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Gastropod

Cynthia Graber and Nicola Twilley

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Gastropod

Gastropod

Cynthia Graber and Nicola Twilley

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1.6K
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Food Through the Lens of Science and History

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Dinner Plate Invasion: Lionfish, Tiger Shrimp, and Feral Pigs, Oh My!

Across America, feral pigs are on the rampage, wrecking fields of crops, hunting local wildlife to extinction, and even attacking humans. In the United Kingdom, Japanese knotweed is taking over the landscape: banks deny mortgages to infested properties, and the government regulates its disposal with the same precautions it takes for low-level nuclear waste. Humans …More →

43 MIN1 w ago
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Dinner Plate Invasion: Lionfish, Tiger Shrimp, and Feral Pigs, Oh My!

Meet the Queen of Kiwi: The 96-Year-Old Woman Who Transformed America’s Produce Aisle

The produce section of most American supermarkets in the 1950s was minimal to a fault, with only a few dozen fruits and vegetables to choose from: perhaps one kind of apple, one kind of lettuce, a yellow onion, a pile of bananas. Today, grocery stores routinely offer hundreds of different fruits and vegetables, many of …More →

44 MIN2019 DEC 17
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Meet the Queen of Kiwi: The 96-Year-Old Woman Who Transformed America’s Produce Aisle

Are Insect Guts the Secret to the Most Delicious Kimchi?

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 →

41 MIN2019 DEC 4
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Are Insect Guts the Secret to the Most Delicious Kimchi?

Menu Mind Control

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 →

51 MIN2019 NOV 19
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Menu Mind Control

Of Ghost Foods and Culinary Extinction

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 →

52 MIN2019 NOV 5
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Of Ghost Foods and Culinary Extinction

Tiki Time!

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 →

45 MIN2019 OCT 22
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Tiki Time!

What’s CRISPR Doing in our Food?

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 →

49 MIN2019 OCT 8
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What’s CRISPR Doing in our Food?

Happy Birthday to Us: Gastropod Turns Five

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 →

45 MIN2019 SEP 25
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Happy Birthday to Us: Gastropod Turns Five

Celebrate Mexico’s True National Holiday with the Mysteries of Mole

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 →

47 MIN2019 SEP 11
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Celebrate Mexico’s True National Holiday with the Mysteries of Mole

Running on Fumes: Strawberry’s Dirty Secret

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 →

48 MIN2019 AUG 28
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Running on Fumes: Strawberry’s Dirty Secret

Latest Episodes

Dinner Plate Invasion: Lionfish, Tiger Shrimp, and Feral Pigs, Oh My!

Across America, feral pigs are on the rampage, wrecking fields of crops, hunting local wildlife to extinction, and even attacking humans. In the United Kingdom, Japanese knotweed is taking over the landscape: banks deny mortgages to infested properties, and the government regulates its disposal with the same precautions it takes for low-level nuclear waste. Humans …More →

43 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Dinner Plate Invasion: Lionfish, Tiger Shrimp, and Feral Pigs, Oh My!

Meet the Queen of Kiwi: The 96-Year-Old Woman Who Transformed America’s Produce Aisle

The produce section of most American supermarkets in the 1950s was minimal to a fault, with only a few dozen fruits and vegetables to choose from: perhaps one kind of apple, one kind of lettuce, a yellow onion, a pile of bananas. Today, grocery stores routinely offer hundreds of different fruits and vegetables, many of …More →

44 MIN2019 DEC 17
Comments
Meet the Queen of Kiwi: The 96-Year-Old Woman Who Transformed America’s Produce Aisle

Are Insect Guts the Secret to the Most Delicious Kimchi?

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 →

41 MIN2019 DEC 4
Comments
Are Insect Guts the Secret to the Most Delicious Kimchi?

Menu Mind Control

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 →

51 MIN2019 NOV 19
Comments
Menu Mind Control

Of Ghost Foods and Culinary Extinction

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 →

52 MIN2019 NOV 5
Comments
Of Ghost Foods and Culinary Extinction

Tiki Time!

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 →

45 MIN2019 OCT 22
Comments
Tiki Time!

What’s CRISPR Doing in our Food?

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 →

49 MIN2019 OCT 8
Comments
What’s CRISPR Doing in our Food?

Happy Birthday to Us: Gastropod Turns Five

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 →

45 MIN2019 SEP 25
Comments
Happy Birthday to Us: Gastropod Turns Five

Celebrate Mexico’s True National Holiday with the Mysteries of Mole

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 →

47 MIN2019 SEP 11
Comments
Celebrate Mexico’s True National Holiday with the Mysteries of Mole

Running on Fumes: Strawberry’s Dirty Secret

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 →

48 MIN2019 AUG 28
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Running on Fumes: Strawberry’s Dirty Secret

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