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National Geographic Weekend


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June 28, 2008

This Week's Guests:

• Dr. Willie Smits introduces us to some very creative and intelligent orangutans that are being threatened with extinction. The Dutch born, tropical rain forest ecologist works in the depths of a Borneo rain forest with these smart, orange apes. Smits shares with Boyd stories of how they fish, make tools and even wear makeup. Smits documents this behavior in the book, Thinkers of the Jungle: The Orangutan Report.

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• Zen master and 31st generation Shaolin monk Shi De Chao and photographer Justin Guariglia join Boyd in the studio. Guariglia befriended the monks at the famous Shaolin Temple in China, the birthplace of kung fu. After a number of years he was granted access to photograph the monks and their art.

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• National Geographic Grantee, Trevor Frost is about to embark on a trip into the Earth, literally! On the West African Coast, Frost will follow local hunters into the rain forest of Gabon, braving crocodiles and disease ridden bats, to explore and document the labyrinths and cultural significance of the intricate cave systems there.

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• Seth Bauer, Editorial Director of the Green Guide takes out the trash. Boyd and Bauer discuss the pros and cons of biodegradable trash bags.

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• The West is burning! National Geographic photographer Mark Thiessen jumps directly into the flames to capture amazing images for this month's National Geographic magazine. He tells Boyd how his photos are helping understand how to better fight wildfires.

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• Joe Sehee, Founder and Executive Director of the Green Burial Council, believes that even our last moments on Earth could be more green! Boyd speaks with Sehee about the negative effects of common burials as well as the growing trend of green alternatives.

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• What happened to the days when water was free? Now people buy water every day, some are even willing to pay $40.00 for a bottle of water? In her new book Bottlemania: How Water Went on Sale and Why We Bought It, Elizabeth Royte looks into this question. Royte talks with Boyd about the pros and cons of buying water.

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• Have you heard the story about the scuba diver who was found in a forest fire? Boyd will tell you how it’s believed he got there.

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