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Disappearing Spoon: a science history podcast by Sam Kean podcast

Disappearing Spoon: a science history podcast by Sam Kean

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  Sam Kean  

A topsy-turvy science-y history podcast by Sam Kean. I examine overlooked stories from our past: the dental superiority of hunter-gatherers, the crooked Nazis who saved thousands of American lives, the American immigrants who developed the most successful cancer screening tool in history, the sex lives of dinosaurs, and much, much more. These are charming little tales that never made the history books, but these small moments can be surprisingly powerful. These are the cases where history gets inverted, where the footnote becomes the real story.

A topsy-turvy science-y history podcast by Sam Kean. I examine overlooked stories from our past: the dental superiority of hunter-gatherers, the crooked Nazis who saved thousands of American lives, the American immigrants who developed the most successful cancer screening tool in history, the sex lives of dinosaurs, and much, much more. These are charming little tales that never made the history books, but these small moments can be surprisingly powerful. These are the cases where history gets inverted, where the footnote becomes the real story.

 

#35

How Climate Change Will Remake the Human Body

Scientists know how other animals’ bodies will change in warmer climates, but how will human beings respond? Advertising Inquiries: <a href='https://redcircle.com/brands'>https://redcircle.com/brands</a>Privacy & Opt-Out: <a href='https://redcircle.com/privacy'>https://redcircle.com/privacy</a> ... Read more

19 Oct 2021

19 MINS

19:00

19 Oct 2021


#34

The ‘Mary Poppins’ Cancer

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12 Oct 2021

18 MINS

18:59

12 Oct 2021


#33

Kangaroo (and Pig and Monkey and Dog and Donkey) Courts

The long, wacky, and surprisingly thought-provoking history of trying animals in human courts... Advertising Inquiries: <a href='https://redcircle.com/brands'>https://redcircle.com/brands</a>Privacy & Opt-Out: <a href='https://redcircle.com/privacy'>https://redcircle.com/privacy</a> ... Read more

05 Oct 2021

19 MINS

19:22

05 Oct 2021


#32

Icepick Surgeon audiobook excerpt

The prologue and introduction to the book The Icepick Surgeon. Written by Sam Kean, read by Ben Sullivan. Advertising Inquiries: <a href='https://redcircle.com/brands'>https://redcircle.com/brands</a>Privacy & Opt-Out: <a href='https://redcircle.com/privacy'>https://redcircle.com/privacy</a> ... Read more

13 Jul 2021

18 MINS

18:36

13 Jul 2021


#31

The Anatomy Riots

How early anatomists provoked some of the strangest riots in history, over stolen corpses (plus, bonus preview of my new book, The Icepick Surgeon!) Advertising Inquiries: <a href='https://redcircle.com/brands'>https://redcircle.com/brands</a>Privacy & Opt-Out: <a href='https://redcircle.com/privacy'>https://redcircle.com/privacy</a> ... Read more

01 Jun 2021

17 MINS

17:09

01 Jun 2021


#30

When a Hole in the Head Is Good for You

How a rogue archaeologist in Peru—and a stolen skull—provided the first real evidence that ancient people practiced neurosurgery... Advertising Inquiries: <a href='https://redcircle.com/brands'>https://redcircle.com/brands</a>Privacy & Opt-Out: <a href='https://redcircle.com/privacy'>https://redcircle.com/privacy</a> ... Read more

25 May 2021

16 MINS

16:16

25 May 2021


#29

When Mosquitos Cured Insanity

How one doctor in the early 1900s risked the lives of patients by pitting one ancient scourge (malaria) against another (syphilis)—and won a Nobel Prize in the process... Advertising Inquiries: <a href='https://redcircle.com/brands'>https://redcircle.com/brands</a>Privacy & Opt-Out: <a href='https://redcircle.com/privacy'>https://redcircle.com/privacy</a> ... Read more

18 May 2021

17 MINS

17:17

18 May 2021


#28

The Death of the Lord God Bird

How greed, and a group of Nazi prisoners, killed off one of the most iconic birds in American history, the ivory-billed woodpecker... Advertising Inquiries: <a href='https://redcircle.com/brands'>https://redcircle.com/brands</a>Privacy & Opt-Out: <a href='https://redcircle.com/privacy'>https://redcircle.com/privacy</a> ... Read more

11 May 2021

19 MINS

19:30

11 May 2021


#27

Chewing it Over—and Over and Over and Over

How a weird “scientific” diet fad conquered America in the early 1900s—and easily could have lost World War One for the Allies... Advertising Inquiries: <a href='https://redcircle.com/brands'>https://redcircle.com/brands</a>Privacy & Opt-Out: <a href='https://redcircle.com/privacy'>https://redcircle.com/privacy</a> ... Read more

04 May 2021

17 MINS

17:52

04 May 2021


#26

What's the Longest Word in the English Language?

How the unique properties of carbon produced a 1,185-letter word... Advertising Inquiries: <a href='https://redcircle.com/brands'>https://redcircle.com/brands</a>Privacy & Opt-Out: <a href='https://redcircle.com/privacy'>https://redcircle.com/privacy</a> ... Read more

27 Apr 2021

18 MINS

18:37

27 Apr 2021


#25

Why Don't We Have a Male Birth Control Pill Yet?

How a bottle of prison hooch doomed the most promising candidate in history for a male birth-control pill, and why scientists still can&#39;t make one today... https://www.patreon.com/disappearingspoon Advertising Inquiries: <a href='https://redcircle.com/brands'>https://redcircle.com/brands</a>Privacy & Opt-Out: <a href='https://redcircle.com/privacy'>https://redcircle.com/privacy</a> ... Read more

20 Apr 2021

18 MINS

18:06

20 Apr 2021


#24

Bonus interview with WNYC's Science Diction

A two-fer: (1) A bonus interview with me about the orphan vaccine episode, from a great WNYC podcast called Science Diction. (2) A short episode of Science Diction on Edward Jenner and the very first vaccines. Advertising Inquiries: <a href='https://redcircle.com/brands'>https://redcircle.com/brands</a>Privacy & Opt-Out: <a href='https://redcircle.com/privacy'>https://redcircle.com/privacy</a> ... Read more

16 Apr 2021

26 MINS

26:15

16 Apr 2021


#23

Marie Curie's (Nearly Disastrous) Trip to America

How the women of America, exactly 100 years ago, scrimped and saved and sacrificed to secure a vital gram of radium for their scientific hero, Marie Curie... Advertising Inquiries: <a href='https://redcircle.com/brands'>https://redcircle.com/brands</a>Privacy & Opt-Out: <a href='https://redcircle.com/privacy'>https://redcircle.com/privacy</a> ... Read more

13 Apr 2021

17 MINS

17:06

13 Apr 2021


#22

The Most Important Lost Fossils in History

How the legendary Peking Man fossils from China disappeared in the 1940s, and why archaeologists think that maybe—just maybe—they now know where to find them... Advertising Inquiries: <a href='https://redcircle.com/brands'>https://redcircle.com/brands</a>Privacy & Opt-Out: <a href='https://redcircle.com/privacy'>https://redcircle.com/privacy</a> ... Read more

06 Apr 2021

19 MINS

19:21

06 Apr 2021


#21

The World’s First Global Vaccine Supply Chain Was Orphan Children

How did they spread vaccines around the world in the early 1800s? By injecting orphans and forcing them onto a ship... Advertising Inquiries: <a href='https://redcircle.com/brands'>https://redcircle.com/brands</a>Privacy & Opt-Out: <a href='https://redcircle.com/privacy'>https://redcircle.com/privacy</a> ... Read more

30 Mar 2021

20 MINS

20:26

30 Mar 2021