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September 12, 2009

This Week's Guests:

Christopher McDougall
Many of us have spent years trying to find a running shoe that alleviates the aches and pains we normally experience when we run. Now, Christopher McDougall, author of Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen has turned that quest on its head by proposing that just maybe, the best shoe is no shoe at all. McDougall and Boyd discuss the seemingly radical idea of running barefoot, and the Mexican indigenous tribe that taught McDougall that in actuality, this is the way humans were meant to run.
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Allen Nyhuis
Allen Nyhuis is the co-author of the new book America’s Best Zoos: A Travel Guide for Fans and Families. Nyhuis joins Boyd to share his thoughts, from dolphin shows to ferocious felines, on what makes some of the best zoos in the country so unique.
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Jenny Albert
When Boyd took a visit to SeaWorld Orlando recently, he met Jenny Albert, who works to rehabilitate injured turtles in SeaWorld’s animal rescue program. Albert joins Boyd to report on how she saved a 400-pound leatherback turtle that had been badly wounded by a boat. Thanks to Albert’s efforts, the turtle has been successfully reintroduced back into the ocean.
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Steve Casimiro
National Geographic Adventure magazine’s very own Gear Guru, Steve Casimiro, is back on the show to recommend some of his favorite flip cameras, which he says are revolutionizing fast photography.
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Rob Draper
For several consecutive years now, Somalia has been considered the most failed state in the world. Featured in the September issue of National Geographic magazine is an article called Shattered Somalia, an expose on the violence and poverty stricken country and the factors that fuel its continued collapse. Rob Draper, author of the article, tells Boyd about some of the more harrowing experiences he had in Somalia while researching the story.
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Verity Williams
Until recently, the African safari industry has been largely male-dominated. Kenya was no exception to this trend, but one woman, Verity Williams, made her mark as the first female safari guide in the nation, and perhaps even on the African continent. Boyd interviews Verity on-location at her beautiful Sabuk Lodge in Kenya.

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Philippe Boncour
Philippe Boncour heads the International Organization for Migration. Boncour tells Boyd that climate change and rising sea levels could lead to human migration and suffering on a massive scale.

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Todd Kean & Erek Hansen
National Geographic Kids magazine recently entered the Guinness Book of World Records after establishing the record for the Most Items of Clothing Collected for Recycling. Over 33,000 donated denim items were unveiled in a display in the main hall at Union Station in Washington, D.C., and Boyd was there to talk with Tod Kean, president of Bonded Logic, a company that will turn the recycled blue jeans into insulation. Boyd also talks to nine-year-old Erek Hansen who helped break this record by collect nearly 1,700 pairs of jeans.

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Story—Maine Bike Accident
On this week’s Wild Chronicles segment, Boyd shares an anecdote from his recent trip to Maine, where he set out to cover the terrain of Acadia National Park on bicycle and instead landed himself in the hospital.

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