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Episode 1142—Air Date: October 15, 2011

This week on National Geographic Weekend host Boyd Matson speaks with guests about living in a 12-foot-by-12-foot cabin, being stalked by a grizzly bear, the worst of travel, kids fighting global warming, flying reptiles in Texas, living in the empire of ice, unraveling the secrets of sleep, tracking snow leopards, sitting in treetops with lemurs, and the dangers of drinking local water.

HOUR 1

• Why would anyone choose to live in a 12-foot-by-12-foot cabin without running water or electricity? William Powers tells Boyd that his stay in a rural North Carolina cabin gave him a new perspective. Powers joins Boyd to discuss his new book, Twelve by Twelve: A One-Room Cabin off the Grid & Beyond the American Dream.

Lynn Schooler was in the Alaskan wilderness, without a gun, when a grizzly bear decided he looked like a tasty treat. Schooler tells Boyd about the harrowing experience of being stalked by a bear and how he finally managed to escape. This and other stories are told in Schooler’s new book, Walking Home: A Traveler in the Alaskan Wilderness, a Journey into the Human Heart.

Doug Lansky’s new book, The Titanic Awards: Celebrating the Worst of Travel, is chock full of places and companies you’ll want to avoid on your next trip. From the airline with the stingiest legroom, to the worst airport layout, to the most confusing subway system, this book covers it all. Boyd and Lansky laugh over the worst of the worst.

• When he was 12 years old, Alec Loorz heard Al Gore give a presentation about global warming. Loorz decided then he would make it his life’s work to help stop climate change, so he started the group Kids vs. Global Warming and has become the youngest person trained to give Gore’s presentation. Now 15, Loorz joins Boyd in the studio to talk about his ongoing work.

David Braun, editor of National Geographic Daily News, joins Boyd to talk about finding flying reptiles in Texas.

HOUR 2

Gretel Ehrlich’s new book, In the Empire of Ice: Encounters in a Changing Landscape, chronicles her experiences among the indigenous Arctic people living on the thawing edge of climate change. Ehrlich joins Boyd in the studio to talk about the impact that melting ice is having on the lives of northern people.

• From birth, we spend a third of our lives asleep. Yet after decades of research, we’re still not sure why says D.T. Max in "The Secrets of Sleep" in the May 2010 issue of National Geographic magazine.

• National Geographic grantee Tshewang Wangchuk studies the elusive snow leopard in Bhutan. Wangchuk joins Boyd in the studio to explain how he and his colleagues study an animal they hardly ever see.

• National Geographic Weekend climbs into the treetops of Madagascar with National Geographic grantee Natalie Vasey to get a glimpse of life from a lemur’s point of view.

Boyd says even after a lot of travel, sometimes the local water just doesn’t agree with his system.

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Episode 1142—Air Date: October 15, 2011

  • 00:11:00 William Powers

    Why would anyone choose to live in a 12-foot-by-12-foot cabin without running water or electricity? William Powers tells Boyd that his stay in a rural North Carolina cabin gave him a new perspective. Powers joins Boyd to discuss his new book, Twelve by Twelve: A One-Room Cabin off the Grid & Beyond the American Dream.

  • 00:09:00 Lynn Schooler

    Lynn Schooler was in the Alaskan wilderness, without a gun, when a grizzly bear decided he looked like a tasty treat. Schooler tells Boyd about the harrowing experience of being stalked by a bear and how he finally managed to escape. This and other stories are told in Schooler’s new book, Walking Home: A Traveler in the Alaskan Wilderness, a Journey into the Human Heart.

  • 00:06:00 Doug Lansky

    Doug Lansky’s new book, The Titanic Awards: Celebrating the Worst of Travel, is chock full of places and companies you’ll want to avoid on your next trip. From the airline with the stingiest legroom to the worst airport layout to the most confusing subway system, this book covers it all. Boyd and Lansky laugh over the worst of the worst.

  • 00:08:00 Alec Loorz

    When he was 12 years old, Alec Loorz heard Al Gore give a presentation about global warming. Loorz decided then he would make it his life’s work to help stop climate change, so he started the group Kids vs. Global Warming and has become the youngest person trained to give Gore’s presentation. Now 15, Loorz joins Boyd in the studio to talk about his ongoing work.

  • David Braun, editor of National Geographic Daily News, joins Boyd to talk about finding flying reptiles in Texas.

    • 00:11:00 Gretel Ehrlich

      Gretel Ehrlich’s new book, In the Empire of Ice: Encounters in a Changing Landscape, chronicles her experiences among the indigenous Arctic people living on the thawing edge of climate change. Ehrlich joins Boyd in the studio to talk about the impact that melting ice is having on the lives of northern people.

    • 00:09:00 D.T. Max

      From birth, we spend a third of our lives asleep. Yet after decades of research, we’re still not sure why says D.T. Max in "The Secrets of Sleep" in the May 2010 issue of National Geographic magazine.

    • National Geographic grantee Tshewang Wangchuk studies the elusive snow leopard in Bhutan. Wangchuk joins Boyd in the studio to explain how he and his colleagues study an animal they hardly ever see.

      • 00:08:00 Natalie Vassey

        National Geographic Weekend climbs into the treetops of Madagascar with National Geographic grantee Natalie Vasey to get a glimpse of life from a lemur’s point of view.

      • Boyd says even after a lot of travel, sometimes the local water just doesn’t agree with his system.