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National Geographic Weekend


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December 05, 2009

This Week's Guests:

Conrad Anker
American mountaineer Conrad Anker joins Boyd in the studio to talk about climbing Mount Everest and finding the remains of legendary British climber George Mallory.
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Valerie Clark
National Geographic grantee Valerie Clark licks frogs for a living. As Clark tells Boyd, she’s not looking for Prince Charming. Instead, she is studying how the diet of frogs in Madagascar relates to the toxicity of their skin.
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Caitlin O'Connell-Rodwell
The folks are out of town and it’s time to party. Turns out it’s not just human teenagers who get wild when they don’t have adult supervision. Apparently teenage elephants do, too. Caitlin O'Connell-Rodwell, an ecologist and consulting assistant professor in otolaryngology at Stanford's School of Medicine, has been studying elephants for more than 15 years. O’Connell-Rodwell joins Boyd in the studio to discuss a group of young elephants in Nairobi.
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David Braun
Koalas, the iconic Australian marsupials, could be in deep trouble. Their numbers have dropped by 20-60 percent in six years. David Braun, head of National Geographic's daily online news service, joins Boyd to discuss the koala’s plight.
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Paula Kahumbu
As Executive Director of Wildlife Direct, Paula Kahumbu works on wildlife policy, trade and park management issues. She is also working to save the few remaining lions in Africa. Kahumbu tells Boyd about her campaign to ban the pesticide carbofuran before it is used to kill more lions. Kahumbu also relates an amazing showdown between a warthog and a lion.
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Ross McDermott & Andrew Owen
National Geographic Young Explorers and photographers Ross McDermott and Andrew Owen have spent the past 14 months finding America’s small, hidden and bizarre festivals, from the West Virginia Hick Festival to the North Carolina Regional Pole Dancing Championships. McDermott and Owen join Boyd in the studio to share highlights from their adventures.
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Luis Jaime Castillo Butters
Recently the bones of a young male were found buried among powerful priestesses of the pre-Inca Moche society in Peru. National Geographic grantee Luis Jaime Castillo Butters joins Boyd to talk about the unexpected discovery.
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John Pollack
The gold rush-era sternwheeler A.J. Goddard was recently discovered, remarkably intact, at the bottom of a lake in the Yukon Territory, Canada. Nautical archaeologist and National Geographic Society/Waitt grantee John Pollack joins Boyd to talk about the ghost ship.
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• Boyd shares a story about watching teenage elephants splash and play at an African watering hole.
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