Caption: Marla Spivak, Bee Researcher and MacArthur "Genius"
Marla Spivak, Bee Researcher and MacArthur "Genius" 

Marla Spivak: Think Like a Bee

From: American Public Media
Series: The Promised Land
Length: 54:00

When you sit down at your holiday table, thank a bee. A third of the food on your plate is made possible by these pollinators, whose numbers are being decimated by disease and colony collapse disorder. But the bees have a champion in Marla Spivak, a University of Minnesota researcher and MacArthur "Genius" who thinks like a bee. Marla will show host Majora Carter (no newbie herself - Majora is an urban beekeeper) the secrets she's beginning to uncover about how bees can help us humans to be more resilient and to build healthier communities. Read the full description.

1_small When you sit down at your holiday table, thank a bee. A third of the food on your plate is made possible by these pollinators, whose numbers are being decimated by disease and colony collapse disorder. But the bees have a champion in Marla Spivak, a University of Minnesota researcher and MacArthur "Genius" who thinks like a bee. Her intuitive approach — combined with scientific method — has given the world tremendous insight into these fascinating insects. Marla will show host Majora Carter (no newbie herself — Majora is an urban beekeeper) the secrets she's beginning to uncover about the lives of bees. Marla's work explores how bees can help themselves become more resistant to modern-day threats — and how bees can help us humans to be more resilient and to build healthier communities.

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When you sit down at your holiday table, thank a bee. A third of the food on your plate is made possible by these pollinators, whose numbers are being decimated by disease and colony collapse disorder. But the bees have a champion in Marla Spivak, a University of Minnesota researcher and MacArthur "Genius" who thinks like a bee. Her intuitive approach — combined with scientific method — has given the world tremendous insight into these fascinating insects. Marla will show host Majora Carter (no newbie herself — Majora is an urban beekeeper) the secrets she's beginning to uncover about the lives of bees. Marla's work explores how bees can help themselves become more resistant to modern-day threats — and how bees can help us humans to be more resilient and to build healthier communities.

Timing and Cues

The Promised Land
Episode: Marla Spivak
TRT 59:00

* Breaks: Two 1:00 minute Station ID Breaks. There is music under the break. *

Billboard: 00:00 - 1:00
Incue: I'm Majora Carter and this is The Promised Land, from American Public Media. This hour, we'll enter the world of honey bees…
Outcue:…get back on their own six legs, as she likes to say. First, the news.

News break hole 01:00 - 06:00

Seg A: 06:00 - 19:27
Incue: Hi, I'm Majora Carter and this is The Promised Land from American Public Media. It's a show about visionaries and leaders who are transforming lives and communities...
Outcue:..And I hope you'll be part of the conversation on twitter and Facebook, too. This is The Promised Land from APM, American Public Media.

Break One: 19:27 - 20:27

Seg B: 20:27 - 40:35
Incue: I'm Majora Carter and this is The Promised Land, where visionary leaders are reshaping their communities and our world…
Outcue:…Be a part of our community on Facebook and Twitter. I'm Majora Carter. You're listening to The Promised Land from APM, American Public Media.

Break Two: 40:35 - 41:35

Seg C: 41:35 - 59:00
Incue: I'm Majora Carter and this is The Promised Land, a show about visionaries changing their communities in innovative ways...
Outcue:…and major production support from American Public Media. This is APM.

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