SEARCH FOR THE HEAD OF JOHN THE BAPTIST
National Geographic Special - On a remote island in the Black Sea, scientists dig up what is possibly the greatest archaeological find in the history of Christianity; an exquisite marble box holding what could be the bones of John the Baptist, the man who baptized Christ. It sounds almost too good to be true… Enter a team of top scientists to do the unthinkable; drill into the sacred bones to find out the truth.
National Geographic Explorer - A tuft of tangled human hair is dug out of Greenland's permafrost. From these 4,000-year-old threads of evidence, scientists attempt the impossible: to be the first to reconstruct the identity of a Stone Age human. From the scraps of DNA, an ancient face appears. But as they crack this genetic code, they find far more than they bargained for, and the discovery threatens to overturn our long-held idea of how humans populated the earth.
National Geographic 2-hour special - Over the 20th and 21st centuries, the rise of our civilization has seemed unstoppable. But could our modern, industrialized civilization fall apart like great ancient ones before us? Two hundred years from now will scientists find evidence that we followed a recipe for disaster similar to that of the Maya or the Romans? To understand a potential collapse, this 2-hour special imagines it has already happened. Its the year 2210 and a group of scientists embark on an expedition to figure out what brought us down.
PBS NOVA - Follows photojournalist James Balog into the amazing world of ice as he documents the disappearance of frozen landscapes that took thousands of years to form. Balog braves treacherous terrain to site his cameras and record the unfolding drama. Remarkable time-lapse footage reveals massive glaciers and ice sheets splitting apart, collapsing, and disappearing at a rate that has scientists alarmed.
HOW TO BUILD AN ANCIENT MAN
BASED ON THE BOOK BY JARED DIAMOND
National Geographic Explorer - Scientists have long debated one of the greatest mysteries of science: what caused the mass extinction of mammoths around 13,000 years ago? Mammoth Mystery follows a team of investigators as they piece together a controversial theory for what might have happened to the mammoths, which reigned over the North America for more than 1 million years.
National Geographic Explorer - A forensic breakthrough leads scientists back to the scene of a 5,000 year old murder on a glacier high in the European Alps. As three possible motives emerge, the story of the Iceman's violent death illuminates the origins of conflict in the Copper Age.
SEARCH FOR AMELIA EARHART
National Geographic - As world famous aviator Amelia Earhart closed in on her record-setting attempt to fly around the world in July 1937, she disappeared somewhere over the Pacific Ocean—vanishing without a trace. Did she run out of fuel and crash into the sea? Could she have survived? Search for Amelia Earhart explores one of the most fiercely debated mysteries of all time.
Soaring at 26,000 feet without a drop of fuel, nothing is predictable. Not the weather, not the technology. And certainly not the fate of a man alone for five days in a fragile, first-of-its-kind aircraft with nothing but ocean below. This 95 minute theatrical documentary takes you behind the headlines of the first solar-powered flight around the world, where two courageous pilots take turns battling nature, their own crew, and sometimes logic itself, to achieve the impossible. Not just to make history, but to inspire a revolution.