History & Exploration - Season 1

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    More has been learned in the last 10 years about how we became human than in the previous 50 years. Through elaborate recreations and computer animation along with expedition footage, National Geographic explores fascinating new discoveries including a hobbit size human and an ancient super hominid that help shed new light on the mysteries of our origins. Includes Bonus Program: Mystery of the Neanderthals.moreless
  • Meet the scientists of SETI, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, who monitor the radio waves of deep space for signs of intelligent life. Discover why scientists agree that life as we know it can exist in many places throughout the universe.
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    It's a story of bubonic plague, starvation, espionage and cannibalism -- and the founding of America's first colony. In 1607, a handful of English adventurers set sail across the Atlantic, expecting a paradise teeming with gold and riches. Now, 400 years later, the latest discoveries reveal the true story of Jamestown - as you've never seen it before. With exclusive access to forensics and archaeology National Geographic reveals shocking new evidence of starvation and disease, secret plots and Spanish spies. Dramatic recreations bring to life the darkest chapter in America's history.moreless
  • Love Those Trains
    Episode 19
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    Once thundering trains bridged all the world's continents... helping to settle new lands and unite distant cultures. In Love Those Trains you'll celebrate their majesty past and present... even taking a first-class seat aboard the Orient Express!
  • The Last Royals
    Episode 18
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    In the past, monarchs have ruled almost every culture, but recent history has not been kind to royalty. Democracy and revolution have stripped them of their power and scandals have given rise to debates about their futures. Go inside the palace gates for an intimate look into the lives of today's monarchies and their relevance in today's modern world. Can kings and queens survive the challenges of the 21st century or will this generation become the last royals?moreless
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    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 featured this collection was lost forever along with countless other important artifacts from Iraq's National Museum until it was finally located in the flooded vaults and burned out wreckage of Iraq's Central Bank.moreless
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    Step inside the imposing gates of the White House for a revealing visit to the most famous, yet mysterious building in America. Discover the human side of this legendary house in candid interviews with Presidents and First Ladies, and peek inside the families' rarely-seen private living quarters. Follow along as a small army of employees whirls behind the scenes in a frenzy of activity surrounding a major state dinner.moreless
  • Inside the Vatican
    Episode 15
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    National Geographic was given unprecedented access for this project, and in this film, their team provides a rare glimpse inside the secret archives and private chapels of the Vatican. Privileged accounts from Vatican officials, historians, and devoted individuals who work closely with Pope John Paul II provide insight into the remarkable history of this holy city and its unique traditions, some of which have survived for nearly 2000 years.moreless
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    Even though they are frequently seen flanking presidential convoys in their trademark dark suits and sunglasses, little is truly known about the insulated world of the United States Secret Service. National Geographic's "Inside" series delves deep into the inner workings of the secretive organization for an unprecedented behind-the-scenes look at the upper echelons of national security.moreless
  • Inside the Pentagon
    Episode 13
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    National Geographic gives you ''Top Secret'' access to the nerve center of the U.S. Military. From its frenzied construction during the height of World War II to the terrorist attacks of September 11 and the ensuing war on terrorism, get an intimate view of the history and intrigue of the headquarters for the United States Military. Inside the Pentagon is a fascinating, intimate view of the Pentagon's triumphs, defeats, and challenges.moreless
  • Inside Mecca
    Episode 12
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    This story presents the most intimate and three-dimensional documentation of the annual pilgrimage to Mecca and sheds light on the universal principles of Islam during the days of the Hajj. Learn the historical significance of the city to Muslim and non-Muslim populations alike. And, experience the epic journey of a lifetime, the Hajj, as we witness the personal stories of the pilgrims and the mental preparation, physical strain and spiritual ecstasy they encounter on their life-altering pilgrimage of faith.moreless
  • In Search of Easter
    Episode 11
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    Two-thousand years ago, a series of events changed history and gave birth to Christianity. According to the Gospels, was crucified, resurrected and ascended into heaven. But how much is legend and how much is truth? Join National Geographic for a fascinating journey back to ancient Jerusalem. There, they investigate the disappearance of Jesus Christ after his death and attempt to gain new insight hidden within the diverse accounts of his resurrection that may ultimately shed new light on the mystery of Easter.moreless
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    Join National Geographic on a journey on one of the world's largest railways. Since 1853, India's railway has been a unifying force. Not only did it physically link distant regions, it also connected the myriad of castes, languages, and religions that comprise India. It's a rich history, riding the sumptuous Palace on Wheels through Rajasthan or the "toy train" to Darjiing, but sadly, the age of steam is dying. At the Black Beauty contest, the beloved steam engines are admired for the last time. From the driver in the steaming locomotive to the station master in the sleepy village, from the family traveling to a wedding to the commuters in the large cities, this great institution reflects the country itself. Many are the faces, and varied are the stories, on The Great Indian Railway.moreless
  • FBI, The
    Episode 9
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    After decades of pursuing mobsters and drug kingpins, the FBI is struggling to broaden its mission in the aftermath of September 11 attacks. Now, enter the inner sanctum today's FBI with unprecedented access granted to National Geographic. Witness the Bureau's top-secret Strategic Information & Operations Center (SIOC) at work. See rare footage of the FBI in action around the world and hear from special agents as they share their personal struggles, hopes and fears in the face of danger. Explore the history of the FBI, from the early days of J. Edgar Hoover's legendary G-men, to the Robert Hanssen spy case and the unique challenges of our modern, high-tech era. Narrated by Dennis Haysbert, star of the TV show "24".moreless
  • Destination Space
    Episode 8
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    Cross the threshold of the final frontier as mankind embarks on the greatest adventure of all time: space travel. From heroic space pioneers to modern-day cliff-hanger missions, it's a thrilling look at humanity's quest to conquer space. Be there with astronaut Michael Foale as he survives a harrowing orbital collision onboard the Russian space station Mir. Relive the triumphs and tragedies of space exploration, and see how Cold War adversaries are now combining their expertise in projects like the floating Sea Launch platform.moreless
  • Civil War Gold
    Episode 7
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    Deep within the dark recesses of the Atlantic Ocean rest the remains of the celebrated steamship S.S. Republic - and a staggering fortune in gold and silver coins. The ship and its extraordinary cargo - worth over $75 million in today's market sank in a furious hurricane while en route to New Orleans in 1865. The fabled steamship has eluded discovery...until now. The team of deepocean explorers and excavators from Odyssey Marine Exploration has located the ship and with it, the promise of an immense treasure. This ship's amazing cargo of gold and artifacts provides an intimate glimpse of the many opportunities the postwar South offered to those hardy enough to journey there. The captivating story of the discovery, and that of the illfated crew and passengers of the Republic, is chronicled in this fascinating film.moreless
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    Long a symbol of love, affection, and faithfulness, the diamond is now increasingly linked with war, blood and brutality. In the diamondrich West African nation of Sierra Leone, rebels used the precious gems to bankroll a violent tenyear insurrection, leaving a terrorized population and a ravaged landscape in its wake. National Geographic correspondents follow the trail of illicit diamonds from their origin in the muddy pits of impoverished Sierra Leone, to the pristine cobblestone streets of Antwerp, Belgium, to their final stop in the glittering display cases of New York's finest jewelery stores.moreless
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    Travel to Bali, a tiny enchanting island in the Indonesian archipelago that many revere as Heaven on Earth. Born of fiery volcanic eruptions, this isolated paradise is made up of two thousand square miles of spectacular mountains, enticing beaches and flourishing rice terraces. This distant land is home to an extraordinary culture where artistic expression serves to please the gods and placate the demons. Experience the intensity of religious beliefs through haunting music, exotic dance and mysterious rituals that animate every aspect of Balinese life. Join National Geographic for a feast that will fill your senses in Bali: Masterpiece of the Gods.moreless
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    In a spectacularly beautiful and remote corner of northern Australia, a handful of people are living in the twilight of their culture. After 40,000 years, the Gandiu Aborigines are transferring the knowledge of their mysterious culture to what may be their last generation. Travel to their distant land to meet the tribal elders, explore the ancient myths of the Dreamtime, and see the extraordinary wildlife that inspires their sacred rock paintings. Join National Geographic for a moving and memorable portrait of Australia's Aborigines.moreless
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    National Geographic goes behind the scenes with three of America's diplomats at work in three remarkably different countries: Japan, Pakistan and Guatemala. Journey behind embassy walls and closed doors to learn what drives these ambassadors to a life of conquest and compromise, danger and even deception. Meet some of the remarkable women and men, trained in the demanding arts of diplomacy, who are charged with keeping America's relations stable and strong in the midst of crisis and calm.moreless
  • Air Force One
    Episode 2
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    National Geographic takes you on an exclusive tour inside Air Force One, part luxury hotel, part supersecret military command post. From its beginnings with President Roosevelt making a secret wartime flight in 1943, to the historic flight that returned President Kennedy's body to Washington after his assassination, to the closing months of the Clinton administration, Air Force One takes you through the history of the world's most powerful plane. Features exclusive interviews with President George W. Bush and former Presidents Bill Clinton, George H. W. Bush, and Jimmy Carter.moreless
  • Climb into the cockpit of an exact replica of the fabled Spirit of St. Louis to experience a riveting, hourbyhour reenactment of the danger, doubts, and fatigue endured by the young Charles Lindbergh on his record-shattering flights across the Atlantic. From exclusive, rarely-seen archival footage to the high suspense of Lindbergh's downtothewire race against a formidable field of foreign competitors to be first across the Atlantic, it's an unforgettable encounter with a true American icon.moreless
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