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National Geographic Weekend


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July 17, 2010

This Week's Guests:

Mark Moffett
National Geographic photographer and professional myrmecologist Mark Moffett, author of Adventures Among Ants: A Global Safari with a Cast of Trillions, joins Boyd to discuss certain ant behaviors that may sound familiar to us humans. From guarding the fortress by night to forming armies to conquer territory to executing suicide terror missions, the swarms at our feet are more sophisticated than we’ve ever realized.
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Greg Goldsmith
National Geographic Young Explorer Greg Goldsmith is part of a team in Monteverde, Costa Rica dedicated to capturing the beauty of cloud forests—one of the world’s rarest ecosystems. The project, designed to raise awareness about the effects of climate change and deforestation on this environment, involves climbing 150 feet up into the canopy to get the perfect shot.
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Eric Whan
The numbers are in on National Geographic’s annual Greendex survey, and the United States once again is in last place on environmental awareness and sustainable behavior. Eric Whan explains which countries are doing better than us and what this data really means.
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John Lancaster
In the July 2010 issue of National Geographic magazine, John Lancaster takes us into Punjab and shows us a side of Pakistan we rarely see: cosmopolitan, liberal and tolerant. We find “bawdy” dancers, alcohol and religious diversity, but this unexpected openness is under threat from the Taliban and other extremist groups. Lancaster and Boyd discuss the current climate in Punjab and the forces behind it.
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David Braun
Join National Geographic's daily online news editor David Braun for a literal surfing safari—crocodiles that bodysurf from one island to another. Braun joins Boyd to talk about the news you didn’t know you needed to know.
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David de Rothschild
National Geographic Emerging Explorer David de Rothschild calls in from the middle of the Pacific Ocean while aboard his unconventional sailing vessel: a ship called the Plastiki, crafted from thousands of used plastic bottles. De Rothschild tells tales from the voyage, then explains how human wastefulness is hurting the oceans, and what we can do about it.
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Emma Stokes
Deep in the unexplored Congo, National Geographic Emerging Explorer Emma Stokes stumbled upon 125,000 lowland gorillas unknown to the world. Stokes, who was named one of National Geographic Adventure’s Adventurers of the Year in 2008, talks to Boyd about how these apes hid from human beings for so long and why their habitat is now under threat. She also talks about her latest project with an even more elusive and endangered beast: tigers.
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Virginia Morell
In the July 2010 issue of National Geographic magazine, Virginia Morell describes the courting habits of male bowerbirds that build elaborate structures and decorate them with everything from Coke cans to glistening caterpillar feces. Meet the Donald Trump of birds and learn from his success with the ladies.
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Awista Ayub
Awista Ayub, the author of Khabul Girls Soccer Club: A Dream, Eight Girls, And a Journey Home, wanted girls in Khabul to have the same outlets that she enjoyed in her youth. She and the girls confronted parent skepticism and male oppression in fighting for the right to play. Ayub explains to Boyd how a girls’ soccer game in Khabul might look different from any we’ve ever seen.
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• Boyd shares a story about why you should never join him for a hike.

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