The Best Episodes of Explorer

Now in its third decade, National Geographic Explorer travels around the world exploring topical news stories. Hosted by Lisa Ling, Explorer visits locations with unique events and fascinating stories.

Call of the Wild

#1 - Call of the Wild

Season 2016 - Episode 1

More than half the world lives in urban environments, but some people are reaching back to the land and carving out lives in the wilderness.

star 7.78
18 votes
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Dalai Lama

#2 - Dalai Lama

Season 2017 - Episode 3

National Geographic interviews His Holiness the Dalai Lama; Nick Schifrin hosts an in-studio discussion on the intersection of science and religion.

star 7.50
6 votes
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Fighting ISIS

#3 - Fighting ISIS

Season 2016 - Episode 3

Today, ISIS controls over a third of Iraq. The Kurds and their underdog army defend their home against the world’s most feared and ruthless threat.

star 7.36
11 votes
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Death, Drugs, and Duerte

#4 - Death, Drugs, and Duerte

Season 2017 - Episode 1

A report on the Philippines' controversial war on drugs; an interview with Ted Koppel; and the history of "grillz."

star 7.36
14 votes
Blood Antiquities

#5 - Blood Antiquities

Season 2016 - Episode 6

Explorer investigates an illicit pipeline of ancient Syrian treasures that have been plundered by Islamic State militants and sold in private markets.

star 7.25
8 votes
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Life on the Watchlist

#6 - Life on the Watchlist

Season 2017 - Episode 2

Explorer investigates the U.S. terrorist watch list, host Aasif Mandvi interviews Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman and outsourcing to India is examined.

star 7.20
10 votes
Faces of Death

#7 - Faces of Death

Season 2016 - Episode 4

From Indonesians who mummify their dead, to Tibetans who chop up corpses and feed them to vultures, explore the world's unusual death rituals.

star 7.10
10 votes
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Secret War

#8 - Secret War

Season 2017 - Episode 7

The U.S. dropped more than 2 million tons of bombs on Laos from 1964 to 1973 during the Vietnam War. That's equal to a planeload every 8 minutes for 9 years. How does a country recover? New hope for Vietnam War survivors; Neil deGrasse Tyson and Ron Howard; high-tech self-improvement.

star 7.00
9 votes
Cocaine of the Sea

#9 - Cocaine of the Sea

Season 2017 - Episode 15

An investigation of the world's growing illegal-fish trade.

star 7.00
6 votes
Point of No Return

#10 - Point of No Return

Season 2016 - Episode 5

A team of elite climbers confront their grief, doubt and fear on a 150-mile journey from Myanmar to a remote peak at the edge of the world.

star 6.50
10 votes
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Upwardly Mobile

#11 - Upwardly Mobile

Season 2017 - Episode 8

A booming mobile-home market; Japan’s plan to increase population growth; an Iraqi grandmother fighting ISIS.

star 6.50
6 votes