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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…

On this week’s episode of Filthy Riches, ginseng hunter Billy Taylor and his family trek deep into the Appalachian Mountains for a late season haul. While the frustrating nature of ginseng hunting requires patience, the Taylors turn the trek into a celebration: roasting pork on the fire, capturing rattlesnakes and getting into mud fights. And…

Every week, COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey celebrates Earth’s abundant forms of life, from the birth of living organisms to humans’ existence today. But in tonight’s episode, it looks at how our civilization may die. The episode doesn’t get too gloomy with its doomsday predictions, postulating a few possible ends to life on Earth. Some ends…

For Sue Aikens, surviving in the Arctic means planning ahead. “If you have one foot in yesterday, one foot in tomorrow, you’re not living in today,” she says. “But part of my footstep has to be in tomorrow so I can survive today.” On this week’s all-new Life Below Zero, Sue makes a big move…

Last night’s COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey explored the secret underlying the birth of modern technology, the makeup of our natural world and the scientific theories that inspired Albert Einstein: magnets. Far more than just the trinkets that decorate our refrigerator doors, magnetic forces guide the course of our planet through the universe, governing all motion…

Last time on Filthy Riches, “Go Big Or Go Home,” Jim, Andy and Levena each got lost in the wild, Al lost his footing and almost fell from a dangerously tall tree, and Ray lost his eels to a mean predator. Here are this week’s 5 Filthiest Moments: 1. Battle For The Mudflats While Maine’s…

In this week’s episode of Filthy Riches, mushroom hunters Chris Matherly and Levena Holmes go searching through the forests of Michigan to find a species of rare wild mushroom fungus called Laetiporus or “chicken of the woods.” The duo’s quota could yield up to $1,000 for a day’s work. Ingredients like chicken of the woods,…

This week’s COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey takes us on a journey through 350 million years of climate change. Dramatic atmospheric shifts created human life as we know it today through a constant process of demolition and rebuilding, a violent past that wiped out all life hundreds of millions of years ago as the Earth’s temperature…

Forces of nature stole the spotlight on this week’s episode of Filthy Riches. Billy scaled an unharvested mountain, Jim taught his son how to dig for worms and the tide threatened Ray’s eel supply. Here are the five filthiest moments: 1. Muck-Raking! Two grown men come to blows over some worms in the mud? That’s filthy. But…

In the early 20th century, Harvard – and the field of science as a whole – was dominated by men. However, one team of women provided they key to our modern conception of the galaxy, thanks to their cataloguing of tens of thousands of stars. An all-new episode of COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey tells the…

To transport viewers across the galaxy, the filmmakers behind COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey went on a quest around the world, searching for the best locations to film COSMOS’ stunning scenes. Go behind the scenes of COSMOS with a new video that tells the story of how the series was made. The COSMOS crew shot the series…

Happy Earth Day, earth-dweller! Perhaps nobody celebrates the planet we call home better than Neil deGrasse Tyson, whose hosting duties on COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey double as an excuse for him to geek out over nature. In honor of Earth Day, we’re going on a virtual nature walk with Tyson, exploring the most unique and…

The thrill of the hunt. At times, that’s what keeps Life Below Zero‘s Alaskan survivalists going, even when Mother Nature seems to be conspiring against them. For Sue Aikens, she’s driven to the tundra to hunt caribou as the winter closes in. This week on Life Below Zero, Sue is dismayed to see a forecast of…