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Do You “Like” National Geographic’s Magazine Covers?

If you had to pick a favorite National Geographic magazine cover, which one would it be? It’s a tough question to answer, but the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) is asking readers to pick their favorite magazine covers for its Best Cover Contest Reader’s Choice Award. The contest is currently being hosted on ASME’s Facebook page…

January 26, 2014: Riding Rio Roosevelt’s Rapids, Sliding Headfirst at 90 MPH and More

Join radio host Boyd Matson and his guests as they paddle Class V rapids on the River of Doubt, hand cycle the length of the Americas, investigate deaths from common drugs, preserve lions’ disappearing prides, slide headfirst down an icy track at 90 miles per hour, and reconcile the future and the past in the Amazon Rainforest.

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.

November 3, 2013: How to Survive an Avalanche, Following Family History Through Asia and More

Join host Boyd Matson, as we survive potentially disastrous avalanche, swim with manta rays in Mozambique, walk the length of Africa looking for water, and follow our family tree’s roots throughout Asia.

October 20, 2013: Paddling and Kite Surfing East Africa, Reenacting Civil War Battles and More

This week on National Geographic Weekend, join host Boyd Matson as we paddle board and kite surf in East Africa before meeting disaster, reenact the Civil War’s second bloodiest battle, motorcycle through the Middle East while searching for enlightenment, and combine rock & roll with genetics while trying to save humanity from infectious disease.

August 11, 2013: Holding our Breath in Underwater Caves, Biking Across Kyrgyzstan Mountains, and More

Join us this week, as we explore the labyrinth of underwater caves deep under Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula for clues of its Mayan past, cycle solo through Central Asian mountain passes to climb remote peaks, and debunk American historical myths from the Wild West to the Surfin’ Safari.

May 26, 2013: Staying Safe Going Up Mountains, Injuries Flying Down Cliffs and More

This week, we chat with Conrad Anker who reflects on how difficult it is for even the best climbers to avoid disaster on Everest, Jon Jenkins who is scouring the deepest reaches of the universe looking for signs of intelligent life, and daredevil Angela Proudfoot who skydives against all odds after sustaining a serious base jumping injury.

May 5, 2013: An Ambush on the Amazon, Croc Attacks in Africa and More

This week on National Geographic Weekend, host Boyd Matson chats with adventurer Davey du Plessis who attempted to ride the Amazon River from source to sea but was attacked in a random ambush by gunmen; Nat Geo water fellow Sandra Postel discusses the fate of the Amazon River; and an Australian croc wrangler goes to Africa to try to track a river beast.

National Geographic Wins Four National Magazine Awards

National Geographic won four 2013 National Magazine Awards, including two for digital media, the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) announced last night. The National Geographic Society’s flagship journal won awards for General Excellence, Print (October, November and December issues), Photography (August, September and December), Tablet Magazine (May, November and December iPad Editions), and Multimedia…

Three Overseas Press Club Awards for National Geographic Reporting

National Geographic captured three prizes for international stories of 2012, the Overseas Press Club of America announced in New York yesterday.

March 31, 2013: Rowing Across the Atlantic, Reviving Extinct Species and More

This week, Boyd’s guests tell tales of lions stealing camera equipment, former whalers who used 19th-century techniques into the 1980s, how to reveal the magnificence of a chicken, and much more.

March 17, 2013: Getting Married at the North Pole, Cage-Free Swimming With Great Whites and More

On this week’s show, meet a woman who free-dives with great white sharks, a man who skied to the North Pole in the darkness of winter, and photographers who can turn such darkness into a colorful portrait of a world we can’t see.

February 16, 2013: Winter Mountain Climbing, Great Ape Stakeouts and More

This week on National Geographic Weekend, we attempt a winter ascent of Denali for a third time, live with Idaho’s wolves for six years, and wait for months, just to capture a perfect moment in Indonesia’s jungle canopy.

Vatican Responds to National Geographic’s Correspondence About Religious Use of Ivory

“We are absolutely convinced that the massacre of elephant is a very serious matter,” writes Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Vatican press office, in a response today to our correspondence about the use of elephant ivory for devotional icons by some Catholic followers.

As Father Lombardi points out, it was emails from readers of A Voice for Elephants blog to his office that encouraged him to write this letter. Please continue the conversation by commenting here and also, if you wish, by writing directly to his office.

Photographer’s Journal: Up Close and Personal with British Otters

British photographer Charlie Hamilton James’s charming close-ups of otters grace the February 2013 issue of National Geographic Magazine. Here, he tells us how he captured such clear images of the shy creatures and their watery world, and explores the question: Can otters smell underwater?