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National Geographic Weekend


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February 02, 2008

This Week's Guests:

• Ed Viesturs has summited the 14 highest mountains on the planet without supplemental oxygen. Boyd talks with Viesturs about his treks up Everest and K2.

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• Biologist, Francesco Rovero recently discovered a new species of giant elephant shrew in the mountains of south-central Tanzania. The giant elephant shrew got its name from its long, flexible snout. And coincidentally the small mammal shares a common ancestor with elephants as well!

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• Boyd chats by satellite phone with rock climbers Asa Firestone and Matt Othmer. Last week the pair ascended a 2,000-foot (609-meter) peak in the Venezuelan Amazon, blazing a new path to the top.

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• Boyd tells the story of being at a Mount Everest base camp with climber Erik Weihenmeyer. Weihenmeyer climbed to the top of the mountain but he never caught a glimpse of the famous view because he’s blind!

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• Børge Ousland and Thomas Ulrich started at the North Pole and trekked 870 miles (1,400 kilometers) south, pushing and pulling sleds, swimming through sub-zero water and outwitting curious polar bears. Ousland and Ulrich, who were honored by National Geographic Adventure magazine for their expedition, join Boyd in the studio.

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• Conservationist, Bila-Isia Inogwabini grabbed a compass, a map, some food and spent months hiking through unexplored jungles in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He came across lions, elephants and the largest group of Bonobo monkeys every found. He was recently awarded the National Geographic Society’s Buffet Award for leadership in conservation for his work.

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• Emory Kristof has been taking cutting edge, underwater pictures for decades. He talks with Boyd about his work photographing the Titanic and how it inspired the major motion picture by James Cameron. He also shares stories from a recent expedition to the deep waters off Indonesia.

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• Have you been holding out on switching to compact florescent light bulbs (CFLs) because you don’t like the kind of light they emit? Well there’s more than one kind of CFL. Find out which bulb is right for you in the NGW Green Guide segment with Seth Bauer, Editorial Director of the Green Guide.

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