National Geographic’s ‘Overheard at National Geographic’ Podcast Returns for Season Five

Launching on Feb. 2, the Eight-Episode Season Will Air Weekly

(WASHINGTON — Jan. 26, 2021) National Geographic’s short-form, fact-based podcast, “Overheard at National Geographic, is returning for its fifth season on Tuesday, Feb. 2. In this season, “Overheard” continues to bring curiosity front and center.  For more than a century, National Geographic has allowed people to see the world through photography and now they’re helping them hear it too – capturing the sounds of the most far-flung regions, inspiring discoveries, and the call of wildlife in an inimitable Nat Geo fashion. “Overheard” began 2021 as the #1 science show on Apple Podcasts with over 9 million downloads. Hosted by Peter Gwin, editor at large at National Geographic; and Amy Briggs, executive editor of National Geographic History magazine, the podcast invites listeners to adventure along with real-life explorers on an audio escapade of discovery.

“In 2021, our ‘Overheard’ team will take you on an ambitious series of journeys, from the canyon labyrinths of the Gila Wilderness to the farthest reaches of Mars,” says Davar Ardalan, executive producer of Audio – Podcasting. ”We’ll trek up icy cliff faces in search of snow leopards, learn the whistles and clicks of orca mothers on the hunt, and delve into what makes a musical genius. Together with our listeners, we will venture to the far corners of our planet, embarking on a mini-adventure wherever our listeners might be.”

Guided by the yellow border that has served as a portal for National Geographic’s last 133 years, the podcast provides a glimpse of life on the other side of the planet, in the deepest jungles, driest deserts and coldest terrains.  From the Himalayas to outer space and from fearsome women warriors to a deep dive on where musical genius comes from, listeners will be taken on a spectacular journey of learning and exploration.

The first episode of “Overheard at National Geographic” will be available on National Geographic, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, iHeart Radio, Google Podcasts and Castbox.

A bonus episode of “Overheard” about the 2021 presidential inauguration, “Bicycles, Better Angels and Biden,” released on Jan. 21, is available now.

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Download trailer for the podcast HERE.

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Chandler Hueth,