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National Geographic Weekend


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October 03, 2009

This Week's Guests:

Graham Hawkes
Adventurer Steve Fossett wanted the record. Engineer Graham Hawkes wanted the challenge. Together they built a single-person sub that would dive to the deepest point in the ocean—the Mariana Trench. Then disaster struck. Boyd talks with Hawkes about what comes next.
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Jon Bowermaster
For six weeks a National Geographic-sponsored expedition led by Jon Bowermaster explored the Antarctic Peninsula by sea kayak, sailboat, foot and small plane, observing the fast changing evolution of Earth’s most remote places. Boyd talks with Bowermaster about his new film Terra Antarctica, the latest in his Oceans 8 series of films documenting his exploration of the world’s oceans with sea kayaks.
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Cherien Dabis
Boyd talks with writer and director Cherien Dabis about the National Geographic Entertainment film Amreeka. This newly released comedy tells the adventures of Muna, an indomitable woman from the West Bank who moves to the promised land of small town Illinois with her teenage son, Fadi. Dabis tells Boyd how the story is not that different from her own.
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Sarah Tuff
Before you start dreaming about your new home, your new backyard, your new life, ask yourself one question: Why do I want to move? Now leave the rest to us. Boyd talks with National Geographic Adventure writer Sarah Tuff about the best places to live and play as featured in the October issue of the magazine.
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• How much of a beating can the human body take? Boyd has repeatedly tested the limits—he’s now ready to give us the answer.

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Hogan Sherrow
National Geographic grantee Hogan Sherrow studies the behavior of wild chimpanzees in Uganda. Sherrow tells Boyd that chimpanzees share many traits with humans including the unfortunate one of killing their own kind. Sherrow also talks about the growing bush meat trade that is threatening chimps, gorillas and other game.
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Pam Spaulding and Morgan McGarvey
More than 30 years ago, Pam Spaulding, a photojournalist for the Louisville Courier-Journal, began documenting events in the life of the McGarveys, a family from Louisville, Kentucky. The result is An American Family: Three Decades with the McGarveys, from National Geographic Books, a unique documentary of black and white images. Spaulding and family member Morgan McGarvey both join Boyd to talk about the experience.
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Robert Reid
• Summer may be over, but autumn is a great time to travel says Lonely Planet author and blogger Robert Reid. Reid tells Boyd about fall deals and new travel trends—including Twittering with George Washington.
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Jim Bolger
Jim Bolger is the executive director of the Pacific Ocean Shelf Tracking (POST) Project. Part of the Census of Marine Life, the POST project is working to track fish through a network of sensors on the sea floor.
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• Not all of Boyd’s injuries sustained during his service with National Geographic have been his own doing. Sometimes it’s the chimp’s fault.

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