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Overheard at National Geographic

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Come dive into one of the curiously delightful conversations overheard at National Geographic’s headquarters, as we follow explorers, photographers, and scientists to the edges of our big, weird, beautiful world. Hosted by Peter Gwin and Amy Briggs.


The Soul of Music: Sampa The Great returns to her roots

This episode is part two of The Soul of Music—Overheard’s four-part series focusing on music, exploration, and Black history. Our guest this week is Sampa The Great, a Zambian-born rapper, singer, and songwriter. Sampa spent most of her childhood living in Botswana, and her music career took off in Australia; but when the pandemic hit, Sampa returned home to Zambia where she recorded her album As Above, So Below. This album sees Sampa shedding her mask and getting personal. Sampa is joined by Nat Geo Explorer and wildlife biologist Danielle Lee to discuss inspiration through history, the power of language, and mental health therapy through nature.

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Learn more about Sampa The Great at her website You can follow her on Twitter or Instagram @Sampa_the_Great.

Learn more about Danielle Lee at her website Follow her on Twitter or Instagram at @DNLee5.

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Listen to an in-depth interview with Danielle Lee in the Overheard episode “The Wonders of Urban Wildlife.”

Zambia is home to the impressive Victoria Falls. Learn how you can visit the waterfall in this Nat Geo article

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