Benjamin Shaw

Willie Nelson’s Family & Friends Talk Animals

Contributing Editor Dr. Jordan Schaul recently asked the world famous, celebrity models and animal activists—the Barbi Twins—to find out how some of their celebrity friends are using their clout to help animals around the world.  Within a few ...

Tiger Safari

Here’s a hard to believe statistic, by some esitmates there are more tigers in captivity in the state of Texas than there are tigers roaming free in the wild in all of Asia.  There’s no debating the fact ...

Eye to Eye with a Humpback

By Boyd Matson One of the benefits of being in the water with humpback whales is that it makes me appear svelte by comparison.  That’s not the primary reason I’m snorkeling with humpbacks in the waters of the ...

Head-butting Elephants at Sabi Sabi

By Boyd Matson Showing off for the girls, pushing and shoving, picking fights, refusing to listen to their mothers, I could be describing teenage boys, but in this case I’m talking teenage male elephants.  Sometimes it’s hard to ...

Bob Ballard Undersea Explorer

By Boyd Matson Bob Ballard, National Geographic Explorer in Residence, has made same amazing undersea discoveries in his career, finding the Titanic, the Bismark, PT 109, and numerous other famous ships once lost to the oceans, but he has never had ...

Lion Cubs Celebrate 1 year

Big cats are a passion of ours here at National Geographic. The Big Cat Initiative is working to save lions, tigers, leopards, cheetahs, and jaguars. You can help too, through the Cause an Uproar campaign. Recently, National Geographic Weekend radio ...

Poop Spitting Competition

By Boyd Matson “Trust me on this one kids, spitting impala poop is really an honest to goodness game in South Africa.”  As might be expected I had a little trouble at first trying to convince the 15 kids with me ...

Looking for Life on Europa

At first glance Europa, Jupiter’s fourth largest moon, may not seem like the most likely place to find extraterrestrial life. The temperature is regularly -260 degrees Fahrenheit. Its surface is covered in a layer of ice several miles thick. ...

It’s Like Coming Home, Says James Cameron

  Filmmaker and alternative-energy proponent James Cameron, who along with marine ecologist Enric Sala, is a new National Geographic Explorer in Residence, sat down with Boyd Matson for an interview on the National Geographic Weekend radio program. Cameron tells Boyd ...

Out of the Woods

By Boyd Matson Listen to Boyd’s interview with Andrea Turkalo, then subscribe to the National Geographic Weekend podcast. [audio:http://images.nationalgeographic.com/wpf/media-content/audio/ngwkd1125-hour1_seg1-cb1308333029.mp3,http://images.nationalgeographic.com/wpf/media-content/audio/ngwkd1125...

Pygmy Pool Party: The Movie

By Boyd Matson If you get a chance to go to a pygmy pool party don’t miss it.  The Ba’Aka or pygmies as they are commonly called can put on quite the show.  In a kind of water ...

Pygmy Pool Party

By Boyd Matson Listen to Boyd tell the tale of the pygmy pool party on National Geographic Weekend (3:50) [audio:http://images.nationalgeographic.com/wpf/media-content/audio/ngwkd1123-hour2_seg5-cb1307044290.mp3|titles=Pygmy Pool Party] It’s not everyday you ...

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, ...