National Geographic Radio Programs

National Geographic Weekend


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November 29, 2008

This Week's Guests:

• Spencer Wells, a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence and director of the Genographic Project, tells Boyd how he is using genetics to study humankind's family tree. His work is closing the gaps in our knowledge of human migration across the globe. Boyd tests his own DNA on the air.

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• Steven Sanderson is the president and CEO of the Wildlife Conservation Society. Sanderson tells Boyd how WCS scientists are on the ground in remote regions around the globe, working to save wildlife and wild lands through science, education, and conservation.

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• Constanza Ceruti is the only female high-altitude archeologist working in the Andes. She describes to Boyd the ancient Incan mummies found in the mountains and tells Boyd about the dangers and rewards of working above 20,000 feet.

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• Seth Bauer, editorial director of the Green Guide, explains how even red Christmas lights can be green this holiday season.

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• The female brain has baffled men since the dawn of time. But neurobiologist Louann Brizendine, author of The Female Brain, answers questions about the mysterious grey matter. She tells Boyd that the female brain is different from the male brain, and this is why the sexes often just do not understand what each other is thinking.

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• Von Hardesty talks to Boyd about his book, Epic Rivalry, published by NG Books. In his interview, he discusses the U.S.-Soviet Union space race from a new perspective.

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• More than 1.2 billion people live on less than one dollar a day. But Paul Polack says these people can still be part of the global marketplace. He suggests that selling inexpensive products to the poor will allow them to pull themselves out of poverty. He tells Boyd he is doing just that, selling a $3 irrigation system in Africa.

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• Seth Bauer, editorial director of the Green Guide, tells listeners about environmentally safe paint... available in many colors besides green.

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