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National Geographic Weekend


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March 08, 2008

This Week's Guests:

• Think your work colleagues have an attitude? Consider trying to convince a leopard seal to be your cameraman. That’s what Birgit Buhleier, a member of the National Geographic Crittercam® unit, has been doing for the past five weeks in Antarctica. Birgit talks to Boyd about working with this aggressive seal that she calls the T. rex of Antarctica.

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• Change is afoot in the remote Kingdom of Bhutan. Upcoming elections signal a groundbreaking departure from their 100-year-old monarchy directly into a 21st-century democracy. Boyd talks about these changes with author Brook Lamer who wrote the article "Bhutan’s Enlightened Experiment" for the March issue of National Geographic Magazine.

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• Wildlife biologist, Ben Kilman is known as the "bearman." Kilman raises black bear cubs and releases them back into the wild. But what makes Kilman so special is that he has maintained relationships with some of the bears throughout their adult lives! Boyd talks with Kilman about his work and a new NG Channel special featuring Kilman called, "A Man Among Bears."

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• This week’s NGW Green Guide segment with Seth Bauer is a sweet one! Seth tells Boyd how chocolate can be seen from a greener perspective.

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• How did early Polynesian explorers navigate their way to specs of land in the vast Pacific Ocean? The stars were their guides. Stephen Alvarez, a photojournalist for National Geographic Magazine’s March article, "Beyond the Blue Horizon," shares the story of the early Polynesian explorers and his experience capturing the islands through his lens.

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• National Geographic Emerging Explorers, Sol Guy and Josh Thome are modern day cultural storytellers. Their television show, 4Real, broadcasts the stories of everyday people who are radically effecting change in their communities. Both Guy and Thome talk about some of their favorite stories with Boyd as well as how they work to give back to those subjects willing to share.

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• What exactly does love look like? Ferdinand Protzman is the author and editor of a new National Geographic book titled Love. The book brings together photos from the NG archives that all focus on love of one kind or another. Protzman shares with Boyd stories behind the photos and the book’s compilation.

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• Charles Cobb, author of the new book On the Road to Freedom-A Guided Tour to the Civil Rights Trail, takes Boyd back on a journey to his experiences in the Civil Rights movement from the 40s to the 60s. Cobb and Boyd discuss the historical significance of the movement on our society today.

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• Laura Boyd, an associate producer for public television’s Wild Chronicles, talks with Boyd Matson about Easter Island, where she has worked and lived.

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