100% Planes features amazing stories of aviation and flying. From military planes to recreational planes to stunt planes, we fly high and learn more about the world's 400,000+ aircraft from the pilots and engineers that work closely with them. Discover the most versatile military plane that can dogfight and bomb in a single mission. Take an aerobatic stunt lesson with a 25-year veteran pilot. And tour a luxurious private jet, rumored to cost up to half a billion dollars.
Dr. Drew Pinsky hosts a tribute to this year's winners with Stana Katic, Craig T. Nelson, Peter Krause, KaDee Strickland, Alison Haislip, Mark Valley, Tamala Jones, William H. Macy, Jennifer Morrison, and many more, "celebrating the art of making a difference" through accurate portrayals of substance abuse, addiction, mental illness, treatment and recovery.
Are we three years from the end of the world? It's the premise of this fall's feature film "2012," starring John Cusack. Based on the end of a cycle of an actual ancient Maya calendar that will end on December 21, 2012, NGC asks, "What truths lie behind the fears?"
Sex tourism may be one of Thailands most profitable industries. Many of the foreign men who enter the country as tourists come for sex the demand is high, and the market is massive. Servicing this demand are women trafficked from all over the world, including those lured to Thailand by a vicious Thai-Uzbek ring. Most Uzbek women who work in the industry come to Bangkok out of financial desperation; they believe theyll get good jobs, but they end up as slaves.
Recently declassified documents provide new insight into the numerous attempts to kill Hitler -- from briefcase bombs to exploding brandy to sniper fire -- and uncover what foiled these attempts to change the course of history.
Could our modern Western preference for smooth mates have its origins in prehistoric dating? From sharpened rocks to the multi-blade razor, the story of shaving gets especially rough with the intense rivalry between inventors Gillette and Schick.
well over a century the National Geographic Society has been synonymous with
pioneering expeditions, groundbreaking discoveries and breathtaking imagery of
world cultures and exotic locations. In celebration of the iconic yellow
border’s 125th anniversary, National Geographic Channel pays tribute to the
hotshots, the mavericks and the best in their field who have devoted their
lives to exploring the world around us and the groundbreaking discoveries that
are making a difference.
A dive below the clouds reveals the planet's strange secret: It's really more like a star in composition. See what today's bigger and better telescopes are revealing about the moons in Jupiter's extraordinary kingdom, from Io, a spicy world of fire and brimstone, to Europa, where a warm, salty ocean hides beneath the surface.
Named Mars in honor of the Roman god of war, the Red Planet has captivated earthlings for thousands of years. Now, rocket to the Red Planet for a stunning tour of the scenery, from giant volcanoes to mighty canyons. Here, travelers will enjoy a low-gravity environment that gives them super jumping abilities. The only downside? A complete lack of breathable atmosphere.
Head into the ice zone to learn the secrets of two world's which are impossible to fathom. Uranus, an icy gas giant with an atmosphere composed of a cosmic cocktail of hydrogen, helium and methane, is so distant from the sun that it takes 84 years to orbit the sun. Neptune, its vibrantly blue neighbor, takes nearly twice that long. Rocket to the far reaches of the solar system, where a trip to these remote worlds has long been a mystery tour.
Pluto is so far away from Earth that it is a mere pinprick of light in our powerful telescopes. Locked in a gravitational dance with its largest moon Charon, this frozen outpost is simply the first discovered body in an unseen swarm of icy worlds. Learn what it would take for humans to journey to the uncharted limits of our solar neighborhood and what NASA scientists think we'll find when we get there.
From Earth, Saturn's rings appear solid, but they are actually made up of chunks of rock and ice. They look spectacular, but navigating around them - and the planet's more than 60 moons - would be a nightmare for travelers. We travel through the rings for a stunning CGI tour of this gaseous giant.
Temperatures on tiny Mercury can reach a blistering 800 degrees Fahrenheit. And on Venus, temperatures are hot enough to melt lead. Take in the sights on Mercury, where the planet's sunny side offers travelers a stunning view of solar flares as they work on their tans. A visit to our sister planet Venus' tortured scenery means diving into an atmosphere where acid smog eats bare metal for breakfast.
The saying goes, “one man’s junk is another man’s treasure” and that is certainly the case for expert carpenter and collector Jay Chaikin. He makes a living scouring the nation for abandoned buildings that may hold unexpected “gems” of history with shockingly high values. Follow Jay and his buddies Dan and Mark across the country on their ongoing quest to find their next big paycheck. Along the way, they’ll find classic items like Coca Cola memorabilia, an Edison phonograph, and a Zenith radio, as well as surprising discoveries like an early microwave oven and a top secret manual for a Boeing B-52 bomber.
Could the Taj Mahal be in imminent danger? It is one of the grandest works of architecture on the planet. But these days, it has there are critics that insist this monument to undying love is at risk of collapsing into the river that runs beside it. But conservators who work at the site dispute the claims. We follow the controversy as the Taj's stability is examined. The over 350-year-old monument is under serious pressure from the effects of climate change, pollution and mass tourism. After the Mumbai attacks, security is also a serious concern. But could the Taj be collapsing?
There's a special place in the heart of the Amazon rainforest with ecosystems so unique and biodiversity so rich the UN have declared it a World Heritage Site. But the threats of climate change are looming. If nobody takes action this pristine wilderness could wither in decades and the effects would be devastating, not only here but across the planet. Now a team of four courageous people have devoted their lives to the protection of this corner of rainforest. Braving an unforgiving jungle and extreme weather, they give us 360 access into the challenges, the setbacks and the successes of their everyday work.
The magnificent temples of Angkor were mysteriously abandoned for hundreds of years. Now, the largest religious monument on earth is at risk of being lost again. It will take a team effort to restore this legendary world heritage site to its former glory. Researchers are discovering new clues about what went wrong in the past, while locals are fighting to save their heritage for the future.
Borobudur is the largest Buddhist monument in the world. After being abandoned for nearly 1,000 years, this ancient Indonesian structure from around the eighth century now attracts more than 2 million visitors a year. We'll meet the restoration and maintenance teams trying to repair this World Heritage site before tourism, natural elements or a nearby volcano destroy it completely.
The Turkish region of Cappadocia boasts one of Europe's most dramatic landscapes a lunar-like landscape sculpted by the elements, with secret tunnels and churches carved into the earth. The unique appearance of this World Heritage Site has made it a popular destination for hot-air ballooning and horseback riding.
Everglades National Park is under siege. A full-scale invasion of escaped pets and exotic species threatens to wipe out the local wildlife, and a snarling system of dams and canals is slowly strangling its fragile ecosystem. The threat is so severe that UNESCO has put the park on their list of most vulnerable locations. Now, the defenders of this World Heritage Site are fighting back to fend off the onslaught of invaders and pump life back into the legendary river of grass before it's too late.
The fight is on to save the largest living structure on Earth: the Great Barrier Reef. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is on the brink of collapse and scientists must find a solution. The heroes protecting the reef include pilots like Alistair Heron, who steer massive ships through its narrow passages, and David Wachenfeld, who surveys underwater to assess damage. Follow these and other reef advocates as they fight to save the Great Barrier Reef and the species that make their home there.
World Heritage Site Mount Kilimanjaro is on the verge of catastrophe. Forests are burning, rivers are drying up and the mountain's signature ice cap is disappearing. NGC joins a team of eco-warriors fighting to preserve this one-of-a-kind ecosystem on the brink of disaster. Extreme athlete Simon Mtuy can run up and down Kilimanjaro in a mere nine hours and 22 minutes, a superhuman feat that would take an average Joe five days.
A threat looms over Kyoto, Japan's cultural center and a city packed with World Heritage sites. Rapid modernization has decimated its traditional cityscape and threatens age-old cultural practices. Now, a team of warriors from various walks of life battle to preserve Kyoto's essence in the face of inevitable change. Gain 360 degree access to the world behind the monuments, where the traditional and modern come head to head and less-than-orthodox methods are being tested in the effort to safeguard Kyoto's traditional identity.
Recently added to the world heritage list as a cultural asset, the iconic Mt. Fuji is a well-known symbol of Japan. Every year the volcano's scenic beauty draws more and more visitors from around the world. Dedicated mountain rangers, scientists, and eco-volunteers are working hard to preserve and protect the mountain from mankind and protect mankind from the mountain.
If anywhere embodies French history in all its glory, it's the Palace of Versailles. Go behind the scenes of this magnificent site and see how the employees keep it running for 7 million visitors a year. It can take years to restore a room to its original splendor and every department must come together to finish it with perfection. With few items surviving the French Revolution, re-creating the details is an almost impossible task. See how the master craftsmen of Versailles make it happen.
The ancient castles and cathedrals of Prague draw millions of tourists every year-- and beneath the city is a hidden underworld that traces the story of this UNESCO World Heritage site through the ages. But time and the forces of nature are threatening to destroy what has survived for over a thousand years. Now, teams of explorers, engineers and master craftsmen must go inside Prague's secret spaces to safeguard its cherished heritage.
The beautiful cathedral of La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain has been under construction for 130 years, yet it's still not finished. After all these years, it continues to challenge modern architects. Now, a team of experts is rushing to complete this masterpiece in time to honor the genius behind its inception, Antoni Gaudi, and the 100th anniversary of his death.
The palaces, cathedrals and museums of St. Petersburg represent some of the finest art and architecture on earth. This UNESCO World Heritage site was built as the shining symbol of the Russian empire's golden age. But behind the gold curtain, a dark history has left some of Russia's greatest treasures on the brink. Now a select few must safeguard these cherished relics of the past to reveal the city's splendor once again.
For more than 126 years, Lady Liberty has stood as a beacon of hope and a symbol of freedom, eventually becoming New York City's top tourist attraction. But her doors closed after 9/11 in fear of another attack.
Could the Taj Mahal be in imminent danger? It is one of the grandest works of architecture on the planet. But these days, it has there are critics that insist this monument to undying love is at risk of collapsing into the river that runs beside it. But conservators who work at the site dispute the claims. We follow the controversy as the Taj's stability is examined. The over 350-year-old monument is under serious pressure from the effects of climate change, pollution and mass tourism. After the Mumbai attacks, security is also a serious concern. But could the Taj be collapsing?
There's a special place in the heart of the Amazon rainforest with ecosystems so unique and biodiversity so rich the UN have declared it a World Heritage Site. But the threats of climate change are looming. If nobody takes action this pristine wilderness could wither in decades and the effects would be devastating, not only here but across the planet. Now a team of four courageous people have devoted their lives to the protection of this corner of rainforest. Braving an unforgiving jungle and extreme weather, they give us 360 access into the challenges, the setbacks and the successes of their everyday work.
Visit one of America's last fishing communities as its residents fight to preserve their homes and livelihoods in the wake of one of the greatest environmental disasters in U.S. history. NGC follows the desperate stories of Venice, La., fishermen, from last ditch efforts to drop their nets in the early stages of the oil spill, to the anger, anxiety and joblessness that followed the April 2010 disaster.
Shortly after Air Alaska Flight 261 takes off from Puerto Vallarta, the horizontal stabilizer malfunctions. The pilots struggle to control the plane, but it rolls and dives into the ocean, killing the 88 passengers and crew. What went wrong?
Nearly 100 miles from its Little Rock, Arkansas, destination, American Airlines Flight 1420 begins its descent. But as severe thunderstorms close in, the plane goes into a deadly skid upon landing. What went wrong? And who, if anyone, is to blame?
An Air Canada DC-9 out of Dallas makes an emergency landing in Cincinnati and 90 seconds later, erupts in flames, killing 23. The cause of the fire is never identified. But the tragedy triggers a series of comprehensive changes in air travel safety.
The pilot of Swissair Flight 111 smells smoke in the cockpit less than an hour after take-off. Minutes later, fire breaks out and the plane experiences electrical failure, crashing into the Atlantic killing all 229 on board. What caused the fire?
As Aeroperu Flight 603 takes off from Lima at night, its airspeed and altitude indicators seem to malfunction. The flight crew is flying blind. The 757 crashes into the Pacific, killing all 70 on board. What caused the computer malfunction?
An Airbus A330 with 306 people on board runs out of fuel over the Atlantic, forcing the crew to glide to a powerless crash-landing. National Geographic Channel explores how a state-of-the-art airliner suffered this catastrophic failure.
An idyllic, Greek get-a-way to the island of Paros turns into a watery nightmare when a passenger ferry grinds against jagged rocks, gouging open the side of the ship. As the ferry sinks in the midst of a raging storm, frantic passengers battle for life jackets and emergency rafts on the under-equipped boat. As the death toll climbs, questions multiply. Hear survivors, rescuers, and investigators recount the events surrounding the worst Greek shipping disaster in 30-years.
A 13-000-ton freight train ignores caution lights and slams into an oncoming passenger train, killing travelers in the fiery wreckage. Deconstruct the tragedy that forced railway management around the world to redefine industry safety standards.
In 1994, a Russian Airbus jet crashed in Siberia, killing 75 aboard. Was the captain's 15-year-old son to blame? Investigative reports and haunting cockpit recordings reveal glaring failures in both aircraft mechanics and pilot judgment.
During a sea battle in the Persian Gulf, a military radar operator stationed on a U.S. war ship equipped with a highly sophisticated weapons system, mistakenly identifies an approaching civilian aircraft as a hostile F-14. The plane is shot down and all290 people on board are killed. Join NGC as Air Emergency investigates this tragic case of mistaken identity and shows us how fear led to a chain of errors.
The Boeing 737 is one of the most popular and reliable aircraft in aviation history - flying almost 6 billion passengers. But in the 1990s, two deadly crashes would change its track record forever. The unexplained crashes led to the longest investigation in the history of the NTSB. It was only after a third 737 that had a similar problem landed safely that investigators got the break they needed to crack the case. Now, NGC explores what caused these Mystery Crashes.
The National Geographic Channel goes Out of Control to explore the technological advancements that make our roadways safe. Follow state police officers to learn some of the specialized techniques used to apprehend a fleeing vehicle. Study the amazing stopping power of runaway truck ramps and examine the science and safety measures implemented in the cement median. At any given moment an automobile can go out of control but thanks to modern science, we have what it takes to shut them down.
More than 80 die when two planes collide in mid-air and crash into a quiet Los Angeles suburb in1986. NGC examines the cause of this deadly accident and how it changed the way planes are monitored and tracked around U.S. airports.
February 19, 1985: A series of small mistakes beginning with the failure of the fourth engine causes a 747 passenger jet to fall 30,000 feet in just two minutes. Was lack of sleep behind the near disaster of China Airlines flight 006?
Soon after take off from Honolulu, the cargo door of United Airlines Flight 811 flies opens, ripping a huge hole in the 747, taking out five rows of seats and nine passengers. Find out how delays in fixing known design faults can have tragic consequences.
After losing radio contact with Helios flight 522, military jets make visual contact. They see the pilot is missing and everyone aboard appears unconscious. Then someone enters the cockpit. Is it a hijacking?
An overloaded freight train barrels down a California mountainside, capsizes and plows through a small town, demolishing homes, killing residents -- and severing a petroleum pipeline that explodes weeks later. How did it happen?
The infamous tides of Cook Inlet wreak havoc on the fishermen. Taylor destroys his drive shaft in shallow waters and spends the rest of the day repairing his boat. Wes allows his crew to sleep in, and the late start also finds him battling low tide, which damages his boat. Sensible Captain Dino leaves port early to avoid the tides, and after a brief power failure, his reward is a tremendous fishing day. The tides form massive waves that ravage Captain Gavin's boat, causing him to be delayed.
There is never a dull moment during the Alaska salmon fishing season. Onboard the Night's Edge, the surly crew faces a third day of bad luck when the boat's hydraulics break down. On the North Crow, Captain Gavin makes a rookie mistake -- grounding his boat on a sandbar. Captain Dan on the Paragon breaks away from the fleet and scores big. The crew picks up several hundred fish and gets the net back into the boat with only seconds to spare as time expires on the day's open fishing.
It's the start of an intense fishing season as 400 vessels race to fish for wild Alaskan salmon. Climb aboard three boats for a firsthand look at the competition. To avoid a grudge match, rookie captain Gavin on the North Crow pulls a risky maneuver that pays off big-time. Captain Wes on the Night's Edge isn't so lucky - the only whopper he pulls in is a $3,000 fine for fishing across the legal boundary. Captain Dan on the Paragon braves rough waters in the hopes of making his trek worthwhile.
It's the peak of Cook Inlet's salmon season -- these are the days when a fisherman can unload $30,000 of salmon in a single day and the competition can be fierce. Each captain makes the critical decision of where to drop their nets as some heed reports of the hot zone, while others defy the crowds. With an onslaught of fish around them, it's a race against time to pick the fish as quickly as possible and get the net back in the water before the fish leave the area.
The Alaskan salmon season is under way and captains race into Cook Inlet to secure their share of payday. Captain Dan's fishing mojo has been missing all season long, so he calls in his 11-year-old son to help change his mediocre season. Captain Gavin finds himself fishing farther north than he originally planned, but he lucks out and brings in a huge haul. Captain Wes sets the first net of the day and after a few moments, a huge school slams into his gear.
On the final day of salmon fishing season, Captain Dino lands on a hot spot but must fend off desperate fishermen to keep it. Meanwhile, after blowing an engine, Captain Wes's day might be over before it begins. At the southern end of the fishing zone, things get crowded for Captain Taylor and he must turn to his father for advice. And after a strong start, Captain Gavin tears his net but refuses to give up.
Captain Dino lets his crew sleep in so they can recharge, but he finds himself in dangerous waters without a deckhand in sight. Taylor's patience is wearing thin and he pushes his crew even though they are visibly fatigued. Captain Wes has trouble finding the fish, but on his second try, he hits a huge set. Captain Gavin and Chris are exhausted from the long season and Gavin makes a costly mistake miscalculating the borders of the fishing zone.
It's the second day of fishing on Cook Inlet and, after getting a taste of the profits that can be earned on the first opening, the fishermen are looking to fill their boats with wild Alaskan salmon. For some of the captains their decisions bring in profitable results, while others begin to second guess their skills. But inner battles aren't the only woes on the water as faulty gear plagues some of the men.
With the season almost upon them, the commercial salmon captains of Cook Inlet are ready to spring into action. The stakes are high as each fisherman has something to prove this season and the salmon run is predicted to be one of the largest in history. As the fishing season begins some captains hit the fish hard, while others have a tough time even getting to the grounds.
Meet Kelly and Becky. They own an antique store in Wasilla, Alaska and go on treasure hunts to pick through junk, looking for one-of-a-kind items. With the long Alaskan winter around the corner, the race is on for them to supply their store. With parts of the state closer to Russia than the Lower 48, Alaska was a hub of military activity during the Cold War and the team is psyched to find old arcade games that used to keep soldiers' morale up.
Kelly and Becky are looking for antiques and hidden gems among the junk to supply their antique store. This week, they meet some characters including Junkyard Dan and Sandpaper Pete, two men who may value junk more than Becky and Kelly. With a six-hour drive north to a junkyard, the pick better be worth the trip. They want Gold Rush artifacts and the always-popular military items. When Kelly falls for an old fixer-upper power wagon, will Becky put on the brakes or will Kelly win this one?
Follow one of the toughest law enforcement agencies in the nation, patrolling alone on unforgiving terrains. Responding by land, air, and sea—with backup sometimes days away—these troopers patrol hundreds of miles of rugged terrain in bone-chilling temperatures to protect the people and wildlife of Alaska. Whether it’s overturned snow machines in 22-degree weather, violent chainsaw crimes, volatile fishermen zigzagging down waterways, thieves stealing essential village items, moose-hunting checks, gunman confrontations in the wilderness, or intoxicated gold miners blocking roads—being prepared for anything is just part of the job.
Trooper Cronin is patrolling Palmer's slippery streets when he gets a call about a suspected drunk driver going in the wrong direction. Across the valley, Trooper Taylor investigates the theft of a $15,000 ATV and goes on a 12-hour hunt that leads him into the Alaska woods in the dead of night. North in Fairbanks, Trooper Mike Munson responds to a call that a man who threatened his former landlord's life is stalking outside the landlord's home.
In this heart-stopping episode of Alaska State Troopers, we look back on all five of our season's most memorable and jaw-dropping stories, from life or death face-offs, to the kookiest of characters. We countdown the Troopers' top takedowns, best foot pursuits, and most memorable characters that have keep the Alaska State Troopers busy from morning until night, 365 days a year.
There is no local jail in the small Alaskan town of Noorvik, so pilot Zaz Staheli must transport an intoxicated female convict to the nearest prison facility. Across the state, pilot Drake Olson struggles to safely drop off backcountry skiers, but the flat light caused by increasing cloud cover has practically eliminated his depth perception. With one skier already at the drop site, Olson battles the clock and fights for daylight in order to reunite the group.
Untamed terrain and dangerous beauty draw people to Alaska from all walks of life, but it takes highly skilled bush pilots to fly people in and out of its remote wilds: pilots like Don Lee, who teaches advanced maneuvers to other experienced pilots, and Drake Olson, who has to make a dangerous glacier landing when unexpected weather strands skiers on the frozen peaks.
Flying some of the most dangerous skies in the world, veteran Alaska wingmen must navigate a deadly corridor, a plane graveyard with the most crashes per capita in the state, to reach the Aleutian islands - and the villagers who would otherwise be cut off from the modern world. Later, a chopper pilot picks up a team of scientists, but with a heavy load of fossils and bad weather approaching, the scientists may have to make the choice of their research getting a lift or themselves getting a ride.
The untamed wilderness of Alaska can be as dangerous as it is exciting. Whether Drake Olsons fighting light to drop adventure-seeking skiers off on backcountry slopes, or Jay and Keller Wattum are hitting a storm while flying out cannery workers to Alitak at the tip of Kodiak Island, Alaskas weather can wreak havoc on the simplest missions. But weather isnt the only danger Alaskan pilots have on their minds. So its time for Don Lee to teach his student, Amy - a former peace studies major - the finer points of gunplay and how to shoot and kill a charging bear!
The arrival of summer brings drastic change to Alaska. But dont be fooled, just because the temperature is a bit more bearable does not make navigating the Alaskan Bush any less treacherous. Outside of Juneau, Dustin Caroll of Coastal Helicopters must battle a forest fire that threatens not only the homes of nearby residents but also the nesting grounds for a group of Bald Eagles.
Using runways that not only move but melt, Alaska bush pilots must utilize glaciers to navigate extreme weather and to reach remote locations. Gold mining is alive and well in Alaska, and Dave and Debbie King pilot a helicopter to move a massive drill the miners need to strike gold. A 14-month-old baby suffers from pneumonia in an area without adequate pediatric care, so it takes a Learjet to make a trip to Anchorage.
A 911 call from a bear hunter on Alaskas remote Kodiak Island sends pilot Keller Wattum out into some rough weather. The hunter is safe, but needs help transporting his prize kill: a massive Kodiak brown bear. In the tightly regulated world of Alaska bear hunting, killing a Kodiak is considered a once in a lifetime opportunity, but could this bear even be of record-breaking size?
In Alaskas untamed wilderness even the simplest jobs can be filled with danger, and it takes expert pilots to make sure the states most basic services keep running. In Juneau, Dustin Carroll and Jag Garrard are flying support for the local power company. They must reconfigure a nearly 50-mile chain of power lines running through the mountains that has been damaged by avalanches in recent years. Meanwhile in Haines, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has contracted Drake Olson for a survey
Extended daylight hours in the "Land of the Midnight Sun" mean high season for Drake Olson, but a faulty engine belt threatens to upend his schedule. Ryan McCue is transporting supplies and personnel to a desolate mining site on Prince of Wales Island when bad weather forces him to weigh the risks of a forced landing.
For chopper pilot Dustin Carroll, its a dream come true - hes hired by a production company that is making a movie on the extreme slopes of Alaska. To drop the skiers atop some of the steepest slopes in the region, Carroll attempts a "toe-in" landing - an extremely dangerous maneuver that can easily lead to disaster . Meanwhile, in the heart of the Talkeetna Mountains, pilot Don Lee flies a secret mission for a young Texan in search of the perfect place to propose to his girlfriend.
Its all hands on deck when the sac roe herring season opens in Sitka Sound. With the opportunity to make more than one million dollars in just a few hours, some captains hire pilots to spot the fish from the sky and point the boats in the right direction. But while this partnership lends the fishermen a distinct advantage, it becomes ever more dangerous for the pilots with each added plane. With more than 15 planes flying above the same patch of water, things can go very wrong very quickly.
The annual Iron Dog race is Alaskas ultimate competition, a 2,000 mile sled race through dangerous terrain and freezing temperatures - and the "top dog" takes home a $50,000 prize. But its more than just a land competition - the Alaska Wing Men offer aerial support to the teams. In a way, its a competition of their own, and pilots are put to the test while navigating through turbulence, high altitude, winter blizzards, and one of the tallest mountain ranges in North America.
Alcatraz was the country's first maximum security penitentiary - designed for troublemakers both high risk and high-profile. Infamous gangsters and cons like Al Capone, Machine Gun Kelly and "The Birdman" Robert Stroud; and small-time bank robbers who were no less dangerous. Over 29 years, these desperate inmates challenged the prison again and again. The Rock was tough, but the inmates were convinced they were tougher. Go behind the legend and discover the strengths and weaknesses of Alcatraz.
The Alien Deep. It’s a place in the sea, thousands of feet beneath the surface, far from the first crack of light, where the planet’s last and greatest secrets hide in the cold darkness of endless night. In this five-part series, Dr. Robert Ballard, famed explorer who found the Titanic at its final resting place, takes viewers into these underwater worlds where no man has gone before.
NGC joins leading astronomers on a visual journey beyond our solar system in search of planets like Earth. Using CGI animation, we'll explore bizarre worlds that stretch our imagination: planets with iron rain and hot ice, with diamonds everywhere, and endless oceans of gas. Planets with abnormal orbital patterns and planets with no pattern at all that drift alone in the Milky Way. Planets so strange we never could have predicted them before. Could life exist there?
A compilation of the dramatic four-part series that followed adventurer Ed Wardle on a grueling three month journey into the Canadian Yukon wilderness completely alone. With only a knife, a rifle, a cooking pot, the clothes on his back and a video camera we'll follow his daily struggle. Daily video diaries show the emotional toll hunger and isolation take on Ed.
In a new four-part series, Ed Wardle, heads into the wilderness of Canada's Yukon Territory for three months with a knife, a rifle, a cooking pot, the clothes on his back and a video camera. He must build a shelter, find fresh water and hunt for food. He will recreate the struggles of a student who abandons his possessions as depicted in the Oscar-nominated "Into the Wild." Day to day, he will report his story live as it unfolds via satellite.
In the final episode of this epic survival series, Ed Wardle battles solitude and isolation as he finds it ever harder to catch enough food to sustain his attempts to live off the land. Finally it proves too much and Ed has to come to terms with returning to civilization.
The anxiety and stress of Ed Wardle's first two weeks alone in the Yukon have taken their toll. Emotionally numb and struggling to find food, Ed decides the only way to get back on track is to move on. But after a long and gruelling two-day hike hauling all his essential supplies on his back, Ed arrives at Tincup Lake only to discover that it offers not much more than the camp he has left.
With his weight plummeting, his energy slipping away and his heart rate down to 38bpm, has Ed any chance of surviving three months?
Imagine spending three months completely alone in the wilderness, with only your wits and skills to survive. That's Ed Wardle's latest adventure. A documentary filmmaker and adventure enthusiast, he journeyed into the Canadian Yukon, where he recorded his expedition using specially designed video equipment for NGC's four-part special Alone in the Wild.
Vohne Liche Kennels (VLK), one of the most elite K-9 dog training facilities in the world. This week the pressure is on Bobby to make sure the Special Forces troops are ready to graduate from VLK's dog handling program. Later, Kenny and his team travel to a training seminar commemorating a fallen officer and former VLK student. They take the officers through training exercises, including a rappelling challenge that causes one VLK trainer to confront his fears and sends another to a hospital.
A new client, Rodney, is looking for a new cadaver dog. Rodney has his heart set on a Belgian Malinois, but VLK is convinced the right dog is a cocker spaniel. To sell Rodney on the idea they test the dog to find a human foot they've buried. Kenny and Danny participate in a police department's drug interdiction detail, where they'll attempt to catch cars using a side road to avoid a drug checkpoint, and then bring in dogs to search for drugs. The guys hope their dogs can make the grade.
For the first time, the big players from Washington, London and Baghdad tell the inside story of the Iraq War. Those who describe their part in the events include Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of State Colin Powell, British Prime Minister Tony Blair, the three prime ministers who have ruled Iraq since the fall of Saddam Hussein and many more.
Across America there are forgotten links to our history. Family heirlooms and found objects with unexpected value and amazing stories just waiting to be discovered. Each episode of America’s Lost Treasures will follow our team of two cast members on their quest to find these treasures, uncover their stories, and choose one item that deserves to take its place in a museum. The chosen object each episode will be on loan to the National Geographic Society’s special exhibition of America’s Lost Treasures, and the object owner will receive a $10,000 award.
For the first time, National Geographic takes you inside the heart of the money machine to places that you're not allowed to bring a camera ...straight into the vaults of some of the world's largest stashes of what you want, need and bust your butt to get: Money.
Four years ago Louis Theroux spent a summer living with the Phelps family of the Westboro Baptist Church, known for their offensive ministry. Now Louis returns to find the family more hateful than ever. When Louis first met the Phelps, they reveled in their notoriety, traveling the country with signs saying "God Hates Fags" and "Soldiers Die, God Laughs." America hated them. Now Louis returns to the combative community. They are convinced the world is about to end and are making ever more outrageous gestures such as burning the Koran. Louis catches up with some younger members who left the church, knowing that in doing so, they will never see their parents again. Although Louis finds the Phelps family as vengeful, hateful and controversial as ever, he also finds them heading towards an uncertain future.
Capt. Michael Rubino teams up with Stickman Betz to navigate a ship with a towering crane under a bridge. With just feet to spare, the job requires precision and low tide. At the terminals, Frank Pisano has tried for six years to expand TraPac's container business. If this request isn't approved, he'll be out of $20 million. Port Executive Director Geraldine Knatz navigates political waters, pressing for TraPac's expansion. Then, the Coast Guard and Port Police stop an erratic sailboat at sea.
In its continued efforts to become green and reduce carbon emissions in the Los Angeles area, the port welcomes the N-Y-K Atlas, a new-generation hybrid ship that can run off electric power while docked. The Coast Guard rescues an injured sea lion stuck with more than 70 fishing hooks, and Geraldine Knatz promotes the ports green initiatives at the Rose Bowl Parade. Theres never a dull moment at Americas Port.
Just 20 miles south of downtown Los Angeles is the Port of Los Angeles, the nation's largest container port and one of the most important trade gateways in the world. The anticipation of The Queen Victoria's maiden voyage, puts the Port Police on high alert. Later, the port receives a tip in the case of a missing college student; a boat in the local marina could hold clues to the student's disappearance. Meanwhile, conflict brews between truck drivers and port officials over a dirty truck ban.
The Port of Los Angeles moves more than 4 million containers every year, and maintaining this massive hub of commerce is no easy feat. In this episode, Port Police investigate an alleged rape onboard a vessel docked at a marina and find bizarre evidence that complicates the case. Then, President Jimmy Carter visits the port, and police must take extra precautions in ensuring the area is secured. And a superstar crane operator races the clock to get a ship out on time.
The chief port pilot steers a freighter as long as a skyscraper is tall into its berth, carefully avoiding a near-catastrophic collision when unexpected engine trouble arises. Longshoremen rise to the challenge of off-loading 4,000 containers in time to reach their destinations; a challenge made even more difficult when the terminal loses a crane, delaying the schedule. And at a port marina, the Port Police dive team is called in to do an underwater search for a missing Hollywood man.
To keep Americas Port as safe as possible, Dr. Geraldine Knatz and Chief Ron Boyd travel to Israels largest port, the Haifa, to see a recent innovation in counterterror technology, the Protector, a patrol boat that can be operated by remote control up to 10 miles away. Meanwhile, back at Americas Port, a tireless crew of tugboat operators guides an immense freighter ship into port. Ready to take action 24/7, eating and sleeping below deck for two weeks at a time, this team is always prepared.
Deadly toxins could threaten lives, stolen explosives put Port Police on high terrorist alert and a security breach forces the Coast Guard to shut down a terminal. The Port of Los Angeles sees more than 3 million tons of loose cargo - called "break bulk" - annually. From perishable produce to auto ships offloading 140,000 cars per year, a break bulk operation is much more labor-intensive than a container operation, and the port swirls with activity to meet tight deadlines.
The lights went out all over America. At first, everyone found it funny. People got their phones out and filmed each other lighting candles. Then it wasn’t so funny. The lights didn’t go back on. The authorities told us not to worry – that order would be restored. But food became scarce. Riots broke out over loaves of bread. Shops and homes were looted. There was chaos and terror. But people carried on filming. As long as there was battery life on their phone, they documented what was happening.
Meet the Hutterites—a small religious colony in rural Montana who holds desperately to their sacred traditions while fighting the modern temptations of the outside world. King Colony is made up of 59 people and they are almost all related. This family lives together, works together, and worships God together, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, for their entire lives. And, like any family, this one doesn’t always agree. Most of the colony is holding tight to the age-old traditions of their ancestors, while others are flirting with modern society. Some feel that bringing modern technology, education, and ideas into the colony will only help it, while others fear that this modern way of thinking threatens their very existence. We follow the men, the women, the young, and the old, as they strive to live as proper Hutterites. Some will succeed, some will fail, and everyone will have a choice to make. This is the very first glimpse into the world of the Hutterites.
In the waters of the North Atlantic, recovering service men and women are about to take part in America's oldest fishing tournament. To give injured soldiers a jump-start on the healing process, hospitals grant selected veterans a leave to compete in Martha's Vineyard's Striped Bass & Bluefish Derby. At sea, there are no doctors, no physical therapy appointments and no drama ... except between competing teams. NGC climbs aboard to experience the thrill of the catch with these wounded warriors.
All Rockefeller wanted was a simple house where he could retire with his wife Cettie. The house that was eventually built was anything but simple, and the construction went millions of dollars over budget. It eventually became home to four generations of Rockefellers, but from the very beginning its construction was controversial.
Their numbers topping 13,000, neo-Nazis are one of the fastest-growing and most violent segments of the white supremacist movement in the United States today. Critical to their growth in recent years has been the furor over immigration -- an issue they use to exploit fears and push their agenda of racial prejudice. Hear from members of various neo-Nazi groups and get an inside look at how the racist skinhead movement has evolved in the United States.
Philadelphia's Eastern State Penitentiary is said to be the one of the most haunted places in America. Since its closing in 1971, many have reported hearing eerie voices, weeping and tormented screams, while others have seen shadows dart in and out of cells. Investigators use the latest technology to search for paranormal activity. Motion sensors are rigged, night-vision and infrared cameras positioned, acoustic triangulation systems set up, and 3-D laser scanners offer a rare view inside.
Powell. McChrystal. McCaffrey. Petraeus. Clark. For the first time, National Geographic Channel gathers the nation's leading war generals for an unprecedented look at 50 years of military history, from the Vietnam War to America's war on Al-Qaeda. The two-hour special American War Generals reveals never-before-heard stories and insightful opinions from eleven active and retired U.S. Army generals. Their accounts take us through the big changes that have transformed the U.S. military from the first troops to enter Vietnam to the last combat troops to exit Afghanistan, explaining the critical personal experiences that shaped their lives and the way they approached modern warfare.
In an age when online dating and reality TV abound, Amish romance looks anything but modern. Three couples - two Amish and one ex-Amish - share the traditions underlying courtship, engagement and marriage in Amish culture. From Rumspringa, the once-in-a-lifetime experience of a world outside the fold, to an intensive 18-week period of church evaluation that would test any couple's commitment, NGC cameras capture the details as the community prepares for the highly anticipated weddings.
Five Amish teenagers leave their sheltered community for the first time to spend four weeks abroad in the United Kingdom. It's a trip full of firsts — first time on an airplane, first visit to the ocean and first nightclub. We'll see how they react to the seedy streets of London, street performers and the hedonistic lifestyle of an indie rock band they befriend. We'll also see how their simple life clashes with that of the British upper classes.
In Amish societies, leaving the church can mean expulsion from the community and complete separation from family. For many ex-Amish, modern living means freedom and opportunity, but some who feel the pull of their traditional upbringing find themselves caught between two worlds. Visit an ex-Amish community and see the faces of Amish teens grappling with the anxiety of entering modern society.
Venture into the rain forest with National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Wade Davis for an up-close look at the Barasana River people, a group believed to be the descendents of the legendary "lost" Amazonians. We'll join them on a symbolic journey that will honor the group's ancestors. See the rituals that demonstrate respect for this tropical landscape and watch the rarely seen "Cassava Bread Dance," which lasts more than 48 hours.
National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Wade Davis journeys deep into the Australian outback to document the disappearing legend of the Aborigines, thought to be one of the oldest groups of peoples on earth. Today, small Aboriginal clans must fight to keep traditions alive for the next generation through song, dance, and storytelling known as the Dreaming. Then, discover ceremonial cave paintings and follow a group of hunters who hunt prey during the Kangaroo Fire Drive.
Wade Davis makes a remarkable journey into the heart of war-torn Colombia to visit one of the indigenous groups who call themselves the Elder Brother. These extraordinary people claim to be the last descendents of a once great civilization, the Tairona, and to speak with their voice. Could they really be the last window we have on the great high civilizations of the ancient Americas? Wade's journey to find out takes him from the tropical plains of Northern Colombia to the frozen peaks of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and a chilling close encounter with the FARC. It also takes him into the heart of one of the most unique indigenous cultures anywhere in the world.
Wade Davis travels to Mongolia to meet today's members of the ancient nomadic horse cultures who have thrived in the harsh conditions of the Central Asian Steppes for more than two thousand years. Wade's mission is to discover how this ancient culture has made it into the twenty-first Century and to search for the keys to one of man's oldest and deepest bonds the bond between man and horse. He arrives in central Mongolia at the start of the great Mongolian summer festival, the Naadam, and follows the fortunes of two of the top local horse trainers. One of them seems destined to win everything, but a bitter twist of fate awaits him, as Wade discovers the secrets of the man-horse bond by taking part in the lives of his nomadic horsemen hosts.
Legend describes the Philosopher's Stone as the source of limitless wealth and eternal life. Despite its name, the stone was actually a special recipe, and the ultimate object of medieval alchemy. Scholars have uncovered a handwritten manuscript by one of the greatest scientific minds in history, Sir Isaac Newton, that may reveal its secrets. If they can decipher Newton's cryptic codes and equations, can they unlock the secrets of the Philosopher's Stone?
Less famous then the Shroud of Turin, could the Sudarium of Oviedo actually be Christ's burial cloth? NGC takes the hunt to Israel in a quest to explore ancient burial practices and a potential medieval hiding place for the cloth. Later, a linguistic code cracker attempts to solve the riddle of one of the most mysterious ancient objects -- the Phaistos Disk.
Follow investigators to a mountaintop monastery in the quest for answers about the legendary Holy Grail. And, meet the knights who've vowed to risk their lives to defend the Valencia Chalice, a sacred cup they believe to be the Grail. Then, enter the Minotaur -- a terrifying monster of ancient myth. NGC investigates: was this blood curdling story based on real places? Watch as we descend into a dark, complex cave system in an attempt to uncover the mystery.
Can a group of insects morph into a single creature? They can, when it's a group of ants. Their colonies are so in sync that some scientists call them a "superorganism" - where individuals act more like cells in one huge body. National Geographic's Antzilla reveals ants as you've never seen them before. New science explores how ants communicate, organize and make decisions, all in the blink of an eye. State of the art macro photography gets closer to these astonishing creatures than ever before revealing how a million tiny brains can accomplish wonders by working together as one.
If the floodwaters rise, if the virus spreads, if the bombs go off — these men are ready. Meet four former Marines who believe that they have what it takes to survive almost any doomsday scenario. Joel, Mark, Mike and Jimmy own Forge Survival Supply; their mission is to use what they have on hand to teach and test their clients' survival skills.
Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout? is an exciting yet moving, reality competition
series wherein 6 elite Boy Scouts will compete against different adult men in a
variety of scout-based challenges. Over a course of three days and two nights,
the scouts will compete and judge the adults in adventurous challenges.
The Autobahn is nearly 7,300 miles long -- enough to cross the United States twice. But it's packed into an area the size of Montana. See what it takes to build, operate, and drive the world's greatest super highway.
Go inside the world of international matchmaking with introduction agency A Foreign Affair, as it assists American men to find a bride abroad. Joe from Arizona is divorced with three grown daughters and is hoping to find the woman of his dreams as he embarks on a two-week tour to Ukraine. Bill, a 61-year-old retiree, has been on two of these tours previously and married a Russian woman 20 years his junior whom he met through A Foreign Affair but is looking for another chance at love.
England's Kind Edward I just crushed the infamous Scottish braveheart William Wallace and claimed all of Scotland as England territory. But Wallace's death only ignited a flame within the heart of Scottish outlaw Robert the Bruce. Robert gathered his men and waged war against England, capturing every English-held castle in Scotland, except one Stirling Castle near the Bannock Burn. NGC tells the story of the pivotal campaign at Sterling Castle and how it held the key to Scotland's future.
No other auction company offers as many high-quality and one-of-a-kind vehicles, provides superior entertainment or contributes as much to charities as Barrett-Jackson. Be part of the World's Greatest Collector Car Events as Barrett-Jackson brings its renowned auction and lifestyle experience to viewers.
Barrett-Jackson takes Nat Geo to its hometown for the Scottsdale Collector Car auction. This auction will be televised to the largest television audience in collector car auction history. No other auction company offers as many high-quality and one-of-a-kind vehicles, provides superior entertainment or contributes as much to charities as Barrett-Jackson. Be part of the World's Greatest Collector Car Events as Barrett-Jackson brings its renowned auction and lifestyle experience to viewers.
No other auction company offers as many high-quality and one-of-a-kind vehicles, provides superior entertainment or contributes as much to charities as Barrett-Jackson. Be part of the World's Greatest Collector Car Events as Barrett-Jackson brings its renowned auction and lifestyle experience to viewers.
It is only appropriate that Barrett-Jackson brings The World's Greatest Collector Car Auctions to a dazzling city like Reno, Nev. Barrett-Jackson invites a global audience to experience the glamorous automotive event and entertaining collector lifestyle. Join car enthusiasts and watch heated auction action over unique, high-quality vehicles.
Battleground Afghanistan looks inside the latest chapter of the Afghan conflict as seen by American Marines on the front-lines of the war. As tens of thousands of troops withdraw from Afghanistan, Capt. Ben Middendorf and his men of Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines — based at Camp Pendleton in San Diego — are staying behind to continue the fight. These Marines are taking the fight directly to the Taliban with a mission to locate, disrupt and destroy the enemy.
Beast Hunter is hosted by Pat Spain, a biologist and explorer who travels the globe in search of mythical creatures, immersing himself amongst the tribes, people and cultures on his quest to find the truth between fact and fiction.
Home at last. With the start of the Premier League season in their sights, the transfer window looms while the team takes on FC Gomel to qualify for the UEFA Europa League. Backstage at Anfield with Ian Ayre, Steve Gerrard, Lucas Lieva and Luis Suarez. New players join the club.
Brendan Rodgers begins to rebuild Liverpool Football Club from the inside out, on-the-road as they face Toronto FC (Brendan's first match as manager) . The club then faces AS Roma in the shadow of The Green Monster as Fenway Park is transformed into a soccer stadium. The players take some time off for fun during their U.S. tour. Andy Carrol and Steven Gerrard return from their tour of duty on the England Men's National Team.
LFC vs. Manchester City, from kick-off to the end of the match, and the aftermath, as its never been seen before. The match is chronicled from the perspective of all the personalities that have been encountered throughout the series. Win or lose, learn why Liverpool FC and their fans "Never Walk Alone."
Liverpool Football Club is in free-fall at the end of last season when a club-wide re-org is kicked off with the naming of new manager, Brendan Rodgers. Under the watch of a new regime the team re-gathers at Melwood Training Facility to prepare for pre-season. Lucas Lieva, Luis Suarez, Jon Flanagan, Charlie Adam, and new signing Fabio Borini travel to Boston to begin Liverpool FC's summer friendly tour. A new era begins.
Expectations and team spirit are put to the test as the buildup and the hard, cold aftermath of the club's season opener against West Brom are measured. Follow Jaimie Carragher and his son at the LFC Youth Academy, and new manager Rodgers breaks down the X's and O's of the West Brom match with an eye towards the club's home opener against league Champions, Manchester City. There is much work to be done.
The clock counts down from 48 hours to LFC vs. Manchester City for the first match of the Premier League season on the hallowed pitch at Anfield against the current league champions. From groundskeepers to the ownership - everyone's journey to the kick-off of this pivotal match is captured.
A lost piece of American history may have been uncovered deep in the sea a shipwreck thought to have belonged to a fleet of American privateers. In the late 18th century, the Irish Sea was a cauldron of kidnapping, thievery and unrepentant skullduggery. Governments, including the nascent U.S., hired sea raiders, or privateers, to pillage and steal from merchant vessels. Is it possible that this ship was on a mission from Benjamin Franklin?
Berlin's Grand Central will literally and figuratively reconnect East and West Germany, ushering in a new era of unification. Once completed, it will be Europe's largest train station, containing nearly as much space as the Empire State building.
Over the course of a year, Access 360° World Heritage took us across the globe, filming in some of the most stunning and fragile places on the planet. From the Great Barrier Reef to the Statue of Liberty, from Cappadocia to the Amazon, we encountered a range of amazing stories and characters at each location. Now in this Best Of episode, we highlight the threats facing these sites and the ingenuity and commitment shown to resolve them.
The Danley Demolition crew are property pirates on a hunt to discover buried treasure on the brink of destruction. After winning a grueling bid on a property, the guys from Danley Demo race against the clock to hunt down as many hidden treasures and rare items left behind to turn a profit, before they decimate and demolish the building to the ground. For these bidders and destroyers, the greater the risk, the greater the reward.
This film reveals how seven ingenious technological breakthroughs enabled engineers to build the biggest aircraft carrier in the world - the USS Nimitz, weighing more than 100,000 tons. From steam catapults and mirror landing aids to advanced nuclear-powered engines, well chart the historic inventions embodied by seven landmark aircraft carriers to see how aircraft carrier design continues to push the limits of size.
London's Heathrow Airport is the world's busiest and home to one of the tallest terminals - T5. NGC reveals how ingenious breakthroughs enabled engineers to build the super structure. With its enormous free span roof, automated baggage system and robotic vehicles, T5 can feed 30 million passengers through Heathrow. Using CGI animation and on-location filming, you'll see the stunning innovations that changed airports forever and enabled them to grow - from big to bigger to biggest.
The Burj Dubai is the tallest man-made structure on earth at nearly half a mile high. To fully understand the complexity of this engineering marvel, NGC examines seven landmark buildings whose contributions in structure and design made it possible for the Burj to soar to record heights. From the climbing cranes used to construct the World Trade Center to the exoskeleton tubes of the Sears Tower, well reveal the ingenious leaps that enabled skyscrapers to evolve, from Big, Bigger, Biggest.
California's Big Sur coastline is one of the most pristine wildernesses on Earth. This scenic meeting of land and sea boasts more than 200,000 acres of prime wildlife habitat - almost all of it undisturbed by humans. So why has it been only in the last few years that this rare ecosystem has experienced an explosion in wildlife? As we solve the mystery of why Big Sur is the newest beacon for wildlife in the West, we'll soar over, plunge into and crawl through scenes of spectacular beauty.
New DNA research collected by Professor Bryan Sykes, a leading British geneticist, reveals a unique genetic link the may answer the centuries-old mystery what is Bigfoot? The results are featured in a new two-hour special. Sykes sets off on a global quest to unlock the real story of Bigfoot. Sykes, professor of human genetics at the University of Oxford, collected and tested Yeti hair samples in the western Himalayas to find out what species they came from.
Mark travels to Russia, the world's largest country, to gather evidence on Russia's Bigfoot, the Almasty. In the south, he learns of Zana, the so called Neanderthal Wild Woman' of the late 1800s's, and takes samples from her descendants. In Siberia, he meets the giant' of Almasty Hunting, seven foot tall former heavyweight boxing champion, Nikloai Valuev, and the 3 kids who may have caught the Almasty on video. Then he meets up with Professor Bryan Sykes in Moscow, who delivers the surprising results of his DNA testing.
Mark Evans is in the USA, home to Sasquatch, and meets one of the most notorious figures in Bigfootology today, Justin Smeja, who says he killed a young Sasquatch in 2010. In the remote Olympic Peninsula of Washington State, he hears of Derek Randall's Bigfoot encounter in 1985, and learns the role Bigfoot plays in local Native American culture at the nearby Lummi Reservation. There is much riding on the results for the Bigfootologists of America, and Bryan Sykes warns genetics is ruthless' as he gives out the results.
Mark Evans travels to the spectacular Himalayas in search of the Yeti and discovers that the creature is deeply embedded in local legend. Meanwhile, Professor Bryan Sykes has some extraordinary samples to test; hairs from a Nazi yeti killed in Tibet in the 1930's; samples from a Tengmo' (the Yeti of Ladakh in Northern India) shot in the early 1970's; and a mystery hair collected in Bhutan in 2001. When Proessor Bryan Sykes reveals the results, they are surprising, and could potentially identify the biological identity behind the Yeti legend.
Meet Jennifer, president of the world's largest all-female motorcycle club. She's about to get married during the annual Bike Week in Daytona Beach, Fla. Her fiancé John, boss of the Mongols bike club, is her partner in the close-knit and secretive world of the 1%ers: the 1 percent of bikers who live outside the rules and conventions of society. And, Katherine is a thrill-seeking party girl who became drawn into a notorious outlaw bike club and soon was forced to work as a prostitute and
Old-world traditions of the Mafia clash with the new ways of biker gangs when the two groups join forces to take control of Montreal's drug trade. Crime reporters, undercover cops and former mafia members shed light on the underbelly of this crime world.
Ango, a cricket fighting master from Taiwan's rural countryside, journeys to China for a showdown between his black dragon' and China's smaller but well-trained Qu Qu' but will size matter in this ultimate tournament? We'll also journey to Holland and see how some scientists are creating artificial cricket hairs for sound detection that may lead to new developments to aid the hearing impaired.
Just beneath the surface of Northern Canada's Alberta forest sits the largest oil reserve in the world, possibly capable of satisfying world needs for up to 55 years. Mother Nature has thrown engineers a giant curveball - the oil can't be pumped because iit's trapped in sand, and extracting that energy is already having an unprecedented impact on the Canadian environment. Watch as multiple companies race to develop technologies that unlock the vast oil and profit hidden below Canada's forests.
The firefighters of Station 8 have been asked to cook at the fire department's annual kick off for the holiday toy drive. Industrial designers have three days and $4,500 to build a smokin' hot barbecue for them.
NGC takes viewers to the streets of South Central Los Angeles as it charts the rise of two of the most notorious gangs in America: the Bloods and the Crips. Follow along as an emerging cocaine trade fuels staggering levels of bloodshed and the streets of Los Angeles begin to resemble a war zone. Exclusive interviews include Bloods founder T Rodgers; original Crip Angelo "Barefoot Pookie" White; former LAPD chief Darryl Gates; and LAPD gang unit veteran Tony Moreno.
From WWII executions and Guy Fawkes' grisly torture and gruesome death to a 16th century prison break, the Tower of London's history encompasses it all. Tudor historian Suzannah Lipscomb and journalist Joe Crowley team up to investigate three extraordinary stories which challenge our beliefs about the infamous Tower and its role in British history. Just how and why were state executions carried out at the Tower during WWII? Why do we remember Guy Fawkes more than the other gunpowder plot conspirators and what exactly happened to him when he was captured? What enabled an undercover Catholic priest to escape this impenetrable fortress and a traitor's death? Think you know the Tower of London? Time to think again...
From botched beheadings to mob executions and controversy over the first Queen of England - the Tower of London's history encompasses it all. Tudor historian Suzannah Lipscomb and journalist Joe Crowley team up to investigate three gruesome stories which challenge our ingrained beliefs about the infamous Tower.
Was the Tower really a slick one-stop-shop for beheadings, and if so why did it take five blows to decapitate King Charles II's illegitimate son? Just how did the mob manage to get into the Tower to seize one of King Richard II's key advisors during the Peasants' Revolt of 1381? And, how important is the Tower for a wannabe King or Queen in securing the throne of England? Think you know the Tower of London? Time to think again...
NGC follows a demolition team as they go to Las Vegas to take down The Frontier Hotel and Casino. The Frontier was the second hotel built on the strip and its age is a major factor in the teams demostrategy. Unclear blueprints, massive amounts of re-bar, and toxic asbestos, challenge the project. To further complicate matters, hotel demolition in Vegas is a large scale event complete with crowds and fireworks, and the team is faced with the added pressure of putting on a good and safe show.
Gain access to one of the world's most dangerous jobs when NGC goes into the line of fire with the New York Police Department Bomb Squad. Meet this elite team and learn how they've evolved from their beginnings in 1903 and what technology they use in the 21st century to keep their city safe. When a suspicious item in a packed subway station brings the center of New York to a halt, these men are the only ones who can determine whether it's a benign package or a threat to America's largest city.
A brand-new season of the hit series Border Wars expands to follow not only Customs and Border Protection as they patrol the border, but also local law enforcement charged with keeping things safe in the border towns of South Texas. Follow the cameras as we show the challenges and complexities in this hot zone, where more drugs are apprehended than anywhere else in the U.S. Determined to defend our borders, these officers and agents take their jobs seriously. Border Wars isn’t afraid to show the heartbreaking, jaw-dropping, and action-packed side of issues like illegal immigration and smuggling.
Brockton, Mass. is the working-class town of the self-proclaimed
“fighting Morrisseys”—owners of ECO Recycling Systems, one of Brockton’s
most competitive, most successful and all-around most colorful scrap
metal recycling yards. Get a day-to-day look at this family-owned and
-operated business, which prides itself on the Morrisseys’ unstoppable
work ethic and tight family bond.
Leonard Padilla, the "godfather of bail," and his partner and former competition Rob Dick work to track down a list of skips in California. As pressure mounts, Rob must go to Oklahoma to find who he needs.
In this episode, we pose a simple question: can you trust your own brain? You'll be amazed to discover the many ways your brain deceives you and leads you astray - on an almost daily basis! We'll show you how most of us are willing to pass up free money, yet willingly risk having a stranger destroy our cell phone. You'll see how you don't always "see" the full picture and why sometimes it's better to trust other people more and yourself a little less. Trust us - your mind will be blown away...on Brian Games.
Your brain and body are connected in countless ways, and some are more mysterious than others. In this episode, we ask a simple question: who's in charge, your brain or your body? Over the next hour, you'll be amazed to discover the many ways your brain and body work together seamlessly and how easily this connection can crash and burn. Through a series of interactive games and experiments, you'll learn how your brain tricks your body into doing some pretty silly things - and how factors like fear, age and stress affect both your body and your brain. We'll even teach you a secret about your body's reaction time that you can use to make a quick buck. It's BRAIN vs. BODY in a fight to the finish on Brain Games.
After more than 600,000 miles of hauling cargo, the Volvo FH12 Globetrotter has reached the end of the road and is headed for a breakdown. In Sweden, a country known for its "green" initiatives, Volvo's goal is for 95 percent of the truck to be reused or recycled. We'll watch a team of experts rip it apart, beat it up and melt it down. Then, at 10 feet tall and packing a 700-horsepower punch, we'll see it reborn, even bigger.
A building made to be impenetrable the Riverfront State Prison in Camden, N.J. must come crashing down. Concrete cell blocks, a library, a chapel, four guard towers and razor wire. Obstacles at almost every turn starting with the deadly risk of asbestos make this a formidable project. Then, the stakes get even higher as a massive storm sweeps across the East Coast, buries New Jersey in snow and threatens to shut down the entire job.
Follow a breakdown crew as they tear apart a 50-year-old locomotive and rebuild it from the frame up, using the latest energy-efficient technology. This four-axle train must boast 1,400 horsepower and ride the rails for another 50 years. Chains and cranes do the heavy lifting, as power tools crank, torches flare and fires blaze. In just eight weeks, this loco will undergo a complete transformation and emerge again as a lean, green pulling machine.
Gershow Recycling - a sprawling 40 acre scrap yard in Long Island, NY. In just one day, this family run business will destroy three million pounds of scrap -- including as many as 500 cars and 20 city buses - to create a multi-million dollar mound of steel. This family of scrap connoisseurs has only 10 hours to get the job done. They must supply their monster shredder with a continuous lunch of discarded metal. But in the face of a volatile ferrous and non-ferrous metal market, will Gershow come out on top?
One of the world's longest bridges, the Carquinez in San Francisco, has to come down. How will engineers dismantle and recycle 24,000 tons of steel, concrete and rebar while fighting the elements in a race against time?
Get an inside look into what happens when a worn-out, 180-ton locomotive reaches the end of its line. Travel to Kansas City, the second largest rail junction in the United States, where a crew of salvage experts takes on the challenging task of breaking down two rail behemoths.
The Orange Bowl home to the Miami Dolphins for 21 seasons, and host of five Super Bowls is about to be demolished. Its a monster breakdown jobwith a monster deadline: In just four months, a demolition team needs to clear over a quarter million feet of stadium to get ready for a new stadium. Not only is there a tight timetable, everything must be salvaged or recycled. But before the team can break down the stadium, theyll have to save parts of it. After a memorabilia company combs the bowl for collectibles and auctions off what they salvage its finally time for the demo team to get their hands on the bowl. 50,000 left over orange seats, nearly 100,000 square feet of turf, and eight ten-ton stadium light towers are recycled or resold, freeing the demo team to take down the stadium itself. Using a combo of wrecking balls and mega machines, theyll cut, pull, and pummel this historic structure until its a bowl full of rubble. The iconic Orange Bowl, is about to be history.
It's easy enough to recycle a soda can, but what happens when you want to junk one of the world's largest airplanes? A select team of airplane mechanics is tasked with deconstructing and recycling a 747 jumbo jet. With pieces that are all substantially bigger and heavier than those of standard jets, the 747 promises to be a tough deconstruction challenge for this group. We'll be with them, from cockpit to cargo hold, as they tackle this mega feat of unengineering.
Breaking Barriers demonstrates what it takes to build and drive a vehicle faster than anyone on the planet. Follow American automobile entrepreneur John Hennessey's pursuit of the production vehicle land speed record and trace the roots of land speed racing from the early days of hot rodding to today. We discover that since the advent of the automobile, the pursuit of speed and the fight for the title of fastest car are intrinsically connected.
Every prisoner fantasizes about escape, but few attempt it. The second documentary-drama series of BREAKOUT brings eight more action-packed stories of criminals who bust out of some of the most secure prisons in the world. In the face of seemingly impossible obstacles, the prisoners’ ingenuity and sheer audaciousness is awe-inspiring. So too the skilled detective work of the law enforcement agencies tasked with tracking the fugitives down, engaging in car chases and shoot outs to capture them. Told through filmic, high-octane drama and powerful first hand testimony, BREAKOUT is an edge-of-your-seat viewing experience.
Was a member of the British royal family in cahoots with the Nazis? Recently declassified FBI files expose a surprising twist in the legacy of Edward VIII. In 1941, President Roosevelt had the Duke of Windsor investigated for suspicion of sympathizing with Nazi Germany. What the investigation found was an astonishing plot to put Edward VIII on Britain's throne as Hitler's Nazi puppet. Under different circumstances, could this relationship have changed history as we know it?
Britain's Underworld: Glasgow - A deadly look at the history of the underworld in one of Britains' most violent cities. Includes interviews with leading gangsters and hardmen, telling their stories of crime and punishment.
Follow three decades of bloody Russian gang wars that started on the Brooklyn streets and continue to this day in cities across the nation. Beginning in the 1970s, hardened criminals released by the KGB immigrated to the United States. Soon after they arrived, crime groups sprang up in Brooklyn and evolved into global syndicates, running lucrative and powerful extortion rackets and gas scams.
Through gripping first-person accounts and digitally remastered archival footage, including the soldiers' own home movies and personal audio tapes, Brothers in War recounts the harrowing combat experiences of the men of Charlie Company one of the last American combat infantry companies to be drafted, trained and sent to fight together in Vietnam. The two-hour special is fittingly narrated by Charlie Sheen, who rose to stardom after his 1986 performance as a Vietnam soldier in Platoon.
The Bugatti Veyron is a "super" super car - part automobile and part airplane. And with a base price of $1,750,000, it is the most expensive production car in the world. Designed with materials and construction techniques normally found in the aerospace industry, this remarkable engineering achievement is one of the fastest street-legal cars ever built. Now, NGC takes an insider look at the Bugatti factory to see how this modern engineering masterpiece is built.
It’s the most rugged construction show ever built. Each week, Paulie and Tuffy - the Cabin Kings - meet a new client with a wild piece of property and a dream of building the perfect wilderness getaway. The Cabin Kings have just one week to conquer the elements and unveil this new backwoods paradise.
Some call it the most dangerous eight seconds in sports. Take a behind-the-scenes look at the lives of these bold and brave men who risk everything for the love of the sport and the thrill of the ride.
Mobster James "Whitey" Bulger and his gang drew the FBI, local officials and Bostons Irish community into a web of corruption, double cross and murder that rocked the city to its core. The gritty truth behind Bulger and his fellow mobsters is exposed as NGC relives the investigation through archival footage and firsthand testimony from those closest with the gangster.
Next to bin Laden, the most wanted terrorist associated with 9/11 was Khalid Sheik Mohammed, or KSM. He managed to elude the CIA for a decade, and even on the run, he carried out attacks on U.S. and Western interests in Bali, Yemen and Africa. Follow the dramatic story of the CIA's quest to find and capture this once-shadowy figure, piecing together fragments of intelligence from around the world. We'll see the chain of intelligence that eventually led to his capture and imprisonment.
Just days after the horrific attacks of 9/11, a team of seven CIA agents snuck into northern Afghanistan and began to lay the groundwork for war. Dubbed operation "Jawbreaker," their goal was to take out al Qaeda, find Osama bin Laden and kill him. Now, NGC tells the story of this dangerous covert mission from the point of view of the CIA officers and top-secret Delta Force operators involved.
They were the invisible warriors in Iraq, Afghanistan and most recently Libya. But drones, the CIA's elusive, unmanned counterterrorism war planes, add a new level of danger for CIA operatives in the field. After a string of drone attacks on key al-Qaida and Taliban leadership, an undercover Taliban sympathizer penetrates deep into the heart of drone war headquarters and detonates a suicide vest, killing seven of the CIA's most effective officers.
CIA Confidential: Pakistan Undercover goes inside one of the most perilous battlegrounds of the new war: Pakistan. Join a 14-point strike to capture alleged al Qaeda logistician Abu Zubaydah and follow the CIA's multi-national effort to capture alleged al Qaeda terror-broker Rashid Rauf before he can unleash a massive attack on US airliners.
At the height of the Cold War, the CIA launched a highly classified, top secret research program that exposed Americans to biological agents, hallucinogenic drugs and psychological techniques aimed at mastering the art of mind control. Entire cities in America were contaminated with bacteria, exposing millions to germ warfare. NGC's CIA Secret Experiments examines what happened, shedding light on its research to better understand the extent and full reach of its disturbing experiments.
This Bible story of sibling jealousy and murder has puzzled scholars for centuries. From Egyptian burial tombs to the mountaintops of Iran, archaeologists investigate a tale that impacts all of humanity.
Abu Dhabi will set out on the biggest project to date - a new micro-city with a round skyscraper taller than the Statue of Liberty and curved glass skin covering the area of four football fields. The spherical design and the proposed site pose numerous challenges, including design stability and a location that is half a mile out in the Persian Gulf and 25 feet under water. On top of everything, this skyscraper must be completed in just 30 months' time.
Abu Dhabi is famous for its extreme engineering, but now one project could surpass them all - the world's most inclined skyscraper, Capital Gate. Capital Gate is a tower that spirals out of the ground at 525 feet and tilts almost five times more than the Leaning Tower of Pisa. The tower will include a five-star hotel on the top 18 levels, an infinity pool, a restaurant hanging 300 feet above the ground and a helicopter pad on the roof.
The Dubai skyscraper Burj Khalifa stands 2,716 feet tall, or half a mile into the Arabian air. Over the course of seven years and at a cost of $1.5 billion, follow the construction of this desert tower and the never-before-seen obstacles that must be overcome to deem a mega-structure built on shifting sands safe to inhabit. How will construction and engineering teams overcome 115-degree heat and vortex winds at high altitudes, and what happens when the tallest construction crane in the world
Canyonlands is the little known jewel of the American National Parks. This stark landscape of extraordinary features contains more than three hundred thousand acres of desert wilderness, towering spires, high plateaus and spectacular canyons. But this rugged terrain is more than a pretty picture; it is a history book of time. Its stories stretch from the geologic forces that created this land, to the beginnings of life on earth and ancient people, to the cowboys and outlaws of the Old West.
The Amphicar, a German-built novelty, is not only a car; it's also a boat. Hampered by extensive repairs and hard-to-find parts, classic car expert Alan Lewenthal and his restoration crew transform a rare 1967 amphibious car from a rusty relic into a profitable auction-block winner. The restoration turns out to be twice the trouble as the crew finds their auto repair skills sorely tested when it comes to fixing a boat.
Resurrecting a one-of-a-kind classic 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z-28 requires ingenuity and $100,000 in parts and labor. To undo massive erosion, restoration wizard Alan Lewenthal and his crew have just 12 weeks to rebuild the muscle car for a prestigious auto auction where Alan hopes to sell the classic for a profit. Using auto-archaeology to find the original custom paint color, Alan raises this legendary muscle car from a rust heap to its former glory, hoping it proves a winner at the auction.
Classic car expert and auto archaeologist Alan Lewenthal leads his crack restoration team through a time warp in their quest to resurrect a prize-winning 1960s custom pickup truck that started out as a 1954 Oldsmobile Holiday sedan. The team uses clues uncovered in out-of-print magazines, rare archival photographs and the astonishing memories of hot rod car buffs from 50 years ago.
A real-life high-tech war is being waged on the neon-drenched battlefields of Las Vegas, where millions of dollars are at stake. Today, modern gadgets including lasers and microcomputers are helping them beat the house. We'll meet a former cheater who used a light-wand to swindle nearly $1 million from slot machines. Then, NGC gains exclusive access to a subterranean surveillance facility where the latest advancements in digital surveillance are being used.
It's the most expensive railway tunnel ever built -- a product of endless surveying, giant boring machines, and a massive gamble. The Channel Tunnel connecting England and France is huge success, but there was a time when it was the tunnel nobody wanted.
The Chicago Mob, known as the Outfit was literally getting away with murder. Through rarely seen archival footage and interviews with former Mob associates and FBI agents, NGC takes you inside what took down the Mob.
It's the real-life Grey's Anatomy in Chicago. Every day, a team of idealistic young doctors rides the El to Chicago's gritty southwest side. But no amount of reading can prepare them for the most challenging test of their lives a residency in one of the nation's busiest trauma centers. Here at Cook County Hospital, realities of urban life come crashing through the door by the hour. With more than 5,000 trauma patients a year, the action is literally a life-and-death adrenaline rush.
Known as "China's Elephant Man," Huang Chuncai suffers from exceptionally large tumors that have stunted his growth, left his bones undeveloped, caused his spine to buckle and restricted his breathing. Now, Huang undergoes a risky surgery.
China's second imperial dynasty, the Han, constructed a true city of the dead a series of spectacular tombs, many of which still exist today. They built the tombs large enough to command respect and establish their right to rule, but were challenged to do so without bankrupting the national treasury and oppressing thousands of workers. NGC journeys back to this ancient world to see how the Han expanded the mega-tomb concept.
In the underground of San Francisco, a secretive network of gangs was breeding in Chinatown, gaining strength as immigrants flooded the city. After a bloody 1977 showdown, these gangs were deemed an imminent threat to the city. Now, rare archival footage and intimate interviews with those closest to the case reveal the dark side of San Francisco of illegal gambling, brutal robberies, drugs, and violence.
Running a church takes more than faith, and even the holiest of institutions can fall victim to harsh realities. Enter the "Church Hoppers" — three business-savvy ministers who travel the country helping faith-based organizations reestablish themselves in the marketplace so they can continue spreading the good word to their followers. They use the wisdom of Scripture and a little Southern ingenuity to pull off inspiring interventions.
Griselda Blanco was perhaps one of the most ruthless traffickers of cocaine in the 20th century, believed to be responsible for dozens, and by some reports hundreds of homicides. In "Cocaine Cowboys 2", Charles Cosby tells how he rose from a street level crack dealer to the right hand man of the "Cocaine Godmother". Born in Oakland, CA, Cosby began dealing crack in high school during the 1980s, until he saw the Godmother on TV. After writing a letter to Griselda, Cosby began a relationship with her that would earn him millions in drug money, but at the risk of his own life.
Follow DEA agents on their quest to track down and bust narco-submarines in one of the most violent regions of Colombia- the coastal town of Tumaco. NGC joins the investigation, taking to the streets and swamps with armed marine patrols. We'll meet a drug sub informant who ventures out to mark a sub site for capture- and subsequently goes missing. And meet one of the very first drug sub inventors, now "in hiding" as he shows original "test" footage of his creation. We'll also examine severa
Experts in code writing and breaking tell tales of heroic risks and cat-and-mouse secrecy, where science meets deadly adventure and everyone from queens to soldiers to everyday citizens can pay the price.
On July 2nd, 2008 a new page was written in the history of military hostage rescues. On that day, a Colombian military intelligence force, using a strategy of deceit, rescued 15 hostages from the jungles of Colombia. The hostages where being held by dozens of armed guerrillas from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, known as FARC. Throughout the rescue operation, not a single shot was fired, no one was killed and no one was harmed. Through never before seen footage of the planning and execution of the operation, a video taken by the duped guerillas, firsthand accounts of the rescued hostages and for the first time, the testimonies of the intelligence commandoes who executed the mission, this documentary presents the dramatic, real story of one of the most successful rescue operations in history.
Midtown Comics in New York City is the largest retailer of comic books, graphic novels, Manga (or Japanese comics) and related collectibles in the country, if not the world, and it has the alternate universes its customers crave. Follow the lives of staffers Gerry, Thor and Alex as they deal with all manner of geek and enthusiast customers while simultaneously planning their mega-booth for New York Comic Con, their biggest day of the year.
Hosted by renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, COSMOS will explore how we discovered the laws of nature and found our coordinates in space and time. It will bring to life never-before-told stories of the heroic quest for knowledge and transport viewers to new worlds and across the universe for a vision of the cosmos on the grandest scale. COSMOS will invent new modes of scientific storytelling to reveal the grandeur of the universe and re-invent celebrated elements of the legendary original series, including the Cosmic Calendar and the Ship of the Imagination. The most profound scientific concepts will be presented with stunning clarity, uniting skepticism and wonder, and weaving rigorous science with the emotional and spiritual into a transcendent experience.
As evident from the attacks of 9/11 and more recent terrorist attempts, New York City is a top target for international terrorists. NGC embeds with NYPD's terror task force, responsible for defending the city that never sleeps. How do they protect special events that could be a tempting target for a suicide bomber, truck bomb, backpack bomb or small arms attack?
In Alaska's treacherous waters, two crews of fishermen will brave the elements for a chance of making a quarter of a million dollars in just five days. They'll fight sleep deprivation, face unpredictable weather and avoid hungry sperm whales in a race to catch their share of millions of pounds of black cod and Pacific halibut. The crews set their 2-mile longlines on the bottom of the ocean. Each armed with thousands of baited hooks, the lines will sit on the seafloor for three to 10 hours.
Follow the intense and dramatic work of the
passionate and harried Legal Aid lawyers on Brooklyn’s criminal defense beat.
From the producers behind Dog the Bounty
Hunterand Parking Wars, this innovative new
series takes you inside a world of high-stakes battles between public defender
and prosecutor. Lives and the future of entire families hang in the balance as our
legal system tries to mete out justice for all. Founded on unprecedented
access to Brooklyn’s Legal Aid Society, in every case the very freedom of an
often-innocent client is at stake. These lawyers are overworked, underpaid,
dedicated, and tireless advocates–fighting tough battles in the hopes of
achieving justice for their clients.
On the way to the moon, an oxygen tank aboard the Apollo 13 spacecraft explodes, triggering one of the most famous space rescues in history. Apollo 13 commander James Lovell and lunar module pilot Fred Haise tell the inside story.
A miner accidentally drills into an abandoned mine, unleashing 60 million gallons of water that trap nine miners 200 feet underground. After three days, their only hope is the feverish rescue operation desperate to reach them before the water does
U.S. Air Force Captain Scott O'Grady was patrolling a no-fly zone over war-torn Bosnia in 1995 when a Serb missile shot down his F-16. The fighter pilot tells how he evaded capture for five days, fighting hunger, dehydration and fridge weather.
In 1976, pro-Palestinian terrorists highjack Air France flight 139 carrying 258 passengers from Tel Aviv to Paris and redirect the flight to Uganda. Relive the horror as negotiations deteriorate and the hostages await their fate.
The rigorous Sydney-to-Hobart yacht race turns into a desperate race for survival when a severe storm whips up 70-knot winds and 100-foot waves. Countless racing yachts capsize or sink and authorities launch the largest peacetime rescue in the world.
A Russian Navy mini-submarine is on a secret mission in the icy waters of the North Pacific. In the gloom, hundreds of feet below the surface, it accidentally becomes entangled in a discarded fishing net. It's every submariner's nightmare they're trapped deep underwater and their oxygen is running out fast. Only two rescue teams in the world may be able to save them - but they're thousands of miles away. A desperate race against time begins by land, air and sea. But will the rescuers find the trapped crew dead or alive?
The Northern Territory Government's Crocodile Management team sets out to capture rogue crocs that slip into the city through its many waterways. Tommy and Joey are called to help capture a monster-sized croc that has become a community's worst nightmare.
The largest reptile on earth - the saltwater crocodile - is lurking in the rivers of Australia's Northern Territory. A master predator, each year this cunning croc is tested by nature's harsh extremes and must battle for dominance with its own kind. Using high-speed cameras and infrared technology, NGC reveals how this stealthy "salty," with senses and instincts honed over the ages, is able to retain King Croc status.
Cycling High tells the story of Lance Armstrong's epic fall from grace as one of the world's greatest athletes. Guided by the extensive U.S. Anti-Doping Agency report, this documentary special pieces together the eyewitness testimony and delves into the science to show how the doping plot allegedly began and then mushroomed in its complexity. Using infographics, re-creations and archival footage, discover what the report says about how Armstrong and others outfoxed drug testing officials.
It's June 6, 1944, and the Allies have secured the landing beaches of Normandy. The pivotal battle for the coast is over, but the real mission has just begun. They now have three objectives: join the beaches together, take the city of Caen and, above all else, seize the Port of Cherbourg. The civilians' confidence is renewed when they learn that the Allies are on French ground, but the Allies' advance through Normandy is slower and more difficult than expected.
It's June 5, 1944, and the largest military invasion fleet in history departs for the northern coast of France in hopes of liberating German-occupied Europe. World War II is entering its fifth year of combat and tension is at its peak. Despite setbacks in Russia, the power of Germany is still so strong that the Anglo-American Allies have enlisted 2 million men, all prepared to sacrifice their lives, to liberate Europe from Nazi Germany's clutches.
On May 7, 1915, a well-placed German torpedo struck the RMS Lusitania passenger liner with 1,959 passengers on board. Ultimately, 1,198 of them succumbed to the water. But the ones who survived gave eyewitness accounts of a second, more powerful explosion that to this day cannot be fully explained. A team of scientists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California test four distinct theories to explain the cause of this explosion.
Adolf Hitler wrote in 1924: "A State that refuses racial contamination must eventually rule the Earth." How could Hitler succeed in conquering Germany? Nothing predestines this mediocre student and failed artist to become dictator of Germany -- the Fhrer. The Great War of 1914-1918 turns him into a rabid racist, haunted by a vision and a mission: to save Germany. But the country is not particularly worried. Hitler is only considered a crank on the margins of German political life.
1929. Germany, harshly affected by the worldwide economic crisis, is sinking into despair. Bloody street fighting between Nazis and Communists is raging. Fear of the "Red peril" will push millions of voters into Hitler's arms. Democracy is at risk, and no one is left to protect it. In 1933, Hitler is named chancellor. The Nazi dictatorship extends its evil shadow over Germany. Hitler is now the Fhrer. While saying he wants peace, he prepares for war -- the Apocalypse.
Follow four Union soldiers into the line of fire as they fight not only the enemy but also raging forest fires and nearly mortal wounds to survive the first day of a bloody campaign in the last year of the Civil War.
In the largest Japanese suicide charge of World War II, thousands of Japanese soldiers attack a small force of Americans with the goal of killing seven Americans each before they themselves are killed.
It is the driest place in the U.S, with some of the hottest temperatures ever recorded. To forecast how global warming could impact this national park if temperatures rose a few degrees, we set out on an expedition through the Martian-like landscape to document the region's unique creatures. See how some scorpions thrive with a biological "antifreeze" running through their veins, plants live underground without water for months at a time and microorganisms exist by eating rocks.
A sea monster cemetery lies at the top of the world an incredible grave site containing countless fossilized remains of huge marine predators from the Jurassic era. Join an expedition to this remote burial ground via helicopter and boat. Paleontologists will contend with powerful polar bears and erratic Arctic weather to uncover yet another treasure trove of newly discovered predatory sea monsters. This time, it's a complete ichthyosaur skeleton the first of its kind.
Of the 196 climbers who have reached the top of Pakistan's K2, the world's second highest mountain, only five are women. Revealing interviews, dazzling footage and rare, archival photographs tell the stories of these five fearless climbers.
The HMS Audacious was the pride of the British Navy - a massive battleship believed to be unsinkable. But when she was sunk by a German mine, the navy went to great lengths to keep it a secret, even going so far as to outfit a cargo vessel to pass it off as the Audacious. NGC follows a crew of deep-sea divers as they investigate the final resting place of the HMS Audacious, and reveal how one of the world's most advanced ships was brought down by an unexpected blow.
Street gangs armed with automatic weapons threaten the lives of teens in Detroit. NGC joins the elite police unit of 70 men and women tasked with turning the tide in the war against gangs. See the gang squad launch one of their largest investigations to date as they work to bring the shooters to justice. Getting the intel takes unconventional methods and a special kind of cop. With kids caught in the crossfire that blasts away in broad daylight, the stakes couldn't be higher.
Allegedly made from the skins of 160 donkeys, the Codex Gigas is the world's largest and most mysterious medieval manuscript. According to legend, the cursed text sprang from a doomed monk's pact with the Devil. Experts attempt to uncover its secrets.
Rumspringa is the rite of passage of Amish teenagers. At 16 they are allowed leave their strict society and explore the outside "English" world including alcohol, drugs and sex before deciding to join or leave the Amish community.
Die Trying is a documentary series about six high-risk, high-reward expeditions that highlight the capacity for determined men and women to conquer unprecedented scientific and human challenges. Crisscrossing the globe from the frozen Alaskan arctic to a fiery crater in a Turkmen desert, Die Trying presents unforgettable stories and characters pushing themselves to their absolute limits for the chance to bring groundbreaking knowledge to the world’s attention, for the very first time.
Hobbyist metal detectorists “King George” Wyant and his buddy Tim “The Ringmaster” Saylor travel the country looking for lost relics of history. Their enthusiasm is contagious, their humor quirky, and their vocabulary... one of a kind. “KG” and “Ringy” are kids at heart, driven not by money, but the thrill of not knowing what their next dig will unearth. They understand that every item has a story to tell, and Diggers brings history to life through graphics and historical context. They are invited by landowners, historians and archaeologists to go on a quest, and in their own way, a crusade, to unearth history that would have otherwise been forgotten.
KG and Ringy are at the site of one of the most notorious gunfights in American history in Tombstone, Ariz. - the O.K. Corral. They follow the tracks of Wyatt Earp, one of the most famous lawmen of the Wild West, in an attempt to find hard evidence of the showdown. Will the guys uncover a piece of Tombstone history, or is evidence of this famous gunfight lost forever?
George Wyant and Tim Saylor head out to Montana, otherwise known as the Treasure State. Montana is the home of the Old West, and ghost towns, gold and guns await the men in the hills if they can find them. The Diggers begin their hunt at an old, creepy prison, and they decide to up the stakes of their hunt. Whoever finds the oldest item is the victor, and the other must spend the night in maximum security in the supposedly haunted prison.
The guys visit the former home site of Muddy Waters, one of the most influential blues musicians, in Mississippi hoping to uncover rare artifacts of American blues music. Then KG and Ringy head to a 25,000-acre plantation that hosted blues concerts for thousands of people. KG suddenly hears the sound of juice.
For the Diggers, under the Southern Belt Buckle sits a thousand ways to score big. Tim and George travel to South Carolina, where beaches, battlefields and old cities hide tons of buried treasures. In the spirit of the Southern battles, the Diggers bring along their paintball guns whoever digs up more cash value gets to shoot at the other. South of Charleston is James Island, a major battlefield and a digger's paradise where the men find pennies and bullets dating back to the Civil War.
KG and Ringy hit the historic Jersey Shore on the hunt for Black Beard's treasure. First, the Diggers head to Cape May, one of the oldest settlements in America. After striking out on the beach, they head inland to Elaine's Bed and Breakfast and find artifacts such as a brass button that could have belonged to a pirate, and an Indian Head penny dating back to 1865. Next, the Diggers travel to Barnegat, N.J., to investigate the site of the historic Revolutionary War's Battle of Cedar Bridge.
KG and Ringy are in southern Louisiana looking for the lost treasure of the legendary French pirate Jean Lafitte. They score some sweet nectar flat buttons, horse tack and musket balls that give insight into Lafitte's life. But before they call it a day, the guys make a wager on who can find the most unique artifact. The loser will have to endure a Louisiana-style punishment and kiss a wild alligator on the mouth.
The guys check out the ghost town of historic Chesterfield, Idaho, which once stood along the Oregon Trail but was eventually abandoned. Unlike a lot of preserved sites, the ground is totally undisturbed. With 27 original buildings in the town, there's nothing to do but split up and try to cover as much ground as possible. At the end of their hunt, both KG and Ringy have pouches full of sweet nectar.
Outside Helena, Mont., George and Tim look for a lost camp of the world-famous Buffalo Soldiers, African-American cavalry and infantrymen who protected the settlers out West. They identify what they believe is the site after uncovering some rare coins, horseshoes and bullets. The Diggers search for riches and scandal in Helena at the Broadwater Hotel. In the 1800s, this Victorian hotel was home to lots of old money, and the Diggers are on a mission to uncover the riches that were left behind.
No artifacts have been found from the infamous Hatfield vs. McCoy feud until today. After an unsuccessful search at the site of the Hog Trial, the Diggers move to the McCoy well and discover a number of bullets from one of the fights along with other groundbreaking artifacts. Next, the Diggers travel to the Randall McCoy property in Kentucky, where they discover the homesite of the McCoys that the Hatfields burned down. On this successful trip, the Diggers have made history.
KG and Ringy are at the historic battlefield in Gettysburg, Pa., where Abraham Lincoln struggled to keep the Union together. The guys will dive headfirst into Civil War history and hunt for artifacts from 1863. They both strike it lucky with a few discoveries, including flat buttons and a used bullet. To sweeten the search, KG and Ringy make a bet on who can find the most historical pennies, and the loser has to finish his search in a barrel costume.
The guys are at the site of the largest armed rebellion on U.S. soil since the Civil War on Blair Mountain in West Virginia. The darkest secrets of the mine wars remained buried in the hills for nearly a century, but KG and Ringy are here to uncover the juice! Their mission is to help an archaeologist find where the miners pushed up the hill and broke through the line of guards. If they're successful, it could lead them to the coal company's machine gun nest.
During a hometown visit, KG's momma makes a special appearance when she needs the Diggers' help to find a ring she lost four years ago. After the men strike out in KG's yard, they leave KG's disappointed mom and head to the hills of western Montana to hunt for some bigger gold. The men set a goal to raise at least $500 in gold for their local high school before midnight. Even with some help from a friend, the chance that the Diggers find enough gold to reach their goal is slim.
A stone's throw from Sin City, KG and Ringy are following a trail of stolen gold, which could be the biggest juice pocket they've ever found. Local legend says that a miner hid a cache of stolen gold somewhere in the hills of Good Springs, Nev. and the Diggers are determined to find it. The Diggers scour the town, but all they find are old beer cans and some sterling silver. In the mine, which could cave in at any second, the men risk their lives for little profit.
Long before the tourists, New Orleans was bustling with pirates and explorers, and that means awesome artifacts are waiting there for the Diggers. KG and Ringy are determined to uncover gold, and lots of it. The Diggers begin their hunt on an old plantation in uptown New Orleans, where they find three different coins from three different countries, but no gold. Next, the Diggers head to Mardi Gras central, the French Quarter, where they strike the mother lode an 1853 gold dollar.
KG and the Ringmaster cut and hack their way back in time to Cape Cod, Mass., the location of one of the oldest settlements in the New World. The Diggers begin their hunt at the site of an old tavern where settlers gathered, drank and fought dropping lots of items while doing so. There, the Diggers find unique treasures like a decorative sleigh, garter clips and a rare coin that dates back to the 1700s.
The guys are visiting the childhood stomping ground of their musical hero, Elvis Presley. KG and Ringy are excited to follow in The King's footsteps in Mississippi to see what kind of rock-and-roll artifacts they can find. But first, they head out to uncover the mystery of a legendary Native American tavern. It's said the tavern is where Andrew Jackson signed a treaty which gave the U.S. government huge portions of the Southeast, but no one knows for sure if and where it existed.
The Diggers head to Snake River Canyon in southern Idaho to find a piece of Evel Knievel's X-2 Skycycle that crashed into the canyon floor almost 40 years ago. However, their real mission is to find the homesite of a famous pioneer photographer, Clarence Bisbee, for two local historians. If the Diggers are successful, the historians will be able to create a Clarence Bisbee museum.
KG and Ringy are digging at Civil War campsites in Virginia — these nectar hot spots are a great place to find Union and Confederate artifacts, and the guys hope to strike it rich with the ultimate find: a strongbox. Strongboxes were used to store valuables somewhere on a homestead; the valuables were buried and often forgotten after family members passed away. Their search turns up a Confederate belt buckle, but no boxes of buried treasure.
KG and Ringy are in western Pennsylvania at the heart of the Whiskey Rebellion. This is the site where George Washington and his troops fought to suppress farmers who were protesting a new federal tax. The guys are hoping to score some juice that could be from the late 1700s. They both strike it lucky with a few great finds.
KG and Ringy are following the California Trail that brought settlers to the frontier. Their mission is to find pioneer nectar. Their search takes them from Southern Idaho to a ghost town on the California border. They're looking for artifacts from early American pioneers, dating back to the mid-1800s. Along the way, they get some slammin' hits and great sounds of roundness.
A mass dinosaur grave in western China contains fossils of a bizarre T. rex ancestor, a triceratops ancestor, an ancient crocodilian, and nearly 40 more species dating back 160 million years ago, a time when little is known about dinosaur history.
With stunning footage from the Kaguya lunar orbiter, NGC reveals images of the moon and Earth like never seen before, and unlocks the secrets of 4.5 billion years of Earth, moon and solar system history.
Best known for his stints on Comedy Central, stand-up comedian Michael Kosta now adds science enthusiast to his resume. Culling from the best viral fails the web has to offer, he takes a look at the science behind crazy stunts that went terribly wrong. Using a lot of wit and a little bit of science, Kosta explains how and why a lawn chair go-kart, a homemade zip line and a hot air balloon fireworks show didn't work.
Doomsday Preppers explores the lives of otherwise ordinary
Americans who are preparing for the end of the world as we know it.
Unique in their beliefs, motivations, and strategies, preppers will go
to whatever lengths they can to make sure they are prepared for any of
life’s uncertainties. And this season, forget expensive, elaborate bunkers and builds--we're going back to the basics.
The end of the world did not come for Judgment Day followers expecting the rapture in May 2011. But a question remains: who are these people who continuously fear a forthcoming end of the world, and who obsessively prepare themselves and their loved ones for the worst? They are called "Preppers", like Peter Larson who built an underground bunker where he and his family can retreat during a nuclear attack.
Re-visit Mike and his girlfriend Freda, a descendant from Devil Anse Hatfield, the leader of the Hatfield Clan. The couple still live in the deep woods of Virginia and fear that current political tensions and economic unrest will lead to a world war. See how they are still stocking piling for a doomsday scenario. Then, we head back to the backwoods of Kansas to see Joe, the nonconformist who has already given up on modern living and is preparing for failure of the American power grid.
Revisit the Brady Bunch of prepping, the Southwick family and their 6 children, who are prepping for a terrorist smallpox attack. We learn more about each family members' bug out bag and special prepping skill making them the ultimate prepping family. Later, we learn more about Big Al the prepper musician who wrote his own prepping country song and is getting ready for a nuclear attack from Russia.
Calamity Janet welcomes you to her Armageddon Inn. Prepper Janet Spencer prepared her home for a nuclear war, and is inviting people to bunker down with her. She has spaghetti pasta to feed 1000 people. John Major moved his family to Idaho and is teaching his kids to eat insects to survive a dirty bomb attack.
In this episode, we use never before seen footage and pop up information to go inside the lives of more Americans prepping for the end of the world. First we profile Brad and his wife Krystal who are preparing for an economic collapse that will lead to Armageddon by teaming up with a bunker designer. Next, we look at Kevin Barber and his family who are bugging out by leaving the American dream behind and moving to Costa Rica to create a second life in the tropics.
Re-visit the Coy family, who live in the shadow of Mount St. Helens. When the volcano erupts, it will destroy everything in its path. The Coys still believe that returning home after they bug out isn't an option. Each member of the family has learned a specific job and multiple means of escape, including over land and water. Then check back with Bill Simpson, who has spent six years singlehandedly building his perfect bunker, his sailboat.
With recent storms such as Sandy, New Yorkers now more than ever need to have escape plans in case they need to flee. NGC revisits three New Yorkers as they re-assess their routes out of the city, literally escaping the grid to reach safety.
Brian Smith, father of 12, is still preparing for a total collapse of the U.S. monetary system. Brian was raised not to rely on anyone but himself and his own resources. He fears that the world's food supply will become scarce. Check back on his a year's worth of stockpiled food and 47 acres of land and see how he's using it to prep. Take another look at his shelter, 20 feet deep in the ground.
Meet three Americans who give their all when it comes to preparedness. Real estate developer Larry Hall is creating luxury survival condos in an old missile silo. Michael Patrick Douglas is training his children in primitive survival skills. Becky Brown is taking sharpshooting lessons with a sniper in order to prepare herself for a government takeover of Salt Lake City.
Pat Brabble is a churchgoing Southern gentleman with a twist: He believes our country is on the brink of hyperinflation, which will unleash civil unrest all across the country. To prepare, Pat has readied a secret room in his barn that is full of guns, ammo and plenty of alcohol for trade.
Nat Geo learns more about prepper Bob Kay, who believes an earthquake will cause unprecedented destruction to the environment. We find out the scoop on his hundreds of edible plants on his property and how he is training his 12-year old daughter in self-defense tactics.
Meet three people who are desperately preparing for a great worldwide catastrophe. Doug Huffman has built spider holes in the Sierra Nevada Mountains to survive the next Great Depression. Dianne Rogers preps her family to survive an environmental catastrophe, even going so far as to train her 6-year-old daughter to bug in. Ed and Dianna Peden are living underground in a missile silo bunker.
Bruce Beach has constructed a 10,000-square-foot underground bunker out of 42 full-size school buses, which he calls the Ark Two. Sometimes referred to as the Doctor of Doom, Bradford Frank, is a psychiatrist living in the suburbs of San Diego, California. Bradford believes that a deadly avian bird flu pandemic is fast approaching, and is preparing his family to bug out to a nearby cave.
See how prepper Craig, a proud Alaskan living in the woods of Fairbanks is doing. He still fears the collapse of the American economy. His secret bug-out dome, designed by friend and prepping partner Don, in the rugged Alaskan wilderness is accessible only by boat. He plans the dome will serve as a refuge for his wife and two daughters. Then we re-visit David, a new age spiritual prepper from Hawaii, who fears a catastrophic tsunami will strike his island.
Check back on Tom Perez, who is prepping for a terrorist attack. He is still not working because he spends most of his day prepping and spends much of his family's yearly income on preps. To ensure full safety for his family, Tom is still working with Steve Vanasse, whose company that assesses contaminated sites throughout Texas, which Tom highly values in preparing for radioactive dispersal from a dirty bomb.
Revisit American families who have drastically altered their lifestyles in order to survive what they fear will be the end of the world. We take a look again at Johnny O who fears a terrorist attack on nuclear power plants, and his prepping philosophy is always having backups for your backups. He is a husband and father of two who lives with his wife and his wife's twin sister, who also knows their bug out plan and share it in greater detail with us.
An economic collapse could mean total chaos for the U.S. -- looting, riots and civil unrest are top concerns. Life coach Suzanne and her life partner barter around town for supplies to prepare for an economic collapse. An experienced marksman puts Suzanne through a grueling test so she can improve her defense preps -- and all she uses is a paintball gun.
Are you prepared for the end of the world? These men hope they are. Mike Mester fears an imminent economic collapse will bring violence and rioting to his quiet suburban town outside of Atlanta. To prepare, Mike involves his whole family in stockpiling food, fuel, and weapons. He's even trained his two German Shepherds to act as protection dogs when things collapse. Preston White, a computer programmer from Colorado believes there is a cover-up surrounding Japan's damaged Fukushima Daiichi p
Check back on three preppers who are readying themselves and their families for various doomsday scenarios including a volcanic eruption and a large-scale security breache. Jeff Bushaw, a full-time prepper who fears the eruption of the Yellowstone super volcano. Find out more about his plans to bug-out and his flying lessons to ensure that he and his family will be able to reach their bug-out location by several modes of transportation.
Not all preppers are relying on their nuclear family to survive the end of time; to some, creating a tight-knit community of like-minded individuals is the difference between death and survival. Re-visit the prepper known as Snake Blocker. Guided by his intuition and his Apache heritage, he is still convinced a coming economic collapse will result in social chaos. Check back on Snake's community and see how his knife-throwing class is going.
It's only the end of the world for the people who are not prepared. Or at least that's what these preppers believe. Retired police officer Martin Colvill fears an economic doomsday will bring chaos to the roads. Kevin O'Brien and his family are leaving everything behind in Florida they are migrating higher to Tennessee to avoid deadly changes in sea level they think are coming with a polar shift.
Check back on Jeff, the bachelor prepper. With his online dating profile, he is searching for a special someone who can share his love for prepping. See if his dates enjoyed their trip to his bug-out silo and if he's found his prepper mate. We also check back on Doug who's still living in the mountains of Tennessee. See how construction on his underground bunker for the upcoming economic collapse is getting on.
Kellene Bishop, a self-described foodie, amazes her friends by whipping
up a dinner party entirely from shelf-stable foods, proving she won’t
sacrifice the finer things in a financial disaster. Dennis Evers has
trained his children with special skills to withstand a catastrophic
financial collapse. From his farm in Tennessee, prepper David Sarti
calls himself the “hillybilly prepper.” Should our nation’s
communications and transportation systems falter after an EMP — an
electro-magnetic pulse — he is prepared to use his home as a
communications hub for post-Apocalyptic America.
Businessman by day, prepper by night, Brent is still living in fear of an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) that will make the world go dark. Check back on his medieval-style castle he's built that will serve as the ultimate bug-out fortress. Then we re-visit Derek, who runs a Wild West theme park and fears that a solar flare will hit earth's atmosphere, disabling the power grid. He and his family are continuing use their amusement park as a secret prepping oasis.
Check back on John and Kelly, motorcycle riders living on a prepping homestead. They left the sunny beaches of Florida and move to the mountains of Virginia in preparation for a total economic collapse. Then re-visit Frank and his construction company in Maine. He still spends his days flying his private plane, staying fit with his wife Elaine and of course, preparing for the upcoming economic collapse. He hopes his bunker will withstand any doomsday scenario and is ready to test it out.
In this episode, we use never before seen footage and pop up information to go inside the lives of more Americans prepping for the end of the world. When Jason was 18, the great outdoors he loved almost killed him. Ever since, he has sworn to be prepared. Brian Moffatt is preparing his kids for a massive collapse of the American economy. He plans on addressing his concern by teaching them how to hide, survive, and when all else fails: fight back. Lastly, we look at millennial' preppers.
In this episode, we go inside the lives of three committed preppers as they prepare for the end of the world. First we profile the Colony, a community of preppers unified with the single purpose of surviving Doomsday. Jeff Mann leads the pack, preparing his son Colten to take the reins. Next, we look at Tony; a prepper convinced that Earth is in a collision course with disaster...an 'end of the days' asteroid that will turn Earth into an inhospitable ash of its former self. Finally, we follow Cheree and her family in the foothills of California's Sierra Mountains, who run a Christian camp by day and prepper getaway by night.
Doomsday Preppers re-visits Amanda Bobbin, who began prepping after being warned in her sleep of imminent danger. Amanda and her husband Scott still spend their time hidden away in the mountains, where they practice sustainable living in the event of a comet hitting the earth's atmosphere.
A retired army sargeant is preparing for an electromagnetic pulse attack A suburban mother is preparing for an avian flu pandemic. And a single dad is ready to bug into a secret underground hatch in his garage.
Meet a group of people preparing for the end of the world as we know it. Texan Paul Range and his wife Gloria constructed a home out of nine shipping containers, and stockpiled over 50,000 lbs. of food in preparation for a day when the North and South Poles swap places, resulting in dramatic climate changes and natural disasters. Chris Nyerges, who at first glance may seem like your average Californian, demonstrates how he is prepared to live off the land.
We revisit Jay Blevins, a former law enforcement officer and enthusiastic prepper, who is preparing for a global economic crisis. He fears that social unrest will erupt and tells us more about the creative ways he plans to protect his family, including his own recipe for homemade pepper spray.
Even abroad, there are apocalyptics, people who are prepping for the end of the world. In this episode of Doomsday Preppers: Italy, we meet several of these international preppers. Marco lives in Milan and is a self-described urban prepper. He learned to assemble staple objects using urban refuse and he saves his food scraps in secret places. Giuseppe lives in Norcia and has reached complete food self-sufficiency; he has learned to hunt with a bow and arrow.
The most controversial book of the Bible: prophecy or ancient history? The answer lies in the book's cryptic words. Are they a code waiting to be cracked? To some Christians, Revelation describes a doomsday scenario known as 'the end times,' and they believe it's unfolding right before our very eyes. Most scholars argue that Revelation is a product of its time with a powerful message. Two thousand years after its appearance, the battle over what it means continues to rage.
The most controversial book of the Bible: prophecy or ancient history? The answer lies in the book's cryptic words. Are they a code waiting to be cracked? To some Christians, Revelation describes a doomsday scenario known as 'the end times,' and they believe it's unfolding right before our very eyes. Most scholars argue that Revelation is a product of its time with a powerful message. Two thousand years after its appearance, the battle over what it means continues to rage.
Save blasting off to outer space. It's time to rocket down. Using computer imagery, travel from just below the earth's crust, with its earthquakes and volcanoes, through breathtaking caverns filled with giant crystals and into giant molten metal tornadoes before reaching the earth's core.
North Americas Great Lakes are the largest system of free fresh water on earth, wielding huge influence on the continent. Over 34 million people live by their shores in some of greatest cities in the world. This groundbreaking television program pulls a virtual plug on the huge lakes, using computer-generated imagery to reveal hidden secrets of their human history and changing geological past.
What if we could pull the plug and drain the planet's water? What would we see? What would we learn? Follow NGC on a virtual scientific expedition to the deep as we explore one of earth's last great frontiers. We'll remove the water using CGI animation, revealing a landscape of unimaginable scale with unexpected features more dramatic than anything on dry land. With the very latest scientific data and digital mapping, discover the deepest canyons and biggest mountains on the planet.
This is a world you have never seen before - a world normally hidden under miles of water, the landscape of the ocean bed. With the very latest scientific data and digital mapping, we drain the water from the oceans to reveal the deepest canyons and biggest mountains on the planet.
This gritty, hard-hitting series offers drug addicts the chance to get clean by putting them through medical and psychological testing, and revealing the devastating effects that their drug use has had on both their minds and bodies.
Drugs: A multi-billion-dollar industry that fuels crime and violence like
no other substance on the planet. Turning cartel leaders into
billionaires, the illegal drug industry also provides vital income to
hundreds of thousands of poor workers across the globe. While some
users sacrifice their lives to an addiction they can't escape, others
find drugs to be their only saving grace from physical or emotional pain
almost impossible to overcome. Where should the lines be drawn in this
Heroin can be life threatening, claiming the lives of numerous victims. Follow this opium derivative as it begins in a remote Afghan heroin lab that processes the raw materials and then on to Chicago, where a dealer demonstrates its final preparation for street sale. Gain insight into its insidious powers from users, and witness a police raid on a heroin distribution network in New Jersey. Plus, go inside one radical attempt to combat heroin's social costs by supplying it free to addicts.
Some call methamphetamine the "Devil's Drug." Often made in less than an hour from a common cold remedy, this powerful stimulant is sweeping across the U.S. and Asia. Follow a raid on a suspected meth lab, stake out a neighborhood pharmacy where addicts attempt to accumulate cold and flu pills, and meet a neuroscientist urgently searching for a cure for addiction. See the dangers of meth and the unexpected physical damages caused by the drug.
Duck Quacks Don’t Echo is a one-hour program where our three hosts- Tom Papa, Michael Ian Black and Seth Herzog- present weird, unusual and incredible facts – and then get to test the validity of their ‘facts’ though in-studio or pre-produced experiments. Simply put, Duck Quacks Don’t Echo presents over-the-top hypothesis and then goes about proving them. It is all presented in a funny, breezy way. Like three good friends meeting up once a week to test each other’s knowledge of obscure and wonderful data, Duck Quacks Don’t Echo is a celebration of science.
Bubba, Booger and Cody are American cowboys living in the deep south of Alabama where they run a cattle company. At the crack of dawn, Bubba and Booger head out across rough terrain to round up the cattle, only to find that the cattle scared off by wild hogs have charged right through the fence and have gone missing. Now the boys need to find the cattle, fix the fence and catch the hogs.
It's calving season at Faith Cattle Ranch, and Bubba wants to do everything he can to help the expectant mothers. Last year, his favorite cow, Claire, had some complications and lost her calf. This year, Bubba plans to build a birthing pen, where Claire can stay to reduce her stress while giving birth. He only has a few days before the calf arrives, so he'll need to work quickly.
British award-winning magician Dynamo is back in the U.K. to catch up with some old friends. From the streets of London to the set of a morning talk show, he takes his magic back to where it all began. He meets with one of England's most prolific musicians, Damon Albarn, and fuses two separate coins together in front of his eyes. Dynamo then performs one of his freakiest tricks yet, leaving his audience mystified.
Bringing the magic back to where it all began, British award-winning illusionist Dynamo is in the U.K. From catching up with old friends in Bradford to partying with famous musicians in London, Dynamo lets you in on the intimate details of his life, all while providing nonstop magic. He wows crowds as he sets his hand on fire using nothing but body heat, reveals his infamous phone-in-bottle trick, and melts a handful of coins together with his bare hands.
Award-winning British magician Dynamo ventures south to the city of Rio de Janeiro to bring a touch of magic to the people of Brazil. First stop is the beautiful beach of Ipanema where he amazes two women by transforming coconut milk into drinks of their choice. The magic continues to stun when Dynamo excites a group of young kids by rubbing his empty hands together to make fresh popcorn.
Award-winning British magician Dynamo lands on American turf ready to show the States what he's got. In Las Vegas, Dynamo astounds everyone around him. Without leaving his boat, he recovers a watch he threw deep in the water and shocks his audience by putting his finger straight through a metal coin. Later, in Los Angeles, nerves are high as Dynamo walks down the side of the famous Los Angeles Times Building.
In the United States, as many as 16,000 marriages each year result from international marriage agencies, or mail order bride brokers. E-mail Order Bride provides a rare, intimate glimpse into the quirky, and sometimes dangerous, business of arranging marriages across thousands of miles and cultural borders.
A group of scientists are thinking outside the box for ways to reverse the effects of global warming. And who better to save the earth than NGC's host of the World's Toughest Fixes, Sean Riley? He'll join these experts in the labs and in the field to see what wacky new technologies are being developed, like sending mirrors into space and reducing the greenhouse emissions chickens produce.
Miami, New Orleans and New York City completely under water it's a very real possibility if sea levels continue to rise. In Earth Under Water we'll see these events unfold as leading experts forecast how mankind will be impacted if global warming continues. They'll break down the science behind these predictions and explore ways humanity could adapt, including engineering vast dams near San Francisco, or building floating cities outside of New York.
Earth Without the Moon reveals the startling fact that the moon is receding from Earth and is gaining speed. Through dramatic CGI animation, watch what happens when the moon recedes just 10 percent farther from Earth - pushing our planet to the point of no return. If there were no moon, the Earth would tip up to 90 degrees on its axis, creating endless catastrophes.
The history of our planet is epic from its birth out of cosmic rubble to the unique complex of land, sea, atmosphere and life we know now. See how water was transported to Earth's surface inside millions of meteors. Through CGI re-creations, meet the inhabitants of Earth over the ages, from slimy mats of algae to the great dinosaurs and the ancestors of mammals and humans.
The atmosphere is Earth's protective layer, cloaking us in a warm, oxygen-rich embrace and shielding us from the cold hostility of space. It's immensely powerful but at the same time highly sensitive. It's destructive, yet it shelters us.
Join Dr. Iain Stewart as he investigates ice crevasse's, uses satellites to discover hidden worlds, looks into ice shaping the earth's topography and shows you ice is melting so fast that this world is likely to change.
Earth's oceans help make our planet different from every other planet in the solar system. As far as we know, no other place is the right temp for liquid water, the most essential ingredient for life to exist and oceans are the primary stabilizing force.
It has taken 4.6 billion years for the Earth to evolve from a barren rock into the world we know today. And now the remarkable planet is facing a new challenge: humankind. The question is, how will it survive?
Join Dr. Iain Stewart on his journy to observe one of nature's most awesome and destructive forces, the volcanoe. It can raise up great mountains and create new land, or it can level cities and destroy entire civilizations.
From a bulldozer with a blade the size of a three-car garage to an excavator the size of an ocean liner to a dump truck the size of a city block, these machines are the ultimate Earthmovers. With the help of a panel of experts, NGC counts down the world's 10 greatest and most powerful pieces of equipment. Follow along as we put their strength and engineering to the test to find out what makes these industrial giants marvels of modern machinery.
Watch the rarest celestial occurrence, a total eclipse, as it happens above Easter Island -- one of the most mysterious and remote archaeological sites in the world -- broadcasting just hours after it occurs. The last time an eclipse occurred over the island site was A.D. 591. Follow scientists as they gather new research that could play a key role in the race to understand the sun and its extraordinary impact on Earth.
Last Expedition Week, author and explorer Piers Gibbon headed deep into the Amazon jungle to locate tribes that practiced headshrinking. In his newest adventure, Gibbon looks at one of mankind's ultimate taboos: cannibalism. He'll trek into the rain forest of Papua New Guinea to find tribe members who ate human flesh. Gibbon meets with members of the once-feared Biami tribe and witnesses their ritual techniques.
Alexander the Great is one of history's greatest warrior kings, and was the leader of the most powerful nation in the ancient world. The location of his tomb has eluded archaeologists for nearly 2,000 years but new theories may help reveal its location.
Over 100 years ago an unidentified mummy was found lying alongside some of the most famous pharaohs in Egyptian history but his face is locked in an eternal scream. What caused this man's haunting expression? Why wasn't he mummified according to custom?
Built over 500 years, spanning nearly two and a half miles and holding 63 tombs, Egypt's Valley of the Kings is a staggering, complex set of enigmas locked beneath the sands for 3,500 years. What drove Egypt's greatest pharaohs to seek out this secluded valley? How did the ancient craftsmen achieve such feats of engineering? And why was this sacred site finally abandoned? Join National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Dr. Zahi Hawass and a team of experts as they uncover new evidence.
The pyramids are astounding feats of architectural engineering, but how did the ancient Egyptians conceptualize these enormous monuments? And why did the golden age of pyramid construction end? Experts trace the development of pyramids from simple flat mud-brick structures to the giant masterpieces still standing today.
Legend portrayed her as a self-indulgent temptress who used sex and seduction to rule Egypt, yet little is known about Cleopatra the person. She was of Greek descent, became queen at 18, was highly educated and spoke several languages but what was her life like? And how did she really look? To unravel some of the mystery, scientists have converted artifacts with her likeness into a 3-D model, offering viewers a rare glimpse of the face of one history's most powerful women.
He fathered an estimated 100 children and declared himself a living god. He oversaw the creation of a massive temple featuring four colossal statues of himself. Ramses II ruled ancient Egypt for about 66 years, but was he motivated by egotistical ambition or genuinely serving his people?
It rivaled ancient Egypt but was lost to history. Now a team of archeologists have made a major discovery in the Syrian desert: artifacts from a burial chamber deep within an ancient palace that paint a never-before-seen picture of a powerful metropolis known as Qatna. What became of its vast riches? And what brought about the final fate of this ancient superpower?
Relentless demons, writhing serpents, the lake of fire and final judgment from the god Osiris. Ancient Egyptians believed that these and other terrifying obstacles challenged their pharaohs in the afterlife. The hieroglyphs in the tomb of Pharaoh Seti I most clearly illustrate the 12 perilous gates a dead king had to navigate to achieve resurrection. Enter Seti's tomb with National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Dr. Zahi Hawass as he traces this king's arduous journey through the netherworld.
In Canada's Northwest Territories, monster machines are moving mountains of gem-studded earth at the Ekati Diamond Mine. Here, in the brutal sub-Arctic, you'll meet a trio of the world's most hardcore mining machines.
Now, as the Empire State Building nears its 80th anniversary, a new building is rising above Manhattan to join it in defining the New York skyline: Tower One of the World Trade Center. Sitting next to the footprints of the fallen Twin Towers, this building will also have a strong emotional symbolism for Americans. Empire tells the fascinating story behind these two steel giants.
Nicknamed the Superjumbo, this passenger airliner is the largest in history. It's packed with cutting-edge technology but owes its very existence to the most unlikely breakthroughs - a Mongolian bow and a 19th century rocket.
Standing in an earthquake and typhoon hot spot, the jaw-dropping Taipei 101 is Taiwan's 1,671-foot record-breaking skyscraper. One of the tallest buildings on the planet, it has 101 that which comprise more than 2 million square feet of floor space -- that's 30 soccer fields, or nearly 50 acres! To build this modern marvel, engineers sought inspiration in extraordinary places. Host Richard Hammond examines the unexpected designs, from a racing yacht to a birdcage, that influenced the Taipei 1
Mauna Kea, the tallest mtn. in the world, is an ideal location for astronomy and one of the worlds most powerful telescopes, the Keck Observatory. With the largest light collection mirrors on the planet, the Keck is able to see farther than any land-based telescope. Although Keck is a leader in the future of astronomy, its designers looked to the past for engineering inspiration. Host Richard Hammond reveals how a sand-blaster, a Cold War spy gadget and a fridge led to the creation of Keck.
This two-hour special takes us into the hearts and minds of two of the greatest pharaohs of Ancient Egypt as they stop at nothing to build their way toward immortality and show us the story behind audacious projects in Egypt, such as one of Seven Wonders of the World: the Great Pyramid of Giza.
In the provincial French town of Chartres stands an undeniable triumph of Gothic architecture: Chartres Cathedral. Its builders pushed technology to the limit to come up with groundbreaking solutions from the flying buttress to the crane to the pointed arch that still influence modern design and construction techniques. Yet behind the magnificence of its architecture lies a dark story of fire, violence and political double-dealing.
The Seven Wonders of the World were renowned, but only one still stands today - the Great Pyramid of Giza. At 4,500 years of age, it remains a lasting monument to human ingenuity and determination. Constructed with enough stone to build the Empire State Building 6 times over, it is the product of a pharaoh's burning ambition and the sweat of thousands of workers.
If we faced a countdown to destruction, could we build a spacecraft to take us to new and habitable worlds? Can we Evacuate Earth? NGC's two-hour special examines this terrifying but scientifically plausible scenario by exploring how we could unite to ensure the survival of the human race.
Find out how people through the ages have taken care of their private business, from sociable Romans, to buttoned-up Victorians, to astronauts answering nature's call in zero gravity. See how the toilet of the future may help the world's water shortage.
In the book of Exodus, Moses triggers a series of terrible plagues on Egypt and parts the Red Sea to lead the enslaved Israelites to freedom. Are there any scientific explanations for such strange events?
Explorer Ernest Shackleton set the record for reaching the furthest south in 1908, just 97 miles from the South Pole. But apparently, he left behind a few necessities from his epic journey. In 2006, Shackletons stash of Scotch was re-discovered beneath his base camp. With rare archival material and the last remaining film footage of Shackleton and his crew, Expedition Whisky not only tells the amazing story of Shackletons most successful adventure and his secret stash of whisky.
Since 1993, seven original Las Vegas hotel-casinos have gone down in smoke. Controlled Demolition Inc. engineered these final performances, paving the way for bigger, better mega-resorts on the famous Las Vegas Strip.
Explorer, the longest-running documentary series in cable
television history, honored with nearly 60 Emmys and hundreds of other
awards, continues as a series of major specials on the National
Geographic Channel. In the course of more than two thousand films,
Explorer has taken viewers to more than 120 countries, opening a window
on hidden parts of the world, unlocking mysteries both ancient and
modern, and investigating stories of science, nature, and culture.
Scientists are developing robots to probe the icy waters of Jupiter's moon Europa, in temperatures of minus 260 degrees and searing radiation. Expert Bill Stone and his team hope to test an autonomous underwater vehicle called Endurance; CGI animation helps envision how its descendant would fare on a real mission to Europa. Getting a robot through the ice and into the oceans of Europa will be an order of magnitude more difficult than anything Stone's team has done so far.
Over the centuries, explorers traded tales of a lost civilization amid the dense Amazonian rainforest. Scientists dismissed the legends as exaggerations, believing that the rainforest could not sustain such a huge population -- until now. A new generation of explorers armed with 21st-century technology has uncovered remarkable evidence that could reinvent our understanding of the Amazon and the indigenous peoples who lived there.
NGC investigates the science of muscle by taking us on a journey inside the bodies of two remarkable humans with startling genetic conditions. 31-year old Jason Dunn lives with Dystonia, a rare disorder that causes his brain to send faulty messages to his muscular system. Every waking moment his muscles flex out of his control, twisting his body into unusual positions. Ami Ankileweitz has Spinal Muscle Atrophy, a condition that has caused his muscles to wither away.
NGC investigates the science of muscle by taking us on a journey inside the bodies of two remarkable humans with startling genetic conditions. 31-year old Jason Dunn lives with Dystonia, a rare disorder that causes his brain to send faulty messages to his muscular system. Every waking moment his muscles flex out of his control, twisting his body into unusual positions. Ami Ankileweitz has Spinal Muscle Atrophy, a condition that has caused his muscles to wither away.
Larger than Texas, California and Colorado combined, Alaska is home to North America's highest peak, richest oil field, and a glacier as big as Rhode Island. NGC explores how nature engineered and built America's most rugged state.
Just 200 miles from the Arctic Circle, Denali National Park in Alaska is home to the tallest mountain in North America and covers an incredible 6 million acres of wilderness. Grizzlies, wolves and moose roam this terrain, but it is its altitude that defines which wild conditions - and creatures - dominate. Join NGC to experience unique landscapes full of hidden wonders and witness epic struggles for survival during the harsh winters.
The Banff Mountain Film Festival is an international film competition and an annual presentation of short films and documentaries about mountain culture and extreme sports. Extreme Expeditions, hosted by ice climber and paragliding pilot Will Gadd, features six films from the film festival that highlight unique adrenaline-charged expeditions featuring adventurers who partake in mountain climbing, kayaking, BASE jumping, ice climbing, caving and snowboarding.
Most Americans think the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) is a thing of the past, but for residents of Harmony, N.C., they're the neighbors. When KKK members Chris and Tanya plan a rally in Harmony, residents set out to stop them. Led by Barbara and Terry, citizens of Harmony do everything in their power to make the Klan feel as unwelcome as possible. However, Barbara and Terry decide to attend the rally themselves to see if they can understand why their extreme neighbor do what they do.
Professional powerboat racing is a death-defying sport. Reaching speeds of 200 mph, the boats are marvels of engineering, but even the most technologically advanced can crash. We'll go inside the fastest boats and meet the best drivers.
Eyewitness War follows the men and women of the armed forces through the chaos of battle with real-life, first-person footage. We’ll see them ready to face whatever hell awaits around every corner — from screeching bullets to IEDs to rockets. See the dangerous missions and perils of war through the eyes of our brave American service members — as the fighting is happening. Unfiltered, raw and intense, you’ll hear their shouts and see their comrades’ every move, in first person.
In this episode, host Marshall Brain travels to Salina, Kan., where well watch manufacturers produce more than 40,000 fluorescent light bulbs in an hr. Next, visit the Anheuser-Busch Brewery in Ft. Collins, Colo., to discover the secret ingredient in Buds barley mash. Then, head to the worlds largest supplier of escalators and learn why each steps grooves are integral. Last, visit Ansul Inc. in Marinette, Wis., to see how workers assemble their premier industrial-strength fire extinguisher.
Marshall travels to the Wonder Bread bakery in Kan., where high-speed specialized machines and a 170-ft-long oven mix, roll, bake and slice 150,000 loaves of bread a day. Next, see how the Carlisle Tire and Wheel Co in Tenn., manipulates more than 20 ingredients to make a tire truly roadworthy. Then visit Gibson USA in Nashville, Tenn., where they make one of the worlds most iconic guitars. Finally, Marshall stops at the Titleist plant in Mass., where 300 million golf balls are made yearly.
Follow Marshall to the Hyundai factory in Ala., where well watch a 44,000-pound coil of steel become the frame & parts for dozens of new vehicles. Then travel to the Amer. Italian Pasta Co. in Mo., to see how a modern mill fills 50 rail cars with wheat to create 1,000's of tons of pasta. From there, its on to Minn. to find out how workers make a snow blower capable of clearing a ton of snow in 1 min flat. Finally visit Precision Shooting Equip. in Ariz. to see how they make the X-Force Bow.
Visit a food factory where they bake more than 2 mill pizzas daily. Then see how sheep fleece is transformed into the wool you wear with the help of a microwave oven. Finally see airbags are made small enough to fit into a steering wheel while still powerful enough to inflate in the blink of an eye.
NGC shows us how the Learjet, an icon of aviation and luxury, is made. It begins as a sheet of aluminum one-tenth of an inch thick, but with the help of millions of parts, it becomes one of the fastest business planes in its class. Host Marshall Brain travels to Belfast, Northern Ireland, where workers construct NASA designed wings intended for planes that can break the sound barrier. Then it's back to the U.S. where the Learjet receives its final touches and Marshall takes a ride at 500 mph.
NGC heads to Georgia-Pacific to watch how plywood gets its strength. Next, we're off to Washington, D.C., to see how money is made at Bureau of Engraving and Printing. Then, we'll head north to Cabot, Vt., where we'll learn why curds and whey are not just the stuff of nursery rhymes and what they have to do with making cheese. Finally we'll travel to the Taser International where we'll follow production of their most popular device: the Taser X26.
Join us as we see how machines blow molten liquid glass at speeds unimaginable to a human glassblower. Next, were off to the Utz factory in Hanover, Pa., to learn how they use high-tech equipment to ensure that no faulty potato chips end up in customers hands. Then its on to the Sea Ray boat factory where engineers use advanced robotics to manufacture one of their boats from the outside in. Finally, we travel to Cybex to see how ergonomically designed exercise equipment is made.
Host Marshall Brain finds out the challenges of making 100 % recycled toilet paper at the Green Forest Paper Factory, where it's pulped, cleaned, de-inked, embossed and cut down to perfectly sized rolls. Then on to battery manufacturer Ray-O-Vac, where tiny innards work together to provide hrs of power. Then visite Trek Bikes which incorporates the same material used to make stealth bombers in it's road bikes. Finally, visit Guittard Chocolate, where we reveal the secret behind a popular treat.
Family Beef follows the hilarious antics of the hard
working Buchanan family as they tackle the job of running their 2,000-acre cattle
farm in Virginia. With three generations living on the same property (and
sharing the same checkbook) – Big Tom, Poppy, Bo and their families make Valley
View Farms a place where nothing comes easy, but everything comes with a big
dose of laughter.
The harsh winter is dragging on at Valley View Farms, and the cattle feed is dwindling. The Buchanans' funds are too low to buy feed, so Big Tom signs up the boys for a tree-cutting job to make some quick cash. The job goes downhill quickly when Poppy steals Bo away to help a cow in distress. Even with the job, there's no guarantee they'll make the money in time, so Bo comes up with a last-minute scheme that just might save the day.
Meet the Buchanans, a multigenerational family of hard-workin' cattle farmers in rural Virginia. Keeping a 2,000-acre farm financially afloat is no easy task, especially in an age where corporate-owned farms rule the roost. To secure a $200,000 clean water reimbursement, Big Tom gets the entire family together to build three miles of fences that would keep the farm's cattle out of the creek.
In August 2008, 11 people lost their lives on one of the world's tallest mountains the largest loss of life in the history of K2 mountaineering. Fatal Altitude: Tragedy on K2 traces the disaster with in-depth survivor interviews and actual footage from the ill-fated expedition that quickly turned into a frantic rescue operation. For these adventurers, an attempt to conquer the most treacherous mountain in the world turns into a story of both courage and tragedy.
It strikes four times faster than a snake. It kicks with more than 1,000 pounds of force. And it can rival the impact of a 35 mph car crash. It's the most complex weapon ever designed - the human body. Fight Science brings together a dream team of scientists, motion-capture specialists and CGI animators, along with a cross-section of champion martial artists, to analyze the world's greatest fight techniques in ways never before possible.
For centuries, martial artists have been inspired by the animal kingdom. But can a human strike as fast as a snake, be as nimble as a monkey or as powerful as a tiger? The Fight Science team tests whether kung fu experts stack up against their animal counterparts.
What techniques can the average person use to survive a life-or-death confrontation? To examine methods of turning victims into victors, a team of self-defense experts employ a variety of advanced biomechanical sensors, high-speed photography and 3D animation in the custom-designed lab. You'll see how experts predict an attack before it happens, and how they prevail in a fight even when they are outmatched applying force to vulnerable points on an assailant's body.
Special operations are elite military units trained for unconventional warfare. Now these warrior athletes are put to the test by science and cutting-edge technologies to exhibit their maximum capabilities under the most adverse circumstances.
The Fight Science team explores the deadly art of stealth fighters, from hidden defenses to infiltration and escape skills - and discovers some results that defy science. Experts in Brazilian capoeira, karate, tae kwon do, and muay Thai kickboxing execute hair-trigger techniques that push the limits of human ability. A martial artist demonstrates evasive maneuvers and a Shaolin warrior breaks a steal-tipped spear aimed at his throat, allegedly by manipulating the body's powerful energy.
They keep our streets safe using high-tech equipment, knowledge of human behavior and nerves of steel. But a cop's number one challenge is surviving - and not killing anyone in the process. In a life-or-death situation, can technology determine who fails and who lives to fight another day? SWAT put police techniques and equipment through the ultimate stress test.
Special operations forces are an elite breed of soldiers with the ultimate military training, superior physicality and extraordinary mental ability, especially under stress. The Fight Science team of scientists push these legendary fighters past their breaking point. A sniper is challenged to shoot between heartbeats while enduring temperature extremes inside a glass box. An Air Force pilot and an Army Ranger are spun in a gyroscope to test their ability to fight spatial disorientation.
travel across the country to find industrious and ingenious Americans
who prove they're not afraid to roll up their sleeves and get their
hands dirty to make a living. Dealing in the diverse, exotic and, even
occasionally, cringe-worthy underground economy of crud. Eels, mushrooms, ginseng, bloodworms and burls are important natural resources. Their harvesting goes back many generations and is now subject to federal, state and local laws. Anyone contemplating these activities should follow all legal requirements and sustainable practices.
Could the fabled lost city of Atlantis have been located? Using satellite photography, ground-penetrating radar and underwater technology, experts are now surveying marshlands in Spain to look for proof of the ancient city. If the team can match geological formations to Plato's descriptions and date artifacts back to the time of Atlantis, we may be closer to solving one of the world's greatest mysteries.
Could Jack the Ripper have been the world's first trans-Atlantic serial killer? Can 21st century techniques and CGI 3-D autopsies crack this 19th century crime spree, while reversing decades of investigative assumptions? Retired U.K. murder squad detective Trevor Marriott is determined to finally unmask the Ripper and possibly link him to other murders in Europe and the U.S.
Could one of Leonardo da Vincis lost works of art be hidden between a wall of an ornate building and another masterpiece? Its a captivating theory that has had one prominent scientist chasing a legend for more than 30 years.This is the exclusive behind-the-scenes story of the hunt for a priceless masterpiece that could lead to one of the greatest discoveries the art world has ever known.
They were sent to Mars on a 90-day mission, but almost five years later the rovers Spirit and Opportunity have traveled farther, seen more, and survived longer than anyone imagined possible, earning a place among the most prolific explorers in history.
This is the untold story of one of the biggest Zeppelins ever built: the USS Macon. Originally built in the early 1930s by German engineers, the Macon carried five Sparrowhawk planes inside her hull that could be launched and retrieved during flight.
World-renowned naturalist David Attenborough sets out to uncover the truth about pterosaurs, enigmatic creatures whose wingspans were thought to be up to 35 feet, equal to that of a modern-day jet plane. Attenborough works with scientists to understand the incredible story of the evolution of the pterosaurs.
In a new competition that taps into some of mankind's earliest survival instincts, three teams of expert foragers battle to make as much money as possible while searching for wild ingredients in the forests and wetlands of Washington state. Seattle-based celebrity chef, Tom Douglas, gives the teams less than two days to locate and bring him six items - the higher the quality, the higher the price he'll pay. But these ingredients pose serious challenges even for our highly experienced foragers.
Can technology solve an 800-year-old mystery and locate the tomb of the legendary warrior Genghis Khan? Journey to Mongolia's "Forbidden Zone" with a team led by National Geographic Emerging Explorer Albert Lin, who hopes to virtually "excavate" the tomb without moving a single rock using sophisticated ground penetrating imagery.
Weather gets scarier by the day. In the blink of an eye, waters can sweep away villages, winds can tear through communities, avalanches can bury sleepy mountain towns, and the earth can quiver, crippling entire regions. Hosted by adventurer and NBC News special correspondent Ben Fogle, Forecast: Disaster sets out to reconstruct Earth’s most devastating natural forces. Each episode examines the science behind the planet’s most destructive weather forces using experts, advanced engineering technology and science, as well as firsthand accounts of what it feels like to be caught in the midst of nature’s fury.
Imagine your body in an aluminum container filled with liquid nitrogen that will be kept in deep-freeze for hundreds of years. NGC takes you through an entire cryopreservation process. Can it really offer people a second chance on life?
Montana's law enforcement is working hard to keep drunken belligerence and lewd conduct at bay during the annual "Cowboy Mardi Gras," a horse sale that doubles the population of Miles City for three days. Far from the raucous activity of the streets, a rescue team scours the mountainside for a missing family of four. And officers take extra precautions when apprehending an armed felon with a known meth addiction.
In 2005, Montana ranked #5 in the nation for methamphetamine abuse. With such a large problem, law enforcement has to be on their top game to crack down on abusers and keep the streets clean. An anonymous caller leads officers to a woman suspected of carrying 90lbs of meth in her van, and endangering her two small children.
From the wild streets to the Wild West, Montana law enforcement officials face it all, including extreme weather, a suspected prostitution ring, and drunken gunfire. When a freak spring snowstorm leaves families without water and power, deputies must trek through 10-foot snowdrifts on rescue missions. Elsewhere, a hysterical landlord calls the police on some tenants that turned their Winnebago into a "massage parlor." And officers respond to a dangerous shootout in a residential neighborhood.
An argument over the jukebox at a Mexican restaurant ends with two men dead in Greensboro, North Carolina. The killer belongs to the notorious transnational gang MS-13. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrest and deport many criminal gang members who are not U.S. citizens. But is deportation defeating MS-13? Or just making it stronger? And how did a gang that started in Los Angeles in the mid-'80s end up responsible for the murder of two innocent men in North Carolina?
NGC looks at the organized crime wave that plagued London during the 1960s and 70s. From the dueling crime families that battled over territory to the armed robbers that terrorized the city. Find out what happened when a violent battle between the notorious Kray twins and Richardson brothers spawned a war that left members of both families' dead or in jail. And discover how a leaderless underworld gave way to a new generation of villains that planned some of the world's biggest armed robberies.
GENERATION ASTRONAUT is a groundbreaking documentary special that sees ordinary men and women from across the globe competing against each other for the chance to live the dreams of a generation. Following more than 100 winners from over 60 countries as they strive to win one of 23 tickets to space aboard the Lynx shuttle in 2015, GENERATION ASTRONAUT showcases a week of intense competition at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, under the tutelage of a judging panel including legendary astronaut, Buzz Aldrin. This one-hour programme follows the hopes and dreams of the recruits as they bid to earn the journey of a lifetime - and make history.
The nation's smartest geography brainiacs will descend on Washington D.C. for the finals of the 2013 National Geographic Bee. Nat Geo will bring viewers every nail-biting moment of the final round as these students put it all on the line, competing for coveted prizes: third place will receive $10,000 scholarship, 2nd place $15,000, and the winner will receive a $25,000 college scholarship, lifetime membership to the National Geographic Society and a trip for two to the Galapagos Islands.
For the 26th year, the nation's smartest geography brainiacs will descend on Washington, D.C., for the finals of the 2014 National Geographic Bee. Narrowed down from more than 4 million students from across the country, only 10 will earn a coveted spot on stage at the final round to be moderated by Soledad O'Brien. The National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD will bring viewers every nail-biting moment of the final round as these students put it all on the line, competing for coveted prize.
Ace gem hunter Guy Clutterbuck has put together an elite team to make a killing in the gem trade, but the stakes couldn't be higher. A group of strangers are risking their own money, time and reputations on Guy's promise of adventure, gems and big profits. Their first quest brings them to the remote island of Sri Lanka, where fortunes can be made or lost. Here they hope to dig up, cut and sell enough sapphires to hit the jackpot, with just six days to complete their mission.
It was one of the bloodiest and most controversial campaigns of World War I -- an audacious offensive by Allied forces that cost hundreds of thousands of casualties. But there is a hidden side to the Gallipoli Campaign, and an array of shipwrecks from the battles that hold the the promise of revealing more than ever before about the little known stories of the battle. In an unparalleled underwater exploration, Dr. Robert Ballard - one of the world's greatest shipwreck hunters - will hunt for answers. A hi-tech underwater adventure that offers the chance for new discoveries and new insights into a secret history. It's an adventure that will ultimately reveal how tantalizingly close the Allied Fleet came to victory and the shocking reasons why the Gallipoli Campaign ended in carnage.
More than one million of history's ultimate fighters died in the arenas of the Roman Empire, yet not a single complete gladiator skeleton has ever been found. Now, archaeologists in England have unearthed what is believed to be an ancient gladiator graveyard. It contains the skeletons of 75 adult males, all of whom died in the prime of life, with savage bone wounds suggesting lives of violence.
Going Ape looks to our primate predecessors to understand human interaction and social dynamics. Not only do humans share 98 percent of our genetic code with our closest ape relatives, we also share some of the same inherent basic instincts. This revealing, often comic three-part series explores humans’ daily battles for power, territory, sex and allegiance with that of our monkey cousins through humorous experiments, hidden camera footage, wildlife footage and expert analysis.
This is a how-to show of epic proportions that teaches you how to do the things you think you already know how to do. Each episode of this hilariously dry-witted how-to adventure series, David Rees, humorist and self-made aficionado of the everyday, tackles unassuming tasks such as tying your shoes or making the perfect ice cube for your delicious beverages. Get to know the science and the history behind the seemingly mundane and uncover an unexpected appreciation for even the simplest of tasks. Think you already know everything there is to know about swatting a fly? Think again.
In late spring, when the first rays of sunshine melt the ice on the rivers and lakes of northwestern Canada, wooden skeletons begin to emerge. The haunting wrecks of the once-proud paddle-steamers are the last remnants of a truly intoxicating era, when thousands of men and women plunged into the adventure of a lifetime in hot pursuit of gold. Now, a team of underwater archaeologists and historians explore this sunken fleet.
Deep in the Australian outback is a gargantuan gold mine, so big it's visible from space and larger than a thousand football fields. Fortune seekers flock to this gold town competing for high-risk mining jobs and a chance to hit the jackpot. But the biggest danger may not lie in the harsh outback or hazardous superpit, but in the town surrounding the industry.
Three small mining companies are taking on Alaska's gold mining season, and trouble has already reared its head. Family man and mom-and-pop mining genius DOUG BAKER's fuel credit line hasn't kept pace with the rising cost of fuel, and he hasn't mined enough gold yet to cash in for gas. When he finally convinces the company to give him a break, the delivery is delayed and right-hand-man Bernie discovers a fuel tanker on its side on a treacherous Alaskan road. In Fairbanks, JOHN REEVES' treasure maps point him and his kids towards a gold rich hotspot, but they must first build the equipment necessary to "wash rocks." CREIGHTON LAPP and CHUCK TILLIAN finally start their season at Harrison Creek -- only to find that permit problems will shut them right back down. And with claim owner Clark Durant eager for them to begin mining, there's no telling how he'll react to news of the delays.
John Reeves find evidence that gold exists on his land -- but its buried 130 feet deep. John doesn't want to dig that far and decides to sell the land to someone else. As for CCR Mining, Creighton and Chuck once again battle mechanical malfunctions as their generator spits white smoke instead of power.
Doug Baker and the Mudminers expect a record last cleanup but the jig plant clogs, gushing Doug's profit right back to the ground. John Reeves and his kids navigate towards an encouraging spot for gold but a mishap in the woods could keep them from ever finding out what's underneath the surface. Finally, Creighton Lapp and Chuck Tillian, the young founders of CCR, take one last chance to flip their season around.
It's a modern-day gold rush. The new series follows three gold-mining operations as they battle nature, machines and each other in a brutal race against time to get as much gold from the ground as possible before the icy cold of winter returns to shut them down.
Well into Alaska's short gold mining season, bad weather, bad luck, and bad deals threaten to leave three small mining operations bringing home more disappointment than gold. John Reeves struggles to rebuild a crucial road to potential riches washed out by flash floods on his property.
It hosts nearly 5 million tourists a year, but visitors see only a tiny fraction of the Grand Canyon's true beauty. Some of its backcountry has almost never felt the tread of a human foot. Even scientists know precious little about the canyon's 91 mammal species and more than 350 types of birds, its vegetation, and how and when it was formed. Now, NGC joins a rare scientific expedition to explore the canyon's entire 277-mile length.
Get exclusive access to the construction of a man-made marvel suspended over one of Mother Nature's greatest wonders a horseshoe-shaped, glass-floored bridge that allows visitors to walk where eagles fly. NGC takes viewers behind the daring design and death-defying construction of the Grand Canyon Skywalk, formed from 1 million pounds of steel and glass, perched 4,000 feet above the Colorado River.
It was known as "The Great Escape": 76 Allied prisoners of war, desperately crawling to freedom through a man-made tunnel. Within days, 50 had been brutally murdered by the Gestapo - a blatant breach of the rules of war. Meet the investigators who searched the globe to bring these murderers to justice, many of whom claimed they pulled the trigger solely to save their own lives. Join us as NGC reveals the untold story of one of WWII's most astonishing criminal investigations.
A top-secret unit known as MIS-X helped Allied POWs dig massive tunnels and coordinate elaborate escape plans from German prison camps. MIS-X officers and former prisoners divulge how they smuggled radios, maps and money into the camps.
Randy Miller is an exotic animal trainer who owns several large predators, including a grizzly bear named "Rocky." On April 22, 2008, Rocky killed Randy's cousin, Stephan Miller. Randy is conflicted, and for the first time in his career, afraid. The show seeks expertise from a biologist, and draws upon eyewitnesses to investigate what actually took place. We explore the dangers of working with large, unpredictable predators, and whether Randy should attempt to wrestle with Rocky again.
With the price of gold soaring to historic highs, Colombia is in the throws of a gold rush unlike anything it has seen in years. Across dense jungle and the rural countryside, wildcat miners are tearing up huge swaths of land in a frenzied search for the precious metal. But even more worrying for authorities is that this gold may be fueling a new chapter in the civil conflict that has defined Colombia for the last five decades. Navigating the ever-shifting frontlines, National Geographic corre
It's one of America's biggest environmental disasters and the largest oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico since 1979. As experts scramble to stop the leak, find out what happened to the oil rig Deepwater Horizon as a blowout tore it apart, killing 11 of 126 men on board and sending oil toward Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida coastlines. The special contains never-before-seen footage obtained from the U.S. Coast Guard, NGC's production crew and emergency response crews of the aftermath.
Trapped in the trunk of a moving car? Don't panic there's a way out. Expert life hacker Brian Brushwood has made a career out of social manipulation and thinking like a criminal. Now, he's revealing the legal tips, tricks and shortcuts to help you get ahead in life. He'll show viewers how to escape from the trunk of a moving car, and how to avoid having your car targeted by thieves.
With more than 100 million houses in this country, you might think yours is safe from a break in. But last year, an astounding one in 85 homes in the U.S. was burglarized. Expert life hacker Brian Brushwood tackles home security, demonstrating just how vulnerable we all are by attempting to break into a real house. See how criminals defeat locks and alarm systems, and learn the importance of choosing smart codes and passwords.
Vastly out-numbered and in enemy territory, one man would achieve the impossible by commanding one of the most daring and ingenious military invasions of all time against a feared 3rd Century BC empire: the Roman Republic. His name was Hannibal Barca, ageneral from the North African realm of Carthage. He conceived an audacious plan to lead a fearsome elephant army over the snow-capped Alps to crush his sworn life-long enemy.
The wilds of the American West draw a certain kind of men: ones who are hell-bent on leaving the modern world behind. They may be able to survive the wilderness, but surviving each other is a whole different challenge. Using the same equipment as the pioneers had 200 years ago, greenhorn Jamie must prove to Doc and Oliver, seasoned adventurers with decades of experience, that he can tough it out with them in grizzly country.
Season 4 of Hard Time leaves the world of prison behind to go to jail in the most iconic city in America — Vegas. It’s a new world filled with new stories, where guilt or innocence hangs in the balance.
It may seem like anything goes in Las Vegas, but for the convicted criminals inside the city's prison system there are severe consequences to breaking the rules. We'll meet Christhyan Vizcarra, an inmate who received 60 days of solitary confinement after attacking a guard. Determined to get out of there, Vizcarra tries to prove that he has changed. Meanwhile reformed gang member, Ivan Medina, is on the brink of a job promotion but is struggling with temptation.
Las Vegas, Nevada draws in people from all walks of life, and its jail is no different. Once inside, inmates divide themselves by things like race and gang affiliation, and a tense community of groups and cliques can be created. In this dangerous world, one of the most difficult ways to do time is to not fit in. In this episode, we spend time with three inmates who for one reason or another simply don't fit in.
Las Vegas can be full of vices - both legal and illegal. Break the law and you're hauled into the Clark County Detention Center. But getting booked here punishes more than arrestees - family and friends on the outside often share the heartache of the jail sentence. Loved ones must navigate an intimidating world where details of what's happening behind bars are hard to find and visitation lasts only 30 minutes a day. It's this stress that can drive some families closer...and others apart.
For the officers that handle the inmates on a daily basis at Last Vegas's Clark County Detention Center it can be hard to tell who is lying and who is telling the truth. Rosemary Vandecar has been accused of first-degree murder but claims she is innocent. Dubbed Jail Mom, she extends her legal advice to other female inmates, making her influential in her unit. But when officers find something suspicious in her cell, she is stripped of her transportation job within the jail.
Meet two extreme collectors: Alex spent $20,000 on 60,000 baseball cards of just one, relatively unknown player, and Dave owns more than 3,000 action figures. Each is so consumed by his hobby that it's become more of an obsession, interfering with daily life. Their families are fed up and have called in professional help. Now, NGC follows these hardcore collectors who must cope with letting go of their childhood hobbies to succeed as adults.
Arguably more than any other event, the fall of the Berlin Wall and the subsequent collapse of communist rule across Eastern Europe set the scene for the 1990s and David Hasselhoff was there to witness history in the making. With the 25th anniversary approaching, Hasselhoff vs. the Berlin Wall takes viewers on an incredible, personal journey back to Berlin, retracing the wall's history, meeting the people who lived in its long shadow and examining the fate of the wall's final remnants.
Every year, millions travel America’s coast to coast artery: Interstate
80. And at the peak of I-80 lies a frightening, storm-driven stretch of terror
called Donner Pass. Here, at over 7000
feet, a band of tough operators who call themselves, ‘Tow Dogs’, see it as
their mission to rescue stranded and wrecked motorist who lose their way. For these tow truck drivers, towing is their
livelihood and they risk it all, gambling against the highway’s innumerable
dangers, to put food on the table and provide for their loved ones.
Herod's bloody reputation has always hidden another side of one of the Bible's greatest villains - an architectural mastermind of breathtaking proportions. An Israeli archaeologist claims to have found Herod's most intimate creation of all - his tomb.
Get a behind-the-scenes look at some of the cutting-edge technologies being developed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to detect, deter, and defeat terrorist attacks against U.S. citizens and infrastructure within our borders.
Far in the Pacific, 250 miles from Honolulu, a hidden wilderness teems with life ... the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. In 2006, the islands were declared a national monument, in large part because of the area's more than 7,000 marine species. In this special, come aboard a voyage led by scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration who are researching disease-plagued coral reefs, endangered monk seals and the millions of birds nesting in the volcanic islands and atolls.
Large scale commercial fishermen never know what challenges theyll face at sea: bad weather, unwanted predators, or just plain bad luck. But netting a good catch is only half the battle; the big challenge is getting the fish to your table in record time. NGC goes inside for a look at the advancements in technology that make it possible. Set sail on a squid boat, climb aboard a live haul vessel to harvest salmon and get inside a shrimp-processing plant in High-Tech Fishing: Monster Hauls.
The Coquihalla is one of the most treacherous major highways in the world. Rising through the steep mountains passes in British Columbia, it is a gauntlet of brutal weather and white knuckle driving. The "Coq" is also the main artery between east and west, with thousands of semis crossing every day. Many don’t make it. Jamie Davis Heavy Rescue has the daunting job of clearing these wrecks to keep the highway open. Closure in not an option. For Jamie and his colorful crew, winter season is a non-stop onslaught of tangled semis, blistering weather and stressful conditions that would push any man to the breaking point.
Was Adolf Hitler influenced and motivated by the occult? Through the years, historians have debated the mysterious connection between the occult, Hitler and the Nazi party, including some who maintain that Hitler killed others to keep his occult beliefs a secret. NGC examines how Hitler's involvement with the German Worker's Party brought him face-to-face with occultists who may have influenced his beliefs.
Stripped naked, lined up at the edge of a ravine and machine-gunned. Rarely seen images and evidence tell the story of the tragedy that engulfed Europe when specialized units known as Einsatzgruppen struck terror in the hearts of millions.
For the first time in history, National Geographic Channel and a group of scientists search the ocean floor for a series of shipwrecks many Americans never heard about. Everyone knows that on December 7, 1941, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. But what most don't know is just days later, Hitler sent his own force to devastate the East Coast. On December 19, the German Naval War Staff sent three U-boats to American waters. It was an assault so deadly, it was covered up by the U.S. government.
In the final months of World War II, American troops discovered a top-secret facility in Germany with an advanced batwing-shaped jet fighter. If Nazi engineers had had more time, would this jet have ultimately changed the outcome of the war?
After battling in late 1939 with British cruisers off the coast of Uruguay, Hitler's prized "pocket battleship" and high-tech wonder, the Admiral Graf Spee was blown up by its own captain, Hans Langsdorff. Denounced by the Nazi regime, Langsdorff commits suicide shortly thereafter. National Geographic Channel reconstructs the first naval battle of World War II and retraces the events that led to the Graf Spee's ultimate destruction.
Colombian drug traffickers are using a new secret weapon to smuggle cocaine north: drug submarines. Up to 100 feet long and nearly impossible to detect , they are capable of distributing several tons of coke in just one shipment. Dozens of subs are thought to be in operation between the coasts of Colombia and Mexico, and law enforcement estimates that another 70 will be built in the next year alone.
Can the amazing vehicles featured in "I, Robot" "Batman," "The Abyss," and "Minority Report" really enter 21st-century life? Explore the science behind Hollywood's futuristic cars, submersibles and jet packs to discover what's possible -- and impossible.
Strap into the driver's seat with filmmakers James Cameron and Jan de Bont for a pedal-to-the-metal look at cinematic car chases. Discover the physics and the elaborate tricks that take us to the edge.
From deadly weapons disguised as everyday objects to hidden cameras and microphones, movie spy gadgets have seized the imaginations of moviegoers. Zoom in on these supercool toys to find out what's really possible and what technologies already exist.
NGC travels the globe to take a closer look at unusual fishing rituals and the thrill seekers behind them. Follow along as catfish wranglers at a cutthroat fishing competition in Oklahoma dive deep into underwater lairs and - using only their hands - attempt to grab a mammoth fish and win the title of biggest catch. Travel to Papua New Guinea, where shark callers keep an ancient tradition alive as they navigate deadly waters and use handmade tools to capture and kill sharks.
A team of experts are on a deep-sea mission to study the migratory patterns of a celebrated game fish the striped marlin. Collecting the data needed is a formidable task the fishermen will shoot a tag nearly 25 feet at a tiny target moving at speeds of up to 50 mph! And all of it will have to be pulled off in just seconds as marlin don't hang around for long. Elsewhere, an angler is yanked overboard by a 10-foot blue shark.
A snakehead has teeth like a shark, a taste for blood and even walks on land. It is an insatiable alien predator that can obliterate the food chain and overpower native life. It mysteriously showed up near a small Maryland town and now can be found coast to coast. Scientists are sounding the alarm. It is a showdown of man vs. fish as scientists and anglers work together in the fight to defy it, control it - and stop it from destroying everything in its path.
Join the hunt for the most incredible high-flying fish of the deep as we travel to fishing meccas all across the globe. Encountering everything from a giant black marlin to a monstrous mako shark. It is man against fish!
Titanic beasts that defy the imagination. Mysterious and mammoth, they rule the underwater depths. Fearsome kings of the food chain, the have almost no natural enemies. Almost limitless in their capacity to get even bigger. To encounter these goliaths face-to-face, we must meet them on their turf... Experience the most astounding fishing you've ever seen. Witness the ultimate showdowns of man vs. whopper. Discover how Nelson Diaz battles a goliath grouper, stretching seven feet long and six feet around. Then, Marylin Stephens comes face-to-face with the ocean's fastest shark the mako. Next, witness how President George H.W. Bush catches a huge tarpon! Then, face the ultimate tug of war between angler Bo Haycox and a massive bluefin tuna. Last but not least, experience the ultimate face-off between Jason Bell and a monster stingray that can kill with the flick of its tail. Discover how all these incredible species grow into mammoth whoppers and what's being done to help their survival.
In this "best-of" special, take a look at Hooked's most amazing catches and the unusual methods anglers use to wrangle record-breaking fish. Witness how two anglers on North America's Fraser River come face-to-face with a prehistoric goliath a white sturgeon over 11 feet long. In Panama, another fishing team battles a monster marlin over 1,200 pounds and hatches a daring impromptu plan to tag and release it safely.
A team of fishermen hook a squid weighing measuring 26 feet long. A fisherman attempts to save an injured 130-pound giant trevally. A fishmerman reels in a 1,400-pound tiger shark. This is all just part of the adventure in this episode of Hooked.
Fighting Black Marlin, colossal swamp creatures, speed demon sharks, and super sized predators of the deep. Some are prehistoric and others are so mysterious that we know little of how they live and survive. In rivers, bayous, swamps or oceans, each encounter with a monster fish brings us closer to understanding them, braving them and marveling at their size.
In this "best-of" special, see some of Hooked's most extreme encounters between man and megafish. First, we're off to Oklahoma to follow legendary "noodler" Lee McFarlin as he grabs a catfish barehanded. Then, off the coast of Virginia, watch fishermen struggle with a giant stingray, a venomous hidden hunter that can reach the size of an office cubicle. On a small Italian island, local fishermen tackle and wrestle tuna barehanded by the boatload.
Completed in 1936, under budget and ahead of schedule, the Hoover Dam is among the world's largest hydroelectric facilities. See how engineers and construction workers overcame huge obstacles and challenges to build this dam in only five years.
Hoover Dam is regarded as an engineering masterpiece and an America icon. But what if it did not exist today? How would engineers build it today? In this one hour program, we ask a team of engineers what they would do the same and what they would do differently... as we re-invent Hoover Dam.
Is it possible to build a homemade remote-controlled submersible that can withstand the terrifying pressures found at 12,000 feet down? Vin, Paul and Eric, are three "do it your-selfers" who are going to find out. After a series of intense experiments and a visit to DOER (Deep Ocean Exploration and Research) they head to Hawaii to test their sub. Despite the loss of vital equipment to the ocean depths they get footage of a man-eating tiger shark, and glimpses of deep sea creatures.
It made headlines around the world a real-life UP! balloon house soaring more than 10,000 feet in the air. Now, see the full story behind this spectacular flight in How Hard Can It Be? Meet Vin, Paul and Eric, the three ultra-ambitious hosts whove come up with the crazy idea to fly a balloon house. From concept to execution, we'l see how the guys mixed off-the-shelf technology and unconventional experiments to bring animation to life.
Could an average joe send a rocket into space? The How Hard Can It Be? hosts, Vin, Paul and Eric, are about to find out. They've been building crazy machines and fabulous inventions together for years, but now their skills will literally be pushed to the limit. Using everyday materials and knowhow that anyone could acquire they'll attempt to launch a homemade rocket into the atmosphere.
On May 4, 1970, American soldiers shot down American students on American soil. Since then, people have argued over who was to blame; the protesting students at Kent State University or the National Guardsmen brought in to restore order on campus? And now, in a rare interview, one of the indicted National Guardsman speaks to his experience for the first time ever. How it Was: Death at Kent State takes a fresh look at a wealth of raw data from both sides.
Her face is instantly recognizable and no other smile has cast as deep an enduring spell. Art historians discover that the painting itself can answer long-standing questions about Leonardo da Vinci, his methods, his materials and his model.
Our planet is home to over ten million species, but not one of them can survive on its own. How Nature Works sheds new light on the relationships among plants and animals that keep our world spinning. Travel high up into the trees of East Africa with the giraffes and witness how their ability to eat around termites makes homes for the geckos. Journey deep into the forests of North America where a caterpillar munches holes in leaves that allow for essential light to penetrate the forest floor.
Nero is accused of having "fiddled while Rome burned" and remembered for executing his mother and burning Christians alive. History has sided against him on all counts, but could there be another side to ancient Rome's notorious emperor? Discover how it's Nero who rebuilds a city devoured by fire, revolutionizing Western architecture and forever changing the face of Rome.
How To Survive the End of the World examines terrifying and scientifically plausible doomsday scenarios by exploring six distinct, world-threatening events—flooding, freezing, continent-wide storm systems, a global volcanic cataclysm, a killer pandemic, and nano-technology run amok—and the methods by which humanity would fight to survive against grim odds.
With today's astonishing technological breakthroughs, things once thought to be science fiction are becoming much more real. Could the cutting-edge technologies we create one day rise against us and lead us to the brink of extinction? Micro Monsters examines this possible foreboding scenario by exploring the inherent dangers of one of the fastest-rising technologies of the 21st century: nanorobotics.
Dr. Stewart travels into the Earth's crust to understand Mother Nature's forces. We begin almost a thousand feet below the surface in a geological wonder: the Naica crystal cave in Mexico. It's an environment so hostile that anyone entering the cave would die in less than 30 minutes. Then we jet over to Israel's Negev Desert, where we'll uncover man's earliest source of copper, which changed our relationship with the planet forever.
The paradox of fire is that it's lethal, but it generates electricity, drives machines, and we depend on it every day. From the earliest hearth fires that kept prehistoric humans warm to the fuel that thrusts rockets into space, our ability to master fire has driven human history. In this episode, Prof. Stewart walks through the heart of a staged fire (approaching 3,000 degrees F) wearing a state-of-the-art fireproof suit and special breathing equipment.
Empires have risen and fallen on the tide of changing storm patterns and the turbulent relationship between atmosphere, landscape and oceans.
We'll learn about the impact of the Himalayas on new wind patterns, then jet over to Australia's Red Center, where a giant swirl of wind has relentlessly stripped the land of its fertility, forcing its Aboriginal people to survive as hunter-gatherers while civilizations elsewhere developed agriculture.
Journey into the billion-year history of the human body, led by Will Wright, computer game visionary and inventor of the new game 'Spore.' Travel along as Wright explores the breakthrough science that's revealing the secret genetic machinery.
Science partners with Hollywood special effects to build the world's largest model volcano. The plan: Create a four-story-tall, 150-foot-wide volcano that can erupt and spew simulated magma and ash. Scientists test cutting-edge scientific theories on the model to learn more about one of the most volatile natural forces on the planet. And follow the team as they brave the dangers of real volcanoes including getting hazardously close to an active lava flow to gather data that could be cruc
The Hubble Space Telescope is perhaps the most renowned telescope in the world; responsible for unlocking many mysteries of the final frontier. Now it is in danger of being lost forever. Now, it's spiraling toward the Earth, and astronauts are embarking on a dangerous mission to fix it. Glimpse the far ends of the universe through the Hubble, and meet one of the astronauts risking everything to save it.
This story follows one man's quest to uncover the origins and reveal the mysteries of a possible Holocaust artifact some historians now say never existed: lampshades made of human skin. When the flood waters of Hurricane Katrina receded, they left behind a wrecked New Orleans and a strange looking lamp that an illicit dealer claimed was 'made from the skin of Jews.'
Scientists debunk the mysteries behind human acts that seem to defy the laws of nature. Meet the human blockhead, a man who can push a screwdriver up his nose, and find out how he does it without causing any damage. Trever McGhee holds the Guinness boo record for the longest firewalk, at 597 feet. Our experts deconstruct how Franz uses multiple muscle groups to hold back forces that could split an average man in two.
How can Danielle Stampe survive a million volts of electricity shooting from her fingertips? How does Jamie Vendera shatter glass with the power of his voice? What lets Kelvikta the Blade shove skewers through her arm without showing pain or drawing blood? And what keeps Aichi Ono from getting extremely sick when he spins on his head over 100 times in a minute? A team of experts delves into these phenomenal feats and decodes the science to tell us why these acts aren't... Humanly Impossible.
Extreme performers such as glass eaters and sword swallowers push the human body to extraordinary limits. But how do they do it? Humanly Impossible follows a team of doctors and scientists to reveal the physiology behind bizarre and dangerous stunts that surpass average human capability. Doctors investigate The Great Nippulini to find out how he lifts up to 70 lbs. using only his nipples.
Across the Himalayas are stories of the yeti, or abominable snowman. Half man, half ape, the yeti is said to roam only the most remote peaks, where people rarely venture. Now, veteran explorer and climber Gerry Moffatt sets out to find proof in a hunt that will test his stamina. As conventional scientific theories challenge ancient beliefs and credible witnesses, he works to separate fact from fiction and find hard evidence that the legend is real.
Just before the atomic bomb forced Japan into submission, the Imperial Navy sent a fleet of incredibly advanced combat subs to attack a major U.S. naval base in the Pacific. But when Japan surrendered, the U.S. Navy confiscated them, only to later have them scuttled near Hawaii when Soviet scientists demanded access. Now a team of explorers thinks they can find some of these lost subs in the Pacific's dark waters.
When Somali pirates hijack the Maersk Alabama -- and international headlines -- Navy SEALs launch a sneak attack to rescue the ship's American captain. Pirate Hunters recounts the harrowing five days from hijack to final fatal shots, and reveals sophisticated Navy SEAL training methods that prepare the world's most elite reconnaissance teams for daring missions with no second chances.
During World War II, Allied operatives went on secret missions to kill Adolph Hitler and his top officers, including Erwin Rommel. Allied Special Forces launched daring wartime missions to capture or kill Nazi generals where they were stationed on the front lines of war. National Geographic Channel captures the real-time drama felt as the Special Forces commanded these dangerous and complicated missions to exotic locations.
NGC presents the true story of an unlikely World War II band of brothers. The unsuspecting group of scholars, academics, historians and architects headed to the front lines of the bloodiest war in history to rescue thousands of years' worth of European art and culture from Nazi-occupied Europe. Through extensive archive sources and photographs, journals and letter excerpts, along with the personal accounts from surviving family members, this special sheds light on the remarkable story.
After 9/11, anthrax-laced letters were mailed to major media companies and prominent U.S. senators. In total, the letters killed five people and sickened 17 others, making it the worst bioterrorism attack the United States has ever seen. After a seven-year manhunt, the FBI concludes that a government biodefense researcher, Bruce E. Ivins, was responsible for the anthrax mailings. Shortly after, Ivins committed suicide. Was this seemingly normal citizen actually the anthrax killer?
TV conman Alex Conran travels across America
following in the footsteps of history’s greatest hustlers. He wants to see if
his skills in deception and magic will allow him to pull off the hardest cons
of all: the so-called Proposition Bets—outlandish sounding wagers that are
almost impossible to win unless you know the cunning secret behind them. These
bets were originally used to con people out of their money—but for Alex it’s not about the cash. He’s on a personal mission to measure himself against
the greatest hustlers in the country where these ideas were invented.
Find out what life inside a cult is really like from individuals who drank the Kool-Aid, living and practicing the beliefs of a radical organization. Brent and Maura tell their emotional stories. Brent describes what it was like as a young boy growing up in Salt Lake City as a member of the FLDS, the Fundamentalist Church of the Latter-Day Saints. The cult still practices polygamy; his father had three wives and 20 kids. But to a young boy, it all seemed normal.
AJ and Candace get married in the Ice Castle. A frustrated Chuck tries to get the Electra to pay her way. A flummoxed Mikey tries to bake a cake for Joe's birthday. And in Newfoundland, a fuel leak, a sobering survival course and a tragic crash rattle the Turkey crew. When raging winds provide the long-awaited weather window, will they chance on the treacherous North Atlantic crossing?
After thousands of hours of painstaking preparation and dangerous flying, a terrible accident devastates the waterbomber crew in Turkey and everyone at Buffalo. Wilf's first run as flight attendant raises eyebrows among the staff. And a Scottish airplane buff fulfills the dream of a lifetime when Joe lets him ride in the captain's seat of his DC-3.
Mechanic Cory races against the clock to turn two short-haul waterbombers into transatlantic aircraft for the epic journey to Turkey. It's up to engineer Adam to get the C-46 crew out of a jam on a remote airstrip in minus 40. And when captain Devan and copilot Scott encounter the menace of wind shear at notorious Bear Rock, it's a hair-raising experience that tests their friendship.
A string of bad luck turns chief pilot Arnie's 66th birthday run into the flight from hell when the exterior of the plane threatens to stall as it ices up while in flight and unfortunately, the plane doesn't have deicing equipment built in. Will they make it? Fresh out of flight school, Jeremy is desperate to move up the ranks, but newbie Audrey Marchand's enthusiasm and can-do attitude impresses the boss and could throw a wrench into Jeremy's plans to move up.
Christmas is just around the corner, and the Northern Territories in Canada depend on Buffalo Airways more than ever to fly in food and supplies. But the engine in the C-46 freezes up in the tiny town of Norman Wells, stranding Scott and AJ, while mechanic Chuck must attempt a bare-handed engine swap in the minus 30°C deep freeze on a remote tarmac. Back at Yellowknife, pressure from customers and co-workers pushes cargo manager Kelly Jurasevich to reroute the Christmas food and goods.
A furious Joe fights against a federal suspension that will prevent him from carrying passengers for the first time in 20 years. It's also a setback for Jeremy and the other rampies, which takes a turn for the worse with an unexpected injury. For the Turkey waterbomber team it's finally a go. Arnie, Justin and the crew set off on the first leg of their journey, a risky trip across Canada in the dead of winter, with no de-icing equipment.
A charter flight falls through the cracks after the McBryans attend a wild family wedding, and an irate Joe pulls captain Justin from the Turkey test flights to do the job. Justin's task is to move an impatient Brit, his dog and all his worldly possessions to a remote northern outpost, but the weather isn't cooperating. Meanwhile, Devan ponders a job offer in Africa leaving girlfriend Jynelle to ponder their future.
Rookie co-pilot Scott and Buffalo Airlines captain AJ face their worst nightmare when low fog and engine malfunction of the Curtiss C-46 Commando result in one of the toughest landings of their lives. Ambitious young flyer Alex must prove himself when Buffalo's chief pilot, Arnie, gives him control of the 20-ton Douglas DC-4 for the very first time.
The Turkey crew makes the critical jump over the North Atlantic. But en route to Portugal, one crew is forced to turn back. With no power on one engine and no way to maintain altitude, they must get back into Santa Maria, where the airport is on full emergency alert. And Mikey and Scott search for a new rampie, while Jeremy's hopes plummet even further.
C-46 and DC-4 crews race against the spring melt to fly mining equipment to an airstrip on a frozen lake. Jeremy tries to catch up to fellow rampies Audrey and Wilf. And on the final leg to Turkey, Arnie and Justin face some serious volcanoes and busy Mediterranean air traffic.
When a power failure leaves the tiny region of Rankin Inlet exposed to the brutal northern elements, DC-4 captain Justin races to deliver two massive generators to the secluded community before sundown. Jeremy is determined to become a co-pilot and beat co-worker Audrey into the seat by training a new hire from India to replace him. When the recession nips at Joe's heels, he organizes a $7 million sale of two Canadair CL-215 water bombers to the Turkish government.
After her husband's acrimonious departure from Buffalo, Kelly has a confrontation that decides whether she, too, will quit. Jeremy makes a mistake that could end his Buffalo career. An aviation gas shortage brings a sobering dose of reality to the McBryans. And fate throws Scott an unexpected curve ball. When the dust settles, someone will be leaving Buffalo Airways.
In Alaska's freezing waters lurk some of the ocean's most agile killers - salmon sharks. They are a close relative of the great white shark and one of the few sharks with warm-blooded capabilities. Every year, thousands make the journey for a feeding frenzy in Prince William Sound, a rugged wonderland where enormous glaciers carve and reshape the land. Despite its severe and unforgiving landscape, this area is a rich ecosystem, home to huge schools of Pacific salmon and salmon sharks.
The longest bridge of its kind, the Oresund connects Denmark and Sweden for the first time since the Ice Age. Discover the extreme equipment, massive parts and innovative design it took to create the link that radically altered the map of Scandinavia.
Go inside the construction of China's three ultimate bridges: the Lupu, the world's longest arch bridge; the Runyang, the country's largest suspension bridge; and the Sutong, soon to be the longest cable-stayed bridge in the world.
NGC travels to the Rion-Antirion Bridge in Greece to find out how designers and engineers conquered a host of extreme environmental conditions, including an active earthquake zone, to realize a century-old dream of bridging the Strait of Corinth.
Off the coast of Dubai, the world's tallest and most luxurious hotel rises from the water like a massive yacht. NGC takes you inside the conception and construction of this audacious structure that pushed the boundaries of engineering to the limit.
In the Arabian Gulf, the world's largest artificial islands are being constructed in the shape of a massive palm tree. It's part of a plan to transform Dubai into the world's premier luxury tourist destination. Will it work?
Before it takes its first breath, a human baby has been through an incredible transformation from a single cell to a complex, self-sustaining organism. Watch this amazing process in real time inside the womb.
Enter the wombs of three mammals -- elephant, dolphin and dog -- and trace their different paths from conception to birth. Discover evolutionary clues to the animals' ancestry by observing fetal development in utero.
The Pols are experiencing some unusual emergencies and the only explanation they can think of is the full moon. Dr. Pol and Charles head to a cattle farm to perform pregnancy checks. For the first time ever, all the cows they examine are pregnant! Back at the clinic, an X-ray of a dog hit by a motorcycle shows bruising, but no broken bones. Luckily, the dog is able to leave that day. Then Dr. Pol heads to treat a pig with a rectal prolapse - a dose of antibiotics will help alleviate discomfort.
Dubai is taking nature into its own hands by creating 300 man-made islands off its coast in its attempt to become the top tourist destination in the world. Its goal: to develop these islands into what can be seen from space as a world map.
Now, 10 years after the deadliest act of terrorism ever perpetrated on U.S. soil, NGC presents a new update to its 2005 landmark television event, Inside 9/11. With a new world premiere hour, we track a seemingly moderate U.S. imam suspected of orchestrating terrorist attacks from within American communities, and the interwoven but splintered al-Qaida groups across the globe. These groups executed attacks in Madrid, London, Fort Hood and Bombay.
The Chinese New Year Evening Gala, an annual variety show extravaganza with a viewership of nearly 1 billion, is one of the premiere television events of Mainland China and the most watched variety show in the world. National Geographic Channel will go inside to witness the preparations and challenges of the event's key organizers. Will the pressure of making this blowout a successful hit prove to be too much?
Nat Geo cameras follow a team of DEA cocaine mule hunters at Colombia's El Dorado International Airport. Their mission is to catch a coke mule and track a smuggling ring of U.S. military servicemen who've been moving coke from Bogota to Italy. Following this mule for more than a week, the team's patience is wearing off until he appears with a suspicious bag at the airport. A nail-biting scene follows as the team apprehends the man they hope will lead them to who's funding the ring in the U.S.
The Nat Geo cameras roll as a specialized team of DEA agents hunt down cocaine submarines in Cartagena, a place perfectly situated between Colombia's Caribbean and Pacific coasts. From there, the team is in striking distance of the two ocean corridors used to sail toward American shores. Fully aware that they have to catch it before it sails, DEA sub-hunters go to the frontlines of today's Cocaine War in one of the most remote places on earth to catch an elusive cocaine submarine.
Meet a team of DEA agents patrolling the Dominican Republic, where drug traffickers can send their product to cities all over the Eastern Seaboard. In a risky chase, the team races after a cocaine speedboat, known as a go-fast, that carries two tons of pure Colombian cocaine worth more than $100 million dollars. With speeds exceeding 100 mph, the cops get too close and the go-fast crew jumps overboard. Will the team be able to catch the elusive prey or has it all been for nothing?
The Nat Geo cameras roll as a specialized team of DEA agents hunt down cocaine submarines in Cartagena, a place perfectly situated between Colombia's Caribbean and Pacific coasts. From there, the team is in striking distance of the two ocean corridors used to sail toward American shores. Fully aware that they have to catch it before it sails, DEA sub-hunters go to the frontlines of today's Cocaine War in one of the most remote places on earth to catch an elusive cocaine submarine.
The elite Combat Rescue members of the U.S. Air Force, Pararescuemen, or PJs, have one mission: rescue American or Allied forces in extreme danger. Inside Combat Rescue: The Final Stand returns to the front lines of Afghanistan for a unique, firsthand perspective of the final stages of Operation Enduring Freedom through the eyes of the men and women on the ground and in the air, fighting to protect us.
Grand Central Terminal is the heart and soul of New York City. This iconic is an architectural and technological marvel that's endured since 1913. It has faced tremendous challenges through the decades: the car and jet age, corporate greed, the wrecking, and a city's indifference. Today, facing challenges very different from years past, such as threats of terrorism. Inside Grand Central takes you inside one of our country's most impressive superstructures and reveals its magnificent secrets.
NOAA predicts four to six 'major' hurricanes for the 2006 hurricane season. Are we prepared? Join NGC on an in-depth examination of Hurricane Katrina to uncover the decisions and circumstances that impacted countless Gulf of Mexico residents. Inside Hurricane Katrina Update presents a new comprehensive timeline of the events leading up to and following one of the worst natural disasters to ever strike America. The facts behind the storm shed new light as we head into another active hurricane season.
Could LSD be the next drug in your doctor's arsenal? New experiments have a few researchers believing that this "trippy" drug could become a pharmaceutical of the future. Outlawed in 1970, the street drug developed a reputation as the dangerous toy of the counterculture, capable of inspiring either moments of genius or a descent into madness. Now science is taking a fresh look into this psychedelic world, including the first human LSD trials in more than 35 years.
Built on the Nile by the great King Ramses, the city was a thriving port and home to hundreds of thousands of people. Then it disappeared. More than 3,000 years later, Pi-Ramses' remains were uncovered in a location that baffled scientists.
Excavating the capital of one of the most powerful empires in the ancient world, archaeologists discover an impenetrable wall, secret tunnels, palaces and a series of great libraries detailing the secrets of the Hittite civilization.
High school has always been tough, but for the students at Walter L. Cohen High School in New Orleans, it's a struggle for survival. In a city with one of the highest homicide rates in the country, day to day life at Cohen isn't easy. NGC roams the halls with students as they tell their unvarnished accounts of high school life.
It's a real-life "Big Love." Winston Blackmore is the family patriarch and leader of a fundamentalist Mormon polygamist community in Bountiful, British Columbia, that includes his 20-some wives and more than 100 children. Winston, like all who practice "the principle," believes that plural marriage and siring dozens of children will help guarantee his entrance into the highest of Heavens.
For 24 years, Saddam Hussein and his Baath Party executed political rivals, Shias, Kurds and anyone else who dared disagree - or even tell a joke about the dictator. A chorus of testimonials, unearthed mass graves and discovered documents now reveal theextent to which Saddam and his Baath Party tortured, maimed, raped and murdered Iraqi citizens. NGC goes inside his reign of terror - with rare videotape that shows Baath Party members carrying out Saddam's brutal laws.
What makes members of the Straight Edge movement unique are their distinct rules that break from typical teenage proclivities: no drinking, no smoking, no drugs. NGC goes Inside Straight Edge to examine how this youth movement has earned a darker reputation as a hard-core gang, capable of malicious beatings and even murder. Is Straight Edge a safe refuge for those pursuing "clean" choices? Or is it a militant subculture that advocates violence?
Across New York City, an underground economy exists that pulsates with danger, allure and adrenaline generated by clandestine high-stakes poker games. One of the top games in the city is run by Mikey Tatts, who has cultivated an eclectic roster of players and friends, including Wall Street brokers, doctors, business owners, drug dealers, pimps and people who make their living playing cards.
Michael Travesser claims he is the Messiah, and the members of the Strong City cult believe him. NGC goes inside the Strong City cult in New Mexico to get an extended look at the lives of its 56 members.
The sequel to NGC's 2008 special Inside a Cult, follows up with cult leader Wayne Bent, aka Michael Travesser, who recently made headlines when police entered his New Mexico religious compound, Strong City. Now, as Travesser battles multiple counts of criminal sexual contact with minors, NGC offers an in-depth look at the inner workings of the sect and the trial of their self-proclaimed messiah.
After 13 years in development, Atlantic City's towering new casino, the Borgata, is ready for action. Watch its multi-year construction and spectacular opening, through the eyes of those that have the most to gain -- and the most to lose.
Inside the Afghanistan War brings viewers the soldiers' perspective, from the deciding moment to enlist during the waking hours after 9/11 to the harrowing battlefield accounts that were often buried in the back pages of the daily papers as the media's attention shifted to the conflict in Iraq. When President Obama stepped in as commander-in-chief, see the changes in tactics on the ground as strategic focus shifted from remote northeast outposts to the more populated south of Afghanistan as the
Delve into the secret underworld of the American Mafia, as told by the criminals who lived it and the law enforcers who hunted it. This dramatic six-part series chronicles the true-life story of the modern Mob in America, as former mobsters, informants, and FBI agents expose the takedown of the deadliest and most infamous organized crime ring in U.S. history. A combination of recently declassified files, first-person accounts by federal officials and the mafioso themselves, and rare archival footage sheds a new light on the raw, violent, and corrupt underworld that gripped America for decades.
Take a journey inside the body of England's most notorious monarch: Henry VIII. A team of medical experts, biographers, and historians investigate what caused the great physical and mental changes in the king. Was it from diseases such as syphilis, diabetes or malaria? Or could his favorite sport, jousting, have sparked his medical problems? Experts study Henry's childhood trauma and delve deeper into his lifestyle and adult injuries to better understand this powerful king's body.
Follow the Shadow Wolves, an elite unit of just 12 Native American federal agents charged with hunting down drug smugglers crossing into the United States through the Tohono O'odham Reservation located southwest of Tucson, AZ. Using ancient techniques that were once used by their ancestors to read the stories of the trail, these agents can track smugglers' destinations and even cargo.
In April 2013, chaos erupted in Boston near the finish line of one of the world's oldest and most prestigious marathons. It was the worst terrorist attack on the United States since 9/11 and led to one of the most extensive and public manhunts in American history. Now, as the one-year anniversary approaches, National Geographic Channel presents a special two-hour event, Inside the Hunt for the Boston Bombers.
As the saying goes, nothing is certain in life but death and taxes. But how well do you really know the agency that collects your federal taxes the IRS? Most of us only hear from the IRS twice a year - when we get our tax forms and when we get our refund. But what about sides of the IRS you've never seen? Experience the challenge of collecting trillions in taxes from hundreds of millions of taxpayers as NGC takes a look inside IRS processing facilities.
NGC provides a fresh, personal, in-depth look at the grim reality of the last six years Inside the Iraq War.Go inside covert operations and witness the emotional toll of modern warfare through the eyes of the soldiers who have their boots on the ground and the pilots who undertake death-defying missions.
Over the past few decades, the Middle East has been an epicenter of political and violent turmoil, often with religious conflict at its core. An understanding of the Muslim faith and its most sacred text is very important. NGC presents Inside the Koran, a journey into the heart of the Islamic world to better understand this complex and seemingly contradictory spiritual guide, including the messages that some perceive as justification for the violent conflict and suicide bombings.
From our first cry to our last breath, our bodies undergo a continuous transformation. Now, NGC melds microscopic filmmaking, advanced medical technologies and state-of-the-art CGI to take you beneath the skin to reveal how our bodies evolve from birth to old age. The special features the highest-resolution HD footage ever recorded from inside a human body by employing special miniature HD endoscopic cameras.
Find out how and why omerta, the fabled Mafia vow of silence, began to crumble in the 1980s. Hear riveting accounts mob activities -- including gruesome details about the disposal of bodies -- from gangsters who lived to tell about it.
For decades, the U.S. government refused to acknowledge the very existence of the National Security Agency (NSA). And it's still considered one of the most secretive intelligence agencies in the world. But that's about to change. With the first access given to a documentary film crew since 9/11, National Geographic goes Inside the NSA for a new one-hour special to demystify the modern-day spy agency.
Similar to hate factions like the KKK and neo-Nazis, the New Black Panther Party is a militant hate group, headquartered in Washington, D.C. that seeks to redefine the black struggle for equality and demand liberation from what it sees as white supremacy.
Go into the heart of America's defense headquarters as it struggles to renew itself despite tragedy, controversy and a changing of the guard. Visit The Building's most sensitive areas and hear frank commentary from those who know it best.
They solve murders, catch spies, and prevent terrorist attacks. They are one of the most revered law enforcement agencies on the planet, and one of the least understood until now. Go behind-the-scenes with the federal agents of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS). With re-enactments, on-location footage and interviews with agents, re-examine the agency's most challenging case - the bombing of the USS Cole - and see how the NCIS is staying one step ahead of the terrorists.
NGC goes Inside the State Department to shed light on the efforts of individuals representing U.S. interests abroad. This special offers a behind-the-scenes perspective on the mission of the U.S. Department of State, its leader Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton and a staff of 60,000+ professionals engaged in operations spanning the globe. Our cameras capture moments behind closed doors as Secretary Clinton and other key U.S. diplomats juggle pressing global issues facing the United States.
Inside the Vietnam War takes you inside covert operations, gives you a seat at the military strategy table and lets you witness the emotional toll of war through the eyes of the soldiers and the pilots who undertook dozens of death-defying missions. Woven together with testimonials from more than 50 Vietnam veterans, archival audio and video footage, and never-before-seen photos, the special features the harrowing firsthand accounts of the brave men and women who lived through the war.
Brad Pitt may have made it famous, but NGC shows you what life is really like in the subculture of competitive fighting. No judges, no trophies and no referees. It's not just a sport but a rite of passage, a personal challenge each man must face.
Investigative journalists Mariana van Zeller and Darren Foster take you inside the nation’s underground networks and to the heart of the most controversial issues. Using a combination of hidden camera techniques and exclusive access, they penetrate worlds rarely captured before.
Despite decades of civil war and tribal conflict in southern Sudan, the ancient ways of the Dinka have changed little. Discover the traditions at the heart of this tribe and their cattle-centric culture, including showering under urinating cows.
Watch as a filmmaker and a scientist drive a specially designed truck with 8,000 pounds of protective steel plating and bulletproof glass into the heart of a tornado on a deadly quest to advance twister science.
Capturing Saddam Hussein is just the beginning of a battle of wills. While Hussein is held prisoner, it is the mission of junior FBI Agent George Piro to get the notorious dictator to reveal the truth about his weapons of mass destruction and alleged ties to terrorism. In an in-depth interview, Piro details how he patiently formed a powerful bond with Hussein to build the criminal case for his prosecution. In the psychological chess match that lasted 166 days, George Piro is about to checkmate.
Join archaeologist Zahi Hawass as he unravels the mystery of how the Great Pyramid of Giza was built and who executed the awe-inspiring enterprise. Witness the opening of a 4,500-year-old sarcophagus, the oldest ever found in Egypt.
NGC goes inside one of the greatest natural marvels on the planet - a giant crystal cave described as Superman's fortress, with magnificent crystals up to 36 feet long and weighing 55 tons. A team of experts venture into the cavern, enduring scorching-hot temperatures that could kill a human after just 15 minutes of exposure. They'll push the boundaries of physical limitation to explore a crevasse that could lead to another - and perhaps more spectacular - crystal cave.
Biological particularities have allowed plants to conquer all natural environments of planet earth; from dry desert lands, to polar oceans, to wetlands, to the concrete in the hearts of our cities. Plants have developed many strategies to succeed in this extraordinary colonization, including seducing the human race. We bring plant life into our cities of concrete and asphalt, and some humans have even foreseen the creation of cities entirely made of plants.
Plants harness sunlight to make food; they are masters of photosynthesis. Some have been rooted to the earth for almost 5,000 years and others have visited outer space. They purify our water and our air, hold many world records and may hide the secret to immortality. Some animals are even known to imitate plants. In this episode, viewers will learn that plants are anything but powerless.
This episode delves into the science that is revealing astonishing characteristics of plants, claiming that they can communicate they can move, smell, listen, speak and taste. Plants are continuously interacting with their environment, reacting to signals by modifying their metabolism or growth. They send warning signals to other plants, and can even ally with animals to fight their enemies. Others have evolved to imitate the looks and smells of female insects, in order to attract pollinators.
As the citizens of Iran head to the polls in June, NGC sheds light on their complex relationship with the United States. What were the forces that led to the current volatile state of affairs? How did this nuclear-seeking Middle East nation evolve into a strong supporter of Islamic terrorists in the region? And why is Iran so crucial to Western interests and world stability today? Viewers will hear directly from key officials on both sides, including former Iranian Presidents Rafsanjani.
A dedicated group of believers insist we were visited by aliens thousands of years ago and we owe our existence to them. Experts aren't so sure. Examine the evidence that separates the science from the science fiction.
Orang Pendek is said to be an elf-size ape-creature that walks on two legs and has an eerily human face. But there's no real evidence it exists. Will Dr. Peter Tse's jungle camera traps change history?
Plato was the first to write about an island paradise populated by an advanced civilization, but did Atlantis really exist? Explore the evidence with a geologist in Greece, an anthropologist in Mexico and an investigative mythologist in Egypt.
A clandestine brotherhood, an enigmatic genius and a forbidden secret. Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code claims that Jesus fathered a bloodline hidden for centuries by a secret society, led by Renaissance painter, Leonardo Da Vinci. But where's the evidence? Is it possible that the Catholic Church intentionally covered up key aspects of Christ's life? Investigate the facts and falsehoods presented in the runaway bestseller.
Exorcists have probably been with us for centuries. Every culture, race and religion has tried to cleanse those allegedly possessed by malicious spirits with witch doctors, shamans or clergymen. With no other explanation for strange behavior those who cast out demons were no doubt in big demand. Is it Real? takes you inside the world of present day exorcisms.
NGC examines the world of ghosts, poltergeists and demonic possession on visits to the famous haunted house in Amityville, New York, a country and western bar in Kentucky, and spooky Muncaster Castle in Northern England.
Jack the Ripper, one of the most notorious serial killers of all time, remains at large and unaccounted for - more than 100 years after his killing spree. Who was Jack the Ripper? Was he an iconic artist, a black magic occultist, a member of the royal family, or an anonymous "Jack Doe," whose name is lost to history? Now, the National Geographic Channel gathers a team of ripperologists, forensic psychologists, crime experts and scientists, to investigate the clues behind this unsolved murder.
He is a gallant and noble warrior. With the guidance of Merlin, the magician, he leads the people of England to victory and freedom. He marries a beautiful and elegant Cornish woman name Guinevere and together, they rule the land of Camelot. But war continues for the young Arthur and he is forced to establish his knights of the round table, men willing to fight for Britain's independence.
Could the wounds Jesus received on his forehead, side, hands and feet during his crucifixion appear unintentionally in a select few? The marks are called stigmata -- and claimed cases are on the rise. Stigmatics and scientists examine the phenomenon.
Is it possible for karate masters to zap each other with invisible energy, for mystics to mutilate themselves and feel no pain? Can masters of Hindu Transcendental Meditation fly? Examine the evidence for superpowers in humans.
NGC takes you to the Transylvania region of Romania to dissect the legend of Dracula. Historians, folklorists, forensic science and modern medicine add insight to enduring vampire myths, and a self-professed, blood-drinking vampire tells all.
Many theories have tried to explain why numerous ships and planes have vanished without a trace in the region known as the Bermuda Triangle. Now, some believers think they may have found a missing piece to this mysterious puzzle. With a team of scientists, NGC embarks on an intriguing investigation as Is It Real? examines the evidence and separates facts from fiction in the Bermuda Triangle.
A piece of film from 1967 purportedly captured an image of Bigfoot, a legendarily elusive giant primate. NGC examines the controversial footage and interviews Bigfoot believers who claim to have encountered the shadowy beast.
They say it's a bloodthirsty hybrid from Hell -- part reptile, part kangaroo, part vampire bat. Is it an alien invasion? A secret genetic experiment gone wrong? Science and the supernatural collide in search of the answer.
Is it possible to commit murder in your sleep? Will extensive sleep tests performed on accused murderers say yes? If science says yes, what does the law say? And if we can commit murder in our sleep, what else might we do?
Melatonin. Honey. Hoodia. Noni juice. Alleged "miracle cures" abound for those of us seeking slimmer thighs, migraine relief, or a full night's sleep. But do they work? NGC travels the globe to find out.
Could remnants of pre-historic sea creatures still exist, living in the shadows where science has yet to reach? Join a coastal monster hunt with believers and skeptics alike, analyze video footage and monster globster DNA.
Can animals predict earthquakes, tsunamis and other natural disasters? Throughout time, people have reported unusual animal behavior before impending doom. Is there a connection between this bizarre behavior and coming calamities?
Science books say Neanderthals went extinct around 30,000 years ago. But what if they still exist today? Rumors swirl that a stone-age man called "wildman" or "man of the forest" lives in the remote mountains of Russia. Join Is it Real? as NGCinvestigates the evidence, including a Russian hominologist who claims to have skulls and hair samples.
Is Spontaneous Human Combustion the gruesome result of a mysterious fire within the body, or the misinterpretation of a rare, deadly external burn? Experts examine the mystery of people who burst into flames for no scientifically apparent reason.
From phantom images caught on tape to strange orbs of light in creepy places, we'll dissect the most compelling evidence of ghostly visitations and probe the minds of the haunted. Believers and paranormal detectives guide this chilling investigation.
Do purported police psychics really help solve crimes or just waste precious investigation time? Is it ESP or plain common sense? Deconstruct psychic "successes" and controlled experiments, and consult the experts to see if the power is real.
Italian Cruise Ship Disaster: The Untold Stories weaves together in-depth stories from passengers and staff on board as well as Coast Guard rescuers with stunning home video (some never before seen on U.S. television) and CGI to reconstruct the sinking of the Costa Concordia as it happened. How did the ship sink? Could it have been prevented? Why weren't the passengers warned earlier? What are the similarities to and differences from the Titanic? Italian Cruise Ship Disaster: The Untold Stories works to understand this current headline tragedy more fully - from the time the luxury cruise liner departs from the Italian mainland to the collision with rocks that tear a 160-foot gash in the port side, and from floodwaters that rush in to the delayed passenger alert to the desperate evacuation. We'll uncover the decisions that cost lives and the heroes who saved them.
Few events have been more scrutinized than the minutes and hours following the fatal bullets fired by Lee Harvey Oswald on Nov. 22, 1963. The assassination of President John F. Kennedy has been analyzed repeatedly from every angle and every perspective, but this leaves us with no real insight into his humanity. JFK: The Final Hours, narrated by Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Bill Paxton, takes both in-depth and birds-eye views of the final day of Kennedy's life through firsthand accounts.
Jack of All Trades follows a serial entrepreneur who must rely on his family to keep his business empire growing. Jack Moore is a blue collar, self-made, workaholic that can't pass up an opportunity to make money. There's only one thing Jack loves more than money, more money! Jack owns too many businesses to run by himself, so he has recruited his family members to keep his American dream going strong.
Dr. Michael Scott sets outs across the historic landscapes of the ancient world to discover how and why, in just 400 years, the little-known Judaic cult of Jesus rises from a persecuted minority to become the official religion of the Roman Empire.
He was born in a manger, died on a cross, created a new religion and became the most famous man of his age, but his life remains shrouded in mystery. History and archaeology shed light on the early experiences and forces that shaped Jesus' young life.
Did Jesus have a strong voice? How many actually heard his "Sermon on the Mount?" Experts examine the places he went, the long-dead language he spoke, and the lessons he taught to find out how Jesus spread his word.
Somewhere between the picnics and the patriotism of this midsummer spectacular is a holiday full of history, science and gastronomic feats. come celebrate Americas birthdays bash as common misconceptions of this holiday are dispelled.
The white robes and fiery crosses of America's oldest terrorist group have become national symbols of hate and violence. Now, one segment of the modern KKK has teamed up with skinheads, neo-Nazis and other extremist groups toward a common goal of "white rule." NGC travels inside the KKK's deadly world. Learn how the organization's membership has grown in recent years. Hear from current Klan members and victims, along with KKK experts as they break down the face of this modern hate group.
In Episode 2 Kenny and Zoltan enter their second week of exploring Vietnam, the National Geographic Magazine crew still in tow. Mattias once again puts himself in harms way photographing these venomous creatures when a breeder drops the snake dangerously close to him and Bella puts herself at risk when she forgets her gloves and goggles on a day full of spitting cobras. The team visits Bach Mai hospital where they find a young man in complete paralysis from a snake bite and the hospital doesn't have the right antivenom there to cure him. As they wait to see whether they can have antivenom shipped from Thailand the team continues on their journey following a traditional snake hunter on his quest. The antivenom is finally brought in and administered and there are slight positive signs of life in the patient, but it remains uncertain whether the treatment will work. The National Geographic Magazine crew must return home and Kenny and Zoltan continue their hunt for snakes and find a krait in the woods. Upon their return they find out the fate of the snakebite patient did their efforts pay off or were they just too late?
Harlan County, Kentucky, is no stranger to violence. Its long mining history means it's seen its fair share of corruption, moon-shining, and murder. The coal mining wars may be over, but with a depressed economy, including the closure of many mines, the County is facing a new crime wave: a growing prescription drug problem.
Sheriff Marvin J. Lipfird is determined to get the drug problem under control, and he's spent the last six years building a team of skilled deputies to help him do it. These men chose policing, but many of the people they know have chosen the wrong side of the law. Each has arrested someone they know—sometimes even kin. Sheriff Marvin and his deputies survive shoot-outs, arrest drug dealers, and bring down corrupt city officials in an effort to reduce crime in their beloved Harlan County.
Follow veteran cameraman Andrew Manske and hard-nosed outdoorsman Brian Bildson as they venture out into one of North America's most remote regions in an attempt to capture extraordinary footage of North America's largest wolves taking down the continent's largest land animal: the wood bison. Battling cracking ice roads, floods, forest fires, persistent rain storms, and relentless swarms of mosquitoes, their journey offers a unique and raw vision of natural history filmmaking.
Killing Kennedy, produced by Scott Free Productions and based on the best-selling book by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard, chronicles this buildup to one of America's most shocking events: the assassination of President John F. Kennedy by Lee Harvey Oswald. Starring Rob Lowe (President Kennedy), Will Rothhaar (Lee Harvey Oswald), with Michelle Trachtenberg (Marina Oswald), and Ginnifer Goodwin (Jacqueline Kennedy).
April 14, 1865. One gunshot. One assassin hell-bent on killing a tyrant, as he charged the 16th president of the United States. And in one moment, our nation was forever changed. This is the most dramatic and resonant crime in American history: the true story of the killing of Abraham Lincoln. National Geographic Channel's first-ever docudrama, Killing Lincoln, combines re-creations with historical insight in a thrilling chronicle of the final days of President Lincoln.
It's the ultimate fishing challenge. Three anglers battle it out during three extraordinary expeditions. Each is highly competitive and determined to beat their new fishing buddies. But it isn't just about who catches the most and who catches the biggest. It's also about who hosts the ultimate fishing trip, with marks awarded for both number of fish caught and the overall fishing experience itself.
Three anglers battle it out during three extraordinary expeditions. Only one of them will be crowned King Fisher. In this episode, all-Canadian Kevin, a jet-boating hockey pro from British Columbia, hosts his opponents on the banks of the Fraser River where they fish for protected prehistoric sturgeon the largest freshwater species in North America. Pepper, a laid-back American who lives in the Amazon, leads the anglers as they hunt the notoriously aggressive peacock bass in Brazil's Amazon.
Narrated by Emmy award-winning Alfre Woodard, Nefertiti and the Lost Dynasty documents a high-tech forensic investigation by international experts lead by Dr. Zahi Hawass, Secretary General of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, dedicated to resolving the fate of the famed queen.
The most famous Egyptian king in history ruled for only 10 years before his mysterious death. Using 3-D CT-scan imaging, NGC reveals what King Tutankhamun looked like on the day he died and unveils new findings relating to his death.
Meet Larry Lavin, a freshman University of Pennsylvania student who leads a double life as a bookworm by daydrug dealer by night. Lured into a world where dealing gives him social recognition, he soon builds his own empire. As cash flows in, Larry becomes an overnight sensation. Driven by thirst for more money and glory, Larry falls into the ultimate juggling act: living a respectable life as a dentist and running a massive criminal conspiracy on the side. And that's when the trouble starts.
Hidden in the most remote reaches of Appalachia and secluded from the outside world is a fiercely independent culture wary of outsiders. And the king of this world is Billy Taylor. His trade? Digging and dealing indigenous medicinal roots and herbs. It is a fierce and competitive world where poachers are punished, digging spots are secret and allies aren't easy to find. But after Billy created an outlet for the diggers to buy and sell their roots, he became king.
Blue whales are the largest creatures to ever inhabit the earth -- yet despite their size, we know precious little about them. In an effort to understand these behemoths and help protect them, an international team of scientists supported by the National Geographic Society set out on an expedition to unlock the secrets of the blue whale and investigate why they are dying. I
Examine the paradox of whales, penguins, iguanas and dolphins that inherited a burdensome legacy from their land-dwelling ancestors: they must breathe in open air. Go back to Charles Darwin's living laboratory, the Galapagos Islands, where evolution still experiments with life's ebb and flow between land and sea. Over on the South American coast, check on an orca whale family teaching their young the dangerous art of beaching to hunt sea lions.
Explore the living, breathing, colorful mountains of coral that shelter an extraordinarily diverse group of species of every color, shape and behavior. See how these living gardens protect the egg of a tiny zebra shark about to hatch, and how a hermit crab latches onto venomous anemone for protection. Go to apeaceful lagoon with a mother whale and her newborn calf.
Untold and astounding multitudes are moving through the sandy plains that appear to be empty. How do they hide? We learn their secrets, as well as those of the animals which live well-protected in the tight mesh of giant seaweed underwater forests.
Are we alone? It's an age-old question that was relatively "taboo" in mainstream science until the mid-1990s, when astronomers found planets outside our solar system. Now, Known Universe joins the hunt for alien life as scientists search for planets with similar characteristics to Earth's. We'll take you on a journey to find planets that may support life and show you new space-based technologies that aid in the search for advanced alien civilizations.
Volcanic eruptions aren't unique to Earth they are common throughout the solar system. Eruptions are capable of both destruction and creation, and we'll see their astonishing effects on humans and entire galaxies. We'll head to the big island of Hawaii to get up close and personal with one of the most active lava fields on the planet. Is there a way to predict when the next catastrophic eruption might occur?
Engineering in space represents the future of human civilization, but also poses some of our greatest technical difficulties. We'l travel to NASA's tool lab and see the equipment we need to build in this challenging environment, from high tech wrenches and hammers to the ultimate robotic handyman, Robonaut.
Could an asteroid impact with Earth wipe out the human race? Known Universe explores what is being done to prevent such an Armageddon by heading to the first line of asteroid defense: the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory in Arizona. Here we see the technologies used to monitor the skies for near-Earth objects, including a football stadium-sized rock that will pass close to Earth on Friday the 13th, April 2029. Scientists predict it may be so close that gravity could cause a catastrophic collision.
Our ancestors' relationship with the heavens led to some of mankind's ancient discoveries and greatest creations. The ancient Greeks discovered Earth was round; the Polynesians used the sun and stars to navigate vast oceans in simple canoes; some think amazing structures like Stonehenge were designed to observe the sky. Now, Known Universe examines mankind's first observations of the cosmos to understand how they put us on the path to modern discovery.
The world didn't end on 5/21/11 as some feared, but someday it will, and not just on Earth, but for asteroids, comets, moons, planets, stars and everything in our Known Universe. To demonstrate this complex cycle of life and death, scientist David Kaplan watches the destruction of a 16-story building shattering the structure while creating new matter and debris. We'll also see how a wildfire compares to the ignition of a supernova deep in space, and step inside a black hole simulator.
We've landed on the moon, and launched probes to study planets hundreds of millions of miles away. But when it comes to space travel, we're just babes in the woods. Of the hundreds of launches we've made into space, only a handful have even left Earth's gravity. So what's the problem? Well, for one, it's a huge challenge just getting off the planet. If you want to get into space you have to fly fast and high. Find out just how tough and complicated future space travel can be on Known Unive
Could the saying, "the bigger the better" actually be true? Humans have not only adapted and evolved to become the dominant species on planet, but we're continually creating technologies that get bigger and faster. With the help of experts including an astronaut and astronomer, we'll learn how to take everything from basic household items to advanced technologies and transform them for use in space. We'll see how a handgun shot in space becomes a model for a rocket and explore how refrigerator
More than 70 percent of Earth is covered in water, but we've only explored roughly 5 percent of it. We've roamed even less of our solar system. Now, armed with some of the latest advances in technology, we join scientists on a voyage into the unknown - from the far reaches of space to the extreme depths of our oceans - where new discoveries have experts questioning everything we know about the universe, and ultimately ourselves.
Using an unprecedented combination of the most current scientific information, mind-blowing computer graphics and relatable analogies and comparisons, the Known Universe gives vital insights into a world we thought we knew.
Never mind the pesky blizzards and mudslides we deal with. Imagine dodging frozen methane raindrops, or winds of 11,000 mph. Take a trip around the cosmos to see some of the universe's most extreme weather. Travel to Venus, the hottest planet in our solar system, where temperatures scorch at 900 degrees. Witness massive dust storms that rage for months on Mars. And, head to the Space Weather Prediction Center to see how weather on the sun affects us.
Will mankind be able to conquer space travel? Technological advancements could make it possible, but man's own body may be what's holding us back. Now, Known Universe examines humans' space endurance. We'll experience six G's in a centrifuge to demonstrate extreme gravitational effects. Study gravity's effects on seemingly simple human activities in space, from sleeping to sex, and eating to digestion. See how the vacuum of space and its near-zero pressure can kill us within minutes, if not
From the enormous universe in which we exist to tiny atoms that make up the building blocks of everything around us, size matters when it comes to understanding the cosmos. Starting with our solar system, we'll explore the true meaning of word "big." Odds are you saw a model of the solar system made in grade school. With incredibly realistic CGI, we'll reveal how that model, if built to scale, wouldn't fit inside a football field, much less a classroom.
In the vast expanse of space, nothing matters more than speed. Whether we're venturing out to the farthest reaches of our solar system or exploring the mysteries of time travel and wormholes, speed is the key.
Scientists believe that our universe started with a colossal explosion called the Big Bang. That powerful blast created all the matter and energy in the universe and laid the groundwork for every explosion since.
Join a treasure hunt of cosmic proportions, with a diamond mine on Neptune?! Known Universe explores innovative ideas that could allow humans to harness raw materials in space. One concept includes using Kevlar ribbons to anchor astronauts to asteroids containing more metal than has been excavated in all of human history. And see how meteorites have created huge deposits of gold and other precious metals here on Earth.
Go behind-the-scenes of the epic film that brings to life one of the most daring and dramatic sea explorations of our time lauded as an epic of awesome achievement by the New York Observer and a rip-roaring trip by the New York Post. Shot in open waters in six countries, KON-TIKI tells the incredible true story of Thor Heyerdahl's epic 4,300-mile expedition from Peru to Polynesia on a primitive balsa wood raft in 1947.
For gang members in South Central Los Angeles, the "hood" is a brutal war zone, where streets and reputations are vehemently defended, often to the death. NGC goes into this violent world for four months -- a period in which more than 60 L.A. residents are killed or wounded in gang shootings. Watch an emotional funeral, see 11-year-olds brandishing their weapons, and hear the stories of those entangled in this chilling cycle of bloodshed.
Follow the young drivers and mechanics of Compton-based Custom Performance Racing (CPR) as they try to turn their struggling start-up custom shop into a success and make it in the world of legit drag racing. Almost every guy behind the wheel or under the hood has done time for illegal street racing including felony evasion with a vehicle so if any of them are caught street racing again, their cars will be crushed and they'll wind up back in jail. Now the CPR hot rod engineers take their cu
Lincoln Hall is pronounced dead on the summit of Mt. Everest after suffering from the effects of cerebral edema, but miraculously survived. With never-before-seen footage, interviews and Hall's orginal video diary.
Christ is said to have been stabbed with a spear upon his crucifixion -- if it could be identified, the spear would be a powerful holy relic. In the centuries since, three weapons have been called the Holy Spear. Now, a priest and a scientist reach back through the mists of legend and time searching for the true spear that pierced the side of Christ. Could any of the three spears have been present 2,000 years ago?
Wild inspiration drives Zach Ness and his crew to build the very best custom motorcycles, whether by resurrecting dead bikes or through premium commissions from clients seeking a one-of-a-kind dream machine. Born of chopper royalty, Zach Ness, grandson of customizing legend Arlen Ness, is the nominal torchbearer of the Ness empire, but striving to set out on his own path. Devoted to performance, power and beauty, Zach’s bikes are a triple threat, but they don’t come easy.
For those sworn to serve and protect, a shootout is a last resort against criminals bent on doing harm...but sometimes they can't be avoided. In Lethal Action, we'll go inside three high-profile shootouts to see how split second decisions and twists of fate determined who lived, and who died. From a bank heist in Hollywood, to a Taliban revolt in an Afghan fort, and raging drug war in Colombia -- meet the key players involved and find out how the dramatic events unfolded.
Life Below Zero follows seven people as they battle for the most basic necessities in the state with the lowest population density in the United States. Living at the ends of the world's loneliest roads and subsisting off the rugged Alaskan bush, they battle whiteout snow storms, man-eating carnivores, questionable frozen terrain, and limited resources through a long and bitter winter. Some of them are lone wolves; others have their families beside them. All must overcome despairing odds to brave the wild and survive through to the spring. Only the mentally fit will be able to endure the extreme test of isolation and endless work required to survive the many months of winter in the Alaska bush.
Discover what life is like on death row, following a story about capital punishment told through the eyes of the people whose lives have been shaped by it. With unprecedented access, learn about the lives of the victims as well as the convicted and their families, revealing a rigid dichotomy of what life is like with the looming threat of the death chamber. Each part of the three-part mini series focuses on a key aspect of the capital punishment system: execution, trial, and appeal.
See Venice like never before. NGC secured unprecedented access to the fire, police and medical teams that keep the unique city and its extensive network of canals running. Against the backdrop of the busiest event in the Venetian calendar the annual Carnival festival we explore the side of Venice the millions of tourists dont see. Ride along in water ambulances as they navigate the confusing canals to respond to an elderly stroke victim.
Obtaining a dream job is tough it's even more difficult when you are struggling with a neurological disorder. National Geographic Channel follows three extraordinary individuals living with Tourette's syndrome as they pursue their dream careers.
It's the ocean like you've never seen it before. Using data from scientists around the globe, combined with specially developed computer animation software, NGC turns the Earth's ocean waters crystal clear. Spectacular underwater landscapes and hidden structures are revealed. Follow sperm whales as they dive into the dark depths of the Kaikoura Canyon off New Zealand, and descend to the underwater mountain ranges of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge to find never-before-seen creatures.
Was Abraham Lincoln dying of cancer when he was killed? NGC is on the front lines as scientists attempt to solve a genetic mystery -- using a piece of fabric stained with the president's blood to run DNA analysis. The final year of Lincoln's life seemed to age him a decade, and he had lost an alarming amount of weight. Even today, his strange body shape, unusual height and long limbs have led to speculation that he harbored some hidden medical problem.
Campaigning for 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln arrived onto the national stage as Honest Abe. But was he really a simple frontiersman or a brilliant strategist who manipulated his public image, using newspapers, photography and folksy imagery to win over voters? Combining dramatic re-creations, scientific discoveries, rare archival photos and interviews with historians, NGC follows the surprisingly well-orchestrated moves that took Lincoln all the way to the White House.
NGC blasts viewers into space for this spectacular two-hour television event, hosted by Soledad O'Brien. Made in collaboration with NASA, we'll go LIVE into orbit with astronauts Rick Mastracchio and Koichi Wakata as they fly at 17,500 mph nearly 250 miles above the earth's surface on the International Space Station, while astronaut Mike Massimino joins O'Brien on the ground at Mission Control in Houston.
Using re-enactments narrated by the actual victims, film producer and director Michael Bay retraces the ill-fated steps of ordinary people as they get deeper and deeper into trouble sometimes realizing it only when its too late. Whether its a new relationship that goes from perfect to attempted homicide in an instant, or a routine home repair that ends in a gruesome improvised self-amputation, youll sit transfixed as you thank your lucky stars youre not in their shoes.
With unique access to the International Space Station, this film follows the day-to-day life of three astronauts, Rick Mastracchio, Koichi Wakata, and Mike Hopkins, who have been living and working while orbiting 250 miles above the earth. Here for the first time, filmed by themselves and in their own words, is the incredible story of their out-of-this-world experiences of living in space.
Two thousand years ago, temple guards and soldiers arrested Jesus, setting in motion the most infamous trial of all time. Who were all these people? What laws where they charged with enforcing? And, what brought them together on this fateful night? NGC moves through modern Jerusalem to pick up clues about what law and order looked like in the first century. How did everyone from the taxman to the flogger go about keeping the peace?
When you got sick in the first century, what did you do about it? It was the time of Jesus and his promise of healing miracles, but what did brain surgery look like? And, were there really any medical benefits to floating in the Dead Sea? NGC experts investigate the many sides of ancient health care to discover what people in Jesus' time knew - and didn't know - about medicine.
Jesus is said to have overturned the tables of moneychangers in the Temple. But who were these people, and whose money were they changing? Using biblical stories as our guidebook, NGC opens a window into how people made ends meet 2,000 years ago. With the help of archaeologists, biblical experts and mules, we'll get our hands dirty doing the jobs of ancient carpenters, shepherds and camel-riding merchants. See how the land was tilled, the taxes were collected and the Holy Temple was operated.
Locked Up Abroad is the cult favorite that takes viewers inside accounts of capture, incarceration, and terror far away from home with intimate personal interviews and dramatic reenactments. This season, we’ll hear more firsthand accounts not only from those who were locked up, but also from those who were directly part of the story. Whether it is the undercover agent compiling the evidence against the suspect, or the person making the drug dealing offers... we're going to deliver the stories from every angle.
For the first time ever, cameras go behind the scenes of the Special Handling Unit (SHU) of Australia's toughest jail, Casuarina Maximum Security. With more than 600 criminals in the prison, including serial killers, sex offenders and terrorists, anything can go wrong, and unlike prisons in the United States, guards don't carry weapons. We'll meet Assistant Superintendent Paul Jarrett, the officer in charge of the SHU, and hear his firsthand accounts of being stabbed, poisoned and assaulted.
Lords of War brings you inside the intriguing world of historical weaponry as Sean Rich and his team of weapons experts travel across the country in search of the best in antique weapons and militaria. Journey through history as the guys assess, test, and auction the bounties of war.
In the Bible, God destroys the sinful cities of Sodom and Gomorrah and sides with Joshua to conquer another misbehaving city: Jericho. Are these stories true or simply moral fables? Archaeological and geological evidence holds the answer.
Lost Faces of the Bible,
a four-part documentary series, blends myth-busting archaeology with dramatic
recreations and forensic investigation. Having been granted unprecedented
access to four ancient skulls from the Holy Land, each episode seeks to
accurately reconstruct the faces of the most legendary characters of the Bible.. Travelling across the globe,
archaeologists and scholars separate fact from myth, while a team of forensic
anthropologists and artists put flesh on bone, using both traditional and
state-of-the-art methods of facial reconstruction. With each skull comes a new story, as the experts assemble clues to rebuild not only a
face, but the life and times of a bygone era.
In 1494, Christopher Columbus made a second journey to the Americas, this time with more ships, more men, and a grander mission. His goal: to build the first European colony in the New World. But in just a few short years, this settlement would perish - one-fifth of its inhabitant's dead, at least six ships sunk in the bay, and the legacy of Columbus permanently marred. What happened at this ill-fated settlement remains a mystery 500 years later.
Lost Gold of the Dark Ages chronicles the amazing story of how an amateur metal-detecting enthusiast discovered a gold hoard of more than 1,500 artifacts dating back a millennium, and valued at over $5 million. The importance of the discovery is comparable to finding Tut's treasure. To solve the mystery of where the gold came from, to whom it belonged and why it was buried, historians take us on a journey back into the Dark Ages.
During the Cold War, a crippled U.S. bomber with a five-ton nuclear weapon plummeted from the sky. The Air Force claimed the crew ejected and the plane flew out to sea on autopilot. But years later, the actual crash site was discovered in the mountains of British Columbia. Now, follow researchers as they return to the wreckage site to search for answers.
Lucky Muckers follows the adventures of a few ordinary Londoners who have a most extraordinary hobby: Every week, come rain or shine, Mackie, Ian, Andy, Rae, Tim along with other mudlarks wade through the mud along the banks of the River Thames looking for buried treasure.
John is in Davenport, Iowa, where hes met up with Gary Sloat - a rule-breaking backyard engineer who uses science to sail across parking lots and coast over bodies of water. Gary and John are on a quest to build a hovercraft constructed entirely out of objects found around the house. They use a bicycle brake for the throttle, a broomstick for the steering mechanism and a piece of wood with a string to serve as the rudder. Anyone can buy a hovercraft, but it takes a truly Mad Scientist to bui
John teams up with Johnny Payphone, a post-apocalyptic "contraptor" with a taste for the era of steam power and high wheel bicycles. Along with Payphone's hilarious sidekick' Mudd' John and Johnny set out to create a motorcycle powered by two enormous garage door springs. The mechanical experiments are fascinating, and the antics of Payphone and Mudd are endlessly entertaining. Their contraption is a little of both.
Superhuman capabilities like running faster than a speeding bullet or being more powerful than a locomotive could be available at the push of a button. NGC explores the latest in wearable mechanical getups, designed to duplicate human movement with enhanced strength and locomotion. See how these futuristic suits are being used for medical, military, industrial and recreational uses.
Return to the roaring '20s and see for yourself how the Mafia's biggest crime boss got the name Scarface, when NGCs filmmaking trio re-creates some of historys most notorious mobsters - on a shoestring budget. Watch as a set of actors outfitted in vintage suits and flapper dresses accurately depict gangland styles from the era. Witness an assassination attempt on Al Capone, and take cover with the actors when they re-enact Bonnie and Clyde's legendary shoot-out.
How can three guys have a good time recreating one of the most feared men in history? Go behind the scenes as three graphic designers accomplish high-tech movie techniques with modest home-made contraptions, and in doing so bring Adolf Hitler back from the grave.
Nostradamus is credited with foreseeing some of the most fantastic and cataclysmic events in world history, including John F. Kennedy's assassination and the moon landings. Join NGC's imaginative trio of filmmakers as they bring to life his most controversial predictions - while working on a shoestring budget. Using dramatic costumes, creative backdrops and computer wizardry, watch as six extras transform into hundreds of victims of the Black Death and depict an apocalypse.
Stonehenge was one of the ancient world's greatest architectural feats. Three filmmakers - working on a shoestring budget - demonstrate how ancient people could have created such an iconic and long-lasting structure ... without all the actual heavy lifting. Watch as they make nine extras look like hundreds of Stone Age men raising the enormous stones into place, and relive the treacherous journey taken to retrieve the 'magic' stones.
Journey into the mouth of Africa's most active volcano, Nyiragongo, and stand on the shore of the world's largest lava lake. Join an expedition with a National Geographic Magazine photographer and an international team of scientists as they reach the volcano's summit a near-vertical 11,385 feet and then rappel directly into its mouth 1,300 feet nearly the height of the Empire State Building.
This video was a You Tube sensation: A guy on a subway train grabs a fire extinguisher off a wall and uses it to fly back and forth while on the train. But how'd he do it? In Man vs. You Tube, engineer Tim Shaw and stuntman extraordinaire Johnny Riche join forces to determine the secrets behind some of the wildest clips to hit the Internet. Are they hoaxes or are they real?
It was an accident that rocked the kayaking world: A massive Nile crocodile attacked renowned kayaker Hendri Coetzee, while American kayakers Ben Stookesberry and Chris Korbulic watched helplessly. Now, the two survivors return to the scene of the tragedy, hoping to track down and capture the deadly predator. Joining forces with a team of crocodile experts, including Australian croc wrangler Matt Wright, they battle high water and erratic weather as they search for signs of crocs.
Drilling for natural gas causes a mud volcano in Java. Urban sprawl bolsters microclimates in Atlanta that help strengthen an approaching tornado. Miners in Newcastle, Australia remove so much coal and water from the earth it causes the most severe earthquake in Australian history. Can these direct links be drawn between human activity and natural disasters'? The jury is still out. Some geophysicists believe these are examples of man's capacity for drastically and suddenly awakening the planet's destructive force, others believe these conjectures are without merit. Does our quest for power and our impulse to build mega-structures come with an unexpected price tag?
Alaskas Extreme Machines is a spine-jarring, jaw-dropping road trip aboard three the nations biggest and most powerful machines as their tough crews battle the extreme elements during an Alaska winter to accomplish their missions.
Everything has a purpose: every ornament, every stone, every column, every arch, every room. Everything has its place, its form and thus its own meaning, its own deep symbolism. Cologne Cathedral is a stone creed, a book that hardly anyone can read anymore.
Five high-tech mega-vessels are building a massive natural gas network below the Gulf of Mexico. This $2-billion project could produce enough gas for five million U.S. households. See what it takes to tap Earth's most inaccessible energy reserves.
A team of loggers with one of the most dangerous jobs in the world cuts down 300 trees a day, hoists them up into the sky, drops them into the lake, floats them down the river, loads them onto trucks and then drives them to an oceangoing barge.
In Manning, Iowa, building movers haul a Lutheran church with a 100-foot steeple to a new location. In Sarasota, Florida, movers dismantle the iconic Crocker Church for a move through crammed downtown streets.
Follow two teams on a mission to move historic homes. First, head to St Louis to visit Americas leading family of mansion movers as they relocate an entire farm complex of historic structures - including a 400-plus ton stone farmhouse - to make way for a shopping complex. Then, head to New Glasgow where one home owner went to extreme measures to shorten her daily commute. Follow the team hired to slice and dice her huge period home into 4 pieces and move it 20 miles closer to work.
Two teams of movers overcome near impossible logistics to move two massive machines. In England, NGC follows the exploits of heavy hauler who faces the unenviable task of moving $40 million worth of brand new subway cars 200 miles to Londons underground subway. In Canada, NGC charts the emotional journey of husband and wife wreck chasers as they attempt to lift a long lost aircraft off the bottom of a lake.
Two teams of movers face the ultimate challenge: move two entire towns of homes. Follow a team of engineers in Canada as they attempt to build and move 30 giant and luxurious floating mansions 150 miles through rough seas. Then, in Denver, follow a team of leading skyscraper designers as they create the worlds first full-size house factory and race against the clock to build, move and assemble a town of more than 200 homes.
Deep down on the seafloor lies a largely unknown world waiting to be explored. To get there, deepwater explorers must overcome crushing pressures and deadly currents, the deeper they go, the more dangerous the challlenge. Be one of the first to see a high-tech diving suit that would allow humans to swim to record depths, hitch a ride on nuclear submarine and visit the worlds first underwater lab to see for yourself the wonders under the sea.
In Iceland, a giant boring machine called Jaws is tunneling through miles of basalt, one of the world's hardest rocks. The tunnel is the linchpin of a massive hydro-electric plant that will use glacier melt water to make electricity.
Along the shores of the Persian Gulf sits a building with two 50-story glass towers shaped like sails, Bahrain World Trade Center. Explore the world's first skyscraper to incorporate wind energy on a large scale.
For over 40 years the Big Red Box at Jackson Hole, Wyoming, carried skiers, hikers, paragliders, and sightseers up to the 3200 meter (10,600 ft) summit of Rendezvous Mountain. But nothing lasts forever, so when cable inspector Norm Duke found evidence of stress fractures inside the aging steel track cables, there was no choice but to tear down and replace Jacksons iconic aerial tram. At a cost of $31 million, this 2-year mega-construction project is a top-to-bottom, state-of-the-art replacement. It will operate in 120-kph (75 mph) winds and 25-below zero Celsius (near zero Fahrenheit) temperatures, all with the quiet precision of a giant Swiss watch. Construction crews battled a record-breaking snowfall, zero visibility, high winds, and nearly impassable mud-slick mountain roads to build its five towers and two terminals, and string miles of heavy steel cable. Filmed over a 2-year period, from Swiss factories to the mountains and towns of western Wyoming, Super Ski Lift tells the compelling story of dedicated men who risk their lives in a battle to finish this state of the art megastructure before winter closes in.
NGC explores the multimillion-dollar-a-year industry of death. See how "green" trends are influencing the business. Visit the largest coffin factory in North America and learn how Magnesium doubles the life of a casket.
Solar energy is in the spotlight once again amid global warming concerns and fluctuating energy prices. But can solar prove itself on a large scale to compete with the other green energies? Mega Green Tech travels the globe to visit new massive solar power facilities and to explore cutting edge research and technology all of which must grapple with one of solars biggest hurdles: what to do when the sun isnt shining?
A crisis is brewing in the American interstate highway system: traffic is increasing while roads are falling apart faster than they can be fixed. Meet construction workers who battle extreme temperatures to fix crumbling roads and poor traffic design.
Los Angeles has one of the largest, most sophisticated sewer systems in the world, but its pipes are old and the system is in constant danger of breaking down. Follow the path of human waste through the pipes and tunnels to the treatment plant.
Pilsner, stout, ale, light, dark, BEER! Grab a glass and head to some top breweries to see how one of the worlds oldest drinks is made. Dating back to Egyptian times, the core recipe for beer has remained consistent even as technology has made it possible for beer titans like Anheuser Busch to mass produce it. Get an insiders look at the St. Louis, Mo., factory and learn the seven essential steps of brewing. Then head to the Steam Whistle Brewery, where some maverick brewmasters are impl
Originally considered a novelty item, The Flashlight has quickly become one of the world's most trusted tools. Each American owns an average of 3 or 4 flashlights, but providing light is not their only function. Join the National Geographic Channel to trace the flashlight's history and take a look at its unexpected role in our lives. From a military flashlight that can blind an enemy to crime-fighting flashlights used to find hidden clues, innovators continue to expand the flashlight's use.
In the city that never sleeps, one architects dream for a greener future has been realized. The One Bryant Park building in New York City is not only going to be the second tallest building in the city, but is set to be one of the most energy efficient skyscrapers in the world. Richard Cook and his team have taken on an exhilarating challenge to transform the modern approach to green technology. Both groups envisioned breaking new ground in the arena of environmentally conscious skyscrapers, a significant step forward in a city known for massive energy consumption. Join National Geographic as we examine the trials and triumphs of erecting a skyscraper whose blueprints just might map out a new design for our planets future.
Join NGC as we journey around the globe in search of what is perhaps the Earths most available green energy: geothermal power. Visit Iceland, where an abundance of geothermal energy is helping Icelanders achieve an incredible 70% green energy use overall. Explore the worlds largest geothermal power complex in northern California, and hear from scientists and visionaries racing to help geothermal technology.
In the 1980s, two members of New York's Lucchese crime family led a murderous campaign for power. Vittorio 'Little Vic' Amuso and Anthony 'Gaspipe' Casso - also known as Vic and Gas - broke the Mafia's code of honor with their brazen acts. They trafficked drugs, tried to 'whack' John Gotti and killed members of their own 'family.' Ultimately the entire Mafia turned against them. them. Manhattan Mob Rampage examines how Vic and Gus's killing spree changed the mob forever.
Is Marijuana the next big thing? an emerging industry ready to pop? The savior of California's economy? One thing is for sure - more and more "ganjapreneurs" are joining a Green Rush hoping to cash in on a growing cannabis market. Despite the fact that cannabis remains illegal under federal law and in 35 states, the new generation of ganjapreneurs are no longer hiding in the shadows and many are making a tidy profit.
The notion of bringing Mars to life -- transforming a cold, dry, uninhabitable desert into a living planet -- called terraforming, has been around for almost a century. Initially just a science fiction concept, it has become a subject of serious scientific investigation. NASA astrobiologist Dr. Chris McKay has spent 30 years researching extreme environments to understand the potential of such planetary engineering.
Venturing into vast underwater graveyards of Mayan human sacrifices in Mexico, journalist Diego Buñuel searches for new revelations about the infamous upcoming doomsday. Using groundbreaking National Geographic technology, Diego and a team of archaeologists will literally light up the abyss to explore these underwater tombs and gain key insight into why some believe the Maya may have predicted an impending apocalypse.
Violent, secretive, spiritual and packed full of knowledge, an obscure and mysterious manuscript called the Fight Book realistically depicts the bloody side of Europe in the Middle Ages. Through historical re-creations, CGI and leading historians, we reveal the surprising detail that proves medieval society was far more refined and peculiar than we realize.
Getting two kids out of bed, dressed, fed and out the door can be a challenge for any family, so imagine what it's like living with 13 children or more a lot more. You've heard of the Duggars, but in California, the Casons and their 16 children struggle to find a home with enough space.Then there's 67-year-old Ziona Chana in northeast India, who, with his polygamous family of more than 160 all living under one roof, gives the term megafamily a whole new meaning.
Discover the high-stakes exploits of engineers and construction crews as they race to move the world's largest tunnel boring machine from Germany to Italy, where they will use it to build a mountain superhighway. The Sparvo Tunnel is just one piece of the giant jigsaw that makes up the Variante di Valico a brand-new mountain superhighway connecting Bologna to Florence. Nat Geo follows chief engineer Alberto Selleri as he battles to get Italy's most complicated road build underway.
In the Sierra Madre Occidental mountain range in Mexico, the highest bracing bridge in the world is being built. Its engineers work through constant meteorological dangers over a gully more than 1,300 feet deep. Once concluded, the Baluarte Bridge will unite the highways of Mexico's Pacific coast with those of the Atlantic, becoming a Panama Canal of the land. Learn more about this massive structure as Nat Geo goes inside the construction of the Baluarte Bridge.
Singapore's Gardens By The Bay' is a mega structure unlike anything else on earth. Three massive gardens - the size of 177 soccer fields - will house thousands of plants from all over the planet. Two giant conservatories are to be constructed to protect millions of dollars worth of trees, flowers and plants, and man-made vertical gardens called Supertrees will stretch over 150 feet high. This is perhaps the country's most ambitious greening project to date.
Across America a new breed of urban treasure hunter is making his mark. These profiteers search for precious metals in unlikely places hoping to turn junk into gold. Today the struggling economy has turned the melting of precious metals into a billion dollar industry. The search takes them from back alleys to the world of high technology. It’s a high stakes game where one false move could spell disaster. But these melters risk everything to seek their fortune.
Mennonite builder Norman and his crew need to get a custom log home built for a client in Colorado before the winter weather stops them cold. As they race against Mother Nature, the build site in Colorado is hit with a flood of biblical proportions, sweeping away homes and lives. The sturdy Mennonite crew takes a journey of faith and craftsmanship to bring another client's vision to life a Mennonite-made log home.
In the 1980s, Miami was a playground for the rich and famous. But behind the fun in the sun, an underground cocaine war was escalating. South American drug cartels would forever change the face of sunny Miami.
In 2000, one Co-op showed an inordinate interest in the cache of moon rocks kept at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, repeatedly visiting the lab to examine them. Then the moon rocks mysteriously disappeared. Moon Rock Heist follows the trail of international intrigue surrounding the recovery of the rocks and reveals how law enforcement finally tracked down the thieves.
Pennsylvania's Three Mile Island nuclear plant seems peaceful now, but 22 years ago, it brought America close to catastrophe. Tens of thousands of people fled their homes -- and the health and safety of hundreds of thousands hung in the balance.
Miracle Landing on the Hudson is a two-hour movie event told in depth with startling new details from the passengers and crew members aboard Flight 1549. Using intimate and emotive interviews as well as large-scale dramatic reconstructions, the film reveals that the crash itself was merely the beginning of the passengers' fight for survival. The entire film is narration-free, instead told through the tense and horrifying recollections of the passengers on board that fateful flight.
The cruise missile is an essential - perhaps the quintessential - attack weapon today. It can fly under enemy radar at more than 500 mph and hit a target 1,000 miles away with an accuracy of a few yards. Just how did the cruise missile become the ultimate surgical attack weapon? In Missiles: Machines of War, NGC tracks the flight of a Tomahawk cruise missile during every key stage of its journey and reveals what challenges each stage has overcome to make this missile the awesome weapon it is today.
Adventurers Marcus, Stephen and Bill set out to boat the entire length of the Mississippi River in September. Things take a turn for the worse when the rough river bottom damages the jet, leaving the guys stranded in the middle of nowhere without cell service and with a Minnesota winter storm on the horizon.
After a giant log punches a hole in the boat, forcing Marcus, Stephen and Bill out of the water to make crucial boat repairs, their journey seems to go more smoothly. But, as the finish line nears, they are faced with perhaps their biggest challenge yet -- a hurricane is barreling down on the Gulf of Mexico, where the Mississippi ends. After traveling so far, will the team be able to complete the 2, 300 mile journey?
Marcus, Stephen and Bill have traveled 500 miles on their journey down the Mississippi and rainstorms are pushing the river above flood stage, making the trip even more dangerous. But unpredictable waters aren't their biggest concern; it's the four- to six-foot high waves that the barges create -- if they don't stay on their toes, they could be swallowed by a wave and capsize!
Join fish biologist, conservationist and National Geographic Explorer Dr. Zeb Hogan in his scientific quest to preserve the world's biggest freshwater fish. As part of his Megafishes Project, Zeb heads to the Australian outback on an expedition to find the elusive sawfish, which looks like a cross between a shark, a stingray and a chainsaw and can grow to 22 feet long.
In this episode, Zeb Hogan continues his quest to find and protect the world's largest freshwater fish in the frigid rivers of Mongolia. He travels by plane, truck and horseback to find the largest salmonid, known as the Hucho taimen. This is not your everyday dinner trout. These monster fish can grow up to 6 feet in length, weigh up to 200 pounds and eat just about anything that crosses their path including muskrats, squirrels, smaller fish and sometimes even another taimen.
In his quest to save the world's big fish, conservation biologist Zeb Hogan traverses the globe studying fish as large as 440 pounds! Join Zeb on an expedition to the Amazon, to wrangle two unique monster fish. Along the way, see their mysterious world, awesome physical features, strange behavior and the astounding cycle that transforms tiny eggs into mammoth creatures. Zeb uncovers the roles they play in the Amazon ecology and culture, while trying to learn why their numbers are diminishing.
Zeb Hogan is on the hunt for a goldfish the size of a cow! Giant carp can grow up to weigh 600 pounds and measure 10 feet long, but the trouble with finding these monster fish is they only live in three of Southeast Asia's rivers. To find out more about this elusive fish, Zeb heads to Thailand, where he helps the Thai Department of Fisheries' transport 30 giant carp into a new breeding pond on the Chao Phraya River.
Hogan goes in search of one of North America's toothiest and most misunderstood monster fish: the alligator gar. We'll join a band of scientists in some unlikely places to see what characteristics equipped this prehistoric fish to survive over the centuries: a mouthful of teeth, toxic eggs, impenetrable scales and the ability to breathe air. Today, alligator gars are facing a new threat -- and Hogan is determined to find out if this fish will be able to survive in a modern world.
One of the oldest and most bizarre-looking freshwater fish on the planet can be found in the American Midwest. That's where Dr. Zeb Hogan travels to find the paddlefish. It once teemed throughout the Mississippi and Missouri River systems, but its population has plummeted disappearing from four states and rapidly decreasing in others. Zeb teams up with biologists and conservation officers to better understand what's causing the decline of this American behemoth.
The Murray cod can grow up to 6 feet long and weigh more than 250 pounds, and is rumored to eat everything from birds to snakes to possums even its own kind. But humans have been encroaching on the cod's river system, and now these enormous fish are rarely seen in the wild. Zeb travels to Australia in the hopes of experiencing this behemoth's size and power for himself.
Flying fish from Asia are invading America's waterways and turning innocent boating trips into boxing matches as fish "knock out" anglers. National Geographic Explorer Zeb Hogan heads to the Illinois River, one of the areas where their population is thickest, to see what can be done to stop them ... and the answer could be as simple as your dinner plate.
The giant eel is a massive, flesh-eating, wall-climbing, air-absorbing, snakelike fish that can attack like a crocodile and live upwards of 100 years. So, of course, Zeb goes in search of two of the largest species. First, in New Zealand, Zeb hunts for the New Zealand longfin eel and goes fishing with the locals, who use a traditional technique to lure the legendary monster. Then, in the Solomon Islands, he'll look for the elusive giant mottled eel.
Join Hogan on his quest to find and study the world's largest freshwater fish in Thailand waters. He'll travel the country in search of 600-pound Siamese carp, 10-foot-long Mekong giant catfish and the endangered giant freshwater stingray, among others. Then, he'll visit protected areas where the government has establish no-harvest zones, and meet a teenage entrepreneur who has become a top dealer of freshwater giants.
A mammoth catfish that has allegedly stalked, attacked and killed people can be found in the Indian Himalayas. Dr. Zeb Hogan investigates reports of the goonch. With the help of a local guide, Zeb sets out to examine the scenes and speak with eyewitnesses who recount the attacks: One recalls a young man who was fatally pulled under water while bathing; another describes a goonch dragging a 1,000-pound buffalo into the river.
Dr. Zeb Hogan travels to one of the world's largest waterfalls in Laos, where each year millions of fish climb the falls to spawn. But little is known about their exact migratory route, and plans to dam the channel could place the lives of the fish, and the millions of people who depend on them for their livelihoods, at risk. Zeb and a team of world-class kayakers navigate the waterways with specially equipped kayaks, designed to take measurements of the rivers below them.
Hogan teams up with experts to explore a forbidding 400-mile-long river: the Rio Roosevelt. They'll have to navigate Class V rapids, avoid potentially violent tribesmen and survive in one of the most unforgiving places on the planet. The team hopes to find giant piranhas, painted catfish and perhaps even a new species of fish unknown to science.
It's a voracious predatory catfish that prowls the rivers of Southeast Asia. Growing up to 6 feet long and weighing more than 175 pounds, the wallago catfish is a pure carnivore, equipped with formidable jaws and a double band of saw-like teeth that are designed to attack. Seeking help from local fishermen, Zeb Hogan travels to the jungles of Malaysia, where wallago are rumored to swallow monkeys, porcupines and even monitor lizards.
Dr. Zeb Hogan goes in search of North America's prehistoric river monsters: the white sturgeon. Many of the fish Zeb encounters on his trip are not only bigger than he is, but have lived the better part of a century. To find them, he'll travel to the Pacific Northwest and team up with scientists, divers, fishermen and a Native American tribe who are all trying to figure out why the white sturgeon is disappearing and whether dams may be putting these monster fish in danger.
NGC follows aquatic ecologist Zeb Hogan in his search for the Nile perch - Africa's voracious monster fish that can reach six feet and grow to over 400 pounds. Zeb comes face to face with this giant aquatic predator as it competes with 15-foot crocs and giant catfish. Later, he investigates the stories he's heard that this fish - and the people who depend on it - could be in trouble.
Each year in the Australian outback, the dry season leaves five top predators- giant stingrays, sawfish, bull sharks, and freshwater and saltwater crocodiles- stranded in waterholes with limited food supplies. Zeb sets out to find out how each of the giants has adapted to the environment and which one is the ultimate king of the pool. With the help of local experts, Zeb gets up close with a bull shark's sharp teeth, wades through knee-deep water in the dark of night searching for a stingray.
Kamchatka, Russia, is one of the wildest and most remote locations on earth and is home to the largest salmon population on the planet but why? Zeb travels to the Far East to explore this salmon paradise. Determined to catch as many salmon species as he can, Zeb joins a team of kayakers and locals to explore some of the area's more than 14,000 rivers.
Rivers aren't exactly where you'd expect to find giant 1,000-pound monsters, but that is exactly where Dr. Zeb Hogan plans to research giant freshwater rays. His journey starts in the Northern Territory of Australia, where Zeb searches for whiprays, a rare species that was properly identified only in the past few years! After catching mostly bull sharks, Zeb turns his attention to Thailand's giant freshwater stingray. On the Mae Klong River, he battles a 385-pound behemoth for hours.
As rising waters threatened to destroy some of Egypt's finest temples, an international team of experts raced against time to move more than 20 temples. Literally moving a mountain, two thousand workers sliced Pharaoh Ramses II's 250,000-ton mountainside edifice into manageable pieces. With 3,000 years of history hanging in the balance, each piece was lifted, delicately transported to higher ground and precisely reassembled to its former glory.
Monster Survival Guide is a mockumentary docu-series following the adventures of fictionalized cryptozoologist Campbell Macabre and his ragtag crew. Piecing together video footage, eyewitness reports and his own experience as a second-generation monster hunter, this flawed hero and his crew track, capture and study monsters arming viewers with the skills they'll need to survive an encounter with any of the world's most frightening creatures.
Mountain Movers follows Chris “Gunny” Gunnarson and the Snow Park Technologies (SPT)
team as they design and build some of the most impressive winter sports
projects across the nation. Whether creating a remote private training
facility for a high profile athlete, building the perfect half-pipe for
the ESPN Winter X Games, or constructing a terrain park at a major
winter resort, these larger-than-life snow-sculptors battle the elements
to amp up the thrill of snow sports everywhere.
No Rod. No Reel. No Problem. Deep in the heart of America, an age-old tradition has given way to a fierce competition of brains, brawn, and guts: Oklahoma’s Okie Hand Fishing Invitational. For 10 weeks, five grabbling teams hunt for colossal flathead catfish using only their bare hands. With bragging rights, a $2,000 weekly prize, and a $10,000 grand prize on the line, it's an all-out battle to bring home the bacon—or in this case, fish.
NGC returns to the teams of roughneck grabblers as they compete in a 10-week-long hand-fishin' competition in Oklahoma. At one of the most dangerous fishing holes in the region, the tough-as-nails Katt Daddy is literally hooked by a trotline, and his partner has to yank the metal snare out of his back.
We return to Oklahoma with five of the best hand fishing teams on the hunt for colossal Flathead catfish. It's the first round of the 10-week-long Okie Hand Fishing Invitational, and grabbler Katt Daddy Brewer thinks he's got a hold on a local legend. Each week, the hunter to bag the heaviest fish wins $2,000. At the end of ten weeks, a grand prize of $10,000 goes to the team with the heftiest fish of the entire season.
We return to the 10-week competition where grabbling teams have the next 30 hours to nab the heaviest flathead catfish, keep it alive and get it onto the scale at Oklahoma's Okie Hand Fishing Invitational. After failing to win the first three tournaments, Lee the Legend McFarlin whips out his secret recipe. After Scooter's secret fishing hole is compromised, he risks fishing in the dead of night to wrestle up what may be the biggest fish he's ever caught.
As the weather heats up, big fish are getting harder to find and keep alive. We revisit the Young Guns as they continue the fight to win the catfish competition. To keep his lead, Marion will brave the dangerous waters of Dead Man's Cove and pays his respects to a friend who lost his life there. Scooter's boat trailer is out of commission this week, and without his boat, deep-water fishing isn't possible - find out more as he struggles to keep up in this down and dirty competition.
Get the dirty details on week six of the grapplin' competition as the guys try to break Scooter's winning streak. Teddy is determined to make his mark on the hand-fishin' world but when he comes up with only dead fish, he realizes there's a cannibal on the loose and the Young Guns jump into action to track it down! But that means more danger than usual. With tricks up their sleeve, will the Mudcats end Scooter's winning streak?
In the final week of competition, the five grabbling teams must dive into the murky waters to catch the biggest and meanest catfish that Oklahoma has ever seen, using only their bare hands. Go inside the stiff competition as Nat Geo gets down and dirty with the mudcats. When there's $10,000 at stake, expect every team member to pull out all the stops as underwater cameras capture the epic battle of a man against a fish.
Check back in with the grabblers and find out more about their encounters with big fish, rattlesnakes, and quicksand. With Marion's truck broken down, he must fish as close to the turn-in site as possible, severely limiting his possible catches. Kat Daddy has been banged around and torn up this season, but fights through the pain to push for the big win in this down and dirty episode!
We return to the competition in week two with the five grabbling teams searching for this week's $2,000 heaviest fish. Teamwork, partnerships, and trust become the only way for the grabblers to survive. Veteran noodler Scooter Bivens dives into murky lake waters with his new partner Nate, a rookie with a lot to learn. Deeper lakes are much more dangerous. An all-too-real lesson Nate learns the hard way this week, after nearly drowning while diving a hole 15 feet under water.
Re-enter the 10-week-long battle for cash and honor as fishing legends face off in the ultimate hand-fishing competition. Rivals will stop at nothing to win. Katt Daddy isn't a guy to back down from a fight, but having a gun pulled on him sends him running. However, he goes back to the hole during the night to a fish. This week, Scooter Bivins hits up a territory that has been passed down for generations. Lee the legend McFarland has a setback when his partner must go home for a sick kid.
Sabotage is still the name of the game as we go inside week seven of the 10-week fishing competition. With Scooter's loss, he heads out early to a familiar spot to see if it'll pay off. But when Teddy shows up to the same spot, both men agree to a bet to settle the conflict. With even more on the line than the normal $2,000 prize, both Scooter and Teddy are forced to take risks and eager to come up the winner. We revisit the guys to find out more dirt and grime on the competition!
Next to the Crucifixion, the birth of Jesus is the best known story in the New Testament. But only two of the four gospels in the Bible provide an account of Jesus's birth and a closer look at them reveals some surprising inconsistencies.
Who ultimately was responsible for the arrest and death of Jesus? What crimes was he accused of? Why would Judas have betrayed him? Examine the political climate of the day and the crucial elements behind his arrest.
How the first followers of Jesus spread their new faith across a geographically vast, culturally diverse region is one of the great mysteries of the ancient world. Find out how the faithful triumphed over the mighty Roman Empire.
The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) is the largest bilateral military command center in the world. From deep inside a 9,000-foot mountain in Colorado, this centers mission is to monitor all enemy air threats on the United States and Canada. Join MegaStructures as we go inside NORAD to find out how engineers constructed this top secret fortress, including how it was built to withstand potential nuclear explosions.
On August 6, 1997, Korean Air Flight 801 crashes five kilometres short of its destination, Agana International Airport in Guam. More than 200 people on board are killed. The crash is the beginning of a crusade for one passenger determined to make air travel safer.
A bomb explodes aboard a Philippine passenger plane carrying almost 300 passengers. Was the bombing a practice for a larger terrorist plot? NGC takes you inside the attack that sparked a worldwide manhunt for a globe-trotting terrorist.
April, 1996. In a specially outfitted 737 military jet, American government officials - including U.S. Commerce Secretary Ron Brown - and high-powered U.S. business executives crash two miles from its intended destination in Croatia during a trade mission. Was the accident an act of terrorism against the U.S. or were other factors to blame? Now, NGC shows viewers combination of fatal factor that cause this accident and how the subsequent investigation changes the way the U.S. military operates.
To tap the precious oil reserves in the North Sea, workers must travel hundreds of miles by helicopter over treacherous waters to reach their remote drilling platforms. January 19, '95. A helicopter is struck by lightning. The controls fail, and the passengers are forced to jump into the icy water. 18 people squeeze onto an evacuation raft in the stormy sea. Then a jagged piece of the destroyed chopper punctures the raft, causing further crisis as rescue ships desperately search for the raft.
Using high-tech forensic science, see why some scientists believe that early pioneers, with a sophisticated understanding of engineering, arrived thousands of years earlier than we previously believed.
Startling new evidence suggests the chain of volcanoes and earthquake zones surrounding the Pacific Ocean may be getting more dangerous. Follow the scientists racing to understand the danger and what we can do to protect ourselves.
Naked Science Atmosphere reveals the scientific marvel that is Earths unique and complex atmosphere. We investigate how this thin but vital blanket of air, the equivalent thickness of a lick of varnish on a model globe, came about. How a chance interplanetary collision and a remarkable plant mutation created the only planet in the solar system with an atmosphere rich in oxygen- the potent gas that powers our planet. We uncover how our atmosphere carries rivers of life-giving water, and acts like an invisible wall against deadly space matter. And we meet the only man to have ever braved its hostile upper reaches--by balloon and parachute--and survived.
Imagine our planet frozen solid; vast sheets of ice hundreds of feet thick encasing the entire sphere. It may sound like a sci-fi thriller, but it actually could have been what our planet looked like 600 million years ago. Some top scientists believe that in the past the Earth froze completely for millions of years and then warmed rapidly. Struggling against skepticism and disbelief for years, they have recently gathered a growing body of evidence to support their theory. Now, Naked Science
Facing unemployment, a distraught employee risks killing himself and everyone else on FedEx flight 705. He attacks the crew with hammers and a spear gun, but they fight back with the ultimate weapon: the plane itself.
If we drain the sea water that covers two-thirds of the Earth's surface, an astonishing landscape appears. Join the journey from the ocean's surface to its farthest depth to discover what lies at the bottom of the sea.
June 24, 1982 - On a clear summer night, during a seemingly calm trip to Australia, the impossible happens to British Airways Flight 009- the engines catch fire - then stop working. Without power, the plane begins falling from the sky. Passengers are terrified. Just minutes before crashing into the sea, the stricken plane's engines roar back to life. The jet limps back to Halim airport in Jakarta. What had knocked their plane from the sky? Investigators discover how volcanoes can affect aviation.
Dr. Iain Stewart takes us on a journey across the oceans to explore the most powerful giant waves in history, with 10 remarkable stories about tsunamis. These massive waves can be taller than a skyscraper, travel at the speed of a jet plane and when they reach land, rear up and turn into a terrifying wall of water that destroys everything in its path.
Take an unprecedented journey with the US Navy's latest weapon in the global fight against terrorism: the SSGN or 'guided missile submarine.' Join Captain Randy Crites and the crew of the USS Florida as they engage in a clandestine Joint Operations mission with Special Operations Forces: sneaking Navy SEALs on to shore to identify a terrorist target, and taking it out with guided missiles - fired from the submarine itself.
Stargazers have been searching for extraterrestrial life for years, but now technology may be advanced enough to find it.. Travel to the most likely places in our solar system where alien life may be hiding.
Go inside the National Hurricane Center in Miami, fly into the heart of a killer hurricane on board the Hurricane Hunter's aircraft and see the world's largest portable hurricane simulator -- a machine capable of recreating the gusts and rain of a Category 3 -- as NGC explores the Anatomy of a Hurricane.
Does a bead from one of King Tut's fabulous necklaces offer clues to an ancient killer asteroid? A quest to uncover the origins of this strange yellow-green glass bead has led scientists to the discovery of a historic cosmic event in the Egyptian desert. What happened there 30 million years ago could happen again and threatens us all. NGC investigates the riddle of this glass bead and the possibility of a future event that could be more damaging than multiple Hiroshima bombs.
With hundreds of small asteroids circulating near the earths orbit, scientists warn that we are due for an asteroid impact at some point in the future. Depending on its size, a small asteroid could wipe out an entire city, country or even a continent, and with Earths growing population, billions of lives are at stake. What are we doing to protect ourselves and our planet? National Geographic Channel (NGC) looks toward the skies to find out in Naked Science: Asteroid Alert.
Did Atlantis really exist? For thousands of years the legend of the lost city remained an obscure, yet tantalizing fable -- until an American named Ignatius Donnelly drew worldwide attention to the mystery.
Boats, airplanes, and ships have vanished in the Bermuda Triangle, but why? Is it a time warp, a "vile vortex," a mysterious electromagnetic force, or simply the weather? Follow the clues left by the most notorious disappearances and find out.
North America: home to some of the planet's most diverse geological features and a dramatic history few of us are aware of. Did you know that some of the world's oldest rocks can be found in North America? How long ago was this continent born? How was it transformed into the land it is today? Naked Science takes viewers on a journey to the core of the continent and back, unraveling the secrets behind the Birth of America.
How did life on Earth begin? It's a question that has challenged scientists for eons, driving them to search for clues at the far edges of the world and beyond. Did we derive from the depths of the oceans? Emerge from volcanoes? Or spawn from seedlings from space? Now, Naked Science: Birth of Life reveals some of the leading theories on the origins of life.
An imaginary "human" time traveler takes us on a journey back to the moment our solar system was born 4.5 billion years ago and examines the natural forces that created Earth and the conditions necessary for life to evolve.
Our universe, the galaxies, solar system, planet Earth -- land, sea, air, life -- where did they come from? Astronomer Edwin Hubble believes our universe once was very tiny. Take a journey through space and time to discover how the universe was born.
Has planet Earth ever had a close encounter with aliens? NGC explores significant UFO sightings, interstellar travel, whether ETs could survive on Earth, interspecies communication, alien abduction cases, and whether life on Earth originated in space.
What will Earth look like in 250 million years? Explore the powerful forces deep below the Earth's surface that rip apart vast land masses and smash them together, creating everything from tsunamis and earthquakes to mountains and canyons.
Throughout history, comets have inspired fear and awe. Today, these icy giants offer a unique view into how the planets formed and how life as we know it began. In Naked Science: Comets, NGC takes a close look at the experiments scientists are doing to gain insight into how the universe evolved and whether these icy giants also are capable of wiping out life as we know it.
We know less about the deep floor of the ocean than the surface of the moon, yet many think it has the potential to power our planet and cure disease. Take a journey to one of our planet's final frontiers - the deep ocean trenches - to investigate the effects of intense pressure on life forms that exist under extreme conditions. Discover how life on earth may have even begun in mysterious "black smokers" on the ocean floor, and explore how what happens at these depths impacts our planet.
Humans may someday develop the technology to colonize other planets. Is it possible to make other planetary environments more like our own? Travel our solar system to see what it would take to live on a neighboring planet.
A report by a team of leading astronomers in May 2008 seems to have finally put to rest an age old question... What is the ultimate fate of planet Earth? Traditionally, the prevailing view has been that billions of years in the future the aging Sun would loosen its gravitational grip on the planet and allow it to escape a fiery demise. The sobering reality is quite different and the clock is now ticking for our beloved home planet. Along with a team of leading scientists carrying out pioneering research in fields of biology, climatology, geology and astronomy, Naked Science goes on a quest to investigate what the future holds for planet Earth... and throws up some shocking surprises. Great supercontinents will form and fragment with lethal consequences, the oceans will turn red before floating away into space, plants and animals will be wiped from Earth before finally, all life will be extinguished forever.
Using cutting edge scientific models that can make predictions not just thousands but million and even billions of years into the future, we can now more than ever see how the forces of nature will conspire to bring about the Death of the Earth.
Watch the Colorado River carve the Grand Canyon, Sahara sand dunes swallow whole cities, sheets of snow melt, crack and plunge from giant glaciers on a geological journey to see how these destructive forces constantly endlessly reshape our planet.
It's a worst-nightmare scenario: A dirty bomb explodes on a crowded city street. What happens to the bystanders as a radioactive cloud fills the air, and how does a city cope with such a disaster? With the help of Homeland Security and the National Guard, we'll break down what happens in the minutes, hours, days and even years following a dirty bomb explosion. NGC's simulation of a nuclear assault in Portland, Maine, offers a round-the-clock glimpse into the terrifying situation as authoriti
Venus and Earth: roughly the same size, and once about the same distance from the sun and whose evolutions have followed similar paths. But today, Venus is described as a vision of hell. Could it be an indication of what's in store for Earth?
Under constant attack from deadly cosmic radiation, the Earth's magnetic field is the protector of all life on our planet. But it's weakening in a region over the South Atlantic, leaving the area exposed to potentially lethal radiation. Scientists believe weakening may be a precursor to a magnetic field reversal, causing the north and south poles flip, but humans were not around for the last reversal. Naked Science investigates the future of the magnetic field and what a reversal could mean.
Through rare access to top-secret labs, see how scientists are pushing the boundaries of possibility to create the next generation of explosives: antimatter. Could this "science fiction" dream be the wave of the future?
NGC examines three mass extinctions on Earth to see what caused them and if they could happen again. Would humans fare any better than the victims of these previous disasters? Worse, are we now in the middle of a mass extinction we brought on ourselves?
How did life on Earth begin? And why here? Some believe it arrived on an extraterrestrial meteorite. Others claim it began in a warm pond on early Earth. Or could volcanoes and lightning have sparked early life? Now, research teams are racing to understand how life may have begun - by creating it themselves. Watch as a scientist mixes up a batch of primordial soup and then zaps it with a bolt of electricity, a la Dr. Frankenstein. The results: amino acids, the building blocks of all life.
Naked Science examines mankind's first major sea crossing and a great milestone in our ancestors' journey to conquer the globe -- prehistoric man's expedition from Africa to Australia 50,000 years ago! The oldest human remains in Australia are known as "Mungo Man"; now experts will trace his steps to find out how Australia was colonized. Using DNA testing and advancements in technology, a group of scientists study skeletal remains to discover how and why they could migrate almost 10,000 miles.
Imagine a world where melting ice caps have raised sea levels by 20 feet and where the great coastal cities of the world could be under water. It is a nightmare scenario that could one day turn into reality. Now, Naked Science separates fact from fiction to discover the real science behind climate change, the melting ice caps and why powerful hurricanes have doubled in number in the past 30 years.
Fourteen thousand years ago, a thick ice sheet a mile deep covered the continent of North America. Concealed beneath this vast expanse of ice, one of the world's greatest geological mysteries, The Great Lakes, were forming. The Great Lakes are the world's largest fresh water system but how these Great Lakes formed is still a mystery that scientists are trying to figure out. Many theories abound as to what gouged out the depths of these lakes. Were the deepest lake basins formed by the formidable grinding powers of a giant glacier? Or were they the result of an almighty comet crashing through the atmosphere and exploding about the site of the lakes? Naked Science explores all the possibilities of how these vast inland seas of blue gold were formed.
Renowned NASA scientists, planet-hunters and astronomers reveal emerging methods of finding earthlike planets and alien life and look at possible future techniques, including fiber-optic probing and interstellar travel powered by light at warp speeds. Also, get an inside look at the $50 million Allen Telescope Array in northern California designed to hear from extraterrestrials. Could our time alone in the universe be coming to an end?
Scientists have long theorized that an ancient asteroid is responsible for the extinction of the dinosaurs and the destruction of nearly three-quarters of all species on Earth. But where did the asteroid come from, and why did some species survive while others did not? NGC joins a group of scientists as they reveal the mystery behind the catastrophic event and propose new theories of what really happened when the nine-mile-diameter asteroid hit the Earth, and what a future strike could mean.
Large enough to swallow 1000 Earths, Jupiter is a 90,000 mile wide ball of gas and liquid. Surrounded by 63 moons it is a solar system in miniature. But this is a system of extremes; volcanic plumes rise hundreds of miles into space, storms the size of the Earth rage for hundreds of years, and strange motions beneath icy surfaces hint at a possibility of life. The Galileo probe overcame many trials to become the first craft to orbit an outer planet. It made amazing discoveries that shifted the way we view how the solar system formed and found the first evidence of liquid water on the icy moon Europa. New missions are set to return to the gas giant to find out more. Join Naked Science as we delve beneath the cloud tops to reveal the mysteries on this Journey to Jupiter.
It's one of nature's most well-observed events -- and one of the least understood. New research and high altitude experiments reveal a previously unimagined connection between lightning and cosmic rays from outer space.
Have you ever seen lightning strike from the ground to the sky or float in midair? Spectacular and exotic forms of this natural phenomenon are slowed down on film to reveal minute detail. Luminous spheres that linger in airplanes are recreated. We will show you how rockets launched into storm clouds coax lightning down to earth. Naked Science: Lightning Chasers illuminates secrets of nature's most striking power.
More than 1,000 eye witnesses, countless photographs, sonar records and films have testified to the existence of the Loch Ness monster. Still there's no hard evidence. Could "Nessie" be a 1,500-year old hoax?
Examine this mysterious dwarf planet from its discovery in 1930 and the recent controversy over its classification to it's eccentric features and the New Horizons spacecraft mission, due to arrive in 2015.
Until recently there was nothing we could do about natural disasters such as asteroids, hurricanes, and super-volcanic eruptions. But now, governments and scientists are exploring technological defenses. NGC examines asteroid burning lasers, space mirrors, and giant hurricane-busting pumps. And we look at whether future technology can ever allow us to predict and prevent a super volcanic eruption.
How were the Pyramids of Egypt designed and constructed? Who hauled the billions of tons of stone to create them? Explore the myths and legends behind these magnificent and mysterious ancient structures.
After seven years and 2 billion miles traveled, NASAs spacecraft has been orbiting and analyzing the Saturnian System since 2004. Saturns serene exterior once led scientists to believe that this awe-inspiring ringed planet was tranquil, but Cassini has captured raging electrical storms and fierce weather systems covering areas larger than the United States. Naked Science explores what scientists have learned so far from this spacecrafts jaunt around the "jewel of the solar system."
How do fireworks burst into spectacular colors and patterns in perfect unison? We visit "America's First Family of Fireworks," to learn how the century-old pyrotechnics company handcrafts thousands of fireworks in a dazzling array of colors, shapes and sizes. We go inside their laboratory to discover the closely held scientific secrets, recipes and techniques they use to transform the most basic of materials - paper, string and gunpowder -- into their awe-inspiring million-dollar displays.
They are among the planet's oldest predators, with an impressive arsenal of weaponry: razor-sharp teeth, powerful jaws, and keen underwater smell and eyesight. When a shark attacks a person, is it hunger -- or an acquired taste for human flesh?
Almost 150 years ago a solar storm fried telegraph lines across the world. Then in 1989, another solar storm caused a massive blackout in Quebec. Now, scientists a using the latest technology to predict when our sun will unleash its next fiery tempest.
If diamonds are a girl's best friend, "super diamonds" may be a scientist's. In this episode, we'll examine the future of synthetic diamonds and their impact on modern technology. Diamonds are tough, resistant to corrosion, great insulators of heat and could be the next best material since silicon. As methods for growing man-made diamonds improve, and as science finds new ways to take advantage of their characteristics, the potential of diamond's unmatched properties appears boundless.
Archaeologists in Alaska have uncovered startling evidence of ancient hunter-gatherers who colonized North America some 14,000 years ago. At Denali National Park, excavators found stone tools, weapons, bone fragments and hundreds of artifacts. Then, in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, melting glaciers have exposed perfectly preserved human remains and prehistoric weapons. Who were these ancient people, and how did they survive the harsh Alaskan wilderness?
The mysterious and centuries-old Voynich Manuscript was written by an unknown author, illustrated with bizarre, puzzling pictures and composed in a language that even the best cryptographers can't decode. Now, Naked Science follows new leads in the hunt for the author's identity.
Will scientists ever be able to accurately predict volcanic eruptions that are responsible for killing an average of 800 people per year and threatening 500 million more? Many of the 1,500 active volcanoes on the planet currently are still considered utterly unpredictable. Naked Science examines how volcanologists around the world study gas emissions, ground deformation, temperature changes and seismic and electro-magnetic data in their vital effort to forecast future volcanic eruptions.
Is Darwin's theory of evolution right or wrong? It is a question that continues to divide some U.S. communities today. The battle to explain the very nature of our existence has raged since Darwin's groundbreaking research almost 150 years ago. Now, Naked Science puts Darwin's theory to the test by investigating his claims one by one.
Did ancient children play, learn and laugh the way children do today? A Moroccan skull, more than one hundred thousand years old, is revealed to be that of a 6-year-old child. Dental examinations confirm that the child lived and died well before the founding of modern religion, the construction of Egypt's pyramids and even the advent of agriculture. A scientific team works to decipher the mysteries of this lost child's life.
With exclusive access to seized riches and weaponry, correspondent Mariana van Zeller explores the dangerous netherworld of the Mexican drug cartels. It's a world dominated by the Sinaloa Cartel and its leader, Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán, one of the world's most wanted criminals and a figure on Forbes' lists of the world's billionaires and most powerful people.
It's a raging drug war that has turned Phoenix, Ariz., into the second kidnapping capitol of the world. NGC correspondent Lisa Ling embeds with the Phoenix Police Department as they investigate the latest drug-related kidnapping, uncover a cache of $3 million worth of marijuana and ambush suspects at a ransom drop-off. Then, we'll cross the border and ride along with a photojournalist on his crime beat in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico - the deadliest city in North America.
National Geographic photographers have long been taking readers of the storied magazine to all corners of the earth. In celebration of the National Geographic Society's 125th anniversary, this one hour special features original interviews and footage from the field with celebrated photographers Steve McCurry, Steve Winter, Emory Kristof, Jodi Cobb, William Allard, Joel Sartore, Nick Nichols and many more.
The Navajo Police Department braces for the monthly Tribal Pay Day. With more money changing hands on the rez, criminal activity spikes. Officer Perry Champagnes routine traffic stop turns into a major drug bust. Officer Lucy Dan responds after a woman was run over by a truck and attacked with an axe. A report of shots fired leads to a manhunt on a secluded ranch and Philbert Toddy investigates a knife fight at a known drug house.
Navajo Police Officers mount a new hunt for The Howler a mysterious creature believed to have killed dogs and livestock. Some of the elders in the community suspect it might be a Skinwalker, while others insist that its the Navajo version of Bigfoot. As they sweep through a remote canyon, the heavily-armed cops actually hear the chilling sound caught on tape and they think its coming from a cave high in the cliffs. Have they finally tracked down the elusive Howler?
Ride along with the men and women of the Navajo Police as they patrol the largest reservation in North America, dealing with everything from assault cases to drug and gang enforcement, on their mission to preserve an ancient way of life. A report of a fight in progress leads two officers to a remote community 50 miles from backup. Officer Virgil Smith responds to a Mace attack on a bear in Monument Valley. A fight breaks out in the booking room of the Tuba City Jail.
Navajo cops find themselves stalking a group of shooters in the back country who are armed to the teeth with a paramilitary-style arsenal. In the urban center of the Rez, a young man is nearly beaten to death in a fight between rival Navajo street gangs. And on the side of the interstate, a jogger uncovers a bloody plastic bag filled with entrails. Is someone disemboweling victims on the Navajo Reservation?
A report of gunfire leads Officer Wendell Bitselley to a bag of bloody gloves and a shallow grave. Chris Holgate backs up a fellow officer at a traffic stop that turns ugly. And Philbert Toddy and Genevieve Morgan team up to track down a suicidal man. Ride along with the men and women of the Navajo Police as they patrol the largest Indian Reservation in North America, dealing with everything from assault cases to drug and gang enforcement, on their mission to preserve an ancient way of life.
Its a tough job patrolling more than 17 million acres, while watching over a population of 180,000 with a proud heritage and age-old customs. But thats the job of the Navajo Cops, an elite force of 330 officers who protect the largest Indian reservation in America.
He's arguably the most notorious Nazi fugitive of all. Dr. Josef Mengele earned the nickname the Angel of Death for his perverse and sadistic experiments at Auschwitz-Birkenau. But after the war, Mengele escaped to Buenos Aires, where he lived in hiding. Nazi Hunters goes insdie the 30-year investigation to find the hardened criminal. By the time German, Israeli and American law enforcement agents finally tracked him down, they were too late Mengele had died six years earlier.
Perhaps the greatest scalp claimed by the Nazi hunters was one of the chief architects of Hitlers Final Solution - Adolf Eichmann. After the war, Eichmann disappeared without a trace. But from the start, Nazi hunters were on his heels. In 1960, after receiving a tip from a local, an Israeli Special Operations unit determined that Eichmann was living in Argentina. With unorthodox, even illegal methods, agents like Rafi Eitan and Zvi Aharoni ran a covert campaign that culminated in a dramatic operation to kidnap Eichmann and smuggle him back to Israel where he was tried and finally hanged in 1962.
Few war criminals were as important to Simon Wiesenthal, historys most famous Nazi hunter, as Franz Stangl and Gustav Wagner. Stangl acted as SS commandant and Wagner as deputy commandant of the Sobibor and Treblinka extermination camps in Poland, where more than one million people were murdered. Nazi Hunters: Commander of Treblinka traces the chain of events that led to the guilty verdict of Franz Stangl and the unexpected bombshell confession that put Wiesenthal on the hunt for Wagner.
As Gestapo chief in Paris, Kurt Lischka was responsible for deporting 73,000 Jews and ordering the largest mass arrest in French history. Instead of serving time for his crimes after the war, a legal loophole allowed him to live openly in West Germany enraging Serge and Beate Klarsfeld, a husband-and-wife team of Nazi Hunters. Determined to bring him to justice, they plan a kidnapping that lands Beate in jail.
Klaus Barbie tortured and executed thousands of French citizens before escaping to Bolivia after World War II. Now, NGC tells the story of a couple who risk their lives in a lifelong struggle to bring the notorious Butcher of Lyon to justice, even as he aids the U.S. with anticommunist intelligence and practices his profession of inflicting death and pain for the Bolivian government. Do this husband and wife succeed in bringing a sadistic killer to justice, or is Barbie truly untouchable?
An Israeli secret agent hunts down a Nazi who fled to Brazil after condemning 30,000 Jews to mass graves. NGC follows Agent Kuenzles covert mission to assassinate the infamously sadistic Herbert Cukurs as we see how the agent befriends a murderer and tempts him with a business offer he cant refuse all to lure him into a deadly trap.
Called by some "Frances worst villain" for collaborating with the Nazis during WWII, Paul Touvier was convicted in absentia for murdering Jews and Resistance fighters alike. Decades after the war, despite Touviers faking his death and placing his own obituary in the newspaper, law enforcement officials revive the hunt for Frances most notorious war criminal. Nazi Hunters: The Villain of Lyon follows the twists and turns in a top-secret investigation led by a high-ranking French colonel.
Joseph Mengele - the escaped Nazi war criminal and SS physician, known as the "Angel of Death," spent years doing bizarre medical experiments on twins at Auschwitz - working to determine if twins held the key to building a blond-haired, blue-eyed master race for Adolf Hitler. Now a historian says he has evidence that Mengele's attempts may not have ended at Auschwitz and that his obsession to engineer an Aryan master race continued in South America.
The death camp at Auschwitz was considered ground zero for the killings during the Holocaust, a place where thousands were starved and 1.1 million died, but there are only a small number of known photos of this infamous place - until now.
Just prior to the end of WWII, the German military secretly undertook a massive push to design miracle weapons - colossal tanks, the world's first guided missiles and long-range bombers that could attack New York. Now, nearly 60 years later, a team of experts examine the original blueprints to determine if these so-called Wunderwaffen, or "wonder weapons," could have changed the outcome of the war.
Hitler's "unsinkable ship," the Bismarck, was deployed in 1941 to wreak havoc on Allied ships in the Atlantic, but settled on the ocean floor after just nine days at sea. NGC investigates: Who really sank the Bismarck? Explore the wreckage in brilliant HD as we break down the events leading to the ship's final naval battle. Later, hear the stories of camaraderie between British and German survivors who fought to rescue the thousands of others perishing in the deathly frigid waters.
Adolf Hitler: a man whose name is synonymous with mass genocide, burning cities and world war. This new special delves deep into Hitler's inner circle in search of a dictator's identity beyond what is found in history books -- his family, henchmen, women and sources of wealth. Follow a list of characters that spans the full spectrum of German society, from Heinrich Himmler, the failed soldier obsessed with witchcraft, who would design the Holocaust from the ground up; to Eva Braun, the starlet who would become Hitler's lover.
Adolph Hitler: a man whose name is synonymous with mass genocide, burning cities and world war. What were the circumstances that led to his deadly rise to power, and who were the followers that enabled it? This new two-part special delves deep into Hitlers inner circle in search of a dictators identity beyond what is found in history books his family, henchmen, women and sources of wealth.
Adolph Hitler: a man whose name is synonymous with mass genocide, burning cities and world war. What were the circumstances that led to his deadly rise to power, and who were the followers that enabled it? This new two-part special delves deep into Hitlers inner circle in search of a dictators identity beyond what is found in history books his family, henchmen, women and sources of wealth.
Who were the Neanderthals? How human were they? Why did they go extinct? For 150 years the fate of our closest relatives has been a mystery. But now scientists can start answering these questions - with the help of DNA.
Buckle up for a wild ride with the daredevils who are testing the limits of how fast cars can go. From a dragster that can accelerate faster than a fighter jet to the world's fastest diesel car, NGC lifts the hood of high-speed cars.
NGC follows two repossession agents as they roam the night with a literal "license to steal." From retrieving nine-ton semis to hunting down stolen vehicles, the 20-year veterans use every means at their disposal to bring home their clients' property. We trail them from dark Newark neighborhoods to the well-heeled town of Montclair, N.J., and witness the danger and unpredictability of this much-maligned occupation.
Tim Shaw takes his own irreverent brand of science and engineering to the streets of America as he looks to amaze and dumbfound in equal measure. He challenges the people he meets, and the audience at home, to predict the outcome of a series of ever more spectacular experiments before uncovering the science behind the jaw dropping outcomes.
The year 2011 gets off to a disturbing start. On New Year's Eve, blackbirds die in Beebe, Arkansas by the thousands. Nearby, fish and more birds perish. Then a wave of unsettling animal deaths seems to sweep the globe. Are the deaths connected? A wide-ranging story begins with an investigation of the blackbirds' death and ends by assessing how the human mind is inspired, or derailed, by seeming patterns or coincidences in nature.
The year 2011 gets off to a disturbing start. On New Year's Eve, blackbirds die in Beebe, Arkansas by the thousands. Nearby, fish and more birds perish. Then a wave of unsettling animal deaths seems to sweep the globe. Are the deaths connected?
Get the ultimate tour of Air Force One, including the President's bedroom and restricted areas where top-secret technology is housed. Then meet the presidential pilot and the crew charged with operating this global command center in the sky.
We'll take to the skies with the presidential helicopter Marine One as it flies to the nation's largest city. To protect the President, Marine One must flawlessly coordinate with the Marines, the New York Police Department, and the Secret Service.
With unprecedented access, National Geographic introduces you to the passionately orthodox community of Hasidic Judaism. Some of the people who share their stories include a revered Hasidic rabbi challenging what it means to be spiritual in the modern world, a young man raised Catholic now attending a Hasidic yeshiva in Brooklyn, and a young Hasidic woman taking her first steps to leave this tightly knit community and live a secular life in Manhattan.
As king of the Hells Angels, "Mom" Boucher terrorized even police.The gangster's brutal reign reached a new low when he created a hit list of Canadian authority figures. After the murders of several prison guards and bombings across Montreal, police believed they finally had enough evidence to convict him. But in a surprising and frustrating decision, a jury found Boucher not guilty. Go behind the scenes of the exhaustive operation to takedown one of the Hells Angels most powerful outlaws.
The Hell's Angels aren't just a violent biker gang; they run an illicit drug trade in cities across the United States. Now, the criminal bikers are on a quest for global domination. Nat Geo follows the expansion of the Hell's Angels' empire as they take on a rival gang to gain control of the Scandinavian drug trade. Go inside the five-year battle with the Bandidos as anti-tank missiles, grenades and rocket launchers are used to rip up the streets of Copenhagen, Oslo and Helsinki.
A wild ride into the takedown of one of America's largest outlaw motorcycle gangs, the Bandidos, who were charged with kidnapping, drug trafficking, gun running and racketeering. Delve into the remarkable story of how the lead investigator turned on a childhood acquaintance who happened to be the club's president. Featuring interviews from the police officer and Bandido leader, along with never-before-seen footage from the motorcycle gang's camp, the story unfolds from both sides of the law.
When biker Mike Lynn joined the Daytona Beach branch of the Outlaws motorcycle club, he thought he'd found a band of brothers. But the Outlaws were a dangerous group of violent criminals. NGC follows the dangerous four-month investigation that turned members into federal witnesses and led to the 60-year conviction of the Outlaws' national president.
Florida 1990. "Spike" Ingrao, the president of a national biker club known as the Warlocks, befriends a gun-trafficking bodybuilder named Steve Martin. Spike has ambitious plans to expand the club, and Martin seems like the man to head up a new chapter in the heart of rival territory. But what Spike doesn't know is that Steve Martin is an undercover agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
In its prime, the Colosseum was a venue for gladiators to fight to the death, but today, the arena lives on as one of the grandest and most spectacular megastructures in the world. Constructed in the absence of electricity, power tools or earth-moving equipment, it reveals an architectural process that rivals today's modern methods. 2,000 years ago, its creators pioneered the use of building materials that are still with us today to build a structure that could hold more than 50,000 people.
Reports of bloodlike rain and gelatinous substances falling from the sky, sometimes reeking of sulfur.... Witnesses who touch the goo only to watch it disintegrate, leaving just sticky residue behind.... For decades, people around the globe have reported these strange occurrences. Go inside a NASA laboratory as a team of biologists use advanced technology to dissect meteoric matter. Join scientists as they gather and test evidence, searching for clues to explain the mysterious rain and jelly.
The legend of the Chupacabra tells of a vampire-like beast that preys on the blood of livestock and pets. Theories of what the vicious creature looks like vary by region, but now new evidence in Texas may help scientists get to the bottom of the mystery. Ranchers and farmers have discovered the remains of a weird canine that could meet one of the Chupacabra's rumored descriptions - a hairless dog-like creature with large fangs!
For centuries, people around the world have witnessed a strange phenomenon - orbs of light hovering in the night sky. Some say the lights chased after them as they drove away in their cars, and military pilots have reported spotting the lights on secret missions. Many wonder if the lights could be ghosts, or visitors from outer space. Now, NGC joins the investigation and meets a team of researchers with a new theory on the origin of these strange lights.
High above the Arctic Circle in Canada's Northwest Territories, winter brings temperatures as low as negative 40 degrees and transforms rivers and lakes into frozen highways. But, driving on ice isn't without its dangers. Host Marsh Mokhtari travels on one ice road to the northernmost village on the Canadian mainland. The stakes are high, so Marsh must combine modern technology with survival techniques. If the ice holds, Marsh just might make it to his destination -- the edge of the world.
After the godfather of the Philadelphia mob was assassinated, wise guys battled for the top position -- and the Mafia's code of silence began to crumble. Mafia soldier Nick 'The Crow' Caramandi and hit man Ron Previte describe gangster life in transition.
It's not only dog fighting that has infiltrated the seedy underbelly of Philadelphia; the PSPCA is also raging a war against cockfighting. Officers Jason Martinez and Leonard Knox investigate three locations where fighting roosters are believed to be housed. Their cover is almost blown after a drive by surveillance and Jason decides to return under the cover of darkness. With the evidence in place, SWAT carries out multiple raids, rescues the birds and places their owner in custody.
A covert surveillance operation with the PSPCA undercover team leads to one of the biggest dog fighting busts in Philadelphia's history - 14 suspects are arrested, and several horribly neglected, abused and injured dogs are rescued. The full scale investigation began two days earlier. Officer Wayne Smith takes to the streets of a drug-infested neighborhood to collect intel using a hidden camera and a rescued pit bull as a decoy.
Bob Arno wows audiences with his pickpocketing show in Las Vegas. The self-proclaimed Pickpocket King says he has never met a thief who can match his skills. Until now. Bob takes us to Naples, Italy, which he calls "the pickpocketing capital of the world," to uncover some of the world's best pickpockets. With his access, we'll get an inside glance into how an international crew of pickpockets operates and we'll see if Bob really is the Pickpocket King.
Still only a pre-schooler, Kanon Tipton takes the pulpit at his family's church and like a seasoned evangelist fervently preaches the gospel, mopping his forehead, shouting, waving his arms, the congregation hanging on his every word. But he's just 4-years-old. NGC's Pint-Sized Preachers goes inside the controversial world of child evangelists to follow two rising-stars and one established child minister as they spread God's word and bring congregations to their feet.
Brown bears once ranged widely across North America before humans wiped them out, but in Katmai, on the Southwest Alaskan Peninsula, they thrive. In the nearly six thousand square miles of rugged wilderness, violence can erupt at any moment. "Tuyuq" a powerful Alaskan brown bear, has dominated the valley's corridors for 10 seasons. Now, a brash young challenger is waiting to overthrow him and Tuyuq must fight to remain king bear.
A world largely unknown and unseen to the general public,
for the first time, the people of Centennial Park have allowed cameras
unprecedented access to their rites, rituals and lives. Here, women choose
their husbands through an inspiration from God, while husbands try to prove
themselves worthy and wait to be chosen.
Preppers UK delves into the hidden world of prepping and the secretive community of survivalists. This underground society mingles among the general public and holds everyday jobs, but behind closed doors, it's all about survival. Preppers UK will explore this extraordinary world and meet six of the people who inhabit it, lifting the lid on this alternative society, exploring their preparations, and finding out exactly what they're preparing for.
Murderers, drug addicts and sexual predators are all among the types of criminals female correctional officers face at the Dallas County Jail. Through interviews with female correctional officers, we'll witness firsthand the danger and mind games involved in this job.
More women than ever are working as guards in Miami's roughest prisons, putting their lives in danger guarding south Florida's most dangerous criminals. However, taking the job means walking into a world ruled by power, sex and violence. Our cameras step inside the 50-year-old Pretrial Detention Center, where female guards confront daily brawls and outbursts.
With the second highest mortality rate of any occupation, being a corrections officer is a difficult and dangerous career for anyone - but for female officers, it can be especially demanding. At the Dallas County Jail, approximately half of the jails 900 officers are women, and everyday they face harassment and violence as they maintain control over the seventh largest jail in the United States.
Gold drew thousands of pioneers to the American West during the California Gold Rush of the mid-19th century. Now, a team of psychics is also on the hunt, but they are determined to use only the powers of their minds to find it. John Vivanco is a "remote viewer" who believes his paranormal abilities have allowed him to see gold buried here and the area around the treasure.
In an eye-popping series of experiments, Doctor of extreme medicine, Kevin Fong, uses his own body to demonstrate how human biology is unsuited to much of the planet, and how humans have had to develop the technology to let us survive there. In this episode, Dr. Fong examines how the body responds to altitude by climbing one of the tallest mountains in the Alps and subjecting himself to a sudden depressurization to 25,000 feet.
Doctor Kevin Fong sets out to discover how human biology is unsuited to living in certain areas of the planet, and how humans have developed the technology that allows us to survive. In the first episode, Dr. Fong dives deep into surviving underwater. He escapes from a sinking helicopter, walks through a tank of sharks in an antique diving suit and intentionally gives himself nitrogen narcosis.
Florida officials have put a bounty on the head of the invasive Burmese python, and invited amateur hunters into the Everglades to compete in a one month long competition to see who can capture the most pythons. Hunters will have four weeks to navigate the dangerous wilds of South Florida in search for the elusive serpentine invader. It's man vs. snake - who will come out on top?
It is a daring attempt to be the first American in history to trek solo and unaided, 700 miles across Antarctica to the South Pole. Follow explorer Todd Carmichael on an almost impossible journey through Antarcticas harshest environment, made even tougher because he wants to break the land speed record for achieving such a feat. The film was the winner of the 2011 Best Documentary Feature at the LA Cinema Festival of Hollywood.
The USS Monitor represented a revolution in naval technology and survived the first battle between ironclads in 1862, but it sank in a gale only months later. Join the expedition to raise the wreckage from waters off Cape Hatteras, N.C.
On the 10th of May 2013, a giant wave of ice' ripped through homes in the small community of Ochre Beach in Manitoba, Canada. One day later, south of the boarder at Lake Millie Lacs in the United States, another strange moving wall of ice made landfall at Izatys Resort. This rare major ice shove' was caught on camera. Harnessing this incredible footage we can now get closer than ever to one of natures strangest events, explore the forces at work and reveal a unique perspective on the destructive power of ice in motion.
At 9:20 am on the 15th of February 2013, in the Siberian city of Chelyabinsk something, not of this world was spotted blazing its way through the morning skies. In this episode we tell the story of the 2013 Chelyabinsk Meteorite strike through the incredible footage of the event, captured by those who actually witnessed it. We'll use this remarkable amateur video to unpack the science and explore where the meteorite came from, its violent end and how it unleashed a force equivalent to thirty Hiroshima bombs on the unsuspecting Russian city.
It's one of the wonders of the prehistoric world, but its purpose remains a mystery. Follow one ambitious team's attempt to replicate Stonehenge as it was 4,000 years ago to understand how the ancient stone circle was built and why.
In the small town of Nikolaevsk, meet a religious sect struggling to maintain their centuries-old traditions while surviving as commercial fishermen on Alaska's rough seas. The Old Believers once fled persecution from the mid-17th century Russian Orthodox church, eventually settling in places from China to Brazil to Alaska. Now, see how this unique community prepares for Lent while juggling the start of salmon fishing season, and plans to build a new church.
Rarely do Christian artifacts grab global attention more than the Shroud of Turin. To many of the faithful, it's a ghostly life-sized image of Christ left after his crucifixion and before the Resurrection. To many skeptics, it is an ingenious forgery. The problem has been that no one could persuasively duplicate it or show how it was made. Armed with compelling new scientific and historical evidence, experts attempt to re-create the Shroud.
National Geographic Channel continues to take an unflinching look at the tragedies and triumphs of 9/11 and the ongoing war on terrorism. This series of insightful and emotional programs offers a unique perspective on the day that changed America and the world, as well as the events leading up to and precipitated by that fateful day.
Springtime is slower for the repossession industry, as Americans receive their tax returns and tend to catch up on debt. Without enough work to go around, Rob turns to his other business as a bail bondsman and a bounty hunter. He uses many of the same techniques as a repossession agent to track an elusive fugitive across state lines. While business for JAM Recovery may be slow, it hasn't stopped.
One of the busiest times of the year for JAM Recovery is the holidays, when Americans tend to overspend. Larry can't pass up any business, and death takes no holiday. Larry sets up a sting operation to intercept a hearse. Then the team gets a call for a repossession of a hot dog cart, which sends them on a reconnaissance mission into Manhattan, crowded with holiday traffic. And to celebrate the end of a long year, Larry treats JAM to a license plate recognition system.
Bad intel has JAM Recovery agents Nick and Rob on a wild goose chase. After tracking down the delinquent owner of a Ford Explorer, they learn the vehicle was totaled a year ago. Then, when they think they've located a BMW up for repossession, they learn the supposed owner doesn't even drive. So it's back to the bank for more accurate information. Larry decides to visit an old friend to see how he handles the endless influx of bad or inadequate information.
Repossession is a billion-dollar industry that affects the lives of thousands of people every year. NGC follows agent Larry Pittman and his team as they track down vehicle owners who vanished without a trace after purchasing a trade-in. Often forced to operate under the cover of night, they wait until dark to search for clues from family, friends, mailboxes and even garbage.
Larry Pitman and his team of agents at Jam Recovery are used to working around the clock to track down vehicles up for repossession. It's not until Larry's son Mackie, a newbie to the team, suggests utilizing high-tech gadgets to make the job more efficient that Larry realizes the advantages of modern technology. Then, Larry puts Mackie to the test - setting up a mock repossession job designed to challenge Mackie and see if he's really ready for his first solo repossession job.
Follow agent Larry Pittman and his team at JAM Recovery on their daily quest to bring home their clients' property. It's no easy task -- aside from the physical challenges of the job they often struggle with the emotional strains of repossessing items.
Larry announces a move to expand JAM Recovery operations to Florida and plans a trip with his son Mackie so they can meet with a potential investor. Larry picks up a repossession job for a yacht and a Mercedes and plans to do some on-location training in Florida. He quickly learns about the challenges of the area, such as guarded parking facilities in luxury high-rises.
The repossession industry is flourishing in today's tough economy, and Larry Pittman's JAM Recovery team has seen an uptick in business. But a lack of office infrastructure and a shortage of man power have the team scrambling to fill their clients' orders, so Larry recruits and trains his oldest son, Mackie, to fill the holes in the team, and devises an elaborate sting to get JAM's business back on track.
Recently, pit bulls have become synonymous with dogfighting and animal attacks, and it's the Rescue Ink guys' personal mission to help redeem these controversial dogs. In this episode, they'll divide and conquer, travelling out of their normal New York territory to help pit bulls in need. When a pit pull is found hung in a Philadelphia schoolyard, team members search for the killer. Then Joe and G fly to Kentucky to airlift a badly injured dog, fresh from the fighting ring, back to New York.
Rescue Ink comes to the assistance of a U.S. war veteran and his pit bulls; the guys are called in on a wild hen (and rooster!) chase in Queens; and they confront a man accused of shooting stray cats with a pellet gun.
A call comes in to Rescue Ink's clubhouse from a distraught woman who claims her neighbor has been trapping, torturing and killing animals. The SPCA and police have been unable to build a successful case against the accused man. Rescue Ink joins the effort to stop this man once and for all. Then, when a deaf woman's dog is stolen during a string of burglaries, the guys take to the streets, handing out flyers in search of the missing pooch.
Restrepo is a feature-length film by award-winning photojournalist Tim Hetherington and journalist/author Sebastian Junger that chronicles the deployment of U.S. troops stationed at one of the most dangerous outposts in Afghanistan.
Underwater explorers in the Baltic Sea set out to bring a recently discovered ghost ship - one of the most intact ancient wooden wrecks ever found - back to life. By pushing the frontiers of maritime archaeology and using the latest technology, the team hopes to recover artifacts from the ship, take measurements and create a 3-D model of the ship with pinpoint accuracy - unlocking a treasure trove of information.
Discover a lost chapter of religious history when we examine competing faiths and rival prophets that challenged early Christianity, including forgotten "messiahs" Mithras, Simon Magus, and Apollonius of Tyana.
Rocket City Rednecks is led by Travis Taylor and his team of redneck geniuses. In his younger years, Travis started out cleaning chicken coops, but for the past two decades he’s been a research scientist with the Department of Defense and NASA. Sometimes big science moves too slow for Travis, so come the weekends he “gits” together with his father, brother-in-law, nephew and best friend to combine a little hillbilly ingenuity with advanced engineering and physics to tackle real-world scenarios. With their thick accents and distinctive vocabulary, the tight-knit group brings their own unique style of southern charm to science and technology.
Rarely seen archival footage provides incredible insight into the pageantry, tradition, romance and sometimes scandal that accompany royal weddings. Just after the world watches Prince William and Kate Middleton get married this Friday morning, the National Geographic Channel presents Royal Weddings Revealed, airing Friday, April 29, at 9 a.m. ET, and again in prime time at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
As Vladimir Putin prepares to reclaim the Russian presidency, the post he held from 2000 until 2008, NGC takes viewers behind the scenes of his reign in Russia and the West: Putin's Rise to Power. The special, which was two-and-a-half years in the making, is based on more than 100 interviews with eyewitnesses to his ascendancy. For the first time, audiences will hear from Putin's top advisers, as well as the world leaders who have tangled with him, including President Obama.
For the first time ever, Russia is opening one of its most guarded institutions to an international film crew: its prison system. Our cameras take you inside a 200-year-old Russian prison and to another that is home to more than 700 of Russia's most dangerous killers combined, they have killed over 3,500 people. We'll go inside Black Dolphin prison, where a cannibal talks openly about his crime, divulging how he boiled, fried and ate his murder victim.
Just a year and a half after President Obama ordered the raid that ended the longest manhunt in American history and took down al-Qaeda's notorious leader, Americans can now see for the first time in a full-length feature film how it all went down in SEAL TEAM SIX: THE RAID ON OSAMA BIN LADEN.
Was the most famous witch trial in the English-speaking world actually the result of a cynical plot and power play? This chilling possibility sends author and historian Katherine Howe back to the site of her ancestor's execution during the Salem witch trials. The very latest clues unearthed may indicate that an embattled Puritan minister fomented fear and distrust to hold onto his congregation.
For 30 days, National Geographic film crews gained unprecedented access to chronicle the inner workings of one of the most notorious prisons in the country. About 5,000 inmates are locked up in San Quentin, and over 600 of them are condemned to death by lethal injection. Hear from two 'lifers' trying to make parole, experience the institution through the eyes and ears of the men and women who work there, and witness the aftermath of one of the prison's largest riots in over 20 years
Today, 65 percent of adult Americans are overweight, but few are morbidly obese. What are the physical stresses of weighing more than 500 pounds and what steps can reverse it? NGC explores the genetics of weight gain and medical advances to treat it.
It is one of the most controversial issues of our day, jeopardizing the health and smearing the reputations of Olympians, professional sports players and even high school athletes. The government has declared them illegal without a prescription, athletes call them unfair, and some doctors say they are potentially deadly. What are the real dangers of these drugs? We've seen what's happening outside the body; now NGC reveals what's happening inside the body, in the Science of Steroids.
On the Science of Stupid, some self-selecting, amateur scientists go head-to-head for the crowned title of most ill-informed as they test scientific principles like torque, gravity, and Newton's laws. As our amateur scientists have learned the hard way: try and break the laws of science, and the laws will break you. It's the science of stupid.
Summer is the time when temperatures rise, barbeques blaze and barely clad crowds storm the beaches. Its also a hotbed of science. NGC explores the mysteries behind the planet's most sweltering season and reveals the fascinating facts that make summer unique. Investigate the nature of sunshine and the biology of how our bodies react to it; learn how lightning strikes; why mosquitoes attack; and uncover the truth about ice cream headaches. School may be out but theres still tons to learn.
Examine the latest clues and theories that attempt to confirm the biblical account of Noah's ark and the flood. Satellite imagery of mountaintops and underwater geological surveys help dissect the story timeline from God's warning to the receding waters.
It is potentially one of the greatest archaeological discoveries in the history of Christianity. Theologian and relic expert Candida Moss journeys to a remote island in the Black Sea to investigate the ruins of one of the oldest monasteries in Europe. Here, under the location where the altar once stood, scientists have dug up an exquisite marble box holding what they believe to be the bones of John the Baptist, the man who baptized Jesus.
Sunk in 1944, the Japanese submarine known as the I-52 was larger than a football field and carried more than two tons of gold. Join divers and underwater archaeologists as they locate the missing sub.
The popular Austrian ski resort of Galtur was changed in minutes when an avalanche buried the village under 170,000 tons of snow, killing 31 people. But Galtur had been declared safe from avalanches. What went wrong?
When a United Airlines flight experiences catastrophic engine failure, the crew wrestles the plane to the ground. See what was happening in the cockpit during this dramatic emergency landing that claimed 112 lives.
More than 500 people are crushed to death when the roof collapses on a five-story department store in South Korea. Deconstruct the events leading to this tragedy and find out how bribery and corruption virtually guaranteed the disaster.
On October 12, 2002, a series of coordinated explosions ripped through a popular strip of nightclubs and restaurants on the peaceful island of Bali, Indonesia, killing 202 in the worst terrorist attacks since 9-11. Who could have done such a thing?
When the train carrying 162 passengers to the Austrian ski slopes enters a tunnel, the passengers realize there is a fire on board. Within minutes an inferno rages and 155 people are dead. How did the fire begin?
A commercial airliner crashes moments after take-off from Chicago O'Hare, killing the 271 onboard. Witnesses saw an engine separate from the wing and the nosedive. Could a single missing bolt cause such a horrific accident?
It was the largest airship ever built and the pride of Nazi Germany. But on approach for landing at Lakehurst Naval Station in New Jersey, the zeppelin burst into flames. Deconstruct the tragedy ended airships as the transportation of the future.
A subterranean infrastructure of sewers, telecommunications, electricity, and water keeps every modern city alive -- and is taken for granted until something goes wrong. On April 22, 1992, in Mexico, something went very wrong.
In 1995, a 7.2 earthquake hits Kobe, Japan, leveling 100,000 buildings and leaving a quarter of a million people homeless and more than 5,500 dead. Why was the earthquake so devastating and why didn't scientists see it coming?
March 23, 2005: The BP oil refinery in Texas City, Texas explodes killing 15 people and injuring 170 more. The FBI fears sabotage and immediately dispatches agents to the refinery. Meanwhile, investigators from the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB), begin their analysis. Seconds from Disaster unravels the mystery behind the biggest United States chemical accident in the past 20 years.
A passenger plane crashes into the Potomac River in Washington, D.C. in January 1982--killing a total of 78 people. Delayed almost two hours due to blizzard conditions and freezing temperatures, the 737 plummets just one minute after take off--crushing four cars on the 14th Street Bridge and sinking into the icy river. What caused this tragic disaster? Was it an act of terrorism, a faulty de-icing process or pilot error?
A commercial building in a shopping district in San Juan, Puerto Rico, explodes, killing 33 people and injuring 80 more. Investigators trace the cause to a leak from an inactive gas line near the building. Why wasn't the leak detected earlier?
Theories abound as to why the nuclear-powered Kursk sank to the bottom of the Barents Sea, but one thing is certain: all 118 sailors aboard perished. What destroyed the supposedly "unsinkable" Kursk? Why did it sink so quickly? And why were there no survivors? Seconds from Disaster deconstructs the chain of events that led to one of the world's most horrific undersea tragedies and reveals a personal note one of the sailors wrote when they realized their fate
What caused the largest and most luxurious passenger liner ever built to sink on her maiden voyage? State-of-the-art forensic analysis and a groundbreaking experiment reveal a hidden weakness in the famous ship.
During a dance contest in a new $50-million Hyatt hotel in Kansas City, overhead walkways collapse into the crowded lobby, killing 114 and injuring 186. What caused one of America's most devastating structural failures?
It was the worst tornado outbreak in U.S. history: 148 twisters pulverized 13 states in 18 hours, killing 330 people. NGC takes you inside this raging storm front and the communities caught in its path.
In Alabama, the captain of a towboat became disoriented by fog and didn't realize that his barges had collided with a rail bridge -- the same bridge that an Amtrak train was speeding toward. Amtrak's worst accident claimed 47 lives.
An accidental rocket launch from a parked fighter jet turns the USS Forrestal's first combat mission into a blazing inferno that kills 134. Deconstruct the chain of events leading up to this super-carrier horror.
Al Qaeda detonates a truck bomb at the American embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, killing 213 and injuring 4,000 more. Follow the chain of events leading to one of the bloodiest terrorist acts against American interests overseas.
In December 2004, earthquakes equal to 23,000 Hiroshima bombs rocked South Asia and caused a tsunami that rippled across one-seventh of the earth, killing more than 200,000. Deconstruct the disaster that caused chaos from Thailand to Africa.
On Tenerife, a Pan Am flight taxied on the runway, while a KLM flight took off. But miscommunication caused one of the worst aviation disasters when the two jumbo jets collided, killing 583 people. Investigate what led to this fateful airplane collision.
7 astronauts aboard space shuttle Columbia complete a routine mission and head back to Earth. Mission Control expects a trouble-free re-entry, but just 16 minutes from landing, disaster strikes. The crew loses control and the Shuttle disintegrates over Texas. Everyone on board perishes. What made the 113th space shuttle flight go so catastrophically wrong? Was the mission doomed before lift-off?
January, 1954. One of the worlds first passenger jet aircrafts, Comet Flight 781 disappears over the Mediterranean Sea, killing everyone on board. The tragedy launches one of the most critical and complex investigations in aviation history. NGC takesyou back in time, before black boxes and flight data recorders, to reveal the critical chain of events that caused the downing of Flight 781.
After 40,000 flights with no fatalities, the Concorde erupts in flames on the runway, killing everyone on board. Using CGI analysis and eye-witness testimony, deconstruct the tragedy that ultimately led to the retirement of the entire fleet.
Just after takeoff, ValuJet Flight 592, carrying 110 passengers and crew, slams into the Florida Everglades and disappears into the alligator-infested swamp. NGC deconstructs one of America's most baffling air crashes.
More than 110 miles off the coast of Scotland, the Piper Alpha oil rig churns out 120,000 barrels of oil per day. But when a lapse in communication led to a gas leak, catastrophe ensued, causing the world's worst offshore disaster.
Security is tight at Heathrow Airport. Just 3 weeks ago, a bomb blew apart a Pam Am 747 airplane over Lockerbie, Scotland killing 259 people. As British Midland commuter flight 092 to Belfast climbs into the sky, a series of explosions and vibrations rock the plane. It crashes just feet from the runway and 47 people die. What could cause a brand new aircraft to fall out of the sky? Was it another terrorist attack or a freak accident? Advanced computer simulations reveal what went wrong.
The German InterCity Express was the ultimate in train travel. But in 1998, the train derailed and slammed into a concrete bridge. In seconds, 101 passengers were killed in the world's worst high-speed rail disaster . What caused this tragedy?
Singapore experiences its worst national disaster since World War II when a popular budget hotel, bank and nightclub collapses, burying 50 people under six stories of concrete and debris. Why did the building suddenly collapse?
At one of Britain's busiest railway stations, a discarded match sparks the worst fire in the Underground's history. Find out why a seemingly containable fire erupted into a deadly fireball with a ferocity that baffled investigators.
At the Ukraine's Chernobyl nuclear power plant, a routine test was being carried out. But human error occurred, and the situation quickly spiraled out of control. The worst nightmare in the world's nuclear industry had just come true.
Mt. Saint Helens slept for 123 years. And then, despite the constant watch of U.S. geologists, the giant awoke, flattened everything across 220 square miles, launched millions of tons of ash 12 miles into the air, and turned day to night for 250 miles around. The most destructive volcanic eruption in U.S. history killed 57 people, caused over a billion dollars in damage and caught geologists by surprise. Why did Mt. St. Helens erupt so explosively? Could it happen again?
The Pentagon is one of the largest office buildings in the world. Its five floors make up a unique, five-ring fortress containing almost 18 miles of corridors and more than six and a half million square feet of office space where 23,000 people work. It has served as a symbol of power and freedom for over 60 years. On September 11, 2001, 5 terrorists hell bent on mass murder tested its strength.
Two months after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, a plane slams into a residential area of New York City - home to many firemen, police and their families already deeply affected by the events of 9/11. What has caused this horrific disaster? Was it terrorism? Seconds for Disaster deconstructs, moment-by-moment, the chain of events leading up to and following this tragic Plane Crash in Queens.
Minutes after a 747 cargo flight takes off from Amsterdam, two engines sheer off and the plane hits a crowded apartment block. Was it a terrorist attack? A freak accident? Advanced computer simulations reveal what really downed EL Al Flight 1862.
The stationmaster took the frantic calls: A runaway train was headed for Gare de Lyon, one of Paris' biggest stations. It ploughed into a packed commuter train waiting at the platform, killing 56 people. What caused France's worst train crash?
On January 28, 1986, the Space Shuttle Challenger was scheduled to make history by putting the first civilian in space: teacher Christa McAuliffe. But tragically 73 seconds after liftoff, the Challenger, with seven astronauts onboard, bursts into a ball of flames. Now, Seconds from Disaster deconstructs, moment by moment, the events leading up to this infamous disaster.
Less than 30 minutes after takeoff, TWA flight 800 explodes over the waters off Long Island, killing everyone on board. Was it hit by a missile? Deconstruct one of the biggest crash investigations in U.S. history.
On a spring morning in Oklahoma City, Timothy McVeigh parked a Ryder truck outside the Alfred P. Murrah building. One minute later the truck exploded. Survivors tell their harrowing stories and investigators examine how the building collapsed.
In 1995, the Montserrat volcano erupts for the first time in recorded history -- then blows again in 1997. Follow the events leading to this back-to-back disaster on this tiny island popular with the rich and famous.
At Washington National Airport, air traffic control reported seven slow-moving blips over D.C. in 1952, causing the Air Force to scramble fighter jets. During the 1980s, an increasing number of people claimed they were abducted by aliens from their own bedrooms! Bringing together eyewitness testimony, expert opinions, and archival video and photos, Secret History of UFOs investigates some of the biggest landmark UFO sightings in history.
NGC delves into the tumultuous history of the atom bomb - filled with deception, twists and danger that even Hollywood couldn't make up. Culling from rarely seen archival footage and interviews with leading experts, we'll see how Soviet spies gathered top-secret information during WWII. Learn why China shared its nuclear weapons technology with other countries. Find out how Israel's nuclear weapons program was exposed by a disgruntled worker who leaked information before being kidnapped.
Predators can be iconic or surprising. Some are easy to recognize -- and some you’d never even suspect -- but every one of them must strategize … improvise … and specialize in order to survive. Every predator on our planet has tricks that help them beat the odds, and they perfect these skills and weapons to succeed wherever they live -- and to best whatever they’re faced with.
Before the church. Before the Gospels. Before the word Christian. There were the Apostles. This is their story. In a mere three or four decades, the seeds of a global religion spread across the most powerful empire on Earth. In an age with no internet, no mass media, no planes, trains or fossil fuel -- how did it happen? NGC investigates the mysterious decades following Jesus' death, and the group of 12 common men, who sacrificed everything to to spread Jesus' message.
Join the Secret Service in Colombia as teams prepares for a massive international manhunt. For the first time, NGC cameras are allowed to follow them throughout the planning, surveillance work and informant meetings, all culminating in a dangerous raid on a pair of master counterfeiters.
In the digital age, financial fraud isn't limited to counterfeit currency. Secret Service Files rides shotgun with NYC agents as the Electronic Crimes Task Force pursues a culprit using fake credit cards to cash out ATMs throughout the city. But the goal isn't to apprehend the suspect; instead, units mobilize to follow the trail of stolen money, hoping it leads to the cyber theft mastermind.
PROTECTING THE PRESIDENT goes on the ground with agents-the Secret Service Protective Detail and FBI response teams - as they recount personal stories of protecting the President of the United States during high-risk events. Partisan Pictures crafts an exciting inside look at how the Secret Service protects and moves POTUS safely and securely overseas, revealing new perspectives from the Agents themselves.
Secret Service Files heads to the Field Office in Miami, a hotbed for counterfeit currency and credit card fraud. Hit the streets as an undercover agent coordinates a sting at an electronics superstore after surveillance reveals a fraud ring buying expensive goods with fake money and then returning them for the real thing. And with an anticounterfeit operation only hours away, agents construct a hidden camera inside a laptop case.
As nearly the entire world's leadership gathers in NYC, the Secret Service is responsible for the safety of not just the president, but 131 visiting heads of state. From an undisclosed location high above this massive city no cameras have ever gained access to this secret fortress until now the agency employs every resource in preparation for thousands of potentially disastrous situations.
Hitler was one of the first modern politicians to truly understand the power of the media, and his advisors micro-managed each of his public appearances. To record the Fhrer without permission could result in execution. Now, an extraordinary, unauthorized recording of a conversation kept hidden for over 60 years has come to light. Is it possible that the charming, relaxed, even reasonable man on the tape is Hitler himself? Did he divulge secrets that might rewrite the history of WWII?
It was the first submarine ever to sink an enemy ship, but after only one successful mission the H.L. Hunley vanished with its crew and lay hidden for more than a century. The circumstances surrounding the disappearance of the Confederacy's secret weapon have remained an enduring mystery since the Civil War era, but now NGC has uncovered what may have brought it down.
Life-changing encounters with the natural world await you off-road and beyond the tourist spots in a Yellowstone you've never seen. Get into the two million untouched acres where the bison and bears roam free.
In conjunction with the July cover story of National Geographic Magazine, get a comprehensive look at Angkor and the new evidence: remains of outlying settlements, at least 74 additional temples and a vital, complex water system.
Did Herod really try to kill the infant Jesus by ordering the massacre of every baby boy in his kingdom? Historians, archaeologists and psychologists examine his bloody and pragmatic rise to power and the accomplishments and horrors of his reign.
Though never elected to any office, for nearly 50 years J. Edgar Hoover's power was unmatched. As head of the FBI, he knew what everyone else wanted to keep hidden.He recognized that information is power, which is why he maintained secret files. Files so scandalous all of Washington feared him. But behind the public persona his shocking private life from his gambling addiction to his preferences for women's clothing nearly brought him down.
Judaism, Christianity and Islam all consider Jerusalem a holy city. Through extremely rare access, NGC goes inside the sites most sacred to each religion: the Muslim Noble Sanctuary, Judaism's Western Wall, and the Christian Church of the Holy Sepulcher.
Is there more to the Book of Revelation than prophecy? Could the final book of the New Testament be the work of a strategic revolutionary, constructing a coded political manifesto against the oppressive Roman Empire?
This secret society has shaped world events for 1,000 years. Members turn up in the World Bank, the United Nations, the Pentagon, and the top ranks of major corporations. But who exactly are the Freemasons?
The mysterious origins of the Hope Diamond have been hidden under alleged curse and infatuation for its owners. NGC recuts this 45-carat gem's history and digs into a monumental theory: Could the Hope in fact be King Louis XIV's lost French Blue Diamond, stolen during the French Revolution? Physical evidence allows scientists and diamond experts to create 3-D images of the original French Blue to compare with the Hope as we reveal how France's lost gem may have been intentionally recut.
The Knights Templar have been shrouded in myth for 900 years. Christian Crusaders condemned by the lies and disloyalty of their one-time allies, the Templars are inseparable from the legends of the Holy Grail and the Shroud of Turin. Now, a surprising manuscript unearthed in the Vatican shows that the Templars were liquidated at the hands of a weak pope in a 14th century tale of corporate greed.
For 300 years, the Vikings were the most feared and brutal warriors. Yet surprisingly, their empire collapsed. Why? Extensive archaeological evidence and modern investigative technologies shed light on these seafaring Scandinavians.
They called her the Virgin Queen England's first Queen Elizabeth, a revered ruler in her own lifetime. Yet behind her fame lie many dark secrets, and an unsolved mystery Why didn't the queen marry and provide an heir to the throne? For centuries, rumors have swirled of claims of illegitimacy, adultery and even that the queen may not have been a woman. Now NGC reveals the startling stories and secrets behind England's Virgin Queen.
While Bernie Madoff sits in jail for his multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme, the U.S. Marshals Service auctions off thousands of items from his New York homes. Up on the auction block: a $350,000 diamond ring, rare Persian rugs, a 1917 Steinway piano and thousands of other items seized by the U.S. government. The money made at auction then goes into the Asset Forfeiture Program, which aids victims of white-collar crimes.
The world's oldest profession is now a thriving black market economy, with an underground workforce that's just an Internet connection and a phone call away. National Geographic's Mariana van Zeller journeys to the heart of the American escort industry and uncovers the gritty reality behind the supply and demand of high-end sex work.
We've been doing it since we first walked the Earth. It gives us pleasure and it gives us life. But how much do you know about how sex works? Now, National Geographic Channel takes a fascinating look at one of the world's most popular pastimes: sex. Through gripping real-life stories and simulations, we journey from first times to playing the field, and all the way to humankind's ultimate goal, procreation. We'll learn anything and everything you've ever wondered about sex.
Elite crime fighters from across the globe take on dangerous operations that local police can't handle. NGC follows former British special forces agent Chris Ryan as he embeds with a battalion of Rio de Janeiro's military police. The squad's specialty is crime fighting in the city's slums, where they face violent gangs who control a vast drug-dealing network. After a dramatic shootout in the city streets, the squad succeeds in forcing the gangs to flee and breaking their drug-dealing operations
Meet a new breed of law enforcement: elite crime fighters from across the globe who take on dangerous operations that local police can't handle. NGC follows former British special forces agent Chris Ryan as he embeds for one week with the Junglas, Colombia's police unit tasked with disrupting the extensive cocaine trade. He will enter the heart of the jungle using explosives to destory a working drug lab.
NGC follows former British Special Forces agent Chris Ryan as he embeds with the Magav, an elite Israeli police squad specializing in undercover work against terrorists. Chris is granted unique access to this unit, and after a week's worth of intense training, joins the Magav on a mission to bring down a notorious drug dealer. During the operation Chris learns to appreciate the difficulties of policing a country whose Palestinian population are hostile to the national police force.
Shadow Soldiers introduces you to a new breed of law enforcement: elite crime fighters from across the globe who take on dangerous operations that local police can't handle. NGC follows former British Special Forces agent Chris Ryan as he travels to some of the most dangerous places in the world and is embedded for one week with operatives on the front lines of the global war on crime.
Follow former British Special Forces agent Chris Ryan as he travels to some of the most dangerous places in the world and is embedded for one week with operatives on the front lines of the global war on crime. Chris joins Mexico's Policia Federal. Made up of some of the toughest cops in the world, the force is responsible for taking on the city's ruthless drug cartels. During his week of training, Chris undertakes one his most intense training exercises yet: storming hijacked 727 airliner.
Chris Ryan travels to Sri Lanka to meet and train with the country's elite police unit, the STF or Special Task Force. During his visit Sri Lankan towns in the east and the north were under the daily threat of suicide bombers and terrorist attacks from the Tamil Tigers, a terrorist group seeking a separate Tamil state on the island. The STF took on the task of clamping down on this terror wave. Ride along as Chris Ryan spends a week with a small STF unit training in counter-insurgency. He learns the squad's weaponry, the local landscape and joins a team on a mission into the jungle, hoping to flush out a Tiger squad thought to be operating in the area.
In the final days of the Cocos Island expedition, the Shark Men tag the ever elusive hammerheads. Racing the clock, the team resorts to everything from midnight fishing to swimming with sharks. And at a moment when teamwork is vital, the crew and the equipment break down: the crane dies, and Denny disappears. With only hours to go to implant the crucial tags, will the Shark Men hold together?
For the first time, the Shark Men tag elusive hammerheads at Costa Ricas Cocos Island, but the pressure on the team has the men turning against each other. Lead scientist Pete Klimley and his second in command Alex Hearn, clash in a screaming match that comes close to an all out fist fight. Pete also goes viral on Expedition Leader Chris and Captain Brett setting an anxious undertone throughout the crew.
The Shark Men divide and conquer to get the job done, but that approach causes some safety issues. While divers scout for hammerheads, Todd is off by himself and hooks a giant tiger shark. The divers' support boats rush over to assist Todd leaving the lead scientist alone in dangerous waters The tense episode is the start of a growing divide between the anglers and scientists on priorities and protocol.
Under the cloak of darkness, shark finning poachers boldly enter Cocos Island's protective waters and this is the first time the Shark Men have on-board security in case there's a confrontation. Under tense conditions, the team's main species for tagging are hammerhead sharks. Because of their bigger fins, they are a highly sought after species for slaughter.
Each week, the very best American companies do battle with their prize products. Super strength bomb-proof glass faces off against the extremely powerful waterjet. A vacuum truck capable of pulling 360 cubic feet per minute tackles the 22,000 pound electro-lift magnet. Fireproof fabric takes on a scorching hot, military torch. Who will win the showdown each week?
The very best American companies go to battle with their prized products. Super strength bomb-proof glass faces off against the extremely powerful water jet. A vacuum truck capable of sucking up 360 cubic feet of air per minute tackles the 22,000 pound electro lift magnet. Fireproof fabric takes on a scorching hot military torch. Who will win the Showdown of the Unbeatables?
Since the ancient Greeks and Romans started storing wine in ceramic vases, packaging has evolved to withstand plane crashes, outwit shoplifters, and reduce landfill trash. Packaging made from corn and rice may point the way to a cleaner future.
Each of us was the grand prize in an ultimate reality competition, the amazing race a sperm makes on the road to fertilization. Millions of sperm compete while overcoming armies of antibodies, treacherous terrain and impossible odds to reach their single-minded goal. To illustrate the full weight of the challenge, Sizing Up Sperm uses real people to represent 250 million sperm on their marathon quest to be first to reach a single egg.
Slang has been around longer than you might thinkwe've been calling a house a "crib" since the 1500's. But for most of its life, slang has been "dissed"banished to the fringes of language, considered unworthy of serious study. Until now. Join us on a blizzard-paced, A-to-Z tour of slang, from the amusingly outdated to the very latest. With the help of lively and renowned language experts, hilarious person-on-the street commentary and dazzling graphics, NGC will truly bring language to life!
Deep in the heart of the Smoky Mountains exists one of the wildest, toughest, most dangerous ways to make a living in America -- the hunt for wild ginseng. In the secluded towns of Andrews and Robbinsville, North Carolina, our six week ginseng hunting season is a way of life and with the price of ginseng at a seasonal time high, the hunt has never been more intense. This week, thunderstorms soak the Smoky Mountains and while most sensible folks would call it a day and seek shelter, our ginsengers know that the end of their season is right around the corner so not a day can be wasted. Our teams will ignore the severe weather warnings and march on into the most isolated peaks and hollows of North Carolina in order to find some seng.
With the Ginseng season in full swing, four teams of relentless hunters are challenged by ancient trails explored by native Cherokee and early settlers. In the rugged peaks and hollows of the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina, the sengers have run ins poisonous timber rattlesnakes, widowmakers and more. They compete against time, the mountains and their rivals in the hunt.
This week, frost threatens the Great Smoky Mountains and, while locals seek refuge indoors, our sengers know that there are precious few days left to dig. The teams challenge each other to keep going as they venture deeper into the most isolated corners of North Carolina to find the elusive root.
It's the beginning of a new ginseng season in the Great Smoky Mountains, and four top teams set out on the perilous hunt for the highly valuable but extremely elusive root: white Panax Ginseng. Led by Ricky "The Legend" Reece, Carl "The Goat" Bateman, "The Ranger" Cody White and "Young Gun" J.R. Parker, these hardcore mountain folk strike out on a treasure hunt for 6 weeks trying to dig more ginseng than anyone else and make top dollar for their troubles. For some men, like Cody "The Ranger" and the J.R. "Young Gun," the hunt can financially make or break their year. For others, like Ricky "The Legend" Reece and his arch rival Carl "The Goat" Bateman, ginseng is their very identity, but there can only be one King of the Mountains. After a season plagued with misfortune last year, The Legend wants to regain his long standing title as champion and restore his reputation by digging more ginseng than he has ever done before; but The Goat and the rest of the teams will do everything they can to take the title. In addition to fierce competition from other Ginseng hunters, the teams will struggle with poachers, rocky and treacherous terrain, as well as natural predators indigenous to the Smoky Mountains.
Deep in the heart of the Smoky Mountains exists one of the wildest, toughest, most dangerous ways to make a living in America--the hunt for wild ginseng. This week, winter is closing in and with the end of the season nearing, the price of ginseng is skyrocketing. Diggers are desperate to make their season goals--even if it means compromising allegiances. The teams challenge each other to keep going as they venture into some of the most isolated corners of North Carolina to fill their pockets with ginseng root.
In the hills of Appalachia, Pentecostal pastors Jamie Coots and Andrew Hamblin struggle to keep an over-100-year-old tradition alive: the practice of handling deadly snakes in church. Jamie and Andrew believe in a bible passage that suggests a poisonous snakebite will not harm them as long as they are anointed by God’s power. If they don’t practice the ritual of snake handling, they believe they are destined for hell. Hunting the surrounding mountains for deadly serpents and maintaining their church’s snake collection is a way of life for both men. The pastors must frequently battle the law, a disapproving society, and even at times their own families to keep their way of life alive.
At the highest reaches of the rainforest live some of the world's most unusual and least understood creatures snakes that glide through the air without wings, as well as elusive creatures known as "flying lemurs." Two scientists take us into the canopy of the Malaysian jungle to explore this mysterious world of gliders where flight is critical to their survival.
Selling guns to snipers is all in a day's work for one small-town Tennessee family. Ronnie, the designer and businessman at the helm of Barrett firearms manufacturing, and his two children are responsible for creating the M107 sniper rifle. The world's first semi-automatic .50 caliber rifle, the M107's power and precision allow snipers to destroy multiple targets from more than two football fields away. NGC goes inside this family of firearm "rock stars" to follow the production of rifles- fr
Today, more than 80,000 Americans are in solitary confinement. Explorer looks at the science of solitary and discovers what it means to be absolutely alone. We go inside Colorado State Penitentiary (CSP) and witness prisoners on the edge and the guards who watch over them. Then, we look at experiments on whether isolation dramatically alters behavior and ongoing new research on how solitary actually could cause long-term mental problems like paranoia, disorientation and delirium.
Sullivan County, Tenn., is being terrorized by the designer drug known as bath salts. The drug has a laundry list of side effects, most notably paranoia and extreme aggression, making users unpredictable and dangerous. Sheriff's deputies and detectives are on the hunt for a man who allegedly assaulted his girlfriend and father under the influence of the drugs, and his erratic behavior makes for a difficult arrest.
Sullivan County, Tenn., known as the birthplace of country music, and Ashe County, N.C., are two counties located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Appalachia. With a combined population of fewer than 200,000, both small counties have their local charm, but also their share of hardships. Methamphetamine and prescription drug addiction account for a large portion of local crime. In order to keep the peace, local law enforcement takes a tough love approach to their work.
Within ten days, three pharmacies are robbed of prescription pain-killers. Sheriff's deputies and detectives try to determine if a single suspect is responsible for all three robberies. The thief gets away with tablets of prescription pain-killers including Oxycontin, nicknamed "hillbilly heroin." In Ashe County, North Carolina, deputies defuse a domestic incident when a man becomes belligerent with authorities after allegedly drinking mouthwash containing alcohol.
As Felix Baumgartner broke the world record for a free fall jump from
higher than 120,000 feet in space—becoming the first person to free fall
while breaking the sound barrier—the National Geographic Channel and
BBC detailed every second with more than 20 cameras. The footage will
be combined with exclusive behind-the-scenes access following
Baumgartner's four-year metamorphosis from an elite BASE jumper to an
extreme altitude specialist who can think and act like an astronaut.
Space: the final frontier for an out-of-this-world summer vacation! Space tourism will literally revolutionize our view of the world, and some of the world's leading scientists and engineers are working at light speed to bust the industry wide open. One company is already developing a luxury space tourist resort boasting sea-view rooms complete with a panorama of all the world's oceans.
In the true story of Spartacus, you'll discover how one man, fueled by a desire for his own freedom, led a revolution against the Roman Empire and became a hero even more compelling than the legend Hollywood created.
During 1962s Cuban Missile Crisis, the world came close to nuclear war. At the height of this crisis, President Kennedy turned to secret intelligence to learn about the Soviets strategy. These secrets were provided by Soviet Colonel Oleg Penkovsky, one of the most effective and highest-ranking Soviet officials ever to spy for the West. Now, declassified CIA transcripts and unique access to KGB archives reveal how the KGB suspected Penkovsky of being a traitor.
NGC delves into the life of superspy and physicist Klaus Fuchs, who provided nuclear bomb secrets to the Soviet Union, launching the world on the path of nuclear proliferation. A German refugee, Fuchs helped the United States create the worlds first nuclear bomb during World War II. In 1945, he helped the Soviets secure the complete blueprint of the Nagasaki A-bomb. Drawing on recently released top secret files, NGC reveals how Fuchs was finally brought to justice.
NGC takes viewers inside the quest to build one of the worlds most powerful weapons and the man who tried to stop it. As the Cold War intensified, the pursuit of the hydrogen bomb obsessed the Soviets and Americans. Both superpowers raced to create an explosion 1,000 times greater than that in Hiroshima. In the early 1950s, Robert Oppenheimer, the father of the U.S. atomic bomb, was horror-struck by this potential weapon and tried to stop its development.
For the fourth time, Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) returns to television, and for the first time ever, it will also air on National Geographic Channel. Executive produced by Emmy-winning producer Joel Gallen and Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow, the show will deliver one-of-a-kind performances from top recording artists and celebrities from film and television. The broadcast includes powerful patient stories illustrating the remarkable progress SU2C has made in cancer research.
Once, the idea of a lost world under the sea was the stuff of legend, but now scientists are rediscovering a sunken land and piecing together the lives of the people who lived there. In Northern Europe, a huge area known as Doggerland disappeared beneath the waves and has remained underwater ever since. But evidence of this lost land is starting to emerge. In this two-hour special, learn why archaeologists believe Stone Age Europeans lived on this land and pioneered an advanced culture.
In 1859, a huge solar storm hit Earth with tremendous force, wiping out what were then modern communications across the world. Experts believe that if a storm on the same scale were to happen again, it could destroy us. As scientists prepare for another solar storm of apocalyptic proportions, see how evidence extracted from Arctic ice cores contains a chilling record of the 1859 event. If it happened again, what would it mean for our modern world?
It's just past midnight in the Seattle suburbs, and illegal street races are about to go into high gear. For the undercover cops who face off against hundreds of drivers, it's a high-stakes game of cat and mouse that can end in death for racers, who speed through residential streets at up to 120 mph.
Brothers and world record strength champions Craig and Paul Pumphrey challenge the legendary strongmen in the Basque country of Spain - whose unusual feats of strength are derived from everyday tasks needed for survival in this rugged land. They train with Basque strongman Ernesto Ezpeleta, world champion wood chopper, and are whipped into shape learning the techniques that can mean the difference between victory and defeat.
The Battle at Gallipoli was one of the bloodiest and most controversial campaigns of World War I. Now, for the first time ever and more than 10 years after its discovery, scientists are able to fully explore the battle's largest intact relic: the AE2 submarine.
Of all the archaeological sites in Egypt that may still yield ancient treasure, perhaps the richest is the Nile River. Enormous boats navigated the river's perilous waters loaded with monumental items, obelisks and riches for the pharaoh's royal temples. The question remains ... what lost treasures could modern technology reveal at the bottom of the Nile? Join the archeological search to locate and extract these lost artifacts that could unlock some of the mysteries of Egyptian history.
The American Military's most advanced weapon - the Nuclear Powered Aircraft Carrier is about to take on the 21st Century with the most significant technological change in over 50 years. Join us on an exclusive, behind the scenes journey of the development and testing of EMALS, the electro magnetic aircraft launch system that will be state of the art on the US Navy's new class of Aircraft Carriers.
Imagine accelerating from 0 to 128 mph in 3.5 seconds and then hurtling over a 45-story building in a go-kart. You crest a hill, experience weightlessness and then G forces plaster you to your seat. As the ride ends, dopamine floods your brain. Every rollercoaster conspires with physics, geometry and precision engineering to jump start your brain chemistry and shake up your basic instincts. Why do we get such a rush out of roller coasters? What will the next generation of Supercoasters unleash?
Supertankers are crossing oceans with enough Liquid Natural Gas, a cleaner burning but volatile fuel, to power a major city for a day. Examine the safety and engineering challenges involved in building these 75,000-ton vessels.
Zip up your military flight suit, strap on your protective headgear and get ready to experience the rush of an F/A-18 being launched off the world's most advanced nuclear-powered aircraft carrier in Supercarrier: USS Ronald Reagan. A ship nearly as long as the Empire State building is tall, yet able to speed through the water at more than 30 knots, or 35 miles per hour, this floating American territory is one of the most complex machines on earth.
It is a giant among fish. Few have filmed it in the wild. For marine biologist and wildlife cameraman Rick Rosenthal, documenting the bluefin became the ultimate challenge. Rosenthal sets off to uncover the secrets of the legendary bluefin tuna, while documenting its place in the grand scheme of the vast marine ecosystem. Capable of weighing in at 1,500 pounds, spanning 10 feet and swimming up to 50 miles per hour in a range from one end of the North Atlantic to the other.
Explore the stories behind the biggest storm to hit New York in living memory. How a freak combination of natural events led to life-changing experiences for those in its path -- the YouTube generation who watched trees being uprooted, cars swept away and whole neighborhoods on fire. We take apart the science behind this massive clash of weather systems, showing what happens when a tropical hurricane slams into a freezing cold front, over the most densely populated region in America. Is it just the start of a nightmare scenario facing the world's population, in a changing climate?
Survival instructor and wilderness guide Hazen Audel travels to some of the world's most remote tribal communities to learn how they have survived for thousands of years in the planet's toughest environments. Hazen joins tribes in the rainforests of Ecuador, the Kalahari Desert of Namibia, a remote island in the Pacific Ocean, the mountains of western Mongolia, the frozen Arctic of Canada, and in equatorial Kenya to learn firsthand the skills and traditions of these masters of survival.
Australian adventurers Cas & Jonesy battle alligators, deadly snakes, fatigue and each other in search of a lost trail through Georgia's infamous Okefenokee Swamp. The fearless world-record-setting duo have conquered the South Pole and crossed the treacherous Tasman Sea in a kayak, but tackling the Okefenokee brings new and unfamiliar challenges. Hostile spirits - the ghosts of long-dead Native Americans - are said by the locals to roam dark corners of the wetlands and Cas and Jonesy must go.
The Sims family comes to Z.E.R.T. to better prepare for the breakdown of society during civil unrest. Through a series of lessons culminating in a final test, family head Charlie must guide and protect his family using the skills they learn. Single mother Stevie fears for her son's safety in the aftermath of a super volcano. She travels to Z.E.R.T. to refine her survival skills. During a volcanic fallout simulation, her knowledge and abilities are put to the test.
We've taken you around the world exploring behaviors and lifestyles
that are acceptable in some cultures but forbidden, illegal or reviled
in others. But this season, we're looking in our own backyard. Taboo USA goes behind the closed doors and picket fences of America’s most normal looking homes to find a fringe few that can only be described as... taboo. And we're showcasing those willing to push the boundaries of taste, societal acceptance; those obsessive about their hobbies, their relationships, and their lifestyles.
November 2002. The fully laden oil supertanker Prestige starts to break-up in heavy seas off of the northwest coast of Spain.Inevitably, in pounding seas, the Prestige splits in two and sinks, creating one of the world's worst oil spill crisis. This filmreveals the extraordinary consequences of the spill and the ultimately successful recovery of much of the remaining oil from unprecedented depths. Could this terrible tragedy have been caused by a "rogue wave"?
The introduction of tanks has drastically reinvented the way wars are fought and has often been one of the greatest causes for victory. Weighing 70 tons, a tank has the power to strike a moving target nearly 2 miles away, punch through 2.5 feet of steel,and has evolved to contain laser technology and thermal vision. Join NGC as Tanks: Machines of War chronicles the progression of this killing machine from its early beginnings to its present status as the supreme armored fighting vehicle.
The idea of an injury that never disappears, that disfigures or leaves a permanent mark would be taboo to most people. Yet in some cultures, elaborate scars are considered beautiful. For tribesmen in remote Papua New Guinea, they are a sign of a boy's courageous entry into manhood, and they believe the only way to achieve that special status is by enduring one of the most painful initiations ever conceived: imagine being sliced a thousand times to replicate a crocodile's scales on your back.
When the twin rovers Spirit and Opportunity touched down on Mars in January 2004, they were expected to drive a few hundred yards and last ninety days. Seven-plus years later, the hardy robots have proven to be two of the greatest explorers of the Space Age, trekking miles across hostile deserts, climbing mountains, scrambling in and out of craters, and cheating death many times. Now comes the sad news that while Opportunity continues to roll, Spirit has reached the end of the road. Death of a Mars Rover tells the epic story of Spirit and Opportunity, and the desperate effort to save Spirit after she drove into a quicksand trap and then fell silent over a year ago.
When the twin rovers Spirit and Opportunity touched down on Mars in January 2004, they were expected to drive a few hundred yards and last 90 days. But scientists were wrong; the hardy robots proved to be two of the greatest explorers of the Space Age. Now, 10 years later, one rover is down, but the other refuses to die and continues to send back stunning images and exciting new scientific information. As newer rovers continue to land on the alien planet, we look back at this remarkable journey.
We worked out, worked harder, played harder and consumed more—because the 1980s was the decade when we went forward to the future. Despite its reputation for bad hair and loud clothing, the ‘80s was a big, bold time, and just about everything about the era, from the politics and technological innovations to the blockbuster movies, TV shows, and “to the max” fashions, continues to shape the world we live in today.
The '90s: The Last Great Decade? revisits the decade through "inside out" storytelling and analysis via 120 original interviews—from unsung heroes behind the decade's most riveting stories to the biggest names in politics, tech, movies and music. They reveal a decade of highs and lows: Bill Clinton swept into office on the promise of change; we all made new "Friends"; the LA Riots kept us glued to our TVs; Nirvana gave Generation X a voice but everyone danced the Macarena; and "The Real World" and Jerry Springer changed the television programming landscape. With a star-studded cast of actors, eyewitnesses, politicians and celebrity interviewees, The '90s tells the story of 10 years before boom turned into bust; 10 years when the Web was wide open; 10 years before global terror hit hard.
Mike and Megan are a couple visiting Cinderland for the first time. While Megan feels enriched by her experience, Mike is uncomfortable and is pushed to his limits by the self-proclaimed prophet. Ultimately Jezus splits the couple apart, as Megan chooses Cinderland over Mike. Meanwhile the frame of the Ark is complete and painting has begun.
In this episode, Jezus works to build the faith of the few remaining tribe members he has. He orders his people to begin the work of building the first 48-foot Ark, of what will eventually be a 20-Ark armada. But before construction can begin, the Tribe needs to obtain the materials and figure out how they will get them into their jungle community. With the help of a trusted friend, the materials are set to be delivered to Cinderland. As the tribe works tirelessly to clear a road for the materials delivery, one member protests by clinging to a tree in order to keep it from being cut down. How will Jezus maintain his authority and keep the faith of his followers in the face of defiance?
The Tribe begins work on the first Ark, of what will be a 20 ark-armada. Jezus and his tribe believe this first 48-foot Ark will serve as a beacon to the world, inviting anyone who wishes to join the Tribe on its mission to save humanity. Jezus is looking to find new followers, and tests those at Cinderland to see who is truly worthy of joining him on the Ark.
Jezus is the leader of Cinderland, an off-the-grid community attempting to be totally self-sustainable. But is he prophet carrying a message from God? Jezus believes that on Feb 5th, 2016 the waters will rise and a great flood will wipe out the earth. The people of Cinderland must build an Ark. He believes they are the chosen people who will survive the apocalypse and begin a new civilization. But a failed attempt to launch a prototype ark and conflict with a newcomer test Jezus' leadership. Can he maintain faith in himself in the face of adversity? Can they even get the prototype on the water?
It was the bloodiest battle in human history: 20,000 killed in one day, most within the first hour. NGC takes you onto the slaughterfield of the Great War: The Somme, 1916, where almost certain death is only moments away.
Mary Surratt was the only woman convicted in Lincoln's assassination, the first female to be executed by the U.S. government and now the basis for Robert Redford's film "The Conspirator." NGC presents a complementary documentary on her role in the 16th president's death. The Plot to Kill Lincoln: The Conspirator weaves together excerpts from the movie with historical records and expert interviews to tell the dramatic story.
While unearthing a 150-year-old skeleton in a Denver public park, Dr. Michelle Hamilton and her team are struck by the size of his bones and visible injuries. To find out if the broken nose, grooved teeth or trauma to the legs and feet hold any clues, Dr. Xanthe Mallet consults with Deputy Coroner Michelle Weiss-Samaras. Initially, they think he's an East Asian cowboy, but after having some Wild West myths dispelled by historian Tom Noel, they focus on other 19th-century Denver vocations.
It was one of the greatest heists of the ancient world: A group of thieves broke into the treasure-rich tomb of King Amenemhat III who was buried in one of the most complex pyramid vaults ever designed and made away with a fortune. Pulling a job of this scale would have taken the expertise and manpower seen in Hollywood blockbusters, so how did these looters get past the security defenses of a pyramid known as the Fort Knox of ancient Egypt?
The Final Report looks back at the notorious 1971 revolt in New York States Attica Prison, where 1,200 inmates took 39 hostages during a four-day standoff. How did these events result in the death of 29 inmates and 10 hostages?
March 31, 2004. Insurgents in Fallujah ambush an American convoy, killing four civilian contractors, further prompting an angry mob to set the vehicles ablaze and mutilate the corpses. The entire gruesome episode is captured on tape, horrifying the American public and sparking national controversy over the role of private contractors in war zones. Now, Battle for Fallujah documents how the U.S. military's subsequent attempts to destroy the insurgency in Fallujah resulted in increasing chaos.
As former First Lady Hillary Clinton continues her quest for the White House, The Final Report looks back at the most troubling days of his presidency. Were his actions criminal and did they warrant the series of events they unleashed? Now, with the perspective only time can offer, hear from White House staff and members of Congress on this front-page scandal and its impact years later.
April 20, 1999. Littleton, Colorado. Two students go on a murderous rampage at Columbine High School, killing 12 students and one teacher, before committing suicide. Go behind the scenes to see how and why this tragedy unfolded.
Retrace each step of the Washington, D.C. snipers as they stalked their prey, toyed with police and sent waves of fear through the community. Deconstruct the events of those frightful weeks and the intense police struggle to stop the killers.
Find out how U.S. military strategy in the First Gulf War helped shape the situation in Iraq today. What factors influenced the decision to halt the fighting, allowing Saddam Hussein to remain in power?
Revisit the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill that dumped 11 million gallons of oil into Prince William Sound with significant impact on the Alaskan environment and economy. Follow the massive cleanup and see the outcome of the most studied spill in history.
When John Gotti emerged as head of the Gambino crime family, the media took notice of this charismatic new boss who was tried several times but never convicted. NGC revisits Gotti's rise to power and why it took the feds so long to bring him down.
Responsible for more murders than another other serial killer in the U.S., The Final Report tells the story of Gary Ridgway, the "Green River Killer" responsible for the brutal murders of more than 40 prostitutes in Seattle. Using rarely-seen confession tapes, interviews with authorities involved, explore the investigation and see how Ridgway was able to avoid authorities. Examine the 2001 DNA evidence that reveals via science how authorities now have hard evidence of Ridgways guilt.
On March 26, 1997, San Diego police discovered 39 bodies in an affluent neighborhood home. The Final Report goes behind the scenes of one of the largest mass suicides committed on U.S. soil to investigate. Hear the actual 911 call from an anonymous tipper, testimony from police officers central to the investigation and statements from former cult and family members who lost loved ones in this tragic event. Then watch eerie footage of cult members last days.
In November 1978, the Rev. Jim Jones becomes infamous for leading 913 people to their deaths. Those who died were members of the People's Temple living in a remote community in Jonestown, Guyana, in South America. When officials arrive to remove the dead, they discover tubs of grape-flavored Kool-Aid laced with cyanide. Was it mass murder or mass suicide? Did Jones's followers believe they would become symbolic martyrs, or were lies and intimidation used to prevent people from leaving?
Riots erupt in Los Angeles after four white police officers are acquitted of beating black motorist Rodney King. Why wasn't the city prepared? How did the LAPD lose control of the streets? Where was the National Guard?
New York, New York. The 1980s. Five powerful mob families, known as the Commission, have a stronghold on some of the country's biggest businesses. State and federal authorities embark on the most ambitious investigation of its kind to end decades of the mob's terror and corruption. Get an in-depth look at how authorities risked their lives gathering shocking evidence to bring each of the five families to justice.
On a spring morning in Oklahoma City, Timothy McVeigh parked a Ryder truck outside the Alfred P. Murrah federal building. Moments later the truck exploded. Follow the planning and execution of this American tragedy.
On a remote ridge in northern Idaho, a surveillance operation leads to a military-like siege on the home of Randy Weaver. After an 11-day standoff, three people are dead: a federal agent, Weaver's wife and 14-year-old son.
Get the inside story of the government's assault on the Branch Davidian compound, including the cult's armed stand-off and personal crusade against the U.S. government. Why did this religious sect have hundreds of unregistered fully automatic weapons?
On May 28, 1972, five burglars - many of them ex-CIA agents - broke into the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate complex in Washington, D.C., to plant listening devices. It was the beginning of a political scandal that led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon. The Final Report peels back the layers of the Nixon administration's two-year struggle to contain the scandal at any cost.
In A.D. 312 the Roman emperor Constantine claimed he saw a brilliant light in the sky that convinced him to convert to Christianity and changed the course of history in the Western world forever. Now, scientists believe they may have tracked down the source of this mysterious vision.
As depicted in Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman's recent film Australia, conflict between the white man and the aboriginals has plagued the country's history. Now, in The First Australians, we take a comprehensive look at the tumultuous past. We begin in 1788 when the British colonized Sydney, followed soon after by a smallpox outbreak that wiped out much of the aboriginal population. As the British population rose, the aboriginals were forced from their land, sparking deadly battles between
He was called the King of the Jews, believed to be a Messiah and just before Passover, the Romans beheaded him and crucified many of his followers. But his name was not Jesus it was Simon, a self-proclaimed Messiah who died four years before Christ was born. Now, new analysis of a three-foot-tall stone tablet from the first century B.C., being hailed by scholars as a Dead Sea Scroll on stone, speaks of an early Messiah and his resurrection. Was Simon of Peraea real? Did his life serve as
Twinkle spontaneously bleeds from her eyes as well as her head, hands and other body parts -- though there is no visible source or injury to explain it. Some say a bad omen has been cast, others think she is possessed, and yet others think it could be self-inflicted. Hoping for a breakthrough, Twinkle and her mother put their faith in a top American blood specialist who is flying to India to investigate her extraordinary case.
Lakshmi Tatma was born with four arms and four legs, but also carries a rare parasitic conjoined twin that could kill her. Go behind the scenes of this complex operation and the media firestorm that makes Lakshmi famous throughout the world.
In 2008, NGC premiered the story of Lakshmi Tatma, the 2-year-old girl with eight limbs, and her family's controversial decision to remove four of them. Villagers in her small town in India believe she is cursed and that a public exorcism is necessary to lift the curse. We'll follow the family's struggle to win back their neighbors' favor and ensure that Lakshmi lives a physically and psychologically healthy life.
She is believed to be one of the best-preserved mummies in history Rosalia, a lifelike 2-year old girl encased in a glass-topped casket for over 90 years. Amazingly, her skin and delicate curls of hair remain intact. But Rosalia and the other mummies deep in the catacombs of Palermo, Italy, have started to show signs of decay. Now, a team of scientists are fighting to preserve her remains. To save Rosalia, they'll need to decipher the technique of her conservation.
For centuries, his name has been synonymous with treachery and he's one of the most hated men in history: Judas Iscariot. Hidden for nearly 2,000 years, an ancient gospel emerges from the sands of Egypt. It tells a different story of Christ's betrayal. This time, the villain is the hero. The race is on as a dream team of biblical detectives set out to determine whether or not 'the Gospel of Judas' is a fake before it crumbles into dust. Does it contain an authentic account or ancient heresy?
"The Gospel of Judas" is of one of the most important finds in biblical archaeology. Hidden for nearly 1,700 years, the document presents a new account of the life of Jesus. But can its authenticity be verified?
Between the subjects youthful looks, athleticism, massive internal injuries and reconstructive surgeryincluding metal rods and screws in his spine and right thighand the way he aggressively rides his wave-runner, the team can only ask one question: How could he not be a war veteran or stuntman? Bill visits a Hollywood stunt coordinator to learn more; Natalie, suspecting an improvised explosive device in Iraq or Afghanistan, meets with a top neurosurgeon to determine the severity.
An elite forensic team, made up of Dr. Natalie Shirley, a forensic anthropologist; Dr. Dan Shapiro, a Harvard-trained psychologist; and Bill Erfurth, an ex-Miami Dade cop, watch surveillance footage of a young man eating junk foodthey name him Fast Food Freddie. Using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), X-rays and medical records, they discover his height, weight and the fact that hes very fit. They also find evidence of a wide array of injuries, including broken ribs and a broken nose.
The team watches covert surveillance footage of a man walking into what appears to be a music venue after signing an autograph. They then analyze body scans and notice a possible broken jaw, a damaged knee and a broken nose, which, together with photos of facial cuts and evidence of hearing loss, make them think hes either a boxer or a hard-partying rock star.
Burger Betty is first seen in a surveillance video eating a hamburger in a diner in what appears to be Texas. The subjects MRI reveals some serious pelvic injuriesmultiple fractures held in place by metal inserts. She also appears to have dead tissue on her toes, which the team thinks could be a result of frostbite. Bill investigates the demands of extreme winter sports to determine a source of the injuries.
With nothing but footage of a slim female in her early 30swho appears to be at a yoga or dance classand a body scan revealing a broken pelvis, a damaged knee and some very squashed toes, the team sets out to profile and identify the subject. Natalie investigates the effects of ballet as a possible cause, while Dan suspects shes a gymnast. Bill visits a crash-test facility to see if the injuries could be collision-related, but he hits a dead end.
Illusionists Barry and Stuart set about making the unbelievable believable to the unsuspecting residents of towns across the UK and America. Using magic, misdirection and suggestion, they slowly create a rumour amongst the town folk that something extraordinary is happening in the quiet place they call home. Creating a whirlwind of press interest and buzz among the town's unsuspecting residents they go about creating weird and wonderful stories similar to a movie experience as ghosts, alien invasions, vampires and a secret psychic army take over.
Three people unwittingly become subjects in a Good Samaritan test as experts and the audience try to predict which will help a stranger in deep peril. When a man seemingly finds himself in debt and in physical danger at a casino, the test subjects are asked to decide whether to bail out the man or leave him in the hands of a thuggish casino pit boss. With on-camera experts, the audience predicts which of the subjects will fly to the rescue and which will leave the stranger to his own devices.
On the most diverse street in the most diverse city in the most diverse country in the world, a team of National Geographic scientists will swab the cheeks of some 200 random New Yorkers. The goal: to retrace our ancestral footprints and prove we are all cousins in the "family of man." Join geneticist Spencer Wells and a team of technicians from National Geographic's Genographic Project as they trace the human journey through time and space, from our origins in the heart of Africa to the ends of the world. Cutting edge science, coupled with a cast of New Yorkers - each with their own unique genetic history - will help paint a picture of these amazing journeys. Ultimately, The Human Family Tree answers some of humanity's most burning questions, such as who we are and where we come from, and forces us to change how we think not only about our relationships with our neighbors, but ourselves.
Regardless of race, nationality or religion, all of us can trace our ancient origin back to the cradle of humanity, East Africa. National Geographic Channel sets out to trace the ancestral footsteps of all humanity. Narrated by Kevin Bacon, The Human Family Tree travels to one of the most diverse corners of the world -- Queens, N.Y. -- to demonstrate how we all share common ancestors who embarked on very different journeys.
At the end of World War II, Adolf Hitler faced the reality of defeat and committed suicide. Then his body mysteriously disappeared. The FBI spent years tracking false leads and sightings of Hitler. What happened to the German leader's remains?
He was the most feared man in Iraq and a grave threat to the U.S. military there. Leaving a bloody trail of beheadings, bombings and kidnappings, Abu Musab Al Zarqawi was one of the world's most wanted terrorists who tested the skill and determination ofthe most elite warriors in the U.S. Military. From his humble beginnings as a street thug in Jordan, to his rise to a terrorist mastermind, The Hunt for Zarqawi is a story of betrayal, bloodshed and frustration which ultimately ends with his demise.
Roses are red, violets are blue, when animals go crazy, Dr. Pol knows what to do. For Dr. Pol, Valentine's Day means flipping a cow upside down to fix his stomach, de-worming a champion goose, and curing the relentless cough of Zev, the Siberian Huskie. Now, that's love. Inspired by Zev the huskie, Charles takes a shot at driving a sled dog team, but realizes that mushing isn't as easy as it seems. Meanwhile, Dr. Brenda dehorns a group of loud, but loveable pygmy goat babies.
After a long, cold winter, the animals of Isabella County are getting testy. Dr. Pol and Charles head out on a farm call to treat an angry bull with a deadly case of bloat. Dr. Pol must act quickly, or the bloat could block the bull's diaphragm and lead to death. Back at the clinic, a cat injured while birthing kittens inspires Charles to volunteer at HATS, the Humane Animal Treatment Society, whose goal is to keep the animal population in check by way of spaying and neutering animals.
The first signs of summer are gradually creeping across central Michigan and Pol Veterinary Services is in full swing. Dr. Pol and Charles head to Gross Dairy Farm for an emergency call to help a feisty cow with a twisted stomach and a foul stench. Back at the clinic, Dr. Pol examines Ginger the goat and suspects it might have polio. Dr. Brenda receives an emergency farm call of her own -- a new heifer at Delbert Garrett's farm has a prolapsed uterus and is still straining post-labor.
It is birthing season in Michigan, which means Dr. Pol and his clinic staff have their hands full. After receiving an emergency calving call, Dr. Pol and Charles discover that a heifer is already in labor -- but is still out in the pasture. So before he can help her, they'll have to catch her! Meanwhile, Dr. Brenda gets an urgent call about a few sick piglets that were recently purchased for a 4-H project, and she must stop this potential pneumonia epidemic before it spreads even further.
As winter drags on Charles, Dr. Pol and the rest of clinic staff brave the frigid temperatures to keep animals healthy in the clinic and on the farm. The first stop is an organic farm where the owner recently lost two calves to a mysterious infection. Across town, Dr. Brenda is called out to visit a 10-month-old horse who has cut his leg badly on a rusty trailer. Later, Dr. Pol and Charles investigate two bizarre cases, both involving birth defects at the opposite ends of two young calves!
Spring is beginning to bloom as the animals begin to run wild. First on the doctor's list is mini-horse, Mateo, whose hormones have kicked in, making him go wild for the mares. The solution is to castrate Mateo to lessen the testosterone, but this turns out to be no ordinary castration. Then, Jezebel the cow is in distress and unable to birth her calf. Dr. Pol and Charles discover that she has milk fever and if not treated quickly enough, could slip into a coma, causing her and her calf to die.
Dr. Pol and Charles start their day by heading out to see a sick ox who has lost weight and is having trouble breathing. After an examination, Dr. Pol finds that the ox's lungs are in bad shape; most likely he's contracted pneumonia and it's so advanced, Dr. Pol is unsure if the animal will make it. Back at the clinic, Dr. Brenda sees Remington, a dog that has accidentally ripped the skin off the top of his back. Meanwhile, Dr. Pol and Charles head off to a farm to fix a castration gone wrong.
With almost 8,000 jumps under his belt, Michael Holmes, a skydiving instructor, planned to jump again- this time from 15,000 ft. in the air- a flight that would change his life forever. Friends watched in horror as both his main and reserve parachutes failed and he plummeted to earth. Witnesses were sure he was dead, but he was found in the bushes- alive, with his helmet camera still rolling. How was this possible?
It's every parent's worst nightmare a car crashes into a father holding his 4-month-old son. In a split second Andrew Leitch's life changed forever. He was walking with his son Hayden in a busy shopping district when a car suddenly plowed into him pinning Andrew to a storefront window while he was cradling the baby in his arms. Miraculously, Andrew and the baby escaped virtually unscathed. Now, Andrew returns to the scene of the accident with police and crash experts.
Imagine crossing the street, minding your own business, and all of a sudden- boom! You are struck by a rolling SUV. Traffic cameras captured it all. A PT Cruiser speeding through a red light at a busy intersection in Dayton, Ohio, collides with an SUV, catapulting it through the air straight at a pedestrian, Scott Tegtmeyer. Witnesses thought for sure he was dead, but after four weeks in a coma, Scott came back from the brink of death and lives to tell his story.
A normal morning on an Ohio highway turns disastrous when 19-year old driver Brennan Eden's car goes airborne. The car barrels down the grassy median and collides with the guardrail. It slams into the center post of the overpass and then explodes into thousands of small pieces. A nearby witness finds Brennan's bloodied and mangled body. Miraculously, he recovers, but he has no memory of the accident and no idea of how he survived.
A normal morning on an Ohio highway turns disastrous when 19-year old driver Brennan Eden's car goes airborne. The car barrels down the grassy median and collides with the guardrail. It slams into the center post of the overpass and then explodes into thousands of small pieces. A nearby witness finds Brennan's bloodied and mangled body. Miraculously, he recovers, but he has no memory of the accident and no idea of how he survived.
Eric Barone is the world's fastest cyclist, holding 10 world speed records. He decides to break the world record one last time before giving up racing. Not surprisingly, Eric takes off and sets a new world record only after 11 seconds! But in a split second, everything changes. Once Eric crosses the finish line, his bike mysteriously breaks into pieces. He smacks into the ground, somersaults several times, loses his helmet and finally lies motionless at the base of the volcano.
A four-day trip to Hawaii turns deadly in a few seconds. Hugh Alexander and his girlfriend Katja go to a remote area to surf giant waves. They tiptoe closer and closer to the edge of a cliff, but suddenly a freak wave crashes right over them, taking Hugh and Katja down instantly. Hugh is washed off the cliff toward the thundering waters and sharp rocks below. Katja manages to keep her grip on the rocks. Hugh, on the other hand, was sucked into a deadly underwater cave, not once, but twice!
A four-day trip to Hawaii turns deadly in a few seconds. Hugh Alexander and his girlfriend Katja go to a remote area to surf giant waves. They tiptoe closer and closer to the edge of a cliff, but suddenly a freak wave crashes right over them, taking Hugh and Katja down instantly. Hugh is washed off the cliff toward the thundering waters and sharp rocks below. Katja manages to keep her grip on the rocks. With no idea what has happened to Hugh, she is rushed to the hospital.
Lions go on attack during feeding time. Robert Bennett, who usually tends to the camels and giraffes, decides to help out with the lions because of a staff shortage that day. He enters the cage and places the meat at the lions' feeding spot. But in a split second, this routine feeding ritual goes horribly wrong. Two young male lions appear right behind him and leap onto him, dragging Robert down with their paws and hooking their teeth into his neck. Despite bloody injuries, he survives.
During a kayak ride down the Chattanooga River with his friends, Rod Baird suddenly flips over. Upside down, he drifts straight toward a rapid and remains stuck underwater in a hole in the middle of a giant rock. Without any chance to free himself, Rod loses consciousness and cannot breathe for seven minutes. But he holds on and is pulled out of the water. Surviving this terrifying experience, Rod sets out for answers.
During a kayak ride down the Chattanooga River with his friends, Rod Baird suddenly flips over. Upside down, he drifts straight toward a rapid and remains stuck underwater in a hole in the middle of a giant rock. Without any chance to free himself, Rod loses consciousness and cannot breathe for seven minutes. But he holds on and is pulled out of the water. Surviving this terrifying experience, Rod sets out for answers.
Jesus Christ is one of the most famous names in the history of mankind. But Gospel writers left out crucial details about pivotal events in Christ's life - historical moments that have been adapted, embellished and rewritten over the course of hundreds of years. This special re-examines elements of Christ's life and ministry, such as the nativity, the miracles and the crucifixion - questioning basic modern assumptions to reveal some surprising and often shocking details.
25 years ago, Mick Dodge walked away from the modern world, leaving civilization behind to live alongside nature's wonders in the Olympic Peninsula. Following a primal instinct present throughout generations of his family, Mick ventured deep into the Hoh Rainforest, making his home in the trees and hidden in the moss. Experience the wild life of Mick Dodge, a quirky character whose unique brand of Zen comes from living by his own code – off the land and off the grid.
In the Hoh Rainforest, Mick Dodge has received word from an old friend that hunters are illegally trespassing on his property. Though Mick can appreciate the ancient art of hunting, he cannot tolerate outlaws. Mick pledges his help to the cause, and now he'll do anything he can to sabotage the culprits. As he begins scouring the forest for the hunters, he and his good friend Norm quickly realize just how bold their adversaries are--a KEEP OUT sign marking the property boundary has been torn down and discarded. As it becomes clear that the hunters won't relent, Mick calls on his elusive friend Moss Hopper to join the fight. The Hoh Rainforest's underground network rallies to defend their home.
For decades, legendary wild man Mick Dodge has lived an unusual life, relying on natural resources as much as he can to survive. Among many stashes he keeps in the forest is a "pantry," normally stocked with jerky, nuts, fruit and anything else he can find to provide sustenance. Today, when Mick visits the spot for a snack, he's in for a rude awakening. His coffers are running low, and now, he must visit the "forest supermarket" to restock. But unlike you and me, Mick doesn't shop in an ordinary store for common items. On his shopping list: insect trail mix, wild sweet peas and whatever else he can track down.
With each changing season, the Hoh Rainforest offers new opportunities - and over the years, Mick Dodge has learned how to make the most of them. When birds known as thrushes begin calling in the trees overhead, it signals the arrival of warmer weather--and for Mick, it means much more. The time has come for his favorite annual springtime ritual: harvesting sap straight from maple trees. Mick sets out on the journey to reach the hidden grove, and he relies on the help of his friend Karl to construct a homemade rope ladder for the trip. All is seemingly going to plan--when Mick is suddenly dealt a blow that leads his day to unexpected places.
When a routine river crossing goes wrong, Mick Dodge loses all of his gear--including his clothes. Though he often dons his birthday suit just for fun, today, frigid temperatures mean he must act fast. Naked and cold, Mick sets out on a mission to replace his lost leathers. Fortunately, Mick knows just where to go to get the clothes he needs: a primal crafter nicknamed Moon Hair who has tailored Mick's gear for a decade. En route to Moon Hair's cabin, Mick must do all he can to stay warm: slathering glacial mud on his skin for insulation and sleeping on hot embers from the fire. Living in the wild, Mick is used to persevering in the elements, but today will put him to the test.
For nearly a week heavy rains and high winds have pounded the Olympic Peninsula, but fortunately the end seems to be in sight. In the aftermath of a storm, high water often sweeps debris onto riverbanks, leaving treasure for those who know where to look, an opportunity Mick can't pass up. After riding out a powerful storm that's been ravaging the area for nearly a week, Mick immediately targets a specific spot on the Sol Duc River to take full advantage of the post-storm treasure hunt. After hitting a riverbank jackpot, a construction project comes to mind, so Mick heads off to an old friend who he hopes can bring his vision to life.
After a long cold winter, Mick Dodge is eager to jump feet first into spring. He makes a regular stop at the hidden outpost of his oldest friend in the forest--but it turns out to be anything but ordinary. Mountain man Karl hands over some of Mick's old family relics, including his grandfather's old journal. Mick's grandfather, a forest dweller himself, taught him how to live in the trees and to make the forest his home. One such lesson was the art of stashing - hiding supplies in stumps and trees for later use. After discovering a map tucked away in his grandfather's journal, Mick sets out on a treasure hunt with hopes of unearthing Will Dodge's old stashes and one very special relic.
Technology is all around us. From computers to cameras, cell phones to sat navs – our dependence on technology has never been greater. But how many of us ever stop to question how these inventions actually came about? Challenging the commonly held view, that they appear fully formed, out of nowhere, The Link reveals the surprising origins of some of the most important technological breakthroughs, of the modern world.
To mark the anniversary of JFK's assassination hundreds of hours of news footage, radio reports, audio recordings and home movies have been released that captured history as it was chaotically unfolding. This unique eyewitness material was first stored by local news stations in Dallas/Fort Worth and then in the vault of The 6th Floor Museum, which is dedicated to helping others understand the day Kennedy was killed.
The countdown to the predicted Mayan apocalypse began several thousand years ago, and time is running out. In this one-hour special, historian and filmmaker Paul Murton travels to America to explore how the phenomenon now better known as 2012 has swept across the Internet, with hundreds of websites featuring frightening predictions.
Jesus' life is unaccounted for btw. the ages of 12 and 30. Today, scholars are forming a clearer picture of his life by re-examining stories in the New Testament gospels and connecting them with new archeological discoveries. A narrative rich in details and subtle clues begins to emerge. him? Go back to Nazareth in 6 A.D. to learn more about the blue-collar village, its oppressed inhabitants and abusive Roman rulers to see how it shaped Jesus' personality and beliefs.
Money. Sex. Marriage. Mortality. In each episode, data scientist Jake Porway tackles one of life’s most daunting topics revealing the surprising science behind them. From mind-bending stats, hilarious man on the street experiments, and interactive game play, this show delivers the answers to life’s mysteries and gives you the tools to help take charge of your destiny and change your life forever.
With little direction aside from a survivor's testimony and a cryptic clue, salvage expert Barry Clifford embarks on the search of a lifetime to uncover the near 300 year old wreck site of the Whydah Galley and its four and a half tons of treasure in The Pirate Code. The special brings to life Black Sam Bellamy - a legend during the Golden Age of Piracy and follows one man's quest to resurrect Black Sam's ship from its watery grave.
NGC tells the fascinating story of the life of Abraham Lincoln and his struggle to abolish slavery. We'll follow Lincoln's journey from his early years as a rising politician, to his run for presidency and his fight to unite the country in the Civil War.
NGC tells the fascinating story of the life of Abraham Lincoln and his struggle to abolish slavery. We'll follow Lincoln's journey from his early years as a rising politician, to his run for presidency and his fight to unite the country in the Civil War.
NGC reveals the Bonnie and Clyde's epic 11-state crime spree that included armed robbery, car theft, abduction, murder and a series of violent gun battles. Expert historians, a personal memoir written by Clyde's sister-in-law and fellow gang member Blanch Barrow, and recently released FBI files take us closer to the truth about the extraordinary human drama of Bonnie and Clyde.
NGC sheds light on the missing years of Jesus' life. Learn what his hard reality may have been, living as a Jew under Roman rule in first century Nazareth. And find out why he was drawn to John the Baptist, who used a water ceremony to cleanse sins ? perhaps an appealing message to Jesus, who was searching for a better life for himself and his fellow Jews.
For 1,500 years, Christians regarded the woman so close to Jesus as a reformed prostitute. Now, evidence suggests this may have been part of a devious smear campaign by the early church to remove women from the clergy.
When Mount Vesuvius erupted In 79 AD, it buried the booming city of Pompeii under tons of debris, sealing the fate of more than a thousand people. But It also sealed the ancient city - preserved it, protected it, like nowhere else on earth. Because of this, archaeologists and historians can clearly describe life in Pompeii up until its final moments. Now see the ancient city as never before with scenes from the motion picture, "Pompeii."
The Oscar-winning film "Slumdog Millionaire" put India's largest slum, Dharavi, on the map. Much more than a slum, this mini-city bustles with industry, culture and dreams. See the day-to-day activities and hear real-life accounts from its inhabitants, who have goals and aspirations -- people who are struggling to survive in a community that defies expectation.
The Savage Line examines
the lives of experienced outdoorsmen, Cory Valdes, Jason Lesmeister, Rob Hardy,
and Puma Ghostwalker, who traverse the world’s most remote places and work to
protect the lives of men and women working in the backyard of nature’s fiercest
predators. Their job takes them deep into the wild, demanding strong survival
skills and a deep understanding of animal behavior. Utilizing non-lethal techniques, The Savage Line experts
must brave both extreme weather and dangerous animal encounters to keep the
peace between man and beast.
Can a beautiful home, that meets strict building codes, be built completely from scrap materials and salvage- using nothing new? The stakes are high. A team of architects, salvagers, and builders has decided to make it happen. They have one month and thousands of pounds of trash to build an architectural marvel in NGCs The Scrap House.
In 1971, on a flight from Portland to Seattle, a man calling himself Dan Cooper hijacked a plane and requested $200,000. After the FBI complied with the requests the plane reentered the air with just the crew and Cooper. Somewhere over Nevada, Cooper parachutes from the plane with the money and is never seen or heard from again. Now, with help of modern forensics, experts hope DNA analysis of Cooper's tie and recovered ransom money will solve the mystery of this infamous heist.
For centuries, strange and dramatic designs have appeared in crop fields throughout southern England. Are they alien messages or the work of human artists and hoaxers? Are they connected to Stonehenge and the area's sacred pagan sites? We examine several crop circle sites to look for anomalies and attempt to construct an elaborate crop circle at night to uncover the truth behind this fiercely disputed mystery.
NGC travels to Haiti to enter the mysterious, fascinating and creepy world of voodoo magic and discover The Truth Behind Zombies. Explore the zombies' voodoo roots and discover evidence of real-life zombification. Meet the people preparing for a zombie apocalypse, and the investigators who want to know whether the "Living Dead" are based in reality or simply silver screen fantasy.
As told in the Bible, Noah built an ark to hold two of all living creatures in preparation for a catastrophic flood. But what can science tell us about the ark? High up in the desolate mountains of eastern Turkey rests an intriguing structure that some believe could add insight to this biblical story. Using the latest scientific technology, we'll examine the site and the controversial claims.
The legendary Bermuda Triangle -- half a million square miles of Atlantic Ocean where countless planes and boats seem to have disappeared without a trace. What makes this area such a hotbed for catastrophe? Are natural phenomena such as rogue waves or methane explosions wreaking havoc here, or could something "out of this world" be at work? We'll put different theories to the test as we seek to uncover the secrets of the Triangle.
What does the mysterious disappearance of record-breaking aviator Steve Fossett have in common with Area 51? In September 2007, Fosset went missing somewhere over the Sierra Nevada mountain range, sparking the biggest peacetime search and rescue operation in the history of the United States. Over the ensuing days and weeks, reports would surface of dozens of other missing airplanes in a huge triangular area of California and Nevada. Could this mysterious region be another Bermuda Triangle?
One out of eight Americans claims to have seen a UFO, including Sammy Hagar and Muhammad Ali. And that is just one of the juicy tidbits of information that pop up during The Truth Behind UFOs. In the vein of VH1's Pop Up Video series, NGC offers pop-culture factoids while charting the rise of UFO sightings from the 1940s to the present day.
A 9-year-old boy in South Africa discovers one of the greatest fossil finds of all time while taking a walk: a two-million-year-old clavicle bone belonging to a prehuman boy. Its an extraordinary find because it belongs to one of the most complete early hominid skeletons ever discovered.
We are back off the coast of San Francisco where an unexpected killing challenged the great white shark's supremacy as the ultimate predator. We return with the whale-watchers who witnessed a stunning act of nature as a killer whale rose to the water's surface with a great white in its mouth. The outcome left biologists mystified but now, with the help of a team of experts, we re-examine this extraordinary incident, and reveal an astonishing new perspective between the ocean's two top predators.
At age 15, Jyoti is about the size of a 6-month-old baby, at 12 pounds and 23-and-a-half inches tall. With weak, breakable bones, she has sustained a number of serious injuries, including fractures to both of her legs that prevent her from walking normally. A top orthopedic surgeon believes an operation to fix her legs is possible, but the family isn't sure modern medicine is the answer.
The Arellano Felix brothers fed an American appetite for drugs in the late 80's by one of the world's largest drug operations. Then when Mexican and U.S. officials formed a task force aimed at suppressing the cartel, the conflicts escalated to proportions unseen -- resulting in the death of agents, drug kingpins, journalists and more than 8,000 Tijuana citizens. NGC goes behind front lines with former undercover FBI informants, task force members and smugglers as they re-live the end of AFO.
Every year millions of tons of wood are cut down in the state of Maine. But the money comes when that wood makes it to the mill. It's the last week of the winter logging season, and Rudy Pelletier still has over 1,000 cords of wood sitting in remote areas. Before the temperatures rise, and the roads become impassable, his top four woodsmen must work day and night to deliver to the mill.
See how revolutionary high-speed, high-definition video is used to analyze pit crew performances down to fractions of a second for NASCAR races, a sport where races are commonly won by tenths of a second.See how explosives researchers use high-speed cameras to capture the plume size of flash grenades.Then, take a look at a beer brewer that uses high-tech video monitoring systems to analyze the high-speed production line in slow motion so it can investigate the source of the last costly shutown.
Drawing on the latest forensic evidence, historical records and eyewitness testimonies, NGC reconstructs the story from the point of view of those involved, and debunks the many myths surrounding the sinking of the Titanic.
Stationed at JFK International Airport—one of the largest hubs for international travel in America—officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) crack down on criminals attempting to smuggle illegal goods and drugs into the United States. It’s a job where everything—the safety of their team, and the security of the nation—is at stake. But for these officers, it’s just another day at JFK.
Fraudulent visas. Narcotics mules. Stolen art. Human trafficking. Illegal citrus. It's all part of a day's work at JFK Airport. Explorer brings you an inside look at the operations of U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers and Homeland Security Investigations special agents at the busiest international airport in the USA.
Explore Tokyo; world's most populous metropolis. This place has it all, except space for its 35 million residents. Architects must answer the challenge with innovative solutions for living small in a big city. From tiny apartments that use lighting and inventive floor plans to visually maximize living space to hotel rooms the size of phone booths, see how Tokyo overcomes the space crunch while staying comfortable and maintaining the city's distinct style.
Beneath the streets of Rome, alongside one of the city's largest catacombs, a recently unearthed secret burial chamber holds one of Rome's most baffling secrets: a tomb containing roughly 1,000 skeletons, neatly stacked from floor to ceiling.
There is another America out there, a shadowy hidden America of top-secret programs, off-the-map facilities and "undisclosed locations" protected by a wall of secrecy, deception and misinformation. Some of these targets are obvious. They’re layered behind fences, barbed wire, guards, and cameras. Our host Jake Ward will work every angle he can and call on his sources - on and off the record - to take us as deep inside each secret site. He’ll take us on a journey that uncovers sites that are less obvious, from sensitive labs tucked into strip malls to secret projects being developed in plain sight. Jake’s forte is following the clues, no matter where they lead.
According to some doomsday theorists, we are running out of time. Scientists and conspiracy writers break down the 10 worst-case doomsday scenarios, as well as secrets to support each theory. History has proven that a catastrophic earthquake occurs about every 500 years and the next could happen any day. With low birth rates around the world, human extinction could be on the horizon. From a viral pandemic to a giant asteroid, this special explores how the world might end sooner than we think.
You know what happened to Presidents Lincoln, Kennedy and Reagan. Now, look at a series of 10 shocking secrets behind assassination attempts you haven't heard of. Before Lee Harvey Oswald, a 73-year-old postal worker schemed to take the life of then President-Elect John F. Kennedy. When President William McKinley was shot in 1901, his surgeon didn't scan the wound with an X-ray. The secret: If he had benefited from the aid of modern-day technology, doctors might have saved his life.
On April 1st, the guys from "Mystery Science Theater 3000" and RiffTrax are adding their very own commentary to classic National Geographic Channel programs, featuring excerpts from "Honey Badgers," "Unlikely Animal Friends," "Man v. Monster," "Swamp Men," "Alpha Dogs," and more!
A simple thought took photojournalist Roger Horrocks halfway around the world to Costa Rica on a mission to find Chito, a man many referred to as the crocodile shaman. Many years ago, Chito nursed an injured crocodile, which he calls Pocho, back to health. Since then, the two formed an unthinkable bond. Touching the Dragon examines this astonishing relationship between the earth's most ancient predator and a unique man, one that defies the boundaries of the natural world.
NGC delves into the personal stories of two individuals whose own experiences prompted them to prepare for Armageddon. After surviving a plane crash, Leland Freeborn has prophesized a full-scale nuclear attack when the snow is on the ground, and the Christmas lights are up." We'll watch as he tries to share his message with those around him. Fernando Salguero teaches urban survival techniques he learned after running away at age 16 to others to help them survive disaster scenarios.
She has been referred to as the King Tut of China. Fu Hao, the legendary warrior queen of China's first dynasty, was buried with treasures of bronze, jade and ivory, more than a hundred weapons and the remains of sacrificed humans. For years archeologists could only speculate about the people of the Shang dynasty, who were known for their excessive drinking and passion for human sacrifice - until now.
On the ocean floor between the ancient trading ports of Rome and Carthage lie clues to an ancient past: shipwrecks guarded by walls of water. Underwater explorer Robert Ballard returns to this site to explore the history buried here.
NGC takes you inside Hurricane Katrina. The film opens the day before the storm makes landfall as Kimberly Rivers Roberts turns her new video camera on herself and her neighbors trapped in the city. As the hurricane begins to rage, Kim and her husband Scott continue to film their harrowing retreat to higher ground and the dramatic rescues of friends and neighbors.
Usually created by undersea earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, tsunamis can race across entire oceans at 500 miles an hour and swallow cities whole. Heart-stopping footage and stories of survival illustrate how catastrophic a tsunami can be.
Tuna fisherman Nick Pluker has one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. Find out why when we join Nick 250 miles out to sea as he and other anglers take on sharks, high winds, and treacherous seas.
In a remote village in rural Colombia, a 6-year-old boy carries a lifelong weight on his back: a bulbous, dark mole that encompasses 60 percent of his body. The unsightly abnormality was present at birth and grew as he himself grew, coming to resemble the shape of a tortoise's shell. Though the child's name is Didier, his neighbors call him something elsethe Turtle Boy. NGC cameras are there every step of the way as a team of surgeons attempt a five-hour, one-of-a-kind operation.
NGC takes viewers inside the doppelganger capital of India, whose population of 2,000 families contains more than 250 sets of twins - almost six times as many as the global average. While doctors try to explain and solve the mystery of this phenomenon through environmental and genetic testing, residents share their accounts of everyday life as a twin or within a family of twins.
Birders Jason Kessler and Scott Housten travel west in search of rare birds, but stumble upon a senior nudist resort. They must decide what's more important - spotting the rare Black Phoebe, or their dignity. Mid-western birders Sharon Stiteler and Ken Keffer hit the California beaches to find gulls and check out a hang gliding school to experience soaring like a bird. International birding guide James Currie takes on the challenge of finding a roadrunner for novice birder Jessica Gorman.
Boni and Lemarti, two Kenyan warriors, embark on the adventure of a lifetime as they leave their tribal roots for the westernized ways of the United States They arrive bare-chested and carrying spears, but they quickly embrace the local culture. In Taking on New York, Boni and Lemarti learn about ATMs and tall apartment buildings, order a hot dog for the first time, marvel at the mania of Times Square, search for an American wife (with no success) and take part in the New York City Marathon.
Wanting to see "where they have all the cows in America," Boni and Lemarti go to Texas. They are greeted by Big Jimmy and are taught to say, "How ya'll doing?" with a proper Southern accent. Watch as they get a taste of a true Texas ranch, put on their own cowboy hats and boots, go skeet shooting, attend a barbeque cook-off and go from riding a horse for the first time to competing in a Texas rodeo.
Boni and Lemarti are blood-drinkin, hip-hop lovin warriors from the Maasai and Samburu tribes, respectively. With their traditional upbringings and contemporary attitudes, the pair bridges the gap between tribal culture and the outside world. In this first episode, tribal trouble puts these best friends on a mission to restore peace between the elders and the warriors.
It's the most advanced submarine in the world and the first warship designed entirely on computer, equipped with state-of-the-art steering, weaponry and sonar technology. See what makes this attack sub the ultimate underwater spy.
With rare access, NGC takes you inside the design and building of the $3 billion Venetian Hotel Resort Casino as it rises from the Nevada desert and breaks new ground in the world of design and construction.
Half the world's population lives on the edge -- within deadly striking distance of a major fault line. NGC examines the seismic activity of the world's deadliest earthquakes and how their crushing forces continue to build.
How does a potato chip get perfectly seasoned with just the right amount
of crisp? How can a four-door sedan have the same power and agility as
a sports car? What makes every sip of cold beer perfect? We’ll visit
some of the most advanced manufacturing facilities in the world and find
out what it takes to design, build, assemble, test and test again
famous brands that are a part of our everyday lives.
What does it take to craft the new Audi R8, a revolutionary road car that rockets to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds and rivals the likes of Porsche and Lamborghini? We'll head to the state-of-the-art Audi R8 factory in Neckarsulm, Germany, to see how the car's ultralight aluminum frame and high-tech fuel injection system are meticulously hand-built. In total, it takes more than a week and 120 of Audi's most experienced workers to produce one Audi R8.
It's been 50 years since Rolls Royce created a new Bentley fit for royalty and rock stars, and it's a challenge for Bentley's ultimate factories to construct the Mulsanne, a new design of the luxury car. It takes more than 550 hours and nine weeks for artisans and technicians to create this masterpiece. Precision robots ensure that this two-and-a-half-ton luxury car's body is flawlessly molded, but the finest leather is hand-sewn for Bentley's lavish upholstery.
NGC goes under the hood to inspect today's Dodge Challenger an American classic reborn 40 years after its inception. Infused with nostalgic design and modern amenities, in just 20 hours this muscle car is fit to burn asphalt. We explore the 3 million-square-foot Canadian assembly plant that pumps out 900 Challengers a day across 20 miles of conveyer belts. Next, NGC treks to the Mexican factory that builds the Challenger's famed hemi engine.
The hand-built production car, the Dodge Viper, is born, bred and built in Detroit, Michigan. Now NGC takes a unique insider's look at the Viper factory in the current model's last year of production. This ultimate factory is comprised of craftspeople who spend two and a half days building each Viper, which is packed with 600 horsepower that can take it from zero to 60 mph in under four seconds. Without any robots on this assembly line, every Viper is truly hand-crafted.
What does it take to build a car that can go from zero to 62 mph in 3.4 seconds and hit a top speed of 211 mph? NGC heads to the small farming community in Italy that is home to the main factory for the Lamborghini Murcielago SV to find out. See how a workforce of 130 people makes the Murcielago's lightweight carbon fiber frame and a 640-horsepower V-12 engine. Much of the work is done by hand, and despite the massive workforce the factory outputs a mere 2.7 Murcielagos a day.
Go inside Mercedes' largest German factory to see what it takes to build the 571-horsepower Mercedes SLS. Computers control everything in a Mercedes with more than a mile of wiring in each car, but to create the fastest Mercedes to date topping out at 197 mph it takes some of the best engineers in the world to mold a light yet strong supercar in 15 hours.
The Rolls-Royce Phantom is the ultimate symbol of automotive luxury. NGC goes inside to reveal all the extravagant touches inside the sumptuous polished wood interior, a 15-speaker, nine-channel stereo system and the legendary whisper-quiet ride. It also has a V-12 engine capable of going from zero to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds. Then head inside three plants to see how a team of skilled craftspeople perfectly weld, sculpt, laser-cut, paint and customize each one of these ultimate luxury cars.
This one-hour special celebrates the 100th anniversary of Henry Ford's groundbreaking innovation: the moving assembly line. Through archival footage and interviews, Assembly Required recounts the history of the automobile industry and Henry Ford's role in the shift to mass production, which changed the way we thought, worked, shopped and, thus, the way we led our lives. Life suddenly ran at a whole new pace driving us quickly forward, faster and faster. And it still does.
Megafactories takes us inside the Wargaming.net online gaming company. Players around the globe connect to state of the art game servers and turn the clocks back on history, fighting in virtual battles. Using tank warfare, a staggering 60 million players try to rewrite history in in the company's flagship game, World of Tanks, by annihilating the opposition and conquering their rightful territories.
Dwindling oil supplies are forcing drilling in some of the harshest environments on earth. Inside the world's largest offshore rigs, you'll discover engineering feats capable of withstanding natural forces on the scale of Hurricane Katrina.
The Kingda Ka roller coaster hits 128 mph in four seconds, shoots up a 90-degree incline and peaks 45 stories in the air. Find out what it takes to design and construct this world record-breaking ride -- if you dare.
They are some the toughest, most extreme survivalists from across the nation. In the second season of Ultimate Survival Alaska, four teams — woodsmen, mountaineers, military veterans, and endurance athletes — go head-to-head in an epic arctic competition that only National Geographic could inspire. Dropped in the middle of the Alaskan wilderness by bush plane, with only their raw, die-hard ingenuity and the gear on their backs, they’ll navigate through treacherous glaciated river valleys, barren ridgelines, and high mountain peaks, battling hunger, hostile predators, and perilous weather conditions along the way. Like the original National Geographic explorers, for those who succeed there is no grand prize, just the well-fought pride of having conquered the grueling challenges that Mother Nature can throw at them. It's an epic competition series where the only prize is survival.
In this spin-off web series, Ultimate Survival Alaska star Dallas Seavey goes up against his dad, two-time Iditarod Champion Mitch Seavey in, well… everything! The Jr. Seavey is also an Iditarod champion and these two dog-sled mushers come from one of the most competitive families around—but their one-upsmanship is borne of family bonds and good-natured father-son fun. Over 10 episodes, we follow the competitive contrasts between the elder and younger Seaveys—from the homes they live in to their dog-sledding secrets, culminating in a suspenseful dog-sled racing challenge. Which Seavey will come out ahead?
Navigate through massive waves and powerful tides with our eight survivalists as they paddle 40 miles through the Prince William Sound. On this leg of the journey, the team struggles to stay upright and together through a maze of icebergs, ice flows and glaciers. When they lose one of their own, the teammates are forced to make one of their toughest decisions yet. With only 72 hours to complete the journey, they risk being left behind in the middle of the untamed Alaskan wilderness.
Re-visit the exciting journey through a snow-capped summit when the explorers split into three groups to approach a 300-foot cliff one team at a time. They must rappel down in high winds and low visibility and descend a ravine, followed by eight miles of the Triumvirate Glacier. Austin and Tyler circumvent the glacier, traveling along the mountain ridgeline. Mountain man Marty Raney, his son Matt and Brent Sass take a low elevation route and are the first to cross.
We re-visit the journey through Alaskan wild as the explorers pick their route. Expert climber Willi Prittie leads Brent Sass and Tyler Johnson into the high mountains. Check back on mountain man Marty Raney, his son Matt and Austin Manelick as they traverse through the valley, direct but treacherous. See the drama ensues when the crew separates in deadly swamp land. Brothers Dallas and Tyrell Seavey navigate along the barren ridgeline. Will these born racers be the first to arrive?
Journey back to the volcanic Nunivak Island in central Alaska. The explorers will split up into three groups, and two hunting parties will scour the island for sustenance while one will build a base camp focused on food preservation. Mountain man Marty Raney and his son Matt are still searching for fish but after three days with no luck, the team is going hungry. With Marty seriously ill and unable to get out of bed, it's up to his son to turn their luck around and bring back food.
On Admiralty Island, located in a remote corner of Alaska, it's man versus beast in brown bear country. Brent and Tyler team up once again, determined to make it to the extraction point this time. But with broken paddles and a bear encounter, they can't seem to shake their bad luck. Marty and Matt Raney team up with the Seavey brothers and take a risky shortcut through the heart of the island's thickest bear population which ends up becoming the journey from hell.
Travel the unforgiving Nizina River, across bear and wolf territory, with the eight survivalists as they push through one of their biggest obstacles yet. After the gang splits up, Austin and the Seavey brothers are put in danger when slabs of rock threaten to crush them as they cross a slippery cliff. Choosing to take on the treacherous river, Brent and Tyler hope for a straight shot to the extraction point but after getting lost and risking hypothermia, they may not make it.
Re-visit the suspenseful 72 hours the explorers have to reach their next extraction zone: a very cold, distant 35 miles away. Check back on brothers Dallas and Tyrell as they break off from the pack, and travel into one of the most bear-populated areas in the world. Meanwhile, expert climber Willi Prittie, dog musher Brent Sass and survival expert Austin Manelick are making much slower progress using their environment to guide them after burning their maps.
On the final and toughest leg of the expedition, the eight explorers attempt to summit the Juneau Ice Cap. A whiteout turns their climb into a fight for survival. Willi and Austin's beeline route takes them straight into the heart of the unyielding snowstorm. Brent and the Seavey brothers blindly trail an icy ridgeline, where one misstep can lead to a dangerous tumble. Marty, Matt and Tyler hunker down in the middle of the blizzard, with only a tarp to protect them from frostbite.
We re-visit this intense challenge, where the men are divided into two groups, building two competing rafts. Check back on Marty Raney and his crew, building a colossal raft weighing in at nearly 2 tons. After spending five hours on construction, the five-man crew launch their raft, but hunger starts to take its toll. See how Dallas Seavey, his brother Tyrell and survival expert Austin Manelick are meticulously engineering a smaller, speedier raft to tackle the turbulent Yukon.
Check back in with the eight explorers as they start on the fourth leg of the expedition. With currents rushing at dangerous speeds, it's no easy feat to navigate the winding turns, frigid waters and steep drops on the Talachulitna River. Discover new details on an alliance when expert climber Willi Prittie teams up with Iditarod champion Dallas Seavey and his brother Tyrell to find a much-needed food source.
What conditions create a colossal tsunami? Where and when will the next big one hit? Using archival footage, advance CGI and expert interviews, NGC investigates the science behind the ultimate killer wave.
Experience the power of Earth's molten interior when we explore the world's most significant volcanic eruptions, each more devastating than the last, each with its own mysteries and clues to mega-eruptions in the future.
In the gaming world, Grand Theft Auto has entranced players worldwide and raked in millions of dollars. But in the real world, grand theft auto is part of a $1.3 trillion underworld industry. Every 30 seconds, thieves break into a car somewhere in America. This special exposes the world of Grand Theft Auto the thieves, the chop shops, smugglers, and the cops who are using new tactics to fight back.
NGC travels the world in search of nature's oddest couples in a new installment of Unlikely Animal Friends. We'll take a fun-filled look at the astonishing relationships forged by otherwise rival species. At a wildlife rehabilitation center outside of Atlanta, Ga., a lion, a tiger and even a bear live in harmony. Meet a family who made room in their hearts and A LOT of room in their home for an orphaned hippopotamus!
Dogs are a man's best friend, but can dogs really be buds with a dolphin, a deer, a bear, a cheetah and a donkey? Ben, a Labrador Retriever, meets an underwater friend, Duggie the dolphin, and often swims to the point of exhaustion to hang out with him. What happens when Ben gets too tired to make it back to shore? Duggie gives him a lift, of course! Cesar Millan joins this episode to explain why it's perfectly normal for a pup to pal around with species of all types - even unlikely wild ones!
Sometimes, a feline can be the best friend of all. From housecats to big cats like leopards and lions, unlikely friendships are formed as these cats cuddle with their deer, bunny, bear and human companions. Stories include a housecat that enjoys play dates with a barn owl, a deer that loves to groom her lynx pal and a rare black leopard that befriends a white bunny.
Sometimes, man's best friend is a goose, a seal - or even a bear! Meet Maria, a goose that warms the heart of Dominic, an aging retiree in a Los Angeles park, whose friendship eventually earns celebrity status. And a young boy in South Africa surprisingly befriends one of Africa's most dangerous animal duos: a buffalo and her calf. Finally, Nat Geo WILD's Casey Anderson proves that best friends can come in any shape or size - including a 900-lb. grizzly bear named Brutus!
NGC takes a fun-filled look at the stunning bonds animals form with other species, and even prey. A baby hippo is washed ashore after a devastating tsunami and latches onto a surrogate mother a 130-year-old giant tortoise. A lioness plays mom to a series of baby oryx calves, grooming and even fending off outside predators. These unexpected friends defy the laws of nature and demonstrate an evolution in the animal kingdom that would astound Darwin himself.
Meet a picky rhino that finds the perfect playmate in a sheep, and an elderly orangutan that loses her mate to old age but meets a new and unexpected buddy: an orphaned orange kitty. Finally, a lost wild boar finds a new family in a herd of cows that welcome him into their tight-knit circle.
The Great Pyramid at Giza is the only one of the Seven Wonders of the World still standing and no one knows how it was built. For centuries archaeologists have been trying to figure out how ancient Egyptians moved huge stones to the top of the Pyramid.
Boone ventures into the heart of the most crowded cities on the planet, to uncover a hidden world where predators and prey collide outside our windows, above our skyscrapers and under our feet. He tracks coyotes through the streets of Chicago, stakes out leopards on the back roads of Mumbai and rappels off a bridge to find a massive swarm of bats in Austin.
Looking past the industrial wastelands and crowded suburbs, Boone tracks down cougars, shadows elephants as they slam into the small Zimbabwe town of Victoria Falls, crosses a bridge on the Zambezi River overrun by burglarizing baboons and ventures into one of the only towns on Earth where eagles are known to attack humans Dutch Harbor, Alaska. He shows us where great white sharks are coming back to our beaches and where radioactive wolves are claiming back the death zone of Chernobyl.
Think your quaint neighborhood is free of prowlers? Think again. Boone takes us to the white-picket-fenced suburbs around the world to track the creatures that are fighting for supremacy in our backyards. Only the adaptable survive here those that learn to take advantage of our manicured landscapes. We'll see Boone track street dogs around Moscow, crawl under vacation homes with denning black bears in Lake Tahoe, and dodge golf balls and boxing kangaroos on the golf courses of Australia.
The story of that bloody day in Chicago has never been told, or seen, like this before. Cutting-edge graphics and recreations accompany Johnny Fratto, son of onetime Al Capone-associate Louis Lew Fratto, back to Chicago, where he uncovers massacre myths and learns more about the life his father and uncles led when they roamed those lawless streets in the 1920s.
NGC investigates one of the most intricate prison escapes in history three tireless inmates break from the fortresslike Alcatraz Island Federal Penitentiary and brave the frigid waters in a handmade raft. For nearly 50 years, it was assumed that these men drowned, but what if they didn't? NGC goes inside the U.S. marshals' investigation following the complex and tantalizing leads they've tracked to close this case.
As Easter Sunday approaches, NGC offers viewers an intimate look at life behind the Vatican walls. For more than a year, filmmakers were allowed extraordinary access to the center of the Catholic Church and members of the pope's inner circle. We'll meet a bodyguard, an official photographer, the archpriest of St. Peter's Basilica who is privy to Vatican secrets and an altar boy living in the pre-seminary. Then, cameras enter the vaults under the Vatican museum.
In the south of England, road builders make a shocking discovery. While digging out a roadway, they uncover a shallow grave, filled with a tangled mass of headless skeletons and a pile of severed skulls. The findings are remarkable, reopening the file on an ancient atrocity. For centuries, Viking warriors terrorized the peoples of Europe, Asia and Africa, plundering homes, destroying crops and raping women.
Around the world, more than 500 million people live in the deadly shadow of volcanoes -- but scientists say the biggest eruption is yet to come. What would a mega eruption be like? We'll show you the worst case scenario.
It's said to be over 5,000 years old and more than 4,000 miles long, but even today nobody really knows for sure. The Great Wall of China is one of the worlds most famous constructions, but it is still one of the least understood. For historian William Lindesay, exploring the Great Wall has become his lifetime obsession. Now he'll journey to some of the most remote parts of China's national monument.
How does a small-town, midwestern boy transform into the world's richest man? NGC takes an inside look at the legendary business acumen and intriguing private life of investment icon Warren Buffett. First, we'll investigate the deceptively simple business strategy that made Berkshire Hathaway a $150 billion empire. Then, we'll uncover details of Buffett's 25-year love triangle, listen to accounts of his unrivaled powers of persuasion, and visit his modest Omaha home.
Six 800-year-old skeletons have been discovered at a crusader castle in Jordan. For hundreds of years, only legends could hint at how these men possibly members of the Knights Templar met their fate while battling a Muslim army. Now, though rigorous forensic investigation, Warrior Graveyard examines every stab wound, sword slash and arrow strike to reveal telltale signs of horrific violence, including dismemberment, bludgeoning and even ritual execution.
The remains of sailors have been unearthed from three naval ports in southern England. Through painstaking forensic analysis, Warrior Graveyard looks at the remains of six men who served in the Royal Navy during the 18th and 19th centuries. Their bones reveal a shocking litany of ailments, including scurvy, malnutrition, venereal disease, broken bones, amputated limbs and sheared-off fingers, as well as cutlass, shrapnel and bullet wounds.
Investigators have unearthed a gruesome mass grave along the beaches of Kamakura, Japan. The grave is filled with thousands of skeletons that date back to 1333 a time when the people there incurred the wrath of the emperor and fought in a series of bloody battles. With new forensic examination, Warrior Graveyard examines the remains of six people killed at the beaches of Kamakura to gain insight into the secrets of the samurai.
Passengers on a whale-watching excursion in California witness a gray whale and her calf locked in mortal combat with a gang of killer whales. This rarely seen attack changed our understanding of the secrets that lie beneath the waves.
What if a virus wiped out up to 80 percent of our population? That's what happened 500 years ago when a deadly virus spread among the Aztecs. Now, scientists fear we could succumb to the same fate, possibly within our lifetime. Researchers long believed the epidemic was due to disease brought by Spanish Conquistadors, but new research suggests an entirely different explanation. Nat Geo gives viewers an in-depth look at what could have caused the deadly epidemic.
What if an extra-terrestrial force attacked Earth? What might that look like and how will the people of Earth respond? Consulting a cast of world-renowned scientists, survival experts and defense experts, this two-hour special, Alien Invasion explores this frightening scenario. Experts reveal what could motivate alien invaders to attack Earth, and speculate on how the attack might play out -- the strategy alien invaders might use and the most effective ways for humans to respond. We'll turn to science and history to figure out what works. We'll show how humanity can survive this ultimate test.
Some hundred million years ago, crocodiles were the ruling T. rexes of the waters. They galloped on land, ambushed prey at the river's edge even terrorized dinosaurs. And more, these swift predators evolved through the ages into the modern crocs we know today. Now, armed with newly discovered prehistoric crocodile bones, Explorer-in-Residence Dr. Paul Sereno is determined to bring the ancient creatures to life and tell their fantastic untold story.
Christianity conquered the Roman Empire. It catapulted from a persecuted mystery cult, viewed as a threat to the pagan ritualistic pantheon, to a turning point of victories over Rome's traditional religion. NGC unravels how the Christians infiltrated, endured and overran Rome. From the earliest martyrs to the first Christian empire, we'll see how they spread their message.
There is only one person in all of the Gospels whose existence is confirmed by hard evidence - Pontius Pilate. But who exactly was he, and what was his part in the killing of Christ? Expert historians discuss the various theories as to if and why Pilate ordered Jesus' crucifixion. According to the Gospel, he offered the Jewish people a choice - to crucify Jesus or another prisoner - and the crowd chose Jesus, but the historical evidence suggests this would not have happened.
Wicked Tuna follows a group of salty fishermen from the nation's oldest seaport, Gloucester, Massachusetts, as they make their living the way it's been done for centuries — rod and reel fishing, one catch at a time—all in pursuit of the bluefin tuna. One "monstah" bluefin can be worth more than $20,000, and with that kind of money on the line, every captain is fighting to be the best in the fleet.
We revisit the new additions-Garon on FV-Tuna.com and Kevin on Lisa & Jake. Do these new deckhands pull their weight or are they destined to be cut? Back in New Hampshire on the Pin Wheel, we see how the guys are finally working as a team, after weeks of arguing. Finally, we see how Ralph and the Odysea is doing. Is he still managing alone or is one the loneliest number out at sea?
Let the games begin! It's tournament time in Gloucester, and with a big cash prize up for grabs and the best boats in New England joining the fray, it's the mother of all battles to catch the biggest bluefin. Tensions come to a head as the mischievous young crew of the Pin Wheel plays a prank on the biggest hothead in the fleet, Captain Ralph of the Odysea, and get more than they bargained for.
Nat Geo revisits this episode of Wicked Tuna when tensions come to a head as captains and crew lock horns on the water. With the lack of fish this season, the fishermen of Bounty Hunter are feeling the pressure as we revisit the captains on the high seas. Tyler is still reeling from his mates slacking off last week, and when they continue to misbehave on the water, he reaches his breaking point.
On the FV-Tuna.com, Captain Dave's obsession with catching the biggest tuna of the season reaches unhealthy levels. Captain Kevin of the Christina finds out that giant bluefin fishing can be a cruel game as he attempts to top his thousand pound catch. Captain Ralph of the Odysea must choose between chasing the fish that will save his season and helping another boat in need.
A hard season with little money to show has taken its toll on the crew
of the Odysea, leading Captain Ralph to lash out at his first mate
Pirate. The more Ralph yells, the more Pirate tunes him out, leading to
more mistakes from Pirate. Something has to give: either Pirate shapes
up, or Ralph may ship him out. After defecting from FV-Tuna.com to the
Bounty Hunter, first mate Paul must prove his worth to his new captain
or face the prospect of being a mate without a ship. After combating
financial setbacks all season long, the Hard Merchandise is finally in
the black, and able to enjoy some of the spoils of their success.
Nat Geo checks back at the end of the summer, when the water starts to cool. Because of this, the bluefin start their migration to the Mediterranean and the Gulf of Mexico, making the last three weeks of the season even tougher. We see how Tyler's gamble works out, will his long trip be worth it or will it be a waste of precious time? Dave Carraro is still determined to keep his lead, and also decides to make an extra-long journey. Re-visit the throw down between him and former deckhand Paul.
We check back in with the guys midway through the season as the pressure to bring in a paycheck pushes the captains to their limits. Pin Wheel is still in the lead over Tuna.com with Hard Merchandise in third as they struggle with a boat that isn't exactly running like new. Odysea's single catch is putting serious pressure on Jason, the first mate, whose family is waiting for a paycheck back in Florida. Find out more on this episode of Wicked Tuna.
We revisit the man vs. beast showdown in the North Atlantic. Huge great white sharks have been spotted in Gloucester waters. Captain Kevin is on full alert when a great white slams into the side of his fishing vessel Christina. When a harpoon line gets tangled in the Pin Wheel's propeller, Captain Tyler has no choice but to get in the water. With great whites able to detect trace amounts of blood from up to three miles away, he and his hard-won tuna catch are at high risk.
We head back to the first episode of a two-part season finale, where Gloucester's reigning bluefin champion, Captain Dave Carraro of the FV-Tuna.com, starts the last week of the fishing season with a nearly $20,000 lead over his New Hampshire rival, the Pin Wheel. For young Captain Tyler, the goal is still to prove himself to the veterans in Gloucester and to make the Pin Wheel the top-earning boat of the season. We re-visit Captain Paul Hebert of the Lisa & Jake, still trying to earn $50,000.
We head back to the last two weeks of the season and the lure of doubling down on fish is tempting as ever. FV-Tuna.com's lead is followed closely by the Pin Wheel. Paul, on his own boat Lisa & Jake, is still desperate for a win to prove his chops as a new captain. As the season comes to a close, Captain Ralph decides to double his manpower and calls in a friend for backup.
In this episode, Marciano of Hard Merchandise wrestles with the trials
of being a husband and father who has to be away from home so often...
and the consequences of coming home empty-handed. His family has missed
him and gathers to show him their love and support. Marciano repays
his family's devotion when he comes home the next day with a $10,000
fish. On the other side of the harbor, Bill and Ralph team up to
convince Dave and FV-Tuna.com that the fish are where they aren't as
payback for the wild goose chase he sent Bill on last week. It's the
beginning of a pact between old friends who want to teach the hotshots
on FV-Tuna.com a lesson about the laws of the sea.
As the final week of tuna fishing begins, the Hard Merchandise, the
Bounty Hunter, the FV-Tuna.Com and the Odysea steam out together, each
captain vowing to catch the biggest tuna before the season ends. And the
end is near: the yearly quota of tuna set by the government has almost
been filled. While FV-Tuna.Com's Captain Dave must fish without Paul,
who has jumped ship to the Bounty Hunter, Captain Ralph must land a fish
on the Odysea without anyone. Since firing Pirate, Ralph is battling
the rough seas all alone. With the clock ticking, the fishing is fast
and furious. The Bounty Hunter hooks up a keeper and battles to keep it
when the line snags under the boat. Captain Marciano of the Hard
Merchandise sneaks off to his favorite spot and wrestles a huge fish in
the middle of the night. Even the lone wolf, Ralph, hooks up and fights
an epic solo battle against a giant bluefin. It seems everyone's hooking
up but the king of the fleet, Dave. But with the final hours of the
season running out, Dave stumbles onto what may be the biggest, baddest
fish of the year... if he can land it.
The Wicked Tuna fleet is back as this season begins with the adrenaline rush of "monstah" hunting in Gloucester. It's midseason in Massachusetts, but this is when the money is made and tempers run hot. Each captain loads his boat with $3,000 worth of fuel, bait and ice, and heads off for open water where the blue gold is waiting. But it doesn't take long for things to sour when there's cash on the line. Bill and the Bounty Hunter are already struggling to stay out of the red, and their luck only gets worse when a "dragger" severs their anchor line while at sea. Sensing weakness in his limping competitor, Dave of FV-Tuna.com flaunts his catch and fills Bill's ear with fictitious advice that sends the Bounty Hunter farther from the fish and deeper into the red.
We head back to Gloucester to check in with the captains halfway through the fishing season as they head into a wicked storm. The Gloucester boats tail behind Pin Wheel; and Tuna.com knows that without risk, there's no reward so it's full steam ahead. Hoping that the change in the weather will lead to a change in luck and bigger fish the captains get serious with the stakes this high and money to be made.
It's another intense week on the waters after Dave fires Paul as first mate on FV-tuna.com. And Nat Geo goes inside how the two friends-turned-foes are ferociously competing against each other to see who will catch more fish. Navigating the open seas, Paul aims to prove that he is fine on his own without Dave, so he asks his brother Bruce, a bluefin fishing legend, to join him onboard and help him outfish his old employer. Will he sink or swim?
The fleet has invested time and money in searching for places where bluefin tuna congregate and feed locations known as "numbers." But for the young crew of the Pin Wheel, the entire ocean is theirs for the taking, and Captain Tyler sets sail in search of new hot spots.
The fishermen of Gloucester, Mass., navigate the open seas in hopes of catching the first fish of the season. Dave Carraro, captain of FV-Tuna.com, finds his first fishing spot of the season, but his day is interrupted by an unwelcome visitor. Tyler McLaughlin, a New Hampshire native and the 24-year-old captain of the Pin Wheel, has headed south to invade Gloucester waters, with the expressed intent of catching more fish than Dave.
With just a few weeks left until the end of tuna fishing season, Bounty
Hunter gains a new deckhand. Paul, formerly of FV-Tuna.com, joins the
crew, and Captain Bill hopes he will help turn the boat's luck around.
But tensions flare when Paul tries to teach a few things to First Mate
Scott leaving questions about whether the new arrangement will work.
Dave of FV-Tuna.com declares the boat more peaceful without Dave, but as
they head to their secret fishing spot, they find themselves fishing
alongside the Bounty Hunter and wonder what secrets Paul is sharing with
his new captain. On the Hard Merchandise, First Mate Jay struggles to
prove to his uncle and captain that he's worth keeping on next season.
It's a tale of two boats with the same problem: keeping a good deckhand. On the FV-Tuna.com, Captain Dave struggles with Paul, his talented but temperamental first mate. On the struggling Bounty Hunter,
Captain Bill's wife and best deckhand Donna and Scott, his first mate
both have to return jobs on land. As a result, three different
deckhands are put on trial to become Bill's newest crew member. FV-Tuna.com
makes the long trip to Georges Bank, but the tuna aren't biting and the
tensions are rising. Bad luck comes in threes for Captain Ralph and the
Odysea. The crew endures broken rods, nasty sharks, and nastier
dragger boats without giving up their hope of finding the elusive
bluefin. As the tumultuous week comes to a close, a shocking personnel
change will rock two boats in the Gloucester tuna fleet.
After an impressive first week against the veteran fleet, Tyler and the Pin Wheel gamble on making the 150-mile trip to Georges Bank. Meanwhile, for Kevin Leonowert, captain of the Christina, there's nothing better than the rush of harpooning. It's a high-octane chase where boats specially rigged with a high tower and a bow pulpit can identify schools of bluefin, take aim and nab the tuna of their choice.
An intense storm slams into the shores of Massachusetts, and
meteorologists are calling for winds up to 20 or 30 knots and 4 to 6
foot high waves. Most wouldn't dream of steaming out into conditions
like these, but there are a few brave enough to dare risk their lives -
the bluefin tuna fishermen. Marciano, Captain of Hard Merchandise, braves the elements to hook a giant bluefin and finds himself with boat trouble in the midst of the storm. On the Odysea, Captain Ralph prepares to conquer the elements with his mantra, "If it's blowin' we're goin'!" Captain Dave from FV-Tuna.com
heads into shore to wait it out until he hears of a rough weather
catch. There's no way someone is going to out fish him and his crew,
and he jumps into action. Will these captains win the battle against
Mother Nature and land a monster or succumb to her powerful ways?
We head back to the exciting second season finale, while a storm brewing on the horizon continues. The FV-Tuna.com remains in the lead but still hasn't caught a fish this week. Rival Pin Wheel has two fish on deck from and a third in its sights. Heading back to the Lisa & Jake, Paul caught three fish already this week and is well on the way to reaching his $50,000 goal. The storm is still threatening the Hard Merchandise but they hook up again and fight to end the season strong.
In this episode, Kevin and the Christina snag an 1,100-pound "monstah"
right out of the gate. The story of Kevin's catch, by far the biggest
of the season, is the talk of the town, and no one takes it harder than
Dave on FV-Tuna.com. Dave puts his boat on overdrive to catch up, while
Marciano is forced to sit on the sidelines with a charter tour so that
he can pay off the mountain of debt he's accumulating to keep Hard
Merchandise at sea when the fish aren't coming in. If the rest of the
fleet can't replicate Kevin's success, there are going to be problems
soon, because there's no help coming in this tough economy.
FV-Tuna.com is on a winning streak, catching two fish in one day while
the rest of the fleet struggles to even find a spot to fish in between
the flocks of "googans" - the weekend recreational boaters who seem to
make every bite go wrong. Desperate for a catch, Bill of Bounty Hunter
starts doing some sleuthing around Gloucester, trying to crack Dave's
code in search of the secret that will bring him the fish - and the
money too. It's rough seas for Bill as the debts pile up and the fish
We revisit the battle for the scoreboard as competition heats up between old rivals. Meanwhile, amateur fishermen wreak havoc in Gloucester water. FV-Tuna.com maintains a narrow lead in the race to catch the biggest bluefin, but has to relocate because of amateur boats getting too close. Kevin is none too pleased when a weekend warrior runs over his anchor line. With repairs required, he tries to finish the day. Tyler gives his mates a week off but still heads out to pursue the chase; however, h
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