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THE MAKING OF is National Geographic’s first-ever for your consideration podcast, featuring in-depth interviews with some of the talented teams responsible for the network’s 2020 Emmy® contenders—both those who are in front of the camera and also behind the scenes.
Note: This podcast was pre-recorded before the civil unrest and social justice reform movement taking place now in our country.
The most beloved science franchise on the planet made its highly anticipated return this spring with “Cosmos: Possible Worlds,” which was lauded by CNET as “more important than ever.” Series host and world-renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson talks with journalist Stacey Wilson Hunt about the importance of science in the current social and political climate, the legacy of the series, and more.
The new season of the Emmy® -nominated series “Brain Games” features a star-studded lineup of celebrity guests, from actors and musicians to entrepreneurs and athletes. Series host and executive producer Keegan-Michael Key joins Stacey Wilson Hunt to discuss the energy of the new season and his approach to helping the world’s biggest celebrities (and viewers at home) realize their exceptional brain power through fun and highly entertaining interactive games, illusions and social experiments.
National Geographic’s limited series “Barkskins” is a sprawling tale of mystery, drama and grit in 17th century New France dubbed “the next great TV epic” by Daily Beast. Showrunner and writer Elwood Reid talks with Stacey Wilson Hunt about adapting Annie Proulx’s epic New York Times bestselling novel, and is joined by cast members David Thewlis and Marcia Gay Harden.
The hit adventure series “Running Wild with Bear Grylls” found its new, rightful home on National Geographic this season, with more action, stunts and visceral moments than ever before. Host and world-renowned survivalist Bear Grylls joins Stacey Wilson Hunt to go behind the scenes of the series, and they’re joined by one of this season’s most popular participants, radio personality Bobby Bones.
“Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted” shows a side of the multi-Michelin-star chef that many viewers have never seen before: humble student and adventure junkie. He and showrunner Jon Kroll join host Stacey Wilson Hunt to break down the challenges and thrills of going off-the-grid in pursuit of unfamiliar culinary inspirations, customs and history.
The cult of Jeff Goldblum was never more alive and apparent than in his National Geographic original series for Disney+, “The World According to Jeff Goldblum,” which the New York Times called “nearly impossible not to like.” He joins host Stacey Wilson Hunt to discuss how he stays curious, even in quarantine, and shares some of his favorite moments from the series.
The true force behind “Cosmos: Possible Worlds” is Ann Druyan: its creator, writer, director and executive producer. Her journey to the newest season of the series began more than 40 years ago through her partnership with Carl Sagan, her late husband. She joins host Stacey Wilson Hunt with writer and director Brannon Braga to talk about the process of putting the epic series together, and the future and enduring relevance of the cast cosmos itself.
One of the many crafts that are crucial to creating the drama and emotion of a television program is the score. The composers of “Barkskins,” Colin Stetson, and “Sea of Shadows,” H. Scott Salinas, join host Stacey Wilson Hunt to talk about how they custom-created music for these ambitious projects; how they collaborate with showrunners; and the inspiration behind some of their favorite musical cues in each piece.
National Geographic’s “Life Below Zero” has been an Emmy®-winning crowd pleaser for more than 100 episodes. The only people tougher than the Alaskans the show follows are the tough crews who brave crazy weather and below zero temperatures to capture the incredible stories. Joining journalist Stacey Wilson Hunt are showrunner Joseph Litzinger, director of photography Michael Cheeseman and one of the series’ fan favorites, Sue Aikens.
Besieged civilians in war-torn Syria find hope and safety underground inside the subterranean hospital known as the Cave. Pediatrician and managing physician Dr. Amani Ballour has claimed her right to work as an equal alongside her male counterparts, doing her job in a way that would be unthinkable in the oppressively patriarchal culture that exists above. Joining host Stacey Wilson Hunt for a powerful conversation are both the subject of “The Cave,” Dr. Amani, and producer Sigrid Dyekjær.
For the sweeping limited series “Barkskins,” production designer Isabelle Guay built an entire working 17th-century village in the wilderness of Quebec. Her colleague, costume designer Anna Terrazas, worked with a small group of seamstresses and patternmakers to hand-make every costume. Both join host Stacey Wilson Hunt for an in-depth discussion of their approach to their respective crafts in the series and across their impressive film and TV careers.
The environmental documentary thriller “Sea of Shadows” exposes how Mexican cartels and government corruption have conspired to make the Sea of Cortez’ “vaquita” porpoise among the world’s most endangered species. Director Richard Ladkani joins Stacey Wilson Hunt to discuss the dangers his crew and subjects faced in making the film. They’re joined by legendary conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall, a fervent supporter of the film, to discuss how documentaries can serve as rallying cries for the world’s most vulnerable species and ecosystems.