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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.

Latest episodes

aired 6 days ago
Personal stories and candid interviews spotlight this look at Tokyo's infamous organized crime syndicate know as the yakuza.
aired 165 days ago
A forensic investigation into the existence of Georgia's Hogzilla, a legendary beast said to weigh at least 1,000 pounds.
aired 170 days ago
The dropping of the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945.
aired 291 days ago
The residents of Huntsville, Texas, share their feelings on living in a town that is ground zero for capital punishment in the United States.
aired 346 days ago
Exposing the underbelly of the modern gold trade with a treasure hunter and an illegal miner.
aired 353 days ago
Archaeologists unearth mummies that are thousands of years old and completely out of place in a remote Chinese desert.
aired 379 days ago
Features a rare interview with His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
aired 386 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 393 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 418 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 425 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 474 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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