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February 12, 2011

This Week's Guests:

Losang Rabgey
National Geographic Emerging Explorer Losang Rabgey has found her life's work in strengthening rural communities on the Tibetan plateau, which includes building schools to educate local students. Rabgey joins Boyd with updates on the successful work of Machik, the non-profit she founded and now directs.
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Peter Gwin
In “Battle for the Soul of Kung Fu,” author Peter Gwin takes us inside China’s legendary Shaolin Temple. The article, in the March issue of National Geographic magazine, gives readers a glimpse inside a mountaintop retreat where kung fu monks train their bodies and minds. Gwin joins Boyd to talk about his time inside the temple.

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Richard Zimmerman
Deforestation in Borneo is threatening orangutans as their habitats are destroyed in favor of palm oil plantations. Richard Zimmerman, founder of Orangutan Outreach, is working to protect the world’s great orange apes. He tells Boyd about a sanctuary that will accommodate at least 1,000 of the rescued primates.
Visit the Orangutan Outreach Website

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Robert Draper
Finding peace in Afghanistan means weaning local farmers from an addiction to poppies, according to a report by author Robert Draper. His article, “Opium Wars,” in the February issue of National Geographic magazine tackles the politics behind opium in Afghanistan.
Read the Article

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David Braun-NG News
National Geographic's daily online news editor David Braun shares some of the week’s hottest stories, including the green stadiums around the world.
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Stuart Pimm
Professor Stuart Pimm, a conservation biologist at Duke University and former member of National Geographic’s Committee for Research and Exploration, joins Boyd to talk about saving lions in the wild. According to Pimm, the key to saving them is to first find them. He tells Boyd how he and his students are using Google Earth to search Africa for lion habitat.
Visit the Big Cat Initiative

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Marybeth Bond
Author and travel writer Marybeth Bond recently returned from the remotest inhabited place on the planet: Easter Island. Bond and Boyd talk about the mysteries of this isolated land, from the giant stone heads to crystal clear waters.
Read Marybeth's Blog, The Gutsy Traveler

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Deb Harris
Kids, wondering what to do this summer? Parents, wondering what to do with your kids this summer? National Geographic Student Expeditions invites the next generation of explorers to get out in the field and follow in the footsteps of National Geographic photographers, writers, and scientists. Deb Harris, director of student travel program at NG, joins Boyd to talk about these unique summer trips.
Visit the NG Student Expeditions Website

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Cheryl Calaustro
After two decades of extinction in the wild, the Guam rail is back! The flightless bird, bred in captivity, was released into the wild last November. Cheryl Calaustro, with RarePlanet, directed the campaign to reintroduce the flagship species to Guam.
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Story-Indian Headhunters
On a recent trip to Nagaland, India, Boyd Matson found himself in the company of an armed headhunter, high on drugs. He tells how he escaped, with his head still intact.

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