Archives for September, 2012

Creating Gender

In this week’s episode of Taboo: Changing Gender viewers meet a wide array of people who have chosen to change their gender or even live outside of the binary gender choices. However, gender can actually be a complicated question when it applies to all aspects of a human being. There are many of variables outside…

When Gender Is Not Binary

In Western Culture people have two choices when marking their gender on the census or any other legal documentation. You can be male or female, nothing else. However in cultures all across the world other genders have been traditionally and still are recognized. While not common, it is not unusual for individuals to have a…

Human Lampshade: A Holocaust Mystery

This story follows one man’s quest to uncover the origins and reveal the mysteries of a possible Holocaust artifact some historians now say never existed: lampshades made of human skin. When the flood waters of Hurricane Katrina receded, they left behind a wrecked New Orleans and a strange looking lamp that an illicit dealer claimed…

Finds From the Vermont Marble Company

These pieces were created from items recovered from the Vermont Marble Company. Located in Proctor, Vermont, this prosperous company was founded in 1880 by businessman and politician Redfield Proctor. The surrounding area held valuable marble quarries that supplied the factory. As railroads made the area accessible to the rest of the nation, the Vermont Marble…

Refurbished From The Majestic

By Ricki Chaikin, Co-Owner Reclaimed Relics as Featured on Abandoned These lights were recovered from the roof of The Majestic Hotel in Hot Springs, Arkansas. The story of the Majestic begins in 1876, when the Avenue Hotel was built just north of where the Majestic now stands. In 1888, the Avenue was renamed The Majestic;…

Hard Time: Judgment Day

BY JUSTIN WEINRICH This episode brought us out of the jail and into the courtroom. Through the stories of Rosemary Vandecar, Ivan Rios, and Rickie Slaughter, we got three very unique perspectives on the courtroom through the eyes of the defendants. We started working with Rosemary first. Our crew had been following her for a…

Woof of the Week Instagram Winner: Show Us Your Teeth

We had so much fun celebrating the dog days of summer and the last season of Dog Whisperer with the Woof of the Week photo competition. Be sure to follow us on Instagram by following us at @NatGeoChannels and look out for the next contest. The competition has grown week after week, and it’s finally…

Hot Rod Heaven: Chrysler Saratoga

By Ricki Chaikin, Co-Owner Reclaimed Relics as Featured on Abandoned This Saratoga was recovered from a barn in Newtown, Connecticut.  In the 1850s, the Peck family purchased a plot of land in rural Newtown and built a thriving dairy farm. In 1932, during the worst of the Great Depression, the Pecks sold the property to…

Refurbished Ghost Town Bell

By Ricki Chaikin, Co-Owner Reclaimed Relics as Featured on Abandoned This school bell was recovered from Johnsonville Village in East Haddam, Connecticut. Founded in the early 19th century, Johnsonville was once a thriving village inhabited by workers of the nearby Neptune Mill, a prosperous twine and rope factory. The original town included the offices of…

Love Behind Bars in Sin City

By: Elise Kirk, Hard Time Production Crew Member When we discovered David and Marcella were carrying on a courtship of sorts from across the jail, they became an interesting through line to this hour of Hard Time. We first met David in 2P, a high-security module pushed by construction into the open dorms of the…