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December 11, 2010

This Week's Guests:

Sam Meacham
Explorer and National Geographic Waitt grantee Sam Meacham regularly goes underground to explore some of the longest underwater cave systems in the world. Meacham joins Boyd in the studio to talk about his work far beneath the jungles of the Yucat√°n Peninsula.
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Henry Rollins
Are some people just born to rage? That is the question ex-punk rocker-turned commentator Henry Rollins is trying to answer on the new National Geographic Television Explorer episode “Born to Rage,” airing Tuesday, Dec. 14 at 10 p.m. Rollins joins Boyd to talk about his search for the warrior gene that shows up in 30 percent of the male population and can be a factor in violent behavior.
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David Quammen
Bats, while creepy, are crucial to controlling insect populations and are important pollinators for commercial agriculture. Now, a previously unknown disease is causing massive die-offs in the bat population. Author David Quammen joins Boyd to talk about his article “Bat Crash” in the December National Geographic magazine.
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Laly Lichtenfeld
Good fences make good neighbors. National Geographic Big Cats Initiative grantee Dr. Laly Lichtenfeld has taken this saying to heart. Lichtenfeld is working to save lions in Tanzania by helping people protect their cattle with better fences. She joins Boyd to talk about her work.
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David Braun-NG News
Join National Geographic's daily online news editor David Braun as he shares some of the week’s hottest stories. Braun explains why bats fly better with their eyes closed.
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Tom Campion
The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, which encompasses nearly 20 million acres of wilderness along Alaska’s North Slope, is 50 years old this week. Tom Campion chairs the board of the Alaska Wilderness League and is fighting to prevent drilling in the refuge. Campion joins Boyd in the studio to talk about why it’s vital to protect this region.
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Ed Woods
The Billie Swamp Safari offers visitors face-to-face encounters with ostriches, American bison, wild alligators, venomous snakes, and many other swamp animals. As the park’s director, Ed Woods and his team of swamp men are responsible for working with these animals. It can be a tricky job, and much of it is captured in the second season of “Swamp Men,” airing Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. on the National Geographic Wild channel. Woods joins Boyd to talk about the show.
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Ken Croswell
The Milky Way, home to planet Earth, is something to be proud of, says Ken Croswell, author of the December National Geographic magazine article “ Star Struck.” Croswell joins Boyd to talk about our sun, the black hole at the middle of our galaxy and why we live in a pretty special place.
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Colin Rich
Colin Rich is a cinematographer looking for a new perspective. That’s why he regularly launches his own weather balloons with payloads of point and shoot cameras to capture remarkable images of the Earth from space. Rich joins Boyd to talk about his balloons and the adventures of recovering them after each flight.
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Story-Orangutans in Borneo
In his regular Wild Chronicles segment, Boyd shares a story about suffering blood-sucking leeches in order to visit with orangutans in Borneo.

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