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National Geographic Weekend


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December 08, 2007

This Week's Guests:

• Not many people have seen the American West like Andrew Skurka, National Geographic Adventure’s 2007 Adventurer of the Year. He hiked 6,875 miles (11,064 kilometers) across the West and Southwest in just 208 days. Skurka averaged 33 miles (53 kilometers) per day and managed to survive with only an eight-pound pack and occasional stops to re-supply.

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• Dan Ortiz, the Vice President of Consumer Products at National Geographic, tells Boyd about the new Magellan Triton GPS unit. This handheld device uses National Geographic topographic maps to give the user 3-D views of surrounding terrain.

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• Barton Seaver is the Executive Chef of Hook, a Washington, D.C., restaurant that only serves sustainable fish. Seaver works to fuse an exceptional dining experience with his mission. Seaver gives Boyd some easy tips on how to responsibly eat seafood.

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• Boyd takes us off the beaten path with an adventure story about getting lost in the Rocky Mountains.

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• Boyd comes face-to-face with a 30-foot (9-meter) dinosaur, when Explorer-in-Residence Paul Sereno presents the recently discovered “cow dinosaur”, or Nigersaurus. Sereno talks about the challenges of finding, constructing and mounting a full dinosaur skeleton.

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• Jessica Flannery tells Boyd how with just twenty-five dollars anyone can help a woman in Tanzania start a basket weaving businesses. Flannery’s new organization, Kiva.org, connects lenders with entrepreneurs in the developing countries.

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• For over 30 years Dr. Gerald Kooyman has worked with emperor penguins and other wildlife in Antarctica. Kooyman talks with Boyd about working conditions on this ice bound continent.

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• WCS researcher Laurence Frank is trying to help people and lions co-exist. In Africa lions often prey on livestock. But Frank tells Boyd how he is working with ranchers living in the Laikipia District of Kenya in an attempt to blend wildlife and livestock management.

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• In the NGW Green Guide segment, Seth Bauer, Editorial Director of the Green Guide, says powders and liquids are not equal when it comes to the environmental impact.

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