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  • The Biggest Brain

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    The human brain is a truly wondrous organ.
  • Illicit: The Dark Trade

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    4/16/09

  • Aftermath: Population Zero

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    4/16/09

  • Herod's Lost Tomb

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    11/23/08

    Herod the Great, king of the Holy Land during the time of Christ, is best known for the Massacre of the Innocents: the Book of Matthew's account of the slaughter of Bethlehem's male infants. But Herod's bloody reputation has always hidden another side of one of the Bible's greatest villains. He was an architectural mastermind of breathtaking proportions. Herod built more and larger monuments than virtually anyone in ancient times, perhaps in all time. Now, Israeli archaeologist Ehud Netzer claims to have found Herod's grandest creation of all-his burial tomb. At his self-named palace-fortress Herodium, Herod's Lost Tomb explores Netzer's decades-long search for the King of the Jews' fabulously carved mausoleum and coffin. With in-depth examinations of classic Herodian sites such as Masada, Caesarea, and Jerusalem's Second Temple, National Geographic probes deep into the architectural brilliance of one of history's most despised men.moreless
  • Flight of the Jet Man

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    9/28/08

    Witness a man's quest as he risks everything to be the first to fly across the English Channel using a single, jet-propelled wing attached to his back. Swiss adventurer Yves Rossy fired up his homemade jet wing, jumped from a plane and crossed the 23-mile channel at about 118 miles per hour in 12 to 15 minutes. Go behind the scenes with Rossy and hear the incredible story of his quest.moreless
  • Birth of Civilization

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    3/4/08

    National Geographic journeys back 15,000 years to trace humankind's incredible journey through time. Beginning with humanity's exodus from the Ice Age and chronicling milestones such as hunter-gatherer, farmer, builder, and city organizer, Birth of Civilization reveals how humankind managed to survive and conquer the world. Combining absorbing perspectives of an international team of experts with dramatic reenactments, the film explores the motivation of early humankind and its epic transformation to reveal the inspiring story of the invention of civilization.moreless
  • Engineering the Impossible: Colosseum

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    6/24/07

    In its prime, the Colosseum was a venue for gladiators to fight to the death, but today, the arena lives on as one of the grandest and most spectacular megastructures in the world. Constructed in the absence of electricity, power tools or earth-moving equipment, it reveals an architectural process that rivals today's modern methods. Two thousand years ago, its creators pioneered the use of building materials and techniques that are still with us today-including concrete, bricks, drainage systems and production lines-to build a structure that could hold more than 50,000 people and allow them to exit in just 30 minutes. Discover the story behind the building of one of the world's most iconic structures and see why it is truly a monument to the strength and power of human imagination.moreless
  • The Real Roswell

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    1/23/07

    On July 8, 1947 the U.S. Army issued a press statement claiming to have recovered a "flying saucer" on a ranch outside Roswell, New Mexico. But within hours they retracted the statement saying that they had found only the remains of a weather balloon. Sixty years later the debate still rages and Roswell has become the UFO capital of the world. Did the military really recover dead aliens and their spaceship, as some people claim?moreless
  • Secrets of Jerusalem's Holiest Sites

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    12/19/06

    It's name means "city of peace." But as a focal point of three major world religions, and home to some of those faiths' holiest sites, Jerusalem has witnessed 3,000 years of bloody conflict, intrigue and passion. National Geographic, with exclusive access, intimately explores locales held sacred by Christians, Jews and Muslims. From footage filmed inside the magnificent Dome of the Rock to the vast underground expanse of Solomon's Stables to the traditional sites of Jesus Christ's death and resurrection, it's a spellbinding journey into this ancient, multilayered urban landscape of war, worship and timeless wonder.moreless
  • Diamonds of War: Africa's Blood Diamonds

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    10/17/06

    Long a symbol of love, affection, and faithfulness, the diamond is now increasingly linked with war, blood and brutality. In the diamond rich West African nation of Sierra Leone, rebels used the precious gems to bankroll a violent ten-year 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 jewelry stores.moreless
  • Skin

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    6/13/06

    Obsessed with its beauty, humbled by its flaws, humans are covered by a unique ultra-thin shield that instantly defines and shapes the body living inside it. Now, National Geographic invites you on an in-depth adventure revealing not just the science but the vital cultural meanings we attach to this largest of all human organs. A trip back in time explores the evolution of human skin and the rainbow diversity of skin color today. Cutting-edge research unveils the role skin plays in human sexual attraction. And we go beyond biology to trace the influence of skin on our perceptions of race, our skittishness about nudity and the intriguing riddle of personal identity.moreless
  • Inside Special Forces

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    5/17/05

    With unprecedented access, National Geographic goes deep into the secret world of U.S. Special Operations and tells the story of this highly skilled, elite group of soldiers from the inside out. With roots traceable to the French and Indian War, the Special Forces military unit has evolved over several centuries to serve an integral role in the U.S. military campaign. Inside Special Forces follows these soldiers as they make their way from the training camp to the battlefield to face an unpredictable enemy in an unfamiliar land.moreless
  • Inside the U.S. Secret Service

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    3/1/05

    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 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
  • Search for the Afghan Girl

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    3/9/03

    In 1985, the haunting picture of an Afghan refugee girl with startling sea-green eyes graced the cover of National Geographic magazine. Now, the search is on to find the nameless woman whose youthful image became a global symbol of wartime dignity, resilience, and survival. Journey to the Afghan-Pakistan border with the photographer who took this world-famous picture as he attempts to track down his anonymous subject. Follow clues and rumors through the twisting byways of a teeming refugee camp on a mission to solve this 17-year-old mystery. Witness FBI investigators applying cutting-edge eye-scanning and face-recognition technology to crack the ultimate "missing person" case. Follow the amazing story of how the National Geographic team searched for the mystery girl with the green eyes in The Search for the Afghan Girl.moreless
  • Hawaii: Strangers In Paradise

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    1/1/98

    Explore the Hawaiian Islands, an archipelago born of volcanic eruptions tens of millions of years ago. Fertile for evolution and protected by the immense Pacific Ocean, this isolated tropical haven produced an explosion of wildlife found nowhere else on earth. Once able to flourish, exquisite creatures such as the ancient green sea turtle, the playful monk seal, and the Hawaiian honeycreeper now exist in fragile habitats. Since the arrival of man 2,000 years ago, 70% of all native species have disappeared. Watch as conservation heroes dangle from the cliffs of Moloka'i, risking their lives to hand-pollinate endangered flowers. Ironically, Hawaii's plants and animals must now rely on man's intervention in order to survive. Discover a land of precious and threatened life forms in Hawaii: Strangers in Paradise.moreless
  • Braving Alaska

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    3/1/93

    Imagine living hundreds of miles from your nearest neighbor or grocery store and having mail delivered by airplane a few times each year, and battling the long, harsh winters with temperatures that plummet to -51 degrees Celsius. Such are the living conditions chosen by the hearty few who inhabit America's last frontier: the Alaskan bush-- a spectacular land of rivers and mountains so remote that you'll enter the lives of four families who have turned their backs on civilization to fulfill their dreams of living off the land. Join the modern day pioneers as they face the daily challenges of survival-- hunting for food, staying warm, and fending off grizzlies. You'll experience America's pioneering spirit through these remarkable people who are BRAVING ALASKA!moreless
  • Stonehenge Decoded

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    4/16/09

    Journey back 4,500 years to unlock the secrets of the world's most enduring archaeological mystery…Stonehenge. Stonehenge Decoded presents world-renowned archaeologists as they reveal a revolutionary new theory about who built Stonehenge and why. Thanks to a recent discovery of a lost city just two miles from the famous stone circle, our understanding of this era is now transformed. Featuring dramatic recreations, groundbreaking new discoveries, and fascinating interviews, Stonehenge Decoded transports us back to an ancient time to shed new light on this mysterious monument in ways never before possible. Narrated by Donald Sutherland.moreless
  • Stress: Portrait of a Killer

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    4/16/09

    Over the last three decades, science has been advancing our understanding of stress—how it impacts our bodies and how our social standing can make us more or less susceptible. From baboon troops on the plains of Africa, to neuroscience labs at Stanford University, scientists are revealing just how lethal stress can be. Research reveals that the impact of stress can be found deep within us, shrinking our brains, adding fat to our bellies, even unraveling our chromosomes. Yet understanding how stress works can help us figure out ways to combat it and how to live a life free of the tyranny of this contemporary plague. In Stress: Portrait of a Killer, scientific discoveries in the field and in the lab prove that stress is not a state of mind, but something measurable and dangerous.moreless
  • Inside al Qaeda

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    12/15/08

    See how this Islamic terrorist network continues to morph, selects and trains militants to blend into Western society, and inspires a global jihadist movement. Meet men who know and have fought with Osama bin Laden and find out why he's still at large.moreless
  • Scraphouse

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    11/17/08

    Can a beautiful home, that meets strict building codes, be built completely from scrap materials and salvage... using nothing new? It's never been done before and the stakes are high. A team of architects, salvagers, and builders has decided to make it happen. They have one month and thousands of pounds of trash to build an architectural marvel.moreless
  • Slave Girls of India

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    11/17/08

    Around the globe, over 200 million children are engaged in child labor, often, doing the most brutal or degrading of jobs. Girls are especially vulnerable. Even in countries as wealthy as the United States, girls face harsh lives as victims of sex trafficking or as migrant workers.moreless
  • King Tut's Final Secrets

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    11/17/08

    It is perhaps the most intriguing story to have ever emerged from ancient Egypt-the mystery behind the famed boy-king Tutankhamen. Why did he die so young? Was he murdered? And is there an explanation for the legendary curse said to follow those who found his tomb centuries later? Now, for the first time, an international team of scientists is using state-of-the-art CT-scan technology to unveil the truth of what really happened 3000 years ago and unravel the mystery of King Tut's curse. It's an unprecedented look into Tut's life and death that will reveal answers about the man behind the golden mask in King Tut's Final Secrets. Includes Bonus Program: Return of the Mummy.moreless
  • Gospel of Judas

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    11/17/08

    He's one of the most hated men in history: Judas Iscariot, the apostle who betrayed Jesus. For centuries, his name has meant treachery and deceit. Hidden for nearly two thousand years, an ancient Gospel emerges from the sands of Egypt that tells a very different version of the last days of Jesus and questions the portrait of Judas Iscariot as the evil apostle. Join National Geographic and a team of biblical detectives as they race to determine the authenticity of this ancient document, piecing together its delicate pages before they turn to dust. With movie-quality dramatizations and insightful analysis by the world's foremost experts, The Gospel of Judas reveals to the modern world a new account of Jesus's betrayal.moreless
  • Gorilla Murders

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    11/17/08

    National Geographic Explorer investigates the execution-style murder of six mountain gorillas in Virunga National Park. Their search reveals corruption and how Virunga has become one of the most dangerous places on earth.
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