National Geographic Announces Second Season of Overheard at National Geographic Podcast

Following the success of the first season, the second season of Overheard at National Geographic, airing Oct. 15, will continue to give listeners the opportunity to eavesdrop on the fascinating conversations at National Geographic.

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, National Geographic announced Season 2 of its popular podcast Overheard at National Geographic. The wildly successful first season garnered more than 1 million downloads, with critics describing it as relatable, intriguing and informative. Launched in June 2019 and hosted by Peter Gwin, Overheard at National Geographic brings together an eclectic mix of explorers, photographers and scientists who share their engaging experiences from the field to help listeners dive deeper and better understand the world. Overheard at National Geographic invites listeners to follow their natural curiosities as episodes lead them down a rabbit hole on topics ranging from ancient archaeology to climate change and more.

According to The New Yorker, the show “presents sophisticated stories about fascinating and far-flung realms, just as the magazine does.” The second season debuts Oct. 15 with the launch of “Searching for Alien Life on Earth,” featuring NASA scientist and National Geographic grantee Penelope Boston, an astrobiologist scouring Earth’s most hostile environments to test whether the unique life that survives there holds clues about what life might look like on other planets — and maybe even planets in our solar system.

“Nat Geo headquarters is a daily buzzing hive of surprising conversations among visionary scientists, intrepid explorers and crazy talented storytellers. And our goal at Overheard is to bring people into that hive to listen to the most mind-boggling, inspiring stories from the farthest corners of our big, weird, beautiful planet,” said Gwin, host of Overheard and writer and editor-at-large for National Geographic magazine. “We found our footing with Season 1, and with so many new stories to unveil, Season 2 is even better than the last.”

Season 2 kicks off National Geographic’s celebration of women in October. Across its diverse platforms, the company will showcase an incredible group of history-making and boundary-breaking women whose stories illuminate, celebrate and reflect on where the world’s women have been, where they are now and where they are going. The second season of Overheard at National Geographic will feature a number of women of impact among its many guests, including marine geo-archaeologist and National Geographic grantee Beverly Goodman, who explores the complex ways nature and humans interact on coastlines and whose research recently confirmed that almost 2,000 years ago, a tsunami wrecked Israel’s coast; and reporter Natasha Daly, whose reporting on the wildlife tourism industry this past summer prompted countless travelers to reevaluate their habits and ultimately led to the rescue of animals she reported on.

To conclude the second season of Overheard at National Geographic, the podcast will invite listeners and fans to bring their questions and curiosities to a live recording at National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 5, 2019. Tickets are available here.

Overheard at National Geographic is currently available on Apple, Google, Tune In, iHeart, Spotify and Stitcher. For more information on the podcast visit

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Download the trailer for the podcast here.

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