national geographic http://nhpr.org en Is Sochi Safe? http://nhpr.org/post/sochi-safe <p>While landing the 2014 Winter Olympic games was a crowning political achievement for Russian President Vladimir Putin, preparations for the Sochi games have not been so triumphant. With just three weeks until opening ceremonies, security officials are actively chasing down members of a terrorist group that has publicly threatened to disrupt the games. The seaside resort town of Sochi and neighboring sites of Olympic events have a long history of anti-government friction. Only a day’s drive from Chechnya, the region borders recently disputed territory with Georgia and was the site of an alleged genocide perpetrated by Russian Tsars in the 19<sup>th</sup> century. Our guest is <a href="http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2014/01/sochi-russia/dworzak-photography">writer Brett Forrest, he examined the landscape and geopolitics of the upcoming 2014 games in the January issue of National Geographic magazine</a>. Tue, 21 Jan 2014 18:43:07 +0000 Virginia Prescott 42180 at http://nhpr.org Is Sochi Safe? Tim Samaras Was Chasing More Than Just Tornadoes http://nhpr.org/post/tim-samaras-was-chasing-more-just-tornadoes <p>Veteran storm chaser <a href="http://thunderchase.com/" target="_blank"><strong>Tim Samaras</strong></a> was one of 14 people killed when tornadoes ripped through El Reno Oklahoma last Friday. Tim, his son Paul Samaras and their colleague, Carl Young, perished while trying to document the storm. Tornadoes weren’t the only elusive weather phenomenon Tim was chasing. Last summer, we spoke to him about a more painstaking quest…he spent six years and traveled tens of thousands of miles to try and capture a lightning strike in super-slow motion using a six-foot-tall, 1600 pound,&nbsp; cold war-era camera, <a href="http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2012/08/chasing-lightning/johnson-text" target="_blank">an endeavor profiled by National Geographic Magazine</a>.</p><p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 16:22:03 +0000 Virginia Prescott 28781 at http://nhpr.org Tim Samaras Was Chasing More Than Just Tornadoes Chasing Lightning http://nhpr.org/post/chasing-lightning <p><em>Produced with Emma Ruddock</em></p> Thu, 02 Aug 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Virginia Prescott 9925 at http://nhpr.org Chasing Lightning Where Slaves Ruled http://nhpr.org/post/where-slaves-ruled <p>A National Geographic story reveals the struggles of Brazil's quilombos.</p> Wed, 04 Apr 2012 15:55:30 +0000 Virginia Prescott 2926 at http://nhpr.org Where Slaves Ruled