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National Geographic Weekend


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November 17, 2007

This Week's Guests:

• Birgit Buhleier, a member of National Geographic’s Crittercam team, talks with Boyd about the development of the Crittercam, her field work and how Crittercam is helping scientists gather new information about whales, seals and many other species.

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• Tonga is one of the last monarchies in the world. But it may be headed towards democracy. Unrest in this South Pacific island nation inspired Matthew Teague to write the article “Two Worlds of Tonga” for November’s National Geographic Magazine. Teague and Boyd discuss the disconnect between the royals and the rest of the country.

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• Lisa Ling, host of the National Geographic Explorer television special, Inside the Body Trade, joins Boyd to talk about the black market for body parts. Ling investigated organ harvesting in China and India and what is being done to prevent the illegal trafficking.

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• In the NGW Green Guide segment, Seth Bauer, Editorial Director of the Green Guide, explains how prescription drugs flushed down the toilet may end up back on your dinner plate!

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• Longtime National Geographic photographer, Frans Lanting talks to Boyd about his experiences photographing the albatross, a massive bird that can travel up to 3.7 million miles (5.9 million kilometers) in a lifetime or 10,000 miles (16,000 kilometers) just to get food for its chicks.

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• Ullas Karanth, director of the Wildlife Conservation Society in India, talks about the crisis facing tigers. In his interview, he tells Boyd the ways that we can prevent the extinction of this majestic animal.

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• Did you know that only 50 species of snakes can kill humans? Or that at a depth of 12,200 feet (3,718 meters), Antarctic ice is approximately 900,000 years old? David Wallechinsky, master of lists and history, talks about The Knowledge Book: Everything You Need to Know to Get By in the 21st Century, a book covering everything you need to know about everything.

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• Boyd takes a college road trip with his son.

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