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National Geographic

Environment, Travel & Adventure

OCT 22: National Geographic’s Cara Santa Maria & #1 NYT Bestseller Karen Kingsbury

Unleash your inner scientist!  Today’s show is going to be filled with fun facts like how chameleons change color, the science behind addiction, and how the polar jet stream works.  National Geographic’s Almanac 2019 also reviews top travel trends, new explorations and recent discoveries.  National Geographic Explorer correspondent Cara Santa Maria joins Vicki today to discuss all that and more!

Cara is an award-winning science journalist and creator and host of the popular science podcast Talk Nerdy.  She is also a correspondent on Netflix’s Bill Nye Saves the World.

Karen Kingsbury has a huge following with more than 50 books in print, and several in movie format. She’s a #1 New York Times bestselling author and describes herself as “an Evangelist wrapped up as a novelist”.

How did she go from LA Times sports-writer to true-crime author to “Queen of Christian Fiction”? What significant turning points in her life led to spiritually-guided storytelling success? And why did she create a new, standalone book based on two of the Baxter-series’ characters?

Join us to find out and get a sneak preview of When We Were Young, a story of troubling issues around social media obsession ( … as usual with Karen’s books, you might want a box of tissues handy!).

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Conservation, Environment, Humor, Non Fiction, Travel & Adventure, Women's Issues

MAR 19: National Geographic’s Birds of the Photo Ark & In the Praise of Difficult Women

Noah Strycker joins Vicki to discuss his work with renowned photographer Joel Sartore in Birds of the Photo Ark … a beautiful keepsake book published by National Geographic to celebrate “The Year of the Bird”.  In 2015, Noah set a world record by traveling to 41 countries and documenting 6,042 bird species. But it’s not just about monitoring and counting the number of species, he says, it’s as much about adventure and how travel expands your outlook on life.

Noah is a writer, photographer, bird man, and four-time author, including Birds of the Photo Ark. As an on-board ornithologist for expeditions to Antarctica and the high Arctic, he has traveled to Earth’s polar regions more than 30 times.

Joel is an award-winning photographer, speaker, author, teacher, conservationist, National Geographic fellow, and regular contributor to National Geographic magazine. He specializes in documenting endangered species and landscapes around the world. 

Also today, fellow National Geographic writer Karen Karbo joins us to discuss her latest book, In the Praise of Difficult Women: Life Lessons from 29 Heroines who Dared to Break the Rules.  From Frida Kahlo and Elizabeth Taylor to Nora Ephron, Carrie Fisher, and Lena Dunham, this witty narrative explores what we can learn from the imperfect and extraordinary legacies of 29 iconic women who forged their own unique paths in the world.

Karen has supported herself as a writer since the days when novels were saved on floppy discs and manuscripts were copied at Kinkos and FedExed overnight to New York editors.  She is the author of multiple novels, works of creative non-fiction, and a memoir.

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Conservation, Environment, Inspirational, Memoir

Feb 20: 1] NATGEO Soul of the Cat 2] No Barriers

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.

Today, he shares stories from his memoir,  No Barriers: A Blind Man’s Journey to Kayak the Grand Canyon — an inspirational odyssey through Ecuador and Peru, to Nepal and Tibet. Weihenmayer embodies the motto of his organization, No Barriers: “What’s in You is Greater than What’s in Your Way.”

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.

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Environment, Inspirational, Personal Development

Sep 05: 1] Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging 2] The Battle for Virunga

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 in The Battle for Virunga.

Happy Labor Day from Conversations Live with Vicki St. Clair! Enjoy this encore broadcast, Vicki returns live next week!

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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.

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Business, Career

Jul 11: 1] Strategy That Works 2] 125 Wacky Roadside Attractions

Strategy That Works: Insights From Successful Companies That Are Gaining A Competitive Edge explores the question of how to close the gap between strategy and successful results. Author Paul Leinwand demonstrates how some of the best companies in the world consistently leap ahead of their competitors.

Going on a road trip? An underwater mailbox, goats on the roof, walls of gum, a UFO museum, a hotel where you sleep in an igloo, a crazy beard festival, and so much more is packed into Kitson Jazynka’s National Geographic Kids: 125 Wacky Roadside Attractions: See All The Weird, Wonderful, and Downright Bizarre Landmarks From Around The World.

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Strategy That Works: Insights From Successful Companies That Are Gaining A Competitive Edge by Paul Leinwand uses new research to reveal five practices for connecting strategy and execution used by highly successful enterprises such as IKEA, Natura, Danaher, Haier, and Lego. Packed with tools executives can use for building these five practices into their organization, it is a powerful guide to connecting where enterprises aim to go and what they can accomplish. Paul is a principal with PwC US, advising clients on the topic of strategy, growth, and capability building, with a focus on the consumer product and retail sectors. He is the Co-Author of two books and currently teaches at Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management as an Adjunct Professor of Strategy.

National Geographic Kids: 125 Wacky Roadside Attractions: See All The Weird, Wonderful, and Downright Bizarre Landmarks From Around The World by Kitson Jazynka exposes the silly side of travel as you explore the wackiest landmarks from around the world — you won’t believe our world is full of so many bizarre and wonderful places. Kitson writes for National Geographic Children’s Books. When she’s not working, she loves a good road trip with her husband and their two sons — and usually a dog or two. The group have traversed thousands of miles around the U.S.

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