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  • Season 1
    • 1/1/08
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      God himself could not sink this ship: Titanic. The unsinkable ship sank at 2:20 a.m. on April 14, 1912. Approximately 1,500 people perished with her, a loss that stunned the world. For seven decades the fabled liner lay hidden 13,000 feet below the North Atlantic surface. Various expeditions tried to find her, but they were defeated by wild weather, the extreme depth, and conflicting accounts of the ship's last moments. Finally, in 1985, explorer Bob Ballard and a French-American team located the Titanic. Years of painstaking research paid off as they became the first humans to see the great ship since that awful night to remember in 1912. You can join Ballard on the search - and see what his team saw - through this acclaimed film.moreless
    • The Photographers
      Episode 11
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      Find out what it's like to travel, explore and "get the shot" on assignment with the celebrated photographers of National Geographic. You'll hear the secrets of these remarkable men and women - the dangers they face, and the lives they lead for the love of their craft. And discover the remarkable talent required to take pictures that make history, as you gain a fascinating new perspective on the world through the eyes of The Photographers.moreless
    • The Filmmakers
      Episode 10
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      They swim with sharks, confront venomous snakes, and stalk hungry lions. They're National Geographic filmmakers, and for these remarkable adventurers, capturing unforgettable footage in the wild is not just a job, it's a way of life. Join a cinematographer in the rain forest canopy as he goes to incredible lengths, and heights, to film the world's most powerful bird of prey. Witness the frustration of a filmmaker who just misses the scene-stealing shot of jackal pups greeting their mother in the Serengeti, and feel the exhilaration when he finally captures the event to perfection. Meet the talented professionals who go behind the camera every day and sometimes risk their lives to bring us extraordinary images of nature's most amazing creatures.moreless
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      National Geographic presents a portrait of one of America's most sacred places. Once little more than a potter's field, Arlington National Cemetery has become a national shrine and treasury of American history. Now, discover how this revered site came to be, and how it serves as the final resting place for both the famous and obscure, from John F. Kennedy to the Unknown Soldier. Through rare archival footage and captivating, truelife accounts, experience the moving stories of heroes and heroines and witness the daily activities and official rituals of the dedicated staff who strive to honor those who are laid to rest here. From fallen soldiers and daring explorers to political leaders and other honored Americans, the hallowed history of Arlington reveals a powerful portrait of this iconic and venerated landmark.moreless
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      The search for the mysterious "Afghan Girl," whose haunting, green-eyed gaze captivated the world in a National Geographic magazine cover photograph, takes Explorer on a world-wide journey in an attempt to solve the case of a missing person. In January 2002, photographer Steve McCurry, who took the 1984 photograph and has been searching for the girl ever since, traveled to Pakistan with a National Geographic Explorer team to search one last time. The refugee camp where the original encounter took place was about to be demolished. War in Afghanistan continues. The plight of refugees there and in Pakistan is worsening. Has the "Afghan Girl" survived? With a lot of detective work and a little luck, the Explorer team, together with McCurry, finds a woman who could be the "Afghan Girl." How can they confirm that this is the same person as the child photographed nearly 20 years ago?moreless
    • Through the Lens
      Episode 7
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      Go behind the lens where split-second timing can spell the difference between success and failure.
    • A riveting 90 minute special that counts down dramatic events captured on film through the National Geographic lens. Five action-packed segments feature spectacular imagery and firsthand accounts from the scientists, journalists and filmmakers on the scene that let viewers experience thrilling moments of discovery, heart-pounding adventure, and shocking rarely seen animal behaviors. A base jumper equipped with a helmet-cam takes a mile-high free fall - but his parachute won't open. A cameraman films a shark swimming away - but the shark turns back for an unexpected close-up. A journalist and his crew duck for cover on a mountaintop in Afghanistan as their location comes under attack and bullets fly right over their heads.moreless
    • In 1953, Sir Edmund Hillary & Tenzing Norgay made history as the first people to reach the top of Everest. Now, 50 years later, three sons of Everest's most celebrated climbers return to the mountain to challenge it again. Join their journey as they brave the elements and face death to climb 29,000 feet of wind-blasted rock and ice. And, relive the dramatic history of Everest from great triumphs to deadly tragedies, enduring rivalries and the unsung role of the Sherpa people - as National Geographic exposes the untold stories that lurk in the mountain's epic shadow and takes you on the ultimate Everest experience.moreless
    • Trek into the hidden battlefields of northern Botswana where lions and spotted hyenas clash in overlapping territories. With never-before-seen footage, much of it filmed at night, you'll uncover an intense and vicious blood feud that has been waged for millennia. Follow the Southern Clan, led by a powerful hyena matriarch whose firstborn female cub kills her sister at birth to assure her succession as leader of the clan. Lurk in the shadows as a lioness from the Central Pride gives birth to three cubs and then encounters a deadly Egyptian cobra. You'll be stunned by breathtaking chase scenes as the hyena matriarch is brutally killed by a male lion, throwing the clan into chaos. Discover nature's savage conflicts in this ancient rivalry between Eternal Enemies: Lions & Hyenas.moreless
    • Miracle Doctors
      Episode 3
      1/1/08
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      Nepal is a country overwhelmed by poverty and torn by a bloody civil war. Correspondent Lisa Ling visits the country to witness the work of two eye doctors - one American, one Nepalese - who are working to prevent the cataract-caused blindness that can make life impossible for people living in rural areas. While watching the remarkable work these doctors are doing she also hears from the Nepalese people who are regaining their sight amidst this tumultuous conflict.moreless
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      National Geographic host Lisa Ling examines the consequences of China's two-decade-old, "one-child policy" designed to curb the country's exploding population. Due to cultural, social and economic factors, traditional preference leans toward boys, so girls are often hidden, aborted, or abandoned. As a result, tens of thousands of girls end up in orphanages across China. Today, more than one quarter of all babies adopted from abroad by American families come from China - and nearly all are girls. Ling joins some of these families as they travel to China to meet their new daughters for the first time. Along this emotional journey, she shares in the joy of these growing families and also witnesses firsthand China's gender gap, its roots, and its possible repercussions.moreless
    • For three decades, National Geographic has set the standard for spellbinding television documentaries of exploration and discovery. From the first American expedition to summit Everest, to undersea worlds of danger and beauty with JacquesIves Cousteau, to the historic discovery of fossils of our earliest ancestors with Louis and Mary Leakey, witness as National Geographic filmmakers capture the mystery and wonder of life around the world. From the delicate rhythms of the natural world to the many faces of human culture, 30 Years of National Geographic Specials chronicles a visual saga of humankind's quest for knowledge.moreless
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