National Geographic Radio Programs

National Geographic Weekend


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June 14, 2008

This Week's Guests:

• National Geographic has created an emergency fund to help avert a potential conservation disaster: the complete loss of lions in and around Amboseli National Park, one of Kenya’s most important tourist destinations. Boyd speaks with Dereck and Beverly Joubert about how these lions are teetering on the brink of extinction and do not have the luxury of time. National Geographic is giving an emergency grant of $150,000 to the Maasailand Preservation Trust. Find out what you can do to help.

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• "Ultimate Factories", a program on the National Geographic Channel, gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at manufacturing goliaths and some of the greatest, most unique factories in the world. Boyd talks with the program’s producer Chris Valenti about the hub of UPS’s delivery network as well as a fire engine factory.

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Glimpse Quarterly, an international news, travel and culture magazine published by National Geographic, features compelling narratives written by youth living abroad on themes ranging from quarry divers in France to taxicabs in Kyrgyzstan to genocide in Central Africa. Boyd talks with Glimpse Editor in Chief Kerala Goodkin and contributor Dave Francois.

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• The grass is always greener with the Green Guide…Seth Bauer, Editorial Director of the Green Guide, shares tips on how to cut the grass in environmentally sound way.

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• What do you need to survive an avalanche—besides luck? Ask John Copp. While on a climbing expedition in the Himalayan Mountains Copp found himself buried inside his tent by many feet of snow. Copp shares with Boyd how he and his companions escaped danger and made it safely off the mountain.

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• Sam Branson recently returned from trekking across Ellesmere Island on an expedition with Arctic explorer Will Steger. Branson, the son of famed explorer Sir Richard Branson, talks with Boyd about keeping warm at night, honing his skiing skills and scaring away polar bears.

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• Still wondering where to go this summer on vacation? Well, National Geographic Traveler is here to help. Peggy Loftus edited an article in the May/June issue of the magazine titled Tours of a Lifetime that explores 50 unforgettable experience tours. Loftus shares some excellent tours from Portugal to Cambodia.

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• Drive down the Route 15 corridor southward from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, through the eastern edge of West Virginia, western Maryland and down through Virginia and you can see four centuries of the nation’s past on display. National Geographic photographer Ken Garrett made that trip and his resulting photographs can be seen in a new book titled Journey Through Hallowed Ground: Birthplace of the American Idea. Garrett joins Boyd in the studio to talk about what makes this region of the country so unique.

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• Some time ago, a few lucky National Geographic employees were selected to join Boyd Matson on a trip to Utah to partake in a survivalist course. As Boyd tells it, it was no vacation!

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