Ford Cochran

Population, Exploration: Talk of the Nation at NGS

NPR’s Talk of the Nation returns to National Geographic’s Washington, D.C. headquarters from 2-4 p.m. ET on Thursday, January 6 for a second free NG Live event and radio broadcast. The first hour focuses on “The Next ...

Healing Journey: Shrimp Sniffing Certificates

National Geographic Education Fellow Jon Waterhouse continues his chronicle of the Gulf oil spill’s aftermath from Grand Isle on the Louisiana coast. By Jon Waterhouse When last I wrote, my traveling companions and I were speaking with Karen Hopkins ...

Bryan Smith Talks Extreme Filmmaking

In an NG Live! event at National Geographic’s D.C. headquarters, kayaker and videographer Bryan Smith shares the endurance trials and the adrenaline rush of out-there adventure filmmaking. By Valentine Quadrat With his arms outstretched, Robin Avery takes another ...

Remembering Antarctica, 20 Years Later

Two decades after leading a multi-national team on the first complete dogsled traverse of Antarctica, polar adventurer and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence emeritus Will Steger reflects on the expedition–and what climate change means for our planet. On March 3, 1990, a team ...

Sharper Than a Serpent’s Tooth

A new study of venomous reptile fossils sheds light on the evolution of snake fangs. By Hans-Dieter Sues Venom is a highly effective means to subdue and kill prey before eating it, as well as a great defense against predators. ...

Secrets of the Happiest Places on Earth

Best-selling National Geographic author and speaker Dan Buettner shares the factors that boost quality of life in four of the happiest places on Earth. Photo of Dan Buettner courtesy Blue Zones By Ford Cochran For much of the last decade, ...

Gil Grosvenor: The Freshwater Crisis

During Geography Awareness Week 2010, which focuses on “Freshwater” as its theme, National Geographic Chairman of the Board Gil Grosvenor shares his view that access to clean freshwater for drinking, cooking, and hygiene is the paramount challenge facing humanity today. By ...

Gil Grosvenor: Why We Need Geography

During Geography Awareness Week 2010, National Geographic Society Chairman of the Board Gil Grosvenor discusses why effective democracy requires geographic literacy, and other benefits of a thorough geographic education. By Ford Cochran Gilbert M. Grosvenor, past editor of National Geographic magazine ...

Healing Journey: A Costly Coastal Legacy for the Gulf of Mexico

National Geographic Education Fellow Jon Waterhouse writes from Louisiana’s Gulf Coast that, for some residents who rely on marine life for a living, reports that we’re past the worst of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill’s consequences don’...

Great Migrations: Tracing Birds, Bats, Butterflies, Bumblebees

Martin Wikelski uses tiny sensors and radio transmitters to trace the secret journeys of even the most elusive birds, bats, butterflies, and bees–some of them astonishingly small. Great Migrations continues tonight in the U.S. on the National Geographic ...

Healing Journey Goes to the Gulf

National Geographic Education Fellows Jon Waterhouse and John Francis will gather firsthand accounts of life on the Louisiana coast long after Hurricane Katrina and soon after the Deepwater Horizon spill. Wherever you live, ideas you send their way over the ...

Great Migrations: March of the Crabs

Princeton doctoral student Allison Shaw discusses the Christmas Island red crab’s improbable migration to the sea, and the forces that prompt and guide all animal migrations. Great Migrations premieres tonight in the U.S. on the National Geographic Channel. ...

Three NG Explorers Ponder “What If?” at TEDx

Three National Geographic Explorers–Albert Yu-Min Lin, Sandra Postel, and Roshini Thinakaran–joined a lineup of more than two dozen speakers on the theme “What If?” at today’s TEDxMidAtlantic event in Washington, D.C. In case you weren’t ...

Making National Geographic’s Great Migrations

David Hamlin, the senior producer for National Geographic Channel’s groundbreaking new seven-part global television event Great Migrations, discusses the “rich, tenuous, urgent dramas” of Earth’s animals on the move, and the rewards and challenges of natural history filmmaking ...

Great Migrations: Running With the Herd

Wildebeests traverse the Serengeti’s plains each year in numbers nearly too vast to count. But research shows that by forming enormous herds, they manage to make themselves scarce to free-roaming predators. By Ford Cochran The largest programming event in ...