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Welcome to Twin Town

by the Twin Town production crew It’s 2 PM. We’re waiting for our luggage to emerge out of a curtained-off area onto a carrousel at Calicut International Airport, and we’re not alone. My Producer Camilla Banks and I are in the middle of a crush of hundreds of people. It’s a scene reminiscent of the stock exchange…

The Great White Expedition Continues…

The adventure continues at Guadalupe Island, Mexico, where Dr. Domeier is one sperm sample away from proving great whites come here to breed. Earlier on the expedition, he collected seminal fluid from a great white for the first time, a 14-foot-5-inch male named Bite Face. If he can find live sperm in it, his theory…

Inside the World of Drugs

Drugs affect millions of people in our world every day. Illegal ones — like cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana, and heroin — are some of the most impactful. In the upcoming miniseries Drugs, Inc., Nat Geo goes inside the world of these four substances, telling the stories of growers and producers, traffickers, dealers, users, cops, and doctors who…

Filming Inside a "Ghost Ship"

by Vicky Matthews, Break It Down Series Producer Filming the deconstruction of the USS Savannah AOR-4 was probably one of the most interesting projects I’ve done in a long time. The ship had spent years shut up and anchored in the James River, alongside dozens of other decommissioned Navy vessels (Google “ghost fleet” to find out more…

The Great White Grail

One of Dr. Domeier and the Expedition Great White crew’s main goals is to solve the mystery of where great white sharks go to breed. On their third trip to Mexico’s Guadalupe Island, they may come close to the answer. Using advanced techniques that allow them to be selective in their shark-catching, they land a mature great…

The Mighty Mississippi

by Marcus Eriksen, Mississippi River Quest September 21, 22 Day 1 & 2 – 17 miles Lake Itasca, Minnesota (Mile 1347 UM) to Coffee Pot Landing (Mile 1330 UM) “I can jump over it,” Bill says to Stephen and me, standing in an ankle-deep stream that will soon become the Mighty Mississippi River. We’re standing…

Taking Lethal Action

For those sworn to serve and protect, a shootout is a last resort against criminals bent on doing harm. But sometimes, action must be taken. In “Lethal Action,” we’ll go inside three high-profile shootouts to see how split second decisions and twists of fate determined who lived, and who died. From a bank heist in…

Living on a Stealth Sub

by the “21st Century Stealth Sub” production crew Long before I ever set foot on a submarine — or had any notion that I’d ever get to — I had decided that it was not someplace I’d ever like to be. All I knew of submarines was what you seen in the movies, and it seems like…

Walking Through Fire

Fire is one of Earth’s greatest gifts to humanity. Humans, uniquely among all the animals of the world, managed to master it and utilize it to drive every major stage in the development of our civilization. In “How the Earth Changed History: The Gift of Fire,” Professor Iain Stewart dives directly into the flames —…

Surviving the Giant Crystal Cave

by Paul Williams, Production Crew, December 2009 It’s 50 degrees C [122 degrees F] and has a humidity of 100%, less than a hundred people have been inside and it’s so deadly that even with respirators and suits of ice you can only survive for 20 minutes before your body starts to fail. It’s the…