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National Geographic Weekend


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December 20, 2008

This Week's Guests:

• Brad Pennington paddled for over 44 hours, kayaking more than 400 miles (644 kilometers) down the Yukon River to win the 2008 Yukon River Quest. Pennington shares highlights and lowlights of the race with Boyd, including tips on how to eat and change clothes while never taking your hands off the paddle!

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• National Geographic photographer Brian Skerry has spent his share of time underwater photographing everything from turtles to sharks. Skerry joins Boyd in the studio to talk about his recent diving trips into icy water to capture images for an upcoming National Geographic magazine article.

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• Green beer, it’s not just for St. Patrick’s Day anymore. Seth Bauer, editorial director of the Green Guide, tells Boyd how to enjoy a beer the eco-friendly way.

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• Ashley Clements seeks out destinations most people would avoid: the cyclone-ravaged Irrawaddy Delta in Myanmar, Iraqi refugee camps in Jordan and Lebanon, and Georgia after the Russian invasion. Clements, a 2008 Adventurer of the Year honoree by National Geographic Adventure magazine for his humanitarian work, is an emergency coordination specialist for U.S.-based World Vision. Clements tells Boyd how he is the aid world's equivalent of a first responder and explains why he enjoys the work.

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• Gretchen Bleiler was also named a 2008 Adventurer of the Year honoree by National Geographic Adventure magazine. Bleiler, who walked away from a successful career as a competitive snowboarder to enjoy backcountry trails, was recognized for her spirit. Bleiler tells Boyd about her signature move: the Crippler 540.

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• After fighting for years over water, farmers, Indians and fishermen are joining forces to let the troubled Klamath River run wild again. An article in the December National Geographic magazine, titled Reuniting a River, tells the story. Photographer David McLain shot the pictures for the story and talks to Boyd about the issues involved.

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• Boyd tells of his experience on an Olympic cross country trail and shares with the world his far from record breaking time.

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