As BETH'S "younger" (Beth says - YOU WISH) brother in the forum - I take my young sounding vioce as a compliment. That was all unedited, I was pushing about 10 bees off my hands, grabbing a middle frame and sure enough the queen was there.
The part AFTER I got stung was about detailing the size, color differences of workers and the queen - it was pretty cool, I hope that part gets aired someday. Followed by pointing out swarm and supercedure cells (there weren''t any luckily in November) but I showed her where they would be on the frames and we talked about feral hive comb.
Lots of good material - but it has to fit into the shows topics, Radio Lab covers a common theme each show, but uses several approaches to prove their theories and the SWARM SHOW will be either going in with a migration show or a population theme show it seems like now. Either way or any way, I think we will see about a 20 minute segment interlaced with the shows theme of that week.
I think the Migration and/or population theme is interesting - it is by far the poorest example of migration but it does concern population very well. But Radio Lab could easily put Bee Swarming and the current land wars on the West Bank together and toss in a 6 year old chess master all in the same show. Whacky, but it works.
So it gets down to when can they put a complete collection of examples together to show the common theme: that is what I'm waiting to see too, it should be interesting. We talked about the tossing of the drones, swarming, queens pheromone control over the hive, smoker effects and most covered was the SOCIAL ORDER of the hive: the who does what when stuff of the bee hive and how queen scent aids that whole hive mentality and survivability.
I'll keep everyone informed of course :)