National Geographic proved last week at its FurtherFront just how far it has come in a year. While staying true to its mandate of bringing the most exotic locales and wildlife to viewers, the network made clear that it has expanded its mission with scripted series, movies and documentaries that tackle social issues as well as those of the natural variety. This has to be the only network that had four astronauts and Hollywood stars at its Upfront and ended its presentation with a photographer Skyping in from his expedition at Mount Everest.
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