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National Geographic Weekend


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January 22, 2011

This Week's Guests:

Ray Zahab
Ultramarathon runner Ray Zahab and a team of two other adventurers just broke the world record for trekking almost 700 miles from Antarctica to the geographic South Pole in just under 34 days. Back from the expedition, Zahab joins Boyd to weigh in on the merits of snowshoes vs. skis, the educational value of extreme adventure and staying green even in whiteout conditions. He also tells Boyd about his life before and after his ultra-running career.
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Nick Bachand
Nick Bachand is the Veterinarian and Manager of the Fernan-Vaz Gorilla Project in Gabon, where he is working to rehabilitate orphaned gorillas and reintroduce them into their native habitat. Bachand gives Boyd an overview of all that goes into the rehabilitation process and why it isn’t always an easy road to survival in the wild.
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Richard Sale
A new book entitled The Scramble for the Arctic: Ownership, Exploitation and Conflict in the Far North, provides a comprehensive history of how societies have interacted with the rich land of the Arctic in the past. The book’s author, Richard Sale, talks with Boyd about some of the most serious issues the Arctic faces currently.

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Steve Casimiro
Steve Casimiro, National Geographic Adventure magazine’s gear guru, is back on the show to give Boyd the scoop on the latest GPS devices, which he reviewed for this month’s issue of the magazine. Whether or not you’re a technology buff, Steve has found the best GPS to help you navigate the grittiest mazes in the most hidden nooks of the earth.
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Kristofer Helgen
Boyd is back at the Smithsonian museum with mammal curator Kristofer Helgen. This time around, Helgen shows Boyd some of the mystery mammals he’s collected from his travels, including unique bat species from Borneo to raccoon relatives from the Ecuadorian Andes.

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Derrick Niederman
Derrick Niederman is author of Number Freak, a new book of fun factoids about every number from 1-200 that even non-mathematicians will enjoy. Niederman joins Boyd to share some little-known facts about the numbers we use every day.
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Melissa and Jackson Brandts
Melissa and Jackson Brandts took the shot seen ‘round the world recently when they went on vacation to Banff National Park. The Brandts set up their camera to snap a photo of the two of them and instead they captured a squirrel that has grabbed the attention of millions on the Internet. Boyd talks with Melissa to hear about the strangest squirrel-related requests she has received and the most outlandish takeoffs on the photo she has seen.
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Jairo Zavala
Musical artist Jairo Zavala just released the first album on National Geographic’s very own music label, Nat Geo Music. Called DePedro, the album showcases Zavala’s Spanish roots as well as the rhythms and melodies he’s picked up from his travels. Zavala tells Boyd about making the album and shares a couple catchy tracks.
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Story-Search for 'Afghan girl'
After talking with Melissa Brandts about her squirrel photo, Boyd is reminded of one of the most iconic National Geographic photos, that of the ‘Afghan girl.’ He tells a story about finding the subject of the famous photo years after the original was taken.

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