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Disappearing Bees. Plus, Mixing Musical Genres & Generations.

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Bees are dying off like never before and it is a worldwide problem. Recent scientific research has zeroed-in on the culprits, which are neonicotinoids or “neonics,” which are pesticides Robert Hunzikermanufactured by Monsanto and Bayer. However, the two manufacturers claim the pesticides are totally benign. A four-year study by the Task Force on Systemic Pesticides (“TFSP”), directed at how and why so many bees, butterflies and other insects, including earthworms, are disappearing so rapidly, according to a member of the task force, “Instead of wiping out the top of the food chain, killing hawks and eagles as DDT did, neonics are wiping out the bottom of the food chain.” Bees pollinate almost every fruit, nut, vegetable, and field crop, and honey fits in the mix consequently the loss of bees is equivalent to one giant step towards mass starvation. Freelance writer and environmental journalist, Robert Hunziker recently wrote on disappearing bees for Dissident Voice. Robert will join Norman B to discuss the whys and wherefores of disappearing bees and Albert Einstein’s reported prediction that civilization will be over in four years if bees are no more.

George Fuller a talented singer-songwriter who late in life, decided to put out an album of his own very personal work sent a copy to Life Elsewhere. George’s efforts impressed Norman B enough to invite him into the studio for an interview to learn more about the man and his music, During a pre-interview conversation,  Fuller nonchalantly mentioned that he had recently been on tour with rap artist Anonymous (And.On. I. Must). Taken by surprise Norman B knew he had to learn more about this unusual mixing of musical genres and generations. In the second half of the program, self proclaimed old-dude-folkie, George Fuller and exuberant rapper, Anonymous (And.On. I. Must) explain to Norman B how they came to work together and play examples of their musical collaboration.

    

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The Earth Day Edition

Robert Hunziker“How many people wait with bated breath for Earth Day to arrive in April of each year? Who knows, but taking a wild guess, probably nobody. Earth Day kinda died out along with the fade-out of the counter-culture of the sixties and seventies. Today, they’re all grandparents and Earth Day has dissipated”. Wrote freelance writer and environmental journalist, Robert Hunziker in a recent edition of Dissident Voice. Mr. Hunziker goes onto say, “Imagine what could of / would have been if only global warming had been the issue of the day in 1968. The likely answer is: Major legislation, including a national directive to convert to renewable energy sources ASAP, setting a D-Day for rejection of fossil fuels. Back then, the streets of Washington, D.C. would have been so filled with so much outrage that Congressional members would have required hours to wade through the mass of people to their offices”. His thought-provoking article, prompted Norman B to invite Robert Hunziker onto Life Elsewhere to explain why he believes we should Ban Earth Day”.


“Greening the Media”
 
a book by Toby Miller and Richard Maxwellexamines important questions such as the media’s complicity in environmental pollution, illustrating how information technology contributes to the global ecological crisis and hot-button issues such as global warming, cellphone safety, and technological waste. Miller and Maxwell like Robert Hunziker are also concerned about what Earth Day means, so they co-authored an article for Psychology Today, titled “The Toby MillerProblem With Earth Day”. Professor Toby Miller is an interdisciplinary social scientist, the author and editor of over 30 books who has published essays in more than 100 journals. He joins the Life Elsewhere conversation to discuss his original and for some, controversial ideas.

As always at Life Elsewhere, we format the incidental music to align with the topics. This week we included music specifically fitting for Earth Day, including: The YardbirdsThe Shape Of ThingsDeep ForestForest HymnRadioheadIdioteque and Marvin GayeMercy Mercy Me (The Ecology). This week’s Hit That Never Was also has an Earth Day reference with Rise by Samantha James.