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Radiolab

How Do You Put a Price Tag On Nature?

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

What happens when humans figure out a cheaper, better way, to do something that nature had been doing for eons? 

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Studio 360

Two Artists Let the Animals Speak for Themselves

Thursday, December 11, 2014

People have always told stories about animals acting like humans. Two artists ask: what if we told stories that were true to animals’ lives?

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The Takeaway

The Mystery of Colony Collapse Disorder

Monday, September 29, 2014

Our friends at the documentary team Retro Report are looking back at an enduring mystery.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Raising Bees in the City: A Hands-on Guide

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

An urban beekeeper explains how to to be a city beekeeper and why urban beekeeping might help restore the bee population after years of mysterious bee deaths.

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Radiolab

How Important Is A Bee?

Friday, December 06, 2013

When bees disappeared from central China years ago, Chinese apple farmers had to pollinate by hand. Embarrassing — people doing bees' work, but then came the big discovery –- a surprise that still haunts the conservation movement. What if people outperform bees?

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Dying Honeybees

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Time magazine’s environmental editor Bryan Walsh looks at the causes behind mass bee deaths — a mixture of new pesticides, parasitic mites and bacterial disease within the colonies — and what the potential death of the honeybee could mean for our future. His article “The Death of Bees” is in the August 19 issue of Time.  

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Foster Care System; Religion in Prison; Dying Bees; Economic Uncertainty and the Working Class

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

On today’s show: Foster mother Cris Beam talks about her experience and what she learned about the intricacies of the foster care system. Then, we’ll hear about four inmates at Pennsylvania’s Graterford Prison who work together in the chapel there. Time magazine’s Bryan Walsh investigates what’s causing the mass death of honey bees and what the possibility of their extinction would mean for all of us. Plus, a look at how working-class men and women are making the transition to adulthood in a time of economic uncertainty.

Radiolab

What Is It About Bees and Hexagons?

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Bees could build flat honeycombs from just three shapes: squares, triangles or hexagons. But for some reason, bees choose hexagons. Always "perfect" hexagons. Why?

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Transportation Nation

SLIDESHOW: Truck Full of Overturned Hives? Call the Bee Team

Monday, May 06, 2013

A truck transporting bees from Georgia to Maine ran into some trouble Monday in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, when the driver felt the load shift. It turned out about three dozen hives overturned.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

What's Killing Honeybees?

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Eric Mussen, apiculturist at University of California, Davis, discusses the latest findings on what’s killing honeybees, what the loss of bees means for agriculture, and how beekeepers and researchers are addressing the problem.

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Radiolab

The Filibuster Solution, Or 'What If Honeybees Ran The U.S. Senate?'

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The politics of beehives might be able to teach our Congressional leaders a little bit about governing.

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WNYC News

Two Years After Legalized Beekeeping, City May be Running Short on Forage

Monday, June 25, 2012

Urban beekeeping has exploded with nearly 200 registered hives in the city, and experts say there may be another 200 off the books. It’s leading some to question whether the city can sustain the increasing number of hives.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Confessions of a Bad Beekeeper

Monday, August 01, 2011

Bill Turnbull explains the difficulties and rewards of beekeeping. In Confessions of a Bad Beekeeper Turnbull describes his misadventures and moments of triumph in the curious world of backyard beekeeping, and also highlights the threat to our bee population and looks at what we can do to help these vital little creatures do their important work.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Please Explain: Why Honeybees Are Disappearing

Friday, June 10, 2011

Bees are disappearing from their hives in mass numbers, and there’s no clear explanation of why. Many believe that bees are a barometer of the health of the planet, and colony collapse disorder is raising questions about pesticides, genetically modified crops, monocultures, and mechanization of beekeeping. Taggart Siegel, director, and Jon Betz, producer, of the documentary “Queen of the Sun” tell us why honeybees are important to human life and agriculture, and the factors that are most likely leading to colony collapse and honeybee death on a grand scale in the United States and in Europe. In addition, they explain how some devoted beekeepers are trying to save them. “Queen of the Sun” opens at Cinema Village June 10.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Solving the Colony Collapse Mystery

Friday, October 08, 2010

Colin Henderson, associate professor at the University of Montana's College of Technology, discusses the team of military scientists and entomologists who have discovered a new suspected cause of colony collapse syndrome. Over the past four years, 20 to 40 percent of bee colonies in the United States have suffered from colony collapse. He'll explain the team's research and findings.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Honey Trail

Friday, September 10, 2010

Grace Pundyk discusses the ways honey and bees are being affected by globalization, terrorism, deforestation, the global food trade, and climate change. The Honey Trail: In Pursuit of Liquid Gold and Vanishing Bees looks at the state of our environment and the impact it is having on bees and honey. The novel takes us to the Yemeni deserts and Borneo jungles, through the Mississippi Delta and Tasmania’s rainforests, over frozen Siberia, and through ancient Turkish villages in search of honey.

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Last Chance Foods

Hot Buzz

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Farmer and apiarist Annie Novak and other experts talk about why bees swarm in the spring and how local honey can treat seasonal allergies.

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WNYC News

Hives Can Come Out of Hiding

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

(Photo by Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images)

(Photo by Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images)

Urban agriculture has taken another step forward as the city has made beekeeping legal. Apiaries have been outlawed for years, but the health department has slowly been revising city health codes. Now, after ...

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WNYC News

Free to Bee

Tuesday, June 23, 2009


Give bees a chance -- so says a group of renegade beekeepers. They want the city to legalize beekeeping instead of fining people up to $2000 for tending a hive. Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer declared his support for beekeeping, calling it a step toward a greener city. ...

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Radiolab

There is No Lord of the (Fire)Flies

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

We begin in Thailand, watching fireflies glow in glorious synchrony, lighting up miles of mangrove trees like Christmas trees. Next...it’s off to Stanford University to contemplate the bottomless mystery of ants, a mystery which culminates in New York City’s flower market (ever wondered what ants can teach us about human ...

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