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October 5, 2014: Climbing Into Volcanoes, Swimming the Seven Seas and More

This week on National Geographic Weekend radio, join host Boyd Matson and his guests as they climb into volcanos to look for bacteria, invent environmentally and academically friendly ways to make tea, create the largest marine reserves in the world, make tiny soft robots, swim the seven seas, survive an avalanche, eat ice cream in the name of conservation, and swim with Great white sharks.

September 28, 2014: Meeting A Mountain Legend, Skiing First-Descents in Greenland and More

This week on National Geographic Weekend radio, join host Boyd Matson and his guests as they break human endurance records climbing mountains, win the Google Science Fair, eat like our ancestors, ski first descents in Greenland, vaccinate our children, chase endangered hogs in Uganda, and record a dying language.

The Phantom Hogs of Kibale National Park

Rafael Reyna is a biologist fighting to protect the vanishing animals of eastern African rainforests. See a selection of the haunting photos gathered by his team.

February 2, 2014: Walking from Siberia to Australia, Prepping Putin’s $51 Billion Bash and More

This week, join host Boyd Matson and his guests as they walk from Siberia to Australia, celebrate Putin’s $51 billion Olympic bash, get to the historic bottom of Groundhog Day, cycle 11,000 miles from Norway to South Africa, spend 200 days in a year deep inside of caves, dodge the bubonic plague in Madagascar, and search for the last of Africa’s glaciers.

December 29, 2013: Rescuing Crocs, Navy Seals in Zoos, Swimming with Great Whites, Blackfish and More

Join host National Geographic Weekend host Boyd Matson and his guests as they try to save man-eating crocs from angry villagers, meet a retired Navy seal at Washington’s National Zoo, find out the dark secrets of performing orcas at Sea World, swim face to face with great white sharks, and survive avalanches by avoiding them.

Exclusive Video: World’s Biggest Pig Revealed

Meet the giant forest hog, which at 600 pounds (275 kilograms) brings home the record-setting bacon as the world’s biggest pig.

How a Mysterious Tick Ended Up in a Scientist’s Nose

Forgive Tony Goldberg for picking his nose—he’s discovered a mysterious species of tick that usually hides in primate nostrils in Africa.

Searching for Chimps & Other Misadventures in an Ugandan Forest

Bee stings to the face, deadly serpents, and raging arson fires…no day is the same for a chimp researcher in Uganda.

2013 NG/Buffett Awards for Leadership in Conservation Announced

WASHINGTON (June 3, 2013)—Dr. Alberto Yanosky, leader of an environmental organization in Paraguay that works to safeguard habitats and species across the country, and Charles Tumwesigye, chief of conservation area management in the Uganda Wildlife Authority, have been selected as the 2013 winners of the National Geographic Society/Buffett Award for Leadership in Conservation. The award…

African Pangolins in Chinese Soup Bowls

Reports from the wildlife trade monitoring organization Traffic, African media outlets, and scholarly researchers point to well-developed trade in pangolins from African source countries to China.

Uganda’s Household Farmers Become Organic Exporters

The market for organic food and drink is estimated at U.S.$50 billion and growing by IFOAM, the global organization of organic trade. While much of that product demand originates in wealthy developed nations, it creates opportunity for developing countries like Uganda to build a sustainable export business that protects natural resources while boosting the economy through the creation of long-term green jobs.

Resolving the Riddle of Why the Zebra Has Stripes

Zebra stripes are among the most striking mammalian coat patterns. How these dramatic patterns are produced remains mysterious, as does their adaptive value. National Geographic grantee Brenda Larison is in the field in Africa to gain new insights about the evolution of zebra stripes.

Kony 2012: A New Video, and Lessons Learned

Invisible Children has released a new film in its Kony2012 campaign, one that, unlike its predecessor, puts the focus on the countries in central Africa where the murderous Lord’s Resistance Army is currently operating. The filmmakers clearly hope to make the most of the phenomenal reach of the first Kony2012 video, which has garnered more than 90 million views since it launched one month ago, and to address some of the fierce criticism the campaign attracted.

Kony 2012: A View from Northern Uganda

A former child soldier of the Lord’s Resistance Army responds to the clamor over Invisible Children and Kony 2012, the NGO’s campaign against Joseph Kony and the LRA.

Talking with Texts: How Cellphones Empower Deaf Children in Uganda

Kids text all the time – at school, on the bus, even when you’re trying to talk to them. It can be annoying. But imagine if a child couldn’t communicate at all – that’s when a mobile can become a lifeline. In some developing countries, children who are deaf don’t have access to special education,…