Tag archives for People

It’s not easy to generalize about why people choose certain drugs, particularly over an extended period of time. The popularity of different drugs tends to rise and fall, based partially on availability and economics and partially on taste. I’ve written about PCP’s resurgence in parts of the mid-Atlantic and how pharmaceutical painkiller abuse primed suburban…

The confidential informant walks a thin line, and expressions like “snitches get stitches” may be putting it lightly. Last night’s episode of Drugs, Inc. followed a drug dealer as he attempted to hunt down a CI. The CI can be a vital part of criminal investigations, especially in identifying individuals involved in criminal enterprises. But…

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…

Maybe you saw the headline and the song is already stuck in your head. Perhaps to the relief of many Americans in 2014, an encounter with the “Macarena” is generally limited to bar mitzvahs and baseball games. But as those who left their houses in 1996 remember, “Macarena” was at one time all but unavoidable.…

Move over Indiana Jones, it’s a new day in exploration. Today, explorers can come from all backgrounds and disciplines, and Expedition Granted is here to help fund one person’s dream expedition. Whether your passion lies in art, music, food, science, or technology, there are no limits to what area you can explore. Want your shot…

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…

Twenty-five years ago, Mick Dodge left the modern world behind. He ventured deep into the Hoh Rainforest in the Pacific Northwest, kicked off his shoes (literally!) and made his home in the trees, hidden in the moss. He was only rarely seen by the outside world, until he agreed to let our film crew record…

Life With Tourette’s tells the stories of three individuals who are overcoming great odds to pursue their dreams. Chris is a 35-year-old, bright, handsome man who has struggled to find a career worthy of his talents. He worked a series of dead end jobs before deciding to go into training to become a park ranger.…

Survivor Finalist Big Tom is back and this time it’s with the whole family. This multi-generational farm family is opening its doors to America and telling everyone to ‘come on in!’ Family Beef follows the life and adventures of the Buchanan family cattle farm. Running a traditional cattle farm is a tough business, but Big…

Specialist Travis Staats is part of the route clearance team – their job is to go ahead of the convoys in specialized vehicles known as HUSKYs to make sure there are no IEDs on the road ahead. A somewhat thankless job that is known by few but saves hundreds of service men and women’s lives…

New York City is not just the setting for our story — it’s a major character. Whether it be a quick archival shot of some nocturnal Midtown busyness or profiling former Colombo captain, Michael Franzese, in front of the iconic visage of the Brooklyn Bridge, we made a conscious decision to always be reminding the…

There is no greater sacrifice than what our service men and women do for this country. Each day they are no doubt risking their lives and sacrificing many of their own freedoms for their family and friends as well as millions of American’s they’ve never even met. They are a proud group of selfless people,…

Barge Matal was a very pro-coalition village. In November of 2008, we went up there as a provincial reconstruction team, and did a huge mission. We treated over 200 people in the village, along with the village doctor. We brought three big boxes of medicine, and we just funneled people through and saw anything from…

These are the stories that are often left untold – of a man’s life in Afghanistan, fighting for an entire country’s freedom. A small convoy of an Army and a Marines Special Forces team is ambushed in an attempted to take over a dangerous Taliban territory, Charkh. They were tasked with checking on the local…

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…

While some animals have a reputation for being notoriously dangerous, there is always the unusual exception. Growing up in South Africa, Roger Horrocks, naturally developed a fear of a dangerous local predator, the giant crocodile. It was only until his first, face to face, underwater encounter with a crocodile that he began to question his…

The ice-clogged Yukon River faces the yearly spring breakup, an annual event causing flooding in Alaskan villages such as Eagle and Circle. Major flooding is suspected to hit the interior of Alaska – water level rapidly rising and soaking nearly every inch of the town. When spring hits, she won’t be missed. In 2009 the…

Many people think sex trafficking only happens on foreign shores. But here in America, sex slavery is thriving.  Perhaps most astounding is that the average age for these girls’ entrance into the sex industry is 12-14 and the vast majority of those in prostitution have no other options for survival. In this episode, investigative journalists…

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…

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.…

Today is Marina Oswald’s birthday. She was born in Severodvinsk, Russia as Miss Marina Nikolayevna Prusakova and later moved to Minsk where she would meet her husband Lee Harvey Oswald. After the birth of their first child, June, the Oswalds made their way to Texas to raise a family. Her husband, Lee Harvey, a former…

When I started working on this show about guns, Inside: Secret America: Armed & Undercover, I didn’t know much about them. In fact, I had never shot a gun before.  I come from a country, Portugal, where firearms are not as available or as popular as they are here. The civilian firearm possession rate in…

In a time before supermarkets, grocery stores, and anything engineered for convenience or timeliness, there was only one way to sustain a lifestyle – go out and forage your own path. Before we could buy packaged meat, we had to hunt, kill, and butcher it ourselves, a practice that seems pretty savage to most in…

One of the last things any hiker wants to run into on the trail is a bear. Highly territorial, large, powerful creatures with huge teeth and claws bring a shudder of fear to anyone that comes across one. With the highest density of brown bears in North America, Admiralty Island presents it’s own unique challenges…