National Geographic Live


National Geographic Live returns for its 4th season at Goodman Theatre with another exhilarating speaker line-up.

They’ll offer insider commentary on the awe-inspiring photography and videography they produced for National Geographic, and reveal what drives them to push the boundaries of human knowledge and exploration. Embrace your intellectual adventuring side, and subscribe today!

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National Geographic Live 2016/2017

  • Oct 24 & 25, 2016: Mankind to Mars

    Welcome aboard a journey of 45 million miles to humankind’s next frontier. Andrew Fazekas leads a lively conversation with prominent Mars experts, dramatized in stunning visuals from Nat Geo Channel’s groundbreaking new miniseries, MARS.


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  • Dec 5 & 6, 2016: I Bought a Rainforest

    Charlie Hamilton James has always felt at home in nature. But his spur-of-the-moment decision to purchase 100 acres of land adjacent to Peru's Manú National Park led to him running with a completely different set. As documented on the BBC show I Bought a Rainforest, Hamilton discovered an illegal cocaine plantation after he'd signed the deed, and the only way to save the ecosystem was with empathy for the illegal loggers.


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  • Feb 20 & 21, 2017: The Risky Science of Exploration

    It takes a special kind of person to plunge willingly into a subaquatic cave in Cuba, or risk his life reporting on cocaine trafficking in Jamaica, or chase venomous snakes across Vietnam. Fortunately, environmental anthropologist Kenny Broad is an extra special kind of person.


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  • Apr 10 & 11, 2017: Rhinos, Rickshaws and Revolutions

    Since beginning her career covering such stories as the conflict in Kosovo and the disputed Pakistan-India border, photojournalist Ami Vitale has let one principle guide her work: to live the story. That means she’s gone to tremendous lengths to capture the power of the human spirit even in the face of adversity— living in mud huts, contracting malaria, and braving civil war in Guinea-Bissau.


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Photo credits:

  • Header image: Women at well in Jaipur, India, Ami Vitale.
  • Mars, Shutterstock image.
  • Macaws, Charlie Hamilton James.
  • Underwater cave, Wes Skiles.
  • Rhino and man, Ami Vitale.