National Geographic Channel: Explorer, Vol. 2Closed Captioning
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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 CaptioningVideoInside Guantanamo||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.||1:31:45||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|2||Closed CaptioningVideoEaster Island Underworld||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.||45:51||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|3||Closed CaptioningVideoSecrets of Florence||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.||50:05||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|4||Closed CaptioningVideo24 Hours After Asteroid Impact||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.||50:27||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|5||Closed CaptioningVideoSolitary Confinement||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.||52:50||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|6||Closed CaptioningVideoJourney to an Alien Moon||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?||49:54||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|7||Closed CaptioningVideoFatal Insomnia||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.||50:00||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|8||Closed CaptioningVideoTalibanistan||Eight years after 9/11, the Taliban remains a formidable enemy, maintaining a shadow government that straddles Afghanistan and Pakistan in an area dubbed "Talibanistan." National Geographic takes you inside the forbidden zone to provide first-person coverage of the fight on the ground and in the skies above this vast, rugged region and the challenges NATO and Pakistani forces face.||48:43||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|9||Closed CaptioningVideoElectronic Armageddon||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.||50:06||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|10||Closed CaptioningVideoAlbino Murders||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.||50:20||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|11||Closed CaptioningVideoInside Bioterror||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.||50:06||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|12||Closed CaptioningVideoCan the Gulf Survive?||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.||46:03||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|13||Closed CaptioningVideoLost Mummies of New Guinea||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.||45:38||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|14||Closed CaptioningVideoHow Man Tamed the Wild||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.||45:55||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|15||Closed CaptioningVideoBorn to Rage||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.||45:45||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|16||Closed CaptioningVideoAmerican Hostage||Journalist Terry Anderson was kidnapped and then held prisoner by Muslim extremists for seven years. On the 20th anniversary of his eventual release, National Geographic investigates his near-death ordeal as a hostage. American Hostage reveals Terry Anderson's harrowing experience from the man himself: They beat on me. They threatened me. They would come and sit on my chest and poke guns into my neck and say, "We kill you, we kill you.'" Hear how the loneliness, boredom and feelings of total helplessness nearly drove Anderson over the edge. And hear from Anderson's fellow hostages, his family-who spent seven long years uncertain of his fate-and the man who risked everything to free him.||46:16||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|17||Closed CaptioningVideoLost Cannibals of Europe||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.||46:06||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|18||Closed CaptioningVideoHow to Build a Beating Heart||Science may be on the verge of producing a limitless supply of replacement parts by regenerating damaged or aging body parts grown from our own cells. Imagine the implications if we could custom make body parts genetically indistinguishable from our own. Could it eliminate the death sentence for profound birth defects, the need for prosthetics and any shortage of transplant organs? National Geographic delves into the science of tissue engineering and tracks how scientists are beginning to harness the body's natural powers to grow skin, muscle, body parts and vital organs, even hearts.||45:56||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|19||Closed CaptioningVideoClash of the Americas||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.||46:17||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|20||Closed CaptioningVideoMan vs. Volcano||National Geographic joins an international team of scientists on a mission to unlock the hidden secrets of Mt. Nyiragongo, an active volcano in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The scientists' mission: to collect a fresh sample from the deadly yet mesmerizing lava lake at the volcano's heart-a sample they will use to predict the volcano's future eruptions and potentially help the 2 million people who live in its path. Along the way, a host of deadly obstacles threaten their expedition, from the rebel troops camping on the flank of the volcano, to the perils of a 2,000-foot vertical climb into the volcano, to the roiling lava lake itself.||44:59||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|21||Closed CaptioningVideoMystery of the Murdered Saints||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?||45:22||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|22||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Angel Effect||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.||45:32||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|23||Closed CaptioningVideoGhost Ships of the Great Lakes||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.||45:21||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|24||Closed CaptioningVideoMega Piranha||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.||45:24||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|25||Closed CaptioningVideoStormageddon||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.||45:08||$1.99||View In iTunes|
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Ok i am the first to write a review yay me..
But anyways the season is excellent as is most national geographic society programing this explores in depth many topics.
Endless shots of concerned-looking advisors, cheesy effects
After getting halfway through "Inside Bioterror," I thought my head would explode if I saw another shot of that huddle of concerned-looking advisors gathered around a table, or that line of cop cars speeding down a Washington street, or that ER with gasping civilians on gurneys. The information provided was interesting enough, but didn't come close to having the makings of a decent video presentation. Not what I would have expected from NG Explorer at all.