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November 06, 2010

This Week's Guests:

Charlie Engle
Not many runners can take on the challenge of running the 135 miles of blistering heat and elevation gain that make the Badwater Ultramarathon the toughest race in the world. But then again, there aren’t many runners like Charlie Engle. Engle joins Boyd to talk about his experience running the race and the next record he hopes to break. Who knows—he might even convince Boyd to join him.

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Dr. Chris Stallings
There are some fish—like barracudas and sharks—that you never want to see when you’re snorkeling in the Caribbean reefs. But Dr. Chris Stallings of Florida State University’s Coastal and Marine lab has just produced a comprehensive study on reef fish populations around the Caribbean, and the results do not look good for those large predators. Stallings talks with Boyd about why some fish populations are dwindling and others are booming like never before.

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Rhys Gerholdt
Rhys Gerholdt is the winner of National Geographic’s Green Effect contest. He was just awarded $20,000 to enact his proposal to minimize energy usage in low-income households around Washington, D.C. Gerhard explains to Boyd that sometimes, the most minor change can go a long way towards saving the environment and lowering your energy costs.
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Wild Chronicles—Marta Becket
In this week’s Wild Chronicles segment Boyd goes back to Death Valley, recounting the story of Marta Becket, a ballerina and solo performer whom he met decades ago in the quaint town of Death Valley Junction.

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Warren Green
Warren Green makes his living bringing tourists on vacation in his home continent of Africa. Sometimes, though, he goes traveling purely for pleasure. On a recent trip to Kenya, Green witnessed a Samburu ritual of manhood that was not all fun and games. He tells Boyd about the many arduous steps involved in becoming a man in the Samburu culture, and leaves Boyd a bit woozy in the end.

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Bob Wagner
Boyd takes a trip to Sea World in Orlando, home to a thriving population of manatees. Boyd talks with Bob Wagner, the Animal Care Manager at the park, who tells him about some of the manatees they have saved, and some of the challenges of preserving this famous Florida sea mammal.
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Terrence Jones
As the only national park that also serves as a performing arts venue, Wolf Trap of Vienna, Virginia, is a unique outdoor arts experience. In 2000, the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts began a series of multimedia performances, each one focusing on a different national park. Having covered Yosemite, Mammoth Cave, Virgin Islands National Park, and several others, Terrence Jones, President and CEO of the Foundation joins Boyd in the studio to talk about the upcoming feature on Glacier National Park, which will be premiering this month at Wolf Trap.

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Story
After speaking with Warren Green, Boyd is reminded of his own trips through Africa. He describes the broad spectrum of accommodations he has stayed in while on safari, and talks about one talented Samburu musician he met who performed songs from both past and present.

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