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Tonight on Chug, Zane visits Austria for a first-hand encounter with cold-weather concoctions, local beers, and a unique way to down freshly made wine in frosty cold mugs. Since most of the Northern Hemisphere is hunkering down for winter right this very moment, Zane’s encounter with Austria’s choice winter tipple, Schnaps, proves relevant for those…

The first season of Live Free or Die comes to an end tonight, and with it concludes the cast’s bizarre DIY crafts and interesting diets. And though the show’s producers dedicated plenty of screen time to the beliefs and ideological motivations of each “back-to-nature” subject, the show really shone when the cast members put their…

Though the cast of Live Free Or Die are positioned as back-to-nature technophobes, they’re also children of modern society who know precisely when to take ethical shortcuts that don’t compromise their values too much. Put another way, they’ll use technology if there is no reliable workaround. Colbert occasionally drives a truck; he also has a hunting rife in…

It takes a level of fearlessness to get up off the couch and voluntarily forfeit the comforts of modern life for a semi-primitive existence. Naturally, the cast of Live Free Or Die are an adventuresome, thick-skinned bunch. Whether out of nature or necessity, the show’s subjects haven’t shied away from the disgusting and the dangerous,…

Leave it to other shows for titular metaphor and wit: Live Free Or Die is meant to be taken literally. Sure, the show is a window into expert DIY craft-making and life with minimal bathing, but there’s one primarily occupation that takes up the majority of the show’s run-time: finding food. Other interesting pursuits (like tool and…

As we pointed out last week, Life Free or Die is more or less a show about the cool crafts, structures and appliances you can build without the need for such modern luxuries as electronic power tools and handymen. Tonight’s episode delivers on the promise of household appliances reborn sans-tech: in the opening sequence, outdoorsman Gabe…

Beyond it’s status as platform for the strange diets, habits and lifestyles of a select few back-to-nature Americans, Live Free or Die is also inadvertently one of the most interesting craft-making shows on television. Each week, virtually every cast member demonstrates a new way of replacing modern structures and tools with primitive and recycled alternatives –…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

On the first episode of Showdown of the Unbeatables, “indestructible” machines faced off to see which one prevails. The show’s most explosive matchup came when a powerful air cannon matched up against a shock-proof wall, as hosts Brian Unger and Zane Lamprey pitted the inventions against each other for an epic showdown. The first challenger,…

Big and small, spiky or hairy, hoofs or paws – our pets come in all shapes and sizes. But what’s life like when your animal friend is the size of your palm? Tonight, World’s Smallest Pets takes a look at pint-sized pets and their owners who care for their not-so-tiny needs. Among the pets we…

What’s better than a night of classic National Geographic nature specials? A night of classic National Geographic nature specials overdubbed by the guys from “Mystery Science Theater 3000,” of course. Tonight, Nat Geo Channel presents Total Riff Off, an evening of wacky commentary from the minds behind the famous TV show “Mystery Science Theater 3000.”  Three of the…

When your life is derailed, seek comfort off the beaten track. That’s the goal of Going Wild, which takes ordinary people struggling with difficult situations off the grid. Through volcanoes, up mountains, under water and into the most unforgiving environments on earth, Going Wild gives its participants a way out of their daily struggles, allowing…

What happens when two illusionists make you believe the unbelievable? Tonight on our four-hour special The Happenings, magicians Barry and Stuart launch a stealth campaign of paranormal activity on the unsuspecting residents of towns across the UK and America. Using magic and misdirection, the two illusionists tap into the townspeople’s suspicious sides, slowly spreading rumors from…

In Dynamo: Magician Impossible, the award-winning British illusionist Dynamo demonstrates his mind-boggling brand of magic. Having made his name as a magician in Europe, Dynamo travels around the world, sharing his tricks with unsuspecting onlookers. In this clip from tonight’s episode, Dynamo is back on his home turf in London, entertaining fans with his mind-boggling…