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Overheard at National Geographic

Overheard at National Geographic

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

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 adapts new technologies to capture sights and sounds previously never seen or heard before. In this episode, originally published in June 2021, O?Brien leads us on a tour of his lab as he designs and builds an underwater camera and shows us some of his favorite gadgets?including a camera lens that flew over Machu Picchu in a blimp, a remote camera he designed for the film Free Solo, and a piece of gear known simply as the ?funky bird train.? For more information on this episode, visit natgeo.com/overheard. Want more? See National Geographic's Pictures of the Year and our five picks for Photographers of the Year. To capture one of the year's best pictures?an encounter with elephants in Gabon?O'Brien outfitted a photographer with 1,100 pounds of custom gear. Our photographers capture millions of individual frames per year. In a previous episode of Overheard, Nat Geo's deputy director of photography breaks down the process to select only the best images. See photographs mentioned in this episode, including wolves captured by a gnaw-proof camera, sage grouse as seen by the funky bird train, and a cheetah running in super slow motion. Want to see what goes on in Nat Geo?s photo engineering lab? Follow Tom O?Brien on Instagram @mechanicalphoto. And learn more about Tom?s predecessor, Kenji Yamaguchi, who held the job for more than 30 years. Also explore: Learn more about Jacques Cousteau, who pioneered scuba gear, brought the oceans to life, and jolted people into environmental activism.    And hear more about beavers and how they shape the world on a previous Overheard episode, ?March of the Beaver.? If you like what you hear and want to support more content like this, please consider a National Geographic subscription. Go to natgeo.com/exploremore to subscribe today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-11-22
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Pictures of the Year

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 about to share it with you. We?ll see what baby carriages are like in Greenland, witness the moment SpaceX burst into a cypress swamp, and make a new four-legged friend as deputy director of photography Sadie Quarrier shares with us the choice photos for this year. For more information on this episode, visit natgeo.com/overheard. Want more? Interested in learning more about Kiliii Yüyan? We?ve got an article for you that explores how he became the photographer he is today. Also explore To see Mac Stone?s photos, take a look at his website, macstonephoto.com. He specializes in photographing swamps, the Everglades, and Florida Bay. Plus, Katie Orlinsky?s photos go far beyond tapirs. See some more of the photos she?s taken around the world at katieorlinskyphoto.com. For subscribers See how we summed up 2022 in the ?Pictures of the Year.? It hits newsstands in December. Fuel your curiosity with a free one-month trial subscription to Nat Geo Digital. You?ll have unlimited access on any device, anywhere, ad-free with our app that lets you download stories to read off-line. Explore every page ever published with a century of digital archives at your fingertips. Check it all out for free at natgeo.com/exploremore. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-11-15
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Who Inspired Wakanda's Warrior Women?

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 of the Agojie and discusses the way that movies and pop culture can shape our understanding of the world. For more information on this episode, visit natgeo.com/overheard. Want more? Learn more and check out photos of the Agojie in Rachel Jones?s article.  Also, in 2019 Rachel traveled to the Democratic Republic of Congo to find out how they were combating the Ebola epidemic.  Read her pieces on a new tool that some hope could uncover the lost ancestry of enslaved African Americans and on Albert José Jones, who founded the first African American scuba club and led the way for Black divers to explore the ocean?and their own history. Also explore: Watch the Dora Milaje kick butt in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, in theaters this Friday, November 11th.  If you like what you hear and want to support more content like this, please consider a National Geographic subscription. Go to natgeo.com/exploremore to subscribe today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-11-08
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Wayfinding Through the Human Genome

National Geographic Explorer Keolu Fox grew up hearing stories about his ancestors, Polynesian navigators, and the men who in the late 1970s led the first H?k?le?a voyage to Tahiti. As the first Native Hawaiian with a Ph.D. in genomic sciences, Fox tells us how genetic data can help reveal powerful narratives about the history of Indigenous people and their achievements, and empower communities to use data to improve public health and preserve their culture. For more information on this episode, visit natgeo.com/overheard. Want more? Less than one percent of genome studies include Indigenous people. Watch Keolu Fox?s Ted Talk on why genetic research needs to be more diverse.  Also, check out his essay in Scientific American on what genomic research could potentially reveal about the history and accomplishments of Indigenous people.  Also explore:  If you are working on an idea that promotes Indigenous futurism and environmental health, Keolu is collaborating with Footprint Coalition Science Engine to encourage people to apply for grants to help execute their projects.  For subscribers:  You can read our magazine profile on Keolu and how he hopes to find clues that lead to new medicines, better health care, and even land reclamation. Read about how the Polynesian Voyaging Society is trying to keep the art of Polynesian wayfinding alive by sailing around the world on traditional voyaging canoes?and you can also get to know the H?k?le?a?s first female captain, National Geographic Explorer Lehua Kamalu.  If you like what you hear and want to support more content like this, please consider a National Geographic subscription. Go to natgeo.com/exploremore to subscribe today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-11-01
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Presenting: Greeking Out by National Geographic Kids

National Geographic Kids' Greeking Out is a kid-friendly retelling of some of the best stories from Greek mythology. This episode, "Akhenaten The Heretic King," is all about King Tut's father and how he attempted to reset Egyptian religion and politics. You can listen to more episodes of Greeking Out on Apple, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. We'll be back next week with a regular episode of Overheard. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-10-25
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The Hole Where King Tut?s Heart Used to Be

One hundred years since the discovery of King Tutankhamun?s tomb, archaeologists are still puzzling over the mysteries of his mummy. Why was he covered in ?black goo? and buried without a heart? And how did his tomb remain hidden for so long? To answer these questions, we head to the National Geographic Museum?s King Tut exhibit with Archaeologist in Residence Fred Hiebert to hear his take on what happened to Egypt?s boy king and hear from mummy expert Salima Ikram about how recent excavations of the tomb are helping scientists get closer to the answers.  For more information on this episode, visit natgeo.com/overheard. Want more? King Tut?s tomb is one of the most significant archaeological sites ever discovered, but it was almost never found. To learn more about the discovery, take a look at our magazine cover story about the discovery. Want to see National Geographic?s King Tut exhibit for yourself? Information and tickets can be found on the museum website. Also explore: Egyptologist Salima Ikram is one of the leading experts in mummification. Her website is a treasure trove of information. Fred Hiebert once spent two nights in King Tut?s tomb with researchers searching for the mummy of Nefertiti. That story can be found here.   If you like what you hear and want to support more content like this, please consider a National Geographic subscription. Go to natgeo.com/exploremore to subscribe today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-10-18
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Exploring Pristine Seas

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 acquainted with sharks at Millennium Atoll. Sala?s explorations have led to 24 marine preserves?with a combined area more than twice the size of India. But the hard work is far from over, as Sala aims to protect 30 percent of the world?s oceans by 2030. Want more? Learn more about the work of Pristine Seas on their website. Learn more about the recovery of the coral reefs around the southern Line Islands in November?s National Geographic magazine. There will be an in-depth article written by Enric, with some gorgeous photographs of this pristine ecosystem. The article is also available online here. Also explore: Dive deeper with two other Overheard episodes about the ocean: In ?The Secret Culture of Killer Whales,? photographer Brian Skerry swims with killer whales and discovers these apex predators have unique cultures that aren?t that different from our own. In ?The Gateway to Secret Underwater Worlds,? discover how Jacques Cousteau opened up the deep sea to humanity and left a legacy that continues to drive underwater exploration today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-10-11
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What the Ice Gets, the Ice Keeps

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 location of Endurance eluded archaeologists?until this year. National Geographic photographer Esther Horvath was there, and recounts the moment when the ship was located 10,000 feet beneath the polar ice.  For more information on this episode, visit natgeo.com/overheard. Want more? Read the inside story of the discovery of Endurance, including reactions from the lead researchers and Horvath?s photos from the farthest reaches of the Southern Ocean. See rare photos from another fabled Antarctic voyage: Robert Falcon Scott?s race to the South Pole in 1912. Also explore: Technology has made it easier to find sunken ships and their undiscovered treasures. See how preservationists protect them?and why ?finders keepers? doesn?t apply. If you like what you hear and want to support more content like this, please consider a National Geographic subscription. Go to natgeo.com/exploremore to subscribe today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-10-04
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What You Do Counts

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 Spanish speakers. Eyal Weintraub, a 22-year-old National Geographic Young Explorer and climate activist from Buenos Aires, Argentina, is working to change that. Guest host Jordan Salama joins Weintraub to talk about his popular podcast, Lo Que Haces Cuenta, which unpacks the climate crisis in bite-sized episodes?and explores the everyday ways people can fight it. For more information on this episode, visit natgeo.com/overheard. Want more? Learn more about Eyal Weintraub by following him on Instagram @eyalwein and follow Jordan Salama @JordanSalama19. Listen to Lo Que Haces Cuenta wherever you get your podcasts.  Also Explore: For more content celebrating Hispanic and Latin American Heritage Month, visit NatGeo.com/HLAHM.  Listen to some other Overheard episodes that feature Latin America like ?The Guerrilla Cyclists of Mexico City? and their efforts to build DIY bike lanes or ?Solving the Mystery of the Boiling River? about Explorer Andrés Ruzo?s search for an Incan legend. For subscribers:  Since a 2016 peace deal, nearly 1,300 Colombians living in former guerrilla territories have been killed resisting mining, logging, and drugs. Read Jordan Salama?s article about the Colombian environmentalists risking their lives to defend their land.  New York City has a rich and storied maritime history. Now, after centuries of degradation, both people and wildlife are finding their way back to city waters. Jordan explains how life is returning to New York's coastline in this article.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-09-27
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Searching for a Butterfly in a Conflict Zone

Photographer Rena Effendi?s father, a Soviet entomologist, collected 90,000 butterflies in his lifetime. But there was one species he couldn?t capture?Satyrus effendi. Effendi takes on the quest to track down the endangered butterfly named after her father, but to do so, she must navigate its home territory, a conflict zone in Azerbaijan. For more information on this episode, visit natgeo.com/overheard. ?Want more? To see Rena Effendi?s photography, take a look at her portfolio. Also explore. We only briefly touched on the war between Armenia and Azerbaijan, which you can read more about in Rena Effendi?s article. Through words and photos, she followed the half a million Azerbaijanis who lost their homes in the conflict. Plus, learn more about how the COVID-19 pandemic had a big effect on Armenians and Azerbaijanis already struggling with the conflict. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-09-20
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A Man of the World

Go behind the yellow border to meet the family that made National Geographic an American institution. Gilbert M. Grosvenor?s 60-year career followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather?but he learned that sometimes he had to do things his own way. In his new memoir, A Man of the World, Grosvenor recounts a crucial decision that made him rethink the way National Geographic covers the world. Grosvenor also shares an unforgettable conversation with Jacques Cousteau and how he witnessed Jane Goodall?s transformation from unknown young scientist to, well, Jane Goodall. For more information on this episode, visit natgeo.com/overheard. Want more? Check out Gil Grosvenor?s new memoir, A Man of the World: My Life at National Geographic. From his first day of work in 1899, Gil?s grandfather, Gilbert H. Grosvenor, put National Geographic on the map. A behind-the-scenes photo from our archives shows Grosvenor testing a state-of-the-art camera in 1913. Gil?s commitment to environmental storytelling is now a part of National Geographic?s DNA. See how we continue that legacy with initiatives like Planet or Plastic and our special issue, Saving Forests.     Also explore: Learn more about seminal explorers Jacques Cousteau and Jane Goodall in our previous episodes, ?The gateway to secret underwater worlds? and ?The next generation?s champion of chimps.? Subscribers can also read about the development of Cousteau?s Aqua-Lung, which threw open the undersea world, and revisit Goodall?s groundbreaking 1963 National Geographic article, ?My Life With Wild Chimpanzees.? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-09-13
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Inside the Epic World of Bertie Gregory

In a collaboration with National Geographic television, we follow 29-year-old adventurer and filmmaker Bertie Gregory on a nail-biting journey to some of the harshest, most spectacular corners of the world. Join guest host Drew Jones as he sits down with Gregory to discuss coming face-to-face with buffalo-hunting lions in Zambia, searching for the largest gathering of whales ever filmed in Antarctica, diving in dangerous Costa Rican waters to film hammerhead sharks, and spreading the message of conservation in the face of nature?s greatest challenges. For more information on this episode, visit natgeo.com/overheard. Want more? Watch Epic Adventures with Bertie Gregory on Disney+, and check out some of the amazing photos Bertie and his crew have captured from his adventures, including his tree nest in Kasanka National Park, and swimming alongside whales with the help of an underwater scooter. Learn more about Bertie?s career as an explorer and photographer, which started with a childhood obsession with nature, and his extensive use of drones and other filming methods to capture spectacular landscapes and peculiar animal behaviors. Also explore: The annual migration of fruit bats to Zambia?s Kasanka National Park is a critical to Africa?s environment. This article in The Guardian shows how wildlife protectors and conservationists are working against threats from poachers and deforestation, even in the face of violence. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-09-06
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Playback: Why War Zones Need Science Too

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 wonder scientists want to explore Socotra. But it?s also part of Yemen, a country enduring a horrific civil war. Meet the Nat Geo explorer with a track record of navigating the world?s most hostile hot spots who?s determined to probe the island?and empower its local scientists before it?s too late. Want more? See Socotra?s wonders?including the dragon?s blood tree?through the eyes of National Geographic explorers. And check out human footprints preserved for more than 100,000 years, which could be the oldest signs of humans in Arabia.  Ancient caravan kingdoms are threatened in Yemen?s civil war. Their storied legacy?including temples built by the queen of Sheba?is entwined with the fate of modern Yemenis. Read more here.  Also explore: Learn more about Yemen?s civil war. One Yemeni photographer explains why she looks for points of light in the darkness. And for subscribers, go inside the country?s health crisis and the life of violence and disease the war has brought to many civilians. Also, learn more about Ella Al-Shamahi?s new book, The Handshake: A Gripping History, and visit Horn Heritage, Sada Mire?s website preserving heritage in Somalia, Somaliland, and the Horn of Africa.    If you like what you hear and want to support more content like this, please consider a National Geographic subscription. Go to natgeo.com/exploremore to subscribe today.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-08-30
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The Problem With Superchickens

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, and we look at human examples of this phenomenon?a high school Model UN team and a retail giant. For more information on this episode, visit natgeo.com/overheard. Want more? David Sloan Wilson?s theories on competition and cooperation go far beyond superchickens. Take a look at an article he wrote about rethinking economics on Evonomics.com, a website started by one of his former students. And for more on his work, visit davidsloanwilson.world. Plus, retail has been through a lot over the last 50 years. To learn more about that world from the inside, check out his book, Remarkable Retail: How to Win and Keep Customers in the Age of Disruption, and his podcast, the Remarkable Retail Podcast. And read a Bloomberg article that goes into detail about what happened at Sears. Also explore: Darwin transformed the world with his evolutionary theories. He also got a lot wrong. To learn how modern science is building on his work, see our article on the subject. For subscribers: Evolution hasn?t stopped, but it is changing. Discover how humans are using technology to shape their own evolution in our article. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-08-23
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What It Takes to Keep America Beautiful

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 Washington State to the Couturie Forest in New Orleans. But as climate change and development continue to threaten the country?s natural treasures, we explore the limits of traditional conservation and learn how innovation and Indigenous knowledge could shift how we protect the environment in the 21st century. For more information on this episode, visit natgeo.com/overheard. Want more?  Learn about the Makah?s efforts to resume their practice of hunting gray whales, which was banned in the mid-1900s, in this article by Emma Marris. See even more of America?s most spectacular locations and diverse species in America the Beautiful. Hosted by Michael B. Jordan, this docuseries is now streaming on Disney+. As massive wildfires continue to wreak havoc in the American West, Indigenous people are reviving centuries-old cultural burning practices to protect their communities. Learn more about cultural burning in the Overheard episode ?This Indigenous Practice Fights Fire With Fire.? Also explore: See more of photographer Stephen Wilkes?s Day to Night photos and learn about how he creates them in this article. Read Emma Marris?s article about the Indigenous people living in Peru?s Manú National Park. For subscribers: Check out Emma Marris?s article on conservation in the upcoming issue of National Geographic magazine. Available online here in September.  How many counties in the contiguous U.S. have water or land worth conserving? Every single one. Explore this map to see what value each has for conservation. If you like what you hear and want to support more content like this, please consider a National Geographic subscription. Go to natgeo.com/exploremore to subscribe today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-08-16
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The Triumph and Tragedy of Indian Independence

When India and Pakistan gained their independence from Britain, a border was drawn between the two new countries. The split started a chain reaction of violence that led to one of the largest forced migrations in human history. More than 1 million people died in the tragedy. Both countries are now approaching 75 years of independence, and the people who were there to remember it are reaching their twilight years. This may be our last chance to hear directly from the eyewitnesses who lived through the victory of independence and the subsequent tragedy of partition. National Geographic Explorer Sparsh Ahuja has been documenting the stories of people who were forced from their homes during partition and is bringing them back to their ancestral home?if not in person then through virtual reality.  For more information on this episode, visit natgeo.com/overheard. Want more? To learn more about Sparsh Ahuja?s work and to hear more interviews with survivors of partition, take a look at the website for Project Dastaan. The end of British colonial rule birthed two sovereign nations?but hastily drawn borders caused simmering tensions to boil over. Read about how 75 years later, memories of partition still haunt survivors, and see on a map where those borders were drawn. Also explore: India struggled under British rule for more than 200 years, not always peacefully. Read about India?s first war of independence and the Indian rani (queen) at the center of it all. You?ve probably heard of Mahatma Gandhi, the nonviolent leader of the Indian independence movement, but how much do you know about him? We?ve put together an explainer about his life and ideas. If you like what you hear and want to support more content like this, please consider a National Geographic subscription. Go to natgeo.com/exploremore to subscribe today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-08-09
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Frank Drake?s Cosmic Road Map

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 inspiring others to join him in this quest. Now, a new generation of scientists is carrying his work forward. They?re finally being taken seriously, and they?re about to change the way we think about our place in the cosmos. For more information on this episode, visit natgeo.com/overheard. Want more? Space isn?t the only place to explore when scientists are looking for alien life; it?s also important to go underground?here on Earth. Find out why on another episode of Overheard. Breakthrough Listen is reaching beyond our galaxy to determine whether or not there is life in space. The project is audacious?and worth following closely. Frank Drake and Carl Sagan had a legendary friendship and professional relationship. One of their many projects was to create another kind of cosmic road map meant to show aliens how to find us.  Also explore: In 1977, NASA sent a set of Golden Records to space attached to two Voyager spacecraft. Carl Sagan, Frank Drake, and a team of inspired scientists decided what they should contain. Here?s the music that?s flying outside of our solar system right now. Thanks to another kind of map, it?s possible to see just how far those radio signals have traveled since leaving our planet over a hundred years ago. So far, they?ve traveled about 200 light-years?and no one has heard them yet. If you like what you hear and want to support more content like this, please consider a National Geographic subscription. Go to natgeo.com/exploremore to subscribe today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-08-02
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Playback: Amelia Earhart Part II: The Lady?s Legacy

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 country. Earhart went well beyond setting records as a pilot--her true end game was equality for women, a rarely explored side of her life story that goes well beyond the mystery of her disappearance. In today's Playback, we hit our archives and learn about a different Amelia. For more information on this episode, visit nationalgeographic.com/overheard. This summer, adventure is never far away with a free one-month trial subscription to Nat Geo Digital. For starters, there?s full access to our online stories, plus every Nat Geo issue ever published in our archives! There?s a whole lot more for subscribers, and you can check it all out?for free?at natgeo.com/exploremore. Want more? Read ?My Flight from Hawaii,? the 1935 article Earhart wrote for National Geographic about her voyage from Hawaii to California.  Peruse the Amelia Earhart archive at Purdue University, which is filled with memorabilia and images from Earhart?s life, including her inimitable sense of fashion and some revolutionary luggage. Take a look through Earhart?s childhood home in Atchison, Kansas. It?s now the Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum.  And click here to learn more about the Amelia Earhart statue at the U.S. Capitol and the new Amelia Earhart Hangar Museum being built in Atchison. Also explore: Check out Earhart?s cherry red Lockheed Vega 5B, used to fly across the Atlantic solo in 1932. It?s on display at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, in Washington, D.C. Learn about the Ninety-Nines, an organization founded in 1929 to promote advancement for women in aviation. Earhart was the Ninety-Nines? first president. Today its membership is composed of thousands of female pilots from around the world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-07-28
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Harnessing the Power of Yellowstone?s Supervolcano

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, some scientists have proposed that the amazing power locked beneath the caldera could be harnessed to generate renewable geothermal energy. National Geographic writer Maya Wei-Haas examines the risks of a supervolcanic eruption at Yellowstone and what it would take to use it as a power source. For more information on this episode, visit natgeo.com/overheard. Want more?  Check out Maya Wei-Haas? article about how bacteria discovered in Yellowstone led to the development of PCR tests used to detect Covid-19, and her article about the eruption of Cumbre Vieja on La Palma.  See how the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory is monitoring the region on their website.  Listen to more of Paolo Dell'aversana?s geomusic on his YouTube page. Also explore: Find out more about the geothermal facilities mentioned in this episode on their websites: Cornell University Borehole Observatory The Geysers in California  Krafla Magma Testbed If you like what you hear and want to support more content like this, please consider a National Geographic subscription. Go to natgeo.com/exploremore to subscribe today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-07-26
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Stonehenge Has a Traffic Problem

The 4,500-year-old Stonehenge attracts hordes of tourists?and massive congestion. To alleviate traffic, the British government is considering a plan to build a tunnel near the monument, but historians and modern Druids alike are concerned that the development could damage artifacts critical to understanding the ancient stone circle. For more information on this episode, visit natgeo.com/overheard. Want more? Did you know that some pieces of Stonehenge may have come from even older artifacts? Take a look at our article on the subject. Also explore Now that you?ve heard about Alice Zoo?s and Reuben Wu?s photography, want to see it for yourself? Check out Alicezoo.com and ReubenWu.com. For subscribers We only scraped the surface when it comes to Stonehenge. Roff Smith wrote a piece for the August issue of the magazine that digs into the ancient past of the site as well as its modern issues, and you can read more about how Reuben captured the spirit of the world heritage site using a drone. Also, through this interactive graphic, visit Stonehenge in 2500 B.C. to learn more about how and why the mysterious circle was built. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-07-19
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Do Shark Stories Help Sharks?

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 forever change the way we tell stories about sharks. We trace how attitudes toward sharks shifted in the past century?from stoking our fears to emboldening some to ride on their backs?which directly affects the future of one of the most evolved species on the planet. For more information on this episode, visit natgeo.com/overheard. Want More?  SharkFest returns! For more great stories on sharks and for our programming schedule, check out natgeo.com/sharkfest. Read about camo sharks that change the color of their skin, scientists who are using drones to expand our understanding of shark behavior, and discoveries on the shark superpowers of speed and bite force. Also explore:  The attacks on the Jersey Shore in 1916 were captured in the newspapers at the time; the fear generated was instantaneous. Read more about that here. ?Sharkzilla? was not a thing. But that didn?t stop many people from believing in it. What was the real story behind the Carcharocles megalodon? Read about it here. If you like what you hear and want to support more content like this, please consider a National Geographic subscription. Go to natgeo.com/exploremore to subscribe today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-07-12
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How Black Climbers Are Closing the Adventure Gap

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 supplemental oxygen, the first in winter, and the first full ski descent, to name a few. The first Black climber reached the roof of the world in 2003. But until this year, no team of Black climbers had done it. Meet one of the climbers in the Full Circle Everest expedition, and learn why he hopes this historic accomplishment shows that Black people belong in outdoor recreation too. For more information on this episode, visit natgeo.com/overheard Want more? Read more about Full Circle Everest, the revolutionary team that made history on the world?s highest peak. And go deeper with James?s podcast episode featuring an interview with Demond ?Dom? Mullins, as well as James?s website The Joy Trip Project and his book The Adventure Gap. Black Americans make up just two percent of National Park visitors, according to a 2018 report. Read about how the National Park Service is trying to live up to its credo to provide ?Benefit and Enjoyment of the People??all people. Income disparities and an inability to take time off work can restrict people of color from outdoor recreation. Follow a group of people strapping on crampons and climbing frozen waterfalls for the first time.    Also explore: Check out other groups?like Outdoor Afro and Melanin Base Camp?dedicated to diversifying the outdoors. See Everest from above. Panoramic drone photography shows what it?s like to stand on the roof of the world. In 2021, researchers announced a new height for Mount Everest: 29,031.69 feet above sea level. Learn how they arrived at such a precise measurement, as well as the biting-cold, middle-of-the-night ascent that made it possible. Everest may be the world?s tallest mountain, but K2 is often called the most dangerous. In another Overheard episode, we chronicle the all-Nepali team that climbed K2 in winter, something that had never been done before.   If you like what you hear and want to support more content like this, please consider a National Geographic subscription. Go to natgeo.com/exploremore to subscribe today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-07-05
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Playback: The Tree At the End of the World

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 tagged along?and found that a miserable expedition makes for a heck of a story. For more information on this episode, visit natgeo.com/overheard. Want more? Read Craig?s story about the wind-blasted journey to Cape Horn and see photos of the remote, otherworldly landscape at natgeo.com. Forests are the key to protecting the planet, and they need our help. Subscribers can read more of Craig Welch?s reporting in a special issue of National Geographic all about forests. Also explore: At an estimated 5,400 years old, a Patagonian cypress may set a new record for the world?s oldest tree. But some scientists aren?t convinced the math checks out. High-altitude snow and ice are disappearing much faster than previously assumed, according to climate research in another extreme environment?Mount Everest, called the ?roof of the world.? If you like what you hear and want to support more content like this, please consider a National Geographic subscription. Go to natgeo.com/exploremore to subscribe today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-06-28
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She Shoots, She Scores: Title IX Turns 50

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. College sports have radically evolved during that time?take the high-tech clothes that emit infrared radiation to maximize performance?but there?s one constant: Title IX of the Higher Education Act ensures that no person is excluded from university programs ?on the basis of sex.? In collaboration with ESPN and The Walt Disney Company, we examine how Title IX continues to ripple across American society. For more information on this episode, visit natgeo.com/overheard. Want more? Dive into ESPN?s Fifty/50, a month-long storytelling project that illuminates Title IX, one of the most significant pieces of American civil rights legislation?and maybe the most misunderstood. Title IX met fierce resistance even after it was passed. Learn why it was urgently needed and how its opponents pushed back. ?If you?re not upset about this problem, then you?re a part of it.? Disparities in food and training facilities at an NCAA championship tournament led to a public reckoning for college basketball. Also explore: The Iroquois invented lacrosse. Now the Iroquois national lacrosse team?led by one of the sport?s biggest stars?wants to compete in the 2028 Olympics. The first step: gain recognition from international sports organizers. The stories of 20 women from the National Geographic archives show how these explorers mapped the ocean floor, conquered Earth?s highest peaks, and unearthed ancient civilizations?but didn?t always get the credit they deserved.  If you like what you hear and want to support more content like this, please consider a National Geographic subscription. Go to natgeo.com/exploremore to subscribe today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-06-21
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This Indigenous Practice Fights Fire with Fire

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 scientific research supports using fire to fight fire, Indigenous groups in the Klamath Basin are reviving cultural burning practices that effectively controlled forest fires for centuries. National Geographic photographer Kiliii Yüyan introduces us to people bringing back this cultural practice and teaching the next generation how to use fire. SHOW NOTES Want more? If you want to hear more from Kiliii, you can also listen to a previous Overheard episode where he shares stories from the many weeks he spent camping on sea ice with Native Alaskan whale hunters.  And you?re dying to see his photography, check out his website to see portraits of Indigenous people, Arctic wildlife, and more.  Also explore: To learn more about Margo Robbins and her efforts to revive cultural burns, check out our article on the subject. For subscribers: Cultural burns are just one of many stories that Kiliii and writer Charles Mann covered about the ways Indigenous groups are trying to reclaim sovereignty. That?s coming out in the July issue of the magazine. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-06-14
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Sonic Postcards From the Appian Way

?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 Roads, even if they don?t always know it. National Geographic writer Nina Strochlic and photographer Andrea Frazzetta take us on an immersive trip down the venerable road. The soundscapes they travel through?the voices and vibrations of modern and ancient life?reveal something essential about the Italian identity. For more information on this episode, visit natgeo.com/overheard. Want more? So, how did the Romans build 200,000 miles of roads? It wasn?t easy. You?ll find out more here in an issue of National Geographic History. St. Peter fled Rome, so the story goes, along the Appian Way. As he left, he encountered Jesus Christ?resurrected. There is still a church on that site, aptly named Domine Quo Vadis, for the famous phrase St. Peter uttered before he returned to Rome and was crucified himself. You can see Annibale Carracci?s 17th-century painting of the event here. If going underground and being surrounded by bones doesn?t give you the willies, then you?ll love visiting the catacombs in Italy. Or you can take a look here, and read about why Romans buried their dead this way. Also explore: If your appetite is piqued after hearing about a trip through Italy, you might want to check out what the ancient Romans ate. You won?t find gelato (or a tomato) anywhere in sight. But you might be inspired to re-create a peppery custard. For the truly adventurous, try your hand at recipes from the oldest surviving Italian cookbook, De Re Coquinaria. If you like what you hear and want to support more content like this, please consider a National Geographic subscription. Go to natgeo.com/exploremore to subscribe today.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-06-07
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Restoring a Lost Sense of Touch

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 re-create the sensation for people like Prestwood. After an experimental surgery, Prestwood?s prosthetic arm was upgraded with a rudimentary sense of touch?a major development in technology that could bring us all a little closer together. For more information on this episode, visit nationalgeographic.com/overheard.    Want More? To learn more about this story and writer Cynthia Gorney?s other reporting on the science of touch, take a look at her feature article. The robotic arm isn't the only nascent technology that seems like it's right out of Star Wars. Our science desk has compiled a list of examples of real research inspired by the franchise.   Also Explore More information about Dustin Tyler?s research can be found through his Case Western Reserve University website and his organization, the Human Fusions Institute. If you like what you hear and want to support more content like this, please consider a National Geographic subscription. Go to natgeo.com/exploremore to subscribe today.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-05-31
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Where in the World Is Jessica Nabongo?

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 country in the world. From swimming with humpback whales near Tonga to eating delicious dumplings in Georgia, the world traveler shares how globe-trotting changed the way she sees the world and humanity. For more information on this episode, visit natgeo.com/overheard. Want more? Check out Jessica Nabongo?s forthcoming book, The Catch Me If You Can: One Woman?s Journey to Every Country in the World, published by Nat Geo Books. You can learn more about her adventures on her blog, The Catch Me If You Can, and Instagram page.  Also explore: Learn more about pangolins, why they are so heavily trafficked, and the ongoing efforts to protect them.  Archaeologists have found that humans have been making wine in Georgia for 8,000 years. Talk about vintage.  If you like what you hear and want to support more content like this, please consider a National Geographic subscription. Go to natgeo.com/exploremore to subscribe today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-05-24
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Bringing the Dead to Life

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: What did those people look like? We hear from Oscar Nilsson, a forensic facial reconstructionist who uses a combination of science and art to re-create the faces of our ancestors. For more information on this episode, visit natgeo.com/overheard. Want more? Oscar Nilsson?s reconstructions of Cheddar Man, Bocksten Man and others can be seen at his website odnilsson.com. Also explore:  When an explorer uncovered the skeleton of an ancient Peruvian queen in a tomb in Peru, they asked Nilsson to make a recreation of her. Uncover the story here. 8,000 years ago, a man?s bones were used in a ritual in Scandinavia. Take a look at Nilsson?s recreation of him. For subscribers: A mother and child were buried in Sweden 4,000 years ago. Read about Nilsson?s recreation of the woman and see what she might have looked like. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-05-17
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The Greening of Pittsburgh

When it comes to examples of cities that have successfully emerged from the industrial age into the information age, look no further than Pittsburgh. But can it be done with an eye toward climate solutions? In this editorial collaboration with Project Drawdown, storyteller Matt Scott follows engineer and artist Clara Kitongo, architect Erica Cochran Hameen, and transportation manager Sarah Olexsak, three of the women working toward a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable community, straight out of the future they want to build. For more information on this episode, visit natgeo.com/overheard. Want More? Clara, Erica, and Sarah are just three of the Pittsburgh climate-solutions advocates featured in Project Drawdown?s short documentary series Drawdown?s Neighborhood. The series, done in collaboration with adventure filmmaker Erik Douds, will announce its expansion to additional cities later this year. Check out the New York Times best seller Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, edited by environmentalist and Project Drawdown co-founder Paul Hawken, for more climate solutions from scientists, researchers, and environmental advocates. And find out how climate change impacts including wildfire, extreme heat, and drought are affecting forests from the Amazon to the Arctic in National Geographic?s special issue ?Saving Forests.? If you like what you hear and want to support more content like this, please consider a National Geographic subscription. Go to natgeo.com/explore to subscribe today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-05-10
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Going Undercover to Save Manta Rays

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 India, China, and Nepal. For more information on this episode, visit natgeo.com/overheard. Want more? Check out Malaika and Nitye?s production company, Untamed Planet. There, you can see films about big cats, pandemics, and, of course, manta ray trafficking. Also explore:  Curious how these animals stole Malaika?s heart? Take a look at Nat Geo Wild?s The Social Lives of Manta Rays. For subscribers: Believe it or not, manta rays have their own distinct social circles. Learn more in our article about manta ray friendships. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-05-03
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Farming for the Planet

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 life in Los Angeles for 200 acres in Ventura County, where they are rebuilding soil health and growing the most nutrient-dense food possible. Their film, The Biggest Little Farm: The Return is now available on Disney Plus. For more information on this episode, visit natgeo.com/overheard. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-04-26
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The Secret Life of Plants

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 out your paints. Rao draws from the centuries-old practice of botanical illustration to catalog and celebrate native plant life of the southern Indian rainforest, introducing new audiences to the wonders they hold. For more information on this episode, visit natgeo.com/overheard. Want more? This Earth Day, celebrate our planet?s beautiful, remote, and at-risk locations?and meet the explorers protecting them?at natgeo.com. See Nirupa?s illustrations on Instagram, @niruparao. And check out her books Hidden Kingdom and Pillars of Life. ?Sky islands? in the Western Ghats host an almost unbelievable array of microclimates?and a chance for scientists to see evolution in action. King cobras, which live in the Western Ghats, can "stand up" and look a full-grown person in the eye. Fortunately, they avoid humans whenever possible. Also explore: Rainforests have an unsung hero that keeps the forest healthy and functional: termites. Also, National Geographic?s resident artist, Fernando Baptista, brings stories to life by sculpting clay models, then using them for a drawing or stop-motion film. If you like what you hear and want to support more content like this, please consider a National Geographic subscription. Go to natgeo.com/explore to subscribe today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-04-19
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Solving the Mystery of the Boiling River

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 Explorer, journeys into the Amazon to try to find the waterway. For more information on this episode, visit nationalgeographic.com/overheard. Want more? Read Andrés?s book: The Boiling River: Adventure and Discovery in the Amazon. Also explore:  Curious what you can do to help the river?s ecosystem? Go to www.boilingriver.org.  For subscribers:  Read a Q&A with Andrés to learn more about the communities that live around Shanay-Timpishka and the theories scientists explored to understand why the river boils. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-04-12
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Turning Old Cell Phones into Forest Guardians

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 world?s forests, paving the way for widespread deforestation. With limited resources and difficult terrain, it?s a hard problem to tackle. National Geographic Explorer Topher White?who considers himself a war photographer for climate change?has found that by listening for the sounds of logging through hundreds of recycled cell phones nailed high in treetops from Indonesia to Eastern Europe, the stewards of the world's trees might have a chance to detect and prevent illegal logging. For more information on this episode, visit nationalgeographic.com/overheard. Want More: Check out this article to learn more about how illegal lumber makes its way into the global supply chain. National Geographic has detailed explanations of both gibbons and deforestation.  Take a look at this project to use waste from coffee production to help renew destroyed forests.  Also Explore: Take a look at the last known footage of a Tasmanian Tiger. To learn more about Topher White and the Rainforest Connection, take a look at their website. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-04-05
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Queens of the High Seas

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 Women Who Dared to Rule the High Seas are righting the ship. Join the fleet of Zheng Yi Sao, a woman from southern China who at her peak commanded some 70,000 pirates during the early 19th century. For more information on this episode, visit natgeo.com/overheard. Want more? Check out Pirate Queens: Dauntless Women Who Dared to Rule the High Seas, the new book from National Geographic Kids.  Subscribers can follow the trail of pirate queen Grace O?Malley?also known as ?Bald Grace??who became a living legend in 16th-century Ireland. An animated video breaks down the life of Zheng Yi Sao, perhaps the most successful pirate of all time. Also explore: There are plenty of pirate myths, but National Geographic has the true stories of discovering Blackbeard?s ship, the reason pirates practiced democracy, and what science has to say about the food pirates ate (hint: it was usually terrible).      Go deeper with the books Pirates of the South China Coast, 1790-1810 by Dian Murray and The Blue Frontier: Maritime Vision and Power in the Qing Empire by Ronald Po. If you like what you hear and want to support more content like this, please consider a National Geographic subscription. Go to natgeo.com/explore to subscribe today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-03-29
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First Ascent of a Sky Island

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 seen by human eyes. That?s because getting there is no small feat. Eager to find new species but unable to scale the sheer cliff faces, 80-year-old biologist Bruce Means teamed up with professional climbers and Indigenous people to trek through the jungle and get to the top of an uncharted tepui named Weiassipu in search of frogs and adventure.  For more information on this episode, visit nationalgeographic.com/overheard.   Want More? To learn more about the expedition to the top of Weiassipu, take a look at Mark Synnott?s feature story in the upcoming April issue of National Geographic magazine.  And to see these stunning sky islands for yourself, check out the National Geographic special Explorer: The Last Tepui, streaming on Earth Day, April 22, exclusively on Disney+. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-03-22
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Nowruz and the Night Sky

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 vernal equinox. The holiday of Nowruz celebrates that ?new day? by encouraging us to make poetic connections between life and death, and past and present. National Geographic photographer Babak Tafreshi reacquaints us with the shimmering origins of this ancient Persian holiday; they are above our heads, shining in the night sky. For more information on this episode, visit nationalgeographic.com/overheard. Want more? The International Dark Sky Association is working to protect our skies from light pollution. They can help you find your way to the starriest viewing on the planet.     As Nowruz approaches, it?s not too late to learn more about Iran?s long history of poets going back to more than 10 centuries. ? Also explore: If you?d like to create your own haft-sin table, check out these gorgeous examples for inspiration. Babak Tafreshi has published a book of his beautiful night sky photography, The World at Night.  For subscribers:  Learn more about how light pollution is affecting our planet through images that Tafreshi captured. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-03-15
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Amelia Earhart Part II: The Lady?s Legacy

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 perhaps equality for women. This is a different Amelia, which might explain why the mystery of her disappearance remains unsolved?explorers are looking in the wrong place. For more information on this episode, visit nationalgeographic.com/overheard. Want more? Read ?My Flight from Hawaii,? the 1935 article Earhart wrote for National Geographic about her voyage from Hawaii to California.  Peruse the Amelia Earhart archive at Purdue University, which is filled with memorabilia and images from Earhart?s life, including her inimitable sense of fashion and some revolutionary luggage. Take a look through Earhart?s childhood home in Atchison, Kansas. It?s now the Amelia Earhart Museum.  Also explore: Check out Earhart?s cherry red Lockheed Vega 5B, used to fly across the Atlantic solo in 1932. It?s on display at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, in Washington, D.C. Learn about the Ninety-Nines, an organization founded in 1929 to promote advancement for women in aviation. Earhart was the Ninety-Nines? first president. Today its membership is composed of thousands of female pilots from around the world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-03-08
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Amelia Earhart Part I: The Lady Vanishes

Ever since Amelia Earhart made her last radio transmission somewhere over the Pacific, theories about her disappearance have proliferated; more than 80 years later, the constant retelling of her story shows no signs of slowing. Although the search to find a ?smoking gun? has yielded little evidence, there are many who believe they know how Amelia?s story ended. Whether they?re right or wrong, one thing remains true: Their stories have little to do with Amelia herself. For more information on this episode, visit nationalgeographic.com/overheard. Want more? Check out the maps of Amelia Earhart?s flight plan as well as archival photos, and take a peek inside Bob Ballard?s search vessel in a National Geographic story about Ballard?s expedition. You can also watch the documentary Expedition Amelia on Disney+.  See the final radio log between Earhart and the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Itasca on the morning she disappeared.  Also explore: Learn about how cadaver dogs are used around the world to help uncover what humans can?t detect.  There?s a reason humans are such good storytellers?it?s to our evolutionary advantage. Learn about why we crave the ending to a story. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-03-01
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Playback: The Battle for the Soul of Artificial Intelligence

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 machines show many of the same biases as humans, particularly with communities of color and vulnerable populations. In this episode, we learn how leading technologists are disrupting their own inventions to create a more humane AI. For more information on this episode, visit nationalgeographic.com/overheard. Want more? In 2020 widespread use of medical masks has created a new niche?face-mask recognition. The technology would help local governments enforce mask mandates, but is it worth it? Thanks to evolution, human faces are much more variable than other body parts. In the words of one researcher, ?It's like evolving a name tag.? Most people have difficulty accurately recognizing strangers. But a few individuals?called super-recognizers?excel at the task. London police have employed some of these people to help find criminal suspects. Also explore:  Take a look at the documentary Coded Bias, featuring AI researcher Joy Buolamwini. The film explores Joy?s research on racial bias in facial recognition AI. Read the NIST report, co-authored by Patrick Grother and discussed in this episode. For subscribers:  Artificial intelligence and robotics have been improving rapidly. Our cover story from September 2020 explores the latest robotic technology from around the world. In 1976 Isaac Asimov wrote an article for National Geographic predicting how humans might live in 2026. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-02-22
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Summiting the World?s Most Dangerous Mountain

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 accomplish what people thought was impossible. Team co-leader Mingma Gyalje Sherpa tells the story of the epic journey on what experienced climbers call the Savage Mountain.  For more information on this episode, visit nationalgeographic.com/overheard. Want more? Watch the video of the Nepali climbers summiting K2, singing their national anthem. Check out Nims?s new, adventurous memoir, Beyond Possible. And learn about previous attempts to summit K2. Our article follows a couple of European teams trying?and failing?to summit the mountain.  Also explore:  Curious about those Polish climbers who started this winter climbing craze? Read Bernadette McDonald?s book Freedom Climbers. For reflections on the risks of mountaineering, listen to our recent episode about the tragic story of the late renowned climber Alex Lowe. For subscribers:  There?s way more to this K2 expedition than we could cover in one episode. For more on Mingma G. and Nims?s journey, check out our magazine story. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-02-15
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The Wonders of Urban Wildlife

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 for witnessing how wildlife (particularly rodents) thrives in neglected urban spaces?along with the reality of doing fieldwork as a Black scientist and how she hopes to inspire young African Americans to join her.  For more information on this episode, visit nationalgeographic.com/overheard. Want More?  Check out Danielle?s Ted Talks on how African pouched rats can help people find land mines and using hip-hop to communicate science.  And you can watch National Geographic?s video on Danielle?s work with field mice.    Also explore:  If you?re interested in the emerging field of segregation ecology, learn about how access to green space is affecting the behavior of urban coyotes. And here?s the scientific summary of the study on raccoons in St. Louis.  You can also listen to stories Danielle?s told live on stage for The Story Collider podcast: one on a terrible exchange with a science website editor and another on her experiences in Tanzania.   And read her thoughts on science outreach at her Urban Scientist blog on Scientific American.  Find Danielle Lee?s Twitter @DNLee5. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-02-08
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The Price of Adventure

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 finest all-around climbers,? he was killed in an avalanche in Tibet. His son Max Lowe and his best friend, Conrad Anker, share their reflections on what it means to be a mountaineer and the true price of adventure.  For more information on this episode, visit nationalgeographic.com/overheard. Want more? More information about Max Lowe?s documentary, Torn, can be found here: https://films.nationalgeographic.com/torn The sport of rock climbing has a long and eventful history, this article explains some of climbing?s greatest moments.  Check out our interview with Dawa Yangsum Sherpa, a Nepali climber who shares her thoughts on overcrowding on Mt. Everest.  Also explore: The Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation was founded in memory of Alex Lowe and helps people living in remote parts of the world. If you like what you hear and you want to support more content like this, please rate and review us in your podcast app and consider a National Geographic subscription. That?s the best way to support Overheard. Go to natgeo.com/explore to subscribe.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-02-01
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The Arctic Story Hunter

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 slowly became a ghost town in the wake of the Soviet collapse. That experience led her to find beauty in unexpected places?riding reindeer with nomadic herders and watching Arctic storms in isolated weather stations. For more information on this episode, visit natgeo.com/overheard. Want More? See Evgenia?s photos in National Geographic, which include stories of the lucrative ?tusk rush? on woolly mammoth bones that have emerged from Russian permafrost as well as the murky world of butterfly trading in Indonesia. Evgenia?s lens also focuses on the wild whimsy of her frigid hometown, Tiksi. See more photos on Instagram @evgenia_arbugaeva and @natgeo. Also explore: Learn how a gigantic offshore oil rig could radically alter the Arctic environment. Listen to a Nat Geo photographer explain in a previous Overheard episode how climate change?s impact on the Arctic is threatening the way of life for Alaskan Natives.   If you like what you hear and want to support more content like this, please consider a National Geographic subscription. Go to natgeo.com/explore to subscribe today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-01-25
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Resurrecting Notre-Dame de Paris

National Geographic photographer Tomas van Houtryve documents the layered history and revival of one of the world?s most enduring landmarks, Notre-Dame de Paris. A reflection of the city and part of its soul, the cathedral has been ravaged, reimagined, and resurrected over the course of eight centuries. Badly damaged by fire in 2019, Notre-Dame is again in the hands of skilled artisans who are braving dizzying heights and dangerous conditions to bring the cathedral back to life. For more information on this episode, visit nationalgeographic.com/overheard.  Want more? For more on the restoration of the Notre Dame de Paris, read National Geographic?s magazine story, which features Tomas van Houtryve?s photography and drone videos. Take a look at more than a century of photos of Notre Dame from National Geographic?s archive, including some very curious-looking gargoyles.  The late art historian Andrew Tallon had a vision to map Notre-Dame de Paris with lasers. His work has aided the reconstruction of the cathedral.  Also explore: Victor Hugo is a literary icon with deep connections throughout French culture. See the source of his inspirations here.  Painter Henri Matisse could see Notre Dame from his window on Quai Saint-Michel; it was the subject of many of his paintings and sketches. But many other artists had their own angle on the cathedral. See 16 of them here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-01-18
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Overheard in 2022: Weekly Adventures Ahead

In 2022, we?ll journey into the Amazon to solve the mystery of a boiling river, to the South Pacific to search for the legendary aviator Amelia Earhart, and to K2, the world?s second-highest mountain, where a team of Nepalis has rewritten mountaineering history.  We?ll also venture into some of the world?s most isolated forests with an engineer who turns old cell phones into poacher-tracking devices. And we?ll join a team of climbers and scientists searching for rare frog species that have evolved on cliffs rising out of Guyana?s cloud forests. Our weekly show begins Jan. 18, hosted by Peter Gwin, Amy Briggs, and the editors and producers of Overheard. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-01-11
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Capturing the Year in an Instant

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 we?ll talk with photographers who documented the COVID-19 pandemic and the spread of California wildfires among other key moments of the year. For more information on this episode, visit nationalgeographic.com/overheard.  Want more? Lynsey Addario followed around a group of women firefighters this summer. Meet them in our article. And check out writer Alejandra Borunda?s piece on how land managers are using new strategies to help control wildfires. Also explore: To see Muhammad Fadli?s photos, take a look at our article on COVID-19 in Indonesia. For subscribers:  See how we summed up 2021 in the ?Year in Pictures.? It hits newsstands December 15. Take a look at Muhammad Fadli?s work in a 2020 article that showed how the pandemic affected communities all over the world.   Learn the backstory of eight National Geographic photos that made an impact, including the image of the Peruvian shepherd. Plus, read about our famous wall of photos at headquarters in an essay I wrote for our photography newsletter. If you like what you hear and you want to support more content like this, please rate and review us in your podcast app AND consider a National Geographic subscription. That?s the best way to support Overheard. Go to natgeo.com/exploremore to subscribe.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-12-14
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Descendants of Cahokia

How did people create Cahokia, an ancient American Indian metropolis near present-day St. Louis? And why did they abandon it? Archaeologists are piecing together the answers?but Cahokia?s story isn?t finished yet. Hear how an Osage anthropologist is protecting the remaining burial mounds and sacred shrines so the descendants of Cahokia?s founders can keep its legacy alive. For more information on this episode, visit natgeo.com/overheard. Want more? Learn more about Cahokia?and see depictions of America?s first city, as well as artifacts left behind?in National Geographic History. See more stunning finds that unlock our deepest history in the new book Lost Cities, Ancient Tombs: 100 Discoveries That Changed the World. Subscribers can read more about the two centuries of excavation on six continents that give voice to humanity?s forgotten past. Also explore: Why did people abandon Cahokia? New research rules out a theory that environmental degradation led to its demise and shows the limits of using a modern, Western lens to study the ancient city. Learn more about Picture Cave?the Osage ?womb of the universe??in the book Picture Cave: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Mississippian Cosmos by Carol Diaz-Granados and Jim Duncan. Osage photographer Ryan RedCorn has a message about American Indian culture: ?The state of things is not in decline.? Grisly discoveries of unmarked graves at U.S. and Canadian boarding schools have forced a reckoning over government-funded programs that were designed to strip Native American children of their language and culture?and even their names. If you like what you hear and want to support more content like this, please consider a National Geographic subscription. Go to natgeo.com/exploremore to subscribe today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-12-07
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Kenya's Wildlife Warriors

In the heart of the Serengeti, hippos bathe and hyenas snatch food from hungry lions. National Geographic Explorer of the Year Paula Kahumbu brings this world to life in her documentary series Wildlife Warriors, a nature show made by Kenyans for Kenyans. Host Peter Gwin meets up with Paula in the Serengeti to learn how she became an unlikely TV star, and why it?s up to local wildlife warriors?not foreign scientists or tourists?to preserve Africa?s wild landscapes. For more info on this episode, visit natgeo.com/overheard Want more? See the Serengeti like never before in the December 2021 issue of National Geographic. Along with heart-stopping wildlife photos, subscribers can go inside the planet?s largest animal migration: the perilous 400-mile circuit of the wildebeest. Subscribers can also meet a Maasai spiritual leader who protects a remote mountain forest, and read Paula Kahumbu?s essay on the future of African conservation. Don?t miss Welcome to Earth, a Disney+ original series from National Geographic, where Will Smith is led on an epic adventure around the world to explore Earth?s greatest wonders, including the Serengeti. All six episodes stream December 8th, only on Disney+. Also explore: Watch episodes of Wildlife Warriors on its YouTube channel, WildlifeWarriorsTV. Learn more about the wildlife that makes the Serengeti irreplaceable. African elephants are ?ecosystem engineers? who shape their own habitat. Hippopotamuses spend up to 16 hours a day submerged in water?that?s why their name comes from the Greek for ?river horse.? If you like what you hear and want to support more content like this, please consider a National Geographic subscription. Go to natgeo.com/exploremore to subscribe today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-11-30
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