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    • Female Suicide Bombers
      Season 2 - Episode 20
      Lisa Ling investigates terrorism's new face - female suicide bombers.
    • Hostage Crisis Massacre
      Season 7 - Episode 6
      Hostage Crisis Massacre is the story of how one man armed with a gun created an 11-hour international media spectacle, played out live on television. National Geographic goes deep inside the high-stakes hostage negotiation in Manila that offers stark lessons on what can go wrong when the police negotiators lose control and the media takes over.moreless
    • Australia's Great Flood
      Season 7 - Episode 5
      A freak inland tsunami smashes through towns and cities, bringing widespread destruction and claiming lives across the Australian state of Queensland. Then cyclones batter the coastline, wreaking even further havoc. At the end, 22 people are dead and three remain missing. Australia's Great Flood captures the devastating 2011 flood as it happened, through the eyes of those who experienced it.moreless
    • Gang War USA
      Season 7 - Episode 3
      In Greensboro, North Carolina, an argument over a song playing on the jukebox at a Mexican restaurant ends with two brothers dead--shot dead at point blank range. The culprit is a member of the notorious transnational gang MS-13. How did a gang that started in Los Angeles, California in the mid-1980s end up responsible for the murder of two innocent men in Greensboro, North Carolina? The search for answers leads deep inside the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE). Could the American government's war on transnational gangs, ironically, be making them stronger and more deadly?moreless
    • Taking Down the Mob
      Season 7 - Episode 1
      It's one of the most explosive Mob investigations in New York City history, told by the detectives who hunted the mobsters involved-and two members of their own police force who were willing to kill for the Mafia.
    • Crime Lords of Tokyo
      Season 7 - Episode 2
      Tokyo: orderly...modern...and seemingly safe. But this vast neon city hides a dark secret. For the millions who live here, it's something you don't see every day, and you may never encounter it face to face. For people on the inside, however, nothing could be more obvious than the power of Japan's infamous organized crime syndicates known as the Yakuza. National Geographic takes you inside this secretive underworld to meet the real Yakuza-thugs and high-ranking bosses-plus the people who write about their every move, and the cops who track them down. Incredible personal stories and candid interviews reveal an organization both honorable and corrupt, violent and restrained, compassionate and driven by an insatiable greed.moreless
    • Psychic Gold Hunt
      Season 7 - Episode 7
      Three psychics put a new spin on an old story - by searching for lost treasure using only the power of their minds. John, a remote viewer; Susette, a psychic; and Mike, a dowser, live in central California, an area with a history steeped in the legendary gold repositories of old Spanish Missions. The three of them believe they can locate treasure that's been hidden for nearly two centuries through strictly "supernatural" means. Will these paranormal techniques help them uncover a legendary stash of buried gold, or will their extrasensory visions come up dry?moreless
    • How to Build an Ancient Man
      Season 7 - Episode 8
      A tuft of tangled human hair is dug out of Greenlands permafrost. From these 4,000-year-old threads of evidence, scientists attempt the impossible to be the first to reconstruct the identity of a Stone Age human being. From the scraps of DNA, an ancient face appears. But as they break into this genetic code, they find far more than they bargained for, and the discovery threatens to turn our long-held concept of how humans populated the earth, on its head.moreless
    • Inside the State Department
      Inside the State Department
      Season 6 - Episode 16
      Go inside the U.S. Department of State, its leader, and a staff of 60,000+ professionals engaged in operations spanning the globe.
    • To Catch a Smuggler
      Season 7 - Episode 9
      Fraudulent visas. Narcotics mules. Stolen art. Human trafficking. Illegal citrus. Its all part of a days work at JFK Airport. Explorer brings you an inside look at the operations of U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers and Homeland Security Investigations special agents at the busiest international airport in the USA.
    • Mystery of Murdered Saints
      Mystery of Murdered Saints
      Season 8 - Episode 3
      For the first time, the Catholic Church will allow scientific experts to openly test the veracity of the remains of reported saints.
    • Inside North Korea
      Inside North Korea
      Season 3 - Episode 1
      Cross into North Korea, one of the world's most secretive nations, for a rare glimpse of the country and its dictator Kim Jong II.
    • Python Wars
      Python Wars
      Season 6 - Episode 33
      The Burmese python, one of the largest, most powerful snakes in the world, has established a breeding population in Florida's Everglades.
    • Narco State
      Narco State
      Season 5 - Episode 15
      Follow the police as they investigate the latest drug-related kidnapping, uncover marijuana and ambush suspects at a ransom drop-off.
    • Murder in the Roman Empire
      Season 7 - Episode 4
      British investigators discover bones hidden under the floor of an old army barracks near the Scotland border. Preliminary observations indicate the victim may have been bound and was killed with blunt force trauma to the skull. But, this victim died nearly 1,800 years ago. Solving the mystery of who murdered a 10-year old child in 213 AD, Murder in the Roman Empire delves into the life of an ancient Roman garrison using forensics, archaeology, and criminal investigation. Could an individual soldier have taken advantage of deserted barracks to hide his crime? Or was there collusion among a group of soldiers?moreless
    • Ghost Ships of the Great Lakes
      Season 6 - Episode 31
      The discovery of a human skull in the depths of Lake Superior begins a story that will take historian and author Brendon Baillod across two Great Lakes and a century of history. It takes him and a team of elite technical divers more than 20 miles off Milwaukee where they discover the wreck of one of Lake Michigans lost queens. It takes them to the remote waters of Lake Superior where they risk their lives to determine the identity of yet another lost ship. And it takes us into the forgotten life of a brave and stubborn woman who lived, and died, on these wild waters. Whether her presence cursed these lost ships, or a more earthly explanation can be found, the Great Lakes reputation as a graveyard for mariners stands firm.moreless
    • Stormageddon
      Season 6 - Episode 32
      Massive floods in Australia and Pakistan. Deadly mudslides in Brazil. Epic drought and wildfires in Russia. Historic snows and bitter cold across North America. 2010 was one of the most destructive years in history. Join National Geographic as we present the dramatic images and personal stories of this catastrophic weather year.moreless
    • Clash of the Americas
      Season 1 - Episode 12
      It may have been one of the most cataclysmic geologic events of the last 60 million years which shaped America as we know it today. The narrow, 400-mile-long Isthmus of Panama, once buried below the sea, rose up and connected North and South America. This new land bridge unleashed an astonishing animal encounter: Prehistoric predators and prey -- each unique to their worlds -- came face-to-face for the first time. An armor-plated ancestor of the armadillo. A saber-toothed marsupial. A horse-like creature with three-toed feet. Evolutionary history changed forever as animals from the continents clashed. National Geographic joins scientists on a quest to discover what happened and which creatures survived.moreless
    • Mystery of the Murdered Saints
      Season 1 - Episode 14
      For the first time, the Catholic Church is allowing scientific experts and historians to openly test the veracity of the remains of reported saints. National Geographic has exclusive access to the forensic investigation. Deep in the crypt below the Cathedral of Reggio Emilia lie a set of bones believed to be those of two ancient saints, Chrysanthus and Daria. For more than 1,500 years they've been hidden away ... until now. Can science prove that these are a man and woman who were brutally executed by the Romans in the fight against a growing Christian faith?moreless
    • The Angel Effect
      Season 1 - Episode 15
      A 9/11 survivor, an astronaut, and a blue hole diver all survived dramatically different traumatic events only to tell strikingly similar stories: each felt a mysterious presence that guided them to safety in their time of greatest peril. But what were these strange presences? Can they be explained? The devout call them guardian angels or divine encounters--others encounter a kind stranger. Could they have been angels? Phantoms? Or were their minds just playing tricks on them? National Geographic delves deep inside this phenomenon to break down the barrier between science and the supernatural. When faced with life and death, the brain flips an "angel switch," and help arrives-at least for some. Dubbed the "Third Man Factor," hundreds have reported this mysterious phenomenon--and now, science is taking a closer look, zeroing in on the location and the mechanism in the brain they believe may be responsible for these visions.moreless
    • Mega Piranha
      Season 6 - Episode 30
      Piranhas-the stuff of nightmares and legends. They're infamous for how fast they can devour prey, and are known to attack in groups of up to 100. National Geographic joins a team of scientists heading to the Amazon to investigate a piranha mystery of immense proportions. A fossil of a giant jaw fragment has been identified as an ancient piranha, but with a terrifying twist: the tooth belonged to a fish seven times the size of existing piranha species.moreless
    • Man vs. Volcano
      Season 6 - Episode 27
    • The Angel Effect
      Season 6 - Episode 28
    • Marijuana Gold Rush
      Season 7 - Episode 10
      Despite the fact that cultivation of cannabis remains a federal offense, a new generation of "ganja-preneurs" hopes to cash in on the growing market for medical marijuana. In California, the Green Rush is in full bloom as growers, dispensaries, hydroponic nurseries, testing labs and insurance companies fight for a piece of this irresistible economic brownie. Marijuana Gold Rush enters the brave new business world of pot - where Manhattan execs have joined forces with old-school growers in Northern California to explore the real potential of this budding industry.moreless
    • Guerrilla Gold Rush
      Season 8 - Episode 1
      Colombia is in the throws of a gold rush unlike anything it has seen in years. Across dense jungle and the rural countryside, wildcat miners are tearing up huge swaths of land in a frenzied search for the precious metal. Even more worrying for authorities is that this gold may be fueling a new chapter in the civil conflict that has defined Colombia for the last five decades.moreless
    • Peru's Mass Grave Mystery
      Peru's Mass Grave Mystery
      Season 4 - Episode 18
      Archaeologists discover a burial ground of more than 80 corpses that may have been a lost civilization in Peru that vanished overnight.
    • Point of No Return
      Season 8 - Episode 9
      A team of climbers confront their personal demons on a 150-mile journey to a remote peak in Myanmar.
    • Eyes Wide Open
      Season 8 - Episode 6
      A look at the eye and how it's inspiring new technology.
    • Blood Antiquities
      Season 8 - Episode 8
      Examining the ancient Syrian treasures that were stolen by the Islamic State.
    • Faces of Death
      Season 8 - Episode 7
    • Fighting ISIS
      Season 8 - Episode 6
      The Kurdish army battles Islamic fundamentalist forces.
    • Battle for Virunga
      Season 8 - Episode 11
      Virunga National Park is profiled.
    • What Would Teddy Do?
      Season 8 - Episode 11
      Examining how a modern-day Theodore Roosevelt might change the outlook for the U.S.
    • Episode 1
      Season 8 - Episode 12
    • Episode 6
      Season 9 - Episode 6
    • Episode 5
      Season 9 - Episode 5
    • Episode 4
      Season 9 - Episode 4
    • Episode 3
      Season 9 - Episode 3
    • Episode 2
      Season 8 - Episode 13
    • The Cult of Mary
      Season 8 - Episode 4
      An examination of people devoted to Mary, the mother of Jesus.
    • Call of the Wild
      Season 8 - Episode 5
      Writer David Gessner examines the effects of nature on the human brain.
    • Bill Nye's Global Meltdown
      Season 8 - Episode 3
      Science guy Bill Nye examines the global effects of climate change.
    • Iraq's Guns for Hire
      Iraq's Guns for Hire
      Season 2 - Episode 17
      Private security contractors in Iraq's war zone risk their lives to protect VIPs and transport critical supplies.
    • Sex for Sale: American Escort
      Season 8 - Episode 6
      Mariana van Zeller journeys to the heart of the American escort industry and uncovers the gritty reality behind the supply and demand of high-end sex work.
    • The Man Who Can Fly
      Season 8 - Episode 5
      Some think of Dean Potter as a real-life superhero. He can climb the unclimbable, visualize the invisible and fly through the air with the greatest of speed. As perhaps one of the world's best BASE jumpers, Dean holds several records for height, distance and flight duration. Now, Dean has set his sights on Mount Bute -- a 9,000-foot granite launch pad along the British Columbia coastline.moreless
    • The 400 Million Dollar Emerald
      Season 8 - Episode 4
      Emeralds. Their green fire has captivated for centuries. In high stakes game of emerald deals - it's a bidding war coupled with raw obsession, where a million dollars can fit in a pocket. And in California, the world's largest emerald is caught in a caper of kidnapping, arson, and deception.
    • Kingdom of the Blue Whale
      Kingdom of the Blue Whale
      Season 5 - Episode 16
      Blue whales are the largest creatures to ever inhabit the earth -- yet despite their size, we know precious little about them.
    • Tornado Intercept
      Season 3 - Episode 1
      This groundbreaking one-hour event takes you into the whirling devastation of a tornado’s heart as cutting-edge science meets over-the-edge filmmaking to capture incredible images of what happens inside one of nature's deadliest phenomena! Witness the construction and first deployment of the revolutionary Tornado Intercept Vehicle - 8,000 pounds of armor plating, bullet-proof windows, state-of-the-art camera, and a crew of hardcore, thrill-seeking filmmakers. Plunge into the killing zone of tornadoes capable of generating 300-mph-plus winds as researchers risk life and limb to shoot never-before-seen footage from within these monster storms. From stunning computer-generated imagery, to riding shotgun in the first vehicle ever to take a camera into a tornado’s vortex, it's extreme, adrenaline-driven science.moreless
    • Secrets of Florence
      Season 2 - Episode 3
      National Geographic visits unearthed Roman theaters, medieval streets, and secret tunnels, bringing new light to Florence's lesser-known, dark history. Art detective and National Geographic Fellow Maurizio Seracini reveals history using a thermocamera to reveal long-lost architectural layers in some of the city's most famous landmarks.
    • Heroin Crisis
      Season 3 - Episode 20
      Heroin is one of the most addictive drugs on earth. Stronger, purer and easier to get than ever before. The newest forms of heroin can be snorted or smoked--rather than injected--attracting millions of new users. National Geographic investigates how the war in Afghanistan has inadvertently unleashed a deluge of heroin, feeding addicts from Kabul to Europe to America's heartland.moreless
    • Legend of the Monkey God
      Season 8 - Episode 2
      An exploration of Mosquitia, a large rainforest in Central America.
    • Warlords of Ivory
      Season 8 - Episode 1
      A look at how the illegal ivory trade in Africa is used to fund terrorist and militia activities.
    • Lockdown: Total Control
      Season 3 - Episode 30
      In prison, inmates do whatever it takes to outwit officers. It's an ongoing game of cat and mouse-a game for control. And the more rules and regulations that are imposed on the prisoners, the farther they'll go to get an upper hand. At North Carolina's Alexander Correctional Institution, the game is never ending.moreless
    • Zoo Tiger Escape
      Season 3 - Episode 33
      On Christmas Day 2007, a 243-pound Siberian tiger named Tatiana escaped from her open-air enclosure at the San Francisco Zoo and mauled three young men. Before long, one 17-year-old boy and the 4-year-old tigress lay dead. Zoo Tiger Escape investigates the how and why of what really happened that night-from the possible motivational factors that led the tiger to escape, to the complex evolution of enclosure design.moreless
    • Iraq's Lost Treasures
      Season 3 - Episode 28
      Follow Lisa Ling and a National Geographic film crew through the wreckage of post-invasion Iraq as they search for the Treasure of Nimrud-one of the world's most spectacular caches of golden jewels and dazzling crowns. Discovered in the late 1980s and then hidden away in 1990, many feared this collection was lost forever until it was finally located in the flooded vaults and burned out wreckage of Iraq's Central Bank.moreless
    • Lost Cannibals of Europe
      Season 1 - Episode 10
      Cannibalism has long been considered a dark chapter in man's history. Yet we think of it only as isolated occurrences. Now a Neolithic burial pit in Germany, found filled with expertly butchered human remains, challenges those assumptions. Archaeologists have never seen anything like it--the deeper they dig, the more bizarre the scene becomes.National Geographic joins an international team of experts as they reopen the earth to understand violent events as they played out seven thousand years ago.moreless
    • Mammoth Mystery
      Season 4 - Episode 5
      Scientists have long debated one of the greatest mysteries of science: What caused the mass extinction of mammoths around 13,000 years ago? A look at science in the making, National Geographic follows a team of investigators as they assemble one theory for what might have happened to the mammoths, which reigned over the landscapes of North America for more than 1 million years. Could the clues point to the biggest cosmic impact humans have ever witnessed?moreless
    • T. Rex Walks Again
      Season 5 - Episode 10
      How could a tiny Tyrannosaurus rex baby grow into a six-ton super carnivore? Dinosaur builder Hall Train and renowned paleoartist Jason Brougham team up with top scientists to uncover the truth about this fascinating creature and to create the world's most accurate, fully skinned, mechanical replica of a walking juvenile T. Rex. Join National Geographic as the hidden secrets of the Tyrannosaurus Rex are revealed.moreless
    • Virus Hunters
      Season 5 - Episode 6
      To many people, viruses are simply agents for disease, but they may possess far greater power than originally thought. Some experts now believe that viruses helped give rise to the first complex cells, played a role in the diversification of life, drove evolution, and perhaps gave us emotions. National Geographic investigates a provocative new theory that suggests that all life-including humans-is descended from viruses.moreless
    • Guns In America
      Season 5 - Episode 5
      Three hundred million citizens, 270 million guns, five stories, and one common thread: all are a part of Guns in America. National Geographic tells the story of America's connection to guns through the eyes of its citizens. From gangs to local law enforcement to gun hobbyists to a young mother, this documentary explores the lives of people with guns.moreless
    • Tunnel to a Lost World
      Season 4 - Episode 14
      During excavation for the deepest submerged tunnel in the world, engineers in Istanbul uncovered a hidden past: a preserved ancient harbor. It is the biggest maritime discovery in history, and to date, more than 30 shipwrecks from the Byzantine era have been recovered. With new findings every day-including stone foundations from a settlement dating back 8,000 years-construction of the tunnel has come to a halt, and the delay is costing the engineers millions. Now, National Geographic goes on site to one of the largest archaeological excavations ever undertaken and grants viewers behind-the-scenes access to this heated battle between modernizers and historians.moreless
    • Moment of Death
      Season 5 - Episode 1
      Death: it fascinates, it frightens, and those who face it and survive often look at life in a whole different way. National Geographic's Moment of Death looks at what happens to us when we die, why dead isn't always dead, and how mind and the body sometimes challenge science when it comes to the tipping point between life and death.moreless
    • Italy's Mystery Mummies
      Season 5 - Episode 7
      Scattered across the island of Sicily, beneath picturesque churches, are thousands of mummified bodies. And most mysterious of all is one of the last to be enshrined: she's known as the "sleeping beauty"-Rosalia Lombardo. A child barely two years old when she died nearly a century ago, Rosalia's corpse remains flawlessly preserved. Now, for the first time, a scientific team of mummy hunters is on the case, unearthing hundreds of Sicily's miraculous dead, exploring how this baffling culture of mummification could operate within the Catholic Church itself, and finally, revealing the secret formula behind Rosalia's perfect preservation.moreless
    • World's Most Dangerous Gang
      Season 2 - Episode 15
      You've spotted the graffiti. You've seen their tattoos. And you've read the shocking headlines documenting their brutality. But what is driving the rapid spread of the ultra violent gang MS-13, which has infected big cities and small towns across the country? National Geographic Channel's Explorer and Lisa Ling take you deep inside a merciless world hidden in plain view - the shadowy culture of MS-13. It is an organization that recruits the most desperate, including children, and twists them into hardened criminals capable of the most heinous crimes. Explorer: World's Most Dangerous Gang reveals how MS-13 works from those who know it best - detailing its extreme culture and rituals through revealing interviews with active members, those struggling to break free and investigators dedicated to stemming the increasing tide of violence that now spills beyond our borders.moreless
    • 24 Hours After Asteroid Impact
      Season 6 - Episode 4
      Travel back 66 million years ago when a meteor struck the Earth, wiping out three-quarters of all life on the planet. What happened in those first hours? Why did some creatures survive while nearly all others perished? Using computer graphics and real-world recreations, National Geographic reveals the likely effects of the catastrophic impact that changed the world forever and examines who won, who lost, and why.moreless
    • Solitary Confinement
      Season 6 - Episode 7
      Alone in a cell 23 hours a day for days, or even decades. Today, tens of thousands of Americans are subject to what may be the most extreme prison environment ever designed. Although the effects of isolation are largely unknown, in prisons across the country, convicts are placed in solitary confinement-cut off from nearly all human contact. Some say solitary is the only way to handle the worst prisoners, but others claim it amounts to psychological torture more cruel than any physical abuse. From prisoners on the edge, to scientists making finds that are changing our most fundamental notions of ourselves, National Geographic looks at the science of solitary and discovers what it means to be absolutely and completely alone.moreless
    • Inside Guantanamo
      Season 5 - Episode 11
      The naval base at Guantanamo Bay secured a place in the annals of history when the first wave of detainees from America's War on Terror-men dubbed "the worst of the worst"-arrived in 2002. A symbol of freedom protected or freedom tragically betrayed, the controversies of Guantanamo embody the thorny issues of America's fight against an enemy that wears no uniform, has no address and will declare no armistice, and an administration's battle to keep prisoners beyond the reach of due process in American courts. The goings-on inside the wire encircling this highly classified camp have been a closely held government secret-until now. For the first time, National Geographic exclusively captures day-to-day life in the most famous prison in the world-exploring the ongoing daily struggle between the guard force of dedicated young military personnel and the equally dedicated detainees, many of whom are still in legal limbo after being held for seven years.moreless
    • Journey to an Alien Moon
      Season 5 - Episode 9
      Europa - an icy moon of Jupiter over 480 million miles away from Earth - may be our best hope for finding alien life in our solar system. Scientists believe that on Europa there is a liquid ocean buried beneath its icy crust. To find out if this alien ocean holds life, a team needs to get there, penetrate the ice shell, and navigate in an alien sea. Meet the scientists, adventurers, and engineers who are determined to launch a mission to Europa - and follow them through the challenges, frustrations, and triumphs that come with planning a distant mission to an alien world. Through CGI and quests to the edge of our planet, National Geographic goes on a journey to an alien moon to answer the basic question: are we alone in the universe?moreless
    • Explorer - Mystery of the Disembodied Feet
      When a series of human feet inside sneakers wash ashore, authorities and forensic scientists try to solve the macabre mystery.
    • Aryan Brotherhood
      Season 3 - Episode 14
      In the maximum-security prison world of murderers, they are the most feared. With nicknames like "The Beast" and "The Hulk," The Aryan Brotherhood are the most violent criminals behind bars. National Geographic goes behind bars to unveil the secrets of the vicious gangs of white supremacists in prisons. Jailhouse interviews and surveillance footage reveal their deadly tactics.moreless
    • Super Carrier
      Season 3 - Episode 8
      The USS Eisenhower is the pinnacle of aircraft carrier technology. The 97,000-ton steel monster boasts next-generation radar and combat capabilities and is run by 6,000 personnel. See it in action during her final trials before combat.
    • Science of Evil
      Season 4 - Episode 10
      Evil. Is it a spiritual force, a meaningless superstition, or does it lay in the depths of our conscience? In Science of Evil, encounter the soul of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer through the eyes of the priest who baptized him. Travel to war-torn Democratic Republic of the Congo with a UN official charged with administering food and medical help. And join scientists as they use cutting-edge fMRI imaging techniques in an effort to isolate the brain's mechanics of moral judgment.moreless
    • China's Secret Mummies
      China's Secret Mummies
      Season 4 - Episode 8
      In a remote Chinese desert, scientists have unearthed Caucasian mummies that are thousands of years old. Where did they come from?
    • T. Rex Walks Again
      Season 4 - Episode 13
      Explorer digs into the fossil record to create the world's most accurate, fully skinned, mechanical replica of a juvenile T. Rex.
    • Iraq's Guns for Hire
      Season 3 - Episode 10
      Private security contractors in Iraq's war zone risk their lives to protect VIPs and transport critical supplies.
    • Science of Babies
      Science of Babies
      Season 4 - Episode 4
      Explore the remarkable plasticity of a baby's brain and see how early experiences influence human development.
    • Gorilla Murders
      Gorilla Murders
      Season 4 - Episode 17
      National Geographic Explorer investigates the murder of six mountain gorillas in Africa's Virunga National Park.
    • Hogzilla
      Season 2 - Episode 6
      Discover the truth about a purported 1,000-pound feral hog the size of a pick-up truck discovered in southern Georgia.
    • Tiny Humans: The Hobbits of Flores
      In an extraordinary discovery, scientists find prehistoric evidence of a new human species on a remote Indonesian island.
    • Secret History of Diamonds
      Secret History of Diamonds
      Season 6 - Episode 3
      NGC takes an in-depth look at these international symbols of wealth and their connection to terrorism and crime.
    • Inside the Body Trade
      Season 4 - Episode 6
      Across the United States, some 95,000 people desperately wait for a new organ, and often a second chance at life. But this year, fewer than half of those people will receive an organ, and many will die waiting. The overwhelming desperation and demand have given rise to a global black market in body parts, and National Geographic correspondent Lisa Ling investigates this illegal and growing practice.moreless
    • Testosterone Factor
      Season 4 - Episode 11
      NGC gets to the science behind what makes a man manly -- his Testosterone Factor. It's one of the most important and powerful hormones in a man's body, but how does it really impact the men in your life? Explorer presents the latest insights from leading researchers in psychology, biology and anthropology to reveal testosterone's fascinating influence on strength, status, success and even commitment.moreless
    • Finding Anastasia
      Season 4 - Episode 18
      Did Romanov Princess Anastasia survive a Bolshevik firing squad or did she and her brother Crown Prince Alexis perish with their father, Tsar Nicholas II, before another firing squad in 1918? The chance find of human remains in a Siberian forest brings forensic anthropologist Dr.Anthony Falsetti to in search of the truth. Marshalling DNA, ballistics and the very latest forensic analysis, an international team works to dispel the greatest myth of the 20th century and tell a real story more remarkable than any fiction.moreless
    • Alaska's Last Oil
      Season 4 - Episode 12
      The world is addicted to oil. But now the easy pockets of oil are gone and the race is on to find new sources. Nowhere is the battle more intense than in Alaska - source of nearly 15% of America's domestic production, and home to the nation's largest wildlife preserve, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, where companies are pushing to drill. National Geographic travels back millions of years to see how oil was created, and looks to the future to ask how far we'll go to find every last barrel and at what cost.moreless
    • Explorer 5 - Chimps on the Edge
      Explorer 5 - Chimps on the Edge
      Season 5 - Episode 17
      Explorer attempts to unravel the complex relationship between humans and chimps that live together.
    • Easter Island Underworld
      Season 5 - Episode 13
      Deep beneath the legendary Easter Island, National Geographic undertakes a groundbreaking expedition to map a vast cave system utilized by the people who carved these iconic statues. Protected by sheer cliffs, narrow labyrinths and underwater entrances, many of the caves have not been explored for decades. Recently discovered human remains and telltale artifacts reveal details of the island's intriguing history and culture.moreless
    • Fatal Insomnia
      Season 6 - Episode 10
      You climb into bed, turn off the light, and close your eyes, but you can't fall asleep. For most of us, it's just one annoying night, but for people with fatal familial insomnia, or FFI, it's the beginning of the end. An extremely rare genetic disease passed down through generations, FFI's primary symptom is sleeplessness, but with a fatal twist: victims are dead within months. To understand FFI, National Geographic delves into the science of sleep-the most elusive biological function we have-to find out why we need sleep and what happens to us when we don't get it. Witness the pioneering research inside the sleeping brain as well as the mind forbidden to rest for days at a time.moreless
    • Inside Death Row
      Inside Death Row
      Season 5 - Episode 14
      Death Row talks to inmates approaching execution in Huntsville, TX, as well as loved ones and players in the act of execution.
    • Lockdown: Gangland
      Season 6 - Episode 20
    • Violent Earth
      Season 2 - Episode 8
    • Last Christians of Bethlehem
      Last Christians of Bethlehem
      Season 3 - Episode 11
      Christians have lived in Bethlehem for centuries, but in today's political climate, they have fewer reasons to stay.
    • How Man Tamed the Wild
      Season 2 - Episode 19
      Animal domestication was a major prerequisite for human civilization to evolve. Join National Geographic as we explore how a dramatic shift from wild to tame happened by investigating foxes, chickens, dogs and rats. Travel to Siberia to see how the physiology of foxes changes when only friendly foxes are bred. In Georgia, follow a scientist as he decodes the DNA of a special population of chickens. And in Moscow, a researcher gains insight into domestication by studying a group of stray dogs.moreless
    • Ultimate Cat
      Season 6 - Episode 22
    • American Hostage
      Season 2 - Episode 16
    • Super Copter
      Season 2 - Episode 13
    • Secret History of Gold
      Season 5 - Episode 21
    • Secret Lives of Jesus
      Season 6 - Episode 25
    • Attack of the Killer Bees
      Season 6 - Episode 24
    • Albino Murders
      Albino Murders
      Season 6 - Episode 15
      In Tanzania, where albinos are killed because of witchcraft, an albino soccer team has formed to dispel myths surrounding them.
    • Born to Rage
      Season 6 - Episode 20
      Were you born to rage? Is the need for anger management in your genes? Many, like ex-punk rocker Henry Rollins, have struggled with feelings of aggression their entire lives, and National Geographic is on a mission to figure out why. Scientists are investigating a single gene-dubbed the warrior gene-that has been associated with violent behavior, raising the disturbing possibility that some people are Born to Rage. Henry tests this theory on a colorful crew: outlaw bikers, mixed martial arts fighters, Buddhist monks and former gang members. DNA testing reveals which of them-including possibly Henry Rollins himself-carries the warrior gene. The results provide an extraordinary insight into human behavior.moreless
    • 24 Hours After Hiroshima
      24 Hours After Hiroshima
      Season 6 - Episode 14
      Explorer tells the story of a moment that changed the world forever: the dropping of the atomic bomb on August 6, 1945.
    • Albino Murders
      Season 2 - Episode 10
      With whitish hair and skin, as well as pale, light-sensitive eyes, people with albinism usually suffer more from social stigma than from their actual physical disabilities. And while this condition is found in all races around the globe, nowhere is it more dangerous to be an albino than in Tanzania. Here, it's deadly. In the last year alone, more than 50 albinos have been murdered, some as young as six months old. Many more have been attacked with machetes, their limbs cut off while alive. Their body parts are used by witchdoctors in potions and remedies as they are believed to bring wealth and success in business.moreless
    • Journey to an Alien Moon
      Season 6 - Episode 9
      Robots are being developed to probe the icy waters on Europa. But would they survive the extreme cold and searing radiation?
    • Explorer - Secret History of Diamonds
      From a warlord's coffers, to the prestigious diamond market. Just how far are we willing to go to possess these remarkable jewels?
    • Explorer - 25 Years
      Explorer - 25 Years
      Season 6 - Episode 8
      Explorer, the longest-running documentary series on cable, marks it 25th anniversary with a two-hour special hosted by Lisa Ling.
    • Electronic Armageddon
      Season 2 - Episode 9
      Based on Richard Muller's book, Physics for Future Presidents, National Geographic investigates the science behind the dangers of a high-altitude electromagnetic pulse, or HEMP. Picture an instantaneous deathblow to the vital engines that power our society, delivered by a nuclear weapon designed not to kill humans but to attack electronics. What could happen if an electromagnetic pulse surged to earth, crippling every aspect of modern society's infrastructure, including our especially vulnerable electrical grid? Beyond the remote potential for terrorists or a rogue state deploying a nuclear HEMP, most experts agree that another source of an EMP - the sun - is inevitable. Now, get a full presidential briefing to understand what could be the electronic Armageddon in one of the world's most wired countries.moreless
    • Inside Bioterror
      Season 2 - Episode 11
      They are some of the most lethal substances on earth - transmitted through food, water, the people around you or even the air you breathe. These are bioweapons, strains of bacteria and viruses that include the most feared diseases in human history. Now, imagine that you have just become the leader of your nation and new intelligence confirms that terrorists are trying to make and unleash a biological weapon in one of your cities. What are their chances for success? National Geographic reveals a surprising picture of what could happen during a biological attack by examining potential scenarios, vulnerabilities, historical instances and the steps we can take to protect ourselves from the world's most dangerous pathogens.moreless
    • Monster Fish of the Congo
      Season 5 - Episode 8
      Join the search for an elusive man-sized predator that may hold the key to evolutionary science.
    • Explorer - Marijuana Nation
      Season 4 - Episode 7
      Lisa Ling steps into the world of marijuana cultivators, reporting from secret farms and not-so-secret grow houses.
    • Inside the DEA
      Inside the DEA
      Season 6 - Episode 13
      Explorer reveals the inner workings of a sting operation designed to bring down one of the world's most prolific and untouchable criminals.
    • Lost Mummies of New Guinea
      Season 6 - Episode 18
      In Papua New Guinea, there are people who may be the last on Earth with living memory of a practice most of the world believes to be long vanished-human mummification. In a search for the last mummy made in the region, National Geographic's team of anthropologists and researchers trek through caves, villages, and mountains to uncover the secrets of the ancient tradition. At the heart of their quest is an aging tribal leader named Gemtasu who wants to revive the practice-with his own body.moreless
    • Can the Gulf Survive?
      Season 6 - Episode 17
      With exclusive access to BP's clean up operations, National Geographic investigates what happened to the 4.9 million barrels of oil that poured from the sea floor in one of the worst environmental disasters of all time. From the front lines of the cleanup efforts, National Geographic follows the first two months after the spill, tracking cleanup efforts as experts seek to learn the ongoing effects and BP battles the spill and the public's outcry.moreless
    • Nazi Mystery: Twins from Brazil
      Nazi Mystery: Twins from Brazil
      Season 6 - Episode 5
      Joseph Mengele spent years doing bizarre medical experiments on twins at Auschwitz...but did his research end there?
    • Talibanistan
      Season 6 - Episode 11
      Explorer takes you inside the fight on the ground and the skies above the rugged terrain of the forbidden zone called Talibanistan.
    • Episode 7
      Episode 7
      Season 9 - Episode 7
      A look at the demand for rhino horns; advertising experts attempt to get the audience to eat insects.
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