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 moments, the Twins arranged a sit-down interview with two other celebrity sisters—Amy and Raelyn Nelson—children of Willie…

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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 how making Hollywood blockbusters allows him follow his true passion of exploring and how becoming…

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Out of the Woods

By Boyd Matson Listen to Boyd’s interview with Andrea Turkalo, then subscribe to the National Geographic Weekend podcast. [audio:,|titles=Andrea Turkalo Part 1, Andrea Turkalo Part 2] To paraphrase an old saying, “You can’t see the elephants for the trees.”  That’s the problem for researchers trying to study forest elephants.  Despite being the size of an…

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Pygmy Pool Party

By Boyd Matson Listen to Boyd tell the tale of the pygmy pool party on National Geographic Weekend (3:50) [audio:|titles=Pygmy Pool Party] It’s not everyday you get invited to a pygmy pool party.  In fact, best as I can remember this is the only day in my life I’ve been privileged to attend such a special…

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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:|titles=Juan Martinez on…

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