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Episode 1152—Air Date: December 25, 2011

This week on National Geographic Weekend host Boyd Matson speaks with guests about the world’s most dangerous buses, boats, and trains, wildlife photography in Afghanistan, herding zebras, disappearing species in North America, the biggest animal ever to roam the earth, taking a bus to Antarctica, rafting down the Mississippi River, sifting through ancient garbage, saving sharks, and herding camels.

HOUR 1

• Author Carl Hoffman decided to find the world’s most dangerous buses, boats, trains, and planes—then he bought a ticket to ride. The adventures that followed are chronicled in his new book, The Lunatic Express. Hoffman joins Boyd in the studio to talk about the difference between travel as a luxury and travel as a necessity.

• Afghanistan isn’t the place most photographers go to catch wildlife images, but for nearly the past decade that’s exactly where Beth Wald has headed. Working with one of the world’s foremost wildlife biologists, George Schaller, Wald has tracked cheetahs, leopards, sheep, gazelles, and flamingos. Wald joins Boyd in the studio to talk about her time trekking across remote regions of Afghanistan on foot, horse, and yak. See photos by Beth Wald.

• A drought in Kenya left Amboseli National Park dry and the lions hungry. Now, Kenyan wildlife rangers are rounding up thousands of zebra and moving them into the park. This isn’t a good idea, says Wildlife Direct executive director Paula Kahumbu. Kahumbu joins Boyd in the studio to talk about the zebra roundup she witnessed firsthand.

• North American animal species are disappearing at an alarming rate. National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore spent three years investigating the problem and documenting the endangered species in a series of portraits. The result is Rare, a new National Geographic book. Sartore joins Boyd to talk about capturing condors and grizzly bears on film.

• What’s the biggest animal ever to roam the earth? Here’s a hint: it’s alive today. David Braun, head of National Geographic Daily News, joins Boyd to talk about big animals past and present.

HOUR 2

Andrew Evans always dreamed of going to Antarctica. But how to get there? He decided he'd take the bus. Evans hopped on a city bus outside of National Geographic’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., and ten weeks and 10,000 miles later he was in Antarctica. Evans joins Boyd to recount some of his adventures from his travels south.

• Filmmaker Brett Rogers has a passion for water. Rivers in particular. His goal is to navigate the world’s ten great rivers. He’s already rafted and rowed his way down the Yukon and the Mississippi. Rogers joins Boyd in the studio to talk about his adventures.

• National Geographic Young Explorer Kelly Wilcox spends much of her time sifting through really old garbage. Wilcox tells Boyd how digging up animal bones from ancient Egypt tells her about the diet of the workers who built the pyramids.

• Everyone needs a good publicist, especially sharks. Steve Nagiewicz of the Shark Research Institute says sharks too often get a bum wrap, and he’s trying to improve their reputation. Nagiewicz joins Boyd to talk about why humans are more of a threat to sharks than they are to us.

Boyd says herding cats may be difficult, but try herding camels.

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Episode 1152—Air Date: December 25, 2011

  • 00:11:00 Carl Hoffman

    Author Carl Hoffman decided to find the world’s most dangerous buses, boats, trains, and planes … then bought a ticket to ride. The adventures that followed are chronicled in his new book, “The Lunatic Express.” Hoffman joins Boyd in the studio to talk about the difference between travel as a luxury and travel as a necessity.

  • 00:09:00 Beth Wald

    Afghanistan isn’t the place most photographers go to catch wildlife images, but for nearly the past decade that’s exactly where Beth Wald has headed. Working with one of the world’s foremost wildlife biologists, George Schaller, Wald has tracked cheetahs, leopards, sheep, gazelles and flamingos. Wald joins Boyd in the studio to talk about her time trekking across remote regions of Afghanistan on foot, horse and yak.

  • 00:06:00 Paula Kahumbu

    A drought in Kenya left Amboseli National Park dry and the lions hungry. Now, Kenyan wildlife rangers are rounding up thousands of zebra and moving them into the park. This isn’t a good idea, says Wildlife Direct executive director Paula Kahumbu. Kahumbu joins Boyd in the studio to talk the zebra roundup that she witnessed firsthand.

  • 00:08:00 Joel Sartore

    North American species are disappearing at an alarming rate. National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore spent three years investigating the problem and documenting the endangered species in a series of portraits. The result is “Rare,” a new National Geographic book. Sartore joins Boyd to talk about capturing condors and grizzly bears on film.

  • What’s the biggest animal ever to roam the earth? Here’s a hint: it’s alive today. David Braun, head of National Geographic's daily online news, joins Boyd to talk about big animals of past and present.

  • 00:11:00 Andrew Evans

    Andrew Evans always dreamed of going to Antarctica. But how to get there? He decided he'd take the bus. Evans hopped on a city bus outside of National Geographic’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., and ten weeks and 10,000 miles later he was in Antarctica. Evans joins Boyd to recount some of his adventures from his travels south.

  • 00:09:00 Bret Rogers

    Filmmaker Brett Rogers has a passion for water. Rivers in particular. His goal is to navigate the world’s ten great rivers. He’s already rafted and rowed his way down the Yukon and the Mississippi. Rogers joins Boyd in the studio to talk about his adventures.

  • 00:06:00 Kelly Wilcox

    National Geographic Young Explorer, Kelly Wilcox, spends much of her time sifting through really old garbage! Wilcox tells Boyd how digging up animal bones from ancient Egypt tells her about the diet of the workers who built the pyramids.

  • 00:08:00 Steve Nagiewicz

    Everyone needs a good publicist, especially sharks. Steve Nagiewicz, of the Shark Research Institute, says sharks too often get a bum wrap and he’s trying to improve their reputation. Nagiewicz joins Boyd to talk about why humans are more of a threat to sharks than they are to us.

  • Boyd says herding cats may be difficult, but try herding camels.