Rock Wheeler

What does a cave diver who dives into dark, narrow underwater caverns with only a thin cable connecting him to the surface have in common with an astrophysicist who does his exploration sitting at a computer monitor his bathrobe?  The unexpected answer, from Nobel Laureate in Physics Adam Riess: fear. “We’re both scared,” said Riess,...

Last Thursday, October 3, a National Geographic Live audience in Washington, D.C. got a taste of 21st-century exploration from three modern explorers: climbers Peter Athans and Cory Richards, and archaeologist Mark Aldenderfer.  The three were reporting on their latest expedition to Nepal’s Mustang Valley, where they have been investigating a centuries-old complex of tombs and...

By Rock Wheeler, National Geographic Live This coming Thursday, April 5, Washington-area history buffs will have the opportunity to mark the 150th anniversary of the pivotal Civil War battle of Shiloh a day early by listening to a talk by the distinguished novelist and historian Winston Groom, author of such books as Forrest Gump and...

By Rock Wheeler, NG Live [Updated 2/7/2012] If you believe in the power of photography to make a difference, you’ll have a chance to see it up close this Tuesday, February 7th.  That’s when Nat Geo Live! in Washington, D.C. kicks off a new season of Masters of Photography with Jodi Cobb, a renowned photographer...

By Rock Wheeler, NG Live Writer and world traveler Pico Iyer, whose own biography frequently reads like a novel, will be returning to National Geographic Live in Washington, D.C. on February 10 for a conversation with Don George from NG’s Traveler magazine. Part of our Assignment: Travel series—which brings the world’s best travel writers to...