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Urban Pollination Project

Jan. 12, 2015 4:10 a.m.

A group of Seattle gardeners are in the midst of a bee experiment that requires tomato plants and tuning forks. The results could shed light on what a future could look like without bumblebees.

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Flight Of The Pollinators

July 16, 2013 8:32 p.m.

A miniaturized Chris gets covered with pollen and ends up sticking to a bee.

Think Out Loud

Summer Recess Conversation: Earl Blumenauer

Aug. 21, 2013 7:06 p.m.

Representative Earl Blumenauer champions bicycle and transportation issues — he himself bikes to work and he's often seen wearing a bicycle pin, along with his signature bow-ties. Much of the 3rd district that he represents lies in Portland, in Multnomah and Clackamas counties.  He's been a solid supporter of President Obama's health care overhaul, and he continues to advocate for changing the health system, including funding end-of-life care conversations between doctors and patients. He supports renewable energy tax reform, wants to repeal Oregon's constitutional gay marriage ban, and has sponsored legislation in Congress on a range of issues from marijuana taxation to repealing tax breaks for big oil companies. One of the lastest issues he's focusing on now is protecting bees, after some high-profile bee die-offs this summer. Last month, he introduced legislation that would restrict the use of certain pesticides. "Pollinators are not only vital to a sustainable environment," he says, "but key to a stable food supply."

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July 16, 2013 8:41 p.m.

Visit a rodeo riding school in Montana and a California farm working to save pollinating honeybees.

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The Health of Our Bees

July 20, 2009 4 p.m.

It's well known that bees are dying off, and scientists still can't explain exactly why. Likely causes include parasites, diseases, and pesticides. But in many cases, the bees simply vanish, never to return to the hive. Whatever the causes, the consequences are major. In the U.S., beekeepers on average lost 29% of their honey bee colonies last year. Since farms depend on these commercial bee colonies to pollinate their crops, there's a lot at stake. In fact, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that bees are responsible for $15 billion worth of crops every year. To put that in perspective, the USDA says, "about one mouthful in three in the diet directly or indirectly benefits from honey bee pollination."  

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Pumped on Trump

Feb. 2, 2016 6:58 p.m.

We’ve heard a lot from Republican candidate Donald Trump since he announced his bid for the presidency. With his celebrity lifestyle and made-for-reality-TV personality, some people didn’t take Trump’s campaign seriously – but his polling numbers aren’t a joke. Trump is buoyed by a rising legion of supporters: people who want to help Trump make America not only great again, but “bigger, better and stronger.” Tonight on Reveal, we will delve into the hearts and minds of Trump supporters. Who are they? Why do they support Trump? And if "The Donald" doesn’t get the Republican nomination for president, who will they turn to next – if anyone?

Oregon Field Guide

Could a Mushroom Save a Honeybee

Oct. 15, 2015 4:20 a.m.

Honeybees throughout the United States have been struggling for nearly a decade.

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Will Recreational Pot Delay Legal Hemp?

June 2, 2015 4:45 p.m.

Rep. Peter Buckley has introduced a bill to put the brakes on Oregon's fledgling hemp industry.

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Hemp Farmer Celebrates Bill's Defeat

July 9, 2015 5:34 p.m.

A bill that would have put a temporary halt to industrial hemp production in Oregon failed in the final days of the legislature.

Oregon Field Guide

Endangered Invertebrates

Feb. 2, 1996 3:30 a.m.

Meet an Oregon man working hard to save some beautiful bugs before they're gone.

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