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September 26, 2009

This Week's Guests:

Ed Wardle
Ed Wardle spent 50 days in the Canadian Yukon completely alone. A new program on the National Geographic Channel called Alone in the Wild documents Wardle’s struggle. Wardle shares with Boyd what he did to survive over that time alone in the wild.
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Jonathan Tourtellot
Tourists are loving-to-death some of the most wonderful places on this planet. Jonathan Tourtellot, director of National Geographic’s Center for Sustainable Destinations, is working to change that by promoting geotourism—tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place. Tourtellot joins Boyd to talk about his work and share the winners of the 2009 Geotourism Challenge, sponsored by the National Geographic Society and Ashoka’s Changemakers.
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Peter Miller
When Henry Hudson first looked upon Manhattan in 1609, what did he see? A wilderness that rivaled Yellowstone National Park in its grandeur. Peter Miller, author of the September National Geographic magazine article “Before New York,” takes Boyd 400 years back in time, to when Times Square was a beaver pond.
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Steve Casimiro
National Geographic Weekend’s Gear Guru is back. This week Steve Casimiro tells us how to get online during our next adventure the cheap, lightweight way—with a netbook.
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Paul Sereno
The Raptorex dinosaur was a mini version of Tyrannosaurus Rex. But mini is a relative word. At 150 pounds and 9 feet tall, you still wouldn’t want to meet this 125-million-year-old carnivore in a dark alley. National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Paul Sereno, who described the new species, joins Boyd to talk about what he calls the “jaws on legs.”
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Helen Scales
Seahorses mate for life and every morning the couples come together to dance, change color and twirl around with linked tails. If that wasn’t romantic enough, seahorses are the only animals in the entire animal kingdom in which the male gives birth. Writer and marine biologist Helen Scales has written a new book about seahorses called Poseidon’s Steed: The Story of Seahorses, from Myth to Reality. Scales joins Boyd to talk about these mysterious fish.
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Robert Kunzig
Sunlight bathes us in far more energy than we could ever need—if we could just catch enough. Scientists are working on new ways to capture solar energy, says the September National Geographic magazine article “Plugging into the Sun.” National Geographic editor Robert Kunzig joins Boyd in the studio to talk about the article and the state of solar energy technology around the world.
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Nick Wadhams
The worst drought in over a decade has descended upon Kenya. Over 60 elephants and hundreds of other animals have died due to the water shortage. Nick Wadhams, a freelance reporter in Nairobi, talks with Boyd about the crisis.
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• In this week’s Wild Chronicles segment, Boyd tells the tale of his recent bike accident that left him with a fractured pelvis.

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