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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."


Other Titles

  • Informally known as: Explorer 2.0

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by National Geographic Studios