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National Geographic Weekend


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February 09, 2008

This Week's Guests:

• Writer, producer and explorer, Rick Ridgeway, reflects on his near death experience climbing a remote peak in eastern Tibet while on assignment for National Geographic in 1980. An avalanche injured his team and killed his close friend and NG photographer, Jonathan Wright. Ridgeway, who is now the VP of environmental initiatives at Patagonia, also tells Boyd about Freedom to Roam, a new program to create wildlife corridors to facilitate continental migrations.

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• Go west young man…Well it may not be the best advice anymore. National Geographic Magazine Executive Editor, Dennis Dimick, talks about the water crisis in the western United States. Dimick and Boyd discuss "Drying of the West," an article from the February issue of the magazine.

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• Seth Bauer, Editorial Director of the Green Guide, quizzes Boyd on interesting food facts.

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• NG Emerging Explorer, Mark Lynas, says a few degrees can make a big difference! Mark discusses with Boyd his startling findings about global warming published in his new book, 6 Degrees—Our Future on a Hotter Planet. The book catalogs changes we will see in the planet with each degree the temperature rises. Lynas and Boyd talk about what must be done to prevent further warming of the planet.

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• Waking up to the sound of birds chirping might become a thing of the past. Dr. Cagan Sekercioglu, a senior scientist at Stanford University and a National Geographic grantee, tells Boyd that hundreds of species of birds are declining in population and coming close to extinction. Sekercioglu says bird extinctions could have a widespread effect on the future of the planet.

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• What does the recent political instability in Kenya mean to the rich wildlife that migrates and lives in the Masai Mara? Conservationist Rickard Leakey talks with Boyd from Kenya to discuss the violent aftermath of the recent election there, its impact on tourism and indirectly, the wildlife.

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• Boyd shares a surprising story from the last time he visited the Masai Mara to watch the mass migration of wildebeest.

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