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Saturday, May 30

The Birds, the bees and gardening

Guests: Edwin Rajotte, Douglas Tallamy

The White House recently announced a national strategy to help bolster bee populations that have been hit hard by habitat loss, pesticides, disease and mites. The Obama administration plans to make 7 million acres of federal land more bee-friendly. They also want to reduce pesticide use and fund more bee research. Marty gets an update on the struggling pollinator populations from Penn State entomologist EDWIN RAJOTTE. Then, what can we do to support the birds and bees in our own backyards? DOUGLAS TALLAMY, a professor and chair entomology and wildlife ecology at the University of Delaware, gives suggestions for creating gardens and habitat that support biodiversity and native species. He’s the author with Rick Darke, of the book, The Living Landscape.

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Radio Times in Review: Swimming, John Waters, cartoonist Alison Bechdel

Guests: Lynn Sherr, John Waters, Alison Bechdel

On today’s show, the weather is getting warmer and that means it’s time to go swimming! We’ll hear about Americans passion for submersion when we listen to Marty’s interview with LYNN SHERR, author of Swim: Why We Love the Water. Then, we’ll listen to Marty’s conversation with provocateur JOHN WATERS. He joined us last year to discuss his hitchhiking adventure book Carsick, which has just been released in paperback. We’ll also hear from cartoonist ALISON BECHDEL. A Broadway musical based on her graphic memoir Fun Home recently had its New York premier.

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