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National Geographic Weekend


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July 07, 2008

This Week's Guests:

National Geographic magazine contributing writer Mark Jenkins and photographer Brent Stirton were the first journalists allowed to visit the scene of the executed gorillas in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Virunga National Park. They join Boyd in the studio and tell him how they braved land mines, armed rebels and infamous military generals to get the story for this month’s National Geographic magazine.

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• National Geographic Emerging Explorer Losang Rabgey has found her life's work in the remote Tibetan villages of farmers, semi-nomads and nomads. She and Boyd go beyond the headlines of the recent conflict over Tibet to talk about effecting change on the ground. As founder and executive director of the non-profit organization Machik, Rabgey is working to strengthen and revitalize rural communities on the Tibetan plateau by building schools and establishing sustainable geotourism in the region.

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• Last month four young bike riders broke the record for the fastest mixed-gender, non-stop 4-person ride across America. Two members of the team, Eric Goetz Rivera and Patrick Serfass, join Boyd in the studio to talk about their 6-day, 4-hour and 18-minute ride!

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• Seth Bauer, Editorial Director of the Green Guide tells Boyd why it might be time to go appliance shopping.

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• Five marathons in six days would be difficult in any conditions. But how about running that far across the Atacama Desert in Chile! That’s just what runner Frank Fumich and his teammates did this past March. Washington Post writer Lauren Keane covered the event. Fumich and Keane join Boyd (who himself ran this same race a number of years ago) to talk about the ups and downs of this ultramarathon.

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• National Geographic Emerging Explorer, Jill Pruetz recently revealed startling behavior among the chimpanzees of the Senegal savannas. She found the chimps regularly fashioning spears out of branches in order to hunt small mammals! Pruetz joins Boyd in the NG studio to talk about this and other unique behavior of some of our closest relatives.

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• National Geographic Weekend takes a ride on the back of a blue whale with the help of the National Geographic Crittercam. John Francis is the vice president of Research, Conservation & Exploration for National Geographic. He joins Boyd in the studio to talk about his recent trip into the field to deploy cameras on the backs of the biggest living creature.

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• Boyd tells the story of a time he had a chance to view chimpanzees up close and personal. But it was the behavior of two human mammals that really caught his interest!

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