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National Geographic Weekend


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July 25, 2009

This Week's Guests:

Mike Fay
National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Mike Fay tells Boyd the harrowing story of his expedition to the Line Islands, where he almost died before even touching the shore. Fay shares how he survived being pounded by waves into a coral reef, and describes the surprising flora and fauna he encountered once he finally set foot on these uninhabited islands.

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Joel Sartore
Have you always wanted to know the secrets to taking a stunning photograph? National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore joins Boyd in the studio to divulge some of his tricks of the trade, and to talk about the See the Bigger Picture photo contest that he is judging. The contest is for kids ages 6-16. The winner gets to take his or her parents on a trip to National Geographic Headquarters in Washington D.C., to visit with Sartore in person.
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Jonathan Shannon
Jonathan Shannon is the education liaison for Ocean for Life, a program that brings children from diverse backgrounds together to study and capture the oceans that connect us all. Shannon talks with Boyd about what participants are learning in their explorations; not only about the environment, but also about themselves.
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Did You Know?
In this week’s “Did you know?” segment, Boyd pays homage to the 40th anniversary of man’s landing on the moon. Boyd talks about how one entrepreneur has staked a claim to the moon, debunks myths that the voyage was a hoax and tells what happened to one person who accused Buzz Aldrin of being a liar.

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Andrew Chaikin
This week marked the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 voyage of 1969, which landed the very first man on the moon. To commemorate this milestone, Andrew Chaikin, author of Voices from the Moon: Apollo Astronauts Describe Their Lunar Experiences, joins Boyd to reminisce on this historic event. Chaikin relates his experiences interviewing the astronauts of Apollo 11 and provides a window into how they view their own lunar adventure.
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Joel Sartore
Having discussed the See the Bigger Picture photo contest, Boyd continues talking with photographer Joel Sartore about his most recent National Geographic photo safari, which took him into the American heartland to document some of our country’s most unique state fairs. Sartore tells stories of eating corndogs, watching a man set himself on fire and marveling at a man who makes half of his body invisible.
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Steve Casimiro
National Geographic Adventure magazine’s West Coast Editor Steve Casimiro joins Boyd from the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market to talk about the great new gadgets he’s discovered for your next adventure.

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Philip Mackowiak
In his new book Post-Mortem: Solving History’s Great Medical Mysteries, Dr. Philip Mackowiak performs an autopsy on some iconic figures who died in mysterious ways. But don’t worry — instead of digging up the bodies of people like Mozart and Alexander the Great, Dr. Mackowiak has examined the clues in historical records, making educated guesses as to what might have caused their death. Dr. Mackowiak joins Boyd now to share his theories on the deaths of Mozart, Beethoven, Columbus, and more.
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Notes
Boyd announces the five winners of the Green Effect contest. Online voters and a panel of judges chose five entries as the best Earth-saving ideas. Each winner will receive $20,000 to put their idea into action, plus other great prizes.

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