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National Geographic Weekend


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December 12, 2009

This Week's Guests:

Jimmy Chin
Many people dream of climbing Mount Everest. But, imagine skiing it. Photographer and National Geographic Emerging Explorer Jimmy Chin is one of the few people in the world who has. Chin joins Boyd in the studio to recount his expedition down the world’s highest peak.
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Lin and Larry Pardey
Lin and Larry Pardey have sailed 200,000 miles around the world. The couple has navigated the Pacific, the Atlantic and even the Sahara. The Pardeys recount for Boyd some of their adventures and trials over 40 years of cruising.
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Mikki McComb
What would you see if your eyes were two feet apart? We ask a hammerhead shark, with the help of Florida Atlantic University shark researcher Mikki McComb.
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Jill Pruetz
Humans may be the only mammals that can make fire, but we’re not the only ones who have to deal with it. National Geographic Emerging Explorer Jill Pruetz recently witnessed interesting behavior in a group of chimpanzees in Africa when they were confronted by wildfire. Pruetz joins Boyd to discuss her research in Senegal.
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Steve Casimiro
Do you miss the instant gratification of Polaroid prints? Well, they’re back, and this time with digital memory back up. Gear Guru Steve Casimiro tells Boyd about Polaroid’s new model and a lightweight printer that produces higher resolution photos.
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Wade Davis
• Is navigating across 2,000 miles of open ocean without a GPS, compass or sextant “primitive” or “genius”? National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Wade Davis talks with Boyd about his new book, The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World. Davis shows Boyd how we might look at the world’s diverse cultures in a new way.
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Richard Restak
According to neurologist Richard Restak, you can teach an old dog new tricks. Restak, who wrote the forward to the new National Geographic book Brain: The Complete Mind, joins Boyd to talk about the human brain.
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Tim Ferris
Writer Tim Ferris joins Boyd in a search for extraterrestrial life. In “World’s Apart,” an article in the December 2009 issue of National Geographic magazine, Ferris writes about the scientific search for another Earth.
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Michael Lang
As the Smithsonian Institution’s Scientific Diving officer, Michael Lang trains scientists how to scuba dive under Arctic ice as thick as 17 feet. Lang joins Boyd to discuss the difficulties of diving in such extreme conditions.

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• Boyd loves many things about Arctic diving, but he says he wouldn’t be telling the whole truth if he didn’t also reveal some of the less enjoyable aspects of submerging oneself in nearly frozen water.

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