Archives for October, 2013

The Reality of a Nationwide Blackout

What would happen if a cyberattack shut down the entire American power grid, causing a catastrophic 10-day blackout? No electricity. No cell phone service. No gasoline. No fresh food or clean water. And no way out. In American Blackout, Nat Geo imagines just this scenario where the power grid goes down nationwide and doesn’t come…

Tell Us Your Blackout Story

American Blackout imagines the story of a massive power outage across the United States. Whether caused by a downed power line or a volcanic eruption, chances are you’ve weathered a blackout before too. Where were you? Were you prepared? And how did you survive? We want to hear your best blackout stories. Any time where…

Doomsday as Entertainment – Preparedness Bloggers Weigh In: Part 2

With the upcoming premieres of American Blackout and Doomsday Preppers later this week and early next, we’re beginning to feel a little unprepared over here – in fact, my weekend plans may include figuring out a 72-hour food and water storage plan.  But how have others been affected by shows like these?  We posed the…

When the Lights Go Out and Stay Out: Preparing for a National Blackout

What would you do if the power went out across the country and didn’t come back on? For the first day, you might actually enjoy the downtime. Many of us would be unable to do business without lights, computers, and other electrical equipment. The silence might just be a welcomed mini-vacation. But if the blackout…

Doomsday as Entertainment – Preparedness Bloggers Weigh In: Part 1

Judging from recent apocalyptic films This is the End and World War Z to “what if” disaster shows like NBC’s Revolution or Nat Geo Channel’s upcoming American Blackout, to reality fare like Doomsday Preppers, it’s safe to say that the “end of the world as we know it” is on everyone’s mind.  But what effect…

Is Renewable Energy The Solution To Blackouts?

Imagine a society with no fear of power outages, where a large-scale American Blackout could never occur. Could renewable energy be the answer? Built in the 19th century, our nation’s wooden poles and power wires are long overdue for a technologically-minded upgrade. Our nation distributes power from power plants and other large centralized sources across…

Would You Survive An American Blackout?

No power, no phones, no water, and little hope. What would you do if your world went dark? American Blackout tells the story of a catastrophic ten-day power outage that wipes out the U.S. After cyber criminals take out the nation’s power grid, American Blackout follows five groups – a group of students trapped in…

New Pilot Don’t Try This at Home Premieres Tonight — Tell Us What You Think!

We’ve been airing new pilots on Friday nights, and we want to hear what you think! Leave comments and let us know, is it a hit?  On Don’t Try This At Home, stand-up comedian Michael Kosta explains the scientific concepts behind outrageous – and dangerous – viral videos. Tonight, Kosta tackles skateboarders on fire, yoga…

The Epidemic of Prescription Drug Abuse

Easy to Obtain, Easy to Conceal Music and drugs tend to go hand in hand in Nashville, Tennessee. The city is steeped in a tradition of moonshine and outlaws, and is also home to a tight-knit drug network on Broadway. Fearing police entanglement, both dealers and users in the city are switching to easy-to-hide prescription…

The Real Urban Lumberjacks: Big Bad Wood Premieres Tonight

A city is no place for a lumberjack. Felling trees in urban areas is a dangerous game; crews must dodge deadly power lines and expensive real estate to finish the job. But when there’s a tree sandwiched in the middle of a metropolis, it’s up to the urban tree cutters of Big Bad Wood to…