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National Geographic Weekend


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September 06, 2008

This Week's Guests:

• National Geographic photographer Paul Nicklen describes to Boyd how, camera in hand, he swam alongside the majestic and colorful sailfish while they sliced though schools of sardines with their long, dangerously sharp bills.

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• There is a very good chance that right now an asteroid is headed directly for Earth. They’ve hit in the past, causing mass extinctions. For the August issue of National Geographic magazine, author Richard Stone wrote about what scientists are doing to prevent another catastrophic impact.

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• As the director of Geotourism at National Geographic Jonathan Tourtellot is responsible for promoting tourism that is compatible with good destination stewardship. Tourtellot gives listeners tips for traveling in a sustainable way.

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• Get a green education. Seth Bauer, editorial director of the Green Guide, tells you how to go back to school the environmental way in this week’s Green Guide segment.

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• Journalist Mike Kodas investigates the seedy side of Mount Everest in his new book, High Crimes: The Fate of Everest in an Age of Greed. Kodas, who climbed Everest, recounts to Boyd how his expedition disintegrated into deception, violence, and death threats!

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• Evolutionary biologist Blair Hedges found the world’s smallest lizard and the world’s smallest frog. But he wasn’t content to stop there. Hedges tells Boyd about his recent discovery of the world’s smallest snake, which full grown measures less than four inches (10 centimeters) long.

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• Iranian photographer Newsha Tavakolian shot the pictures for "Persia: Ancient Soul of Iran," the cover story for National Geographic magazine’s August issue. Tavakolian talks with Boyd about life in Iran and the difficulties of being a female photographer in a conservative Muslim country.

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• If Boyd jumped into frigid arctic water in only his bathing suit, would you follow? Well, as Boyd tells it, a whole lot of people did just that this past summer.

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