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Headhunters and Venomous Birds: Lawrence Blair's adventures of Indonesia

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Lawrence Blair has been an explorer for the past 35 years and is best known for his highly acclaimed TV series, Ring of Fire, which documented he and his late brother's 10-year odyssey throughout the Indonesian Islands-- an exploration that has made the annals of history. 

In the 35th episode of SRO Conversations, Lawrence gives us an intimate view of his travels -- including his encounters with the Asmat peoples, who he says are given both the "distinction of cannibals and head hunters"; the discovery of Homo floresiensis on the island of Flores; the discovery of novel species-- from a venomous bird to a vampire moth; and how the loss of animist religions and imposition other religions has led to the destruction of the Indonesia ecosystems. 

When asked if he feels as if he has sufficiently explored Indonesia he remarks, "I've only been exploring for 35 years. It would take lifetimes!" Listen to his tales of Indonesia and where he wants Richard Branson to travel to.

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(This episode will be the second of five final podcasts before a major revamp of SRO Conversations. Stay tuned for more details).

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