The Stimulating Cocktail Bitters Episode

Bitter preparations of plant extracts in alcohol have been used medicinally for thousands of years – and they happen to make many cocktails the concoctions we know and love today. Anney and Lauren explore the history and potential benefits of bitters.

Unshelling the Boiled Peanut

This salty snack is a specialty of the American South and other peanut-growing regions around the world. Anney and Lauren crack open the boiled peanut’s history, including how it got tied into the Civil Rights movement.

Introducing Food 360

Chef Marc Murphy’s debut podcast, Food 360, is a true celebration of the culinary world. With a little help from historians, fellow celebrity chefs, food writers, and more, the Chopped judge and restaurateur examines food culture from every possible angle, shedding new light on even the most familiar culinary topics. He’ll explore questions like: Why does food taste better on a white plate? How do menu layouts affect the way we order? And what does it really take to open up a restaurant? Listeners will walk away feeling smarter (and hopefully hungrier)!

This Episode is Your Lobster

These crustaceans haven’t always been a luxury food, but they have always reminded people of bugs. Anney and Lauren explore the lobster’s economic (and entomologic) history plus some of the weirdest points of their amazing biology.

Getting to the Heart of Moonshine

Many governments restrict alcohol distillation for safety/tax reasons, but Appalachian moonshiners are undeterred – and that’s putting it mildly. Anney and Lauren explore the history and science of moonshine, plus what bears that label in stores today.

In the Hall of the Mall Food Court

The idea of selling snacks and meals in shopping centers is far from new, but mall food courts keep reinventing themselves. Anney and Lauren explore how the food court as we know it was born -- and what's replacing it.

The Merits of the Carrot

The path of this vegetable from its use as a medicinal green to a sweet root isn’t entirely clear. Anney and Lauren dig into the twisting history of the carrot – including where radar technology and Bugs Bunny come in.

The Pizza Episode (with Extra Cheese)

This dish has inspired strong emotions and opposing opinions for hundreds of years. Anney and Lauren present a slice of pizza’s history, plus the science behind baking a good pie at home.

Rhubarb: The Humble Pie Plant

This tart, fruity vegetable often baked into pies today was once worth more than gold, opium, or saffron. Anney and Lauren get to the roots of rhubarb’s popularity.

Airline Food: More than Peanuts

Flight staff have been serving in-air meals and snacks almost since the beginning of commercial flight. Anney and Lauren explore the best and worst of what airlines have offered, plus the science behind why food & drink tastes different in the air.