Our selection of the best science podcasts of 2017. 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.
Lunch Gets Schooled 2017-09-11 14:50:43 Across the United States, school lunch is being transformed, as counties and cities partner with local farms to access fresh vegetables, as well as hire chefs to introduce tastier and more adventurous meals. This is a much-needed correction after decades of processed meals that contained little in the way of nutrition and flavor. But how ...More â 54 minutes, 22 seconds
Sour Grapes: The History and Science of Vinegar 2017-08-28 20:15:23 It's found in almost every home, whether it's destined to dress salads or clean surfaces and kill fruit flies. But, effective as it is at those tasks, most of us struggle to get excited about vinegar. Today, however, a handful of enthusiasts and entrepreneurs are trying to launch a vinegar renaissanceâone in which we appreciate ...More â 45 minutes, 5
The Birds and The Bugs 2017-08-15 04:32:08 Chicken is such a mainstay of the contemporary American dinner table that it seems hard to imagine that, just a century ago, it was rare and expensive. But over the course of the 20th century, both chickens and the chicken industry exploded in size. Much of that growth can be attributed to the miraculous properties ...More â 48 minutes, 24 seconds
It's Tea Time: Pirates, Polyphenols, and a Proper Cuppa 2017-07-31 19:51:03 This week, Gastropod tells the story of two countries and their shared obsession with a plant: Camellia sinensis, otherwise known as the tea bush. The Chinese domesticated tea over thousands of years, but they lost their near monopoly on international trade when a Scottish botanist, disguised as a Chinese nobleman, smuggled it out of China in ... 44 minutes, 27 seconds
Peanuts: Peril and Promise 2017-06-20 01:25:54 Despite their diminutive scale, peanuts play an outsized role in American culture. Peanut butter has long been a mainstay of the American lunchbox, with its sticky, slightly sweet nuttiness flavoring the memories of generation after generation of kids. And it's hard to imagine ballgames without, as the song goes, peanuts and Cracker Jacks (which, of course, also ... 46 minutes, 46 seconds
Fake Food 2017-06-06 05:12:18 Hamburgers that turn out to be horse, not beef. Honey sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup. Old, grey olives dipped in copper sulfate solution to make them look fresh and green. Fraudulent foods such as these make up as much as five to ten percent of the offerings on supermarket shelves, according to expertsâbut which food is ... 42 minutes, 17 seconds
Here's Why You Should Care About Southern Food 2017-05-22 14:58:40 The food of the South is one of the most complicated, complex, contradictory cuisines in the U.S. This is the region where a monumental mixing of crops and culinary traditions gave way to one of the most punishing, damaging monocultures in the country; where food born in violence and slavery led to delicious, nutritious dishes. ... 48 minutes, 5
Better Believe It's Butter 2017-05-09 05:58:37 Butter is beautiful: solid golden bars add the perfect flakiness to pastry, give cake a delightfully tender springiness, and melt mouth-wateringly onto toast. But unlike its cousin, cheeseâanother concentrated, solidified form of milkâwe don't tend to think of butter as something that's available in hundreds of varieties, each with a different flavor, color, and texture. ... 39 minutes, 27 seconds
Meet Koji, Your New Favorite Fungus 2017-04-24 18:12:03 It's impossible to imagine Japanese meals without soy sauce, or the umami-rich fermented bean paste called miso, or the rice-based spirit known as sake. Which means that Japanese cuisine depends on the one fungus that enables the fermentation of all these delicious foods: koji. Today, American chefs are discovering what Asian cooks have known for centuries, that ... 41 minutes, 36 seconds
V is for Vitamin 2017-04-10 14:23:16 They're added to breakfast cereal, bread, and even Pop-Tarts, giving the sweetest, most processed treats a halo of health. Most people pop an extra dose for good measure, perhaps washing it down with fortified milk. But what are vitaminsâand how did their discovery make America's processed food revolution possible? On this episode of Gastropod, author ... 49 minutes, 4 seconds
Best Science Podcasts 2017
We have hand picked the best science podcasts for 2017. Sit back and enjoy new science podcasts updated daily from your favorite science news services and scientists.
Radiolab Presents: Anna in Somalia This week, we are presenting a story from NPR foreign correspondent Gregory Warner and his new globe-trotting podcast Rough Translation.
Mohammed was having the best six months of his life - working a job he loved, making mixtapes for his sweetheart - when the communist Somali regime perp-walked him out of his own home, and sentenced him to a lifetime of solitary confinement. With only concrete walls and cockroaches to keep him company, Mohammed felt miserable, alone, despondent. But then one day, eight months into his sentence, he heard a whisper, a whisper that would open up a portal to - of all places and times - 19th century Russia, and that would teach him how to live and love again.
Future Consequences From data collection to gene editing to AI, what we once considered science fiction is now becoming reality. This hour, TED speakers explore the future consequences of our present actions. Guests include designer Anab Jain, futurist Juan Enriquez, biologist Paul Knoepfler, and neuroscientist and philosopher Sam Harris.