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Our selection of the best science podcasts of 2018. New science podcasts are updated daily from your favorite science news services and scientists.


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Gastropod looks at food through the lens of science and history. Co-hosts Cynthia Graber and Nicola Twilley serve up a brand new episode every two weeks.

Remembrance of Things Pasta: A Saucy Tale
2018-02-12 20:04:14
It's one of food's most beautiful relationships: pasta and sauce. But which came first—and how on Earth are you supposed to figure out which of those hundreds of shapes to serve with your pesto? With Valentine's Day round the corner, we bring you the saucy—and occasionally scientific—history of an Italian staple. Listen in now as ...More →
45 minutes, 49 seconds


We've Lost It: The Diet Episode
2018-01-29 18:12:26
Diet dreams are splashed across magazine covers and blare from the T.V., offering tips and tricks, that will, readers and viewers are promised, make weight loss easy and fast. Diet books making similar claims can be found at the top of the best-seller list without fail, every January. But where does this obsession with losing ...More →
52 minutes, 31 seconds


Meet Saffron, the World's Most Expensive Spice
2018-01-15 19:45:25
It's the poshest spice of all, often worth its weight in gold. But saffron also has a hidden history as a dye, a luxury self-tanner, and even a serotonin stimulant. That's right, this episode we're all about those fragile red threads plucked from the center of a purple crocus flower. Listen in as we visit ...More →
43 minutes, 45 seconds


Secrets of Sourdough
2017-12-18 12:16:09
Today, you can find a huge variety of breads on supermarket shelves, only a few of which are called "sourdough." For most of human history, though, any bread that wasn't flat was sourdough—that is, it was leavened with a wild community of microbes. And yet we know surprisingly little about the microbes responsible for raising ...More →
50 minutes, 16 seconds


Green Gold: Our Love Affair with Olive Oil
2017-12-04 19:07:55
Olive oil is not what you think it is. According to Tom Mueller, author of Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil, an olive is a stone fruit like a plum or cherry—meaning that the green-gold liquid we extract from it "is, quite literally, fruit juice." And, while we're blowing your minds, ...More →
52 minutes, 37 seconds


Women, Food, Power ... and Books!
2017-11-21 07:58:22
From "The Flintstones" to Focus on the Family, the stereotype has long been that men hunt and provide, while women just stir the pot. Thankfully, today many women—and men—reject both that biological essentialism and the resulting division of labor. But what can science tell us about the role our earliest female ancestors played in providing ...More →
43 minutes, 46 seconds


Crantastic: The Story of America's Berry
2017-11-06 19:34:58
It's nearly Thanksgiving, which, for most Americans, marks the one time a year their dinner table is adorned with jewel-like cranberries, simmered into a delicious sauce. But hundreds of years ago, cranberry sauce was a mainstay of daily meals, all around the U.S. How did this acidic, tannic berry, so hard to love in its ...More →
42 minutes, 24 seconds


Cannibalism: From Calories to Kuru
2017-10-24 10:32:03
For most of us, it's unthinkable: human is never what's for dinner. Sorry to burst any bubbles, but this episode, we discover that not only is cannibalism widespread throughout the natural world, but it's also much more common among our own kind than we like to think. Spiders and sharks do it; so have both ...More →
47 minutes, 7 seconds


Eataly World and the Future of Food Shopping
2017-10-09 17:41:10
In just over a month, the world's first theme park devoted entirely to Italian food will open its doors—and Gastropod has the scoop! Among Eataly World's delights will be hunt-your-own truffles, baby lambs, beach volleyball, and custom Bianchi shopping bike-carts. But there's a bigger story, and it's that Oscar Farinetti, the founder of the Eataly ...More →
39 minutes, 17 seconds


What the Fluff is Marshmallow Creme?
2017-09-25 18:33:22
If you're not from New England, you may never have heard of Fluff, or its legendary sandwich-based incarnation, the Fluffernutter. The sticky sweet marshmallow creme was invented exactly one hundred years ago in Somerville, Massachusetts—at the time, the Silicon Valley of candy innovation. To celebrate, we're diving into the history of the disruptive technologies that ...More →
38 minutes, 51 seconds




Best Science Podcasts 2018

We have hand picked the best science podcasts for 2018. Sit back and enjoy new science podcasts updated daily from your favorite science news services and scientists.
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