Archives for July, 2013

Wild’s Cutest Snow Babies

Need your daily dose of adorable? These little cherubs belong to a special group of baby animals born in some of the coldest and harshest environments on Earth. This cast of impossibly cute and incredibly tough Snow Babies will find out what it takes to survive in an icy climate. On their journey to adulthood,…

Happy Birthday Marina Oswald

Today is Marina Oswald’s birthday. She was born in Severodvinsk, Russia as Miss Marina Nikolayevna Prusakova and later moved to Minsk where she would meet her husband Lee Harvey Oswald. After the birth of their first child, June, the Oswalds made their way to Texas to raise a family. Her husband, Lee Harvey, a former…

The First Time I Shot a Gun

When I started working on this show about guns, Inside: Secret America: Armed & Undercover, I didn’t know much about them. In fact, I had never shot a gun before.  I come from a country, Portugal, where firearms are not as available or as popular as they are here. The civilian firearm possession rate in…

Eyewitness War: The Battle For Antenna Hill

By Eric Wiener, Segment Producer Antenna Hill is basically the highest point in the area between the Maidan Wardak Province and the Ghazni Province in Afghanistan. According to Joshua Brewer, the base elevation is over 8,000 feet. Likewise, the peak of the hill offers a vantage point to the entire valley, and because of this…

Nature Governs Life

In a time before supermarkets, grocery stores, and anything engineered for convenience or timeliness, there was only one way to sustain a lifestyle – go out and forage your own path. Before we could buy packaged meat, we had to hunt, kill, and butcher it ourselves, a practice that seems pretty savage to most in…

A “Grizzly” Welcome

One of the last things any hiker wants to run into on the trail is a bear. Highly territorial, large, powerful creatures with huge teeth and claws bring a shudder of fear to anyone that comes across one. With the highest density of brown bears in North America, Admiralty Island presents it’s own unique challenges…

Salmonzilla of Alaska

Salmon migrate hundreds of miles to spawn in the rivers of the Alaskan wild. Some have migrated up to 3,845 km. For the Alaskan salmon, the big migratory spawning run is paved with a multitude of challenges and the survivors turn into ghastly river zombies. The salmon undergoes 6 stages throughout it’s lifecycle: eggs, alevin,…

Bath Salts and Synthetics: Investigating America’s New War on Drugs

Cloud Nine. Bliss. Ivory Wave. They sound harmless, but represent the latest drug wave to sweep the nation… synthetic designer drugs. Known on the street as bath salts, plant food, or potpourri, they are chemically manufactured in laboratories and designed to imitate the effects of illegal drugs like cocaine, meth, and ecstasy, but shockingly can…

“Favorite Places Off The Map” – Winner

And the winner is….@skijosh. Over 3,000 photos were submitted to the #NGCTakesYou photo contest! It was hard to choose just one winner, but it was this action shot that had just the right mix of creativity, photo quality and embraced the contest’s theme “favorite places off the map.” Thanks to all that submitted entries, and…

Body Modification: Religion or Mutilation

The practice of body modification has pervaded religion, science, and art in cultures across the world since ancient times. Though in a country driven by image, there is an importance placed on appearances, which some Americans defy by pushing the limits of what is acceptable, and what many might consider, taboo.  In San Diego, California…