DiscoverHere Be MonstersHBM124: Banana Softies
HBM124: Banana Softies

HBM124: Banana Softies

Update: 2019-11-13
Share

Description

“Gene” says it started because he wanted to be a veterinarian. So he took a job as a research associate at a vivarium that studied cancer drugs. He was often alone in the lab at night with hundreds or thousands of research animals around him.  The monkeys were his favorite, especially the rhesus macaques. He loved to give them treats, play movies and Celine Dion for them. And sometimes he’d lean up against the cages to let his monkey friends groom him. He knew the work would be hard, but he believed his  was justified because the primate research helped people in the long run.


In his two years at the lab, Gene radiated a lot of monkeys.  He and his colleagues studied the deteriorating effects of radiation and the side effects of experimental cancer drugs seeking FDA approval. Once a monkey became too sick and lethargic, it was Gene’s job to euthanize them. He would hold them as they died and tell them he was sorry. 


After one study with a particularly high radiation doses, Gene found himself alone again in a lab late at night, euthanizing more monkeys and thinking to himself, “Those were my friends... Those were my fucking friends.” These words became the screamed lyrics to the unfinished, unpublished song that Gene performs in this episode.


Gene left the job shortly after writing the song, but he still works in medical research. He no longer performs euthanizations. 



Gene says that the monkeys enjoyed watching this adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. 


An island in South Carolina where rhesus macaques are bred for scientific study


Comments 
loading
In Channel
HBM125: Deepfaking Nixon

HBM125: Deepfaking Nixon

2019-11-2700:26:53

HBM124: Banana Softies

HBM124: Banana Softies

2019-11-1300:17:21

HBM123: Water Witches

HBM123: Water Witches

2019-10-3000:48:42

HBM121: True North

HBM121: True North

2019-10-0200:34:37

Season 8 = October 2

Season 8 = October 2

2019-09-2300:01:33

HBM120: Own Worst Interest

HBM120: Own Worst Interest

2019-06-0500:26:39

Listen to Lost Notes

Listen to Lost Notes

2019-05-1500:40:33

HBM118: Mountain Seabed

HBM118: Mountain Seabed

2019-05-0800:22:47

HBM117: Grave Oversight

HBM117: Grave Oversight

2019-04-2400:32:18

HBM114: Envisioning AIDS

HBM114: Envisioning AIDS

2019-03-1300:37:49

HBM113: The Last Ones

HBM113: The Last Ones

2019-02-2700:29:02

HBM112: Negative Space

HBM112: Negative Space

2019-02-1300:21:41

HBM111: Waiting for Earth

HBM111: Waiting for Earth

2019-01-3000:30:00

HBM110: Big Numbers

HBM110: Big Numbers

2019-01-1600:26:53

HBM108: Witch of Saratoga

HBM108: Witch of Saratoga

2018-12-1900:19:58

loading
Download from Google Play
Download from App Store
00:00
00:00
1.0x

0.5x

0.8x

1.0x

1.25x

1.5x

2.0x

3.0x

HBM124: Banana Softies

HBM124: Banana Softies

Jeff Emtman and Bethany Denton