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National Geographic Weekend


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August 14, 2010

This Week's Guests:

Mike Maslanka
National Geographic Weekend goes on location—in the kitchen of D.C.’s national zoo. We’re serving up breakfast for 2,000 animals with head chef Mike Maslanka, who tailors his meals not only by species but also by individual creature. Boyd learns how to cater to so many picky eaters and keep pandas, elephants, and apes happy and healthy.

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Charles Bowden
In his article “Native Lands” for the August National Geographic Magazine, Charles Bowden profiles the efforts of many Native American tribes to use casino revenue to restore their land—for its spiritual value more than its economic worth. Bowden join Boyd to discuss the cultural impact of these projects and how they set an example for the rest of us.
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Carol Dunham
We visit the Tiger’s Nest monastery in Bhutan with Carol Dunham, anthropologist and Buddhism expert to discover whether it’s possible to measure Gross National Happiness.
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David Braun
Join National Geographic's daily online news editor David Braun to witness the long-awaited arrival of the flying car—only slightly different from the sci-fi version we’ve all imagined. Then, wheelchairs powered by sniffing that could help the paraplegic become more mobile and independent. Braun joins Boyd to talk about the news you didn’t know you needed to know
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Conrad Anker
Explorer George Mallory attempted the impossible—climbing Everest in 1924. His body was lost in the ice below the summit until climber Conrad Anker discovered it 75 years later. Anker’s project to recreate Mallory’s climb, period gear and all, and to find out if he could have reached the summit, is documented in the newly released film The Wildest Dream. Anker joins Boyd to share the scariest and most exhilarating moments from the journey.
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Rebecca Byerly
Journalist Rebecca Byerly has spent the last few months in Kashmir following the rise of soccer among youth. When a Brazilian coach came with the dream of starting a successful soccer team, no one expected that not only would his players rise to the top of the A Division, but that the sport would come to symbolize far more than a game for the oppressed young people of the country.
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Jim Toomey
We’re joining cartoonist and animator Jim Toomey for a trip under the sea. Besides serving up humor and marine conservation education in his strip “Sherman’s Lagoon,” Toomey is joining National Geographic’s oceans project to animate some of what we’ll see on our trip to the Florida Coast. Toomey explains why turtles, sharks, and fish are their own best spokespeople.

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Steve Katsoros
In just five months, Steve Katsoros invented and marketed the solar light bulb, which charges all day and automatically turns on at night. Katsoros hopes that it will aid the 1.6 billion people who live without electricity, saving their money and their health by eliminating the need for burning fuel. Katsoros joins Boyd to discuss what the “Nokero” bulb can do to spread education, lower pollution, and help people rebuild after a natural disaster.
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Story-Trip to Africa
Boyd describes his upcoming trip to Africa, where he will summit Kilimanjaro for the third time, either on his own or carried by his son.

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