Namibia: The Big Empty part 1. This is a look at that Southern African country which is defined in large measure by its dramatic desert landscape. To set the big picture we start with aerials that give a sense of the vastness and variety of the Namib desert, and then move in for close ups on the life that survives in this arid environment. I talk about my visit to Namibia this week on my radio show National Geographic Weekend, and my trip to, “The Big Empty,” is also featured this month in my column in National Geographic Traveler.
Boyd Matson, in his work for National Geographic, has been bitten, scratched, or pooped on, and occasionally kissed by most of the creatures found at your local zoo. What he refers to as his job, others might describe as a career spent attending summer camp for adults. Currently Matson is the host of the weekly radio show, “National Geographic Weekend.” Conducting interviews from the studio and from the field, Matson connects with some of the greatest explorers and adventurers on the planet to transport listeners to the far corners of the world and to the hidden corners of their own backyards. Matson also writes about his experiencs in his monthly column, “Boyd Matson Unbound” for National Geographic Traveler magazine, produces videos for National Geographic.com, and serves as a spokesperson for the National Geographic Society.