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Hangout With Jason Silva

Are you a technology enthusiast, an inventor, philosopher, or dreamer? Breaking through the forefathers of techno-philosophers such as Terrance McKenna and Marshal McCluhan – the men that led the charge on exploring technology when it first gained momentum in the 1960’s, Jason Silva, host of Brain Games is the techno-philosopher and “wonder-junkie” of our new age.…

Are You A Risk-Taker?

Taking risks are all about testing the bounds of what we think we can or should do in hopes for a greater result. The funny thing about risk is we most often under estimate our ability to handle the consequences of risk; we limit ourselves thinking we’re not up for the task. Taking risks, however,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Sex for Sale: American Escort

Type the words “the girlfriend experience” into your favorite search engine. Within seconds, you’ll find ads promising companionship by the hour. Much of the sex industry has moved online. Today, an entire workforce of women is just an internet connection and a phone call away. National Geographic’s Mariana van Zeller journeys to the heart of…

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…

This expedition touched me in a way that I never expected. In fact, I think it actually changed my outlook on life. You see, as a guy that has spent the better part of his life studying fish diversity, specifically fish jaws and feeding behaviors, I fully expected to be blown-away by the fishes in…

In October 1915, the polar exploration ship the Endurance was crushed by Antarctic ice, tearing out the ship’s stern and rudder posts and breaking the main deck, and forcing the crew to take refuge on an ice floe. In the months that followed, the expedition gradually ran out of provisions, and its leaders explorer Sir James Shackleton,…

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…

American Doomsday

by Charles FitzgeraldProducer My research for ‘American Doomsday” uncovered what I first saw as a Stranglovian world of nuclear paranoia, secret bunkers and elaborate “Doomsday” plans. It was bizarre.But digging deeper I realized that America’s Doomsday plans were born of a very real and legitimate fear that if the Soviet Union launched a surprise nuclear attack,…

Can The Gulf Survive?

by Elliott Cowand Jr.Sound Recordist On April 20th 2010, the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform floating above 5,000 feet of water, 50 miles off the coast of Louisiana erupted in a fireball killing 11 crew members. Immediately following the BP oil spill, many were asking themselves the same questions. How bad is it? How long will it…

Inside Bioterror

“The power and the potential of a biological weapon is far more frightening than a nuclear terrorist attack. In part, because the construction is easier, and the effect, in many ways, is more devastating. Making these organisms is something that requires advanced biology, but there are lots of people who have studied advanced biology and…

Albino Murders

by Barney BroomfieldProducer/Director For me, one of the most impressive parts of our shoot in Tanzania was our visit with Albino United to Mwanza, the bustling east African hub on the shores of Lake Victoria. The lake is the second largest body of freshwater in the world, looking much more like an ocean than anything…

Survivors from Hiroshima

by Holly TaylorCo-Producer/Co-Writer I was a junior in High School when I first read the book Hiroshima by John Hersey. Never would I have chosen to read about war on my own initiative — but it was required reading; and by the end of the first chapter, I was riveted. The book tells the story…

Inside the DEA

By Tony GerberProducer In December 2009, I sat down in a conference room with DEA special agent Jim Soiles and three of the agents responsible for the high profile arrest of international arms trafficker Monzer al-Kassar. One couldn’t imagine a more disparate group. If you asked someone on the street to guess what these 4 men…

The End of Sleep

I felt kind of groggy this morning, which got me to thinking about the bizarre case of Thai Ngoc, the Vietnamese farmer who, the world last heard news of him in 2006, had been awake for more than 30 years. According to this 2006 article in the English-language Vietnam Investment Review, Thai Ngoc inexplicably stopped…

A new game launched this week!  Inspired by episodes of the series, Nat Geo Explorer: Contraband Mystery takes you around the world investigating the activities of a global crime network.While on assignment in Africa, you reveal a clue that leads to a global smuggling operation.  Trace the criminal activity to its source while protecting endangered…

EMP Attack

Back in 1991, edgy German director Wim Wenders made a movie, “Until the End of the World.” There’s a subplot — one of many in the complicated flick — in which people on Earth are menaced by an out-of-control satellite that is threatening to fall from orbit. In the end, the failing satellite instead is…