Every week, embark with host Boyd Matson on an exploration of the latest discoveries and interviews with some of the most fascinating people on the planet, on National Geographic Weekend.
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– For some adventurers, the thrill of discovery propels them to the unknown with as little preparation as possible. But Australian adventurers James Castrissian and Justin Jones, also known as Cas and Jonsey, find that their expeditions are most successful when they prepare meticulously. Despite careful planning, things still manage to go wrong. While completing a 1,400 mile unsupported crossing of Antarctica, Castrissian lost over 60 pounds and while paddling 2,000 miles unsupported from Australia to New Zealand, blisters and wet seats proved problematic. The friends are tight-lipped about the next adventure but they say whatever it is, they’ll be ready for their challenge. Listen here.
– Award-winning beer aficionado and brewmaster at Brooklyn Brewery Garrett Oliver loves both wine and music, but he says that neither has as much versatility and potential as a well-crafted beer. Oliver explains that “real beer,” can be anything from “light, bright and lemony” all the way to having “flavors of chocolate and coffee.” Oliver stresses the fact that, when done properly, beers pair with different foods elegantly. He explains how to pair beer with dinner perfectly in The Brewmaster’s Table and lets Boyd in on the secret of which is the perfect beer to bring to nearly any occasion from a summer barbecue to a Christmas party. Listen here.
– The solitary cowboy riding off in the sunset isn’t likely to stop to “like” a photo on Facebook. But as Chile’s ranchers and horsemen adapt to life in the 21st Century, they’ve learned to balance living ruggedly off the land with environmental stewardship and tourism. Bridget Besaw visited such a ranch in Chile where she found one such modern cowboy: a 21-year old named Javier living that precarious balance between the past and the future. Javier is featured in her film “El Campo Es Vida.” Listen here.
– Malaria is a longtime scourge of the developing world. An average child in Malawi could have as many as 12 episodes of malaria before they turn two years old. And Sonia Shah says that until recently, it was a problem in the United States as well. The disease kills nearly a million people annually, despite being treatable and preventable. Shah explains that malaria is a disease that afflicts those who don’t have screens, doors, and windows to prevent mosquitoes from biting them – namely, the poorest people on the planet. Shah has written “The Fever,” which details the 500,000 year long relationship humans have with malaria. Listen here.
– On our This Weekend in History segment, National Geographic library research manager Maggie Turqman brings to light dispatches from the past. On May 16, 1801, the man who bought Alaska was born; on May 17, 1875 the inaugural Kentucky Derby was run; on May 17, 1954, Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, ruled that segregated schools were unconstitutional; and on May 18, 1980 Mount St. Helens erupted, killing 57 people. Listen here.