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In this hour, Filmmakers Jon Betz and Taggart Siegel talk with Jim Fleming about their documentary Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us? The films looks at biodynamic beekeepers around the world and explores the root causes of colony collapse disorder.
Next, Erin Clune is a reporter for Wisconsin Pubilc Radio and a blogger. She visits the hives of urban beekeeper Bob Falk from Madison, Wisconsin.
Then, Poet Catherine Jagoe shares her poem about bees and honey.
After that, 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, and one of her own, too.
Following that, anthropologist Hugh Raffles talks with Steve Paulson about the work of celebrated bee biologist Karl von Frisch and the remarkable ways bees reach consensus in a hive. He's the author of the book Insectopedia.
Finally, Justin O. Schmidt is a research biologist and professor at the University of Arizona school of Entomology and he's been stung by nearly every insect with a stinger, from the benign honeybee to the viscious tarantula hawk wasp. He told Steve Paulson about his creation, the Schmidt Sting Pain Index. [Broadcast Date: August 31, 2011]