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Episode 1208—Air Date: February 19, 2012

This week on National Geographic Weekend host Boyd Matson speaks with guests about diving for Aztec artifacts, revisiting the wreck of the RMS Titanic, predicting future weather, fires in Russia, diving with Cousteau, climbing to the Tiger’s Nest monastery, the world’s biggest rat, Airstream trailers, and unusual roadside attractions.

HOUR 1

• National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Johan Reinhard is preparing a return trip to a 14-thousand foot lake in Mexico to search for Aztec artifacts. Last time Reinhard dove in the frigid lake he found a pristine, five-hundred-year-old wooden scepter, almost by mistake.

• Twenty-five years ago Explorer-in-Residence Bob Ballard discovered the wreck of the RMS Titanic. Now, Dave Gallo is hoping to ‘virtually’ raise the wreck. Gallo, of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, is a co-leader of a new expedition that plans to return to the ship with underwater robots to film the wreck with high definition 3D cameras.

• Fires in Russia, floods in Pakistan… the weather has been extreme all around the world this summer. Is it related to global warming? Boyd puts this question to climatologist Heidi Cullen, author of The Weather of the Future: Heat Waves, Extreme Storms, and Other Scenes from a Climate-Changed Planet.

David Braun, editor of National Geographic Daily News, joins Boyd to discuss fires in Moscow and gold mining in South Africa..

HOUR 2

• National Geographic Fellow and Emerging Explorer Enric Sala recently returned from a trip to the Mediterranean. Sala was there with Jacques-Yves Cousteau’s son, Pierre-Yves Cousteau. Together they revisited spots first filmed by Cousteau 65 years ago to see what has changed.

Karma Lotey, a guide for Yangphel Adventure Travel in Bhutan, leads Boyd 10,000 feet up a mountain to visit the Tiger’s Nest Monastery. Lotey tells Boyd about the site that, as legend has it, was built during the 8th century by a guru on a flying tigress.

• National Geographic Expeditions Council Grantee Ken Aplin found evidence of the biggest rat ever to roam the Earth. Aplin found the fossilized remains of a 13-pound rodent in East Timor. Boyd and Aplin talk about looking for and eating large rodents.

• We take a cross-country trip in style in an Airstream Trailer. Boyd talks with Bob Wheeler, President Airstream, about the iconic silver vehicle that has graced the American roads since the 1930’s.

• In his regular Wild Chronicles segment, Boyd shares a story about visiting Miles Mahan's Half Acre, also known as Hulaville, CA. A true roadside attraction, Hulaville was a collection of folk art and beer bottle tree sculptures set alongside Route 66.

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Episode 1208—Air Date: February 19, 2012

  • National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Johan Reinhard is preparing a return trip to a 14-thousand foot lake in Mexico to search for Aztec artifacts. Last time Reinhard dove in the frigid lake he found a pristine, five-hundred-year-old, wooden scepter, almost by mistake.

  • National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Johan Reinhard is preparing a return trip to a 14-thousand foot lake in Mexico to search for Aztec artifacts. Last time Reinhard dove in the frigid lake he found a pristine, five-hundred-year-old, wooden scepter, almost by mistake.

  • 00:06:00 Dave Gallo

    Twenty-five years ago Explorer-in-Residence Bob Ballard discovered the wreck of the RMS Titanic. Now, Dave Gallo is hoping to ‘virtually’ raise the wreck. Gallo, of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, is a co-leader of a new expedition that plans to return to the ship with underwater robots to film the wreck with high definition 3D cameras.

  • 00:08:00 Heidi Cullen

    Fires in Russia, floods in Pakistan… the weather has been extreme all around the world this summer. Is it related to global warming? Boyd puts this question to climatologist Heidi Cullen, author of “The Weather of the Future: Heat Waves, Extreme Storms, and Other Scenes from a Climate-Changed Planet.”

  • 00:03:50 News 1208

    David Braun, editor of National Geographic Daily News, joins Boyd to discuss fires in Moscow and gold mining in South Africa.

  • 00:11:00 Enric Sala

    National Geographic Fellow and Emerging Explorer Enric Sala recently returned from a trip to the Mediterranean. Sala was there with Jacques-Yves Cousteau’s son, Pierre-Yves Cousteau. Together they revisited spots first filmed by Cousteau 65 years ago to see what has changed.

  • 00:09:00 Karma Lotey

    Karma Lotey, a guide for Yangphel Adventure Travel in Bhutan, leads Boyd 10,000 feet up a mountain to visit the Tiger’s Nest Monastery. Lotey tells Boyd about the site that, as legend has it, was built during the 8th century by a guru on a flying tigress.

  • 00:06:00 Ken Aplin

    National Geographic Expeditions Council Grantee Ken Aplin found evidence of the biggest rat ever to roam the earth. Aplin found the fossilized remains of a 13-pound rodent in East Timor. Boyd and Aplin talk about looking for and eating large rodents.

  • 00:08:00 Bob Wheeler

    We take a cross-country trip in style in an Airstream Trailer. Boyd talks with Bob Wheeler, President Airstream, about the iconic silver vehicle that has graced the American roads since the 1930’s.

  • In his regular Wild Chronicles segment, Boyd shares a story about visiting Miles Mahan's Half Acre, also known as Hulaville, CA. A true roadside attraction, Hulaville was a collection of folk art and beer bottle tree sculptures set alongside Route 66.