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.
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 womenâand menâreject 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 â 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 â 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 â 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 doorsâand 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 â 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, Massachusettsâat the time, the Silicon Valley of candy innovation. To celebrate, we're diving into the history of the disruptive technologies that ...More â 38 minutes, 51 seconds
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
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.
Simple Solutions Sometimes, the best solutions to complex problems are simple. But simple doesn't always mean easy. This hour, TED speakers describe the innovation and hard work that goes into achieving simplicity. Guests include designer Mileha Soneji, chef Sam Kass, sleep researcher Wendy Troxel, public health advocate Myriam Sidibe, and engineer Amos Winter.
#448 Pavlov (Rebroadcast) This week, we're learning about the life and work of a groundbreaking physiologist whose work on learning and instinct is familiar worldwide, and almost universally misunderstood. We'll spend the hour with Daniel Todes, Ph.D, Professor of History of Medicine at The Johns Hopkins University, discussing his book "Ivan Pavlov: A Russian Life in Science."