WASHINGTON (Sept. 18, 2006)–National Geographic audio and video podcasts now make it possible for students and teachers to experience an African safari, catch the week’s top science and nature news stories and listen to interviews and songs of world music stars. Available for free download at www.nationalgeographic.com/podcasts as well as on iTunes and Yahoo!, the first offering of podcasts aims to inspire audiences to care about the planet by tapping into a wide range of newly produced and existing content from National Geographic.

“Podcasting is the ultimate tool for learning about the world,” said Betsy Scolnik, vice president, content operations, National Geographic Digital Media. “It makes it easy for everyone–from students and teachers looking for study resources, to armchair travelers to on-the-go adventurers–to access great stories through video, audio, music and still photos. National Geographic’s podcasts build on more than a century of exploration. The lively topics and engaging sights and sounds captivate audiences of all generations.”

Free audio podcasts from National Geographic include:

*National Geographic News–The week’s top science and nature news, world music features, interviews with innovators, audio quizzes and a “Photos on the Radio” feature

*Afropop Worldwide–Lively, in-depth reports on the music and culture of Africa and the Americas and their transatlantic connections

*Traveler Magazine’s “50 Walks of a Lifetime”–Some of the greatest walking tours, including San Francisco, Tribeca (NY), Paris and Venice, selected by editors of National Geographic Traveler and narrated by radio and television travel authority Rudy Maxa

*National Geographic World Talk–Interviews with the world’s most compelling scientists, explorers, photographers and thinkers

*The Best of National Geographic Magazine–The best of 118 years of adventure, cultures and creature features, including the award-winning Sights & Sounds

*National Geographic Minutes –Minute-long reports on nature and science

Free video podcasts include:

*Wild Chronicles–Rare access to unknown places and in-depth reporting from the public television series “Wild Chronicles,” hosted by Boyd Matson and made possible by National Geographic Mission Programs and Lindblad Expeditions and presented by WLIW New York

*National Geographic Video Shorts–Videos from National Geographic, including “Mysteries of Lost Civilizations,” “The World’s Most Unusual Foods,” “Extreme Healing,” “The World’s Toughest Jobs” and spotlights on countries around the world

*National Geographic Atmosphere–Features video with ambient sound that exposes users to exotic settings and locations

*National Geographic Spotlight–Featuring one-on-one interviews with superstars from around the globe. From Brazilian crooners to Senegalese superstars, Spotlight lets the musicians speak for themselves.

National Geographic Digital Media (NGDM) is part of National Geographic Ventures, the wholly owned, taxable subsidiary of the National Geographic Society, one of the world’s largest educational and scientific nonprofit organizations. NGDM publishes Nationalgeographic.com; manages marketing and content partnerships across broadband, mobile, gaming, and other consumer digital platforms; and provides video and film footage to commercial, theatrical, education and other digital footage markets.

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