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A gripping documentary series, the longest running one is television history, Explorer airs on the National Geographic channel. With investigations of both contemporary and historical phenomena and cultures, the show has taken its viewers to over 120 countries during its airing. It educates, in equally entertaining and informative fashion it's viewers by investigating mysteries, both scientific and cultural thought all of history. It is an incredibly wide reaching and diverse documentary series.

National Geographic
11 Seasons, 96 Episodes
January 19, 2006
Documentary & Biography
8.1/10
Cast: Salvatore Vecchio, Peter Coyote, Lisa Ling
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Explorer Full Episode Guide

  • Inside NASCAR; a human sacrifice discovery; DNA testing; probiotics.

  • Phil Keoghan tries an ancient martial art in India. Correspondents investigate deadly tornadoes, reporters at risk in Cambodia and talking whales.

  • Lions; earthquakes; designer dogs; chocolate; Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.).

  • This episode explores an invasive species, rehab facilities, tracking whales, and wolves.

  • Super recognizers; ancient mummies; whale sharks; Fukushima.

  • Castellers, also known as human towers; grizzly bears; security for marijuana businesses; the color blue.

  • Phil Keoghan journeys to Peru to probe the mystery of the boiling river; Mariana van Zeller investigates the unsolved attack on U.S. embassy workers in Cuba; breakthrough technology for people with missing senses; how snowflakes form into avalanches.

  • Phil Keoghan visits the Paranal Observatory in the Atacama Desert; Mariana van Zeller speaks with members of the Flat Earth movement; Albert Lin explores the potential of hibernation on Mars and how lemurs can help; meteorite trading in Morocco.

  • Hawaii imports 90 percent of its food; we meet a group of industrious Hawaiians living off the food grid. Over 1.5 million U.S. children have potentially fatal peanut allergies. Could new research lead to a cure? Gain an expert's view on the deep cultural language of samurai swords. The bald eagle, America's national symbol, was nearly extinct 40 years ago; we share its ongoing story of survival.

  • Dinosaurs, fertility, Gaza and microbes.

  • Host Phil Keoghan ventures inside the active Masaya volcano in Nicaragua. Sal Masekela embeds with motorcycle riders transporting solar panels to remote areas of Tanzania. Mariana van Zeller meets with an oil mogul whose horse cloning business may provide insight to cure Type 1 diabetes. Gelareh Darabi travels from Hawaii to the Midwest to see how Americans are preparing for a nuclear attack.

  • Join host Ali Wentworth as Explorer welcomes the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr. for a poignant interview on the evolution of the civil rights movement in America. Also, correspondent Ryan Duffy steps onto the soccer pitch, to see how with the world's most popular game is dealing with a dangerous dilemma. Then, he keeps going on the track, and in years. Meet an Indian endurance runner who may be as old as 119.

  • An investigation of why some Afghan parents are dressing their girls as boys; and a profile of snowboarder Shaun White.

  • An investigation of the world's growing illegal-fish trade.

  • A trip to a Belgian town that has a radical approach to mental health.

  • An investigation of conflict gold; a discussion with Chelsea Clinton.

  • Join host Jeff Goldblum as Explorer investigates India's laws against homosexuality.

  • Join host Jeff Goldblum as Explorer takes you around the globe for an in-depth look at Big Pharma, prescription drugs and the opioid epidemic. Then, nearly 200 years after Nat Turner led a slave rebellion, the final chapter of his moving story can finally be told. Plus, Goldblum talks with the man who inspired his performance in The Grand Budapest Hotel, former Ambassador to the Czech Republic Norman Eisen.

  • An examination of why many in Japan want to disappear.

  • Mexico's war on drugs; cattle theft in Oklahoma; Mandy Patinkin.

  • A fast growing mobile-home market; an Iraqi grandmother battling ISIS.

  • New hope for Vietnam War survivors; Neil deGrasse Tyson; Ron Howard.

  • Heading to Jerusalem for a view of the opening of what is thought to be Jesus' tomb.

  • A new frontier in prescriptions; a peak at the rhino horn black market; Dan Rather hosts.

  • A glimpse at El Salvador's strict reproductive laws; Scott Pelley talks about the state of the media.

  • National Geographic interviews His Holiness the Dalai Lama; Nick Schifrin hosts an in-studio discussion on the intersection of science and religion.

  • Correspondent Jeremy Scahill explores the secretive watch list the U.S. government uses to monitor suspected terrorists. Studio guest host Aasif Mandvi interviews Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman on the volatile intersection of politics and economics. Also, outsourcing isn't just for corporations any longer " correspondent Jena Friedman shows how you can outsource almost anything in your life.

  • Explorer examines the Philippines' controversial war on drugs, host Aasif Mandvi sits down with Ted Koppel and the history of "grillz" is revealed.

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