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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.


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 →
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 box—and what can subsequent leaps forward in heating technology tell us about cuisines and culture? This episode, ...More →
55 minutes, 17 seconds


Feed the World: How the U.S. Became the World's Biggest Food Aid Donor—And Why That Might Not be Such a Great Thing
2018-05-21 21:19:49
The United States is, by far, the world's largest international food aid donor. Almost every year since the 1950s, it has been responsible for more than 50 percent of the billions of tons of food shipped from the parts of the world with a surplus to the parts of the world that are hungry. This ...More →
50 minutes, 3


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 toast—a 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 →
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 crops—and his struggles to get them back home to the United States. This episode, we ...More →
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 ingredients—milk, salt, enzymes, and microbes—is 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 →
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 years—but the struggle to perfect such dishes for the ...More →
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 →
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 →
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 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




Best Science Podcasts 2018

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