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A Photographer's Life of Love and War
Lynsey Addario: Photojournalist
October 19, 2016
Why would anyone willingly plunge headfirst into the war-torn areas of Afghanistan, Darfur, or Libya? For photojournalist Lynsey Addario, the short, simple answer is also the title of her memoir: It’s What I Do. In focusing on humanitarian and human-rights issues, Lynsey has built her career on capturing powerful images in dangerous environments around the world. Despite death threats and kidnappings, she continues photographing pivotal subjects for National Geographic, the New York Times, and Time. Join the Pulitzer Prize–winning photojournalist as she chronicles her harrowing work and explains what drives her—despite having a family—to keep going back. Please note: This presentation contains graphic images suitable only for mature audiences.
Mankind to Mars
Andrew Fazekas: National Geographic space correspondent
November 16, 2016
The year is 2032. Welcome aboard the first manned mission to Mars. Ahead of you lies about 45 million miles of empty space, followed by an 18-month assignment on a planet of globespanning dust storms, average temperatures of -55°C (-70° F), and a toxic atmosphere of carbon dioxide. This is the most thrilling adventure of your life, and National Geographic space expert Andrew Fazekas, The Night Sky Guy, is excited to take you there.
Produced in tandem with National Geographic Channel’s groundbreaking new miniseries MARS, this lively conversation finds Fazekas making predictions about the epic voyage with leading Mars authorities. Meanwhile, stunning feature-film quality visuals and expert interviews produced by Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, and Michael Rosenberg explore how those predictions may play out. Our first footstep on Mars is as close as two decades away, and Mankind to Mars offers a glimpse into the minds of the brilliant scientists and engineers who are working to take our next giant leap.
The Risky Science of Exploration
Kenny Broad: Diver and Environmental Anthropologist
February 1, 2017
It takes a special kind of person to plunge willingly into a subaquatic cave in Cuba, or risk his life reporting on cocaine trafficking in Jamaica, or chase venomous snakes across Vietnam. Fortunately, environmental anthropologist Kenny Broad is an extra special kind of person. National Geographic’s 2011 Explorer of the Year, Broad finds a surprising amount to laugh about as he shares stories of his triumphs, his tragedies, and his just plain weird experiences while watching science evolve to further our knowledge of the world.
The Mystery of Our Human Story
Lee Berger: Paleoanthropologist
March 29, 2017
It is no exaggeration to say that paleoanthropologist Lee Berger’s 2013 discovery of Homo naledi signaled a profound shift in our understanding of human evolution. In a secret chamber of the remote Rising Star cave system near Johannesburg, South Africa, a massive collection of bones was discovered by his explorers assisted by recreational cavers. So he rapidly assembled a team of “underground astronauts” with caving experience, scientific backgrounds, and the kind of physique that could fit in a chute averaging 7.9 inches in width. What they found suggested something unprecedented—ritual burial, a practice long thought to be unique to Homo sapiens. And that was just the beginning.
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