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National Geographic Weekend


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November 14, 2009

This Week's Guests:

Neil Shea
On assignment for National Geographic magazine, writer Neil Shea accidentally drove a rock spire through his knee—almost to the bone. Shea joins Boyd to talk about this misadventure and other trials he had while covering the Tsingy—a towering maze of rock spires in western Madagascar, an extreme landscape that is home to many unique species.
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Pat Walters
National Geographic Young Explorer Pat Walters joins Boyd in the studio to recount a bizarre story of how one man overcame asthma by walking barefoot around latrines in Africa in an attempt to contract hookworms.
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Sarah Corbett
Humans may not be able to control the weather, but villagers in India are working together to overcome the unpredictable monsoon season. Sarah Corbett reports her findings on rainwater catchments in the November 2009 National Geographic magazine article “Harvesting Monsoon Rains.”
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Pamela Baker-Masson
On Sunday, November 8, 2009, a wayward wild deer jumped into the lion cage at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. Pamela Baker-Masson, the Zoo’s associate director of communications, joins Boyd with more details.
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• Did you know that some cats actually enjoy water? Boyd shares a story of some lions in Africa that are strong swimmers.

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Maeve Leakey
Paleontologist and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Maeve Leakey joins Boyd to chat about the giant jigsaw puzzle that is the human skeleton. Leakey and Boyd also discuss the current drought in Kenya and the recent hominid discovery, Ardipithecus.
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Anne Williams
You might think that Americans are uniquely obsessed with their pets, but such obsession behavior is actually an ancient pastime. The pharaohs even took their pets to the grave with them. Author Anne Williams wrote about this custom for the November 2009 National Geographic magazine in an article titled “Animal Mummies.” Williams talks with Boyd about mummified cats, elephants and other animals.
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David Braun
Whether it is bears climbing into mini vans or Burmese pythons in the Everglades, National Geographic News has the story. Editor David Braun talks with Boyd about some of his most recent stories.
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Harvey Locke
Is there enough space on the planet for wilderness and humans? WILD9, the 9th World Wilderness Congress, is currently addressing this issue in Merida, Mexico. Harvey Locke, vice president of conservation strategy at The WILD Foundation, gives Boyd an update on the compelling calls to action made by speakers and photo expeditions at the Congress.
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• The deer at the National Zoo isn’t the only one to have found itself in the lion’s den. Boyd tells his own story of sharing a small cage with a big cat.

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