Fresh Air with Terry Gross en Biologist Says Promoting Diversity Is Key To 'Keeping The Bees' Every year, more than half of the honeybee hives in the United States are taken to California to pollinate the state's almond crop.<p>Biologist Laurence Packer says this illustrates both our dependence on honeybees to pollinate many plants people rely on for food and the devastating decline in the domestic honeybee population in recent years.<p>The loss of honeybees has been attributed to a variety of causes, from <a href="">nasty parasites</a> to the stress of being transported Wed, 09 Jul 2014 18:46:00 +0000 editor 64143 at 'The Strain' And 'Extant' Play On Fears Of Forces Out Of Our Control They say every generation gets the science fiction it deserves, built around its biggest and most primal fears. Well, maybe they don't say that — but they should. In the '50s, all those movies about mutant giant monsters going berserk were a way for us to channel our fears about the atomic bomb. In the same way, in that same decade, all those body-snatcher movies were about being unable to tell friend from foe, or trust even your closest loved ones — the perfect paranoid parable for the Communist witch-hunting era.<p>So what are we watching this decade, more than anything else? Wed, 09 Jul 2014 18:46:00 +0000 David Bianculli 64144 at If Jim Lauderdale Is A Song, More People Should Hear It <a href="">Jim Lauderdale</a>'s new album is called <em>I'm A Song</em>, a title that suggests his deep Wed, 09 Jul 2014 18:46:00 +0000 Ken Tucker 64142 at The Hazards Of Probing The Internet's Dark Side Late last year, hackers breached Target's data security and stole information from millions of credit cards. Brian Krebs, who writes about cybercrime and computer security for his blog, <a href="">Krebs on Security</a>, broke the story. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:54:00 +0000 editor 64095 at 'Violette' Evokes Exasperating Self-Pity, A Trait The French Like Americans put a lot of stock in being likable. Pollsters take surveys of the president's likability. Test screenings check whether we like the characters in movies. And when a literary novelist like Claire Messud mocks the notion that fictional characters should be someone we'd like to be friends with, writers of popular fiction attack her for snootiness.<p>You rarely find such disputes in France, which finds our fetish of likability charmingly simple, rather like our shock at politicians committing adultery. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:51:00 +0000 John Powers 64096 at 'Fresh Air' Remembers Actor Meshach Taylor Transcript <p>TERRY GROSS, HOST: <p>This is FRESH AIR. The actor Meshach Taylor died on June 28 at the age of 67. We're going to remember him by listening back to our 1990 interview. Taylor was best known for his role on the TV sitcom "Designing Women" playing Anthony Bouvier, an ex-convict who's a deliveryman for a company of women interior designers in Atlanta. He eventually became their partner in the company.<p>Meshach Taylor was on the show from 1986 to 1993. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 17:20:00 +0000 editor 64004 at The Westerlies Come On Home With Horvitz The Westerlies is a quartet of young New York brass players who know each other from school days in Seattle. Their debut album is a set of pieces by Seattle-based composer and improviser Wayne Horvitz. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says Horvitz and the Westerlies are a perfect fit. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 17:20:00 +0000 Kevin Whitehead 64005 at 'Fresh Air' Remembers Screenwriter Paul Mazursky Transcript <p>TERRY GROSS, HOST: <p>This is FRESH AIR. I'm Terry Gross. The screenwriter, director and actor Paul Mazursky died one week ago at the age of 84. Today we remember him by listening back to excerpts of two interviews we recorded. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 17:20:00 +0000 editor 64006 at Fresh Air Weekend: Joel McHale, 'Friendship,' And 'The Great Fish Swap' Fresh Air Weekend<em> highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors, and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:</em><p><strong>Comedian Joel McHale Talks Dyslexia, Bad TV And Filming A Thriller:</strong> The host of <em>The Soup</em> co-stars in the thriller <em>Deliver Us From Evil</em>. Sat, 05 Jul 2014 15:44:00 +0000 editor 63942 at In Big Bill Broonzy's Blues, Brothers Find A Way To Sing Together Dave and Phil Alvin have made their first full album together in nearly 30 years, a tribute to one of their early influences. "His persona was so big to me," Phil Alvin tells <em>Fresh Air</em>'s Terry Gross.<p><em>Originally broadcast June 11, 2014.</em> <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit<img src=""/></div><p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 19:35:00 +0000 editor 63910 at