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How Hard Can It Be?

How Hard Can It Be…to fly a house with balloons, send a rocket to space, or dive the deep ocean floor? Welcome to the one place on TV where you can find out. Three ultra-ambitious hosts tackle fascinating engineering tasks with nothing more than ordinary materials and their infectious, boundless enthusiasm.  Vin, Paul and Eric…

Inside Mafia Detectives

  Whoever said the Mafia is dead has not been to Bensonhurst lately. We are on patrol with retired New York Detective Frank DeMarco.  Frank knows these streets like the back-of-his hand.  For two decades he hunted and ran surveillance on mobsters living in Bensonhurst. On this day, Frank is going to show my film…

  Meet the self-proclaimed Rocket City Rednecks.  They’re five “backwoods” guys from the rocket city:  Huntsville, Ala., home to NASA’s Marshall Flight Center and the birthplace of the U.S. space program. Sure, they love to shoot stuff and drink beer, and one of ‘em lives in a trailer, but with a family tree full of…

Today we finished shooting at the St. Augustine Gator Farm. It was one of those days when you realize how crazy close we come to death in our jobs! In this episode we explore what we can discover about T. rex’s senses, so we came here to film alligators because crocodilians and birds bracket dinosaurs.…

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National Geographic Channel is excited to announce we have greenlit a brand new series called ‘American Gypsies’ from Stick Figure Productions. Meet the Johns family, one of Manhattan’s most prominent Gypsy families, who are struggling to preserve their age-old customs amid the vices and virtues of the city.  Witness the inner workings of the Gypsy…

My second assignment on “Frontier Force” sent me to Miles City, Montana. It’s a small town two-and-a-half hours from Billings. One of the largest cities in Montana, Billings itself still isn’t exactly a metropolis. Miles City has a small old-fashioned downtown and a string of fast-food chains, but it doesn’t take long to get into…

One of the greatest challenges of making this film was using dramatic recreations to illustrate the different scenarios that may have led to the loss of the Hunley and her crew.  There are about a half-dozen theories that we chase down in the show, and each one had to be re-enacted, in part, inside an…

Will the smell ever go away? That’s how I’m feeling tonight after we filmed the dreaded and forever named chicken experiment. The idea was to visually reveal how the process of decomposition can be slowed down. It all began a few weeks ago when we were still in pre-production in New Zealand. Our amazing fixer,…

How would Abraham Lincoln have recalled April 12, 1861, the day the Confederates attacked Fort Sumter, igniting the Civil War? Or, what would Franklin Roosevelt have said about his experience on December 7, 1941, after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor? As the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11 nears, the National Geographic…

George W. Bush: The 9/11 Interview Director/Producer Peter Schnall recently sat down with Polioptics hosts Adam Belmar and Josh King to discuss the extraordinary opportunity of working on this film. Known for living a very private life since leaving office, President Bush has only commented publicly on rare occasions. For Schnall to be able to…

WILD Fall Preview

Can’t wait till fall? Neither can we! Check out what’s coming soon to the WILD lineup: Meet the freshest faces of Nat Geo WILD. Three rugged, adventure-seeking experts answering the “call of the wild.” And one veteran who will give them all a run for their money. Also coming up: Animals Say the Wildest Things:…

NGC Fall Preview

There’s a lot on our plate this fall, and we want to give you a little taste. Check out some new additions to the NGC programming lineup, as well as some of your favorite returning series coming soon: Rocket City Rednecks and Mad Scientist—Two New Series Coming this October: These ain’t your average rocket scientists.…

National Geographic marks the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks with new perspective on the day that changed America and the world, as well as events set in motion over the last decade. This special week of programming includes George W. Bush: The 9/11 Interview, which features the former president discussing in intimate detail the…

Rats!!!   Dr. Brady Barr is looking to do a show about rats and wants to hear your rat tales.  Have a creepy crawly encounter with a member of the rodent realm?  Tell Brady all about it, and it could wind up in his show on Nat Geo WILD!  Anything could work, from encounters with…

It was one of the greatest heists of the ancient world: A group of thieves broke into the treasure-rich tomb of King Amenemhat III who was buried in one of the most complex pyramid vaults ever designed and made away with a fortune. Pulling a job of this scale would have taken the expertise and…

Tonight, Robert Pringle will be tweeting live along with the premiere of his episode of Locked Up Abroad: Drug Dealer Revenge. Follow @LockedUpAbroad on Twitter at 10 p.m. EST to watch and chat live with Robert. In the meantime, check out some our most pressing questions… and get ready to ask your own tonight. Before…

It’s early morning at Metro State Prison for Women in Atlanta, Georgia. A line of police cars waits outside the gate, bringing with them the next set of inmates who will embark on their time in the state’s prison system.  Inside the gates, in the prison’s sallyport, we stand alongside the officers… waiting, watching, and…

Written by Martin Pupp (Associate Producer) To start the filming of this episode we’ve decided to begin at Kalkriese, site of the famous Varus Battle where the Germans slaughtered three entire Roman Legions in 9 AD.  It may seem odd to start an episode about the powerful Roman army at the site of one of…

Cocaine, once a drug exclusively for the rich and famous is now the most popular class A drug in Britain.  More than 1.2 million people took it in the UK last year.  This film follows three users on nights out on coke and uses cutting edge computer graphics to journey inside their bodies and brains…

It’s the middle of the night in the Northern Territory and our Monster Fish film crew is setting out on the East Alligator River to catch crocodiles, something unusual for Monster Fish shows which focus on giant freshwater fish. Crocodiles are an iconic tourist attraction in the Northern Territory , so we can’t avoid including…

North Pole Dinos

By Jasper James, Executive Producer Right away I need to confess – this isn’t my first dinosaur film.  I’ve got a bit of a habit of bringing dinos back to life – I was one of the makers of Walking with Dinosaurs and a host of other prehistoric TV monsterfests.   But dinos, like anything, go…

Tonight, Chris Chance will be tweeting live along with the premiere of his episode of Locked Up Abroad: Daredevil Drug Runner. Follow @LockedUpAbroad on Twitter at 10 p.m. EST to watch and chat live with Chris. In the meantime, check out some our most pressing questions… and get ready to ask your own tonight. Can…

Tonight, Brigene Young will be tweeting live along with the premiere of her episode of Locked Up Abroad: Heroin Sting. Follow @LockedUpAbroad on Twitter at 10 p.m. EST to watch and chat live with Brigene. In the meantime, check out some our most pressing questions… and get ready to ask your own tonight. But first,…

Most of us never give the gold on our finger a second thought. When we look at it we may remember our wedding day, our honeymoon, or where we went on our first date. Most of us don’t look at our wedding ring and think: Buried Treasure, Fallen Empires, Teeth. Gold has a special place…

Tonight, Jeremy Khinoo will be tweeting live along with the premiere of his episode of Locked Up Abroad: Mexico Money Machine. In the meantime, check out some our most pressing questions… and get ready to ask your own tonight. What was your first year out of prison like?My first year out of prison went pretty…