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National Geographic Weekend


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January 26, 2008

This Week's Guests:

• Asa Firestone talks to Boyd Matson via satellite phone while climbing a 2,000-foot (600-meter) peak in the Venezuelan Amazon. Firestone takes us along as he and his climbing partner Matt Othmer make their way up the sandstone rock face. Hang on… you’re in for a real surprise.

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• Herpetologist, Brady Barr tells Boyd about his quest to collect hippo sweat by dressing up as a hippo himself. The expedition is showcased in the new National Geographic Channel show Dangerous Encounters: Undercover Hippo.

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• More people have died in the decade long conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo than died during World War II. But it hardly makes the news. Colleen Hardy is working to change that. As an employee of the International Rescue Committee, Hardy has helped pioneer the field of mortality surveys and is working to highlight the tragedy of the DRC conflict.

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• As Thomas Wolf said, “You can’t go home again.” And now it’s getting hard for animals to return home as well. David Wilcove, one of the world’s leading experts on endangered species, joins Boyd to talk about his new book, No Way Home. The book discusses the disappearance of the world’s animal migrations.

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• Ever wonder what happens to those old clothes when you donate them? We find out in the NGW Green Guide segment with Seth Bauer, Editorial Director of the Green Guide.

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• Award-winning filmmakers and naturalists, Dereck and Beverly Joubert come out of the African wilderness and into the studio. The couple tells Boyd about the romance and danger of living in the bush and filming lions, leopards and elephants.

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• What do you get when you combine skiing with flying a kite? Snowkiting. Sarah McNair-Landry and her brother Eric snowkited 1,500 miles (2,400 kilometers) across Greenland. McNair-Landry tells Boyd about this new mode of transport and her exhilarating trip.

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• What does a 500-pound (200-kilogram) gorilla do when National Geographic Magazine contributing author Mark Jenkins is watching? Anything it wants. Jenkins wrote about his visit with a family of Congolese lowland gorillas in National Geographic Magazine's January issue and he gives Boyd the highlights of his trip.

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• Find out how going green can save you money on your taxes in the NGW Green Guide segment with Seth Bauer, Editorial Director of the Green Guide.

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