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National Geographic Weekend


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May 17, 2008

This Week's Guests:

• Biologist, John Calambokidis, works with gray and blue humpback whales in the Pacific Ocean. He tells Boyd about a few "Jonah and the whale" moments that he’s had, coming close to seeing the inside of a whale himself!

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• How eco-friendly are your personal choices? What about those of your fellow citizens? How well are people around the globe adopting green behaviors? National Geographic and the international polling firm GlobeScan have just conducted the Greendex study, measuring and monitoring consumer progress toward environmentally sustainable consumption around the world. Seth Bauer, Editorial Director of the Green Guide, joins Boyd to talk about the new study.

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• John Q. Griffin, president of the National Geographic Magazine group, joins Boyd in the studio to talk about the Society’s publications and his passion for bonefishing.

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• With polar bears officially listed as a threatened species, Boyd talks about the best place in North America to see these grand creatures…before they disappear.

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• Paleontologist, Meave Leakey has made significant contributions to our understanding of human origins. Continuing the legacy begun in 1931 by Louis S.B. Leakey with his discoveries of ancient fossils in Tanzania’s Olduvai Gorge, Boyd and Leakey talk about the painstaking, yet rewarding, work of discovering human fossils in Tanzania and Kenya.

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• J.J. Kelley and Josh Thomas met while hiking the Appalachian Trail and they’ve been adventure buddies ever since. Last year, they biked 1,200 miles (1,931 kilometers) across Alaska. Kelley and Thomas share their plans to kayak from Skagway, Alaska to Seattle, Washington this summer.

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• Field biologist, Dr. George Schaller has been fighting to save the world’s endangered creatures for over fifty years. His work recently won him the 2008 Indianapolis Prize, the world’s leading award for animal conservation. Boyd talks with Dr. Schaller, the senior conservationist for the Wildlife Conservation Society, about his recent work with the endangered Tibetan antelope.

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• Who is God? What is death? How do you explain fanaticism and violence waged in the name of God? In God’s Name, a new book from National Geographic, compiles candid responses and profound comments from the world’s great spiritual leaders, as well as magnificent, never-before-published images of these wise men and women. Boyd speaks with one of the book’s co-author, Jules Naudet, about this new book.

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• In this week’s Notes, Boyd tells the story of a trip to Slab City, a camp for snowbirds located in the Colorado Desert in southeastern California, where some residents are worshiping in their own particular way.

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