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National Geographic Weekend


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June 21, 2008

This Week's Guests:

• Hip-hop artist, Chuck D joins Boyd Matson in the studio to rap about his own music and the impact music can have on society. Chuck D talks about his group Public Enemy and tells Boyd what music he sings to while driving in his car…it may surprise you!

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• Rosa Hilda Ramos considers herself a simple housewife. But that didn’t stop her from taking on the powerful industries that were polluting her neighborhood in Puerto Rico. Ramos took the dirty power companies to court and won! By working with the industry, she helped save the Las Cucharillas Marsh area, reduced pollution and also reduced cancer rates in her community. For her work she was awarded a 2008 Goldman Environmental Prize.

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• Over the past few weeks, NG Weekend listeners have joined Will Steger on his Ellesmere Island Expedition through the Arctic. The adventure, which lasted over sixty days, is now over and Steger talks with Boyd about the changing ice condition in the region and his many bear encounters along the way.

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• Feliciano dos Santos leads one of the most popular bands in Mozambique, Massukos, whose catchy music carries a message. Water sanitation is a massive problem in Mozambique (more children under five die from water-borne illnesses than AIDS). Boyd shares some of dos Santos’ music and talks about how dos Santos is making a difference by singing about the issue and raising money for sewage treatment. Dos Santos has been awarded a 2008 Goldman Environmental Prize for his work.

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• We join renowned underwater photographer David Doubilet to look at spectacular creatures known as nudibranchs. Doubilet tells Boyd about photographing these beautiful sea slugs and shares a story about the time he went diving and almost didn’t make it back to the surface.

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• Capturing a great animal photograph is difficult. But how about capturing the image in a sculpture! That’s just what sculptor Bart Walter does. Walter tells Boyd how he uses wax to mold small working models of animals in their environment before casting his sculptures in bronze. Walter’s artwork often graces the National Geographic courtyard.

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• Dan White was driven to conquer the Pacific Crest Trail. His obsession helped him complete the 2,560-mile (4,120-kilometer) walk up the West Coast, but it also cost him his girlfriend. White tells Boyd about, The Cactus Eaters, the book he’s written about the experience.

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• Seth Bauer, Editorial Director of the Green Guide, hangs us out to dry…literally. He shares tips on saving energy by drying your laundry the old fashioned way.

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