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Botswana Then & Now: 20th Anniversary Trip

  To paraphrase the Beatles, It was 20 yrs. ago today that the Jourberts taught me to play…. in Botswana.  It was my 1st trip for National Geographic and the film camp for Dereck & Beverly Joubert in Botswana was my first stop.  They introduced me to their neighbors, some of Africa’s most famous wildlife, […]

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USO Rocks Iraq with Kid Rock

  When I boarded the C130 in Kuwait headed for Saddam Hussein airport in Baghdad I had no idea I was heading to one of the most memorable concerts I would ever attend.  None of the entertainers on the plane with me who were part of a USO tour had any what was about to […]

Andrae Crouch Gospel Medley-home movies

  Andrae Crouch was one of the most gifted songwriters and performers I’ve every met. And in reporting on the music business for a few years at the Today Show I met a lot of musicians.  We were also good friends for decades and often when a group of us would get together we’d challenge […]

The Miracle of the Jesus Bird

  The Jesus Bird performs a miracle & it’s not walking on water, although that apparent skill earned the African Jacana its nickname.  As I was filming these birds one hot afternoon in Botswana I though the miracle I need is for these birds to turn this water into wine or at a minimum turn […]

Dog Paddling Cats

You can lead a cat to water, but can you make him swim? Well when swimming is the only way to get to their next meal some big cats in Botswana have adapted to the life aquatic. Having once tried to give my cat a bath, I have the scratch marks to prove most cats […]

Baby Elephant Walk

In spite of the old saying, not everyone has to learn to crawl before they walk. In fact if you’re a newborn elephant you’re expected to hit the ground running or at least staggering fast enough to keep up with the herd. Here’s some video I shot in #Botswana of a baby elephant, just a […]

Among the Sugar Pines: Ethan Johns

  Ethan Johns stopped by National Geographic to talk about his new album and sing a couple of the songs.  This is one of the tunes, “Among the Sugar Pines”.  The interview runs this weekend on my radio show National Geographic Weekend.  Johns is also a recording engineer and music producer like his father Glyn […]