Today is a big day in America. It’s no secret that its election day and the world will discover whether its more of the same or whether there’s a new occupant in the White House. Everyone should vote. (Only once please.) When you’ve finished, you don’t have to watch results roll in state by state (unless you’re at an election night drinking party then by all means, count each vote as it comes in.)
If you the results got you down or if they’ve got you on a high, we’ve got some suggestions on how to take a break and level-off for a bit.
Option 1: The Primates, airing tomorrow on PBS at 8pm/7c, offers a gentle reminder that regardless of how hopeless and basic politicians act, there’s always the nobility of the animal kingdom.
On tomorrow’ss episode “Secrets of Survival”, “Monkey see, monkey do. From baboons facing down leopards, to lemurs exploiting a jungle pharmacy or rhesus macaques charming their way to an easy life, discover the survival strategies used by primates, often in the most unexpected places. Bearded capuchins, counted among the smartest animals in the world, teach their young how to use tools in Brazil’s badlands. A silverback gorilla gives in to his softer side to raise his boisterous offspring in the Congo basin. Bush babies conduct an after-hours raid of a city zoo to find food in the South African winter.”
You’ll be amazed by the extent to which a range of primates employ the use of tools during their everyday life. Rocks. Sticks. Different techniques. The most amazing has to be lemurs exploit ants for anti-tick protection. What’s more, primates pass on what they’ve learned from generation to generation. https://to.pbs.org/329HRqB
Option 2: In case you’re struggling with making voting decisions based on your support of science because science and politics shouldn’t be mixed, Nature has a podcast — “Stick to the Science” — that may allay your reservations. “Why does a journal of science need to cover politics? It is a question that Nature often gets asked when we publish articles covering political matters. According to some members of our audience, Nature has no place in political discussions.” It’s a grown-up discussion about a complicated topic. https://go.nature.com/2I4loEh
Option 3: If you want further proof that science and politics mix whether you like it or not, look no further than the climate change debate. Gimlet’s podcast, How To Save a Planet, takes a look at the non-renewable energy sector, i.e. oil and gas. “Decades ago, the oil company Exxon made a decision that drastically changed our country’s response to climate change. At the time, the company’s scientists were warning about global warming and Exxon was investing in the research and development of renewable energy technologies. But instead of going down the path of pursuing renewables, a small group of powerful people decided to double down on fossil fuels.” There’s no two ways about it, science and politics are joined at the hip. Unfortunately, that’s not necessarily a good thing. https://spoti.fi/2TSgDQF