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Explorer: Easter Island Underworld

More than 400 years ago on a remote pacific island,a marooned island faced an apocalypse with no chance to escape. This is the story of Easter Island. Their civilization evolved in total isolation until the first European landed there on Easter Sunday in 1722. Islanders used its timber to erect their 80-ton statues and sustain…

Explorer: Cradle of the Gods

Academics have long believed that this dramatic change of evolutionary pace is the result of discovering how to domesticate plants and animals. Farming allowed us to settle down, which in turn gave us time to think, to create and to invent. That led to the first civilizations and eventually to who we are today. Now,…

The Secret is Out On Area 51

It’s the most famous military installation in the world, yet it doesn’t officially exist. Area 51 has been a magnet for conspiracy theorists and the overly curious for many years. The government has been up to something for decades and now the secret is out as insiders prove that there is a kernel of truth…

Explorer: Inside the Green Berets

On a remote outpost in south central Afghanistan, a fire base called COBRA brought together 23 Americans that stood in the breach between the rule of law and the rule of terror. They are the U.S. Special Forces. Often referred to as “the thinking man’s ninja”, they navigate an unforgiving landscape and are never certain…

Space Dive: Making History and Setting Records

It was on Oct 14, 2012 that Austrian pilot and base jumper, Felix Baumgartner, went to the edge of space and made it back alive. His mission was to embark on a historic journey and complete the highest and fastest free fall ever by man. Felix also became the first person to skydive the sound…

The Man Behind the Myth: The Real George Washington

Of all the legendary figures in American history, George Washington is in a class by himself. Founding father, Commander of the Continental Army, and America’s first president – his face is as familiar as the dollar bill. Most everyone knows this great man, or thinks they do. But we’re starting to learn that much of…

The U.S. Navy vs The Killer Tomato?

Watch out world, the U.S. Navy has developed a versatile new class of warships: the LCS (Littoral Combat Ship). These fast and agile combat ships are designed to take deadly threats emerging on the world stage and blow them out of the water. Their target? The Killer Tomato. No Joke. These giant red target balloons…

Finding the Lost Leonardo da Vinci Masterpiece

Leonardo da Vinci is perhaps one of the most famous—and most mysterious—figures of the Renaissance.  Extraordinarily gifted by all accounts, only around 16 of his works have survived the test of time.  But armed with new information, a team of scientists is poised to add a new painting to that short list and solve the…

How to Make a Mummy

by John RubinProducerIn Papua New Guinea, my team hired a number of locals as guards, porters, road repair crews, cooks and drivers, and we paid them all at a significant premium above the prevailing wage. Still, we couldn’t hire all of the locals, and some pursued other methods to get a share of the crew’s…

Monsters In My Closet

by Juliet BlakeVice President, ProductionI was never the type to tiptoe into a pool and let the cold water slowly take me over—cannonball right into the deep end is my M.O. It seems as though I would take the same philosophy when in comes to camping. I had never once spent a night in a…