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January 09, 2010

This Week's Guests:

Brot Coburn
Imagine stumbling upon an unexplored cave complex that humans had not entered for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. That’s just what Brot Coburn and a team of renowned climbers, explorers, archaeologists and anthropologists found in a hidden corner of the Himalayas. And what they found inside is re-writing the history of this mystical region. Coburn joins Boyd in the studio to share his experience and to talk about a new National Geographic documentary on PBS that covers the expedition.
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Kyler Abernathy
National Geographic Crittercam team member Kyler Abernathy recently returned from Papua New Guinea where he was chasing tree kangaroos. Often called ghosts of the forest by locals, tree kangaroos are notoriously hard to find or track, making research on the elusive marsupial very difficult. But for the first time ever, the Crittercam team successfully attached video cameras to two animals, giving scientists a glimpse of life as a roo in the New Guinea treetops.
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Rob Covey & Brendan Hart
The National Geographic Web site has a new look. Rob Covey and Brendan Hart of National Geographic Digital Media join Boyd in the studio to explain some of the exciting new features of the updated site.
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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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Steven Shoppman & Stephen Bouey
National Geographic Adventurer of the Year honorees Steven Shoppman and Stephen Bouey took the ultimate road trip, around the entire planet. They started in New Zealand and ended in Denver, hitting Azerbaijan, Europe, the Arctic, Africa, South America and Alaska along the way. After racking up more than 77,000 miles, and visiting 69 countries over two-and-a-half years, Shoppman and Bouey join Boyd to talk about their adventure.
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Dr. Zoltan Takacs
What doesn’t kill you may make you stronger. But according to Dr. Zoltan Takacs, something that definitely can kill you might also save your life. Takacs is studying how venom from poisonous animals might make life-saving drugs that could one day prevent Alzheimer’s disease or stop heart attacks. Takacs joins Boyd in the studio to talk about his work.
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Jason Aramburu
Recent Princeton University graduate and entrepreneur Jason Aramburu says there is a way to take carbon out of the atmosphere while making energy and increasing food crop yields. The answer, as Aramburu tells Boyd, is Biochar created by heating plant waste in the absence of oxygen.
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Harry Oliver
Did you ever wonder where Legos or the game Monopoly came from? Harry Oliver, author of Bubble Gum and Hula Hoops, can tell you. Oliver joins Boyd to talk about everything from elevators to mascara.
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• Boyd shares a story about flying home this holiday season and explains why all international air travel will be an adventure for at least the next few months.

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