Chuckanut Radio Hour featuring Thor Hanson at WCC's Heiner Theater with Buzz: The Nature & Necessity of Bees

Thu, 07/12/2018 - 6:30pm

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WCC Heiner Theater
237 W Kellogg Rd
Bellingham, WA 98226

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From the award-winning author of The Triumph of Seeds and Feathers, Buzz is a natural and cultural history of the buzzing wee beasties that make the world go round. Thor will be interviewed by  Laura Plaut, Executive Director of Common Threads Farm and accompanied by muscial guest Scarlet Locomotive!

Bees are like oxygen: ubiquitous, essential, and, for the most part, unseen. While we might overlook them, they lie at the heart of relationships that bind the human and natural worlds. In Buzz, Thor Hanson takes us on a journey that begins 125 million years ago, when a wasp first dared to feed pollen to its young. From honeybees and bumbles to lesser-known diggers, miners, leafcutters, and masons, bees have long been central to our harvests, our mythologies, and our very existence. They’ve given us sweetness and light, the beauty of flowers, and as much as a third of the foodstuffs we eat. And, alarmingly, they are at risk of disappearing. As informative and enchanting as the waggle dance of a honeybee, Buzz shows us why all bees are wonders to celebrate and protect. Read this book and you’ll never overlook them again.

Thor Hanson is a conservation biologist and Guggenheim fellow. He lives with his wife and son on an island in Washington State.


The Chuckanut Radio Hour, a recipient of Bellingham's prestigious Mayor's Arts Award, is a radio variety show that began in January 2007. Each Chuckanut Radio Hour includes guest authors, musicians, performance poet Kevin Murphy, and episodes of "As the Ham Turns" serial radio comedy, not to mention groaner jokes by hosts Paul Hanson, Kelly Evert, and announcer Rich Donnelly. The Chuckanut Radio Hour's first guest was Erik Larson and has since included Alexander McCall Smith, Elizabeth George, Cheryl Strayed, Sherman Alexie, Tom Robbins and Garrison Keillor, among many others. Tickets for the Chuckanut Radio Hour are $5 and are available at Village Books and BrownPaperTickets.com. Receive a free ticket with purchase of Buzz. The Radio Hour airs every Friday at 7am, Saturday evening at 7pm and Sunday at 9pm on SPARK RADIO, KMRE 102.3FM.  Co-sponsored by the Whatcom Community College Community and Continuing Education, 12th Street Shoes, Westside Pizza and Common Threads Farm

Books: 

Buzz: The Nature and Necessity of Bees Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780465052615
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Basic Books - July 10th, 2018

Feathers: The Evolution of a Natural Miracle Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780465028788
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Basic Books - July 31st, 2012

The Triumph of Seeds: How Grains, Nuts, Kernels, Pulses, and Pips Conquered the Plant Kingdom and Shaped Human History Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780465097401
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Basic Books - March 8th, 2016

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