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Episode 1123—Air Date: June 4, 2011

This week on National Geographic Weekend host Boyd Matson speaks with guests about living in the jungle of the Central African Republic, making a business of not cutting Indonesian forests, the greening of China, the largest great white shark ever captured, turning anguish into inspiration, selling insurance against lion attacks, photographing hummingbirds, exploring tidal pools, and partying with pygmies.

HOUR 1

• Over 20 years ago, Louis Sarnow traveled to the Central African Republic to record the pygmy music and he never left. Sarnow lives with the indigenous Bayaka people in the jungle. Boyd caught up with Sarnow in Africa to talk about his life, his work, and the Bayaka culture.

Dharsono Hartono is hoping to preserve an area of Indonesian forest three times the size of Singapore and make a profit doing so. Hartono has started the Katingan Peat Restoration and Conservation Project, a carbon trading business centered on the peat forests of Borneo. Hartono joins Boyd to talk about the project and the emerging carbon market.

• No other country burns as much coal as China. But, at the same time, no other country has invested as much in clean energy. Bill McKibben joins Boyd to talk about his article “Can China Go Green,” in the June issue of National Geographic magazine.

• This week David Braun, editor of National Geographic Daily News, joins Boyd to talk about the largest great white shark ever found.

HOUR 2

• In June of 1998, Wendy Booker was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Booker turned anguish into inspiration and began running marathons. Then a passion for adventure led her to mountaineering, cycling and skydiving. Booker talks to Boyd about her recent trip to the North Pole and her upcoming expedition to the South Pole.

• National Geographic Big Cats Initiative grantee Tico McNutt is working to save Africa's large predators. McNutt leads the Botswana Predator Conservation Trust and tells Boyd he is working on an insurance program to help local farmers protect their livestock from lion attacks.

• National Geographic grantee Anand Varma is honing his shooting skills under the wings of National Geographic photo masters such as David Liittschwager and Joel Sartore. Varma joins Boyd to share some helpful photography tips. See Varma’s work.

• What if, instead of putting food in your stomach, your stomach went to the food? A sea star does just that. Mel White, author of “Brimming Pools,” in the June issue of National Geographic magazine, joins Boyd to talk about the fascinating variety of creatures found in tidal pools.

Boyd tells the story of a pygmy pool party with the Bayaka in the Central Africa Republic.

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Episode 1123—Air Date: June 4, 2011

  • 00:11:00 Louis Sarnow

    Over 20 years ago, Louis Sarnow traveled to the Central Africa Republic to record the pygmy music and he never left. Sarnow lives with the indigenous Bayaka people in the jungle. Boyd caught up with Sarnow in Africa to talk about his life, his work and the Bayaka culture.

  • 00:06:00 Dharsono Hartono

    Dharsono Hartono is hoping to preserve an area of Indonesian forest three times the size of Singapore and make a profit doing so. Hartono has started the Katingan Peat Restoration and Conservation Project, a carbon trading business centered on the peat forests of Borneo. Hartono joins Boyd to talk about the project and the emerging carbon market.

  • 00:08:00 Bill McKibben

    No other country burns as much coal as China. But, at the same time, no other country has invested as much in clean energy. Bill McKibben joins Boyd to talk about his article “Can China Go Green,” in the June issue of National Geographic magazine.

  • This week David Braun, editor of National Geographic Daily News, joins Boyd to talk about the largest great white shark ever found.

  • 00:11:00 Wendy Booker

    In June of 1998, Wendy Booker was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Booker turned anguish into inspiration and began running marathons. Then a passion for adventure led her to mountaineering, cycling and skydiving. Booker talks to Boyd about her recent trip to the North Pole and her upcoming expedition to the South Pole.

  • 00:09:00 Tico McNutt

    National Geographic Big Cats Initiative grantee Tico McNutt is working to save Africa's large predators. McNutt leads the Botswana Predator Conservation Trust and tells Boyd he is working on an insurance program to help local farmers protect their livestock from lion attacks.

  • 00:06:00 Anand Varma

    National Geographic grantee Anand Varma is honing his shooting skills under the wings of National Geographic photo masters such as David Liittschwager and Joel Sartore. Varma joins Boyd to share some helpful photography tips.

  • 00:08:00 Mel White

    What if, instead of putting food in your stomach, your stomach went to the food? A sea star does just that. Mel White, author of “Brimming Pools,” in the June National Geographic magazine, joins Boyd to talk about the fascinating variety of creatures found in tidal pools.

  • Boyd tells the story of a pygmy pool party with the Bayaka in the Central African Republic.