From Gastropod - It's been described as the ultimate status symbol for the wealthy, as the perfect solution for dieters and the sick, and, confusingly, as a liquid trapped in a solid that somehow remains fluid. What could this magical substance be? In case you haven't guessed, this episode, we're talking about Jell-O! Or, to be more precise, ...More â
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Watch It Wiggle: The Jell-O Story 2018-08-13 20:01:28 It's been described as the ultimate status symbol for the wealthy, as the perfect solution for dieters and the sick, and, confusingly, as a liquid trapped in a solid that somehow remains fluid. What could this magical substance be? In case you haven't guessed, this episode, we're talking about Jell-O! Or, to be more precise, ...More â
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Omega 1-2-3 2019-08-12 19:52:30 Based on all the hype, you'd be forgiven for believing that the fish oils known as omega-3s are solution to every problem. Heart disease, dementia, depression, even obesityâthe list of ailments that experts claim a daily dose of omega-3 can help prevent seems endless. And with more than ten percent of Americans taking a capsule ...More â
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Meet Sharbat, the Ancestor of Sorbet, Syrup, Shrub, Sherbet, and Pretty Much Everything Else Cool 2019-08-05 22:42:47 Many of you won't have heard of sharbat, the delightfully tangy, refreshingly icy Persian drink. But most of you will have tasted at least one of its many descendants: sorbet, sherbet, syrup, shrub, and even the julep. So, what is sharbat? How did it inspire so many variations on cooling deliciousness? And how did Persians ...More â
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Super Fry: The Fight for the Golden Frite 2019-06-18 17:50:48 Shoestring, waffle, curly, or thick-cut: however you slice it, nearly everyone loves a deep-fried, golden brown piece of potato. But that's where the agreement ends and the battles begin. While Americans call their fries "French," Belgians claim that they, not the French, invented the perfect fry. Who's right? This episode, we take you right into ...More â
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Eat This, Not That: The Surprising Science of Personalized Nutrition 2019-06-09 22:18:45 This episode, we've got the exclusive on the preliminary results of the world's largest personalized nutrition experiment. Genetic epidemiologist Tim Spector launched the study, called PREDICT, to answer a simple but important question: do we each respond to different foods differently? And, if so, why? How much of that difference is genetic, how much is ...More â
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Guts and Glory 2019-05-21 06:44:55 What does it mean when your stomach rumbles? How do our bodies extract nutrients and vitamins from food? Does what you eat affect your mood? Digestion is an invisible, effortless, unconscious processâand one that, until recently, we knew almost nothing about. On this episode of Gastropod, we follow our food on its journey to becoming ...More â
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BONUS: Introducing Science Rules! with Bill Nye 2019-05-16 06:23:48 We interrupt our regular programming to bring you news of a new podcast you might like. Bill Nye is on a mission to change the worldâone phone call at a time. On his new podcast, Science Rules!, he tackles your questions on just about anything in the universe. Perhaps you've wondered: Should I stop eating ...More â
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The Great Gastropod Pudding Off 2019-05-06 15:44:10 Four bakers, one evening, and one challenge: Who can steam the best spotted dick? On this week's action-packed episode, Tom Gilliford, Selasi Gbormittah, and Yan Tsou of Great British Bake-Off fame, along with honorary Gastropod member (and Cynthia's partner) Tim Buntel, compete to see who can master this most classic of British puddings for the ...More â
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Potatoes in Space! 2019-04-23 12:20:51 Today, a half century after Neil Armstrong took one small step onto the surface of the Moon, there are still just three humans living in spaceâthe crew of the International Space Station. But, after decades of talk, both government agencies and entrepreneurs are now drawing up more concrete plans to return to the Moon, and ...More â
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The Curry Chronicles 2019-04-09 11:47:34 Curry is, supposedly, Indian. But there is no such word in any of the country's many official languagesâand no Indian would use the term to describe their own food. So what is curry? This episode takes us to India, Britain, and Japan on a quest to understand how a variety of spicy, saucy dishes ended ...More â
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The Bagelization of America 2019-03-26 01:12:18 Today, it's a breakfast staple, but, as recently as 1960, The New York Times had to define it for readersâas "an unsweetened doughnut with rigor mortis." That's right, this episode is all about the bagel, that shiny, ring-shaped, surprisingly dense bread that makes the perfect platform for cream cheese and lox. Where did it come ...More â
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Can Diet Stop Alzheimer's? 2019-03-11 13:41:00 Every three seconds, someone in the world develops Alzheimer's disease. It's a devastating disease: millions of people, as well as their caretakers, spend years dealing with disabling disorientation and memory loss. Today, it's the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. By 2050, an estimated 15 million people in America will have Alzheimer'sâthe combined ...More â
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Seeds of Immortality 2019-03-04 13:22:50 When seeds first evolved, hundreds of millions of years ago, they not only revolutionized the plant world, but they also eventually sowed the path for human civilization. Today, it's nearly impossible to eat a meal without consuming a plant embryoâor many. But how did seeds come to play such a critical role in human history? ...More â
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Pick A Pawpaw: America's Forgotten Fruit 2019-02-26 12:03:58 In 1916, agricultural experts voted the pawpaw the American fruit most likely to succeed, ahead of blueberries and cranberries. But today, most people have never even heard of it, let alone tried it. What is the pawpaw, and how did we forget it? Listen in this episode for a tale that involves mastodons and head-lice, ...More â
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Eating to Win: Gatorade, Muscle Milk, and... Chicken Nuggets? 2019-02-12 13:36:48 Ancient Greek Olympians swore by beans to give them a competitive edge. Japanese sumo wrestlers rely on a protein-rich soup called chankonabe to get into peak condition. And NBA all-stars Kevin Garnett, Carmelo Anthony, and Steph Curry credit their success to a pre-game PB&J. Throughout history, athletes have traditionally eaten something special they hope will ...More â
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The Secret History of the Slave Behind Jack Daniel's Whiskey 2019-01-28 15:51:33 Back in 1866, Jack Daniel's became the first registered distillery in the United States; today, it's the top-selling American whiskey in the world. For much of the brand's 150-plus years, the story went that the young Jack Daniel learned his trade from a pastor named Dan Call. In reality, he was taught to distill by ...More â
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Sweet and Low (Calorie): The Story of Artificial Sweeteners 2019-01-15 11:54:57 For decades, ads for treats sweetened with substances like Sweet'N Low, NutraSweet, and Splenda have promised what seems like a miracle of modern science: that you can enjoy all the dessert you want, calorie-free. No need to deprive yourselfâwith artificial sweeteners, you can literally have your cake and eat it, too. But are these substances ...More â
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Dirty Tricks and Data: The Great Soda Wars, Part 2 2018-12-17 20:13:19 Over the past five years, more than forty cities and countries around the world have passed a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages. These soda taxes are designed to improve public healthâbut do they? Or have all the doom-and-gloom predictions of the soda industry come true instead? Researchers have been crunching the data, and this episode we ...More â
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Souring on Sweet: The Great Soda Wars, Part 1 2018-12-04 13:01:27 Public health researchers agree: the evidence is clear that Americans consume way too much sugar, that sugar contributes to weight gain, and that rising rates of obesity in the U.S. will lead to significant health problems in the future. What's much less clear is what to do about it. In this special, first-ever two-part episode ...More â
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The Truth is in the Tooth: Braces, Cavities, and the Paleo Diet 2018-11-19 14:47:02 Brush, floss, and forget: chances are, you only think about your teeth when they cause you trouble. But teeth have tales to tell, such as how old we are, how fast we grew, and how far we've traveled... But, most intriguingly, teeth can tell us both what we evolved to eat and what we actually have ...More â
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Who Invented Mac and Cheese? 2018-11-13 09:15:11 The warm, gooey dish, a childhood staple across North America, is many things to many people: a mainstay of African-American Sunday dinners, according to soul food expert Adrian Miller; a comforting yet celebratory meal that can be jazzed up in dozens of ways, according to chef and former mac and cheese restaurant owner Allison Arevalo; and ...More â
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How the Carrot Became Orange, and Other Stories 2018-11-05 19:28:48 Thousands of years ago, in what's now Afghanistan, people unearthed the tangled, gnarled roots of Queen Anne's Laceâa ubiquitous, hairy-stemmed plant with a spray of tiny white flowers. These fibrous, twisted roots were white and bitter-tasting, but they had an appealing spicy, pine-y, earthy aroma. This was the unpromising ancestor of one of America's most ...More â
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The Incredible Egg 2018-10-23 15:48:19 We love eggs scrambled, fried, or poached; we couldn't enjoy a quiche, meringue, or flan without them. But for scientists and archaeologists, these perfect packages are a source of both wonder and curiosity. Why do eggs come in such a spectacular variety of colors, shapes, and sizes? Why are we stuck mostly eating chicken eggs, ...More â
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Espresso and Whisky: The Place of Time in Food 2018-10-08 20:06:14 Why does fish cook so fast? What's the "wasabi window"? And can you really make 20-year-old aged whisky in six days? This episode, we're looking at the role of time in food and flavor: what it does, and how we've triedâand sometimes succeededâto manipulate that. To explore these questions, we visit a whisky time machine tucked ...More â
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Why These Animals? 2018-09-24 19:58:51 In the West, when it comes to which meat is for dinner, we nearly always choose beef, pork, or chicken. Yet cows and pigs are only two of more than five thousand of species of mammals, and chicken is one of ten thousand species of birds. Meanwhile, at different times in history and in different ...More â
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Mango Mania: How the American Mango Lost its Flavorâand How it Might Just Get it Back 2018-09-10 21:49:40 Mangoes inspire passion, particularly in India, which is home to hundreds of varieties of the fruit. They are celebrated in Indian music, poetry, and art; they are mentioned in Hindu and Buddhist religious texts as well as the Kama Sutra; and Indian expats will even pay hundreds of dollars for a single, air-freighted box of ...More â
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Anthropomorphic Do animals grieve? Do they have language or consciousness? For a long time, scientists resisted the urge to look for human qualities in animals. This hour, TED speakers explore how that is changing. Guests include biological anthropologist Barbara King, dolphin researcher Denise Herzing, primatologist Frans de Waal, and ecologist Carl Safina.
#SB2 2019 Science Birthday Minisode: Mary Golda Ross Our second annual Science Birthday is here, and this year we celebrate the wonderful Mary Golda Ross, born 9 August 1908. She died in 2008 at age 99, but left a lasting mark on the science of rocketry and space exploration as an early woman in engineering, and one of the first Native Americans in engineering. Join Rachelle and Bethany for this very special birthday minisode celebrating Mary and her achievements. Thanks to our Patreons who make this show possible! Read more about Mary G. Ross: Interview with Mary Ross on Lash Publications International, by Laurel Sheppard Meet Mary Golda...