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National Geographic Weekend


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February 23, 2008

This Week's Guests:

• National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Bob Ballard joins Boyd Matson in the NG Studio to talk about his latest underwater discoveries. Ballard describes what he saw while diving in the Gulf of Mexico, including mud volcanoes and super-salty brine pools.

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• Kim McKay started the group Clean Up Australia and Clean Up The World. She joins Boyd in the studio to talk about her new book True Green @ Work. Each page of the book contains a single tip for reducing waste on the job. Boyd and McKay review some of the top tips.

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• Along the remote and forbidding northern coast of Russia, a little-known group of Komi reindeer herders still lives by the old ways, shifting nomadically with the seasons. Author Gretel Ehrlich spent weeks traveling with these people. She and Boyd discuss her article, "The Vanishing Breed" found in the March issue of National Geographic Adventure magazine.

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• Boyd recounts an unusual encounter with a pod of orca whales in Antarctica.

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• Paleontologist Paul Sereno joins Boyd on the program to announce the discovery of two massive meat-eating dinosaurs in Africa. One is named Kryptops palaios, or “old hidden face,” because of a horny covering over its face. The other is Eocarcharia dinops, or “fierce-eyed dawn shark.”

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• Every year author David Wallechinsky writes an article listing the ten worst dictators currently in power. Wallechinsky joins Boyd to discuss this year’s list. Some of the names on the list may surprise you.

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• What makes some frogs the most poisonous animals on the planet? Valerie Clark is investigating that question, and she’s not beyond licking a frog or two in order to find the answer. Clark joins Boyd from Madagascar where she is currently researching frogs and their diets.

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• The Green Guide’s Seth Bauer tells Boyd how to take advantage of the clean power all those new wind turbines and solar panels are pumping out.

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