Archives for July, 2012

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…

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…

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…

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?…

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.…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

This week’s sighting comes to us from Stewart Bluco, who shared this video of his sighting. Stewart writes, “I was testing my camcorder. I wanted to see how well it could zoom in on a high flying jet. I set out a lawn chair, and watched the sky until I could find a plane. The…

To celebrate the dog days of summer and the new season of Dog Whisperer we want to see your pups in all their glory. Each week we’ll be announcing a new theme – share a pic of your pooch that fits the weekly theme on Instagram by following us at @NatGeoChannels and tagging your pic…

On this episode of America’s Lost Treasures, Curt and Kinga arrive at the Winterthur Museum in Wilmington Delaware. The oldest state does not disappoint as its savvy collectors present their historic and unique treasures. Out of these, Curt chooses: A classic Mack truck, a silver goblet owned by Isaac Leeser, and a discharge paper from…

If you tuned in to American Gypsies: The Gloves Come Off last night, you saw firsthand how upset Nicky was with Bobby for considering letting his daughters get in to acting. Known to be hot-tempered and bull-headed, Nicky’s always ready for a fight, especially when anything or anyone threatens the good name of his family.…

From military reports and radar readings to pilot accounts and eyewitness testimony, sightings of Unidentified Flying Objects have captured the public’s fascination for decades. Despite hundreds of photos and videos of purported UFOs, we still have no scientific proof we’re being visited by extraterrestrials—Do UFO sightings deserve scientific study? Or can the phenomenon be explained…

On a chilly, wintery day Wesley takes a small group of young adults on a tour of the colony. Tours of the colony are not common, but when people inquire about what goes on they are usually welcomed. When the visitors ask if Hutterites are a “cult” it’s obvious to Wesley the tours aren’t enough…

Borneo is a bit like Alice in Wonderland, a topsy-turvy land where animals have been drinking magic potions that make them grow into giants or shrink into midgets. The kind of place where forgone of the world’s smallest frogs, about the size of a pea, is dwarfed by the world’s longest bug—a stick insect that…

On this episode of American Gypsies, Bobby clashes with his brother Nicky while finding a location for a new psychic shop for his son, Chris. Nicky doesn’t believe in expanding the family business with their father Bob, Sr. so sick, while Bobby thinks it’s necessary for his son to start taking on more responsibility. To…

If you tuned in to Susan Haglof’s nightmarish story on Locked Up Abroad: Not Without My Baby, I’m sure you have questions. We checked in with Susan to get answers and see what life is like for her today and here’s what she had to say: Were you aware of Egypt’s adoption laws before you…

Egypt is one of the most populous countries in the Middle East with more than 81 million people living throughout Cairo, Alexandria, or along the Nile River. Of those 81 million, an estimated 1.7 million are orphans. In addition, the number of children that live in the streets of Egypt is thought to be far…

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!   “Cum Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc,” or the Correlation Fallacy “With this,…

It appears I’m a bit behind on the viewer favorites, so catching up this week.  On NGC, American Colony has been on ratings fire, leading our overall series almost every week.  Along with Taboo, although usually its our Sunday premieres that are strong – this time, Saturday repeats came in the top 5.  Down to…

In this episode of Chasing UFOs, Ryder, Ben and James travel to Arizona to investigate reports of a large, boomerang-shaped object. The most famous of these sightings happened on March 13, 1997 when hundreds of people in Phoenix reported seeing this object pass over the city and to the south. Now, a recently unearthed video…

It’s been a busy week for all things Taboo. First, we had Stubs the Cat celebrating 15 years as mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska. That’s right, many years ago the people of Talkeetna, underwhelmed by their official options on the ballot, banded together to select Stubs the Cat as their write-in candidate. He won the election,…

This week’s sighting comes to us from Chere Conner, who shared an experience from 1994 that made her a believer: Driving west on Hwy 60 back home to Lake Wales, Fl. Myself, my daughter, her 2 friends and their father was driving my Mazda. Kids were in the back snoozing. We looked up and saw…