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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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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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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 42 days ago
Exposing the underbelly of the modern gold trade with a treasure hunter and an illegal miner.
aired 46 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 47 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 47 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 47 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 99 days ago
Exploring ways Teddy Roosevelt would handle the bitterly divisive issues of today, including gun control, climate change and income inequality.
aired 106 days ago
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.
aired 158 days ago
Exploring Mosquita, the largest untouched rainforest in Central America where legends swirl of a white city buried inland.
aired 171 days ago
An in-depth look at the devastating effects of the illegal ivory trade; with veteran reporter of the wildlife trafficking wars, Bryan Christy.
aired 172 days ago
Scientific explorers examine evidence that during the 16th century the rain forest was far more populated with villages and towns than formerly believed.
aired 214 days ago
Exploitation threatens to destroy Africa's oldest national park, Virunga.
aired 247 days ago
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.
aired 274 days ago
Morticians in a New Jersey lab focus on turning death into something beautiful.
aired 357 days ago
The dropping of the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945.

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