Award-winning filmmakers and National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence Dereck and Beverly Joubert set out 30 years ago on a quest to get close to big cats. Big Cat Odyssey chronicles their meticulous work over three decades of filming, photographing and documenting the behavior of big cat species in Botswana. They follow lions and leopards through Africa’s harshest climatic extremes, gaining unprecedented access and catching some of the most extreme cat sequences ever filmed.

Dereck and Beverly Joubert have been filming, researching, and exploring in Africa for more than 25 years. Their coverage of unique predator behavior has resulted in 22 films, 10 books, six scientific papers and many articles for National Geographic magazine. This body of work has resulted in five Emmys, a Peabody, the World Ecology Award and the recent induction into the American Academy of Achievement. Beverly Joubert is also an acclaimed photographer, and many of her photographs have appeared in National Geographic magazine. Filmmaking for them has always been a way to bring the message of conservation to audiences, and it is estimated that one of their films, “Eternal Enemies,” has been seen by over a billion viewers. “

“We no longer have the luxury of time when it comes to big cats,” says Dereck. “They are in such a downward spiral that if we hesitate now, we will be responsible for extinctions across the globe. If there was ever a time to take action, it is now.”

Today, Vicki also talks with Dr. Lon Jones about his new book No More Allergies. Dr. Jones, now retired after 30 years of clinical practice, focused his career around preventative medicine and is internationally known for his work with nasal xylitol in the upper airways.

And finally, we hear from Freeman Hall, author of Retail Hell, who shares his experiences and dishes about some defense tactics for the holiday shopping season!

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