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National Geographic Weekend


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January 19, 2008

This Week's Guests:

• Extreme athlete, Charlie Engle tells Boyd about his 4,000-mile (6,400-kilometer) run across the Sahara. The two share stories from the ultra-marathon they ran together in Chile, and Engle unveils his plans to break the time record for running across the United States.

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• Biologist and National Geographic Grantee, Martin Krkosek is studying the relationship between farm raised and wild salmon. They don’t get along and Krkosek tells Boyd how farm raised salmon are killing wild salmon.

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• Photographer, Florian Shultz spent ten years in the wilds of the American West. In his new book, Yellowstone to Yukon: Freedom to Roam, Shultz documents the landscape, plants and animals of the Rocky Mountains.

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• Boyd takes listeners through the salt planes of the Atacama Desert and shares the details of one of his most harrowing days while running an ultra-marathon.

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• NPR reporter, Eric Weiner went around the world in search of the happiest places on Earth. He talks with Boyd about the trip and the resulting book The Geography of Bliss. Are people in Switzerland happier because it is the most democratic country in the world? Why is Asheville, North Carolina so happy? Weiner answers these questions and more.

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• When Eric Sanderson moved to Manhattan to take a job at the Wildlife Conservation Society he began wondering what the city used to look like. Well now, using computer gaming technology, he has made it possible for us all to see what Manhattan looked like 400 years ago, complete with streams, trees, mountain lions, deer and whales.

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• Pete Athans has climbed Mount Everest 17 times! He talks with Boyd about his expeditions, the aid work he does with the Sherpa people and his inspiration, Sir Edmund Hillary, who along with Sherpa Tenzing Norgay was the first to conquer Everest.

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• Boyd remembers Sir Edmund Hillary, who last week died at the age of eighty-eight in his New Zealand home.

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