Episodes

November 16, 2020

Bananas for Bees with Katharina Davitt (S3, E25)

In this episode, Master Beekeeper, Katharina Davitt reveals the nutritional benefits honey bees derive from bananas. Yes, you read that correctly, bananas! We all know that bananas are good for people. They are full of carbs, minerals, vitamins, are...

November 09, 2020

Oregon Fires - Sharon Schmidt with Kirsten (S3, E24)

This autumn wildfires cut through large swaths of Oregon, destroying towns, homes and habitat. In this episode, Kirsten talks with Sharon Schmidt, founder of Cascade Girl Apiary, who lost her home and apiary in Phoenix, Oregon. Sharon was visiting a...

November 02, 2020

"Show Me The Honey" with Dave Doroghy (S3, E23)

Dave Doroghy works in the worlds of advertising and sports marketing and lives on a house boat on the Frasier River in southern British Columbia near Vancouver. His discovery of beekeeping wasn’t the common story of being swept off his feet with...

October 26, 2020

Organic Beekeeping and Importing Manuka: Madhu Honey with Kirsten (S3, E22)

In this episode, Kirsten sits down with Matthew Pettersson of , who fell into beekeeping after a chance encounter with a giant jar of honey in a New York City apartment. Fascinated by honey bees and the golden honey they create, he ended up working...

October 19, 2020

American Honey Tasting Society with Marina & Raffaele (S3, E21)

Marina Marchese is the President of the American Honey Tasting Society. She refined her learning and teaching skills in Italy and Raffaele Dall'Olio was one of her teachers. Today we discuss with them all of the aspects of honey tasting – the basics...

October 12, 2020

Comb Building & More: Michael Smith, Ph.D with Kirsten (S3, E20)

In this week’s episode, guest cohost, Kirsten Traynor, editor of , talks with Michael Smith, Ph.D. Michael grew up in Panama, then went to boarding school in Wales, where he chanced upon a beekeeper with honey in a hallway. Together the two ended up...

October 05, 2020

Almond Contracts: An Economist's Analysis with Brittney Goodrich, Ph.D (S3, E19)

In this episode, we invited Dr. Brittney Goodrich to discuss what her research has found in almond pollination contracts.  Brittney is a Cooperative Extension Specialist at the University of California, Davis. She is an Agricultural Economist and...

September 28, 2020

The Ambeessadors with Steve Rogenstein and Kirsten (S3, E18)

If you’re interested in starting a honey festival in your city, you have to speak with Steve Rogenstein who founded the . A former event manager, he fell in love with bees and has used his unique skills to organize honey festivals in both New York...

September 21, 2020

Dewey Caron - "The Complete Bee Handbook" & More (S3, E17)

Dr. Dewey M. Caron’s latest book, The Complete Bee Handbook is quite the book. Not a scientific text, not a how-to beekeeping book, but one that’s meant for all those folks who think they might want to keep bees, but don’t know what’s...

September 14, 2020

Bee Audacious with Bonnie Morse and Kirsten (S3, E16)

The conference brought together beekeeping luminaries like Mark Winston, Marla Spivak, Tom Seeley and many others. The event was created and organized by Bonnie Morse, who recently sat down to chat with guest host Kirsten Traynor. In today’s...

September 07, 2020

The Honey Bee Veterinary Consortium with Allie and Britteny (S3, E15)

In today’s episode we talk to Britteny Kyle, DVM, President of the Honey Bee Veterinary Consortium (HBVC) and Alexzandra (Allie) Mosel, DVM, who is the President Elect. Both are beekeepers and small animal veterinarians interested in getting more...

August 31, 2020

Honey and the Good Food Awards with Sarah Weiner and Mark Carlson (S3, E14)

In today’s episode we talk with Sarah Weiner, the Executive Director of the Good Food Awards Foundation and Mark Carlson, the Committee Co-Chair of the Honey Category. Sarah brings a global perspective to her position having worked with Slow Foods...

August 24, 2020

Weird Bee Behaviors - Dr. Rachael Bonoan with Kirsten (S3, E13)

In this episode, Kirsten Traynor meets up with Dr. Rachael Bonoan, a bee biologist and ecologist. Bees have some unusual and quirky behaviors. They discuss bumble bee high fives, why honey bees like stinky, dirty water, and how our pollinators may be...

August 17, 2020

Strong Microbials with Drs. Vera and Slava Strogolova (S3, E12)

Strong Microbials got their start producing probiotics to improve the health of cattle, dairy cows, poultry and swine. Their products improved animal food digestion resulting in overall animal health. In 2012 they became interested in doing the same...

August 10, 2020

Beekeeping Downunder: Simeon Valkenburg with Kirsten (S3, E11)

In this episode, Kirsten chats with commercial beekeeper Simeon Valkenburg, who runs a commercial operation with his brother in Australia. He talks about building up their commercial operation from scratch. They started with one hive and are now up to...

August 03, 2020

Bee Optimism with Dr. Jay Evans (S3, E10)

Dr. Jay Evans is the Research Leader at the USDA Honey Bee Research Lab in Beltsville Maryland. He and the resident scientists there are involved in many projects, including mite studies, nutrition supplements for bees, queen health and nutrition....

July 27, 2020

Madeleine Ostwald with Kirsten Traynor (S3, E9)

How Bee Perfect Their Homes

July 20, 2020

Dr. Samuel Ramsey - Tracking The Tropilaelaps & More (S3, E8)

Dr. Sam Ramsey joins us again to share what he has found from his most recent work on Tropilaelaps mites in Thailand. He has been looking at the history of this mite’s movement around the world, the biology and its life cycle.  Just as...

July 13, 2020

Heroes To Hives - Adam Ingrao with Kirsten Traynor (S3, E7)

This week, guest co-host Kirsten Traynor chats with Adam Ingrao, Ph.D, founder of Heroes to Hive.  Heroes To Hives is a veterans training program he started five years ago. They train veterans, especially those suffering from PTSD, how to manage...

July 06, 2020

World Bee Count with James Wilkes and Joseph Cazier (S3, E6)

In this episode, we talk with James Wilkes and Joseph Cazier from , who spearheaded the World Bee Count program just completed this spring. Bee Count is an annual event that aims to identify pollinators around the world and also measure pollinator...

June 26, 2020

Pollinator Week Series: Pollinator Gardens & Bumble Bees with Dr. David Goulson and Kirsten Traynor (S3, E5)

As part of the pollinator week special, guest host Kirsten Traynor chats with Dr. Dave Goulson, an expert on pollinator health from the University of Sussex. Dave Goulson has been fascinated with insects since he was a boy and was able to turn this...

June 25, 2020

Pollinator Week Series: Bee Friendly Farming with Ron Bitner (S3, E4)

Bee Friendly Farming has a good friend in Ron Bitner, Co-Chair of this Pollinator Partnership program. Ron runs Bitner Winery near Boise Idaho in Treasure Valley and for 40 some years was involved in non-apis bee management for pollination. Bee...

June 24, 2020

Pollinator Week Series: The PolliNation Nation & More with Dr. Andony Melathopoulos (S3, E3)

Andony Melathopoulos is the Pollinator Health Extension Specialist for Oregon State University. He’s not just about honey bees, but every pollinator out there. But honey bees are a big part of what he does because of the multitude of crops grown in...

June 23, 2020

Pollinator Week Series: Chasing the Monarch Butterfly with Dr. Chip Taylor (S3, E2)

Dr. Orley, “Chip” Taylor started Monarch Watch about 30 years ago. So far, he and his group have managed to tag over two million monarchs so they can study the migration habits of this beautiful butterfly. His research has also determined where...