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Overheard at National Geographic

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Come dive into one of the curiously delightful conversations overheard at National Geographic’s headquarters, as we follow explorers, photographers, and scientists to the edges of our big, weird, beautiful world. Hosted by Peter Gwin and Amy Briggs.

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From the Frontlines to the Shorelines

March 28th, 2023


National Geographic photographer David Guttenfelder is no stranger to dangerous situations. After graduating from college, he left his life in rural …

Can You Picture That? This Photographer Can and Does

March 21st, 2023


Photographer Mark Thiessen, who’s worked on staff at National Geographic for over 30 years, likens his job to a Swiss army knife—versatile enough to tackle many kinds of assignments. Even when the subject is …

Scenes from Nigeria's Baby Boom

March 14th, 2023


With 224 million people, Nigeria is Africa's most populous country. By 2050, it could crack the global top three with some 375 million people. In the …

What Women in China Want

March 7th, 2023


There are more than 8 billion humans on Earth, according to the United Nations. And for decades, China has had more people than any other country. …

The Soul of Music: Meklit Hadero tells stories of migration

February 28th, 2023


This episode is part four of The Soul of Music—Overheard’s four-part series focusing on music, exploration, and Black history. Our guest this week is …

The Soul of Music: Exploring Chief Xian's ancestral memory

February 21st, 2023


This episode is part three of The Soul of Music—Overheard’s four-part series focusing on music, exploration, and Black history. Our guest this week …

The Soul of Music: Sampa The Great returns to her roots

February 14th, 2023


This episode is part two of The Soul of Music—Overheard’s four-part series focusing on music, exploration, and Black history. Our guest this week is …

The Soul of Music: Rhiannon Giddens excavates the past

February 7th, 2023


This episode is part one of The Soul of Music—Overheard’s four-part series focusing on music, exploration, and Black history. Our guest this week is …

Introducing: The Soul of Music

February 2nd, 2023


National Geographic turns 135 in 2023. In February 2023, to celebrate exploration and commemorate Black History Month, National Geographic’s flagship podcast, Overheard, will feature musicians and National Geographic …

Unfolding the Future of Origami

January 31st, 2023


The future is bright for origami, the centuries-old art of paper folding. In recent decades, scientists, engineers, and designers have pushed origami …

What Happens After You Uncover Buried History?

January 24th, 2023


The 1619 Project was a New York Times Magazine endeavor that explored the ways the legacy of slavery still shapes American society. The story …

The People and Tech That Power Nat Geo

January 17th, 2023


Cameras that drop miles beneath the ocean surface. Handmade art that reveals the secrets of archeological sites and extinct animals. For 135 years, …

Meet an Imagineer Who Built a Wish

January 10th, 2023


Last summer, Disney Cruise Line released its fifth and most technologically advanced cruise ship yet: Disney Wish. We’ll meet Laura Cabo, a creative …

How Sharks Devoured My Career

January 3rd, 2023


When Nat Geo Explorer Gibbs Kuguru was in college, he found himself trying to choose between two terrifying futures: going free diving with sharks …

The Nurse Keeping Explorers Alive

December 27th, 2022


For 17 years, nurse Karen Barry’s office at National Geographic headquarters has served as an important stop for journalists, photographers, and explorers in need of vaccines and medical advice before they set out on …

What Science Tells Us About Living Longer

December 20th, 2022


Scientists are hard at work trying to understand what causes aging and how to help people stay healthy for longer. Biologist Matt Kaeberlein breaks …

Presenting: ESPN's "Pink Card"

December 13th, 2022


Today we bring you a high-stakes story from ESPN’s 30 for 30 Podcasts—a tale of women’s rights, history, and soccer. As Iranian women took to the streets in fall 2022 to fight gender inequality, they also targeted …

The People Behind the Photography

December 6th, 2022


National Geographic photographers seldom do their work alone, especially those who journey out to far-flung places. This week, we’re shining a light …

There’s a Bear in My Backyard

November 29th, 2022


Sure, we love bears when they show up in books or cartoons. But what if one is outside our window? Human-bear encounters are becoming far more frequent as development continues to spread and people and bears seek …

Playback: The Real-Life MacGyver in Nat Geo's Basement

November 22nd, 2022


In the basement of National Geographic’s headquarters, there’s a lab holding a secret tech weapon: Tom O’Brien. As Nat Geo’s photo engineer, O’Brien …

Pictures of the Year

November 15th, 2022


Every year, National Geographic rolls the year into a collection of photos for its “Pictures of the Year” issue. It’s a mysterious process, and we’re …

Who Inspired Wakanda's Warrior Women?

November 8th, 2022


The fictional, fearsome, and all-female Dora Milaje in the movie Black Panther: Wakanda Forever were inspired by a real group of African warriors: the Agojie. Nat Geo contributing writer Rachel Jones shares the history …

Wayfinding Through the Human Genome

November 1st, 2022


National Geographic Explorer Keolu Fox grew up hearing stories about his ancestors, Polynesian navigators, and the men who in the late 1970s led the …

Presenting: Greeking Out by National Geographic Kids

October 25th, 2022


National Geographic Kids' Greeking Out is a kid-friendly retelling of some of the best stories from Greek mythology.

This episode, "Akhenaten The …

The Hole Where King Tut’s Heart Used to Be

October 18th, 2022


One hundred years since the discovery of King Tutankhamun’s tomb, archaeologists are still puzzling over the mysteries of his mummy. Why was he …

Exploring Pristine Seas

October 11th, 2022


National Geographic Explorer in Residence Enric Sala quit academia to explore and protect the sea. On his journey to keep the ocean pristine, he has swam with jellyfish in Palau, gone diving in the Arctic, and got …

What the Ice Gets, the Ice Keeps

October 4th, 2022


In 1915 Ernest Shackleton’s ship, Endurance, sank off the coast of Antarctica, stranding the crew on drifting sea ice. Shackleton’s desperate rescue mission saved all 28 men. But for more than a century afterward, the …

What You Do Counts

September 27th, 2022


Some of the most crucial countries in the global fight against climate change are in Latin America, and yet there are few resources on the crisis for …

Searching for a Butterfly in a Conflict Zone

September 20th, 2022


Photographer Rena Effendi’s father, a Soviet entomologist, collected 90,000 butterflies in his lifetime. But there was one species he couldn’t …

A Man of the World

September 13th, 2022


Go behind the yellow border to meet the family that made National Geographic an American institution. Gilbert M. Grosvenor’s 60-year career followed …

Inside the Epic World of Bertie Gregory

September 6th, 2022


In a collaboration with National Geographic television, we follow 29-year-old adventurer and filmmaker Bertie Gregory on a nail-biting journey to …

Playback: Why War Zones Need Science Too

August 30th, 2022


It’s a jewel of biodiversity, the so-called Galápagos of the Indian Ocean, and might also hold traces of the earliest humans to leave Africa. No …

The Problem With Superchickens

August 23rd, 2022


Scientists recently discovered a fascinating paradox: when they bred together superproductive, egg-laying hens, they found the chickens produced fewer eggs. We examine what went wrong with these so-called superchickens, …

What It Takes to Keep America Beautiful

August 16th, 2022


The U.S. is home to some of the most beautiful, incomparable places on the planet, from the pristine Shi Shi Beach at the Makah Reservation in …

The Triumph and Tragedy of Indian Independence

August 9th, 2022


When India and Pakistan gained their independence from Britain, a border was drawn between the two new countries. The split started a chain reaction …

Frank Drake’s Cosmic Road Map

August 2nd, 2022


Are we alone in the universe? It’s a question we’ve been asking for millennia. Now we’re on the cusp of learning the answer. Frank Drake—one of the most vocal (and brilliant) askers—has spent the past six decades …

Playback: Amelia Earhart Part II: The Lady’s Legacy

July 28th, 2022


Amelia Earhart’s statue was recently unveiled at the U.S. Capitol, and for good reason: Her adventurous spirit had implications for women around the …

Harnessing the Power of Yellowstone’s Supervolcano

July 26th, 2022


If a major eruption ever were to occur at Yellowstone’s “supervolcano,” the event could destroy huge swaths of North America. But in recent years, …

Stonehenge Has a Traffic Problem

July 19th, 2022


The 4,500-year-old Stonehenge attracts hordes of tourists—and massive congestion. To alleviate traffic, the British government is considering a plan …

Do Shark Stories Help Sharks?

July 12th, 2022


Our obsession with sharks has generated folklore around the world for thousands of years. But a series of attacks at the Jersey shore in 1916 would …

How Black Climbers Are Closing the Adventure Gap

July 5th, 2022


Ever since Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reached the summit of Mount Everest, there has been a long list of firsts: the first ascent without …

Playback: The Tree At the End of the World

June 28th, 2022


Deadly seas. Hurricane-force winds. A punishing journey to the tip of South America is all in a day’s work for Nat Geo Explorer Brian Buma. But Craig Welch, a reporter who calls himself a “normal human being,” also …

She Shoots, She Scores: Title IX Turns 50

June 21st, 2022


Meet Kari. Now meet the other Kari. One played college lacrosse in the 1980s; the other currently plays at the same school for the same coach. …

This Indigenous Practice Fights Fire with Fire

June 14th, 2022


For decades, the U.S. government evangelized fire suppression, most famously through Smokey Bear’s wildfire prevention campaign. But as climate change continues to exacerbate wildfire seasons and a growing body of …

Sonic Postcards From the Appian Way

June 7th, 2022


“All roads lead to Rome” was once more than a saying; it was a fact. The first of the great roads of ancient Rome, the Appian Way was the most important of them all. Italians still travel what’s left of the Queen of …

Restoring a Lost Sense of Touch

May 31st, 2022


When Brandon Prestwood’s left hand was caught in an industrial conveyor belt 10 years ago, he lost his hand and forearm. Scientists are unraveling the science of touch by trying to tap into the human nervous system and …

Where in the World Is Jessica Nabongo?

May 24th, 2022


In 2019 Jessica Nabongo, author of the popular travel blog The Catch Me If You Can, became the first documented Black woman to travel to every …

Bringing the Dead to Life

May 17th, 2022


Thousand-year-old Peruvian queens and medieval murder victims may seem lost to time, but history “detectives” are on a mission to solve a mystery: …

The Greening of Pittsburgh

May 10th, 2022


When it comes to examples of cities that have successfully emerged from the industrial age into the information age, look no further than Pittsburgh. …

Going Undercover to Save Manta Rays

May 3rd, 2022


After wildlife filmmaker Malaika Vaz stumbled upon manta ray poaching near her home in India, she disguised herself as a fish trader to find out who was behind the plot—a dicey proposition as she pursues traffickers in …

Farming for the Planet

April 26th, 2022


How do you turn barren land into a complex working farm that reflects the planet’s biodiversity? Just ask John and Molly Chester, who traded city …

The Secret Life of Plants

April 19th, 2022


How do you capture the image of a 150-foot-tall tree in the middle of a dense rainforest? If you’re National Geographic Explorer Nirupa Rao, you pull …

Solving the Mystery of the Boiling River

April 12th, 2022


As a boy growing up in Peru, Andrés Ruzo recalls his grandfather’s stories about the horrors Spanish conquistadores encountered in the Amazon, including a “boiling river.” Years later, Ruzo, a National Geographic …

Turning Old Cell Phones into Forest Guardians

April 5th, 2022


What happens when a tree falls in a forest and no one is listening? The sound starts with truck engines and chainsaws and ends with a small piece of forest being silenced. Illegal logging is slowly thinning out the …

Queens of the High Seas

March 29th, 2022


Yo-ho, a pirate’s life for she! Legends of Blackbeard and movie buccaneers like Captain Jack Sparrow give us the impression that piracy was a man’s world. But historians and the Nat Geo book Pirate Queens: Dauntless …

First Ascent of a Sky Island

March 22nd, 2022


In the most remote part of Guyana, plateaus called tepuis—also known as sky islands for poking through the clouds—rise up from the jungle. They’re topped by unique ecosystems, filled with plants and animals never before …

Nowruz and the Night Sky

March 15th, 2022


Not everyone celebrates the New Year in the middle of winter; for 300 million people around the world, their New Year begins at the moment of the …

Amelia Earhart Part II: The Lady’s Legacy

March 8th, 2022


Behind her modest smile and windblown charm, Amelia Earhart was a rarity in the 1930s: a fiercely confident woman with a dream to fly. Her adventurous spirit went well beyond setting records as a pilot—her true goal was …

Amelia Earhart Part I: The Lady Vanishes

March 1st, 2022


Ever since Amelia Earhart made her last radio transmission somewhere over the Pacific, theories about her disappearance have proliferated; more than …

Playback: The Battle for the Soul of Artificial Intelligence

February 22nd, 2022


With every breakthrough, computer scientists are pushing the boundaries of artificial intelligence (AI). We see it in everything from predictive text to facial recognition to mapping disease incidence. But increasingly …

Summiting the World’s Most Dangerous Mountain

February 15th, 2022


K2, a mountain in the Kashmir region of Asia, is the second highest peak on Earth and yet more dangerous than Mount Everest, especially in the winter. But in January 2021, a group of Nepali climbers attempted to …

The Wonders of Urban Wildlife

February 8th, 2022


National Geographic Explorer Danielle Lee takes us on a tour of potential research sites around her home in the St. Louis area, sharing her passion …

The Price of Adventure

February 1st, 2022


Renowned mountaineer Alex Lowe had reached the summit of his career by 1999, scaling some of the planet’s most challenging peaks. Just a few months after he was featured in National Geographic as “one of the world’s …

The Arctic Story Hunter

January 25th, 2022


What’s it like to grow up underneath the aurora borealis, on the shores of the Arctic Ocean? Photographer Evgenia Arbugaeva describes leaving—and returning to—Tiksi, a Siberian coastal town that during her childhood …

Resurrecting Notre-Dame de Paris

January 18th, 2022


National Geographic photographer Tomas van Houtryve documents the layered history and revival of one of the world’s most enduring landmarks, …

Capturing the Year in an Instant

December 14th, 2021


We’ll sift through 2021 with Whitney Johnson, National Geographic’s director of visuals and immersive experiences, as she works on the “Year in Pictures” special issue and shares what makes an unforgettable image. And …

Descendants of Cahokia

December 7th, 2021


How did people create Cahokia, an ancient American Indian metropolis near present-day St. Louis? And why did they abandon it? Archaeologists are …

Kenya's Wildlife Warriors

November 30th, 2021


In the heart of the Serengeti, hippos bathe and hyenas snatch food from hungry lions. National Geographic Explorer of the Year Paula Kahumbu brings …

The Gateway to Secret Underwater Worlds

November 23rd, 2021


When Jacques Cousteau was young, an accident sent him on a path that led him to invent scuba, opening up the underwater world to humans. Today, …

Ancient Orchestra

November 16th, 2021


Sound on! From conch shells to bone flutes, humans have been making musical instruments for tens of thousands of years. What did prehistoric music …

When Family Secrets (And Soap Operas) Fuel Creativity

November 9th, 2021


National Geographic photographer Diana Markosian tells us about her remarkable childhood and how her career as a photographer led her into the war in Chechnya—and eventually to her long-lost father’s doorstep in Armenia.

Modern Lives, Ancient Caves

November 2nd, 2021


There's a lost continent waiting to be explored, and it’s right below our feet. We’ll dig into the deep, human relationship to the underground, and why we understand it from an instinctive point of view — but not so …

A Skeptic's Guide to Loving Bats

October 26th, 2021


Blood-sucking villains. Spooky specters of the night. Our views of bats are often based more on fiction than fact. Enter National Geographic Explorer at Large Rodrigo Medellín, aka the Bat Man of Mexico. For decades …

Playback: If These Walls Could Talk

October 5th, 2021


Social media is not just for modern folk. In this episode from the Overheard archives, we’ll look at how in ancient Pompeii, people also shared what …

Playback: The Frozen Zoo

September 28th, 2021


San Diego is home to the world’s first frozen zoo—a genetic library where scientists are racing to bank the tissues and stem cells of disappearing animals. As scientists begin to clone endangered species, we revisit an …

The Guerrilla Cyclists of Mexico City

September 21st, 2021


Tired of waiting for the local government to build more bike lanes, a group of cyclists in Mexico City, the largest city in North America, took matters into their own hands: they painted the lanes themselves.. As …

Venturing into the Heart of Manila

September 14th, 2021


While growing up, Hannah Reyes Morales wasn’t allowed to venture out into the rough streets of Manila, but later her work as a photographer would …

Joel Sartore Wants to Save the Creepy-Crawlies

September 7th, 2021


Joel Sartore has been called a modern Noah for his work on the Photo Ark, a photography project with a simple mission: Get people to care that we …

Portraits of Afghanistan Before the Fall

August 30th, 2021


Twenty years since the 9/11 attacks and the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, the Taliban have once again seized power of the country. In the months leading up to the fall of the nation’s capital, National Geographic

Lucy in the Sky With Asteroids

August 24th, 2021


How did the planets form? How did life happen? Where did Earth’s water come from? To answer questions like these, scientists used to go big—looking at planets, dwarf planets, and moons—but now small is the new big. …

Cracking Down on Cheetah Traffickers

August 17th, 2021


Cheetahs are in trouble. With just 7,000 left in the wild in Africa, populations have been in a continuous decline due to trophy hunting, habitat …

The Aztec: From Empire to AI

August 10th, 2021


August 1521: Spain’s victory over the Aztec launches colonization of Mexico, but Aztec culture will survive for centuries through preservation and …

Cooling Cities By Throwing Shade

August 3rd, 2021


Trees provide much-needed shade for urban Americans on a hot day, but not everyone gets to enjoy it. New research illuminates how decades of U.S. …

Dive Deeper: Season 7 of Overheard

July 27th, 2021


Exploring the superpowers of sharks. Building shade for warming cities. Remapping the solar system. Investigating illegal cheetah trafficking. Join …

Playback: The Glass Stratosphere

July 20th, 2021


As billionaires Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson lead the charge for a new commercial space race, we revisit an episode from our archives: What if women had been among the first to head to the moon? A NASA physician …

Bonus episode: The Surprising Superpowers of Sharks

July 13th, 2021


Sharks have never been able to outswim their reputation as mindless killers, which is so entrenched that the U.S. Navy once even tried to weaponize them. But are sharks really just “remorseless eating machines” on the …

Olympic Training During a Pandemic

June 22nd, 2021


It’s a dream year in the making. High jumper Priscilla Frederick-Loomis will do anything to support her training for the 2020 Olympics—even clean strangers’ houses. But as the postponed Tokyo Games approach, she’s still …

The Next Generation's Champion of Chimps

June 15th, 2021


How do you calculate the number of chimpanzees living in the forests of Nigeria? If you’re National Geographic Explorer Rachel Ashegbofe, you listen …

The Real-Life MacGyver in Nat Geo’s Basement

June 8th, 2021


In the basement of National Geographic’s headquarters, there’s a lab holding a secret tech weapon: Tom O’Brien. As Nat Geo’s photo engineer, O’Brien …

Giraffes on a Boat

June 1st, 2021


It sounds like the start of a bad joke: How do you move eight giraffes—including a newborn calf—off an island in Africa’s Western Rift Valley? …

How Cicadas Become Flying Saltshakers of Death

May 25th, 2021


After 17 years underground, so-called Brood X cicadas get a fleeting moment in the sun and commence their deafening buzz. But periodical cicadas can’t escape a silent killer: a fungus that eats them from the inside and …

A Reckoning in Tulsa

May 18th, 2021


A Reckoning in Tulsa

A century ago, Tulsa’s Greenwood neighborhood was a vibrant Black community. One spring night in 1921 changed all that: a white …

Camping on Sea Ice with Whale Hunters

May 11th, 2021


Every spring Inupiaq hunters camp on the sea ice north of the Arctic Circle, in hopes of capturing a bowhead whale to share with their village. But as global warming accelerates ice melt, it threatens the tribe’s …

The Battle for the Soul of Artificial Intelligence

May 4th, 2021


With every breakthrough, computer scientists are pushing the boundaries of artificial intelligence (AI). We see it in everything from predictive text to facial recognition to mapping disease incidence. But increasingly …

Treat Your Brain: Season 6 of Overheard

April 27th, 2021


Dive with killer whales to observe their surprising cultures. Venture into the world of artificial intelligence to see how scientists are teaching …

Bonus episode: The Secret Culture of Killer Whales

April 13th, 2021


Scientists are discovering that killer whales, among the most social and intelligent of marine animals, have unique family structures and behaviors, passed from one generation to the next. National Geographic …

The Secret of Musical Genius

March 23rd, 2021


Mozart wowed audiences as a child. The Beatles blew away Ed Sullivan. Beyonce hypnotized Super Bowl crowds. The world has been enthralled by those we …

Legends of Kingfishers, Otters, and Red-Tailed Hawks

March 16th, 2021


Photographer Charlie Hamilton James chronicles his days ditching high school to hide out by the river near his home in Bristol, England, to snap …

The Real Amazons

March 9th, 2021


Greek myths tell tales of Amazons, fearsome women warriors who were the equals of men. Now archaeological discoveries and modern DNA analysis are …

Deep Inside the First Wilderness

March 2nd, 2021


On assignment in the canyons of the Gila Wilderness, Nat Geo photographer Katie Orlinsky has a fireside chat with Overheard host Peter Gwin about telling stories through pictures. She chronicles how she found her …

Unraveling a Mapmaker’s Dangerous Decision

February 23rd, 2021


For much of recorded history, maps have helped us define where we live and who we are. National Geographic writer Freddie Wilkinson shows us how one small line on a map led to a bitter conflict in another country, …

Why War Zones Need Science Too

February 16th, 2021


It’s a jewel of biodiversity, the so-called Galápagos of the Indian Ocean, and might also hold traces of the earliest humans to leave Africa. No …

Bonus Episode: In Conversation: Reframing Black History and Culture

February 12th, 2021


For the past year, Overheard has explored the journeys of photographers and scientists who are focusing a new lens on history. National Geographic presents In Conversation, a special podcast episode featuring explorer …

Mars Gets Ready for Its Close-up

February 9th, 2021


Mars Gets Ready for Its Close-up

Mars has fascinated Earthlings for millennia, ever since we looked skyward and found the red planet. Through telescopes, probes, and robots, scientists have gazed at its red rocks, …

Searching for the Himalaya’s Ghost Cats

February 2nd, 2021


Searching for the Himalaya’s Ghost Cats

National Geographic’s editor at large Peter Gwin travels to the Himalaya to join photographer and National Geographic explorer Prasenjeet Yadav on his search for snow leopards, one …

Overheard Season 5: Bigger. Weirder. Beautiful-er.

January 26th, 2021


Tracking snow leopards in the Himalaya. Looking for ancient microbial life on Mars. Uncovering the truth about Amazon warriors. Unraveling a …

Bonus Episode: Bicycles, Better Angels, and Biden

January 21st, 2021


Since George Washington took the first presidential oath of office in 1789, inaugurations have been held during times of war and peace, prosperity and uncertainty, strong unity and deep division. How will history …

A Traveling Circus and its Great Escape

December 15th, 2020


Decades of daring acrobatics, spectacular motorcycle stunts, and mind-blowing magic tricks couldn’t prepare Central America’s oldest-running circus …

An Accidental Case of the Blues

December 8th, 2020


Pigments color the world all around us, but where do those colors come from? Historically, they’ve come from crushed sea snails, beetles, and even …

Introducing: Trafficked with Mariana van Zeller

December 3rd, 2020


Today we share an episode of a new podcast series called Trafficked, hosted by National Geographic Channel’s Mariana van Zeller. The series pulls …

The Trouble with America’s Captive Tigers

December 1st, 2020


Less than 4,000 tigers live in the wild, but experts say there may be more than 10,000 captive in the U.S., where ownership of big cats is largely …

The Strange Tail of Spinosaurus

November 24th, 2020


Spinosaurus has long been a superstar among dinosaur fans, with its massive alligator-like body and a huge “sail” of skin running the length of its spine. Though the fossil was unearthed a century ago, scientists hadn’t …

The Search for History’s Lost Slave Ships

November 17th, 2020


On the bottom of the world’s oceans lie historic treasures—the lost wrecks of ships that carried enslaved people from Africa to the Americas. Only a …

Chasing the World’s Largest Tornado

November 10th, 2020


How do you measure something that destroys everything it touches? That’s an essential question for tornado researchers. After he narrowly escaped the largest twister on record—a two-and-a-half-mile-wide behemoth with …

Documenting Democracy

November 3rd, 2020


Andrea Bruce, a National Geographic photographer, has covered conflict zones around the world for nearly two decades. She shares how the experience of capturing democratic ideals as a war photographer in Egypt, …

Can You Hear the Reggae in My Photographs?

October 27th, 2020


Photographer and National Geographic Storytelling Fellow Ruddy Roye grew up in Jamaica, a cradle of reggae and social justice movements. He describes how that background prepared him to cover the historic protests and …

Overheard Season 4

October 13th, 2020


Documenting democracy. Untwisting the world’s largest tornado. Searching for wrecks of lost slave ships. Dinosaur hunting in Morocco. Accidentally …

How I Learned to Love Zombie Parasites

August 4th, 2020


Photographer Anand Varma details his very first natural history adventures—not in Amazonian rainforests or on Polynesian coral reefs but in suburban …

The Failing of War Photography

July 28th, 2020


Anastasia Taylor-Lind talks about how she grew up living the life of a modern gypsy, traveling across southern England in the back of a horse-drawn wagon, and how her experiences covering conflicts in Iraq and Ukraine …

The Canary of the Sea

July 21st, 2020


Chirp. Whistle. Creak. Beluga whales, the canaries of the sea, have a lot to say. But noise from ships can drown out their calls, putting calves in danger. What happens when humans press pause during the coronavirus …

A Spore of Hope

July 14th, 2020


Humans face an existential problem: feeding billions of people in a warming world. But there’s a ray of hope. And it all starts with microbes. 

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The Tree at the End of the World

July 7th, 2020


A harrowing journey is all in a day's work for a Nat Geo explorer trying to find the world’s southernmost tree. But what happens when a self-proclaimed "normal human being" tags along? For more information on this …

The United States v. One Tyrannosaurus Bataar

June 30th, 2020


When a Mongolian paleontologist sees a dinosaur skeleton illegally up for auction in the United States, she goes to great lengths to stop the sale. …

The Unstoppable Wily Coyote

June 23rd, 2020


They're smart, they're sneaky, and they aren't moving out any time soon. Meet your new neighbor, the coyote, and find out why these cunning canids are on the rise in North America-and beyond. For more information on …

The Towers of Ladakh

June 16th, 2020


A mechanical engineer teams up with an unlikely band of students who use middle school math and science to create artificial glaciers that irrigate …

Overheard Season 3

June 10th, 2020


Smuggled dinosaur bones. Man-made glaciers. An audacious quest to find the world's southernmost tree. Each week, we'll dive into one of the curiously …

The Virus Hunter

April 28th, 2020


Coronaviruses aren't new. For more than 20 years, German virologist Rolf Hilgenfeld has been looking for ways to slow or stop the virus. What does it …

The Frozen Zoo

December 10th, 2019


Right now, one million animal and plant species are threatened with extinction. Conservation scientists are doing whatever they can to save them, or at least of piece of them. For the last 45 years, a team of …

If These Walls Could Talk

November 26th, 2019


Social Media is not just for modern folk. In ancient Pompeii, people also shared what they thought, who they met with, what they ate... It's just, …

The Aquarius Project

November 19th, 2019


A fireball from outer space crashed into one of Earth's biggest lakes. Scientists didn't know how to find it. So, they called in just the right people for the job -- an actor and a bunch of teenagers. For more …

March of the Beaver

November 12th, 2019


The desolate Alaskan tundra - a landscape that has literally been frozen solid for thousands of years - is suddenly caving in on itself. Colonizing …

Cave of the Jaguar God

November 5th, 2019


Crawl into the Maya underworld, where science meets spirits, shamans, and snakes. A long-forgotten cave could shed light on one of history's most …

The Hidden Cost of the Perfect Selfie

October 29th, 2019


What do tigers, sloths, elephants and bears have in common? They're all part of the incredibly lucrative captive wildlife tourism industry. Travelers from around the world clamor for opportunities to pose with these …

The Alien Underground

October 22nd, 2019


Half a mile below the surface of the earth, in a cave too hot to explore without an ice-packed suit, NASA scientist and Nat Geo explorer Penny Boston …

Digging Up Disaster

October 15th, 2019


How did an ancient Roman harbor end up in ruins? Scientists realized the culprit was a long-forgotten natural disaster that left tell-tale geological …

Overheard at National Geographic Season 2

October 2nd, 2019


Exploring the ancient Maya Cave of the Jaguar God. The graffiti of Pompeii. Searching for alien life underground. New season of Overheard at National Geographic starting October 15th.

If you like what you hear and want …

Honeybee Chop Shop

July 30th, 2019


What is a honeybee chop shop, and why do they exist? Turns out the answer has everything to do with the food on our tables. We dig into the sticky …

The Glass Stratosphere

July 23rd, 2019


What if women had been among the first to head to the moon? A NASA physician thought that wasn't such a far fetched idea back in the 1960s. He …

The Harem Conspiracy

July 16th, 2019


Murder, succession, and a 18-foot scroll of papyrus that reads like an ancient Egyptian episode of Law and Order. We get the lowdown on the Judicial …

The Zombie Mice of Marion Island

July 9th, 2019


Mice on the sub-Antarctic Marion Island are out for blood, and they're feasting, zombie-style, on living, immature albatrosses. Turns out, these tiny mammals are a very big threat to these huge seabirds. One …

Scuba Diving in a Pyramid

July 2nd, 2019


One of National Geographic's writers was hard to pin down for a while. That's because she was in Sudan, scuba diving underneath a pyramid. We had so many questions for her-especially once she shared with us that the …

Rats vs Humans: A Love Story

June 25th, 2019


Bringers of plague, schleppers of pizza slices, garbage gobblers. Rats have adapted over the millennia to survive and thrive in human company, much to our amazement and (often) disgust. But love them or hate them, our …

Evolution of a Little Liar

June 18th, 2019


Most parents see lying as a cause for worry or reprimand. But some experts suggest lying at a young age could be a welcome sign of childhood …

Humpback Hit Factory

June 11th, 2019


There's a humpback whale song sensation that's sweeping the South Pacific. We'll learn about the burgeoning study of "whale culture"-and why these …

Introducing Overheard from National Geographic

June 4th, 2019


A new weekly podcast from National Geographic. We talk with explorers and scientists who are uncovering amazing stories at the edges of our wild and …

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