For immediate release
December 18, 1998


Geographic Century Profiles Great Explorers
Yearlong Series on NPR'sŪ Morning Edition


Washington, DC - Robert E. Peary talks about his monumental 1909 trek to the North Pole, and Bob Ballard describes his discoveries of the Titanic and other shipwrecks in "Geographic Century," a special series spotlighting some of the greatest explorers of the 20th century, beginning Monday, January 4, 1999, on NPR's Morning Edition. "Geographic Century" comes from the NPR/National Geographic Society co-production, Radio Expeditions, a series that explores diverse cultures, the natural world, and threatened environments.

Broadcast on 40 Mondays throughout the year, the special series takes listeners from the earth's poles to the rain forest, under the sea to the top of Mt. Everest. Featuring actual voices of pioneers who made the century's key discoveries, coupled with the comments of outstanding present-day explorers, "Geographic Century" captures a remarkable century of exploration, its thrilling episodes of human daring, achievement and even tragedy. The series is hosted by NPR's Alex Chadwick.

Those profiled include such pioneers as primatologist Jane Goodall; Sir Edmund Hillary, the first person to reach the summit of Mt. Everest; Hiram Bingham, discoverer of the lost Inca city of Machu Picchu; and Sylvia Earle, a pioneer of human deep diving.

Funding for "Geographic Century" is provided by Lands' End Direct Merchants.

NPR, a membership organization of 604 public radio stations across America, is the producer and distributor of such noted programs as All Things Considered®, and NPR's Performance Today®, Jazz Profiles® and CarTalk®.