Let us today take you to the inquisitive world of the National Geographic podcast, Overheard
. A weekly podcast, Overheard, follows an interesting storytelling style. The stories bring to life the unique discoveries and findings Nat Geo explorers make in their assignments worldwide. At the time, normal workplaces have their stories limited to gossip and politics; Nat Geo headquarters provides something unique. An opportunity to overhear amazing and unbelievable stories from our planet’s untouched and unique places. It gives you an insight into the amazing world of explorers and adventurers.
These stories introduce you to the Nat Geo explorers and experts. You’ll listen to prominent explorers, photographers, writers such as Brian Skerry, Anand Varma, Christine Dell’Amore, Thomas Peshak, Ellen C. Garland, Guillermo de Anda, Craig Welch, and Rusty Rodriguez. Resultantly, some of the most interesting stories worldwide reach our conscience and motivate generations to follow.
While exploring unique scientific stories, you get to hear the insights from the individual behind them. Such experts communicate science in engaging and easy to understand ways. Complex subjects and phenomena are explained through examples from everyday life and connected to the unknown world. For example, comparing marine animals’ communication methods to pop music, notes on a piano, and everyday objects. The other interesting part of their effective storytelling is the catchy titles that often seem fictional and out of fantasies.
Some of them being Humpback Hit Factory, The Zombie Mice of Marion Island, Digging Up Disaster, The Alien Underground, The Frozen Zoo. We felt just the urge to listen in and find out the whole story, and we were not disappointed.
They talk about scientific concepts and exploration stories through these interesting titles and share the knowledge of culture and animal behavior with:
- Whale songs,
- Solving world food problems with microbes,
- Life on extraterrestrial worlds by studying organisms in caves miles below the surface of the earth,
- Human cognition,
- The collapse of civilization by studying ancient caves,
- Explaining the complexity of conservation through a frozen zoo,
- Addressing the impact of hunting predator species through the growing menace of urban wildlife and many other complex topics.
The titles sound out of the world but never fail to justify the story’s essence, often delivering unexpected knowledge from their comparatively short pieces.
The first podcast, “Humpback Hit Factory,” discusses the hauntingly beautiful melodies of the ocean’s Humpback whales. It takes you through animal behavior theories uniquely and interestingly by categorizing the songs into moan, bark, wood, and groan to decipher the message and their purpose. Brownie points go to the melodies that are way too beautiful to let go of. The podcast also discusses the interesting careers of Nat Geo explorers, how they started and gained professional accreditation in their respective fields, and why they follow the stories they do.
It can surely give you an idea or two if you wish to follow in their footsteps into an amazing and fulfilling career. Their amazing stories, enthusiasm, and dedication to their work, even after decades of being in the field like German virologist Rolf Hilgenfeld, photographer Brian Skerry, and microbiologist Rusty Rodriguez will move you, intrigue you, and make you want to explore the world with a better and fresher perspective.
We promise that you won’t regret listening to the stories while walking, traveling, and relaxing. So, let your mind soak in this superfood of knowledge in a world overcrowded with false, misleading, and derogatory information. It will show you that a beautiful, unexplored world is out there waiting to be explored. Who knows, maybe you can be the one whose story the world listens to the next time on this podcast.
*Image credits: National Geographic podcast Overheard