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National Geographic Weekend


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January 31, 2009

This Week's Guests:

• Rebecca Byerly is an adventure athlete who has run marathons and ultra-marathons in Egypt, South Africa, Jordan, Australia, Lebanon, India, China and Mongolia. Come February she is off to Libya, a country most Americans haven’t dared visit for many years, to run 120 miles along a centuries-old camel caravan route. Byerly joins Boyd in the studio to talk about past running adventures and those yet to come.

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• Denise Marçal Rambaldi is the executive director of the Golden Lion Tamarin Association. In 2008 Rambaldi received the prestigious National Geographic Society/Buffett Award for Leadership in Conservation. National Geographic Weekend producer Ben Shaw joins her at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C., to talk about her work preserving Brazilian forests and the golden lion tamarin.

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• The National Geographic Society has a long tradition of bringing birds to life through extraordinary illustrations. A new exhibit at the Society’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., showcases over 90 original paintings by four artists who introduced National Geographic readers to both common and rare species of birds. Jonathan Alderfer, the only contemporary artists whose work is shown, joins Boyd in the studio to talk about capturing birds on paper.

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• Many mattresses are made with petroleum-based materials like polyurethane foams that can give off hazardous fumes. But there are green alternatives. Emily Main, senior editor of the Green Guide, joins Boyd to help us all get a healthier night’s sleep.

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• Noted planetary geologist Ellen Stofan and veteran astronaut Tom Jones have joined forces to take a stunning and completely new look at our solar system in the book Planetology: How Earth is Unlocking the Secrets of Other Worlds. Stofan and Jones join Boyd in the studio to talk about volcanoes on Venus and the possibility of extraterrestrial life.

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• Stopping the countdown to extinction for many animals means preserving healthy habitats, and that has been the aim of the Endangered Species Act since it was signed into law 35 years ago. The act has saved many species, but also caused much controversy. National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore joins Boyd to talk about photographing endangered or extinct animals for the article “Last One,” published in the January issue of National Geographic magazine. read more

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• They are not doctors. They are not nurses. They are illiterate women from India's Untouchable castes. Yet as trained village health workers, they are saving lives—including their own. Photographer Lynn Johnson captured amazing images of these women for the December National Geographic magazine article “Necessary Angels.” Johnson joins Boyd in the studio to talk about the health workers and her photos. read more

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• Being a friend and being a journalist can sometimes create conflict as Boyd found out while running across the Gobi Desert, camera in tow.

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