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February 27, 2010

This Week's Guests:

Neil Shea
Ethiopia’s Omo Valley is a place still ruled by ritual and revenge. But change is coming, from upriver. Writer Neil Shea spent three months in Ethiopia living with the people of the Omo Valley in order to write the article “Africa’s Last Frontier” for the March 2010 issue of National Geographic magazine. Shea joins Boyd in the studio to talk about his experience and the changes confronting southern Ethiopia.
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Dr. Lisa Dabek
Dr. Lisa Dabek is the director of the Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program based at Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, WA. Dabek recently traveled to Papua New Guinea with members of the National Geographic Crittercam team to fit the elusive tree kangaroo with a camera. The team was successful and as Dabek tells Boyd, the breathtaking treetop footage is already answering many questions about the mysterious kangaroos.
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Dominique Callimanopulos
Want to take a vacation and do good at the same time? Dominique Callimanopulos is here to help. Callimanopulos is the founder and CEO of Elevate Destinations, a boutique travel company specializing in high quality, environmentally responsible travel and philanthropy. Callimanopulos tells Boyd about voluntourism and the opportunities Elevate Destinations offers.
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Mark Jenkins
How do you kill a vampire? Garlic, a crucifix, a stake through the heart? Perhaps a brick in the mouth, according to Vampire Forensics, a new National Geographic book by author Mark Jenkins. Vampire Forensics draws on the latest science as well as anthropological and archaeological research to explore the origins of vampire stories. An accompanying television program, Explorer: Vampire Forensics, will air on the National Geographic Channel beginning Saturday, February 27.
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David Braun
Take a deep breath and relax. National Geographic News editor David Braun joins Boyd to talk about the calming nature of Japanese gardens.
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T.H. Culhane
National Geographic Emerging Explorer T.H. Culhane is using biogas digestors to turn garbage into fuel, providing poor communities with a clean and environmentally friendly way to generate cooking and heating gas and electricity. Funded by the first Blackstone Innovation Challenge Grant, Culhane is now working with fellow NG Emerging Explorer Katy Walter Anthony to use microbes that will improve cold-season efficiency in biogas digestors.
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Michael Davie
Filmmaker Michael Davie joins Boyd to talk about his new film The Choir, which received glowing reviews on the film festival circuit in 2008. The Choir is a documentary about a unique program for prisoners in South Africa that uses prison choir groups as a rehabilitation tool.
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Zanjan Fromer
2009 Geotourism Challenge finalist Zanjan Fromer is the founder and executive director of Ger to Ger. Fromer joins Boyd in the studio to talk geotourism in Mongolia and how you too can be a nomad in the Gobi Desert.
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Sandra Postel
Sandra Postel, director of the independent Global Water Policy Project in New Mexico, is National Geographic’s first Freshwater Fellow. Postel joins Boyd to talk about water issues.
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• Boyd celebrates the 25th anniversary of the National Geographic Explorer television series by recalling the many bumps and bruises he received from hosting the program for nine years.

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