Marc Silver

After Sandy: A Scientist’s Perspective on Weather

By Sasha Ingber We’ll be interviewing various experts about the impact of Hurricane Sandy and what lies ahead. For the big picture about hurricanes, we spoke to Jim Kossin, atmospheric research scientist in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’...

The Politics of Catfish Noodling

I’m sure you’ve been wondering many things about the new Republican vice-presidential candidate, Paul Ryan. Because National Geographic is not a political publication, we will skip all the political issues and get right to the detail that caught ...

Betty White, Nat Geo Subscriber, Animal Lover

Thank you for being a friend, Betty White. “I’ve subscribed [to National Geographic magazine] for 60 years,” the 90-year-old actress told us on the eve of visiting Washington, D.C., for a Smithsonian Associates lecture and a book-signing at the ...

Honey Badger Don’t Care But We Do!

Honey badger don’t care. That is the catch phrase from a viral YouTube video that uses National Geographic Wild tv footage with new, smart aleck (and occasionally vulgar) narration to go along with scenes of the honey badger running ...

Questions About Young Adult Cancer That ’50/50′ Doesn’t Answer

In the film 50/50, a 27-year-old man is diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, called Schwannoma neurofibrosarcoma. His odds of survival: 50 percent. Medical experts, family, friends—even WebMD—proceed to offer the patient a whirlwind of scientific data, raising more ...

The Amazing Race’s Amazing Passport Plot

As we’ve mentioned before, some of us at National Geographic are fans of the globe-trotting television series The Amazing Race. In this season’s premiere, passports played a starring role. A team of former Vegas showgirls stopped at a ...

‘Our Idiot Brother’ Casts Doubt at Reliability of Roosters

Our Idiot Brother,starring Paul Rudd as the idiot, is actually full of idiots. Rudd’s character Ned is an organic farmer. One of his fellow (idiot) farmers oversleeps one day and blames the rooster at the farm, claiming that ...

The Truth About “True Blood’s” Marshmallow-Eating Gators

Do alligators really eat marshmallows? We had to find out after watching True Blood. For the uninitiated, True Blood is an HBO television series wherein vampires coexist with humans in a town called Bon Temps, La. In Sunday’s episode, ...

Be All You Can Be At the Geography Bee

So you think you’re smarter than a National Geographic Bee contestant? The 54 finalists will face off on May 24 and 25. Some PBS stations will broadcast the event, as will the National Geographic channel starting on June 13 at 6:30 p.m. ET, ...