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National Geographic Weekend


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May 10, 2008

This Week's Guests:

• Zinhle "Zinny" Thabethe has a voice that moves audiences to tears, a voice that brings enormous hope to those living with HIV/AIDS. She is one of the lead vocalists in the Sinikithemba Choir, an internationally acclaimed HIV-positive vocal ensemble. But she is also a frontline activist in South Africa, providing medicine and counseling to those afflicted with HIV/AIDS. She joins Boyd in the studio to talk about how the most important medicine is hope.

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• Sharon Matola was a mushroom expert, an Air Force survival specialist and an Iowa housewife. Now she is the director of the Belize Zoo. In his new book, The Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw, award-winning author Bruce Barcott chronicles Matola’s inspiring crusade to save the beautiful bird. Barcott joined Boyd to talk about the book and the remarkable woman at the center of the story.

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• Have you seen the amazing YouTube video called Battle at Kruger? The video has received over thirty million hits. Boyd talks to David Budzinski, the tourist who caught the amazing tournament of animal survival on tape at a South African watering hole while on safari. The video is featured in a new National Geographic Television special called "Caught on Safari: Battle at Kruger."

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• One man’s trash is another man’s compost. Seth Bauer, Editorial Director of the Green Guide, helps us go green in this week’s Green Guide segment.

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• As the director of the Dolphin Institute in Hawaii, Adam Pack spends plenty of time swimming with dolphins. But he also spent plenty of time in the water with humpback whales. He talks with Boyd about attaching Crittercams to whales and what he is learning from the video footage.

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• Young Explorer, Sarah McNair-Landry is currently trekking through the Arctic on an expedition with Will Steger. McNair-Landry joins Boyd via satellite phone from Ellesmere Island to talk about keeping warm at night and scaring away the many polar bears that they have encountered thus far on their trip.

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• Every year, over nine thousand Ethiopian women suffer from a devastating childbirth injury that often leads to them being rejected by their husbands and ostracized by their communities. However, the injury can be easily corrected. Boyd speaks with filmmaker, Mary Olive Smith who, in a new Nova documentary entitled, A Walk to Beautiful, tells the stories of five Ethiopian women who embark on a journey to reclaim their lost dignity.

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• In his Notes this week, Boyd takes us on an adventure across the Arctic ice that leaves him with one foot in today and another in tomorrow!

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