Our selection of the best science podcasts of 2018. New science podcasts are updated daily from your favorite science news services and scientists.
Gastropod 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.
Out of the Fire, Into the Frying Pan 2018-06-19 11:51:29 From rainbow-hued enameled stew pots to lightweight nonstick frying pans, the metal and ceramic vessels we use to heat our food are such an everyday aspect of the kitchen that they're easy to take for granted. But make no mistake: the invention of the pot was, after fire, one of the most important innovations in ...More â 49 minutes, 9 seconds
Hotbox: The Oven From Turnspit Dogs to Microwaves 2018-06-05 00:38:57 Humans are the only animals that cook their food, an innovation that changed the course of our evolution and the trajectory of the planet. But how did we tame those early cooking fires and put them in a boxâand what can subsequent leaps forward in heating technology tell us about cuisines and culture? This episode, ...More â 55 minutes, 17 seconds
Ripe for Global Domination: The Story of the Avocado 2018-05-07 20:00:08 Avocados are on a roll. More precisely, they're on toastâa lot of toast. Last summer, British Vogue reported that more than three million new photos of avocado toast are uploaded to Instagram every day. But how did this humble fruit, originally named after testicles, get from its Mexican forest home to a tattoo on Miley ...More â 48 minutes, 19 seconds
Meet the Man Who Found, Finagled, and Ferried Home the Foods We Eat Today 2018-04-23 20:18:42 You've probably never heard of David Fairchild. But if you've savored kale, mango, peaches, dates, grapes, a Meyer lemon, or a glass of craft beer lately, you've tasted the fruits of his globe-trotting travels in search of the world's best cropsâand his struggles to get them back home to the United States. This episode, we ...More â 44 minutes, 1 second
Who Faked My Cheese? 2018-04-09 19:36:18 Cheeeeese: that one word alone causes our stomachs to rumble and mouths to water. The sheer variety of flavors and textures created by only a few ingredientsâmilk, salt, enzymes, and microbesâis astounding: hard and soft, creamy and crumbly, richly umami and sweetly savory. For thousands of years, humans have been transforming animal milk into one ...More â 55 minutes, 46 seconds
Marching on our Stomachs: The Science and History of Feeding the Troops 2018-03-26 17:35:26 For most of us, eggs are perfect packets of portable protein, and pizza is the lazy option for dinner. For the research team at the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Systems Center, pizza and eggs are two of the most nightmarish food-science challenges of the last fifty yearsâbut the struggle to perfect such dishes for the ...More â 49 minutes, 35 seconds
Cooking the Books with Yotam and Nigella 2018-03-12 17:15:30 Who first started collecting recipes into cookbooks? Do cookbooks have a future in a world full of online recipes? And can cookbooks tell us anything about what people are actually eating, or are they simply aspirational food porn? This episode, we explore the past, present, and future of cookbooks, from cuneiform tablets to Hail Marys, ...More â 48 minutes, 31 seconds
Cutting the Mustard 2018-02-26 19:18:01 For some Americans, a trip to the ballpark isn't complete without the bright yellow squiggle of French's atop a hotdog. For the French, the slow burn of Dijon is a must-have complement to charcuterie. In the U.K., Sunday's roast beef is nothing without the punch of Colman's. Yet few realize that this condiment has been ...More â 47 minutes, 5
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 firstâand 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 saucyâand occasionally scientificâhistory of an Italian staple. Listen in now as ...More â 45 minutes, 49 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.
The Person You Become Over the course of our lives, we shed parts of our old selves, embrace new ones, and redefine who we are. This hour, TED speakers explore ideas about the experiences that shape the person we become. Guests include aerobatics pilot and public speaker Janine Shepherd, writers Roxane Gay and Taiye Selasi, activist Jackson Bird, and fashion executive Kaustav Dey.
#478 She Has Her Mother's Laugh What does heredity really mean? Carl Zimmer would argue it's more than your genes along. In "She Has Her Mother’s Laugh: The Power, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity", Zimmer covers the history of genetics and what kinship and heredity really mean when we're discovering how to alter our own DNA, and, potentially, the DNA of our children.