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As recommended on BBC Radio Podcast Hour. Through an awe-inspiring audio journey, this podcast series brings to life the love of bees. It lifts the lid on a world of fascinating behaviours and wondrous endeavours. Who knew, for example, that to produce a pound of honey, a colony of honeybees must visit 2 million flowers? Or that a bumblebee with a full stomach is only ever 40 minutes away from starvation! We talk to people who are passionate about bees, from entomologists to botanists, scien ...
 
The creators of the much-loved TV travel show -- Highway On My Plate -- revisit their travels across India, sharing stories, anecdotes, trivia, and recommendations on food, culture, people, and much more. For more trivia and behind the scenes moments from Rocky and Mayur's travel, sign up for the HOMP newsletter: http://bit.ly/HOMPnewsletter See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
 
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Back in April 2021, we spoke to Markku P, an urban beekeeper living and working with bees in Finland. After a bit of a summer break, we can now share this wonderful interview with you. Marrku is passionate about bee genetics, and a particular supporter of the black honeybee (Apis Mellifera Mellifera), believed to be the indigeous bee of Western / N…
 
Back in July 2020, in the midst of the pandemic, co-host Chris Park shared with us his huge experience in making mead. People have been dabbling with this fascinating brew for millenia. An alcoholic drink made from mixing honey and water (and sometimes herbs or fruit), it has a delicious effect on mind and body. In a mouth-tingling episode, we talk…
 
The talented Rikk Smith, aka. Shining Fox, makes Native American flutes. He tells us about his recent introduction to the honeybee and how this journey inspired him to make an instrument in the creature’s honour. Rikk also treats us to a song on this beautiful instrument. Rikk learned to make these instruments while in America and was taught the tr…
 
A matter of weeks before the release and roll-out of the Covid-19 vaccines, we spoke to leading Apitherapist, Stefan Stangaciu about the huge progress in research relating to honeybee medicines; particularly propolis. Apitherapy is all about the health that comes from bees (Apis) and the hive. Stefan has 29 years experience in this area. Our lives …
 
Get your dance shoes on! It's been very exciting for us to discover Bioni Samp. Well-known on the mainland-Europe dance club and festival circuit, the mysteriously named Bioni Samp is a fascinating blend of musician, beekeeper and environmentalist. He is passionate about bees and their vital place in our natural world. His aim is to enthuse, educat…
 
Many people will never have heard of propolis - the bees’ secret weapon against infection. Honeybees collect sticky tree resin, bring it back to the hive and manipulate it into a substance that lines the nest or coats foreign bodies (even dead mice!) to block out unwanted bacteria and infection. Humankind has long known of this product and used it …
 
Gladstone manages c. 100 hives on the island of Tobago where the climate is very different with exotic foraging plants. Gladstone tells us all about the honey, the forage and the challenges for new beekeepers. We were also lucky enough to chat with Sharon, his wife; the other half of the family business who has found a niche for herself making soap…
 
It’s now 5 months since we launched our podcast. Despite lockdown and the continuing global pandemic, the bees have been as busy as ever. They are the great survivors. This year we’ve seen plentiful swarms and a good excess of honey. Patrick is keen to show Chris his hives on James’ land nearby in Wiltshire. At the end of the beekeeping season, it’…
 
Following on from episode 10, we learn about some of the tracking methods being used in Jersey. The island already has asian hornet nests but the situation would be much worse without the intervention thus far. The mainland can learn much from Jersey about how to control this new invasive species. There’s some amazing inventions and ideas coming on…
 
It’s Asian Hornet Week and Sam Day is back from a busy visit to Jersey. The island is already experiencing the spread of this insect from the French mainland. Able to hibernate in imported plants and foods and with a potentially voracious appetite for bees and other insects, it has the potential to have a significant effect on our indigenous fauna …
 
We talk to Nikki Gammans, “Project Manager of the Short-Haired Bumblebee Project” for the Bumblebee Conservation Trust (BCT) during Bees' Needs Week in July. Nikki developed a passion for insects from a young age. She now helps to protect the humble bumblebee species which are under continued stress and strain from climate change and loss of habita…
 
We follow in the footsteps of the renowned Gilbert White - naturalist, ecologist and ornithologist - on our first location recording in Gilbert’s hometown of Selborne, almost exactly 300 years after his birth. On a glorious summer’s day in July, our guide, Stephen Fleming (AKA. Drone Whisperer and co-editor of Bee Craft magazine: www.bee-craft.com)…
 
Has the coronavirus pandemic disrupted your plan to take that long trip? Is the ongoing lockdown making you crave going off-road? Fret not. If you can’t go to the highway, Rocky, Mayur, Prashant, and Abhinandan — the team behind shows like Highway On My Plate, Vital Stats of India, Jai Hind, and Rocky and Mayur's Food Xpress — will bring the highwa…
 
In this episode of Highway On My Podcast, Rocky , Mayur and Abhinandan fly off to their first international destination for the show, Sri Lanka. During the first leg of their Sri Lanka tour, the men discuss their visits to Habarana, Sigiriya and Minneriya. Rocky sets the conversation going with the socio linguistic relevance of “bada bhai” (big bro…
 
David Charles has been keeping bees since 1962. Before bee suits David and his fellow beekeepers tended to their bees armed only with some net curtains and a pair of bicycle clips. And what characters there were in those days! What are the best plants for bees? Did beekeepers really use sulphur to kill their bees to get the honey? What happens when…
 
Has the coronavirus pandemic disrupted your plan to take that long trip? Is the ongoing lockdown making you crave going off-road? Fret not. If you can’t go to the highway, Rocky, Mayur, Prashant, and Abhinandan — the team behind shows like Highway On My Plate, Vital Stats of India, Jai Hind, and Rocky and Mayur's Food Xpress — will bring the highwa…
 
In this episode of Highway On My Podcast, the gang — like all professionals playing on their home turf — hits it out of the park with recommendations and stories from Delhi. Instead of heading out of the city as they usually do, they drive through it, packing in as much as they can. Starting off with chaats and sweets, Abhinandan brings up Bengali …
 
Apitherapy is a practice that uses the healing powers of honeybees. Gerry first came across it by accident when she became very ill with Lyme disease - a debilitating condition caused by tick bites. Treatment for this disease, in Gerry’s case, involved a lengthy course of bee stings! Her ongoing research has led to further interest in other apither…
 
In this episode of Highway On My Podcast, Rocky, Mayur, Abhinandan and Prashant head to the booze oasis bordering the dry state of Gujarat: the erstwhile union territory of Daman and Diu. They laze on beaches and drive across endless green pastures while sharing a drink, some laughs and lots of food! Starting off, Abhinandan talks about the beautif…
 
In this episode, Rocky, Mayur, Abhinandan and Prashant head to India’s national holiday destination and now Mayur’s place of permanent residence — Goa. During their trip across the coastal state, they discuss food, alcohol, and Goan culture and how it has evolved over the years from when the group first visited the state years ago. Starting off, Ma…
 
In this episode, Rocky, Mayur, Abhinandan and Prashant drive to a state that they claim is a driver’s delight, with beautiful roads running alongside paddy fields: a trip to erstwhile undivided Andhra Pradesh. Their travels take them to Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam, Kakinada, Vijayawada, Tirupati, Machilipatnam and Ongole. After a beautiful drive to Ka…
 
Nicola tells us about her passion for bees and Bees for Development which helps people in extreme poverty to build a livelihood from beekeeping; bringing health to communities and helping to support biodiversity. A low cost activity, it also allows people time to support families and continue farming. For many it’s a life-saver. She tells us about …
 
In this episode, Rocky, Mayur, Abhinandan and Prashant take a swift trip across multiple locations. But this time, they take their cues from some of our wonderful listeners, who have written in with their travel experiences. Starting off, Abhinandan reads an email from Atharva, who recommends visiting the Irani restaurants in Mumbai and trying a wi…
 
Chris and Patrick talk to Norman Carreck - a well-known bee scientist - about his love and passion for bees; both as a beekeeper and a scientist. Sensitive to the needs of bees, Norman gives us his opinion on a whole raft of topics: what constitutes indigenous or alien species, the wonderful adaptability of bees, asian hornet, successful species of…
 
In the light of the loss of 20 Indian soldiers killed in action in the Galwan Valley, Highway On My Podcast decided to dedicate this episode to our men and women who survive extreme conditions for our safety and well-being. So, Rocky, Mayur, Abhinandan and Prashant take you to various defence campuses across the country, which they had the fortune …
 
Sara grew up in Iowa and lost her home in a tornado - but that’s another story! Sara teaches and exhibits at the National Honey Show every year - well worth a visit. A fascinating exploration of the health benefits of wax, honey and propolis; soaps and serates and a magical journey back in time to the mystical history of recipes and pharmacopia.…
 
In this episode of Highway On My Podcast, Rocky, Mayur, Abhinandan and Prashant drive off to Abhinandan’s home state of Uttarakhand. Abhinandan starts off by expressing his disappointment at how Dehradun has become cluttered with traffic and urbanisation. The team then visits the Indian Military Academy, one of the most efficiently functioning inst…
 
Has the coronavirus pandemic disrupted your plan to take that long trip? Is the ongoing lockdown making you crave going off-road? Fret not. If you can’t go to the highway, Rocky, Mayur, Prashant, and Abhinandan — the team behind shows like Highway On My Plate, Vital Stats of India, Jai Hind, and Rocky and Mayur's Food Xpress — will bring the highwa…
 
We talk to Dr Martin Bencsik about the wonder of bees, their sensitivities to vibration and communication through sound. Martin’s father kept bees but the young Martin disliked beekeeping and remembers his fear of being stung! Ironically, today much of Martin’s research work as a scientist involves studying bees and how they cooperate in the hive s…
 
Brigit Strawbridge talks to Verity on her allotment.. A fascinating insight into the diverse foraging habits of many different species of bee and how the gardener might plant to support bees and attract them to the garden Her delightful enthusiasm for bees is infectious. A must-listen for any keen gardener or nature lover. Brigit is a British envir…
 
In this episode of Highway On My Podcast, Rocky, Mayur, Abhinandan and Prashant take us to Mizoram to talk about warfare training and jungle foods, before setting off for the abode of the clouds, Meghalaya. After a backbreaking bus ride and a trip in a small aircraft that Abhinandan was scared to board, the gang reaches the Counter Insurgency and J…
 
In this episode of Highway On My Podcast, Rocky, Mayur, Abhinandan and Prashant head to Sikkim to indulge in some spiritual seeking, try the food of the monks, and meet the most beautiful human they have ever seen in the unlikeliest of places. Mayur gets into the mood and pulls a Shashi Tharoor, offering elaborate, poetic descriptions of Sikkim’s b…
 
In this episode, Rocky, Mayur, Abhinandan and Prashant take a trip to an underrated food heaven: Odisha. Starting from the nondescript seaside village of Gopalpur, the gang drives through eerie lanes to reach their destination, only to find a quaint village with nothing more than a couple of shops and a really scenic and calm seashore. What sets Go…
 
In this episode, Rocky, Mayur, Abhinandan and Prashant drive across Haryana, a state famous for its sporting culture. During their journey, they take you to one of the best dhabas in the country, a place in Rohtak where they stopped during most of their travels, and Murthal, which holds a special place for all of them since it’s where the pilot epi…
 
In this episode of Highway On My Podcast, Rocky, Mayur, Abhinandan and Prashant take a deep dive into their memories of their travels in Gujarat. They drive across multiple cities, from coastal towns to bird sanctuaries, sampling food on the way.The trip starts from Baroda, famous for its dance festival during Navratri. As the team reminisces about…
 
In this episode of Highway On My Podcast, Rocky, Mayur, Abhinandan, and Prashant – or PRAM, as a Newslaundry subscriber recently dubbed them – drive up to the pahaads of Himachal Pradesh, journeying through Shimla, Solan, Chail, Kufri, Kasauli. They talk about the good, and bad, food they have along the and all the interesting people they meet.Star…
 
In this episode, Rocky, Mayur, Abhinandan and Prashant drive across Tamil Nadu. During their journey, the gang deep-dives into the culture and stories from this region while they travel across topographically wide-ranging cities with equally vivacious food culture. The drive into Tamil Nadu starts with Rocky breaking down the myth that it’s a predo…
 
In this episode, Rocky, Mayur and Abhinandan visit the “land of festivals”, Nagaland, as proclaimed by a huge gate they passed through during their travels. Mayur, who is vegetarian, talks about his struggles with finding vegetarian food during this schedule of the shoot. He describes Naga food as “heavily pungent”, thanks to the Nagas’ love for ad…
 
In this episode, Rocky, Mayur, Abhinandan and Prashant visit the wild wild west of India: Uttar Pradesh. As the gang wonders where to begin, Rocky decides to go someplace that’s “done to death” and talks about why it still stands ground: Tunday Kababi in Lucknow. While Rocky, Abhinandan and Prashant cannot stop gushing over the delicious food, Mayu…
 
In this episode of Highway On My Podcast, Rocky, Mayur, Abhinandan and Prashant reminisce about their travels through Jammu and Kashmir from back when Ladakh was a part of the state. The journey kicks off from a visit to a high altitude warfare training school to experience the harsh training jawans go through to survive the difficult terrains in S…
 
In this episode, Rocky, Mayur and Abhinandan return to the land of the Brahmaputra: Assam. Rocky talks about what makes Assam one of his favourite states, saying time slows down when you’re there. To feel the essence of the state, he says, one must listen to Bhupen Hazarika’s music. Before driving out of Guwahati, the gang visited the Kamakhya temp…
 
In this episode, Rocky, Mayur, Abhinandan and Prashant drive across Rajasthan. Rocky starts off with a story about how Abhinandan thought he was having a heart attack. The conversation steers towards “kinky kulfi” (Rocky and Mayur’s version of King ki Kulfi) and Bajwa Dhaba on the way to Jaipur. Heading towards Bikaner, the gang talk about the Karn…
 
In this episode, Rocky, Mayur, Prashant and Abhinandan talk about their journey to God’s own country, Kerala. They kickstart their journey from Thiruvananthapuram where Rocky, Mayur and Abhinandan struggle to keep up with the historical facts regarding Laurie Baker, the architect who designed the Indian Coffee House building. While Abhinandan recol…
 
In this episode, Rocky, Mayur and Abhinandan talk about their journey to one of the Seven Sister states – Arunachal Pradesh. They began their journey from the house of Satyam Jorme, the headman of the ancient village of Thembang, who introduced them to Yaksha Kamtang, a dish prepared with yak meat and glass noodles. Mayur had his share of buckwheat…
 
In this episode, Rocky, Mayur, Abhinandan and Prashant sit down to talk about their journey across Madhya Pradesh and its vivacious food culture. They start their journey from Gwalior where they went to Bahadura Ke Laddoo, which prides itself for having served breakfast to some of India’s biggest hockey champions, including the great Dhyan Chand. F…
 
Has the coronavirus pandemic disrupted your plan to take that long trip? Is the ongoing lockdown making you crave going off-road? Fret not. If you can’t go to the highway, Rocky, Mayur and Abhinandan, they of the Highway On My Plate fame, are bringing the highway to you!So, here goes the newest offering from Newslaundry: Highway On My Podcast. The …
 
Has the coronavirus pandemic disrupted your plan to take that long trip? Is the ongoing lockdown making you crave going off-road? Fret not. If you can’t go to the highway, Rocky, Mayur and Abhinandan, they of the Highway On My Plate fame, are bringing the highway to you!So, here goes the newest offering from Newslaundry: Highway On My Podcast. The …
 
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