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National Geographic Weekend


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April 26, 2008

This Week's Guests:

• National Geographic Emerging Explorer, David de Rothschild is an environmental storyteller. He’s trekked across Antarctica via the South Pole, set a speed record crossing the Greenland ice cap and reached the North Pole with hungry polar bears at his heels. Boyd and de Rothschild trade adventure tales, past, present and future.

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• In his new book, Planet Shanghai, photographer Justin Guariglia trains his lens on the city known as the Pearl of the East. Boyd and Guariglia discuss Shanghai's open-air lifestyle, bustling markets and curious fashion sense.

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• At sixty-three, Helen Thayer became the first woman to walk the entire length of the Mongolian Gobi Desert, almost 1,500 miles (2414 kilometers) from east to west. Incredibly, she was joined by her seventy-three-year-old husband, Bill Thayer. She and Boyd discuss her book about the adventure, Walking the Gobi.

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• Your next vacation need not be as active as walking the Gobi Desert. Seth Bauer, Editorial Director of the Green Guide, will tell you how to green up your next trip with human power. That’s in this week’s Green Guide segment.

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• National Geographic Emerging Explorer, Jill Pruetz recently revealed startling behavior among the chimpanzees of the Senegal savannas. She found the chimps regularly fashioning spears out of branches in order to hunt small mammals! Pruetz joins Boyd in the NG studio to talk about living with chimps, while braving scorching temperatures and poisonous snakes in the field, to document their behavior.

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• How do you turn abandoned factories into national parkland? Ask Ignace Schops, who after a decade of lobbying, has managed to create the very first national park in Belgium and subsequently won the 2008 Goldman Environmental Prize for his work.

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• Pollution knows no boundaries. Soot from China can easily find its way to California, making climate change an international issue. That’s why the United Nations is very involved in solving the problem. Producer Ben Shaw talks with Ahmad Fawzi, Director of the News and Media Division at the United Nations about the UN’s environmental work.

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• Walking across a desert like Helen Thayer can wreak havoc on your feet. Boyd tells us he knows this from experience. He’s done some desert treks himself and now he’s paying the price.

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