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Jalapeño Seeds Change Everything

When 2011 National Geographic Emerging Explorer Juan Martinez was growing up in South Central Los Angeles, he never imagined he’d be working to change an entire generation’s relationship with nature. But as Martinez tells Boyd Matson on NG Weekend, a few jalapeño seeds changed his life. Listen to an interview with Martinez (9:00) [audio:http://images.nationalgeographic.com/wpf/media-content/audio/ngwkd1122-hour1_seg2-cb1306412430.mp3|titles=Juan Martinez on...

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When 2011 National Geographic Emerging Explorer Juan Martinez was growing up in South Central Los Angeles, he never imagined he’d be working to change an entire generation’s relationship with nature. But as Martinez tells Boyd Matson on NG Weekend, a few jalapeño seeds changed his life.

Listen to an interview with Martinez (9:00)
[audio:http://images.nationalgeographic.com/wpf/media-content/audio/ngwkd1122-hour1_seg2-cb1306412430.mp3|titles=Juan Martinez on NG Weekend]

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Benjamin Shaw
Benjamin Shaw produces the weekly radio program National Geographic Weekend with host Boyd Matson. Hear it on on XM/Sirius satellite radio (XM channel 133 Sundays at noon), subscribe to the iTunes podcast, or get the show streamed to your iPhone, Blackberry, Palm, or Android OS phone with Stitcher Radio.