The Last Maneater is a spectacular documentary about the last tigers in the world to hunt, kill, and eat humans. They live in the Sunderbans, gnarled fingers of thick impenetrable mangrove forest swamps in eastern India. It's a place where the daily quest for a net full of fish, or even an armload of firewood gathered from the forest floor, can prove fatal. Here, up to 80 people every year are killed and eaten by tigers. The villages here are filled with orphans… and widows. And people who have harrowing tales of survival. An adult Bengal tiger can weigh as much as 500 pounds. When it decides to attack, the results are almost always lethal. Guns and armor are of little use in this area where a stealth attack from the rear can occur with no warning. It is the reality of life in the Sunderbans. People here understand the risk. They understand… that in the Sunderbans, humans are not the most dominant animal. That if a tiger decides to kill… it can… and will. This is a place where tigers don't live in fear of people. Here… tigers reign supreme.
Almost 250 years after a vicious storm sent the Auguste cargo ship to the bottom of a Cape Breton Bay, causing a ship of millionaires to go down with their wealth in gold, a team of archaeologists and divers hopes to finally uncover the forgotten story of the shipwreck and raise a lost treasure.
Was Mary Magdalene the wife of Jesus? Did a secret society protect their descendants? Did Leonardo da Vinci hide coded messages about it in his masterpieces?
October 17, 2004 9:00 pm
Join two scientists and an explorer as they travel to Lebanon to find out more about the ancient Phoenicians. The scientists are using genetics to determine the link between the current Lebanese population and the early Phoenicians from bone excavations made at ancient sites. Meanwhile, the explorer tries to retrace the shipping and sailing routes of the Phoenicians, who were aggressive explorers that discovered and conquered other Mediterranean lands.
During the last three decades, war and terrorism have devastated much of Afghanistan's rich cultural past. Two giant Buddha statues were blown up by the Taliban, gold and priceless archaeological artifacts disappeared, artworks were destroyed, historic films were burned. But many courageous Afghan people were determined to save their heritage. Join National Geographic as it highlights the efforts of heroic Afghans who have refused to allow their culture to be destroyed. Marvel at the priceless treasures that have re-emerged, and listen to the stories of people who risked death to defy extremists threatening to obliterate Afghanistan's past, and of others with deep roots in the country who can finally come home now that the conflict has subsided.
October 24, 2004 9:00 pm
The first and last line of defense for the president.
May 1, 2004 9:00 pm
Through breathtaking discoveries, archaeologists are uncovering the early years of the ancient Maya to reveal a dynamic, sophisticated culture that was flourishing before the time of Christ. The Preclassic Maya—once dismissed as primitive—created massive pyramids, elaborate art, early writing, and more. Join National Geographic's Dawn of the Maya as it investigates the rise one of the world's greatest and most mysterious civilizations.
July 6, 2004 9:00 pm
For decades the wreck of the liner RMS Titanic had eluded those seeking to locate her grave site. Many failed until Dr. Robert Ballard turned a dream into reality in 1985 when he found her remains over 12000' beneath the North Atlantic Ocean. Dr. Ballard tells how his missions to two lost submarines from the Cold War helped him find the debris trail of the Titanic that she left across the sea bed. Interspersed with this intriguing once-Top Secret mission is the story of Ballard's 2004 trip back to Titanic to document the ensuing effects of visitors and salvagers since his last trip in 1986. Understanding that the Titanic and her remains belong to everyone, Dr. Ballard returns with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to help make his vision of a museum - a museum available to all - become a reality.