The beehive state is a hotspot for bees, but most don’t live in hives

It was inevitable that with a show called “In the Hive” we’d have an episode dedicated to bees. But it turns out most bees don’t actually live in hives. Go figure.

First, a conversation with Scott Christensen, a historian with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, about the origins of the beehive as a state symbol. Christensen and his family have amassed a unique collection of beehive-related items (from business cards to commemorative jewelry) that is currently on display in the lower level of the state capitol. Then, for the bulk of the show, an interview with Utah State University biologist and bee researcher Dr. Joe Wilson, who studies the bee “hotspot within a hotspot” that is the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. Forget everything you thought you knew about bees!