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October 09, 2010

This Week's Guests:

Joel Achenbach
Seven-foot-tall kangaroos, rhino-size browsers, enormous flightless birds and a predator that could kill them all—such were the megafauna that once dominated Australia. Washington Post writer Joel Achenbach explores the ancient world down under in the October 2010 National Geographic magazine article “Australia’s Lost Giants.”
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Andrew McCarthy
Andrew McCarthy decided to get his mother a special gift of a black pearl. But instead of heading down to Tiffany’s he decided to fly to Tahiti and pluck one out of an oyster himself. McCarthy shares his adventure with Boyd and tells the tale in the October 2010 National Geographic Traveler magazine article “In Search of the Black Pearl.”
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Amy Alipio
National Geographic Traveler magazine assistant editor Amy Alipio headed to Transylvania with her husband in search of real estate. What they found was an estate called “Dracula’s Castle.” Alipio joins Boyd to talk about her article “At Home in . . . Transylvania?” from the October 2010 magazine.
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David Braun
Join National Geographic's daily online news editor David Braun as he shares some of this week’s hottest stories. Braun sits down with Boyd to talk about the dangers of being baptized in the Jordan River.
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Peter Jenkins
In the 1970s writer Peter Jenkins took five years to walk across the U.S. Today he is driving the country in a 1957 Chevrolet. He and Boyd talk about his current ramblings and his introduction to the October 2010 National Geographic Traveler magazine article “Ultimate Road Trips.”
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Peter Miller
A single ant or bee isn't smart, but their colonies are. The study of swarm intelligence is providing insights that can help humans manage complex systems, from truck routing to military robots. Author Peter Miller writes about this phenomenon in his new book, The Smart Swarm: How Understanding Flocks, Schools, and Colonies Can Make Us Better at Communicating, Decision Making, and Getting Things Done. Miller joins Boyd to talk about what we can learn from termites and ants.
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Randall Arauz
Randall Arauz won the 2010 Goldman Environmental Prize for his campaign to stop shark finning in Costa Rica. This practice of catching sharks, cutting their fins off and throwing them back into the sea has led to a drastic reduction in the key species population. Boyd talks to Arauz about his work and his conservation organization: Pretoma.
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Juan Valdes
Now in its stunning Ninth Edition, the critically acclaimed National Geographic Atlas of the World reports and examines up-to-the-minute geopolitical and environmental changes through detailed, accurate maps and beautiful, engaging design that are its hallmark. National Geographic cartographer Juan Valdes joins Boyd to talk about the beautiful new book.
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Story-Solar Light Bulb
In his regular Wild Chronicles segment, Boyd talks about bringing light to the darkness with a solar-powered light bulb.

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