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  Electa “Exy” Johnson’s love for the sea began in college when she boarded a schooner and sailed around France. On that voyage she met a crew member who became her future husband, Irving Johnson. After their marriage in 1933, the pair took up the life of sailing and would create a crew of enthusiastic…

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Although history is often talked about as something as objective as mathematics, it, like beauty, is often in the eye of the beholder. That historic events happened is perhaps the only thing semi-consistent across cultures; but how these events were experienced and are perceived can be drastically different depending on where you happen to be…

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I’m sitting in a shared taxi en route to Talas, the region to the west of Bishkek. The sun is descending and night is falling. The inside of the taxi is dark – the only light coming from the small screen hanging from the roof playing Russian pop music videos. All I can see outside…

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One hundred and fifty years ago, the United States was locked in a bloody civil war. September 19th and 20th, 1863 saw nearly 35,000 men fall at the Battle of Chickamauga, in northern Georgia. This blight on the United States’ unity has faded into the past for many Americans, but for those living in towns surrounded…

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Every week, embark with host Boyd Matson on an exploration of the latest discoveries and interviews with some of the most fascinating people on the planet, on National Geographic Weekend. Please check listings near you to find the best way to listen to National Geographic Weekend on radio, or listen below! Hour 1 Sarah and Eric McNair-Landry are a sibling duo who have crossed…

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Europe’s Stone Age settlers migrated in waves that replaced older hunter-gatherer cultures, suggests a study that looks at European DNA, both ancient and modern. The results reported in the journal, Science, answer questions about the peopling of modern-day Europe. Some of our ancestors hunted wild animals and gathered plants to survive, while others were discovering agriculture, and…

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Suspended from the dome of the Pantheon in Paris in 1851, the pendulum designed by Léon Foucault was a first demonstration of the Earth’s rotation. Today it is the subject of a Google Doodle honoring the French physicist and his invention. The original Foucault’s Pendulum consisted of a steel ball hung 22 feet (6.7 meters)…

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Suspended from the dome of the Pantheon in Paris in 1851, the pendulum designed by Léon Foucault was a first demonstration of the Earth’s rotation. Today it is the subject of a Google Doodle honoring the French physicist and his invention. The original Foucault’s Pendulum consisted of a steel ball hung 22 feet (6.7 meters)…

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National Geographic Young Explorers Charu Jaiswal, Sarah Robert and Jenny Miller are embarking on a one-month expedition to Alaska to document food scarcity and a revival of hunting and gathering among young people. Follow team’s updates from the field on Explorers Journal. —— Welcome to our humble abode in Nome, where we’ll be staying for a…

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National Geographic Young Explorers Charu Jaiswal, Sarah Robert and Jenny Miller are embarking on a one-month expedition to Alaska to document food scarcity and a revival of hunting and gathering among young people. Follow team’s updates from the field on Explorers Journal. —— Welcome to our humble abode in Nome, where we’ll be staying for a…

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