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Gastropod is the award-winning podcast that explores food topics through the lens of history and science. Led by enterprising hosts Cynthia Graber and Nicola Twilley, each episode uncovers the hidden stories and surprising science behind a different food or farming-related topic, from aquaculture to ancient feasts, cutlery to chile peppers, and microbes to malbec.

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Reinventing the Eel

Contrary to What You’ve Heard, Toll House Didn’t Invent the Chocolate Chip Cookie

How Do We Get People to Compost?

How an Exiled Mexican President Accidentally Invented Chewing Gum

How America’s Coffee Got Bad — and Then Got Great

The Very Capitalist History of the American Coffee Break

Fortune Cookies Come With Almost Every Chinese Delivery Order in America. Here’s Why.

What Dates Have to Do With Christmas, the Temple of Dendur, and ‘America’s Arabia’

The Most Interesting Oil in the World

Beyond Impossible: The Sanitarium and World War II Past of Meat Substitutes

Here’s Why It’s Illegal to Sell Animal Lungs for Consumption in the U.S.

Before Candy, Halloween Was About Predicting Your Future Husband by Tossing Apple Peels

The 142-Year Project — Complete With a Secret Treasure Map — to Study Weeds

Don’t Laugh, But Really: What Is a Bunghole?

Li Shizeng Was Supposed to Spy on French Military Tactics. He Opened Europe’s First Tofu Factory Instead.

The Great British Pudding Mystery: What, Exactly, Is a Spotted Dick?

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