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  • Premiered: 
    November 14, 2016
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  • Network: Nat Geo
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Newsmagazine
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Updated version of Explorer 
  • Subject Matter: Current Events
  • Tags: engineering, science

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Plot Synopsis

EXPLORER relaunched in Fall 2016 as a one-hour, weekly magazine/talk hybrid series that investigates, inspires and drives the conversation on current events and topics that matter most to the planet. Anchored in a studio in New York City before a live audience and guided by well-known British TV and radio personality Richard Bacon, the show blends in-depth interviews, roundtable discussions and field pieces from award-winning correspondents, including Bryan Christy, Ryan Duffy, Francesca Fiorentini, Jena Friedman, Justin Hall, Billie Mintz, Tania Rashid, Tim Samuels, and Baratunde Thurston. Taking on topics ranging from the ongoing battle with ISIS to climate change and the aftermath of natural disasters, this series showcases the high caliber of journalism that has made National Geographic the most recognizable brand on the planet for generations. The premiere episode of this relaunched version of EXPLORER tells stories of death. Featured segments include one about a town in Indonesia where people keep their dead at home until they can afford a proper funeral; a panel about death with comedian Larry Wilmore, writer Chuck Klosterman and undertaker Amy Cunningham; a segment on the Hanford Nuclear Reactor, where workers have been cleaning up nuclear waste for 72 years and counting; a one-on-one studio interview with environmental activist Erin Brockovich; and piece about a librarian in Timbuktu who moved books and artifacts to protect them from al-Qaida. After a 2.5-month break, EXPLORER returned with new episodes on Monday, March 6, 2017 at 10pm ET/PT on Nat Geo. In the mid-season premiere, "Human vs. Animal," EXPLORER examines Filipino president Rodrigo Duterte's controversial war on drugs that has left countless people dead in the streets. In studio, guest host Aasif Mandvi sits down with legendary journalist Ted Koppel to get his unique perspective on everything from fake news to cyberattacks. And the episode also looks at the unexpectedly ancient history of "grillz."
Premiering Monday, November 12, 2018 at 10pm ET/PT on Nat Geo Channel, the new, 13-episode season of EXPLORER follows new host Phil Keoghan, as he treks to far-flung regions to meet with National Geographic Explorers on the front lines of groundbreaking scientific, technological and historical discoveries. The new season features impact-filled documentary stories covering a variety of topics, including cloning, our nation's nuclear threat, spectacular Mexican ruins, imposing whale sharks and the downside of DNA testing. Correspondents featured this season come from several professional fields, ranging from journalists and filmmakers to esteemed scientists and researchers:

- Jago Cooper, a British archaeologist, anthropologist and National Geographic Explorer, visits the Holy Land to examine recent discoveries and to separate fact from fiction and, potentially, reshape everything we thought we knew about the region.

- Gelareh Darabi, a journalist and documentary filmmaker, travels to the Hawaiian island of Oahu to meet regular citizens struggling to understand the current nuclear threat from North Korea and how to protect themselves after a false alarm earlier this year caused widespread panic.

- Ryan Duffy, a journalist and producer, talks about environmental racism with Sen. Cory Booker and looks into the big business of drug rehabilitation facilities.

- Emmy-nominated filmmaker J.J. Kelley travels alongside National Geographic Explorer Luis Jaime and his team of archaeologists, to launch low-flying night vision video drones packed with cutting-edge photogrammetric mapping technology to unlock the secret message of the Nazca lines, ancient geoglyphs in southern Peru's Nazca Desert.

- National Geographic Explorer Albert Lin, a research scientist and engineer, investigates the potential for human travel into deep space and, in another story, ill-intentioned hackers seeking to infect lifesaving medical devices.

- Sal Masekela, commentator, journalist, musician and producer, examines the unexpected dangers of legally selling cannabis in the U.S. In another story, Masekela visits Uncertain, Texas (population: 94), a town under attack by an invasive lake-eating monster set to ruin its economy and environment.

- Tim Samuels, an award-winning documentary filmmaker, broadcaster and author, dives into the creation of today's $40 billion probiotic market, as well as the connection between a virus that caused chicken to get fat in the 1980s and today's human obesity epidemic.

- Cara Santa Maria, an Emmy- and Knight Foundation Award-winning journalist, investigates the impending global food crisis, and why humanity as we know it is in trouble. She seeks to answer pressing questions, such has how do we feed our planet's rapidly growing population? How do we grow more food in the next four decades than farmers have harvested over the past 8,000 years?

- Mariana van Zeller embeds in the world of the "Godfather of Gaza" to investigate the business of surviving an occupation. She explores the illicit and highly dangerous smuggling system for goods coming from Egypt and both the altruistic and dark sides of the trade. She seeks the perspective on the other side, where joint-military forces take action, arguing that Gaza is importing suicide bombers as well as elite Hamas soldiers to join ISIS.

In the season opener, "The Mouth of Hell," Phil ventures inside the active Masaya volcano in Nicaragua; motorcyclists transport solar panels in Tanzania; an oil mogul's horse cloning business may provide insight to cure diabetes; how Americans are preparing for a nuclear attack.


Other Titles

  • Informally known as: Explorer 2.0

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by National Geographic Studios