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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 introduced to the explorers, photographers and scientists at the edges of our big, bizarre, and beautiful world. Hosted by Peter Gwin and Amy Briggs.

Latest Episodes

Introducing Overheard from National Geographic

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.

1 MIN2019 JUN 5
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Introducing Overheard from National Geographic

Humpback Hit Factory

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 this episode visit nationalgeographic.com/overheard. Want more? Meet National Geographic PhotographerBrian Skerry, and see examples of his work beneath the waves. Read Ellen Garland's original paperon whale song transmission, and listen to the humpback audio recordings that helped her piece this phenomenon together. Here's the backstorybehind those whale songs you heard at the top of the show, from Roger Payne's Songs of the Humpback Whale. Also explore: Sperm whalesin the Caribbean form clans that have their own unique dialects-and thus culture. Video: Off the coast of Argentina, seasoned killer whaleshunt sea lion pups. Whale song recordingsoff Hawaii have revealed a strange series of deep beats almost inaudible to humans. An unu...

19 MIN2019 JUN 11
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Humpback Hit Factory

Evolution of a Little Liar

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 nationalgeographic.com/overheard Want More? Readwriter Yudhijit Bhattacharrjee's magazine story on why we lie, and what it says about us. Watch: Why science says it's good for kids to lie. Learn moreabout researcher Kang Lee's work. Readabout Charles Darwin's report on his son, Doddy. Also explore: Do you lie more or less than the average person?Take this quizto find out. Meethistory's most notorious liars. Theseare the best liars of the animal world. Got something to say? Contact us! overheard@natgeo.com Click here to give us feedback on Overheard:https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/snoverheard

16 MIN2019 JUN 18
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Evolution of a Little Liar

Rats vs Humans: A Love Story

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 these little hustlers. For more information on this episode visit nationalgeographic.com/overheard Want More? Read Emma Marris'smagazine storyon how rats have become a global, inescapable part of city life. Yes, rats really can wriggle up toilets.Learn moreabout their "ninja" skills. Rats can rememberwho's nice to them, and return the favor, reports a study on their surprisingly complex social behavior. Also explore: Are rats really to blame for theMedieval "black death" plagues? These scientists have a different theory. Rats remaina popular foodin Vietnam. Learn why. Got something to say? Contact us!overheard@natgeo.com Click here to give us feedback on Overheard:https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/snoverheard

14 MIN2019 JUN 25
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Rats vs Humans: A Love Story

Scuba Diving in a Pyramid

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 fundamentally change what we understand about ancient Egypt's 25th dynasty. For more information on this episode visit nationalgeographic.com/overheard Want more? ReadKristin Romey's piece, and watch a video of what it's like to go scuba diving under a pyramid at Nuri. Learn more about theKingdom of Kushin what is now Sudan, a rival to ancient Egypt awash in gold and power. Also explore: Read aboutthe mysterious voiddiscovered in Egypt's Great Pyramid. Learn howillegal tomb raidersare stealing the world's history. Watch:Ancient Egypt 101 Got something to say? Contact us!overheard@natgeo.com Click here to give us feedback on Overheard:https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/snoverheard

17 MIN2019 JUL 2
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Scuba Diving in a Pyramid

The Zombie Mice of Marion Island

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 watching the first four seasons of The Walking Dead. For more information on this episode visit nationalgeographic.com/overheard Want more? Want to see the zombie mice of Marion Island yourself? You can see photos and videohere, but beware, some may find the footage disturbing. Meet National Geographic PhotographerThomas Peschak, and seemore of his work. Read more about Peschak's experience documentingthese ravenous mice(warning: the photos and video are graphic). Also explore: This other island has been declaredrat-freethanks to a conservation effort. Learn more about theglobal migratory bird crisis. Got something to say? Contact us!overheard@natgeo.com Click here to give us feedback on Overheard:https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/snoverheard

18 MIN2019 JUL 9
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The Zombie Mice of Marion Island

The Harem Conspiracy

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? Read aboutthe bloody coupdescribed in the Judicial Papyrus of Turin, as well as other poignant examples of law and order in ancient Egypt. Learn more about theQueens of Egyptexhibition at the National Geographic Museum. Also Explore: Explorethe Book of the Dead, ancient Egypt's guide to the underworld. Seethe artifactsthat honor Egypt's powerful queens. Testyour knowledgeof ancient Egypt. Got something to say? Contact us!overheard@natgeo.com Click here to give us feedback on Overheard:https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/snoverheard

23 MIN2019 JUL 16
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The Harem Conspiracy

The Glass Stratosphere

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 test on women, who thought their performance punched their ticket to the moon. We'll hear about what happened from two of the women involved. For more information on this episode visit nationalgeographic.com/overheard Want More? Read why some scientists think thefuture of spaceflightshould be female. Also Explore: Meet the people who got us to space andthe pioneerspushing us farther. Explore the never-usedSoviet space shuttlesrusting in a hangar in Kazakhstan. See Nat Geo editors' favoritespace photos. Got something to say? Contact us!overheard@natgeo.com Click here to give us feedback on Overheard:https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/snoverheard

23 MIN2019 JUL 23
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The Glass Stratosphere

Honeybee Chop Shop

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 nationalgeographic.com/overheard. Want More? Read more about theseriously sticky problemof honeybee theft. Also Explore: Watchan amazing time-lapseof bees hatching. See how honeybees are each assignedtheir distinct jobs. Read about anunlikely feudbetween Maya beekeepers and Mennonites in Mexico. Learn more abouthoneybees. Without insects,we might all die, argues this author. Got something to say? Contact us!overheard@natgeo.com Click here to give us feedback on Overheard:https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/snoverheard

19 MIN2019 JUL 30
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Honeybee Chop Shop

Overheard at National Geographic Season 2

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.

1 MIN2019 OCT 2
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Overheard at National Geographic Season 2

Latest Episodes

Introducing Overheard from National Geographic

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.

1 MIN2019 JUN 5
Comments
Introducing Overheard from National Geographic

Humpback Hit Factory

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 this episode visit nationalgeographic.com/overheard. Want more? Meet National Geographic PhotographerBrian Skerry, and see examples of his work beneath the waves. Read Ellen Garland's original paperon whale song transmission, and listen to the humpback audio recordings that helped her piece this phenomenon together. Here's the backstorybehind those whale songs you heard at the top of the show, from Roger Payne's Songs of the Humpback Whale. Also explore: Sperm whalesin the Caribbean form clans that have their own unique dialects-and thus culture. Video: Off the coast of Argentina, seasoned killer whaleshunt sea lion pups. Whale song recordingsoff Hawaii have revealed a strange series of deep beats almost inaudible to humans. An unu...

19 MIN2019 JUN 11
Comments
Humpback Hit Factory

Evolution of a Little Liar

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 nationalgeographic.com/overheard Want More? Readwriter Yudhijit Bhattacharrjee's magazine story on why we lie, and what it says about us. Watch: Why science says it's good for kids to lie. Learn moreabout researcher Kang Lee's work. Readabout Charles Darwin's report on his son, Doddy. Also explore: Do you lie more or less than the average person?Take this quizto find out. Meethistory's most notorious liars. Theseare the best liars of the animal world. Got something to say? Contact us! overheard@natgeo.com Click here to give us feedback on Overheard:https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/snoverheard

16 MIN2019 JUN 18
Comments
Evolution of a Little Liar

Rats vs Humans: A Love Story

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 these little hustlers. For more information on this episode visit nationalgeographic.com/overheard Want More? Read Emma Marris'smagazine storyon how rats have become a global, inescapable part of city life. Yes, rats really can wriggle up toilets.Learn moreabout their "ninja" skills. Rats can rememberwho's nice to them, and return the favor, reports a study on their surprisingly complex social behavior. Also explore: Are rats really to blame for theMedieval "black death" plagues? These scientists have a different theory. Rats remaina popular foodin Vietnam. Learn why. Got something to say? Contact us!overheard@natgeo.com Click here to give us feedback on Overheard:https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/snoverheard

14 MIN2019 JUN 25
Comments
Rats vs Humans: A Love Story

Scuba Diving in a Pyramid

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 fundamentally change what we understand about ancient Egypt's 25th dynasty. For more information on this episode visit nationalgeographic.com/overheard Want more? ReadKristin Romey's piece, and watch a video of what it's like to go scuba diving under a pyramid at Nuri. Learn more about theKingdom of Kushin what is now Sudan, a rival to ancient Egypt awash in gold and power. Also explore: Read aboutthe mysterious voiddiscovered in Egypt's Great Pyramid. Learn howillegal tomb raidersare stealing the world's history. Watch:Ancient Egypt 101 Got something to say? Contact us!overheard@natgeo.com Click here to give us feedback on Overheard:https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/snoverheard

17 MIN2019 JUL 2
Comments
Scuba Diving in a Pyramid

The Zombie Mice of Marion Island

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 watching the first four seasons of The Walking Dead. For more information on this episode visit nationalgeographic.com/overheard Want more? Want to see the zombie mice of Marion Island yourself? You can see photos and videohere, but beware, some may find the footage disturbing. Meet National Geographic PhotographerThomas Peschak, and seemore of his work. Read more about Peschak's experience documentingthese ravenous mice(warning: the photos and video are graphic). Also explore: This other island has been declaredrat-freethanks to a conservation effort. Learn more about theglobal migratory bird crisis. Got something to say? Contact us!overheard@natgeo.com Click here to give us feedback on Overheard:https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/snoverheard

18 MIN2019 JUL 9
Comments
The Zombie Mice of Marion Island

The Harem Conspiracy

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? Read aboutthe bloody coupdescribed in the Judicial Papyrus of Turin, as well as other poignant examples of law and order in ancient Egypt. Learn more about theQueens of Egyptexhibition at the National Geographic Museum. Also Explore: Explorethe Book of the Dead, ancient Egypt's guide to the underworld. Seethe artifactsthat honor Egypt's powerful queens. Testyour knowledgeof ancient Egypt. Got something to say? Contact us!overheard@natgeo.com Click here to give us feedback on Overheard:https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/snoverheard

23 MIN2019 JUL 16
Comments
The Harem Conspiracy

The Glass Stratosphere

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 test on women, who thought their performance punched their ticket to the moon. We'll hear about what happened from two of the women involved. For more information on this episode visit nationalgeographic.com/overheard Want More? Read why some scientists think thefuture of spaceflightshould be female. Also Explore: Meet the people who got us to space andthe pioneerspushing us farther. Explore the never-usedSoviet space shuttlesrusting in a hangar in Kazakhstan. See Nat Geo editors' favoritespace photos. Got something to say? Contact us!overheard@natgeo.com Click here to give us feedback on Overheard:https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/snoverheard

23 MIN2019 JUL 23
Comments
The Glass Stratosphere

Honeybee Chop Shop

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 nationalgeographic.com/overheard. Want More? Read more about theseriously sticky problemof honeybee theft. Also Explore: Watchan amazing time-lapseof bees hatching. See how honeybees are each assignedtheir distinct jobs. Read about anunlikely feudbetween Maya beekeepers and Mennonites in Mexico. Learn more abouthoneybees. Without insects,we might all die, argues this author. Got something to say? Contact us!overheard@natgeo.com Click here to give us feedback on Overheard:https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/snoverheard

19 MIN2019 JUL 30
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Honeybee Chop Shop

Overheard at National Geographic Season 2

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.

1 MIN2019 OCT 2
Comments
Overheard at National Geographic Season 2
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