This award-winning series presents compelling untold stories and covers a wide array of provocative subjects. "Explorer" aired for 25 years -- the longest-running documentary series in cable TV history -- before being relaunched in 2015 after a five-year hiatus. Each monthly episode of the new "Explorer" takes a similar deep dive inside a story from the pages of a recent National Geographic magazine issue, taking viewers not only to the most remote corners of the globe but also to the furthest reaches of the mind and deepest crevices of history -- on urgent missions of discovery.
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Debunking myths and uncovering truths about giant snakes exceeding 30 feet in length.
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Examining the violent gang MS-13, which began on the streets of Los Angeles during the 1980s and has rapidly spread to 33 states and six countries.
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Methamphetamine addiction one of the hardest to quit and it is ravaging communities across the U.S.
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Exploitation threatens to destroy Africa's oldest national park, Virunga.
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The residents of Huntsville, Texas, share their feelings on living in a town that is ground zero for capital punishment in the United States.
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A team of elite climbers confront their grief, doubt and fear on a 150-mile journey from Myanmar to a remote peak at the edge of the world.
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Morticians in a New Jersey lab focus on turning death into something beautiful.
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After the fall of the Taliban, Afghanistan's opium production increases to more than 90 percent of the world's supply.
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Exposing the underbelly of the modern gold trade with a treasure hunter and an illegal miner.
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The dropping of the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945.
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The human eye is an impressive organ, but animal eyes are far more powerful than ours and are crucial for survival in the wild.
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Scientific explorers examine evidence that during the 16th century the rain forest was far more populated with villages and towns than formerly believed.
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It remains uncertain whether Russian Romanov Princess Anastasia survived the 1918 Bolshevik firing squad or perished along with her brother and father.
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Computer graphics and real-world demonstrations show what organisms survived the meteor strike that wiped out the dinosaurs and why they made it.
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Award-winning National Geographic writer Neil Shea goes on a journey to the heart of Kurdistan.
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An investigation into ancient Syrian treasures plundered by the Islamic State.
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A booming mobile home market; an Iraqi grandmother fighting ISIS.
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Visiting Jerusalem for a look at the opening of what is believed to be Jesus' tomb.
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The mystery of one perfect child mummy leads mummy hunters to a shocking discovery that sheds new light on how and why Sicilians became obsessed with mummies.
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Host Ali Wentworth sits down with civil rights pioneer the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr.
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Educator Bill Nye examines the emotions people experience when facing the stark realities of climate change; featuring actor Arnold Schwarzenegger portraying Bill's climate change therapist.
"Naked Science" strips away the layers of a scientific investigation into one of the big mysteries of our time, revealing through expert analysis realistic scenarios that either confirm or deny long-held assumptions and misconceptions.
Consistently stunning documentaries transport viewers to far-flung locations ranging from the torrid African plains to the chilly splendors of icy Antarctica. The show's primary focus is on animals and ecosystems around the world. A comic book based on the show, meant to be used an as educational tool for kids, was briefly distributed to museums and schools at no cost in the mid-2000s.
"Move as millions. Survive as one." That's the catchphrase of this seven-part event for which a National Geographic team spent two-plus years recording across 20 countries and all seven continents. Narrated by Alec Baldwin, it tells the stories of many of the planet's species and the journeys they undertake to ensure their survival. The diverse range of animals shown -- many revealing behaviors never caught on film before -- include Botswana zebras, Mali elephants, flying foxes in Australia, Pacific white sharks, and the white-eared kob of the Sudan, thought to have been destroyed during decades of violence.
Dr. Brady Barr, a herpetologist by trade, travels all over the world to study reptiles and other creatures in their native habitats, often risking his life in the process. His mission is two-fold: to collect as much information as possible about the animals he studies and to inform the public about the state of the planet and the risk of extinction many animal species face. And, of course, there's another benefit to all his work: It makes great TV.
Rituals and customs accepted in one culture may be thought of as downright bizarre in another. "Taboo" delves into that dichotomy, taking viewers across cultural borders to explore traditional beliefs and deliberate lifestyle choices, ranging from body modification and gender decisions to nudity and spiritual quests that test the limits of the human body.