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…

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…

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…

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;…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

The world is running out of room.  The Earth’s population has tripled in only 100 years. Livable land is almost maxed out. Some say we can grow more food and find extra room to live in outer space. Maybe even move to Mars. But is space really the answer? Oceanographer Dr. Robert Ballard thinks it’s…

Kona Aquapod

Waves may be getting bigger and badder, ocean patterns may be shifting, seas are rising and scientists are just starting to figure out why. Dr. Robert Ballard and a team of scientists go in search of answers. What we don’t know about the ocean is alarming—waves that defy gravity, uncharted deep-sea currents, even alien creatures…

Oceanographer Dr. Robert Ballard is on a global quest to unravel one of the world’s biggest mysteries – where life on Earth began. Ballard suspects life may have gotten started where hot rock and water collide in one of the world’s most seemingly hostile environments – active volcanoes deep within the ocean. He tracks teams…

To celebrate the dog days of summer and the last 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…

By Ricki Chaikin, Co-Owner Reclaimed Relics as Featured on Abandoned This locker was recovered from an abandoned paper factory in Jay, Maine. Founded in 1888 by industrialist Hugh Chisholm, the Otis Falls Pulp & Paper Company mill was the third largest paper mill in the country. It transformed the small village of Jay into an…

Dr. Robert Ballard is the Indiana Jones of the Alien Deep.  He’s on the hunt for the world’s oldest shipwrecks in the Mediterranean and Black Seas.  Using tactics and technology developed over a 50-year career, he is on a quest to uncover the lost history of the ancient world.  Who were these earliest of mariners…

By Ricki Chaikin, Co-Owner Reclaimed Relics as Featured on Abandoned This magnificent flag pole once towered from the top of the Oil City National Bank. Little known today, Oil City, Pennsylvania, was once a sprawling oil boomtown. In the 1800s, when the first commercial oil well was dug up nearby, this town was where Rockefeller…

Meet the Indiana Joneses of historical weaponry: father-son duo Christian and Alex Cranmer, whose quests for military antiquities have taken them as far as a remote Nepalese palace filled with more than 55,000 rifles and muskets hidden away for more than a century. “We sell history,” Alex says, and that doesn’t mean books, it means…

Dr. Robert Ballard is one of the world’s most renowned ocean explorers, with such amazing finds as Titanic, the Battleship Bismarck and JFK’s PT1-09 to his name. But this time he’s going on a journey like no other. He’s setting out on an underwater odyssey down the world’s tallest mountain! No, it’s not Everest at…

To celebrate the dog days of summer and the last 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…

By Ricki Chaikin, Co-Owner Reclaimed Relics as featured on new-series Abandoned This Coke cooler was recovered from a cotton gin in Watkinsville, Georgia. Founded in the late 1800s, the Thomas Family Cotton Gin is representative of the famed industry of the Old South. Although the gin has been closed since the 1970s, a victim of…

If you tuned in to Jerry Amster’s incredible story on Locked Up Abroad: Escape From the Gulag, I’m sure you have questions. We checked in with Jerry to get answers and see what life is like for him today and here’s what he had to say. Did you have any second thoughts about going through…

Hard Time: Jail Mom

At the Clark County Detention Center (CCDC) in Las Vegas, Nevada, male and female inmates are housed under one roof, separated by mere floors, but worlds apart. From intense affection to extreme aggression, for women, doing time is a life of treacherous contrasts. No figure embodies these extremes more, perhaps, than the “jail mom.” Older,…

Russia’s Heroin Epidemic

In 1976 as Russia was in the midst of the Cold War— a state of tension and conflict between the western and communist worlds—heroin use was making waves in the United States with President Richard Nixon declaring a war on drugs. As drug were at the forefront of concern in the United States, American Jerry…

If all you know about NASCAR is that it involves fast cars racing on a closed circuit, you don’t really know anything. NASCAR is a tight knit community of drivers, teams, families, and intensely loyal fans. Like many communities, there are plenty of dogs, and not all of them are model citizens. Cesar Millan has…