Explore and Venture Into the Unknown With Josh Bernstein, Plunge Into the World's Most Fascinating Places
World Premiere HD Original Series Airs Mondays, Beginning August 18 at 10pm
SILVER SPRING, Md., July 10 -- It's a thrill ride filled
with adventure and mystery, ancient riddles and modern day issues as
international explorer Josh Bernstein journeys on an epic quest in INTO THE
UNKNOWN WITH JOSH BERNSTEIN premiering Monday, August 18 at 10 pm ET/PT on
Global traveler, explorer, and educator Josh Bernstein has a voracious
appetite for knowledge and a strong desire to do whatever it takes to
explore the world's hidden treasures, mysteries and natural wonders. From
uncovering secret mummification rituals in the jungles of Papua New Guinea
to exploring the ancient wealth and wonder of Timbuktu; from investigating
a radical theory regarding elephant attacks in East Africa to revealing the
true lifestyle and status of gladiators in the Roman Empire, no location is
too remote, no culture too exotic, no goal too ambitious.
"If there ever was a host that embodied the Discovery brand, it's
Josh," said Discovery President and General Manager John Ford. "He has that
same insatiable curiosity and zest for knowledge that our viewers share.
The series is a complete 360 degree immersion of adventure and surprise."
Travel with Bernstein across oceans, continents and time zones on a
quest for answers. From current headlines to ancient lore, grab your bags
and set off for adventure.
Topics covered include:
-- In the past, the Anga people of Papua New Guinea revered their
ancestors so deeply that they mummified their dead and refused to bury
them. But this ritual hasn't been performed in over a half-century and the
skills of this ancient rite may soon be lost forever. In a race against
time, Josh lives with one of the most primitive tribes on Earth and becomes
one of the first Westerners to ever witness their secret mummification
-- A deadly conflict between elephants and humans is escalating across
Africa. Josh goes on the trail of elephants that are attacking and killing
humans in record numbers to find out why these gentle giants have turned
into killers and to investigate a compelling new theory that claims to know
-- For millennia, people have assumed that because we live on Earth,
life must have started here. But scientists are now seriously considering
that life may have come here from Mars, having navigated the hazards of
deep space to take up residence on Earth. Josh gains access to places only
NASA scientists are typically allowed on his quest through the American
West for the true story.
-- The Roman Gladiator participated in history's most deadly sport, but
does the Hollywood portrayal of Gladiators bear any resemblance to the
truth? Were they slaves or celebrities? What was their training and
everyday home life like? Josh travels the former Roman Empire from Italy to
Turkey to Tunisia to find out.
-- For seven centuries the fierce Chachapoya tribe ruled the mountains
of northern Peru from their hilltop fortress ... then, in the 1500s, the
tribe suddenly vanished from history. Josh goes deep into the Peruvian
Andes by foot and by horse to investigate how one of South America's
deadliest tribes could have disappeared in an instant.
-- In 14th century Africa, a legend that Timbuktu was a 'City of Gold'
began to spread across the world - travel with Josh across West Africa,
into the Sahara desert, and to the famous city itself on a quest to find
the gold of legend and determine if the myth was ever really true.
-- Did the flood of Genesis really happen? Was there an actual ark or a
man called Noah? Josh travels throughout Armenia, Israel, Sicily and Cyprus
to investigate a compelling new theory about the truth behind this
-- How did one man almost destroy one of the greatest empires on earth?
Josh is on a quest across Lower and Upper Egypt to explore how the
heretical Pharaoh Akhenaten left his son, King Tut, with a country and a
dynasty that was on the verge of destruction.
Explorer, author and wilderness educator Josh Bernstein officially
joined Discovery Channel in April 2007 to host and produce specials and
series that explore and celebrate the wonders of the planet, from the
ancient mysteries of archaeology to the modern quests of science.
Bernstein has almost 20 years of wilderness survival experience and
environmental advocacy under his belt. Since 1997, he has served as
president & CEO of BOSS, the Boulder Outdoor Survival School, the oldest
and largest survival school in the world.
In addition to his work for several environmental organizations,
Bernstein is a professional photographer and an active member of The
Explorers Club, The Royal Geographical Society, and The American Museum of
When not traveling, Bernstein lives between a yurt in Southern Utah and
an apartment in New York City. Born and raised in New York City, he is a
graduate of Cornell University, majoring in Anthropology and Psychology.
INTO THE UNKNOWN WITH JOSH BERNSTEIN is produced for Discovery Channel
by Darlow Smithson. Bernadette McDaid is executive producer for Darlow
Smithson. Beth Dietrich is the executive producer for Discovery Channel.
Josh Bernstein is also an executive producer of the series.
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