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Over 7,000 different languages are spoken around the world—so many that linguists estimate one language dies out every two weeks. But one of the most important languages to your life, one that affects your every interaction with others, is communicated without a sound. Your brain is hyper-sensitive to body language, reading and judging others by their movements and postures…

PCP in D.C.

Last night’s episode of Drugs Inc. explored D.C.’s growing PCP market. And while the episode focuses mainly the drug’s rise in the nation’s capitol, the resurgence isn’t limited to the area – indeed, PCP is also on the rise in Philadelphia and some other cities in the Mid-Atlantic region. But for those who remember PCP…

How much do you know about your noggin? On July 14, Brain Games returns with an all-new season of myth-busting and truth-telling about why your brain works the way it does. This season explores the physiology of our everyday lives, explaining our relationship with food, our mindless addictions, our empathy towards others and the ways…

The Nicholas Cage gun-kingpin biopic “Lord of War,” may have performed modestly at the box office, but not without trying. The film has all the trappings of “business-of-war” drama, highlighting the opulence, yet danger and morally bankruptcy of international arms trafficking trade. But while some international traffickers certainly make massive paydays obtaining proper end-to-end certificates and…

5 Bear Myths Debunked

Throughout this season of The Savage Line, the animal guards have showcased their limited non-lethal options in dealing with bears that threaten human populations. Killing these predators is oftentimes illegal, unwise or unethical, so the guards leaned on their professional knowledge of animal behavior to find ways to discourage the bears from entering settlements. Scientific…

There’s no part of the drug trade that isn’t dangerous, but transporting drugs can be one of the most risky stages of the process. On the season premiere of Drugs, Inc., the crew exposes the veins of Salt Lake City’s drug trade from the viewpoint of a DEA agent, an addict, a smuggler and a…

The Alaskans on Life Below Zero lead very different lives. Sue Aikens keeps her Kavik camp alive, the Hailstones help their family thrive, and Glenn lives to scavenge in the wild. But on the season finale of Life Below Zero, the survivalists all share one common goal – thwart the land’s predators, or turn into…

The three-part series “Wonder Of Dogs” examines the roles that dogs play in human society, and how these roles have evolved and changed in strange, exciting and unexpected ways. President Harry Truman is widely thought to have said “if you want a friend in Washington, get a dog.” A sarcastic comment on the cutthroat nature…

Arctic Wisdom: End Times

Even for the pros, survival is precarious in Alaska’s wilderness. From dodging mountains of snow to adapting to climate change, life is never easy for the Alaskans on Life Below Zero. And with just two episodes left in the season, the Arctic survivalists are battling to make it through the winter. The ever-resilient Sue Aikens vanquishes obstacle…

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…

On last week’s episode of The Savage Line, animal guard Cory Valdes stumbled upon a fer-de-lance, a vicious snake whose name in French, roughly translated, means “lance head.” But while most know the snake as such, it has another, slightly less memorable name: Bothrops lanceolatus. Why does a snake with such an interesting, aggressive name…

Scary, Sporty, Baby, Ginger and Posh—five names that captivated, annoyed and incensed a generation. From their beginnings in 1994 to their disbanding towards the end of the decade, the Spice Girls reigned over pop music, enchanting their teenage fans and enraging their critics. The all-female British phenoms preached the gospel of “girl power,” often delivered with a…

The many different appearances and breeds of dogs reflects thousands of years living with humans and serving as watchdogs, hunters and companions. This week’s episode of  Wonder of Dogs takes a look at some of these dog jobs. But as human society has evolved and the nature of our needs have changed, so too have…

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…

The cast of “Ice Holes” has demonstrated that they’re willing and capable to participate in all manners of ice sports: ice fishing, ice car-racing, ice pranking (this one, of course, is more informal).. But on Friday night’s episode, they decided that on ice sports weren’t enough. In a competition to win the other team’s largest…

Over-hunting and fishing often puts ecologists and hunters and chefs at odds. But there is one increasingly less rare occasion when these groups team up: the introduction of an invasive species. In last night’s episode of “The Savage Line,” animal guard Cory Valdes tracks a wild boar, one of many non-native boars that roams the…

You’ve got a pug, your neighbor’s got a rottweiler. They don’t act alike and they certainly don’t look alike. So how are these two members of the same species? Tomorrow night, National Geographic Channel premiers the new miniseries “The Wonder of Dogs,” which explores the origins of dogs, and how they were bred and evolved…

With the harvesting season almost finished, the groups got desperate in last night’s episode of “Filthy Riches.” As the impending weather begins to encroach on their paychecks, everyone’s agitated, and the only way out of it is to fight, pray and swear. Here were the five filthiest moments from the last episode: 1. Mud Fight!…

The 5 Basics of Ice Car Racing

On tonight’s episode of Ice Holes, the anglers prove that their fears of falling through the lake ice know few bounds. To kill some time and wait for fish to bite, the guys decide to go ice car racing on the same lake that they’re fishing. If you think that walking around on a frozen…

Does being stuck in the winter wilderness without shelter, overnight and in presence of predators seem like a terrifying scenario? What would be a nightmare for most are possibilities that Jason Lesmeister and the trackers and outdoorsmen of The Savage Line face daily in their line of work. These professionals don’t put themselves into harm’s…

On the penultimate episode of this season’s Filthy Riches, each group shows how their jobs can be not just dirty, but downright dangerous. Two teams go unintentionally off-roading, heavy equipment snaps and sends cargo tumbling and Al’s durable, undefeated truck finally meets its match. 1. Zipline Catastrophe With heavy objects and few options to move…

Arctic Wisdom: Axe Man

Keeping a family running is expensive for the Hailstone clan. For the past 20 years Chip Hailstone has been hunting, fishing, and gathering raw material in the Arctic, helping support his family while learning to understand the tundra as a newcomer to Alaska. Now, he’s gained a keen eye for ways he can support his…

Venus may be our planet’s closest neighbor in the solar system, but its atmosphere seems world away from Earth’s oceans, ice caps and greenery. Where our world hosts an ecosystem that supports all kinds of life, Venus is a gaseous wasteland, its oceans long gone and its surface hotter than an open fire.  However, as…

Summertime is here, and many Americans are going out on boats or casting off the side of piers to nab a bigger and better catch than last year. But while seasonal anglers may prefer the warmer months, others won’t be stopped by winter weather or freezing lakes. This Friday, catch the premiere of the all-new…

Sue Aikens embodies resilience. The sole resident of Kavik, Alaska, Sue run a camp by herself and lives a completely self-sufficient life. She’s survived floods, storms and bear attacks, and stays sane living in complete solitude for much of the year. It’s hard to think of anything that can take Sue down. On this week’s…