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National Geographic Weekend


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May 24, 2008

This Week's Guests:

• Ulta-marathoner, Dean Karnazes has run 50 marathons, in 50 days, in 50 different states! But more recently, he ran across the Atacama Desert, winning a seven-day race. Boyd and Karnazes sit down to discuss extreme running as well as the ins and outs of running across a desert.

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• The Global Seed Vault in Svalbard, Norway was built to survive most dooms-day scenarios. It sits nearly 400 feet (123 meters) inside an Arctic mountain and contains some of humanities most precious resources: crop seeds! Julian Laird, Director of Development and Communications for the Global Crop Diversity Trust, explains why preserving seeds is so vital to our survival.

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• Alex Trebek has been hosting the National Geographic Bee for twenty years now. Trebek joins Boyd in the studio to talk about the NG Bee, the brilliant young contestants and of course his 24-year-long run as host of "Jeopardy."

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• Boyd shares this years winning question from the National Geographic Bee. Do you know the answer?

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• John Francis spent over two decades refusing to ride in any motorized vehicles, which meant he would walk everywhere, including across the United States. He also decided to give up talking for seventeen years! This however didn’t keep him from earning a doctorate in environmental studies. Francis is talking again and he joins Boyd in the studio to talk about his experiences.

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• "Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures from the National Museum in Kabul," is a new exhibition at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Boyd speaks with National Geographic archaeologist and exhibition curator Fred Hiebert about the key role he played in the recovery and verification of the “Bactrian hoard,” a priceless collection of Silk Road-era artifacts now on display.

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• Dan Westergren is the senior photo editor for National Geographic Traveler. He recently skied to the North Pole for an article entitled The Last Degree, which can be found in the May/June issue of the magazine. Westergren tells Boyd about the ups and downs of skiing in the Arctic.

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• With the new Indian Jones movie out, Boyd shares with listeners some of his top recommendations for Indy-style adventures. Find the complete list at USAToday.com

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