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


Thanks for TWIV and all you do for virology.



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:”


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