Michelle writes:

Hello Vincent and the TWIV team –

In a recent episode of TWIV, you briefly mentioned honey bee viruses – and so I just wanted to share the PolliNation podcast with you; I recently talked about bee infecting viruses on that show ūüėČ

http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/pollinationpodcast/

Thanks for TWIV and all you do for virology.

Sincerely,

Michelle

Michelle Flenniken, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology

Montana State University

Bob writes:

At the start of TWiV #515 the panel, having previously forsworn babbling¬†about the weather, stubbornly persist in this topic of very small (and¬†quickly dated!) talk. ¬†As one who is irritated by weather chit-chat, I¬†would like to suggest an alternative: simply discuss the weather to¬†everyone’s heart’s content, but at the END of the podcast, rather than the¬†beginning. ¬†Those who don’t care for this discussion can stop listening,¬†those who like it can get their fill. Everyone (?) is then happy, happy,¬†happy!

I thought of this while listening to the podcast, but coincidentally just¬†before writing this email ran across an article: “How the Finnish survive¬†without small talk:”

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20181016-how-the-finnish-survive-without-small-talk

My heritage is very Irish (my mother came over from Galway), but maybe there is a drop of Finnish blood in my veins.

Thanks for all your interesting podcasts (AFTER the weather.)

Best, Bob