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Overheard at National Geographic

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Whale American Idol. Underwater pyramids. A honeybee chop shop. 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.

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Whale American Idol. Underwater pyramids. A honeybee chop shop. 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.

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Breathtaking

By KMBeast2007 - Nov 15 2019
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They’re so good you can not stop listening! I love Science VS

Spot on

By AwkwardPause - Nov 14 2019
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Exactly what I want in a Nat Geo podcast. Keep it coming!

iTunes Ratings

6376 Ratings
Average Ratings
3908
825
562
511
570

Breathtaking

By KMBeast2007 - Nov 15 2019
Read more
They’re so good you can not stop listening! I love Science VS

Spot on

By AwkwardPause - Nov 14 2019
Read more
Exactly what I want in a Nat Geo podcast. Keep it coming!
Cover image of Overheard at National Geographic

Overheard at National Geographic

Updated 3 days ago

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Whale American Idol. Underwater pyramids. A honeybee chop shop. 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.

Warning: This podcast is a series podcast

This means episodes are recommended to be heard in order from the very start. Here's the 10 best episodes of the series anyway though!

Rank #1: Humpback Hit Factory

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Meet National Geographic Photographer Brian Skerry, and see examples of his work beneath the waves.

Read Ellen Garland's original paper on whale song transmission, and listen to the humpback audio recordings that helped her piece this phenomenon together.

Here's the backstory behind those whale songs you heard at the top of the show, from Roger Payne's Songs of the Humpback Whale.

Also explore:

Sperm whales in the Caribbean form clans that have their own unique dialects-and thus culture.

Video: Off the coast of Argentina, seasoned killer whales hunt sea lion pups.

Whale song recordings off Hawaii have revealed a strange series of deep beats almost inaudible to humans.

An unusual number of humpback whales are dying along the U.S. East Coast, and scientists are racing to figure out why.

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Jun 11 2019

18mins

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Rank #2: Evolution of a Little Liar

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Read writer 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 more about researcher Kang Lee's work.

Read about Charles Darwin's report on his son, Doddy.

Also explore:

Do you lie more or less than the average person? Take this quiz to find out.

Meet history's most notorious liars.

These are the best liars of the animal world.

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Jun 18 2019

15mins

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Rank #3: Rats vs Humans: A Love Story

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Read Emma Marris's magazine story on how rats have become a global, inescapable part of city life.

Yes, rats really can wriggle up toilets. Learn more about their "ninja" skills.

Rats can remember who'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 the Medieval "black death" plagues? These scientists have a different theory.

Rats remain a popular food in Vietnam. Learn why.

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Jun 25 2019

14mins

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Rank #4: Scuba Diving in a Pyramid

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Read Kristin Romey's piece, and watch a video of what it's like to go scuba diving under a pyramid at Nuri.

Learn more about the Kingdom of Kush in what is now Sudan, a rival to ancient Egypt awash in gold and power.

Also explore:

Read about the mysterious void discovered in Egypt's Great Pyramid.

Learn how illegal tomb raiders are stealing the world's history.

Watch: Ancient Egypt 101

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Jul 02 2019

17mins

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Rank #5: Honeybee Chop Shop

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Read more about the seriously sticky problem of honeybee theft.

Also Explore:

Watch an amazing time-lapse of bees hatching.

See how honeybees are each assigned their distinct jobs.

Read about an unlikely feud between Maya beekeepers and Mennonites in Mexico.

Learn more about honeybees.

Without insects, we might all die, argues this author.

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Jul 30 2019

19mins

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