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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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aired 38 days ago
Features a rare interview with His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
aired 45 days ago
A secret U.S. government program monitors suspected terrorists; economist Paul Krugman discusses the intersection of politics and economics; outsourcing isn't just for corporations any longer.
aired 52 days ago
Examines Filipino president Rodrigo Duterte's controversial war on drugs that has left countless people dead in the streets.
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Phil Keoghan pays a visit to a hibernating bear's den; farming innovations; Iceland's giants; new Nasca lines.
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Inside NASCAR; a human sacrifice discovery; DNA testing; probiotics.
aired 77 days ago
Morticians in a New Jersey lab focus on turning death into something beautiful.
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Phil Keoghan tries an ancient martial arts in India; deadly tornadoes; reporters at risk in Cambodia; talking whales.
aired 84 days ago
The Kurds and their underdog army battle the most feared and ruthless threat, ISIS.
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Lions; earthquakes; designer dogs; chocolate; Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.).
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An invasive species; rehab facilities; tracking whales and wolves.
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Super recognizers; ancient mummies; whale sharks; Fukushima.
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Castellers, also known as human towers; grizzly bears; security for marijuana businesses; the color blue.
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Phil Keoghan journeys to Peru to probe the mystery of the boiling river; Mariana van Zeller investigates the unsolved attack on U.S. embassy workers in Cuba; breakthrough technology for people with missing senses; how snowflakes form into avalanches.
aired 133 days ago
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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Phil Keoghan visits the Paranal Observatory in the Atacama Desert; Mariana van Zeller speaks with members of the Flat Earth movement; Albert Lin explores the potential of hibernation on Mars and how lemurs can help; meteorite trading in Morocco.
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Phil Keoghan witness a daily ceremony on the India/Pakistan border; Tim Samuels looks into tensions between humans and an expanding saltwater crocodile population in Australia; wrongly issued Red Notices; communication among trees.
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A group of Hawaiians live off the food grid; more than 1.5 million U.S. children have potentially fatal peanut allergies; the cultural language of Samurai swords; the bald eagle's story of survival after nearly going extinct 40 years ago.
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Host Phil Keoghan heads to Utah to dig for dinosaurs; Tim Samuels reports on the global drop in male fertility; Mariana van Zeller embeds with a goods smuggler in Gaza; Francesca Fiorentini gets to the bottom of "miracle dirt."
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Phil Keoghan ventures inside the active Masaya volcano in Nicaragua; motorcyclists transport solar panels in Tanzania; an oil mogul's horse cloning business may provide insight to cure diabetes; how Americans are preparing for a nuclear attack.
aired 178 days ago
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.
aired 178 days ago
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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