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National Geographic Weekend


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December 19, 2009

This Week's Guests:

Francis Slakey
Francis Slakey, a Georgetown University physics professor, decided he needed a little surf and turf in his life. So he climbed the highest peak on every continent and surfed every ocean. Slakey tells Boyd about his adventure and the added bonus of meeting his wife while climbing Mount Everest.
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Matt Niederhauser
Punk rock has invaded China. Photographer Matt Niederhauser documented the underground punk scene in his new book Sound Kapital: Beijing’s Music Underground. Niederhauser chats with Boyd about D-22, a club in Beijing that is being compared to CBGB, and shares some of the music that is being played there today.
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Nigel Waller
Nigel Waller is working to provide basic mobile phone services to people making less than two dollars a day. Waller tells Boyd about the company he started called Movirtu and how he plans to make his idea a reality.
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Rob Draper
For the past thousand years or so, a community of Eastern Orthodox monks has lived on Mount Athos in Greece. National Geographic writer Rob Draper was given unprecedented access to the monks for his story, “The Monks of Mount Athos,” in the December 2009 National Geographic magazine.
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David Braun
National Geographic News editor David Braun joins Boyd to talk about some of the most popular news stories from 2009.

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Stephen Schneider
With world leaders in Copenhagen, the debate on climate change is heating up. National Geographic Fellow Stephen Schneider joins Boyd to talk about his new book, Science as a Contact Sport: Inside the Battle to Save Earth's Climate. Schneider tells Boyd how we need to change our game plan and worldview to win the battle against climate change.
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Martin Schoeller
The Hadza grow no food, raise no livestock and live without rules or calendars. They are living a hunter-gatherer existence that is little changed from 10,000 years ago. National Geographic magazine photographer Martin Schoeller spent time living with the Hadza to capture images of their lives for the December 2009 issue. Schoeller tells Boyd about sleeping under a tree and eating baboon brains.
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Dr. Susan Shaw
Dr. Susan Shaw is the founder and director of the Marine Environmental Research Institute. She is an expert in marine toxicology who has recorded the effects of man-made chemicals in marine mammals. Shaw tells Boyd how the chemicals we dump into landfills are making it back into our food and water.
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Bethanne Patrick
Who invented underwear? The sandwich? Sneakers? A new book from National Geographic publishing titled An Uncommon History of Common Things, has the answers. Co-author Bethanne Patrick joins Boyd in the studio to talk about yo-yos, tree houses and neckties.
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Steve Casimiro
National Geographic Adventure magazine’s gear guru Steve Casimiro joins Boyd to talk about some of the best gear of 2009. His suggestions might make the perfect gifts this holiday season.

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