, the calving barn burns to the ground and the colony is up in arms trying to figure out who started it. Wesley is afraid it might have had something to do with the crazy barn party he and his cousins had the night before. They can’t do anything…

Caught Up in the South American Drug War

Many tourists traveling to Peru are drawn to the ancient monuments of the Norte Chico civilization and the Inca Empire—one of the oldest civilizations in the world. The rich history has made Peru’s cultural tourism the fastest growing tourism industry in South America. Tourism is the third largest industry in Peru with mining and fishing…

Dangerous Parasites: How a Nasty Job Keeps us Healthy

In this week’s episode of Taboo, the show explores the world of people who do jobs that most of us would never want to do, no matter the pay. Some of these jobs are so disgusting that they fall under the realm of taboo. However, some of these nasty jobs are incredibly important to society.…

Dog Whisperer: Jersey Shore Dogs

The Jersey Shore may be infamous now for its party scene, but long before it became a haven for debauchery it was known as one of the premiere vacation destinations on the East Coast. Generations of families have flocked to the Shore to find rest and relaxation, often bringing their beloved pets with them to…

One Man’s Trash: Dumps and Landfills

According to the Environmental Protection agency, in 2010, Americans generated about 250 million tons of trash. That is 4.6 pounds of trash per person, per day. In other countries, the rate of trash generation is similar and there are fewer regulations in some places for how this trash is managed. One man’s trash truly is…