Overheard at National Geographic
That's a wrap on Season 5
Tracking snow leopards in the Himalaya. Looking for ancient microbial life on Mars. Uncovering the truth about Amazon warriors. Unraveling a mapmaker’s dangerous decision. Listen to curiously delightful conversations, overheard at National Geographic headquarters. Hosted by Peter Gwin and Amy Briggs.
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Mozart wowed audiences as a child. The Beatles blew away Ed Sullivan. Beyonce hypnotized Super Bowl crowds. The world has been enthralled by those we call musical geniuses. But what defines a musical genius? And how does society recognize it? We probe these questions as we examine the life and career of Aretha Franklin, a transformational figure in American music, and the rise of a young prodigy, Keedron Bryant.
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Meet our hosts
Peter Gwin is an editor at large for National Geographic and cohost of the award-winning podcast Overheard. He began as a staff writer for the magazine in 2003, and has contributed stories from an array of far-flung places, including pirates in the Malacca Straits, tyrannosaurs in the Junggar Basin, lost manuscripts in Timbuktu, ship-breakers in Bangladesh, Tuareg rebels in the Aïr Mountains, and Arabian horses in Oman. A native of Fayette County, Georgia, and a graduate of Furman University, he began his career as an English teacher in a small village in northern Botswana.
Amy Briggs is executive editor of National Geographic History magazine and cohost of the podcast. She came to National Geographic in 2006 as a book editor, covering a wide range of subjects, including archaeology in the Holy Land, backyard astronomy, and "sea monsters" of the Jurassic. She's the author of several books, including some of the National Geographic Angry Birds series. A graduate of Princeton University, Briggs hails from the great Garden State of New Jersey.