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National Geographic Weekend


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May 29, 2010

This Week's Guests:

William Powers
Why would anyone choose to live in a 12-foot by 12-foot cabin without running water or electricity? William Powers tells Boyd that his stay in a rural North Carolina cabin gave him a new perspective. Powers joins Boyd to discuss his new book about his life off the grid, Twelve by Twelve: A One-Room Cabin off the Grid & Beyond the American Dream.
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Kevin Campbell
Kevin Campbell, a biologist at the University of Manitoba in Canada, and a team of scientists have recreated woolly mammoth hemoglobin and in the process figured out how the mammoth survived freezing temperatures. Campbell tells Boyd it’s as if they’d gone back 40,000 years and taken a blood sample from a living mammoth.
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Katie Fawcett
Katie Fawcett directs the Karisoke Research Center in Rwanda. The Center is part of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund. Fawcett and her staff work to rehabilitate orphaned gorillas, and as Fawcett tells Boyd, this sometimes means teaching the baby gorillas everything from how to find food to how to build a nest in the jungle.
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Rama Lakshimi
While tigers are unfortunately disappearing in India, lions are thriving. This seems like good news for lion populations, but now there are issues with what to do with them all. Washington Post reporter Rama Lakshimi joins Boyd from India to discuss the problem.
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David Braun
All life on Earth may be more closely related than we ever suspected. So says David Braun, head of National Geographic's daily online news. Braun joins Boyd to talk about the news you didn’t know you needed to know.
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Kyler Abernathy
National Geographic Crittercam team member Kyler Abernathy recently returned from Cape Canaveral, Florida, where he was wrestling alligators. Abernathy tells Boyd how he and a group of scientists jumped on the backs of angry reptiles to strap on cameras.
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Diane and Arlan Chase
For over 20 years Diane and Arlan Chase, professors of anthropology at the University of Central Florida, have traveled to the Maya city of Caracol in Belize. But only this past year, through the use of lasers, have they been able to get a compressive picture of the ancient city. The Chases join Boyd to explain how new technology is helping them survey the jungle floor.
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Keith Bellows
Keith Bellows, Editor in Chief of National Geographic Traveler magazine, joins Boyd to talk about the publication’s launch on the iPad. Bellows and Boyd discuss what the new platform offers both publishers and readers.
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Saleem Ali
2010 National Geographic Emerging Explorer Saleem Ali may be an environmental scientist, but he thinks like a diplomat, a wealthy industrialist, an impoverished villager, a government regulator, a product innovator and a father. Ali joins Boyd to talk about his book Treasures of the Earth: Need, Greed, and a Sustainable Future.
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Janelle Nanos
Intelligent Travel blog editor Janelle Nanos joins Boyd to share stories about unusual museums and music festivals with habitable beer cans.
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