Ana Gomes, a well-known broadcaster and science journalist in Portugal, interviewed me in Lisbon about my book, its relevance to the Portuguese (the book is being launched on Saturday in conjunction with a public talk I’m giving in Porto), and about my work on São Tomé (a former Portuguese colony). It’s to be broadcast on Friday on the Portuguese equivalent of NPR, with a Portuguese voice-over above my own voice. You can, however, hear just the English interview at this website.
As usual, I haven’t listened to it because I bridle at the sound of my voice, but it I do talk about my fly work a bit more than in most of my interviews.
The Portuguese have much less of a problem with evolution than Americans do, at least as far as I can tell by talking to people. Evolution is routinely taught in public schools and is not an issue.
Although Portugal is a pretty religious country, the religion is Catholicism. Since the Catholic Church officially accepts evolution, this may be the explanation. (Note, though, that 29% of American Catholics are dyed-in-the-wool creationists.)