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John Ascher

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Entomologist John Ascher, the senior project manager of the Bee Database in the American Museum of Natural History's department of invertebrate zoology, talked about all things bees, honey bees, wild bees and how they’re faring on the Brian Lehrer Show, 6/02/08

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Vanessa Merton

Dear Brian, as an almost obsessive listener to your show, I must tell you that this segment -- "Bee All" [why not "Bee In"?] -- is the single funniest interview that you have ever done. I thought I would lose my lunch right there in the car as you took in John's and Roger's hyper-enthused responses to your final question. And I've never heard you repeat the answers of a guest with such frank skepticism. Nor have I ever heard from you "ummmm . . . well . . . all right . . . so . . . " Gradually it seemed to sink in that, oops, there was just no story here. "News media, just get over it!" Oh god, it was truly hilarious, all the more because you neither intended nor wished it so. "What do all these swarms tell us?" "Well, actually, nothing" [the answer, in essence]. Stop the presses: "Right downstairs, here in lower Manhattan, across from City Hall: there are . . . bumblebees!" Although you did uncover the little-known scandal that these bee-keepers are actually keeping unlicensed dangerous beasties, in stark violation of NYC law . . .

Heaven knows, in this day of unrelenting horror and idiocy in the news, once in a while we need a helpless, out-of-control, belly laugh, and you and your bee men surely gave us one. Please be sure to preserve this in the archives.

With fond appreciation, Vanessa Merton

Jun. 03 2008 10:09 PM

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