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It’s in energy drinks and dietary supplements. People take it to stimulate their immune system, lose weight and even cure erectile dysfunction. And while it is cultivated en masse on large, specialized farms, most harvesters would rather scour a mountaintop to find increasingly scarce quantities of it. Ginseng is a strange crop. Widely sought-after for…

What’s a pog? If you didn’t come of age during the 1990s, the name may not ring a bell. But for the children of the ’90s who grew up with a Cabbage Patch Kid in one hand and a Beanie Baby in the other, pogs were an important fact of life. Pogs transcended their lowly…

Were the ‘90s the last great decade? It turns out that, while the decade had its share of violence, tragedy, and Pauly Shore movies, there were some things that, one could argue, deserve to be appreciated. Here are nine of them. What did we miss? Share the reasons you’re grateful for the ’90s in the comments below.…

What do Toy Story, Carlos Santana, cloned sheep, jazz and Tiger Woods have in common? All broke new ground during the 1990s, a decade full of major technological advances, exciting milestones for women and minority leaders in their fields…and coffee-flavored Pepsi, which was just plain gross. From joyful moments (the first recorded birth of a…

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey features all of the scientific wonder and captivating visuals of Carl Sagan’s original Cosmos. But one way that the two programs differ is their treatment of historical moments in science. While the original Cosmos used historical recreations to transport viewers back in time, the creators of the new series sought out…

A true band of brothers, the Charlie Company was one of the last combat infantry companies in the Vietnam War to be drafted, trained and sent to battle together. Brothers In War tells the gripping story of the Charlie Company, tracing their journey of terror, pain and camaraderie from boot camp to combat to home.…

On tonight’s Diggers, KG and Ringy are on the hunt for a career-making dig. They’re on a mission to locate the remnants of a lost Nazi fighter plane that crash-landed in an Indiana cornfield. To find their bounty, the boys travel to the site of a once-secret Air Force base in Seymour, Indiana. If they can locate…

From card tricks to Vegas bets, true con artists always have an extra trick up their sleeves. Hustling America follows conman Alexis Conran as he travels across the United States, testing his deception skills by attempting to recreate history’s trickiest hustle: the proposition bet. Prop bets are outrageous wagers, created and perfected by crooks throughout…

Can You Name This Coin?

For Ringy and KG, one small coin can lead to a huge fortune. On an all-new Diggers, the two metal detectorists travel to the mansions of Newport, Rhode Island to uncover the forgotten treasures of history’s elites. While in Newport, they stop at the Malbone Castle, originally built in 1741 by wealthy Virginia trader and…

Pompeii By The Numbers

A city frozen in place by ash and lava, Pompeii is one of history’s strangest tales. Learn more about the city’s geography, ancient Rome and the explosion’s legacy with five Pompeii stats. 79: the year Mt. Vesuvius erupts, destroying Pompeii and nearby towns Herculaneum, Stabiae and Oplontis. The eruption was the most noteworthy event of…

Just days before George Clooney brings the drama and action of one of the greatest treasure hunts in history to life in the feature film “The Monuments Men,” NGC presents the true story of this unlikely World War II “band of brothers.” June 1944. D-Day. The largest military operation of World War II is underway.…

Finished your holiday shopping early? Need a break from all the Christmas movies? We’ve got you covered with a day-long Diggers marathon, featuring all-new episodes that follow the adventures of treasure hunters KG and Ringy. The two metal detecting buffs “King George” Wyant and Tim “The Ringmaster” Saylor take their hobby seriously, traveling the country looking…

More than just a holy book, The Bible also exists as one of history’s richest texts. Many details of Western civilization’s legendary characters have been lost to time, including their appearances. Lost Faces of the Bible uses cutting-edge technology to reconstruct the Bible’s most famous faces, mixing myth-busting archaeology with forensic investigation to revive artifacts of the past. Granted…

November 22, 1963 – a date burned into the collective American memory. Few events have been more scrutinized than the minutes and hours leading up to – and following – the fatal bullets fired by Lee Harvey Oswald that killed President Kennedy. While the assassination of President Kennedy has been analyzed repeatedly from every angle,…

John F. Kennedy, Jr. and Lee Harvey Oswald. The two men lived wildly different lives – one a celebrated U.S. President, the other a troubled outcast, languishing in society. And yet, their legacies became intertwined in death. Explore the lives of JFK and Lee Harvey Oswald with an exclusive digital companion to the Nat Geo…

“The best way I can honor him is to make him a man again.”  What does it mean to you to be playing John F. Kennedy? I have always been an admirer of the Kennedy family — and of JFK in particular. And I’ve always had a connection to him — maybe because I was…

“To me, he is not a monster. He is a man who did a monstrous thing.”   Every American, it seems, knows the name Lee Harvey Oswald, but very few know much about him as a man. What was it like to play a character like this? From the very first conversations I had with…

“She was just an innocent victim and a girl who loved a man, and the man did something terrible.”   Of the four main characters in Killing Kennedy, Marina is probably the least known. How did this affect your portrayal of her? It was always in the back of my mind that Marina is still…

“The story is so riveting and personal and intimate and relatable and devastating and ugly and idyllic, all at the same time.” What was it like to play such an iconic character? There was a bit of pressure going into playing Jackie Kennedy, as I’m sure there was with any of the roles in this…

The stars were out and shining bright at last night’s Killing Kennedy red carpet premiere party, hosted at the Newseum in Washington, DC. Guests included Rob Lowe (John F. Kennedy), Will Rothhaar (Lee Harvey Oswald), Michelle Trachtenberg (Marina Oswald), Jack Noseworthy (Bobby Kennedy), Antoinette Lavecchia (Lady Bird Johnson), Peter Rini (Agent Mooney), Director Nelson McCormick, Screenwriter Kelly…

Six Snake-Handling Horror Stories

When it comes to snake handling, the truth is often stranger than fiction. Over 100 people have perished from snakebites during church services over the past century, and despite the outlawing of the practice in several southern states, a new generation of pastors is reviving the dangerous practice. Here are some of the most chilling…

Today, September 12, 2013, would have been the “diamond” wedding anniversary of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy & John Fitzgerald Kennedy. To mark the occasion of what would have been their 60th wedding anniversary, we’re releasing the first look at our upcoming film, Killing Kennedy as well as announcing the premiere date of November 10, 2013. Killing…

KG and Ringy head out to the Wild West to locate physical evidence of America’s most notorious outlaw, William Bonney, better known as “Billy the Kid.” Before he became known as a legendary outlaw, Billy was a central character in the Lincoln County War, a battle between two opposing cattle companies – “The House”  and…

The Mafia in America has been around since the late 19th century. But by the 1970s, the American mob had become one of the most powerful criminal organizations in United States history. Mafia businesses were a hidden empire of a great and sprawling power structure, fed by extreme violence, crime, and an unbelievable amount of…

It’s history in the (re)making. Killing Kennedy, National Geographic Channel’s latest documentary project, kicked off filming earlier this summer, meaning there are plenty of behind the scenes footage and inside photos of the incredible talent coming our way! It’s the second docudrama of its kind for National Geographic and it’s boasting some fantastic talent for…