Overheard at National Geographic

Overheard at National Geographic

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Smuggled dinosaur bones. Man-made glaciers. An audacious quest to find the world’s southernmost tree. Each week, we’ll dive into one of the curiously delightful conversations we’ve overheard around National Geographic’s headquarters. You’ll be i


How I Learned to Love Zombie Parasites
Aug 4 • 27 min
Photographer Anand Varma details his very first natural history adventures—not in Amazonian rainforests or on Polynesian coral reefs but in suburban Atlanta—and how a childhood fascination with catching frogs and turtles in his backyard led to a career…
The Failing of War Photography
Jul 28 • 30 min
Anastasia Taylor-Lind talks about how she grew up living the life of a modern gypsy, traveling across southern England in the back of a horse-drawn wagon, and how her experiences covering conflicts in Iraq and Ukraine forever changed the way she views…
The Canary of the Sea
Jul 21 • 18 min
Chirp. Whistle. Creak. Beluga whales, the canaries of the sea, have a lot to say. But noise from ships can drown out their calls, putting calves in danger. What happens when humans press pause during the coronavirus pandemic—and finally give ocean life…
A Spore of Hope
Jul 14 • 22 min
Humans face an existential problem: feeding billions of people in a warming world. But there’s a ray of hope. And it all starts with microbes. For more information on this episode, visit nationalgeographic.com/overheard Want more? Microbes are everywhere!…
The Tree at the End of the World
Jul 7 • 25 min
A harrowing journey is all in a day’s work for a Nat Geo explorer trying to find the world’s southernmost tree. But what happens when a self-proclaimed “normal human being” tags along? For more information on this episode, visit…
The United States v. One Tyrannosaurus Bataar
Jun 30 • 22 min
When a Mongolian paleontologist sees a dinosaur skeleton illegally up for auction in the United States, she goes to great lengths to stop the sale. For more information on this episode, visit nationalgeographic.com/overheard Want more? Read about the…
The Unstoppable Wily Coyote
Jun 23 • 23 min
They’re smart, they’re sneaky, and they aren’t moving out any time soon. Meet your new neighbor, the coyote, and find out why these cunning canids are on the rise in North America-and beyond. For more information on this episode, visit…
The Towers of Ladakh
Jun 16 • 20 min
A mechanical engineer teams up with an unlikely band of students who use middle school math and science to create artificial glaciers that irrigate Ladakh, a region in India hit hard by climate change. For more information on this episode, visit…
Overheard Season 3
Jun 10 • 1 min
Smuggled dinosaur bones. Man-made glaciers. An audacious quest to find the world’s southernmost tree. Each week, we’ll dive into one of the curiously delightful conversations we’ve overheard around National Geographic’s headquarters. You’ll be introduced…
The Virus Hunter
Apr 28 • 18 min
Coronaviruses aren’t new. For more than 20 years, German virologist Rolf Hilgenfeld has been looking for ways to slow or stop the virus. What does it take to find a treatment for coronaviruses, and what might that mean for the future of COVID-19? For more…
The Frozen Zoo
Dec 10, 2019 • 26 min
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…
If These Walls Could Talk
Nov 26, 2019 • 19 min
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…
The Aquarius Project
Nov 19, 2019 • 26 min
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…
March of the Beaver
Nov 12, 2019 • 17 min
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…
Cave of the Jaguar God
Nov 5, 2019 • 29 min
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…
The Hidden Cost of the Perfect Selfie
Oct 29, 2019 • 27 min
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…
The Alien Underground
Oct 22, 2019 • 27 min
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…
Digging Up Disaster
Oct 15, 2019 • 26 min
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…
Overheard at National Geographic Season 2
Oct 2, 2019 • 1 min
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.
Honeybee Chop Shop
Jul 30, 2019 • 22 min
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…
The Glass Stratosphere
Jul 23, 2019 • 26 min
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…
The Harem Conspiracy
Jul 16, 2019 • 25 min
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 Want More?…
The Zombie Mice of Marion Island
Jul 9, 2019 • 20 min
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…
Scuba Diving in a Pyramid
Jul 2, 2019 • 19 min
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…
Rats vs Humans: A Love Story
Jun 25, 2019 • 17 min
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…
Evolution of a Little Liar
Jun 18, 2019 • 18 min
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…
Humpback Hit Factory
Jun 10, 2019 • 21 min
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…
Introducing Overheard from National Geographic
Jun 4, 2019 • 1 min
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.