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From Gastropod - 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 space—the 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 → The post Potatoes in Space! appeared first on Gastropod.


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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.

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 space—the 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 → The post Potatoes in Space! appeared first on Gastropod.
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Are Insect Guts the Secret to the Most Delicious Kimchi?
2019-12-03 13:05:59
This side dish of spicy, bubbly, funky pickled vegetables is such a staple in Korea that no meal is considered complete without it—but, recently, kimchi has found its way into burgers, pasta, grilled cheese, and even tacos. This episode, we trace the behind-the-scenes story of the "kimchi diplomacy" that turned Korea's favorite fermented cabbage into ...More → The post Are Insect Guts the Secret to the Most Delicious Kimchi? appeared first on Gastropod.


Menu Mind Control
2019-11-18 15:21:41
At its most basic, a menu is simply a way for a restaurant to communicate its offerings and their prices to its customers. But, perhaps even more importantly, says Alison Pearlman, author of a new book on menus called May We Suggest, a menu has to persuade diners that they want what the restaurant is ...More → The post Menu Mind Control appeared first on Gastropod.


Of Ghost Foods and Culinary Extinction
2019-11-04 17:31:09
The earliest humans favored juicy, meaty mammoth at mealtimes. Ancient Romans loved their favorite herb, silphium, so much that they sprinkled it on everything from lamb to melon. In the 19th century United States, passenger pigeon pie was a cherished comfort food, long before chicken pot pie became commonplace. And, for dessert, Americans a century ...More → The post Of Ghost Foods and Culinary Extinction appeared first on Gastropod.


Tiki Time!
2019-10-22 06:22:34
Tiki bars are hot these days: you can enjoy a fruity tropical drink while surrounded by faux-Polynesian décor in most major cities around the U.S. and elsewhere, with new tiki spots opening every month. The trend is a revival of a nearly century-old American tradition—but the knowledge of how to make these classic tiki cocktails ...More → The post Tiki Time! appeared first on Gastropod.


What's CRISPR Doing in our Food?
2019-10-07 19:12:02
You've probably heard the hype: CRISPR will revolutionize biotech, cure disease, resurrect extinct species, and even create new-and-(not-so)-improved humans. But what is CRISPR—and what's it doing in our food? The first generation of genetically modified crops, or GMOs, were labelled "Frankenfoods" by critics and are banned in the European Union. Can CRISPR succeed where fish-tomatoes ...More → The post What's CRISPR Doing in our Food? appeared first on Gastropod.


Happy Birthday to Us: Gastropod Turns Five
2019-09-24 11:40:20
We launched Gastropod in September 2014, which means we're turning five this month, and that's approximately 100 in podcast years. We're celebrating our birthday with a special episode featuring highlights from the past five years' worth of episodes, as chosen by you, our listeners—served up alongside a generous slice of cake science and history. Join ...More → The post Happy Birthday to Us: Gastropod Turns Five appeared first on Gastropod.


Celebrate Mexico's True National Holiday with the Mysteries of Mole
2019-09-10 13:27:28
In the United States, Cinco de Mayo is an excuse for margarita-fueled partying. But in Mexico, that date—the anniversary of a military triumph over Napoleon on May 5, 1862—is marked by a parade and not much else. The real celebrations happen on September 16, which is Mexican Independence Day. At Gastropod, we're always down to ...More → The post Celebrate Mexico's True National Holiday with the Mysteries of Mole appeared first on Gastropod.


Running on Fumes: Strawberry's Dirty Secret
2019-08-27 10:19:20
This episode, we tell an age-old tale: an innocent young berry heads west to make its fame and fortune—but sells its soul in the process. In order for our hero, the strawberry, to defeat its nemesis, a fungus called wilt, the aromatic red fruit makes a deal with the devil—and duly becomes America's favorite berry. ...More → The post Running on Fumes: Strawberry's Dirty Secret appeared first on Gastropod.


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 obesity—the 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 → The post Omega 1-2-3 appeared first on Gastropod.


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 → The post Meet Sharbat, the Ancestor of Sorbet, Syrup, Shrub, Sherbet, and Pretty Much Everything Else Cool appeared first on Gastropod.


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 → The post Super Fry: The Fight for the Golden Frite appeared first on Gastropod.


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 → The post Eat This, Not That: The Surprising Science of Personalized Nutrition appeared first on Gastropod.


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 process—and one that, until recently, we knew almost nothing about. On this episode of Gastropod, we follow our food on its journey to becoming ...More → The post Guts and Glory appeared first on Gastropod.


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 world—one 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 → The post BONUS: Introducing Science Rules! with Bill Nye appeared first on Gastropod.


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 → The post The Great Gastropod Pudding Off appeared first on Gastropod.


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 space—the 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 → The post Potatoes in Space! appeared first on Gastropod.


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 languages—and 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 → The post The Curry Chronicles appeared first on Gastropod.


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 readers—as "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 → The post The Bagelization of America appeared first on Gastropod.


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's—the combined ...More → The post Can Diet Stop Alzheimer's? appeared first on Gastropod.


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 embryo—or many. But how did seeds come to play such a critical role in human history? ...More → The post Seeds of Immortality appeared first on Gastropod.


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 → The post Pick A Pawpaw: America's Forgotten Fruit appeared first on Gastropod.


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 → The post Eating to Win: Gatorade, Muscle Milk, and... Chicken Nuggets? appeared first on Gastropod.


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 → The post The Secret History of the Slave Behind Jack Daniel's Whiskey appeared first on Gastropod.


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 yourself—with artificial sweeteners, you can literally have your cake and eat it, too. But are these substances ...More → The post Sweet and Low (Calorie): The Story of Artificial Sweeteners appeared first on Gastropod.


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 health—but 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 → The post Dirty Tricks and Data: The Great Soda Wars, Part 2 appeared first on Gastropod.


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