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Benjamin Shaw

of National Geographic Weekend

Benjamin Shaw produces the weekly radio program National Geographic Weekend with host Boyd Matson. Hear it on on XM/Sirius satellite radio (XM channel 133 Sundays at noon), subscribe to the iTunes podcast, or get the show streamed to your iPhone, Blackberry, Palm, or Android OS phone with Stitcher Radio.

Tiger Safari

Here’s a hard to believe statistic, by some esitmates there are more tigers in captivity in the state of Texas than there are tigers roaming free in the wild in all of Asia.  There’s no debating the fact tigers are endangered.  This past year I went to India to see tigers in their natural habitat.…

Eye to Eye with a Humpback

One of the benefits of being in the water with humpback whales is that it makes me appear svelte by comparison.

Head-butting Elephants at Sabi Sabi

Showing off for the girls, pushing and shoving, picking fights, refusing to listen to their mothers, I could be describing teenage boys, but in this case I’m talking teenage male elephants.

Bob Ballard Undersea Explorer

National Geographic Explorer in Residence Bob Ballard has located a record number of sunken ships in the waters off Turkey using his new ship the Nautilus, a high tech exploration platform. I visited Bob on the Nautilus to get a tour of the ship he’s been describing to me for two years.

Lion Cubs Celebrate 1 year

Recently, National Geographic Weekend radio had a chance to visit with some big cats in our own backyard at the National Zoo.

Poop Spitting Competition

Spitting impala poop is really an honest to goodness game in South Africa.

One-Time Illegal Logger Fights to Save the Forests of Borneo

Pak Bastarian was once an illegal logger, cutting trees in the forests of West Kalimantan, Borneo. Today he is a conservationist, leading his village of former headhunters in the fight to prevent oil palm plantations from clearing forest in his village.

Looking for Life on Europa

National Geographic Emerging Explorer Kevin Hand is looking for alien life on Jupiter’s fourth largest moon. Listen to his interview with Boyd Matson.

It’s Like Coming Home, Says James Cameron

James Cameron tells Boyd Matson how making Hollywood blockbusters allows him follow his true passion of exploring and how becoming a NG Explorer feels like coming home. Listen to the interview.

Out of the Woods

By Boyd Matson. To paraphrase an old saying, “You can’t see the elephants for the trees.” WCS researcher Andrea Turkalo has been studying elephants for over 20 years. I recently visited Turkalo and the elephants in the Central African Republic. Listen to the interview from NG Weekend.

Excuse Me, Is This Your Bear Urine? – Only at National Geographic

Last week a group email went out to the staff of National Geographic. This is what it said: “A package arrived at Geo…(talk about weird) 2 small bottles of Pee. Bear Urine. No… really. Can you please send a blast to see if some brave soul will claim the urine.”

Pygmy Pool Party: The Movie

Video from a pygmy pool party in the Central African Republic.

Pygmy Pool Party

It’s not everyday you get invited to a pygmy pool party.

Jalapeño Seeds Change Everything

When 2011 National Geographic Emerging Explorer Juan Martinez was growing up in South Central Los Angeles, he never imagined he’d be working to change an entire generation’s relationship with nature. But a few jalapeño seeds changed his life.

Yes You Can—With The Can

Canned seafood can be delicious and sustainable says National Geographic Fellow and Washington, D.C. chef Barton Seaver. This week on the NG Weekend radio program Seaver joins Boyd to talk about cooking from the can. Listen to the interview and get Seaver’s recipe for pink salmon cakes with dill mustard.