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November 28, 2009

This Week's Guests:

Paul Nicklen
Dodging walrus tusks, fighting off jealous elephant seals and rebuffing the advances of a female leopard seal—these are only some of the trials that National Geographic photographer Paul Nicklen has faced to capture his amazing images. Nicklen joins Boyd in the studio to talk about the adventures behind his latest book, Polar Obsession, and reminisce about a dive that he and Boyd took with walruses in the Arctic.
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Katie Amato
What does monkey poop have to do with the survival of forests? A great deal, says Katie Amato, a National Geographic Young Explorer who studies dietary habits of howler monkeys in Mexico. Amato tells Boyd about her research and how Jane Goodall inspired her to study primates.

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Oliver Percovich
Afghanistan conjures up images of a war zone with dirt streets and roadside bombings, not skateboarding. But in Kabul, Oliver Percovich is running Skateistan, a co-ed school working to engage urban youth through skateboarding. Percovich explains to Boyd how skating is being used for education, social development and to create unprecedented opportunities for Afghan boys and girls.
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David Braun
David Braun, editor of National Geographic News, joins Boyd to reveal how cocaine, cooking spices and hormones may be traveling from your kitchen sink to local waterways, and what the consequences are for humans and wildlife alike.
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Paul Sereno
Imagine a crocodile that was not only a threatening predator in the water, but also one that could gallop over land. Paleontologist and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Paul Sereno has found fossils of just such a creature. Sereno chats with Boyd about these unusual crocodiles that roamed the Earth millions of years ago!
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Henry Pollack
How do melting polar ice caps affect the Midwest? How were this summer’s cool temperatures in Illinois related to the record heat wave in Oregon? Nobel Prize-winner Henry Pollack talks with Boyd about the connections of these local phenomena and the implications of climate change.
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David Roberts
Mountaineer and author David Roberts joins Boyd to chat about his latest book, The Last of His Kind: The Life and Adventures of Bradford Washburn, America's Boldest Mountaineer. Roberts also recounts his own dangerous ascent of Mount McKinley.
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Pavan Sukhdev
Can the world go green without going broke? That’s the question Boyd puts to Pavan Sukhdev, an economist with Deutsch Bank and a project leader for the United Nations Environment Project. Sukhdev recently presented at Wild9, the 9th World Wilderness Congress in Merida, Mexico.
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• Boyd shares a story about a short afternoon hike in Colorado gone awry.

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