Airing: April 29, 2017

Coming Up: Animal Intersections

Writing professor Alex Parrish (James Madison University) argues the importance of recognizing animal voices. He speaks with us about how communication evolves, and how wildly different species of animals use similar tactics to solve similar problems. And: In Norfolk’s Calvert Square, preschoolers plant watermelon and okra next to 200,000 live bees. They aren’t alone. Carrie “Honeybee” Brown (Norfolk State University) has planted apiaries in community gardens across the city in an effort to save the ailing honeybee. Now, she’s planning to shave bees and attach transmitters to get neighborhood kids interested in entomology.

Later in the show: Biologist Kevin Hamed (VHCC) discovered an alarming number of tiny skulls stuck in glass bottles found roadside litter. Tiny shrews are crawling in, but can’t get back out. He and his students are on the case, trying to solve mysteries where humans and wildlife intersect. Plus: A study in Appalachia is taking a very close look at roadkill. James Vance and Gabrielle Smith (UVA Wise) hope to find ways to help animals avoid crossing a particularly high-traffic area.

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