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Dan Pashman

Dan Pashman is the creator and host of WNYC's James Beard Award-nominated food podcast The Sporkful, where Dan and his guests obsess over the details of eating to uncover truths about food--and people. The Sporkful isn't for foodies, it's for eaters.

Typical Sporkful episodes range from a look at what it's like to go out to a restaurant when you're in a wheelchair to an investigation into what the sounds foods make are telling us to interviews with popular comedians and entertainers. 

Dan is also the host of Cooking Channel's James Beard Award-nominated web series You're Eating It Wrong, and a contributor to NPR, Slate, BuzzFeed, and LA's KCRW. His first book, Eat More Better: How to Make Every Bite More Delicious, was published in 2014 by Simon & Schuster.

Before starting The Sporkful, Dan worked as a radio and print journalist and producer covering news, politics, music, and culture for NPR, Vanity Fair, Slate, and the Washington Post. He's reported from the New Hampshire and South Carolina primaries and the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay.

Dan is originally from Upper Saddle River, NJ. He's a graduate of Tufts University and currently lives outside New York City with his wife and two daughters.

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Beyond Pot Brownies (with Radiolab's Jad Abumrad)

Monday, August 22, 2016

We explore the science of weed-infused foods with Radiolab's Jad Abumrad. We’ll tell you how it tastes, how it makes us feel, and what happens when you eat way too much of it.

Is This Pizza Worth Waiting For?

Thursday, August 11, 2016

We visit a legendary pizzeria with a famously long line, then talk to scientists to try to figure out whether waiting to eat makes our food taste better -- or worse.

This Is Your Brain On Cheesesteak

Monday, August 08, 2016

We feast on Philly's most iconic foods, then bring samples to a scientist to find out what makes greasy treats like cheesesteak and scrapple so irresistible.

Live: Are BYO Meat BBQs OK?

Monday, August 01, 2016

We debate your questions about summer BBQ etiquette with Brendan and Rico from The Dinner Party Download and Greta and Tricia from the Nerdette podcast. Live on stage from Chicago!

The Sporkful: Campaign Edition

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The way to a voter's heart is through their stomach. Maybe.
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Comic Phoebe Robinson On Interracial Eating

Monday, July 25, 2016

The comedian and co-host of 2 Dope Queens tells us what it’s like to go out to eat when you’re in an interracial relationship and who should pay on a first date.

When A Tamale Determines The Presidency

Monday, July 11, 2016

Former presidential candidates tell us what it's really like to eat while campaigning. And we explore famous election food gaffes, including one that may have decided the presidency.

Jim Gaffigan Lies To His Kids About Food

Monday, July 04, 2016

The food-obsessed comic discusses eating with his five children, navigating birthday parties and buffets, his dad's steaks, and when it's OK to lie to your kids.

This Hot Dog Tastes Like Home

Monday, June 27, 2016

We take you to two iconic hot dog joints in Detroit and New Jersey to find out what makes them special. Plus Kenji Lopez-Alt schools us on the science of deep-fried hot dogs.

Breaking The Ramadan Fast With Chicken Pot Pie

Monday, June 20, 2016

A Muslim mom in Michigan tells us why cooking helps her get through her Ramadan fast. And Dan shares an iftar meal with a Muslim taxi driver speeding through New York City.

Burgers Of The Future (Cow Not Included)

Monday, June 13, 2016

We explore the future of carnivorousness -- from meat grown in labs to veggie burgers that really bleed to the hybrid car of burgers.

When Weight Loss Surgery Is Like A Bad Breakup

Monday, June 06, 2016

Nikki didn't really understand her relationship with food until she could barely eat anything. Now her kids are struggling to accept her new diet.

Weird Al Enjoys A Lasagna Massage

Monday, May 30, 2016

Weird Al dissects his many food songs, from “My Balogna” to “Eat It,” “The White Stuff” and more. Plus, he explains why he always questions authority—except when he’s cooking.

The Agony And Ecstasy Of School Lunch

Monday, May 23, 2016

Everyone remembers school lunch. We talk to Sporkful listeners and a group of fifth graders about the meals and experiences that changed them forever -- for better or worse.

The Food We Like to Talk About vs. The Food We Actually Make

Friday, May 20, 2016

After a recent Slate article highlighted the disparity between high-end foods and the stuff most people cook, listeners call in with the unspeakably simple recipes they love.

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Daily Show's Aasif Mandvi Is A Human Turducken

Monday, May 16, 2016

The actor and writer isn't a fan of American food excess -- except when it provides the perfect metaphor for his own tri-cultural upbringing.

Calls: A Couple Divided By OCD And Leftovers (with Kenji Lopez-Alt)

Monday, May 09, 2016

Two couples call in to settle longstanding food disputes. But are these marital spats just about leftovers and dessert? Dan and Serious Eats' Kenji Lopez-Alt get to the bottom of it.

Comic Maria Bamford Risked Her Life For Ice Cream

Monday, April 25, 2016

The native Minnesotan explains why a little internal bleeding can't keep her from a treat, and why the way she eats salad is like the way she deals with depression.

Meet A Southern Baptist Matzoh Expert

Monday, April 18, 2016

The man who runs one of the biggest matzoh factories in the world schools us on the science behind these excellent crackers. Then Dan debates kosher law with a rabbi.

Christopher Kimball Finds Pleasure In Pain

Monday, April 11, 2016

The founder of America’s Test Kitchen hates celebrations and says pleasure's annoying. He explains why he thinks cooking isn't about either, and how he got this way.