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April 11, 2009

This Week's Guests:

Tom Avery
Tom Avery set out to recreate Robert Peary and Matthew Henson’s historic expedition to the North Pole and ended up making the trip in record time! His new book To the End of the Earth: Our Epic Journey to the North Pole and the Legend of Peary and Henson chronicles the 36-day journey. Avery joins Boyd in the studio, almost 100 years to the day after Peary and Henson made the pole, to talk about dog-sledding across the Arctic.
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Marguerite Gould
Marguerite Gould is the director of operations for the Amazon Center for Environmental Education and Research, or ACEER. Gould joins Boyd to talk about ACEER’s Peruvian center and the work they do there educating the locals about the Amazon rain forest, including medicinal plant species and their uses.
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Mireya Mayor
Political unrest in Madagascar is killing the forests. Looters are invading Madagascar's protected wildlife sanctuaries, harvesting trees and threatening critically endangered lemurs and other species. National Geographic Emerging Explorer Mireya Mayor first broke this story on the NG News Web site and now joins Boyd to talk about the threat and possible solutions.
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Wondering what to do with the kids this summer? Well Boyd and Susan Magsamen, author of The 10 Best of Everything for Families: An Ultimate Guide for Travelers, have plenty of suggestions.

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George Steinmetz
To get a different perspective, National Geographic photographer George Steinmetz straps a lawnmower engine to his back and takes to the air in a motorized paraglider. Steinmetz joins Boyd to talk about his recent book African Air, a collection of his pictures from ten years of flying over Africa.
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Frank Sesno
What do you have to say about the energy crisis facing our planet? Frank Sesno, host of the upcoming television program Planet Forward, wants to know. This innovative series is soliciting short videos from anyone who wants to have their say on energy. Boyd and Sesno discuss the first episode due to air April 15th on PBS.
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Ed Humes
Some people have enough money to take their ideas about helping the planet and put them into action. These are the people Edward Humes profiles in his new book Eco Barons: The Dreamers, Schemers, and Millionaires Who Are Saving Our Planet. Humes talks with Boyd about the exciting work people are doing today to preserve the planet for tomorrow.
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Notes Boyd talks about the risks he’s taken trying to get the perfect aerial shot, be it from a hot-air balloon, bi-plane, paraglider or helicopter.

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