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Crime Pays But Botany Doesn't

A show about plants as viewed through the lens of evolution and ecology with a side of deranged ranting, crass humor, occasional profanity, & the perpetual search for the filthiest taqueria bathroom. Plant ecology, systematics, taxonomy, floral chemistry, biogeography and more.Joey Santore was a degenerate railroader for 15 years during which he taught himself Botany by reading textbooks and research papers in the cab of the locomotive while stealing time from work. He has traveled to 11 different countries studying plant communities. He is the host of the YouTube channel Crime Pays But Botany Doesn't and the host of the show Kill...

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Recent Episodes of Crime Pays But Botany Doesn't


Pollination Systems & Bird Pollination with Jeff Ollerton

Pollination Systems & Bird Pollination with Jeff Ollerton

Jeff Ollerton is a pollination biologist and researcher based out of the EU and currently working in KunMing, Yunnan Province, China. He has written two excellent books - one entitled "Pollinators and Pollination" and another entitled "Birds and Flowers" about birds as pollinators. In this nearly two hour long conversation we talk about a variety of taxa as well as ecological phenomena. I am still kicking myself for forgetting to bring up the topic of the South African monocot genus Strelitzia (Order Zingiberales) which has a weighted-lever-mechanism that allows only birds to access the stamens.

Episode 28 May 2024 2h, 9m and 27s


Rio Grande Valley Botany with Ernest Herrera

Rio Grande Valley Botany with Ernest Herrera

In this episode we talk with field botanist Ernest Herrera about the rich floristic diversity of the Rio Grande Valley region of South Texas and Northern Mexico. We talk about a variety of cool plant species as well as the cultural history and cultural repression of this unique region, how it will adapt to climate change, how to change culture in order to get people to start appreciating their native flora more, how to convince people to kill their lawns, what happened to horned lizards, what's up with Texas Tortoises, and a sh*t ton more.

Ernest Herrera...

Episode 25 May 2024 1h, 58m and 14s


Central Texas Orchids, Limestone sinkholes, New Aster species

Central Texas Orchids, Limestone sinkholes, New Aster species



In this episode we talk about why plant "rescue" is a bullshit term, how Epipactis is probably pollinated hoverflies that it dupes, whats up with this new species of Asteraceae discovered in the Chihuahua desert, why people who don't know much about botany or ecology initially prefer non-native plants orver native ones, best place to get a Texas toast waffle machine, stealing a bus bin from Olive Garden, etc

Note : I mistakenly say Deb "described" this new species of composite. I meant to say "discovered". Blame my sleep deficit gfy

Episode 22 May 2024 1h, 51m and 31s


Death Valley Botany with Matt Berger

Death Valley Botany with Matt Berger

In this episode we talk with Botanist Matt Berger about Death Valley Plants, discovering new species, Limestone endemic plants, Dune Beetles, Desert Shrimp, specifist.ecology and more.

Episode 30 April 2024 2h, 47s


The Other 99% of Life on Planet Earth : Couch Microscopy with Dr. Julia van Etten

The Other 99% of Life on Planet Earth : Couch Microscopy with Dr. Julia van Etten

This conversation will make you want to buy a microscope and will make you rethink the way you envision the Tree of Life, where animals, plants and fungi are just a tiny speck on the overall tree of life.

Dr. Julia Van Etten (of the @Couch Microscopy Instagram page) talks about what the hell a Protist is and where you can find them (everywhere). We reveal how Protists are the fine particles that weave within and throughout our world."The Tree of Life is Really a Web".

The paper that the thumbnail is from can be...

Episode 23 April 2024 2h, 20m and 17s


Western Railroading, Sobriety, & Male Archetypes

Western Railroading, Sobriety, & Male Archetypes

In this episode we take a break from botany-related content to talk with my friend and fellow former locomotive engineer and railroader Lance Jenkins about railroading, sobriety, sad male archetypes in the US, stealing overtime, precision scheduled railroading and how it's responsible for the wreck in East Palestine Ohio,  "The Sun Train", and a whole lot more.

Episode 23 April 2024 2h, 13m and 42s


Diatomaceous Earth, Horse Cripplers & Leaf Blowers

Diatomaceous Earth, Horse Cripplers & Leaf Blowers

South Texas Sandsheet, Uvalde County Botany, Using a Leafblower & Diatomaceous Earth to rid yourself of crabs, what the sh*t is a Heterokont aka Stramenophile, Texas Men Will Be Able to Admit Having Feelings in 2028, and more

Episode 20 April 2024 1h, 23m and 24s


Hunter Martinez aka Cactus Quest

Hunter Martinez aka Cactus Quest

In this episode we talk with Hunter Martinez of the Cactus Quest YouTube Channel about how he got into growing cacti from seed and lurking on them in habitat. We discuss the spirituality of loving plants and deserts, the pros and cons of the collector habit common among this family of plants, why so many cacti grow on limestone geology, and the benefits of growing from seed over purchasing full-grown plants.

Episode 13 April 2024 1h, 44m and 41s


Riding Trains in Mexico, Contagious Native Plant Gardens,etc

Riding Trains in Mexico, Contagious Native Plant Gardens,etc

A series of extended rants about "F*ck the Honeybees", trying to settle beefs between friends, Male Primate Rivalry, Riding Trains in Mexico in 2005 & Brakemen with gold fronts, spreading the cult of native plant gardening via demonstration by example and killing lawns.

Episode 30 March 2024 1h, 18m and 46s


Instagram Drug Bros & Cactus Poaching

Instagram Drug Bros & Cactus Poaching

A long-winded rant about the social media phenomenon known as Instagram Drug Bros™️ and trying to encourage them to seek spiritual refuge (como se dice nice) in education about plant ecology and evolution rather than just the hoarding and collecting of plants that may have been sourced through somewhat unethical means. Why is plant habitat just as, if not more important than the plant itself? How is the ecological context in which a plant evolves inseparable from the plant itself? Can we get Instagram Drug Bros ™️  to start studying and collecting data on things like native solitary bees? What are...

Episode 22 March 2024 1h, 6m and 56s

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