The Bee Show

July 15, 2012
(was 08.28.2011)

Bees are responsible for forty percent of the food we put in our mouths.  It sounds astonishing, but without bees, we could find ourselves facing food shortages and a collapse of the green and flowered world.  In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge,  a peek inside the world of bees, from the once-in-a-lifetime mating flight of the queen bee to the California almond agri-business, where most of the bees in North America go to work.  And, the poetry of bees. 

  1. Taggart Siegel & Jon Betz on their documentary "Queen of the Sun"

    Filmmakers Jon Betz and Taggart Siegel talk about their documentary "Queen of the Sun:  What are the Bees Telling Us?"

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  2. Erin Clune on Urban Beekeeping

    Erin Clune is a reporter for Wisconsin Public Radio and a blogger.  She visits the hives of  urban beekeeper Bob Falk from Madison, Wisconsin.

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  3. Catherine Jagoe reads a poem about honey and bees

    Poet Catherine Jagoe shares her poem about bees and honey.

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  4. Pattiann Rogers on Bee Poetry

    Pattiann Rogers is a celebrated essayist and poet.  She's won numerous awards and is the author of fourteen books.  She shares some of her favorite bee poems with Anne Strainchamps.

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  5. Hugh Raffles on Bee behavior and the work of Karl von Frisch

    Anthropologist Hugh Raffles talks about the work of celebrated bee biologist Karl von Frisch and the remarkable ways bees reach consensus.

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  6. Justin O. Schmidt on the Schmidt Sting Pain Index

    Justin O. Schmidt is a research biologist and professor at the University of Arizona School of Entomology.  He's the creator of Schmidt Sting Pain Index.

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