Archives for June, 2015

Searching for Swamp Monsters

There are some species of animals whose appearance is so incredible that many people don’t believe they are real when they first see them: the cassowary certainly qualifies, so do blob fish, platypus, star-nosed moles, and so does the alligator gar. The alligator gar lives in the rivers and swamps of the southern United States,…

Talking to a TV Legend on the Season Finale of StarTalk Tonight

Science and classic television collide on tonight’s season finale of StarTalk, when Neil deGrasse Tyson sits down with legendary television producer Norman Lear, who many consider to be the pioneer of the television sitcom in the 1970s.  Lear’s most notable programs include “All in the Family,” “Sanford and Son,” “Maude,” and “The Jeffersons” – programs that continue to…

Things Get a Little Risky on Tonight’s Animals Gone Wild

The most insane animal moments in the world are back and we are facing the best of the best off in a top three challenge.  Now, it’s time for you to weigh in and tell us who YOU PICK as your favorite.  From a snow-loving crow, to some daredevil ducks crossing a busy highway and monkey unwilling to…

Explore the Wild Side of Brazil’s Rainforests and Tropical Wetlands

In Brazil’s rainforests and wetlands, the all-powerful force of water brings both life and death in equal turns. The misty rainforests of Brazil, from the coastal Mata Atlântica to the inland Amazon, rely on constant rain to recharge their thriving ecosystems. The grassy Pantanal to the south receives annual spring floods, which dramatically transform grassland…

He Named Me Malala: An Intimate Portrait of the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

  “One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world.” – Malala Yousafzai National Geographic Channel has joined forces with Fox Searchlight Pictures for the global theatrical release of Academy Award winner Davis Guggenheim’s upcoming feature documentary HE NAMED ME MALALA, an intimate portrait of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai,…

Investigating Giant Feral Hogs

“Watch out for the hogs!!” It was what everyone was telling me. I spoke to a lot of my biologist friends before I started filming Biggest and Baddest, and they knew that I’d be coming face to face with tigers, wild elephants, crocodiles, anacondas and the like, but everyone said the same thing: “It’s the…

Cassowary: The World’s Deadliest Bird

The cassowary is one of the most bizarre and remarkable looking birds on earth. In many ways, it doesn’t really look like a bird: it stands over 5ft high, has shaggy feathers that look like fur, has a 5 inch spike-like claw on each of its feet, a horn-like casque atop its head, and a…

Lessons From Life Below: Seeking Solitude

This week on Life Below Zero, life in the Arctic is as busy as ever. Now that the weather is warming, the Alaskans are able to spend more time making repairs and up-keeping their camps. Even though life is simple, they don’t live by a certain routine; each season is spent preparing for the next. Now…

“Wild 24” Premieres Tonight!

Witness 24 hours on the savannas of Africa to the icy coastline of Antarctica, revealing behaviors of the many animals that battle it out to survive each day in these exotic, but demanding environments in the three-series premiere of Wild 24. The first journey of this three-part series crosses twenty five countries that are home to millions…

Talking NASA and the Future of Space Exploration on Tonight’s StarTalk

Get ready to embrace your inner nerd on tonight’s episode of StarTalk, when Neil deGrasse Tyson speaks with the head of NASA, Major General Charles Bolden.  Bolden is a former astornaut and the 12th Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.  He shares his experience deploying the Hubble Space Telescope, the emergence of commercial space flight, and NASA’s future…