Episode 1137—Air Date: September 10, 2011

This week on National Geographic Weekend host Boyd Matson speaks with guests about breaking barriers underwater, raising lion cubs at the National Zoo, little kitties helping big cats, images and artifacts from 9/11, smart apes, getting a turtle's-eye view of the oceans, biking across the Middle East, finding the lair of the spirit bear, teaching the world to cook with efficient stoves, and remembering the National Geographic family members lost on September 11, 2001.


• National Geographic Explorer in Residence Sylvia Earle has been deeper undersea than any other woman. Earle is an oceanographer, explorer, author, lecturer, field scientist, and an inspiration to women around the world. She recently received the Royal Geographic Society’s 2011 Patron’s Medal. Boyd talks to Earle about some of her early dives in the Jim Suit.

• Boyd joins zookeeper Kristen Clark behind the scenes at Washington's National Zoo as she trains the seven lion cubs living there.

Susan Poulton, vice president of content programming for Digital Media at National Geographic, explains to Boyd how adorable little kitties are helping save big cats, such as lions, tigers and leopards. You and your cat can help too!

Clifford Chanin, senior program advisor at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, is also the editor of Memory Remains: 9/11 Artifacts at Hangar 17, a National Geographic book that includes images of 9/11 artifacts taken by photographer Francesc Torres. Chanin talks to Boyd about the book and how the artifacts were collected.

• In this week’s Did You Know? segment, Boyd says the planet’s apes may be smarter than we realize.


• Scientist Hoyt Peckham is working with National Geographic’s CritterCam unit to study green turtles. Peckham tells Boyd he is gathering important scientific information by attaching cameras to the backs of turtles in Baja, California.

• National Geographic Emerging Explorer Hayat Sindi is working on medical breakthroughs that will potentially save millions of lives. But recently, while not working, she joined a group of nearly 300 women to bicycle 400 miles across the Middle East. But, as she tells Boyd, only after she learned to ride a bike.

• Every so often, in the rain forests of British Columbia, a black bear is born with white fur. These unusual bears are called Kermode or spirit bears. Bruce Barcott, author of “Spirit Bear” in the August National Geographic magazine, says scientists know how white bears are born, but not why.

Ben West is the CEO of EcoZoom a company that is hoping to make a difference in people’s lives with a cleaner, safer stove. 1.9 million people die prematurely from traditional cook stoves and open fires. West says his clean-burning stove will help cut that number.

Boyd pays tribute to the National Geographic colleagues who were lost on 9/11.

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Episode 1137—Air Date: September 10, 2011