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S26 Ep1

Silence of the Bees

Premiere: 3/13/2011 | 00:00:30 | NR

This timely, Peabody Award-winning program explores the international emergency research that is underway to uncover the cause of the massive die-offs of honeybees, a potential ecological disaster. 3/13/11

About the Episode

In the winter of 2006, a strange phenomenon fell upon honeybee hives across the country. Without a trace, millions of bees vanished from their hives. A precious pollinator of fruits and vegetables, the disappearing bees left billions of dollars of crops at risk and threatened our food supply. The epidemic set researchers scrambling to discover why honeybees were dying in record numbers — and to stop the epidemic in its tracks before it spread further.

Silence of the Bees is the first in-depth look at the search to uncover what is killing the honeybee. The filmmakers of Bees take viewers around the world to the sites of fallen hives, to high-tech labs, where scientists race to uncover clues, and even deep inside honeybee colonies. Silence of the Bees is the story of a riveting, ongoing investigation to save honeybees from dying out. The film goes beyond the unsolved mystery to tell the story of the honeybee itself, its invaluable impact on our diets and takes a look at what’s at stake if honeybees disappear. Silence of the Bees explores the complex world of the honeybee in crisis and instills in viewers a sense of urgency to learn ways to help these extraordinary animals.

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NARRATED BY
F. MURRAY ABRAHAM

WRITTEN AND PRODUCED BY
DOUG SHULTZ

SUPERVISING PRODUCER
PETER SCHNALL

EDITOR
MARK FASON

COORDINATING PRODUCER
WHITNEY JOHNSON

ORIGINAL MUSIC
GARY POZNER

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
PETER SCHNALL

ADDITIONAL EDITOR
CRAIG RINKERMAN

ARCHIVIST
CARRIE McBRIDE

PRODUCTION ASSISTANTS
AMBER FREIWALD
PEGGY LEGGAT

ADDITIONAL CINEMATOGRAPHY
MARK LAMBLE
JERRY RISIUS
DANIEL TRAUB

SOUND RECORDISTS
PAUL ALFE
CARLOS LUIS DANIEL
JOHN MURPHY
OLIVIER SIFRE
ROBERT SYLVAIN
PATRICK TILLMANN
MARK WELLMAN
CHRIS WEST
MERCE WILLIAMS

LOCATION MANAGERS
SANDRINE DUMAS
froggie productions, france

LU BO
china

ROLAND PALUGOD
camino media, spain

PHANTOM TECHNICIAN
GREGORY WILSON

ADDITIONAL CREW
LUKE DEIKIS
SAMUEL JACKSON
HENRY MILLER

ASSISTANT EDITOR
ALEXANDRA MEISTRELL

SOUND DESIGN & MIX
BRIAN BEATRICE

ADDITIONAL VOICES
PAUL CHRISTIE
TODD CUMMINGS
JIM HARTMAN
JAMES LURIE
PAUL MERCIER

COLOR CORRECTION
SANDY PATCH

ANIMATION
PHLESCH BUBBLE PRODUCTIONS, INC.

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REBECCA COHEN

LEGAL SERVICES
FRANKLIN, WEINRIB, RUDELL & VASSALO P.C.

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AMMONITE FILMS
AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION
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NEW SOUTH WALES DEPT. OF PRIMARY INDUSTRIES
OXFORD SCIENTIFIC FILMS
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THOUGHT EQUITY MOTION

SPECIAL THANKS
COUNTY OF HANYUAN, CHINA
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ERIC COOLIDGE
HAN YUAN TV
MAGGIE MILLER
OLYMPUS AMERICA INC.
PALAIS GARNIER
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FOR NATURE

SERIES EDITOR
JANET HESS

SUPERVISING PRODUCER
JANICE YOUNG

SENIOR PRODUCER
LAURA METZGER

PRODUCER
JILL CLARKE

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER
IRENE TEJARATCHI

PRODUCTION MANAGER
JULIE SCHAPIRO THORMAN

PRODUCTION ASSISTANT
JAYNE JUN

MANAGER
EILEEN FRAHER

SOUND MIXER
DOUG JOHNSON

HD ONLINE EDITOR
DAVID NOLING

ONLINE EDITOR
BRUNO PELLEGRINI

SERIES PRODUCER
BILL MURPHY

EXECUTIVE IN CHARGE
WILLIAM GRANT

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
FRED KAUFMAN

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