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"Winter World" by Bernd Heinrich

How does a hummingbird survive in subzero winter temperatures? Why endure them at all? Author T.C. Boyle couldn’t understand why the small bird would be anywhere near his mountain writing retreat, but he found the answer in Bernd Heinrich’s “Winter World.”

A poison garden

Amy Stewart is a serious gardener with a side gig – writing about all the plants that could kill you.

Pick Your Poison
Air Dates:
  • June 29, 2019
  • October 13, 2018

Covert spies painting nerve agents on doorknobs? It's not the only way to poison someone. We hear stories of radioactive paint, formaldehyde-spiked baby formula, and a beautiful garden full of plants that could kill you.

Headphones in the city
Air Dates:
  • May 11, 2019
  • September 29, 2018

Cities can be cacophonous and loud, a chaos of sonic discord. If, that is, you don't really focus your listening. People who’ve trained their ears to hear urban soundscapes in new ways hear something different.

a single bee in a prairie

A poem by Emily Dickinson, read by Anne Strainchamps.

honey as a cure

A poem by Karina Borowicz, read by Stephanie Elkins.

honeybee

A poem by Naomi Shihab Nye, read by Peter Sobol.

Where Heather and the bees converse

A single empty yellow chair sits next to Heather Swan’s tall, buzzing beehive in her backyard in Madison, Wisconsin. Swan keeps it there to sit next to the bees — some 60,000 insects —and talk with them.

Detroit Hives

In many parts of Detroit, there are blighted, abandoned patches of land. Instead of looking the other way, Timothy Paule and Nicole Lindsey started buying up vacant lots and building bee hives as an act of urban renewal.

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