LOWBROW BOTANY, with digressions on evolutionary history, phylogenetics, systematics, and the hunt for the filthiest public bathroom in Alta California
160 minutes of Sunflowers w/ Bruce Baldwin
(Re-upload because the first file was corrupted and cut out at 3 min...)
Probably the episode I'm most excited about so far - a talk with the kind, humble and brilliant Bruce Baldwin, an expert in the largest (second in number of species only to the Orchid Family) and most ecologically successful plant family in the world, the Asteraceae, also known as "composites" because of their composite flowerheads, consisting of many tiny "florets" (which are the true flowers).
We cover a lot of stuff here, and the last five minutes of the episode seem to wrap up a potential answer to the modern human predicament that we're in. But prior to that, we of course cover the incredible ecology and evolution (and genetics!) of the most successful plant family on Planet Earth.
Photo in the thumbnail is one of the "dinosaur sunflowers", Leucheria runcinata, from the High Andes of Chile.
An Interview with Tom Givnish
2 hrs of conversation about Adaptive Radiation, Hawaiian Lobeliads, & Calochortus Evolution
East Texas Sandy Coastal Plain & Ft Worth Dry Prairies
East Texas botany, Ft Worth Botanic Garden /Home Depot Garden Center, Longleaf Pine Forest, Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sleaze, Limestone Dry Prairie Endemics, Complaining about the heat, etc.
Michigan Upper Peninsula Geology, Missouri Prairie, Texas Limestone Remnants
PSA - your donations enable this here content. If you can throw a couple bucks to venmo address "societyishell", I would appreciate the hell out of it. The tank is running low at the moment and could use some re-ups.
In this episode, CPBBD traverses 20 degrees of latitude to bring you lognwinded rants on the following topics :
-banded Iron formations & the Great Oxygenation Event of the Proterozoic
-"conservative species" and the Floristic Quality Assessment
and much more.
Feel free to email email@example.com with plant ID questions and reading recommendations, fuckface.
I-80 Cross Country Botany, Maskless Rednecks, Ambrosia Exploration
A brief week-long trip East after fleeing the state of California (which is all on fire again) brings us into contact with a cast of prairie species and the unique nature of the Ambrosia dungeon (subtribe Ambrosiinae of the Heliantheae tribe of the Asteroideae Subfamily of the Composites) as well as some monster feral Cannabis plants, along with an exposé of the increasingly polarized and anti-intellectual, shit-for-brains nature of the modern American cultural hellscape ™.
Illegal Garden Meets a Karen, Random Rants, Monarch Migration, etc
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Best show ever
I love this show. I love the unabashed passion and expressiveness. I resonate with everything you say, including the parts about plants. You’re perfect exactly the way you are. Keep on keeping on. I await every new episode and am thrilled that I still have all the past shows to get through. Thank you for giving voice to all of it.
So glad I found this; I recently stumbled across your YouTube channel while looking for a natural history documentary to watch while I worked on my botanical and natural history illustrations. You shouldn’t let the ignorance, selfishness and stupidity of others get to you; just know that you are doing your part to make a difference buy trying to educate. There is only so much you can do and it’s not worth stroking out because it. Oh, and as a lifelong Oregonian, we only claim the western 1/3 of the state. You should explore my area, I-5 goes through my town and I like to think I live in the sweet spot. 1.5 hr to the coast, 1.5 to Portland, 1.5 to the mountains
I’m done. I’m out.
I’m done. I’m out. I remember when this dude used to talk about seeing his hippie therapist. I really wish he would start seeing her again. This show has degenerated into an hour long show of complaining like a literal child. He has become repugnant and I am done. At this point I have doubts that he is long for this world which is unfortunate. Good luck to you.