Premieres Monday, November 12 at 10 PM ET/PT on NGC
Hosted by Emmy award winner Phil Keoghan, the new season of EXPLORER will transport viewers to different parts of the globe and to the front lines of groundbreaking scientific, technological and historical discoveries. Keoghan will trek to far-flung regions to meet with National Geographic Explorers and correspondents, and to take on adventures of his own.
EXPLORER’s signature documentary segments are curated to probe complex global shifts, relationships and phenomena, including taking you into the active and unusual Masaya Volcano, situated in the Jicaro Islands of Nicaragua; investigating how we set ourselves up for interplanetary migration; digging deep into the future of farming to battle the food crisis; embedding in the world of the “Godfather of Gaza” to investigate the business of surviving an occupation; and uncovering the unexpected dangers of legally selling cannabis in the U.S. Our intrepid panelists will discuss these compelling topics and more, further deepening viewers’ understanding of the world through provocative storytelling.
Here's a Synopsis of the premiere episode:
Story 1: Ready for War with Gelareh Darabi: As North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s closest U.S. target, the idyllic state of Hawaii sits in a unique and potentially perilous location. State officials are hastily revisiting Cold War era protocols, procedures and equipment, but is it too little too late? On the U.S. mainland, the bunker business is booming as families contract private companies to turn their front yards into fortresses. EXPLORER travels from the beaches of Hawaii to the Great Plains of the Midwest to see how Americans are preparing for a nuclear attack.
Story 2: Game of Clones with Mariana van Zeller: Alan Meeker, a successful oil tycoon, has built a horse cloning business that is taking over the professional polo world. Meeker has everything this world could offer, except his health. Diagnosed with type-1 diabetes, Meeker is on a single-minded quest to cure the disease with scientific insight he’s gained from, of all things, his thoroughbreds. EXPLORER follows Meeker as he makes himself the first human test subject for a cure for diabetes.
Story 3: Lightriders with Sal Masekela: EXPLORER embeds with a group of motorcycle riders in Tanzania who have a rather unique occupation. They work for a Silicon Valley startup and their job is to transport much-needed solar panels to remote areas of the African country. These “lightriders,” as they are called, bring electricity to areas that have historically gone without.
Story 4: Masaya Volcano with Phil Keoghan: Keoghan travels to Nicaragua and heads deep into the highly active Masaya volcano to see firsthand the early-warning sensors volcanologists have in place to warn of impending activity. For this volcano, located a little more than 12 miles south of the capital Managua, the chance of an eruption is not if but when.