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Lisa Ling got the job of her dreams she became a correspondent for National Geographic documentary series explore.
The longest running -- series in history of cable TV it's now in its 25 -- already on the air.
-- -- his lab with us from Washington DC.
Lisa welcome back we'll talk about the incredible -- series in a moment young lady.
-- that I hearken back to your roots your conversational -- when you were on the view can we talk about some topics.
Yes let's talk all right let's start with adoption.
You know this story Lisa has been in news last couple of days this Russian adoption case this mom -- -- Tennessee.
Has this child for six months from Russia decides that he's done ruling and send -- back on an airplane by himself.
Now she actually face charges we think about the whole thing.
I think it's an an unfortunate situation for all parties involved and I really just wanna know more when I first heard that site I want it to -- that the details behind it I mean I think that.
Regardless of what the child may have been like I think it was pretty negligent behavior to just put them all -- on the plane by himself.
-- evidently the grandmother played a role she was much more active in the mom herself she's a wanna make sure that strip was actually pulled off.
But in the long run I was shocked that this has become an international incident where you.
I'm not surprised me when a child is not involved you you have to expect that people are going to want to interject opinions and it is.
Unfortunate for parents who are awaiting adoption from Russia I mean -- people who have been waiting for years.
To adopt and child from from internationally and I think that this has has called a lot of issues into question and it's really tragic for them and.
But who you know common -- at least sound on the fact that she put that the child on the airplane I think with no money -- little money and -- them percent of the kid away and it's terrible right -- did.
It is it is an and it's a shame that she didn't solicit advice from people in her community -- -- to put put -- child.
On an airplane a young child a foreign child.
That that probably had a difficult time interacting with people on the plane was.
And we did it just sounds that pretty irresponsible right -- yet on experience -- that because you did that amazing one of your National Geographic things was at the adoptions in China where you mean you reunited families for the first time.
Let's move onto our next topic because in New Jersey -- -- you've heard about this or not but -- heard there's a big dust up.
A -- one elementary school making it mandatory that all kids dress up like women to honor women's history month.
And so they sent home -- particular pictures of women's fashions through the years and most of them they were in -- Which meant that the little boys would have to put on skirts without bag pipes yet.
And don't let me say this morning he says isn't there another way to honor women's history month other than by fashion.
Well I'm sure I I I would venture to guess that the teacher didn't have any malicious intentions and really just wanted.
That would -- boys to probably didn't want to understand better what is it so like for women and I I I think that she just probably made it made a mistake in doing that and it seems to have.
Outraged some some parents are upset them but what -- -- Nine year old kids get that -- -- and -- words.
Right I mean I I think it's sort of -- important actually for for kids to understand what the other.
Gender experiences -- -- their challenges on both sides I just think it was a mistaken I think that teacher probably realize that what and.
So they they machine -- -- it is part of the great accuracy -- and we made a mistake birds and have a little fun with -- -- -- -- part of the great.
-- mandating it that was kind of strange but -- this these -- it's probably difficult to get kids to -- hurl vitriol and -- Manning and yeah my kids school is a big thing right it was pretty fun right right yeah it part of hey bill you don't look like a real -- -- you've got to see.
-- can -- no Wilkens elementary school the superintendent has since it seemed to have apologize about the misunderstand.
Let's talk about you're a documentary that's coming out that you're going to be the host of -- 25 years it airs Monday this coming Monday 9 PM.
On the National Geographic channel can expect to see.
And it's really beautiful two hour retrospective and I got a chance to see an early preview and I'm just so proud to have been part of this franchise -- mean.
Few country a few shows can claim to have covered 2000.
Documentaries and and span the globe and that so many times over and the images that you see the stories that we tell are really unlike.
Any any other shallow and and these days when we're so bombarded with so much media.
I really proud of the fact that this is show that.
I think we'll not only entertain you but it will completely -- you you'll see things that you would never otherwise get a chance to see before what.
We hope but will it will happen is people have -- these mini adventures in this two hour special.
So let let's talk about -- -- -- we'll see we're gonna see.
But some news stories from from North America -- going to be talk about female suicide bombers in this going to be a real cross section.
It is but we're also going to had taken with a look at.
But do you remember that that the photograph of the Afghan girl that was taken when she was a little girl -- National Geographic after our.
9/11 went back to find -- which I think was extraordinary mean that images -- this just leaves in.
In the minds of so many people and so many of the stories.
Behind the stories.
That the that the discovery of the world's smallest the lemur and navigate Madagascar r.s one it was fun.
I I made a trip to North Korea in 2007 this was before my sister was.
Was taken captive in it was a rare look at at that country's crippled health care system.
Tenet was at the highlight for you Lisa looking back over the 25 years at least you're you're part in and you did the North Korean experience.
It was certainly one of them I mean it was it was a trip that that I always one to take because it's considered the most secretive place in the world but frankly it's it's a it's a government but I never thought I'd ever have to deal with -- after I left that country.
I would never wanna do your expense report -- that travel meanwhile yeah.
I had just get your take on kitty Kelly's gonna be coming up shortly talking about -- Oprah Winfrey book a lot of people won't touch it which we know about it since you know for.
Well as someone who who works for Oprah and has has known her for years I actually find it pretty.
Reprehensible that someone or -- I don't know why someone would wanna spend that career wanting to -- someone who does -- much good.
Down and and I will say that.
Oprah has hundreds and hundreds of people working for her and she's an incredible box.
And has incredible intentions and and for me it's been an honor to work for someone who truly.
Has the intention of elevating humanity and and I can't say that for Kate Kelly.
But she's gonna be our guest just moments away and then in the spirit of fair and balanced were lucky to have your point of view before she comes on Lisa Ling and good luck on your.
National Geographic special explore 25 years Monday night I was great to talk to you.
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