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April 6, 2014: Riding Horses Across Continents, Swimming in the Arctic Ocean and More

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. Please check listings near you to find the best way to listen to National Geographic Weekend on radio, or listen below! Hour 1 – Filipe Masetti left Calgary, Alberta on horseback nearly two…

November 17, 2013: Horse-Riding Across Asia, Roadtripping America With a Canine Copilot and More

This week on National Geographic Weekend, join host Boyd Matson, as we ride 6,000 miles across Central Asia, collect chicken feces to protect bees from wasps, cycle across Iceland, ponder the moose’s plight, and drive to every state with a canine copilot.

Top 10 Headlines Today: First Climate Victims, New Snake Species…

The top 10 stories on our radar today: The citizens of a small town in Alaska have become America’s first refugees displaced by climate change, a new species of pit viper has been discovered in Honduras, and…

Top 25 Photographs from the Wilderness #8

Explore the wilderness with us… Within the next 10-15 years we will see the last-remaining wilderness area on earth dominated by the demands of growing human populations and undermined by accelerated climate change. When the earth’s last wild places are gone, all we will have are fenced off protected areas dependent on constant intervention to persist…

Kumbh Mela 2013: Where Have All The Cobras Gone?

There are elephants at the Kumbh Mela, but no snake charmers, and yet both used to be staples of festivals and fairs in India. So where are the snake charmers? Sulking in Kapari and Lohagra, two villages about an hour’s drive from Allahabad, is the answer. If they try to come close to the Kumbh…

NG Weekend: Smuggled Sarcophagus Saga

This week on National Geographic Weekend radio, host Boyd Matson speaks with guests about a smuggled Egyptian sarcophagus, Peru’s Nasca Lines, D.C.’s Environmental Film Festival, snakes versus dinosaurs, wallabies and crop circles, Shanghai, bird coloration, earthquakes in Chile, drunken bats, flightless birds, and poop pollution. Hour 1 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. Customs…

Snake Attacks Dinosaur, Entombed in Stone

Fossils unearthed in India’s Gujaret Province reveal the extraordinary scene: An 11.5-foot (3.5 meter) serpent, coiled in a dinosaur’s nest and surrounded by eggs, prepares to strike a dinosaur hatchling. At that instant, a mudflow kills predator and prey, preserving their 67-million-year-old confrontation for the ages. National Geographic’s Committee for Research and Exploration helped fund…

Quest for the Blue-Spotted Salamander

A few hours in knee-deep water was a small price to pay for Indiana University South Bend environmental physiologist Jim McLister’s reptile and amphibian team, just back from a wade on the Miller Woods trail. “I warned them ahead of time: There’s a lot of water where we going, and if we find even a…

Sea Snakes Need Freshwater to Drink, Scientists Discover

Photo by Leslie Babonis/UF Department of Zoology Some species of sea snake need freshwater to survive, a University of Florida zoologist has discovered. Harvey Lillywhite says it has been the “long-standing dogma” that the roughly 60 species of venomous sea snakes worldwide slake their thirst by drinking seawater, with internal salt glands filtering and excreting…