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Breaking The Ramadan Fast In A Cab At 50 MPH

We fill a taxi full of food and take it to JFK Airport at sundown to break the Ramadan fast with Muslim cab drivers. What could go wrong?

A Flavor Chemist Explains Burger Toppings

Monday, June 22, 2015

The order of your toppings affects how your burger tastes. We find out why, and dig into the science of burger smashing.
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Is Vanilla Ice Cream Too Vanilla?

Monday, June 15, 2015

How did vanilla become the default flavor of ice cream? And what's the ideal temperature of pie when served a la mode? We investigate, with Bon Appetit’s Adam Rapoport and Weird Al.
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Not Your Mom's Pot Brownies (with Radiolab's Jad Abumrad)

Monday, June 08, 2015

Dan and Radiolab's Jad Abumrad explore the new frontier of weed-infused foods. They'll tell you how it tastes, how it makes them feel, and what happens when you eat way too much of it.
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Tracing The Sausage Family Tree

Monday, June 01, 2015

Chicago Tribune food writer Kevin Pang reveals his top ten favorite sausages, from Chinese lap cheong to Lil' Smokies. Plus we debate whether hot dogs are a type of sausage.
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You Suck At Drinking: A Guide To Buzz Management

Monday, May 25, 2015

Dan talks Buzz Management with Matthew Latkiewicz, author of "You Suck At Drinking," and the founders of Bitch Beer pair beers with weather forecasts. Plus, Dan rants about light beer.
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Legendary Food Critic Mimi Sheraton Hasn't Been Hungry In 60 Years

Monday, May 18, 2015

The famously opinionated writer loves frozen Milky Ways and once packed 104 different pastrami sandwiches into her car. Just don't offer her kale.
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True Confessions Of A Ballpark Food Vendor

Monday, May 11, 2015

What's the worst gig in the ballpark? What's the best way to eat peanuts in the shell? We explore baseball foods with a former Shea Stadium food vendor and a North Carolina peanut man.
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The Man Who Made 5 Million Burritos (with Jesse Thorn)

Monday, May 04, 2015

We debate burrito construction and the LA/SF rivalry with MaxFun's Jesse Thorn and Good Food's Evan Kleiman. Plus Matt Yglesias compares Chipotle burritos to iPhones.
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What Makes A Sandwich A Sandwich?

Monday, April 27, 2015

Is a buttered roll a sandwich? Is it still brunch if it’s 2 pm? Dan debates food and language with Peter Kim from the Museum of Food and Drink and Helen Zaltzman from The Allusionist.
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Comic Ron Funches' Autistic Son Loves Oreos With Bacon

Monday, April 20, 2015

The popular comedian talks about trying to eat healthier and the frustrations of getting his autistic son to do the same. Plus Ron explains why comedy is a lot like cooking.
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Andrew Zimmern Wants Meat In Your Cocktail

Monday, April 13, 2015

The host of Bizarre Foods says, “We have such a narrow definition of what’s edible.” So IBM wants its Watson technology to discover new flavors and foods. But how will the future taste?
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Donuts Old School, Donuts New, Donuts Glazed, Donuts Blue

Monday, April 06, 2015

What’s the difference between a good donut and a great one? Dan travels from Portland to Brooklyn in search of the answer.
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Is Free Office Coffee More Valuable Than Healthcare?

Monday, March 30, 2015

Slate's Mike Pesca and I discuss what you can tell about a workplace based on the kitchen. Then I offer Mike a detailed critique of his sandwich construction methods.
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Even Spies Hate Stale Bread: Secrets Of The CIA Cafeteria Revealed

Monday, March 23, 2015

We talk to a guy whose Freedom of Information Act request pried open the CIA cafeteria suggestion box. Turns out even spies hate stale bread. Plus the unwritten rules of office potlucks.
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Office Fridges: What Would The Founding Fathers Do?

Monday, March 16, 2015

Your philosophy about how a communal fridge should be used says a lot about how you think society should function. Sporkful listeners call in with contrasting perspectives.
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Serial Parody: Investigating An Office Fridge Food Theft

Monday, March 09, 2015

It’s Elkhart, Indiana, 2001. Two inches of Heather Coleman's turkey club disappear from her office fridge. The thief is nowhere to be found. And Heather’s life will never be the same.
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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.
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This Is Your Brain On Cheesesteak

Monday, February 23, 2015

Sporkful host Dan Pashman feasts on Philly's most iconic foods, then brings samples to a scientist to find out what makes greasy treats like cheesesteak and scrapple so irresistible.
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Ringing In Lunar New Year with Chef Eddie Huang and Notorious MSG

Monday, February 16, 2015

Dan tries chicken feet and a dessert soup called tang yuan with some passionate eaters who are defying stereotypes of Asian-Americans.
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Dan Savage Recommends A Polyeaterous Lifestyle

Monday, February 09, 2015

What should you cook for breakfast the morning after? How can couples share power in the kitchen? We talk food and relationships with Dan Savage and Death, Sex and Money’s Anna Sale.
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