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Will Climate Change Kill the Ginseng Trade?

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…

6 Facts About Pogs, The 1990s’ Favorite Forgotten Game

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…

9 Things We Could Appreciate More About the ’90s

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.…

12 Famous Firsts From The 1990s

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…

Behind the Scenes of COSMOS: Animating History

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…

Brothers In War: The Charlie Company And The War In Vietnam

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.…

Watch: The Diggers Hunt For Nazi Planes

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…

Meet The Real American Hustlers

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…