Books J. B. MacKinnon Books by J. B. MacKinnon J. B. MacKinnon has written books about: Nonfiction Science & Health Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email NPR stories about J. B. MacKinnon Robert Krulwich/NPR Krulwich Wonders... What Happened On Easter Island — A New (Even Scarier) Scenario December 10, 2013 Whatever happened on Easter Island, it wasn't good. Polynesians landed there, farmed, thrived, built their famous statues, and then things went very bad, very fast. Sixteen million trees vanished. What happened? Was this a case of ecological collapse? Not exactly, say two anthropologists. It was, arguably, worse than that. Robert Krulwich/NPR Krulwich Wonders... How Important Is A Bee? December 6, 2013 When bees disappeared from central China years ago, Chinese apple farmers had to pollinate by hand. Embarrassing — people doing bees' work, but then came the big discovery –- a surprise that still haunts the conservation movement. What if people outperform bees?