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National Geographic Weekend


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May 31, 2008

This Week's Guests:

• Mike Parker Pearson, an archaeology professor at the University of Sheffield, joins Boyd in the studio to reveal new secrets about Stonehenge. New radiocarbon dates of human cremation burials at England’s Stonehenge indicate that the monument was used as a cemetery from its inception just after 3000 B.C.

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• In 1999, at the age of sixteen, Tyler Lyson discovered a twenty-five-foot-long dinosaur complete skin. The 65-million-year-old mummified dinosaur was eventually unearthed with help from National Geographic in 2004. Lyson joins Boyd in the studio to talk about his passion of dino-hunting.

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• Cochabamba is the third largest conurbation in what country? That was the winning question from this year’s National Geographic Bee. First-place winner Akshay Rajagopal knows the answer!

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• Some go swimming with dolphins or stingrays, Brad Norman, National Geographic Emerging Explorer and marine conservationist, talks about swimming with the largest fish in the world: the whale shark. Norman speaks with Boyd about his research concerning whale shark habitats, tracking and conservation.

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• Seth Bauer, Editorial Director of the Green Guide, explains a means of getting rid of pests and weeds that is more organic and doesn’t involve using pesticides.

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• In September 1999, climbing legend, Alex Lowe, lost his life in an avalanche on Tibet’s Shishapangma. He left behind his wife and three sons. In the months that followed this devastating tragedy, Jennifer and Alex’s climbing partner, Conrad Anker, who survived the avalanche, found solace in each other and were married in 2001. Jennifer Lowe-Anker joins Boyd in the studio to talk about her new book, Forget Me Not, A Memoir.

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• Ready for adventure, but can’t decide where to head? Don Mankin, author of Riding the Hulahula to the Arctic Ocean: A Guide to Fifty Extraordinary Adventures for the Seasoned Traveler, will help you figure out the best trip for you.

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• National Geographic photographer, Reza joins Boyd to talk about his most recent trip to Afghanistan. They talk about the growing violence as well as AINA, Reza’s Kabul-based NGO that teaches Afghans the skills to create a free press.

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• Boyd says he plans to beat high gas prices by riding a motorcycle. But, as he tells us, his history on motorbikes is less than ideal.

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