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Explore modern and ancient cultures with Explorer. Celebrating more than 54 Emmy awards, the longest-running documentary series on cable television opens eyes to new worlds and new perspectives. It's a journey for the mind with unforgettable adventures, extraordinary stories, and remarkable destinations.
|1||Closed CaptioningVideoTornado Intercept||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.||51:52||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|2||Closed CaptioningVideoFemale Suicide Bombers||From Russia to Sri Lanka to the Middle East, women are increasingly turning their bodies into bombs, blowing up markets, schools and even jetliners. Who are these women and why are they dying to kill? Lisa Ling journeys to the war-torn streets of Chechnya and Israel's occupied territories for an intense and moving look at the line where hopelessness begets rage, murder fuels martyrdom and women are increasingly dying to kill.||52:16||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|3||Closed CaptioningVideoHogzilla||Sasquatch, the Loch Ness Monster, the Abominable Snowman. These are creatures of myth and legend. But now, a new mystery known as Hogzilla has emerged from the swamps of southern Georgia. But this legend is different because one man claims he killed the creature, a purported 1,000 pound feral hog the size of a pick-up truck. He knows exactly where it is buried and his conquest is even celebrated in a town-wide festival. Explorer goes on a forensic investigation into this mysterious creature and find out the truth behind the legend of Hogzilla.||51:32||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|4||Closed CaptioningVideoWorld's Most Dangerous Gang||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.||51:51||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|5||Closed CaptioningVideoRace Against the Killer Flu||The H5N1 Bird Flu has today's scientists on edge. Some say it's only a matter of time before the virus mutates, recreating the 1918 pandemic. Others doubt the likelihood of any real danger. However, all experts agree that nobody is fully prepared for the consequences of a global outbreak. Join National Geographic as Race Against the Killer Flu follows a swat team of virus hunters and the world's leading scientists in a race to understand the latest threat and prevent it from spreading.||52:39||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|6||Closed CaptioningVideoLockdown: Inside Maximum Security||Lockdown goes inside one of the country's most secure prisons - Oak Park Heights Supermax. This state-of-the-art fortress houses criminals other prisons can't handle. Built partially underground, the Supermax combines innovative architecture, cutting-edge technology and an expertly-trained staff to control some of the most violent prisoners in the system. But the system's most dangerous inmates are always looking for ways to fight back, and their criminal ingenuity puts the Supermax to the test.||50:38||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|7||Closed CaptioningVideoLockdown: Predators Behind Bars||Lockdown takes you inside Ohio's Lebanon Correctional Institution as a new inmate is thrown into a mix of nearly 2,200 of the state's most dangerous and conniving criminals. Can a new inmate learn the ropes fast enough to survive his first month behind bars? And the leader of the Crips, one of Lebanon's most powerful gangs, is up against something even he's never dealt with in prison. Lockdown takes you inside this prison that the public doesn't get to see.||52:50||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|8||Closed CaptioningVideoLockdown: Gangland||For the most violent, powerful, and infamous inmates, Pelican Bay State Prison is the last stop in prison purgatory. This is the prison where they lock up gang members too dangerous to keep anywhere else. For two decades it's been at the heart of California's war on one of the greatest scourges in America - prison gangs. Lockdown reveals the prison's innermost secrets and takes you to the frontline of California's new war.||50:40||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|9||Closed CaptioningVideoViolent Earth||Where and when the next mega disaster will strike - volcanic eruption, earthquake, tsunami or hurricane - is the focus of scientists around the world. Join tsunami scientist Jose Borrero of the University of Southern California on his trip to visit Banda Aceh with a National Geographic film team, one week after the December 26, 2004, tsunami - a tsunami so strong it actually moved the island of Sumatra a hundred feet.||52:46||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|10||Closed CaptioningVideoUltimate Cat||Equipped with 3-inch long canines and retractable claws like switchblades, big cats are among the fiercest and most fascinating four legged beasts on the planet - capable of taking down fleet footed antelope, two - ton elephants and even human beings. National Geographic treks through the African grassland and the swamps of India to track and study the ultimate engineering and stealth ambush tactics of lions, tigers and leopards.||44:35||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|11||Closed CaptioningVideoSecret Lives of Jesus||More than 1,500 years ago, ancient writings were buried that offered alternative narratives about Jesus of Nazareth. Many of these alternative gospels were considered scandalous and deemed heretical. Rediscovered within the last century, these texts offer more questions than answers. Secret Lives of Jesus examines these mysterious lost stories of Christ. Who wrote them and why? How do they compare to the accepted New Testament gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John? And why were the stories forgotten for so long?||46:00||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|12||Closed CaptioningVideoAttack of the Killer Bees||Their armies of suicide bombers can bring down a creature as large as a horse. Killer bees have already overrun vast regions of South and Central America. Now they threaten to invade the southern U.S., heading for both coasts of the country. Can scientists, beekeepers and exterminators stop the invading hordes before it’s too late?||45:35||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|13||Closed CaptioningVideoAlaska's Last Oil||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.||45:57||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|14||Closed CaptioningVideoAryan Brotherhood||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.||50:26||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|15||Closed CaptioningVideoFinding Anastasia||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.||45:50||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|16||Closed CaptioningVideoInside North Korea||Go undercover with National Geographic correspondent Lisa Ling as she journeys into mysterious and reclusive North Korea. Posing as part of an international medical team, Lisa and her camera crew reveal the extraordinary, hidden face of this insular, little-known place, from the powerful control Kim Jong Il exerts over his people to the military powder keg of life along the heavily armed demilitarized zone. Filmed against the politically charged backdrop of North Korea’s nuclear ambitions, "Inside North Korea" is a fascinating search for the truth, and mutual understanding, inside one of the most isolated nations on Earth.||45:49||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|17||Closed CaptioningVideoScience of Evil||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.||45:30||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|18||Closed CaptioningVideoSuper Carrier||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.||50:28||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|19||Closed CaptioningVideoTestosterone Factor||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.||45:29||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|20||Closed CaptioningVideoHeroin Crisis||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.||45:46||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|21||Closed CaptioningVideoInside the Body Trade||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.||45:20||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|22||Closed CaptioningVideoMarijuana Nation||National Geographic goes inside the cannabis industry with Lisa Ling, reporting from secret farms and not-so-secret grow houses of marijuana cultivators—into a world where marijuana is not just a drug but a way of life. Learn what's behind the increased potency of a new designer crop and how growers circumvent law enforcement while creating a more perfect plant—sometimes literally in their living rooms. Then explore the controversial medical uses of marijuana in some states, permitting personal use in violation of federal law and creating a tangled web of enforcement conflicts. Ling conducts revealing interviews with the self-proclaimed "Prince of Pot," law enforcement, growers, scientists and everyday users who offer insight into this complex set of issues.||45:50||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|23||Closed CaptioningVideoMonster Fish of the Congo||Deep in the heart of Africa, an elusive man-sized predator known as the tiger fish prowls the waters of one of the most powerful rivers. While locals believe this ravenous relative of the piranha is cursed, scientists believe the fearsome fish may hold the key to understanding the evolution of an extraordinary array of bizarre creatures found throughout the Congo. Journey into Africa’s Congo River Basin as National Geographic embarks on a treacherous expedition to find out what powerful environmental forces created the tiger fish and to reveal the array of fantastic creatures that also inhabit this underwater Eden.||45:46||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|24||Closed CaptioningVideoSecret History of Gold||Gold's appeal and value span time and cultures, but there is a little-known secret to the story of gold. Most of the gold mined throughout history remains in circulation today—even the gold closest to your heart may have dark origins. From the Amazon jungle to the markets of Dubai, National Geographic examines the underbelly of the modern gold trade with a treasure hunter and an illegal miner to expose its volatile history.||45:49||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|25||Closed CaptioningVideoIraq's Guns for Hire||For up to $600 a day, private security contractors in Iraq's war zone put their lives on the line to protect V.I.P.s and to transport critical supplies. Now, National Geographic travels alongside three teams on missions in the "kill zone" to reveal street rules of defense, tools for surviving ambushes and preparedness for the unexpected. Learn how specially designed vehicle armor and customized weapons help these mercenaries survive being targeted by insurgents.||45:27||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|26||Closed CaptioningVideoSuper Copter||In the brief but brilliant "Age of the Helicopter," there have been many contenders for the title of "Super Copter," but one of the newest copters that brings it all home is the EH101. Recently chosen to be the next "Marine One"—the Presidential Helicopter, the EH101, will be specially outfitted as the new Oval Office in the sky. Helicopters are a monumental human achievement, a technological feat that's become so common place we don't blink an eye at them anymore. But National Geographic takes you for a ride on the EH101 to see why you might want to take a second look.||44:57||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|27||Closed CaptioningVideoLost Cities of the Amazon||Over the centuries, explorers traded tales of a lost civilization amid the dense Amazonian rainforest. Scientists dismissed the legends as exaggerations, believing that the rainforest could not sustain such a huge population—until now. A new generation of explorers armed with 21st-century technology has uncovered remarkable evidence that could reinvent our understanding of the Amazon and the indigenous peoples who lived there. Using CGI and dramatic re-creations, National Geographic re-imagines the banks of the Amazon 500 years ago, teeming with inhabitants living in the Lost Cities of the Amazon.||45:57||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|28||Closed CaptioningVideoIraq's Lost Treasures||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.||43:30||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|29||Closed CaptioningVideoLockdown: Gang War||Violence is escalating between two rival prison gangs - the Whites and the Southern Mexicans - and prison staff fear they're on the brink of war.||45:17||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|30||Closed CaptioningVideoLockdown: Total Control||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.||45:16||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|31||Closed CaptioningVideoMammoth Mystery||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?||45:40||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|32||Closed CaptioningVideoTunnel to a Lost World||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.||45:55||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|33||Closed CaptioningVideoZoo Tiger Escape||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.||50:04||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|34||Closed CaptioningVideoMoment of Death||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.||49:54||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|35||Closed CaptioningVideoGuns In America||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.||50:07||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|36||Closed CaptioningVideoVirus Hunters||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.||50:01||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|37||Closed CaptioningVideoItaly's Mystery Mummies||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.||46:09||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|38||Closed CaptioningVideoT. Rex Walks Again||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.||45:51||$1.99||View in iTunes|
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I miss the good old days
Back in the day, before nature programs were so over-sensationalized. It's sad how over-dramatic National Geographic has become. I downloaded Ultimate Cat in the hopes of seeing some neat footage about some very cool cats. While the episode did feature some pretty cool stuff, it was presented in the irritating fashion that I have some to expect from Discovery Networks, but not my dear National Geographic! If you like anything with the word Extreme! or Ultimate! then you'll love this! If you prefer the older stuff from, like, the 80's, then you'll still like it, but you won't love it.
Good, but watch out for Lisa...
I'm a fan of National Geographic, and this show. However, Lisa, the host of the "Female Suicicde Bombers" episode is painfully stupid. Her narration is shallow and over emphasized, and her on the spot interviews and reactions are at times even comical. If you want an entertaining semi-informational special, this is the show for you. But if you're looking for depth of content, look elsewhere. Lisa's an idot.
This is one of the best shows on the National Geographic Channel. Lisa Ling is the host and she does a great job.