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National Geographic Weekend


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February 16, 2008

This Week's Guests:

• John Bowermaster just finished kayaking around Antarctica. Boyd talks with Bowermaster as he prepares to sail across the Drake Passage with kayaks strapped to the deck of a sailboat. Bowermaster tells Boyd about the changes he saw due to global warming as well as the whales, penguins and other local wildlife he encountered on his adventure.

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• Dr. Enric Sala, a National Geographic Emerging Explorer and member of the National Council for Scientific Research in Spain, spends a lot of his time underwater in environments many people can only dream of seeing. Enric studies and explores extremely remote coral reefs. Sala shares with Boyd what it is like to explore a pristine reef, untouched by the effects of human habitation or fishing and explains the importance of these rare ecosystems to the environment.

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• Is that fish tale of yours a real whopper? National Geographic Emerging Explorer Zeb Hogan catches and releases mega-fish weighing in over 200 pounds (90 Kilograms) and measuring over 6 feet (1.8 meters) in length. Hogan works with local fishermen around the world to protect the 20 rare and endangered freshwater species that qualify as mega-fish.

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• Ever had an out of Body Experience? Probably not like Pam Reynolds, a singer/songwriter from Atlanta, Georgia. Reynolds woke up during brain surgery to watch the whole thing happen! Reynolds joins Boyd to recount her extraordinary experience under the knife. And her story is told in the new National Geographic Channel documentary I Came Back From the Dead.

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• Seth Bauer, Editorial Director of the Green Guide, gives Boyd some pointers in the kitchen. The advice just might change how you use your microwave oven.

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• Mark Moffett tells Boyd about licking the most poisonous animal in the world—a frog! Boyd talks with Moffett about his new kids book Face to Face with Frogs and the new frog exhibit at National Geographic Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

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• Stone arches are among America’s most iconic landmarks, yet only a handful of die-hard seekers ever visit them. National Geographic Adventure Contributing Editor James Vlahos tells Boyd about joining a dedicated team of amateur sleuths who stalk the back country in search of undiscovered arches. His article on the same subject, "The Arch Hunters," can be found in the March issue of National Geographic Adventure magazine.

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• This month the National Geographic Channel airs a new three-hour documentary: Inside the Vietnam War. The film takes a comprehensive look at the conflict through the eyes of the soldiers who fought in it. Paul Galanti is a retired Navy commander who flew over 90 combat missions during the Vietnam War. He was shot down and spent nearly seven years as a prisoner of war. Galanti, who is in the film, talks with Boyd about his experience and the new documentary.

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