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National Geographic Weekend


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May 03, 2008

This Week's Guests:

• South African expedition leader, Warren Green joins Boyd in the studio to talk about memorable expeditions. He recounts an eye-to-eye encounter with a wild dog on a hunt in the African bush.

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Washington Post political photographer, Melina Mara discusses her book, Changing the Face of Power, in which she documents the growing role of women in the U.S. Senate. Mara joins Boyd in the studio to talk about capturing these images from the marble halls of the Capitol building.

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• Here’s some good news: The average American can look younger, feel younger and avoid about seventy percent of the things that foreshorten his or her life. In a new book from National Geographic, The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest, world-renowned explorer, Dan Buettner leads teams of researchers across the globe to uncover the secrets of the Blue Zones—four geographic regions where small populations are living remarkably long and full lives.

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• It’s springtime! And time to work on that green thumb. Seth Bauer, Editorial Director of the Green Guide, helps us grow green in this week’s Green Guide segment on gardening.

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• National Geographic photographers Fritz Hoffmann and George Steinmetz crisscrossed China by land and by air to capture amazing images for the special May issue of National Geographic magazine. They both join Boyd in the studio to talk about their impressions of the red dragon.

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• For more than twenty-five years, James Balog has broken new ground in the art of photographing nature. Balog joins Boyd in the studio to talk about this most recent project, using time-lapse photography to record the disappearing glaciers in the Arctic.

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• Filmmaker Rob Stewart has been swimming alongside sharks since he was a boy. In his new film, Sharkwater, from Warner Home Video, Stewart debunks historical stereotypes and media depictions of sharks as bloodthirsty, man-eating monsters. Stewart talks with Boyd about filming this high definition video in the most shark-rich waters of the world.

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• Explorer, Will Steger is the fourth person to ever reach both Poles; and he’s at it again! Boyd talks to Steger via satellite phone as he treks his way across Ellesmere Island on dog sled.

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• In light of the two recent shark attacks, swimming with sharks doesn’t seem like the best idea. Boyd tells us that, if done correctly, it is indeed safe, so safe he took his son with him last time he went swimming with tiger sharks.

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