National Geographic Live!

The Gazette is pleased to bring the National Geographic Live speaker series to the Paramount Theatre in 2018. Bringing exploration to life, National Geographic Live brings in some of the nation’s top photographers to showcase and enlighten audiences on their stories and experiences. Three speakers will be featured throughout 2018, each covering a different topic. Tickets are available for individual speakers or receive a reduced price by attending all three speakers.


Kenny Broad will be the first speaker to join us in Cedar Rapids, on Thursday, April 26th. Enjoy exploring the depths of the ocean in his program titled “Extreme Cave Diving: Exploring the Bahamas’ Blue Holes.” Broad, National Geographic’s 2011 Explorer of the Year, is also an accomplished cave diver. He pursues this extreme avocation not for sport but to gain valuable insights. Doubling as a recognized, and quite funny, environmental anthropologist, Broad uses his research to solve problems of climate change and freshwater resource management. Join him for a fantastic voyage into the beautiful but dangerous “blue holes” of the Bahamas – a potential treasure trove of scientific knowledge, captured in incredible images and video.


On Thursday, July 12th, Steve Winter will take us in to the wild with his program titled “On the Trail of Big Cats: Tigers, Cougars, and Snow Leopards.” A determined explorer, Winter will lead you from Asian jungles where resilient tiger populations persist, to the Himalayas, home of the rare snow leopard. Follow him into the rainforests of Latin America to view the elusive jaguar – and to Hollywood in pursuit of the North American cougar. He’ll share both dangerous and lighter moments: from getting stuck in quicksand to mishaps with remote-controlled cameras. Co-author of a National Geographic book Tigers Forever, Winter’s mission is to share the beauty of big cats while working to save them.


The final speaker, Kobie Boykins, joins us on Thursday, September 27th and takes us to outer space in his program titled “Exploring Mars”. NASA mechanical engineer Boykins is intimately involved with Mars. As supervisor of the mobility and remote sensing teams for the rover Curiosity, Boykins has monitored headline-making studies, including proof of the former presence of water on Mars indicating that the red planet could have supported life. Join Boykins, winner of a NASA Exceptional Service Medal, as he shares his boundless enthusiasm for unraveling the mysteries of outer space and recounts the latest exciting chapter of Mars exploration.


National Geographic Live is the live events division of the National Geographic Partners. With a broad roster of talent including renowned photographers, scientists, authors, filmmakers and adventurers, National Geographic Live’s critically acclaimed programs have connected with audiences worldwide for over a century. Currently, National Geographic Live events are held in 32 cities around the world, reaches over 200,000 people with 250 live events per year. In each of these cities, speakers share behind-the-scenes stories from the front lines of exploration on stage alongside stunning imagery and gripping footage. For more information, visit


What:      National Geographic Live! 2018 Speaker Series


When:     Thursday           April 26                7:30 p.m.

               Thursday           July 12                 7:30 p.m.

               Thursday           September 27      7:30 p.m.               


Where:    Paramount Theatre

               123 3rd Ave SE

               Cedar Rapids, IA 52401


Individual show tickets: $30.00, $35.00, and $40.00. Student tickets are $20 with valid school ID. Ticket prices include a $4.00 facility fee. Additional fees and special offers may apply.


Season tickets: $75.00, $90.00, and $105.00. Ticket prices include a $4.00 facility fee. Additional fees and special offers may apply.


Tickets are available at the Paramount Theatre Box Office, or by phone at 319-366-8203.



FOR MEDIA ONLY: Advance phone interviews and in-studio interviews available. Contact to schedule. Photography and b-roll available upon request.


Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact Kelly Buchanan ( for more information.




About National Geographic Partners LLC:


National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 129 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit or and find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramGoogle+YouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.



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