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Episode 1136—Air Date: September 3, 2011

This week on National Geographic Weekend host Boyd Matson speaks with guests about camping with chimpanzees, swimming around the world, the True Green lifestyle, befriending a grizzly bear, frogs in love, getting up close a personal with a great white shark, ecosystem restoration, the worst of travel, photography tips, and climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.

HOUR 1

• Boyd welcomes the real-life Tarzan and Jane to the studio. WCS Conservation Fellow Dave Morgan and his partner Crickette Sanz live with and study chimpanzees in the Congolese rainforest. Morgan and Sanz tell Boyd about their work and what they’ve learned living among the apes.

• As part of the “Expedition: Blue Planet” field program, National Geographic Emerging Explorer Alexandra Cousteau is jumping into lakes, rivers and oceans across the globe. Cousteau tells Boyd about her work raising awareness of global water issues.

Kim McKay, author of True Green Life: In 100 Everyday Ways, joins Boyd to share some easy, effective tricks for living a truly green life, from packing to flying.

• Naturalist Casey Anderson’s best friend happens to be a 900-pound grizzly bear named Brutus. Anderson and Brutus star in Expedition Wild, a new program on the Nat Geo WILD channel. Anderson tells Boyd how in the first program he teaches Brutus the ways of his wild relatives.

• How do you get a frog in the mood for romance? Put them in the fridge, according to David Braun, head of National Geographic's daily online news.

HOUR 2

• Boyd heads to the basement of National Geographic headquarters to find the CritterCam engineers tinkering away on their latest creations. Boyd talks with Eric Berkenpas, Mike Shepard, and Graham Wilhelm about their work, which includes coaxing great white sharks into wearing cameras.

Stuart Pimm, a National Geographic scientist and the Doris Duke Professor of Conservation Ecology and Environmental Sciences and Policy at Duke University, recently won the 2010 Tyler Environment Prize. Boyd talks to Pimm about the honor and his work in ecosystem restoration. Read the NewsWatch blog post about Pimm.

Doug Lansky’s 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. Visit TheTitanicAwards website.

• Looking for ways to improve your photography? Boyd sits down with Scott Stuckey of National Geographic Traveler and author of the book National Geographic Ultimate Field Guide to Travel Photography. Stuckey provides some useful, straightforward advice on how to improve your snapshots.

Boyd recalls the challenges he faced, and the accomplishment he felt, getting his children to climb Mount Kilimanjaro with him.

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Episode 1136—Air Date: September 3, 2011

  • Boyd welcomes the real-life Tarzan and Jane to the studio. WCS Conservation Fellow Dave Morgan and his partner Crickette Sanz live with and study chimpanzees in the Congolese rainforest. Morgan and Sanz tell Boyd about their work and what they’ve learned living among the apes.

  • As part of the “Expedition: Blue Planet” field program, National Geographic Emerging Explorer Alexandra Cousteau is jumping into lakes, rivers, and oceans across the globe. Cousteau tells Boyd about her work raising awareness of global water issues.

  • 00:06:00 Kim McKay

    Kim McKay, author of True Green Life: In 100 Everyday Ways, joins Boyd to share some easy, effective tricks for living a truly green life, from packing to flying.

  • 00:08:00 Casey Anderson

    Naturalist Casey Anderson’s best friend happens to be a 900-pound grizzly bear named Brutus. Anderson and Brutus star in Expedition Wild, a new program on the Nat Geo WILD channel. Anderson tells Boyd how in the first program he teaches Brutus the ways of his wild relatives.

  • How do you get a frog in the mood for romance? Put them in the fridge, according to David Braun, head of National Geographic's daily online news.

  • Boyd heads to the basement of National Geographic headquarters to find the CritterCam engineers tinkering away on their latest creations. Boyd talks with Eric Berkenpas, Mike Shepard, and Graham Wilhelm about their work, which includes coaxing great white sharks into wearing cameras.

  • 00:09:00 Stuart Pimm

    Stuart Pimm, a National Geographic scientist and the Doris Duke Professor of Conservation Ecology and Environmental Sciences and Policy at Duke University, recently won the 2010 Tyler Environment Prize. Boyd talks to Pimm about the honor and his work in ecosystem restoration. Read the NewsWatch blog post about Pimm.

  • 00:06:00 Doug Lansky

    Doug Lansky’s 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. Visit TheTitanicAwards website.

  • 00:08:00 Scott Stuckey

    Looking for ways to improve your photography? Boyd sits down with Scott Stuckey of National Geographic Traveler and author of the book National Geographic Ultimate Field Guide to Travel Photography. Stuckey provides some useful, straightforward advice on how to improve your snapshots.

  • Boyd recalls the challenges he faced, and the accomplishment he felt, getting his children to climb Mount Kilimanjaro with him.