Mark Garrison

Co-host of the Sporkful podcast.

Mark Garrison appears in the following:

The Moist Towelette Museum Is A Thing

Monday, March 02, 2015

Dan talks to the Moist Towelette Museum's curator, then discusses whether napkin color affects meal enjoyment and whether restaurants should be banned from using scented hand soap.

Rachel Maddow, Radiolab's Robert Krulwich and Slate's Julia Turner: Eat More Better Book Release Spectacular!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

We celebrate the release of Dan's new book, Eat More Better, by talking to MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow about cocktail philosophy and Radiolab’s Robert Krulwich about sandwich science.


Monday, October 06, 2014

On The Media's Brooke Gladstone calls modern fluffy bagels "a betrayal." Anthony Weiner calls BuzzFeed's bagel judging event "offensive.” What's the right way to do bagels?

Last Chance Foods: Hanukkah Doughnut Delights

Friday, December 16, 2011

Dan Pashman and Mark Garrison, the brains behind the Sporkful podcast, talk about the Hanukkah tradition of eating doughnuts and share creative doughnut concoctions. Try Pashman's recipes for two auspiciously named Hanukkah-themed sandwiches: The Maccabee Delight and The Hanukkah Miracle.

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Oatmeal Gets Its Moment in the Spotlight

Friday, March 04, 2011

Oatmeal would seem to be an unlikely topic of passionate debate, but these days, everyone has an opinion about the humble breakfast porridge. Let us know what you think about oatmeal here. Plus, try out two unconventional, savory preparations for oatmeal.

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Reinventing the PB&J

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

We're talking about something of great import: How to make the best peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Our weekly food conversation features the two hosts of the blog and podcast, The Sporkful, who each bring a version of the PB&J ... with a delicious twist.

And we're asking you, have you ever experimented with this classic? Tell us your experience.

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"Steel City" Plays Host to Wealthy Nations

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Scenes of Pittsburgh in "Flashdance."

You could say it's like the 1980s movie "Flashdance": It's set in Pittsburgh and the main character (the city) has shed its blue-collar threads for something more glamorous. This week "The Steel City" plays host to world leaders as the site of the G-20 economic summit. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette columnist Tony Norman has lived through the city’s ups and downs and responds as the world comes to his town.


Hail to the TV: President Obama on Letterman

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

In his ongoing effort to regain public momentum for health care reform, President Obama continued his media blitz yesterday by appearing on Late Night with David Letterman, finishing off a long weekend of media appearances.

Joining us are two people who were in the live studio audience. Fernando Deguia is an Obama supporter from Staten Island and Joanne Morgan, an Obama critic, saw the show while visiting New York City from Doha, Qatar.

Watch a clip of Obama on Late Night with David Letterman:

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Push to Fill Kennedy Seat in Massachusetts

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick said yesterday that the state will hold a special election in January to determine who will replace Ted Kennedy in the U.S. Senate. But Patrick also said he'd push to see Kennedy's seat filled in the interim. We talk to Frank Phillips, State House bureau chief for the Boston Globe.

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The Audacity of Hops

Thursday, July 30, 2009

As the president prepares to host a kegger to smooth the feathers ruffled over the arrest of Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr, the nation's beer drinkers are paying close attention. The Takeaway's Femi Oke has hit the bars (for research, naturally) to find out whether conflict is best resolved over a beer. Then Brooklyn Brewery's Beer Master, Garrett Oliver, adds his thoughts on the president's beer selection: Budweiser, Blue Moon, and Red Stripe. No Brooklyn Lager, Mr. President?


Time to Pig Out! Summer Cooking with Craig Samuels

Monday, May 25, 2009

It's the start of summer and the kickoff of grilling season. To give us some cooking tips on we turn to Craig Samuels, Brooklyn's barbecue afficionado and owner of Peaches, a Southern restaurant, and The Smoke Joint, a barbecue spot.

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swing state world series

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The Philadelphia Phillies and the Tampa Bay Rays face off in game one of the 2008 World Series tonight, while in politics, Pennsylvania and Florida are shaping up to become key battleground states in the 2008 presidential election. So, who is a candidate to root for?


Turning tragedy into music

Friday, September 12, 2008

We take a sonic tour of music inspired by tragedy. How composers have turned tragedy into music, and its cathartic power.
Americans heard a lot of sad music during the anniversary of 9/11 this week. But great music is born of tragedy, inspiring composers to create what moves us. Terrance McKnight, music host at WNYC, took a sonic tour of music inspired by tragedy and examined its cathartic power.

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Security theater: Some measures just for show

Thursday, September 11, 2008

It’s called “security theater:” highly visible measures that serve no genuine security purpose. Those National Guard troops you see at the airport? Generally those big guns aren’t loaded. Having to show one's ID at every turn? The 9/11 hijackers carried genuine drivers licenses, too. The Takeaway talks to the man who coined the phrase “security theater” about what makes genuinely good security and what's just for show.

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Alaskan political meltdown: Senator Ted Stevens

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

While Sarah Palin gets the spotlight, she’s not the only big political story out of the northernmost state. Alaska’s Ted Stevens, the Senate’s longest serving Republican in office, faces prosecution for major corruption charges. His trial is moving ahead, with a preliminary hearing scheduled for this morning. He is also in a tight election fight for his Senate seat against Anchorage mayor Mark Begich. The Takeaway talks with Alaska Public Radio Network correspondent Libby Casey, who examined the case against Stevens and the Senate race.


Two political conventions, two designs, two messages

Friday, September 05, 2008

The Democratic and Republican conventions are as stylistically different as the candidates. Every convention is designed to within an inch of its life. We explore what the designs say about the two campaigns.

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Why a U.S.-India nuclear deal matters, before a critical meeting

Thursday, September 04, 2008

A U.S. deal to sell nuclear technology to India will be tested this week, as international nuclear powers meet to finalize the deal. We explain why the deal matters and how it could impact dealings with Iran.


Joe Lieberman changes sides

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

In 2000, Senator Joe Lieberman spoke at the Democratic Convention as Al Gore’s VP nominee. Eight years later, he’s on stage at the Republican Convention, supporting McCain. We’ll compare his convention speeches.


A look at whether China got its money’s worth hosting the Olympics

Monday, August 25, 2008

China spent some 43 billion dollars on the Olympics. But what did they get for that investment? We’ll explore whether world opinion about China has changed, and if the increased attention to issues like Tibet and pollution had an impact.


Exile: Fallen leaders in the sunset years

Monday, August 25, 2008

There is talk outgoing Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf could leave his country for good. We take a look at where he might go, why a country might want to take him in, and where famous fallen leaders have gone into exile.