National Geographic : 2012 Oct
NG CONNECT DESERT AIR To photograph the desert from above, George Steinmetz piloted a motorized paraglider. See his work at the National Geographic Museum; visit ngmuseum.org for details. • PHOTOS: PIONEER PRODUCTIONS HOUSE ; WES C. SKILES KENNY BROAD ; YOURI LENQUETTE GRUPO FANTASMA Every month this page features our staff picks of National Geographic Society products and events. For more go to nglive.org. Free Download of the Month Grupo Fantasma This Grammy Award-winning, ten-piece band is back with a new album recorded live in the members' hometown of Austin, Texas. Get a taste of their signature combination of salsa, cumbia, and mambo---which heats up against a backdrop of funk and jazz---by downloading a free song at natgeomusic.net/free. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ON TV Forecast: Disaster Whipping wind, floods, avalanches, and earthquakes take center stage in this National Geographic Chan- nel series. Find out what it takes to withstand weather at its worst as scientists simulate natural disasters and record their effects on specially constructed buildings (like this house in Toronto, left). Joplin, Mis- souri, residents contribute personal accounts of surviv- ing a catastrophic tornado. EXHIBIT ADVENTURES GET MOVING National Geographic Adventures offer extraordinary experiences at all activity levels. Travelers can kayak Alaska, hike Patagonia, ride a horse in Mongolia, or trek to Machu Picchu. Pick your trip at nationalgeographicadventures.com/travel. LECTURE PODCAST KENNY BROAD The environmental anthropologist (left) was named a National Geographic Explorer of the Year in 2011 for his daring explorations of submerged caves. Listen to his tales from the depths, and learn about his research on freshwater resources. For speaking dates in Canada and the U.S. go to nglive.org. BEHIND THE WORDS Our writers and editors take you inside their latest stories---including highlights from the field---on National Geographic's podcast. Subscribe for free in the iTunes store.