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Whale American Idol. Underwater pyramids. A honeybee chop shop. Each week we'll dive into one of the curiously delightful conversations we've overheard around National Geographic's headquarters. You'll be introduced to the explorers, photographers and scientists at the edges of our big, bizarre, and beautiful world.
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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 wonderful world. New episodes every Tuesday, starting June 11.
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 wonderful world. New episodes every Tuesday, starting June 11.
Humpback Hit Factory

Humpback Hit Factory

2019-06-1100:18:4757

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 super smart cetaceans may have a lot more in common with us than we'd ever imagined. For more information on this episode visit nationalgeographic.com/overheard.
Evolution of a Little Liar

Evolution of a Little Liar

2019-06-1800:16:4328

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 development. So what does lying tell us about human cognition? For more information on this episode visit nationalgeographic.com/overheard
Rats vs Humans: A Love Story

Rats vs Humans: A Love Story

2019-06-2500:14:5220

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 past and our future is bound up with these little hustlers. For more information on this episode visit nationalgeographic.com/overheard
Scuba Diving in a Pyramid

Scuba Diving in a Pyramid

2019-07-0200:17:3535

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 contents of the pyramid could fundamentally change what we understand about ancient Egypt's 25th dynasty. For more information on this episode visit nationalgeographic.com/overheard
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 photographer says it was more intense than watching the first four seasons of The Walking Dead. For more information on this episode visit nationalgeographic.com/overheard
The Harem Conspiracy

The Harem Conspiracy

2019-07-1600:24:0625

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 Papyrus of Turin. For more information on this episode visit nationalgeographic.com/overheard
The Glass Stratosphere

The Glass Stratosphere

2019-07-2300:24:4726

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 developed the physical and psychological tests used to select NASA's first male astronauts, and ran those same test on women, who thought their performance punched their ticket to the moon. We'll hear about what happened from two of the women involved. For more information on this episode visit nationalgeographic.com/overheard
Honeybee Chop Shop

Honeybee Chop Shop

2019-07-3000:20:2635

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 business of beekeeping and commercial agriculture. For more information on this episode visit nationalgeographic.com/overheard.
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.
Digging Up Disaster

Digging Up Disaster

2019-10-1500:24:5514

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 clues -- and possibly an eyewitness account in an ancient religious text. But solving this mystery led to a bigger question: what if it happens again? For more information on this episode visit nationalgeographic.com/overheard
The Alien Underground

The Alien Underground

2019-10-2200:26:419

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 clambers around glassy crystals that are taller than telephone poles and wider than dinner tables. But it's not The Crystal Cave's grandeur she's interested in -- it's what may be hibernating inside the crystals. Astrobiologists like Penny Boston scour the Earth's most hostile environments for microorganisms, to see if they hold clues to what life might look like on other planets - maybe even planets in our solar system. For more information on this episode, visit nationalgeographic.com/overheard
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 magnificent creatures and get that perfect selfie. This week - we look at the complicated nature of elephant tourism in Thailand. For more information on this episode, visit nationalgeographic.com/overheard
Cave of the Jaguar God

Cave of the Jaguar God

2019-11-0500:27:5214

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 enduring questions: why did the ancient Maya collapse? For more information on this episode, visit https://www.nationalgeographic.com/podcasts/overheard
March of the Beaver

March of the Beaver

2019-11-1200:14:299

The desolate Alaskan tundra - a landscape that has literally been frozen solid for thousands of years - is suddenly caving in on itself. Colonizing beavers are engineering new wetlands that thaw the soil, rapidly releasing greenhouse methane into the atmosphere. Beavers can survive in the arctic because - like people - they change the environment to make homes for themselves, and their carbon footprint can be seen from space. For more information on this episode, visit nationalgeographic.com/overheard
The Aquarius Project

The Aquarius Project

2019-11-1900:25:137

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 information on this episode, visit nationalgeographic.com/podcasts/overheard.
If These Walls Could Talk

If These Walls Could Talk

2019-11-2600:17:286

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, they had to use different technology. For more information on this episode, visit nationalgeographic.com/overheard
The Frozen Zoo

The Frozen Zoo

2019-12-1000:24:502

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 researchers at the San Diego Zoo has been freezing the cells of endangered animals. With these time capsules of DNA, researchers continue to study endangered animals, and hope to maybe even bring some back from the brink of extinction. For more information on this episode, visit nationalgeographic.com/overheard
Comments (47)

obsidianhoax

watch Nat Geo's Lost Treasures of thr Maya, episode 2 to see this episode in action. its now on Disney Plus

Nov 20th
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Xiyan Han

wow

Nov 19th
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Xiyan Han

wow

Nov 19th
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Accordionbabe

Links to video send you to delays and unrelated videos? That way you use up your limited views. NatGeo historically lousy website.

Nov 5th
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Hunter Mathis

I love this podcast! Can't wait to see where it goes.

Nov 5th
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Lucy K

excellent story.

Oct 30th
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ali gh

for upper-intermediate?

Oct 29th
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Chris Caines

Season 2! Fantastic. So glad to see this back

Oct 2nd
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CQ

great story...

Sep 24th
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Shaun Gentry

Did you all just forget this podcast existed or something...? We need more episodes!! lol

Sep 21st
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Emily Jessee

so interesting

Sep 8th
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R Christian

we need more episodes!

Sep 3rd
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Jeranda Godbout

rad

Sep 2nd
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Bethany

What happened? The episodes just stopped. please tell me there will be more???

Sep 2nd
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Rajputking

Aug 28th
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M. Tariq javeed Rajputking

Rajputking

Aug 28th
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Bethany

I absolutely love this new podcast! I've been telling everyone about it! Keep up the awesome work!!

Aug 23rd
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Eric Chatelaine

more please!!!

Aug 16th
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David Oney

Whoever is reading this I love you.

Aug 16th
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Cameron Cantley

fire

Aug 16th
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