Talking with Erik Weihenmayer about the way he lives his life, and helps others live theirs, is beyond inspirational.
Weihenmayer astounded the world when he became the first, and only, blind person to climb Mount Everest. He’s also the only blind person to climb the Seven Summits, the tallest peaks on each continent.
And as if that wasn’t enough, along the way he took blind Nepalese teenagers climbing, and helped navigate injured soldiers through the mountains.
Also today: In just 50 years, the number of lions on our planet dropped from 450,000 to 20,000. Who better to shed light on this than the Jouberts, back from Botswana, just in time for Big Cat Week.
Derek and Beverly Joubert are award-winning filmmakers who have been National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence for more than four years. They helped establish the Big Cats Initiative with National Geographic to raise awareness and halt the decline of these magnificent mammals. This year’s Big Cat Week features their latest film, Soul of the Cat, which takes an in-depth look at how domestic cats and their wild cousins are as alike as they are different.
Antarctica is the least explored, least understood continent on earth. Ari Friedlaender has worked there since 1997, where his ecological research program has led to many important discoveries about whales. Ari is featured in National Geographic Channel’s Continent 7.
As 2016 draws to a close and we look forward to what 2017 will bring, Vicki takes a look at holiday traditions from around the globe!
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Combining history, psychology and anthropology, Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging by award-winning journalist Sebastian Junger focuses specifically on the problem American veterans and American society faces today — the breakdown of our communities and our “Tribe.”
National Geographic Explorer correspondent Justin Hall ventures into Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo for a candid look at a region in conflict over the park’s valuable but endangered natural resources inThe Battle for Virunga.
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Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging by award-winning journalist Sebastian Junger explores what we can learn from tribal societies about loyalty, belonging, and the eternal human quest for meaning. It explains the irony that—for many veterans as well as civilians—war feels better than peace, adversity can turn out to be a blessing, and disasters are sometimes remembered more fondly than weddings or tropical vacations. Perhaps most importantly, it explains why we are stronger when we come together, and how that can be achieved even in today’s divided world. Sebastian is a New York Times Bestselling author, award-winning journalist, a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and a special correspondent at ABC News. He has covered major international news stories around the world, and has received both a National Magazine Award and a Peabody Award.
In terms of natural resources, the Democratic Republic of the Congo is one of the wealthiest nations in the world. Yet, over 50 percent of the country’s population lives on less than $1.25 per day. For the 4 million desperately poor residents living in and around Virunga National Park, the park’s borders are an arbitrary distinction, and conservation is just another term for the rich and powerful taking the best for themselves. Armed militias also use the park and its vast resources as a means of power in an ongoing and bloody regional conflict. In The Battle for Virunga National Geographic Explorer correspondent Justin Hall ventures into Virunga to meet park director Emmanuelle de Merode and veteran park ranger Innocent Mburanumwe for a candid interview about the rebel groups and militias roaming the park’s jungles, the slaughter of the park’s protected species, the Western oil giants seeking to extract the park’s vast resources and the park rangers who have been murdered in the line of duty.
Could you imagine a world without Giant Pandas? It’s estimated there are only 1,600 of these magnificent mammals roaming wild, and China is racing to save them from extinction. Photographer Ami Vitale joins Vicki to share highlights from the premiere episode of National Geographic WILD’s new series, Panda Babies: Mission Critical — featuring three maternity centers leading the way in raising and releasing pandas into the wild.
New York Times bestseller Carla Neggers returns today to discuss the sixth installment in the celebrated “Sharpe & Donovan” series, Liar’s Key. With settings in the US and Ireland, Liar’s Key delivers an international flair and Reader to Reader calls it a “suspenseful, fast-moving thriller filled with plot twists and excitement to the delightful conclusion.”
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For an estimated 8 million years, Giant Pandas have been a part of the Chinese countryside, and with their numbers dwindling fast, the Chinese government is racing to keep them from the brink of extinction. Photographer Ami Vitale was on the front lines of this effort as a part of the premiere episode of National Geographic WILD’snew series, Panda Babies: Mission Critical. She shares her experiences, including some of the unique methods in getting Pandas to procreate (which are not limited to Panda porn and Panda sex toys), and some surprising facts about Panda babies. In addition to her work with National Geographic, Ami is a Nikon Ambassador who’s lived in mud huts and war zones, contracted malaria, and donned a panda suit—all in keeping with her philosophy of “living the story.
Carla Neggers latest work in the “Sharpe & Donovan” series, Liar’s Key, is a thriller that hooks readers instantly with a fast-paced narrative involving whirlwind travel, a nemesis art thief and a mysterious death. Carla is the bestselling author of more than 60 novels of suspense and contemporary romance. Her popular “Sharpe & Donovan” and “Swift River Valley” series have been sold in more than 30 countries and translated into 24 languages. A world traveler herself, she lives with her family in New England.