Fresh Air

The decline of honeybees has been attributed to a variety of causes, from nasty parasites to the stress of being transported from state to state to feed on various crops in need of pollination. iStockphoto hide caption

itoggle caption iStockphoto

The Salt

Biologist Says Promoting Diversity Is Key To 'Keeping The Bees'

Laurence Packer says humans need to appreciate both domestic bees and the some 20,000 species of wild bees. His book Keeping The Bees explores all types, including some that feed on tears.

The threat is both viral and vampire in The Strain, a show about the sudden outbreak of a disease that kills most of its victims — then begins to mutate them into another species entirely. Michael Gibson/FX hide caption

itoggle caption Michael Gibson/FX

Television

'The Strain' And 'Extant' Play On Fears Of Forces Out Of Our Control

This week, two new TV series begin in the threats-from-nowhere genre: Extant on CBS and The Strain on FX. The better of the two, The Strain, about a disease outbreak, is effectively creepy.

Coming Up

Fresh Air

Saturday

View show

Al Michaels will announce the Super Bowl game between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots on Feb. 1. Doug Pensinger/Getty Images hide caption

itoggle caption Doug Pensinger/Getty Images
View show

Friday

View show View show

Thursday

View show

Al Michaels will announce the Super Bowl game between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots on Feb. 1. Doug Pensinger/Getty Images hide caption

itoggle caption Doug Pensinger/Getty Images
View show