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Insect Fear Film Festival 31: Pesticide Fear Films

10 am Tuesday, Feb. 18, on WILL-AM's Focus: We welcome back Prof. May Berenbaum to talk about this year's festival and one film where DDT saves the day.

May Berenbaum with poster of Riders of the Whistling Pines

May Berenbaum with poster of Riders of the Whistling Pines Berenbaum photo by L. Brian Stauffer

At this year’s Insect Fear Film Festival, May Berenbaum is out to explore our complex relationship with pesticides. This hour on Focus, host Jim Meadows talks with Berenbaum, professor of Entomology and Department Head at the University of Illinois, about this year’s films, which include Riders of the Whistling Pines (1949), a film in which spraying DDT saves the day.

Berenbaum will also tell us more about new research linking pesticides to the decline in bee populations.