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National Geographic Weekend


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September 20, 2008

This Week's Guests:

• Conservationist and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Michael Fay has spent his life as a naturalist—traversing the woodlands of the Sierra Nevadas as well as the depths of central African forests and savannas. He joins Boyd in the studio to talk about elephants, specifically his too-close-for-comfort encounter with one very angry elephant. Fay and Boyd also discuss "Family Ties," the article about elephants in the September issue of National Geographic magazine.

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• Biologist and National Geographic grantee Philippe Bouchet took an army of scientists to the South Pacific island of Vanuatu to find as many new species as possible. He joins Boyd to talk about what the group found.

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• Matt McAllester’s article, "Fine Dining on the Coast of Death," appears in the September issue of Adventure magazine. McAllester documents the dangerous harvest of percebes, an exceedingly rare and delicious shellfish harvested by hand from the wave-battered rocks of Spain's Galician shore.

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• With gas prices at an all-time high, Seth Bauer, editorial director of the Green Guide, will help you pick the right car to save on fuel costs.

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• Writer and adventurer Jon Bowermaster’s sea kayaking adventures have taken him all over the world. Bowermaster joins Boyd to talk about his 800-mile paddling adventure down the coast of Vietnam. This fantastic trip is revealed in Bowermaster’s recent book, Descending the Dragon, published by National Geographic.

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• The new National Geographic Television special, "Killer Stress" (which premieres on PBS September 24), reports on wide-ranging discoveries—from studies of baboon troops on the plains of Africa to neuroscience labs in the United States—which show that stress is not just a frame of mind, but something measurable and dangerous. Robert Sapolsky, Stanford University neurobiologist and author of the bestselling Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers, joins Boyd to talk about stress and the television special.

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• James Dion is associate director for National Geographic’s Center for Sustainable Destinations. Dion joins Boyd to talk about how we can visit favorite tourist spots such as Machu Picchu without loving them to death.

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• Recently, Tom Carter picked up a small camera and started wandering around China. Over 35,000 miles and 33 provinces later he had covered the entire country and taken enough pictures to compile a book. Carter joins Boyd to talk about his new book China: Portrait of a People.

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• Ever dreamed of joining Boyd Matson on one of his many trips around the world? Well, he’ll tell you himself why you should never trust him to be your tour guide.

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