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National Geographic Weekend


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July 24, 2010

This Week's Guests:

Bob Ballard
National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Bob Ballard joins Boyd to talk about his adventures in deep sea diving—from sunken ships to vents in the ocean floor—and to announce his newest adventure: setting forth on the Nautilus to explore undiscovered areas of the sea. Ballard describes just how much underwater technology has improved since the terrifying years when he first began diving, and what those new gadgets will allow his team to do.
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Gavin Pretor-Pinney
Gavin Pretor-Pinney, author of The Wave Watcher’s Companion talks with Boyd about the roles waves play in our lives, both on the beach, inside our bodies, and in a sports stadium. Find out why 25 is the magic number of people to start the wave, and why the waves in our brains are keeping us alive.
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Barton Seaver
Famed local chef and sustainable seafood advocate Barton Seaver explains how eradicating a dangerous invasive specie of fish can be a delicious effort. Why we should be grilling up the lionfish and how it got so out of control in the first place.

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David Braun
Join National Geographic's daily online news editor David Braun to examine our past and our future. A daring and successful project to FedEx thousands of turtle eggs away from the oil-soaked gulf coast so they can hatch in clean waters. Then, why there might be a little Neanderthal in all of us. Braun joins Boyd to talk about the news you didn’t know you needed to know.
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David Farley
Author David Farley spent a year living in Calcata, Italy, researching the centuries-long saga of Catholicism’s more bizarre and controversial relic: the foreskin of Jesus. Farley talks with Boyd about saints, sinners, thieves, and the Church’s conflicted feelings about the veneration of this particular piece of Christ.
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Feliciano Dos Santos
Can music really change the world? National Geographic Emerging Explorer Feliciano Dos Santos believes it can. Hailing from Mozambique, he joins Boyd to discuss his project to tackle the high number of preventable deaths among children in Africa with educational songs. We even get to hear an in-studio performance of one of his many songs with a water sanitation message.
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George Steinmetz
National Geographic photographer and official “Sand Man,” George Steinmetz describes the extremes he had to go to in order to get the beautiful shots of Brazilian sand dunes found in the July issue of National Geographic magazine. Why Steinmetz would rather be dragged by his parachute face-down than face-up, and more.
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Joe McNally
Joe McNally, a National Geographic photographer, had to be dropped of on precarious towers by a helicopter in order to capture the images for the July magazine piece on the Smart Grid. McNally talks with Boyd about the difficulties of producing and delivering energy to our power-hungry society, and what’s not smart about our current system.
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Boyd Matson
Think Washington D.C. in the summer is hot? Boyd shares a story about running a seven-day race in the Sahara, and why homeopathic medicine sometimes just doesn’t cut it.

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